January 6, 2010 – Hilo, Hawaii
VIDEO by David Corrigan
North Kona Councilman Kelly Greenwell grew frustrated at Tuesday’s Hawaii County Council committee meetings, as some of his more creative resolutions were given negative recommendations.
Greenwell threatened to resign when it appeared a marijuana decriminalization resolution vote would not go his way (a 7-2 vote gave it a negative recommendation). However, Greenwell’s blood was boiling earlier in the evening during a Public Safety and Parks and Recreation committee meeting, as he pushed for the county to take over the state run small boat harbors on the Big Island.
Citing the poor condition of the harbors currently handled by the state of Hawaii, Greenwell’s Res. 282-09 would attempt to assume the management, control and responsibility for all the island’s small boat harbors and launch ramps.
The council felt that the takeover would be too taxing on the county budget.
After an angry speech about Hawaii’s failure to maintain its recreational resources, Greenwell joined his fellow councilmembers in unanimously voting “no” on the resolution.