Land Acquisition at Launiupoko Among Items on Council Calendar

February 26, 2013, 10:51 AM HST · Updated February 26, 1:27 PM
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File photo Luaniupoko by Wendy Osher.

File photo Luaniupoko by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

Maui’s Budget and Finance Committee today will consider a bill to appropriate $6.5 million for the acquisition and preservation of more than 186 acres at Launiupoko in West Maui.

The committee will also consider proposed appropriations of $3.25 million for the new Kihei Police Station and $1.5 million for the proposed expansion of county property in the Wailuku Civic Center area known as the Kalana O Maui Campus.

Tomorrow, the Council’s Water Resources Committee will discuss water system management in Maui County. The Committee, chaired by Council Member Michael P. Victorino, will meet on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. to receive an update from the Department of Water Supply on water system management and optimization, along with projected costs for accommodating future water needs.

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The committee will be visited by members of Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows, a leadership-development program of Decisions Maui and Focus Maui Nui.

Later this week, the council will consider funding proposals for the Maui Bus. On Friday at 9 a.m., the council will consider on second and final reading Bill 6, which would accept a federal grant of $800,000 for the Maui Bus. Council Chair Gladys Baisa released information saying the funding will likely be used for bus purchases. Eleven other bills are scheduled for final consideration at the council meeting.

Members of the public can submit testimony via email or in person. Testimony will also be accepted at the council offices in Hana, Lanai and Molokai.

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