Mayor Victorino Interview: Weekend Park Openings, Maui DMV Open Today, Early Retail Assessment
Maui Mayor Michael Victorino is providing updates on Pacific Media Group’s network of Maui stations as the County continues to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Mayor Victorino spoke with Kawika-Veeka of HI92 FM Maui, and shared his thoughts on:
- Maui Fair vs Made in Maui County Festival;
- CARES Act Allocation ($6M);
- Early Retail Assessment;
- DMV Open Today; and
- Weekend Park Openings.
Mayor Victorino sends $67 million CARES Act budget amendment to County Council
Mayor Michael Victorino provided an outline of how he plans to use Maui’s $66.6 million in CARES Act funding. The following are estimations and the total funding must be used by the end of the year for COVID-19 related response.
- Community Services: $26 million
- Public Safety: $18.5 million
- Property Acquisition: $10 million
- Maui Recovery Initiative: $4.5 million
- Administrative Costs: $4.6 million
- Equipment/Construction: $3 million
Mayor Michael Victorino sent a budget amendment for $67 million in federal CARES Act funding to the County Council on Thursday to address public health and economic impacts caused by COVID-19.
Mayor Victorino has requested that the amendment be expedited because of the short period to expend the funds. The CARES Act provides for expenditures incurred between March 1, 2020, through December 30, 2020. All unused funds must be returned.
“This funding will play a crucial role in providing relief to our residents, businesses and overall community, which has been greatly affected by this pandemic,” Mayor Victorino said. “As other counties in Hawaii expedite the processing of these federal relief funds, we look forward to action by our Council as soon as possible so we can further help our people during this difficult time.”
About a third of the CARES Act funding is planned to provide community support such as grants for households, small businesses and childcare. This includes supporting existing programs such as the Hawaii Emergency Laulima Partnership (HELP), Micro Business Loan Program and the Farmers Relief program.
Additional funds are planned for public safety, property acquisition, recovery initiatives, equipment and construction, and administrative costs.
“This pandemic has highlighted the importance of being flexible, adaptable and quick in our response efforts. The use of funds may be subject to change as the needs of our County change, especially if we see another rise in cases,” Mayor Victorino said. “I thank our federal, state and county legislators and partners for their continued support in this effort.”
First phase of Division of Motor Vehicles reopening announced
The County of Maui Department of Finance announced the first phase of reopening of its Division of Motor Vehicle and Licensing offices for limited walk-in services beginning Monday, May 18, 2020.
All DMVL locations will be open for limited services from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“This is a step forward in offering in-person customer services to residents,” Mayor Michael Victorino said. “However, operations will be modified to ensure the safety of both customers and employees.”
Social distancing rules must be followed, including wearing face coverings. Entry into the DMV Office at the Maui Mall will be limited to the customer unless the accompanying person is required for the transaction, rendering aid or assistance.
From Monday, May 18, to Friday, May 22, DMVL will be open for the following renewals:
- Driver license and permit renewals – ONLY if it expired prior to March 16, 2020.
- State ID renewals – ONLY if it expired prior to March 16, 2020.
- Initial driver’s licenses, permits and state identifications.
- Disabled parking placard – initial issuance or replacement.
- Replacement of lost driver’s license, permit or state identification.
Motor vehicle transactions:
- Ownership transfers
- Initial registration
- Duplicate titles and registrations
- Replacement license plates and emblems.
DMVL Walk-In Customers must adhere to the following:
- Customers must wait in designated areas outside of the office.
- Customers will only be allowed to enter office when 2nd in line.
- Customers are limited to a single transaction.
- Tickets will not be issued if estimated wait time is longer than office hours.For more information, call the Division of Motor Vehicle and Licensing at (808) 270-7363.
Hair & Nail Salons Reopening with Health/Safety Modifications on May 25:
The next phase of businesses reopening on Maui includes the following:
- May 22: Drive in religious services
- May 25: Hair and nail salons
- June 5: Dine-in restaurant services
*All openings are subject to health and safety modifications.