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                                                                                                                                THE CARROLL COX SHOW  :  1080 AM




   SUNDAY, April 24, 2016


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          April 24, 2016, Honolulu, Hawaii.  
          Carroll and callers talk about the rail project, bureaucrats, and the appointment of Colleen Hanabusa as chairman of the HART board.   Hanabusa says she can save the rail, but is that even possible?  She has been part of the process all along, so what new ideas will she bring?   And, where is the expensive consultant who is supposed to be advising HART so they can avoid problems that keep popping up, adding to the cost overruns?   So many uncertainties are making everyone uncomfortable.  Hopefully, someone can bring the project together, completing the engineering plan from start to finish.
          The latest "surprise" to many people, and according to the news story to Mayor Caldwell and newly appointed Colleen Hanabusa, is the 42-inch water main under Dillingham Boulevard that was finished about eleven years ago, after ten years of work tearing up the street. The water main is the primary source of water for Honolulu, Waikiki and Hawaii Kai.  The removal or redirection of the pipe will be expensive, costing hundreds of millions of dollars, and will require another environmental impact statement.   If it stays where it is, what will protect the pipe from the weight of the rail?   If it breaks, can it be fixed if it is under the rail, and how much will the water undermine the rail?   We asked the Board of Water Supply questions about the water main.    Many of the responses to our questions were to "please contact HART".  See the following links about the water main:

          We have found another matter of concern to consumers.   The Resource Recovery and Recycle Co. (RRR) site in Mililani does not accept  Kirkland brand plastic water bottles from Costco because, since August 2015, they have not included  the word "HI 5"  on the labels.   The recycler told us to go to Costco to get the refund.    Costco checked our purchases and refunded the five cents for every bottle purchased since last August.  Now the bottles are going to H-Power or the landfill.  Apparently, the bottles are not recycled and the state gets to keep the five cents collected on every bottle!
          Apparently, the unlabeled bottles were brought  to Hawaii to keep up with the high demand of hurricane sales.  Instead of applauding Costco's effort to help the consumer, the state fined Costco for selling unlabeled bottles.  The state never notified the public that the bottles could not be recycled, even though they are exactly the same except for the word HI5 on the label.   So, what's the big deal that recyclers cannot accept them?   
          We encourage you to contact Costco about your purchases.   Hopefully they will receive a refund from the state for what they refund to the customer.

                                                                     The 42-inch water main in Aiea and the bolts holding it together


                                      Dillingham Boulevard.  
                         The water main is under the future site of the rail.  


                 This, and more,  is what Dillingham will look like next year












          CONSUMER ALERT:  Costco's Kirkland brand water no longer includes the HI 5 designation 
          so recyclers may not reimburse you.   Stop by Costco and ask for a refund.      











        These, and other kittens like them, are looking for a home.  Ages range from 3 to 12 months.  

        They have been neutered or spayed, and they are litter box trained.   Now, all  they need is your love.  Who can resist a new kitten?


        To adopt, call Carroll at 782-6627, or email carroll@carrollcox.com.     

        Carroll continues his discussion about local issues on Olelo Public Television, Channel 54.  
        Link here to a list of his shows.  They can also be viewed on  Olelo video on demand  








              Follow:  Carroll Cox, Colleen Hanabusa, Mayor Caldwell, Mufi Hannemann, Don Horner, Honolulu rail project,  HART,  HART audit, HECO, Dillingham Boulevard, utilities,  water main, Costco Kirkland water, the bottle bill, HI5, plastic bottle recycling.