August 5, 2010 – Hawaii County
Produced by David Corrigan and Tim Bryan
Motor Vehicle Registration Now Online
Hawaii County residents can now renew their motor vehicle registration online.
The new 24 hours a day, seven days a week service is maintained on secure servers and is managed by Hawaii Information Consortium, LLC a subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC, Inc.
Citizens can access the online system by providing the last four digits of their Vehicle Identification Number and their license plate number. The online renewal system takes all major credit cards.
New Transfer Station hours
Hawaii County’s solid waste transfer stations will expand their hours of operation this week.
Nineteen transfer stations will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the same days of the week they are open now. The Hilo Transfer Station will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, to accommodate landfill operations
The new schedule and additional solid waste management information is available on the department’s website at www.HawaiiZeroWaste.org.
Sunshine Law eyed by Councilman
North Kona Councilman Kelly Greenwell is making headlines again this week, this time for a controversial proposal to do away with the Sunshine Law.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald first reported that Greenwell plans to ask the council to hire a private attorney to assess the law, and possibly overturn it.
Greenwell told the paper that the law – which is intended to keep government meetings open and transparent – prevents the council from taking swift action and hampers debate.
Greenwell expressed a similar opinion last year, after a reorganization fiasco triggered a Sunshine Law violation.
The council was sued by the West Hawaii Today and the matter was settled out of court. The state legislature exempted itself from the law.
The matter will likely be taken up in mid-August.