For Immediate Release: December 02, 2022
Press Release by:
Shane M. Sinenci, Councilmember
Maui County Coucil
East Maui Community Water Authority board applications available
HĀNA, Hawai‘i—Councilmember Shane M. Sinenci announced Friday that his office is distributing applications for East Maui Community Water Authority board members following the approval of Charter Amendment 12 at the Nov. 8 election.
The charter amendment establishes the East Maui regional community board, which will appoint the East Maui Community Water Authority director; approve a long-range watershed management plan and related programs; set priorities; approve the annual operations budget appropriation request; provide written comments on the long-term capital improvement plan, annual maintenance plan and operating budget and make recommendations on water rates and the federal, state and private funding plan. They must also hold public community meetings in the region.
“I would like to thank Maui County voters for approving this charter amendment,” said Sinenci, who holds the council seat for the East Maui residency area. “In this era of climate change and aging infrastructure, we must manage our resources responsibly to bring more water to residents and farmers.”
Sinenci said the 11-member East Maui regional community board is concerned with the Nāhiku, Keʻanae, Honomanu and Huelo license areas and will have at least two members from each area. The council will appoint seven members, and the mayor will appoint four.
Eight seats are reserved for those who have experience in water resource management and watershed restoration. In addition, one board seat is also available for a member actively engaged in ranching, farming, aquaculture or loko i‘a in the water service area.
“Ola i ka wai, water is life, has never been as important as it is now,” said Sinenci, who introduced Resolution 22-119, CD1, FD2, which proposed the charter amendment.
For more information and to retrieve an application, please contact Councilmember Sinenci’s office at (808) 248-7513.