Maui County files suit to keep water flowing

Maui County asked the state court to intervene should Molokai Ranch shut down water service in West Molokai. Full Story
extremist

Honolulu, HI

#1 Aug 30, 2008
This has been kicking around long enough. When does Maui County think they might be able to take over. Maui County could hire the guys that are presently running the water system with out any disruption in service at all and at the same time bring the rates down for the affected customers.
Sooner or later Molokai Properties will prevail and Mayor Tavares will still be arguing instead of being ready to assume the load. One can only wonder why she is resisting and is taking so long to take over. It's not rocket science Madam Mayor.
Molokai needs to wake up

Sunnyvale, CA

#2 Aug 30, 2008
Extremist your right.

Maui County needs to take this and be done with it. Then reopen the old Kaluakoi Hotel and Golf course, make it a municiple course and lease the hotel to outrigger.

enough of the opposition.

The state is tired of hearing about this.
sli

Honolulu, HI

#3 Aug 30, 2008
Glad to see the Bronster earning her $100K retainer. Now if she can go in and look at the systematic fraud that MPL has pursued over the years by not keeping their utilities solvent and independent, we might get someplace.
manoarooster

Honolulu, HI

#4 Aug 30, 2008
This water/sewer problem on Molokai is simply Molokai Ranch's response to the opposition they face in their proposed development of luxury home lots at La'au Point. Because they face such strong community opposition to this development, this is their way of "showing" the people of Molokai-- the Ranch is simply using this threat as a way of "taking their ball and going home" because the rest of the community won't play the game with them. It's simply a leverage move on the part of the Ranch.
confused

Wahiawa, HI

#5 Aug 30, 2008
Bronster said Molokai Properties and its subsidiaries have signed 31 contractual agreements to operate a private water utility in exchange for approval of development plans.

I thought their plans were denied so why do they need to honor the contract. Can somebody explain this to me. THX
Hawaiian Warrior

Honolulu, HI

#6 Aug 30, 2008
Sounds like economic blackmail, one company gets to double its rate, the other increase it more than 4 times, just because they "promise" to extend service beyond the deadline!

Come on, these clowns have signed an agreement and now wants to get compensated for breaking it?

Have them serve jail time and confiscate their property, give it to the Molokai residents.
Observer

Honolulu, HI

#7 Aug 30, 2008
MR is playing the waiting game with the County and could still turned the system over to the County for the right price. Because sooner or later, the community will need more affordable housing at which time the County will require developers to pay hefty development fees.
alice

Honolulu, HI

#8 Aug 30, 2008
very true.
give me a break

Kaneohe, HI

#9 Aug 30, 2008
MAYOR TAVARES-----

YOU GET TO TRY TO SCREW MOLOKAI RANCH ONCE MORE....THE COUNTY OF MAUI IS/SHOULD BE THE SUPPLIER OF INFRASTRUCTURE, YOU KNOW WATER, SEWER, TRASH ETC., ETC.........

I guess "no developement" also breaks the so-called agreement????????

Still from Kaneohe.

Since: Jan 08

Wailuku, HI

#10 Aug 31, 2008
extremist wrote:
This has been kicking around long enough. When does Maui County think they might be able to take over. Maui County could hire the guys that are presently running the water system with out any disruption in service at all and at the same time bring the rates down for the affected customers.
Sooner or later Molokai Properties will prevail and Mayor Tavares will still be arguing instead of being ready to assume the load. One can only wonder why she is resisting and is taking so long to take over. It's not rocket science Madam Mayor.
Why should Maui County subsidize a private system, with the cost being borne by the county residents? Let's turn back the clock. You have a corporation and decide that you're going to build a subdivision and you're going to use your own water and waste system in order to get approval to build your subdivisions. Based on those conditions, you sell the homes in that subdivision, presumably for a profit, and then when times go bad, you want to forego your commitment and dig out, leaving the people who paid good money for the homes high and dry? It's not even bottle rocket science to figure out that Maui County should not have to take over what might be a substandard system with other possible issues. Easy to say "dump it on the county" unless you live in Maui County. If MPL is going to do that, they should sell off their assets on the island first to keep it going.

This foreign corporation has no understanding of being pono. Tavares has the right idea.

Since: Jan 08

Wailuku, HI

#11 Aug 31, 2008
give me a break wrote:
MAYOR TAVARES-----
YOU GET TO TRY TO SCREW MOLOKAI RANCH ONCE MORE....THE COUNTY OF MAUI IS/SHOULD BE THE SUPPLIER OF INFRASTRUCTURE, YOU KNOW WATER, SEWER, TRASH ETC., ETC.........
I guess "no developement" also breaks the so-called agreement????????
Still from Kaneohe.
I guess there should be no approval for any future development in the county unless the county has the capacity and water to ensure continued service. Developers sometimes promise the moon to get their subdivisions approved. They should be held to those commitments. It is actually MPL who is trying to screw the homeowners AND Maui County.

Even though MPL was allowed to increase rates, I think their intention is to dig, dump the responsibility on the county, and tell the homeowners "tough".

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