Potholes, swamps, and mosquito woes for residents on Saddle City RoadUPDATED 7:39 PM HST Mar 09, 2014Video Transcript
Also in Waimanalo ... huge potholes are only part of the problem facing residents along Saddle City Road. So is neglected land owned by the state. KITV4's Paul Drewes takes a closer look at the complaint in this KITV 4 investigation. 19-24 103-108 nat of birds chirping Off Kalanianaole Highway in Waimanalo, you'll find Saddle City Road...that leads to the last little bit of country before Olomana Golf Course. 5:08 "At first I thought, oh its peaceful, nice." Carolyn Clark found a quiet corner home at the end of the road and moved here last year. 5:38 "the road didn't look bad and after the first storm everything drained" Since that time she says rounds of rain over the winter ruined sections of the dirt and gravel road...cane grass has been overflowing while tree branches hang precariously above. 2:26 "I had no idea i was living in a place where the roads won't be maintained" Next to it, there another growing problem. Water on this land isn't draining, creating a mucky, breeding ground for mosquitoes and dumping ground for green waste. 7:57 "the swamp is bigger than we thought and producing many more mosquitoes than we imagined" To deal with this quagmire and road, she first had to wade through a lot of government red tape. standup@22:38 "Carolyn says just getting answers about this property has been filled with roadblocks itself" 8:35 "The first 20-30 calls went to the state and got me no where" nat of phone We made a number of those same calls and found out, the city doesn't care for the road because it is a private one, that goes right through state land. The state is not responsible for its upkeep because the road is an easement and has been since 2003. graphic#1 goes here Granted to the neighbor at the very end of the road. Whose responsibilities include maintenance and repair, along with trimming trees that grow over the easement. graphic#2 goes here But for years the owner had been in default with the state for not getting required insurance on the easement. 16:32 "he doesn't see it as his problem" State crews recently cleared some of the brush from the road as a courtesy, but the Dept. Of Land and Natural Resources says it won't do that again. They have given no indication on when or if -- they would also come clean up the swamp that sits on state land that appeared to have been used for agricultural at one time. Leaving Carolyn waiting for the right owners to take care of their property. 10:00 "I would like to see them take some responsibility and come out for a day with a bulldozer and chainsaws and make sure this swamp drains" In Waimanalo, Paul Drewes KITV 4 news.