October 28, 2010 – Hilo, Hawaii
Video by David Corrigan | Voice of Stephanie Salazar
The county held public meetings on a new state law that changes codes for electricians, plumbers and builders.
Many of those attending the Hilo meeting on Wednesday at the Aupuni Center were concerned of a new, mandated “safe room” in the code, that they believe will drive up costs and violate their civil liberties.
Resident Tim Reese gave building officials a piece of his mind.
Civil defense director Quince Mento was at the meeting, and he said the mandated safe rooms were not a bad idea, considering the lack of shelter room for residents living on the island.
County Public Works Department spokesperson Noelani Wittington assured the crowd that there would be ample time to ammend the new code.
Another round of meetings is held in Kona today from 10 am. at Hanama Place.
A copy of proposed amendments are available at the Public Works offices in Hilo and Kona.