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West end of Saddle Road EIS preview in Waimea Thursday (Oct 1)

Western end of Saddle Road supplemental EIS prep process
to be previewed at Thurs., Oct. 1 Waimea Community Association town meeting

The Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) preparation process required to begin planning and design and secure funding for the western end of Saddle Road will be previewed at the 5:15 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 1, 2009 Waimea Community Association (WCA) Town Meeting at Parker School Theatre.

Maps showing a new proposed Saddle Road alignment to the southern boundary of the Keamuku lands recently purchased for expansion of Pohakuloa Training Area from Parker Ranch will be previewed. Rerouting this western segment of the roadway so as not to bisect the Keamuku lands triggers this Supplemental EIS to connect the much-improved more Easterly section of this cross-island highway to West Hawai’i.

Included in the discussion will be recently completed traffic surveys that detail the final destination of current cross-island traffic – information that helped determined this newly proposed alignment.

As always with an EIS, there will be substantial opportunity for community input and review.

Also on Thursday’s WCA Town Meeting agenda will be a panel discussion on home mortgage relief and help that’s available on how to survive if not avoid the current home mortgage storm.
Locally available mortgage assistance, modification and relief programs, the Hawai’i Home Ownership Center, the still new Hawai’i First Community Resource Center free financial assistance service, and what local financial institutions are providing to help will be discussed.

As with all WCA Town Meetings, the entire community is invited. There is no charge to attend or participate though a $12 WCA membership urged to support the association’s informational activities and the annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade – at 6 p.m., Sat., Dec. 5, 2009.

Also on the agenda will be a brief update on the Hawai’i Island Agriculture Plan by Dr. Guy Kaulukukui with The Kohala Center, and an invitation to attend the next South Kohala Traffic Safety Committee (SKTSC) monthly meeting at 4 p.m., Tues., Oct. 13 when the County Department of Public Works will review specific construction plans and approximate timing for the widening of Mamalahoa Highway from North Hawai’i Community Hospital east to the old Fukushima Store (now Huli Sue’s). Mayor Billy Kenoi is also expected to attend the Oct. 13 SKTSC meeting to discuss a number of specific road safety opportunities and issues with the volunteer community committee.

To continue WCA’s 2009 commitment to help Waimea’s hard-pressed food pantries, all attendees are urged to bring a donation – preferably cash or a check 0 or non-perishable food items. Cash or checks will be given to the Waimea pantries to purchase gift certificates from Waimea grocery stores so that recipients are able to buy fresh items such as milk, vegetables or fruit as well as other essentials. Checks may be payable direct to a food pantry so may be tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

For information about Waimea town meetings, call Bill Sanborn (895-1122).

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