HILO Overcrowded Hawaii Community Correctional Center is moving closer to expansion, with the publication Thursday of an anticipated finding of no significant environmental impact for a new building.
HILO The first round of County Council budget amendments brought treats for West Hawaii, more money for council members to spread around their districts, a whistle-blower program and a discussion about whether the county should spend every cent it collects.
HILO Hawaii Island nonprofits could soon see a big boost in county grants, thanks to action Tuesday by the County Council.
HILO With union-negotiated raises for county rank-and-file workers averaging 2% to 3% annually, the county Salary Commission is grappling once again with whether to raise salaries for the top 40 county officials during a tight budget year.
HILO Some $6.9 million in federal funds has been freed up for Hawaii County buses and Mass Transit operations following state intervention in a county paperwork breakdown.
HILO In 1992, the county inked a generous, endless contract with Waste Management Inc. to create and operate a landfill at Puuanahulu. Then the courts gave the private garbage giant a little more.
HILO If Mayor Harry Kim has his way, more police will patrol the island, transfer stations wont be closed on so many holidays, lines wont be quite as long at vehicle registration and licensing offices, parks will be cleaner and oceans and swimming pools safer.
HILO Some owners of vast Hamakua land holdings dont pay much more in annual property taxes than an owner of a tiny lot on a Puna lava field, says Kevin Hopkins, who wants to make the countys property taxes more equitable.
HILO The County Council approved a three-year, $320,000 software license Wednesday that the administration said will fix the problem holding up the countys $2.3 million building permit system as well as improve geographic information systems at the Civil Defense Agency, Mass Transit Agency and other county departments.
HILO Community members who filed an ethics complaint against Puna Councilwoman Ashley Kierkiewicz told the Board of Ethics on Monday they want to pursue the complaint against her, even though she has since publicly disclosed a possible conflict of interest and resigned her position at a public relations company that represents officers of the landowner in a zoning application before the County Council.