Q: Why is it I can't get an answer about noisy roosters in my neighborhood? These roosters are allowed to make noise at all hours of the night and no one seems to want to do anything about it.
A: Maui County's noise laws mainly govern barking dogs and loud stereos and, until we update and clarify our noise ordinance, our police officers will continue to have trouble enforcing the law. One of our council members had suggested we take a look at other jurisdictions with more comprehensive noise laws, such as some towns in California where they have public nuisance laws that address specific noise issues and break them down into different sections, such as amplified devices, noise from construction work, engines and motors or other mechanical noises near residential districts, as well as noises by animals, birds and fowl. These jurisdictions even establish hours that these noises are acceptable and when they are not. We do need to keep in mind that while some areas of Maui, Molokai and Lanai have grown in population over the years, many of our neighborhoods are still considered rural in nature. Backyard animals have been the norm for many generations of families, which may come as a surprise to new residents who move into old-time neighborhoods. The most comprehensive and fair way to address the issue of rooster noise will be to strengthen our county noise ordinances so we can give our police officers the tools they need to enforce the law.
Q: Who is eligible to visit the Tropic Care health clinics to receive free services? I heard it was only for veterans.
A: The Tropic Care clinics are not just for veterans. Anyone needing assistance can simply show up at a clinic and wait in line to receive top-quality care for free. To receive a physical examination, dental exam or extraction, eye exam or free single-lens eyeglasses, visit one of the free clinics throughout Maui County. There are clinics open every day until Wednesday in Wailuku at Iao School (8 a.m.-4 p.m.), Kihei at St. Theresa Catholic Church (8 a.m.4 p.m.) and on Lanai at Lanai High & Elementary School (8 a.m.-7 p.m.). In Lahaina, there is a clinic Tuesday and Wednesday at Lahaina Civic Center (8 a.m.-5 p.m.). The free services are being provided by members of the U.S. military as part of a rapid response exercise in preparation for real-life disasters. For more information, visit www.mauicounty.gov/TropicCare.
Q: My question is on the repaving of Puukolii Road in Kaanapali. We bought a condo at Kaanapali Plantation in 1999 and, at that time, the roadbed was already in bad shape, but the issue was the partial ownership of the road by both the country and an individual who owned the land north of Puukolii. I have since written our West Maui council member and as recently as this year, I get the same response on the dual ownership of the road. Surely someone in county government can negotiate ownership of the road or come to some agreement with this person to permit repaving of the road. Are you familiar with this situation, and can it be resolved? The noise from the roadbed is increasingly loud, as heavy construction trucks use the road daily.
A: The county Department of Public Works has been working with the Kaanapali Hillside Home Owners Association to get the balance of Puukolii Road transferred to the county.
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The HOA did a survey for the county identifying where the road is, in relation to the six or so privately owned road lots that comprise the balance of the non-county-owned road. Public Works Director David Goode has informed me that we have pulled title reports on all these lots and sent them for legal review to determine which encumbrances to title will need to be removed prior to sending them to the County Council for further action. Ultimately, the county can only accept lots that have clean titles, so this process may take some time depending on the nature of the encumbrances and the willingness of various parties to cooperate in releasing or modifying the encumbrances.