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The Budget and Finance Committee will consider a bill relating to the new Kihei Police Station currently under construction in South Maui.  The proposed amendment would add another $3.25 million for Bond Funds to support construction of the facility. Photo by Wendy Osher.

The Budget and Finance Committee will consider a bill relating to the new Kihei Police Station currently under construction in South Maui. The proposed amendment would add another $3.25 million for Bond Funds to support construction of the facility. Photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

Council committees on Maui are finalizing items this week before the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Session begins at the end of the month. Key items up for consideration include a proposed amendment seeking additional funds for the new Kihei Police Station, and legislation to grant land use approvals for the proposed new Kihei High School.

This afternoon, the Infrastructure and Environmental Management Committee will receive a presentation from the Department of Public Works on projects planned by the highways and engineering divisions.

The Budget and Finance Committee will consider a bill relating to the new Kihei Police Station currently under construction in South Maui.  The proposed amendment would add another $3.25 million for Bond Funds to support construction of the facility. Photo by Wendy Osher.

The new Kihei Police Station is currently under construction in South Maui. A proposed amendment would add another $3.25 million for Bond Funds to support construction of the facility. Photo of the construction site by Wendy Osher.

Tomorrow, the Budget and Finance Committee will consider a bill relating to the new Kihei Police Station under construction in South Maui.  A proposed amendment would add another $3.25 million for Bond Funds to support construction of the facility.  That meeting gets underway at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12.

Also tomorrow, the Council Committee on Economic Development, Energy, Agriculture, and Recreation will receive a presentation from the Mayor’s Office on Economic Development relating to the promotion of business development on Maui.  The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, in the Council Chambers.

Additional items up for committee consideration include the following:

  • Water Usage During Water Shortages: The Water Resources Committee will again consider legislation regarding the Director of Water Supply’s authority during a water shortage. The Council returned the bill to committee for further review last week.  It comes up for consideration on Wednesday, March 13, at 9 a.m.
  • Business Zoning: The Planning Committee will review a package of five bills submitted by the Arakawa Administration related to zoning for various types of businesses during a meeting set for 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 14.
  • Maui Non-Profit Directors: The Housing, Human Services, and Transportation Committee will receive a presentation on current activities of non-profit organizations by Susie Thieman of the Maui Non-Profit Director’s Association. The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14.

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  • ttomni6

    It’ll be interesting to see if the meeting tmw (3/12/2013) approves the bond measure to include another $3.2 million for the Kihei Police Station project.

    In one of the articles referenced here and dated prior to the beginning of the project (the article “South Maui Police Station “Largest Ever” Project) the following appears:

    “The originally reported cost of the project was $40 million, but it has
    been confirmed by Hudson that the ceiling for bidders is $36 million.”

    “When asked if the project could be kept within budget, Hudson replied
    that there was a $1.8 million fund for “change orders” and other
    irregularities. But he said that it was likely it would stay within
    budget.”

    Is it just me or does it seem like the intent of any winning bid was intentionally low with the idea of needing more funds to be raised separately?

    • what you want

      I don’t really care. It’ll be built anyway. So, what are wanting to be done? Stop the job? Don’t put up anymore money if needed? What?

      • what you want

        Seems as of right now they’re thinking of spending but, are they also thinking of the balancing the budgets? Or are they going to run the bank dry? Ooooooo scary…… O^O

      • ttomni6

        Yes, the money will be appropriated and the police project should be completed.

        The point I was trying to make is that when the budget is being planned, it appears to me that the developer goes in with a low bid knowing full well that the project will most likely go over the bid they submitted.

        Where this creates a problem is when a project is proposed to the public, it appears we can afford it and have funds remaining for other projects that need to be completed.

        Just for instance, if this project came in at the bid price or lower, would it be possible to allocate the remaining funds to something like the water system improvement? Or do we just suck it up and get hit with the 5% increase every year for the next 5 years as currently proposed?

  • Judy Ball

    Oh lets see– high school-police station-high school-police station, thinking thinking thinking

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME. Kihei is not a large crime spot. Have the police move into that large spot

    where the movie theater used to be. The kids need a nice location where they can have school pride. Come on this is not a 3rd world nation, although sometimes it feels close. Do the right thing

    Police out, high school in.

    • No Can

      Kihei is not a large crime spot but if you look at the Maui crime statistics there it is the only spot where crime is increasing. Mostly burglaries and auto thefts.

  • sort of noticed

    there is no shortage of money for the police, 100′s of thousands of dollars in cash are given to the vice dept for ‘secret’ operations, once the money goes to them it’s untraceable: fact. you can not find out how much or what it is for because it’s a secret…………the federal gov’t pumps money to the states, counties, and cities to militarize the polices forces…….they are building a big police dept becuase they are expecting BIG business ……..the state prison will be the next project……….
    a high school is exactly what is not wanted……….the gov’t do NOT want people Educated……….then they would figuere our what is happening in our(not anymore) county, state, fed……..
    I mean have you notices police tactics?……..3 o4 cars SWARM with way TOO MANY flashing lights upon someone who ran a red light or made a left turn, it is itimidation. there are so many lights flashing it blinds the innocent drivers attemtpting to go about the business……sooner or later there is going to be a wreck becuase of the flashing lights………..by the way how come so many police talk on their cell phones while driving?……can’t be police business, they use RADIOS for that……..
    not supposed to drive while talking on a cell phone: IT”S THE LAW


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