Dear Russell, others:
There was another accident at the HAAS school / Post Office road intersection last week. Still figuring how to help the community with the crosswalk problem. I was wondering if you could tell me what pages the Post Office road improvement appropriations are on in the 2013 HB200 State Budget. I saw it when I searched keyword, but archived bill is not searchable, and it’s almost 400 pages. I can’t believe with the technology available today it’s like that.
Anyone who has been cc’d in this email is welcome to join in the solving of this problem. Haven’t met again with Steve Hirakami, but will soon. I had talked to him a couple weeks ago, and he did not know that you (Russell) had met with the DOT and they are not going to build a HAAS School intersection with stop-light because of the lava threat.
Russell, you do know that Hawaii County Civil Defense formally evacuated the Pahoa Village Center on or around October 27, 2014? Warnings were posted on buildings and handed out to tenants. HAAS school had 2 classrooms there, evacuated and incurred expenses. Later on the word out was an “inexperienced CERT” person passed out the evacuation notices, but that was way after the fact, no apologies or offers of monetary reimbursement.
Fast forward to Malama Market, with Civil Defense “going to pull the plug in 5 days”, it was indicated the businesses there (and Woodland Center) might as well get a head-start on packing. HAAS had one classroom at Malama which evacuated, again at the expense of the students.
HAAS Charter School wants and needs to expand due to the three additional classes coming home from evacuation (and for planned growth) but the County of Hawaii won’t let them do anything until there is a decent intersection on the state controlled by-pass.
If the DOT refuses to do the work, can we as a community take them to court because they (DOT) have created and maintain a dangerous situation blasting 45 mph speeding during school hours? Is there any other school in the state of Hawaii without crosswalks and 20-25 mph speed limits? Should the community just give up on the State and paint the crosswalks themselves? Even if we do, that won’t help with the expansion of HAAS School because the community can not widen the road and install stop lights.
Please, can any of you elected or appointed officials do anything to help the DOT do their job? They have the money. The Keaau merge is about pau. I would hope that children and school are important issues to all here addressed, especially the DOT.