Mayor addresses city concerns at town hall meetingUPDATED 10:47 PM HST May 22, 2013Video Transcript
Potholes -- bus routes -- rubbish and rail... The Mayor's been busy hearing your concerns this month. He wrapped up his final town hall meeting tonight... KITV4's Brenton Awa has the details... One month... and six community meetings... Equals a mayor who's heard his fair share of concerns from the community. 1:17 - 1:23 - CALDWELL "EVERYONE TALKED ABOUT ROADS, EVERYONE TALKED ABOUT BUS ROUTES, EVERYONE TALKED ABOUT OUR PARKS." Mayor Caldwell says the City is creating more bus routes -- they'll roll out in August. The Mayor's been to Wahiawa -- Kaneohe -- Kapolei -- Kaimuki -- Aiea -- and tonight -- Kalihi in his town hall meeting tour. 3:26 - 3:32 "IN DIFFERENT AREAS THERE ARE UNIQUE SITUATIONS AND AS THE MAYOR OF THE ENTIRE ISLAND, WE HAVE TO ADDRESS THE UNIQUE SITUATIONS." Kalihi residents say they're concerned about piles of garbage on streets -- from illegal dumping -- not being picked up. 11:20 - 11:22 "IT'S THERE, IT'S ALL OVER THE PLACE YOU KNOW..." BUTT TO 11:45 - 11:51 "IN PLACES WHERE THE RESIDENTS AREN'T CONCERNED ABOUT THOSE THINGS, IT'S BEING NEGLEGTED." Another common concern -- poor roads conditions. But for those complaints -- the city had an answer... 1427 "IF ANYBODY SEES ANY POTHOLES OUT IN THE STREET, THEY'RE WELCOME TO CALL THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU'S HOTLINE. 14:32 CUT AND BUTT TO - 14:35 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 15-hundred potholes a week. But what about permanent road repairs. 4:36 - 4:42 - CALDWELL "IT LOOKS LIKE WE'RE GETTING $120-MILLION, 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 dollars for road repairs -- it'll take the city just over 6-years to finish the job. There were many more issues brought up across these 6 meetings.. Including rail -- bus routes -- sewer -- and the homeless... And while not all questions were answered -- residents remain optimistic.. 1255 "FROM THE LITTLE THINGS I HEARD INSIDE, THIS IS VERY ENCOURAGIN G..." In case you were wondering the number to call for potholes is -- 768-7777. It'll be listed under this story on our website. Also -- the Mayor says he'll now put all of the communities concerns together -- prioritize them -- and work from there.