Q: During the past two weeks, the traffic light at Haleakala Highway and North Firebreak Road has malfunctioned. I have had eight red lights while traveling on Haleakala Highway when there has been no traffic on North Firebreak Road to trigger the change in light. Who is responsible for this and when will it be fixed?
A: The reality is that because some roadways are maintained by the state and some by the county, it's often hard to know who to call. For traffic signals and other problems along state roads or highways, such as Haleakala, Mokulele, Piilani and Honoapiilani highways, you should call the state Department of Transportation Highways Division at 873-3535. To report problems on county roads or if you're not sure whether the road is county or state, call the county's traffic signal office at 270-7910 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. during the week. After-hours and on weekends, call the Maui Police Department's nonemergency line at 244-6400 to report a malfunctioning traffic signal.
Q: I wanted to share a few concerns that I have. Recently, there have been a lot of permanent "No Parking" signs posted at Hookipa, which is one of Maui's most heavily used parks. Watch when the surf gets good this coming winter. There will be people having to park out by the highway and that could create greater dangers for motorists and pedestrians, as well as a liability for the county and state. I also requested through the police department that more speed bumps and "Go Slow" signs be posted along the one-way drive through Hookipa. I'm a 43-year resident and feel these issues are very important and that it would be in everyone's best interest if these needs were addressed quickly.
A: Thank you for sharing your concerns. According to the Department of Parks and Recreation, the permanent "No Parking" signs were installed at Hookipa because emergency vehicle access was regularly being blocked by parked vehicles; these signs were replacements for ones that over the years had been broken, removed and vandalized but never replaced. The signs are designed to restrict parking near the fire lane to ensure that emergency vehicles can access the park. Last week, staff was able to reconfigure a few of the "No Parking" signs to allow for additional parallel parking spaces while maintaining the fire lane access. A new parking area at Hookipa also is being discussed. However, none of the potential parking sites are currently owned by the county. It will take time for the planning, funding and construction phases, as well as time for the public and County Council to weigh in on their vision for this important north shore destination. On another note, the parks department is in the process of securing a contractor for the repainting of parking lines.
Q: Are there are any plans to bring back Sundays at the rubbish dump - especially for homeowners who work six days a week, Monday to Saturday, and can only work on their yards on Sundays?
A: The Central Maui Landfill is open Monday through Saturday, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Several years ago, Sunday landfill service was discontinued and the County Council permanently deleted positions that had previously been used to staff the Sunday hours. We currently do not have the funding or manpower to open on Sundays again, as it is significantly more expensive to keep the landfill open on the weekends than it is during the week, when commercial tipping fees help offset operations costs. If you feel this is an important funding priority, please let me know by sending me an email at email@example.com.
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