Mayor addresses concerns, roads and potholes among those

By Brenton Awa
Published On: May 22 2013 11:03:42 PM HST
Updated On: May 23 2013 06:26:44 AM HST

The Mayor's wrapped up his final town hall meeting, and answered concerns about potholes, bus routes, rail, and more.

HONOLULU -

Potholes, bus routes, rubbish, and rail; the Mayor's been busy hearing your concerns this month. He wrapped up his final town hall meeting Wednesday night.

One month and six community meetings equals a mayor who's heard his fair share of concerns from the community.

"Everyone talked about roads, everyone talked about bus routes, everyone talked about our parks," says Kirk Caldwell, Honolulu Mayor.

Mayor Caldwell says the City is creating more bus routes that will roll out in August. Since May 2, the mayor has been to Wahiawa, Kaneohe, Kapolei, Kaimuki, Aiea, and Kalihi in his town hall meeting tour.

"In different areas there are unique situations and as the mayor of the entire island, we have to address the unique situations," says Caldwell.

Kalihi residents say they're concerned about piles of garbage on streets from illegal dumping, to just not being picked up.

"It's there, it's all over the place you know," says a concerned resident. "In places where the residents aren't concerned about those things, it's being neglected."

Another common concern among residents is poor roads conditions. In response to those complaints the city had this answer...

"If anybody sees any potholes out in the street, they're welcome to call the City and County of Honolulu's hotline," says Ross Sasamura, Facility Maintenance Director. "If we don't get to it within a week or two, call me at my office and we'll make sure it gets done."

The city says road crews fill up to 1,500 potholes a week. But residents want to know about permanent road repairs.

"It looks like we're getting $120 million," says Caldwell. "We'll take all of that, use it, come back later and ask for more."

The Mayor says 43-percent of Oahu's roads are in below average condition. With an annual budget of $120 million for road repairs, it'll take the city just over six years to finish the job.

There were many more issues brought up across these six meetings including rail, bus routes, sewer, and the homelessness.

While not all questions were answered, residents remain optimistic.

"From the little things I heard inside, this is very encouraging," said a Kalihi resident.

The Mayor says he'll now put all of the communities concerns together, prioritize them, and work from there.

If you see a pothole that needs to be repaired, you can call the pothole hotline at 808-768-7777.

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