Video: Mayor Arakawa – First 100 Days in Office, Part 1
By Wendy Osher
[flashvideo file=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBbkHk7lz_s /] Today marked the first 100 days of the Arakawa administration for the County of Maui. Upon taking the Oath of Office three months ago, one of Mayor Alan Arakawa’s first tasks was opening the doors of his 9th floor office for better communication with the public.
Since that time the Mayor has conducted 358 meetings with 1,382 people, and spoke at more than 100 outside engagements.
He submitted his version of the County’s 2012 budget to council members, directing carryover savings to be used on road repair and infrastructure projects.
Some accomplishments made in the first 100 days include the processing of 94 new hires through the Department of Personnel Services, fixing an estimated 12,000 potholes by the Public Works Department, collecting $1.3 million from chronic delinquent accounts through the Department of Finance, and implementing the County’s Plastic Bag Ordinance.
During the first three months in office the Arakawa administration also dealt with several issues including winter floods in Kihei, the impacts of a tsunami on March 11, 2011, and the return threat of dengue fever in the islands.
*** Please check back again for Part 2 of the video and story that includes progress in areas of Water, Transportation, Economic Development and Housing & Human Concerns.