1. geekgirl
    geekgirl June 3, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Simpler is always better. If we just did this in our government, we’d free up a bunch of money to deal with the real problems. Thanks for posting this…a reminder of how things should really work.

  2. Russell Reinertson
    Russell Reinertson June 3, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I’m sure there was a lot more going on behind the scenes just get that simple piece of legislation written. I’m also sure things aren’t as complex as today. I’ve been volunteering for years in the trail building community here on Maui. The last 4+ years alone, I’ve been working to build a new mountain bike trail system around a heavily used, multi-use trail so as to spread out the trail users and reduce conflicts between hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers, along with improving trail sustainability and safety. After a needs assesment and request for public comments, creation of a master plan in conjunction with a landscape architect, ensuring ADA compliance, writing an Environmental Assessment, then waiting for its review, more public comments, and approval, we got the go-ahead to move forward. Then there is the funding appropriations, compliance with competitve bidding rules, getting the Governor to sign off on the funds, and then waiting for the actual Purchase Orders to be released. But its worth all the hard work. In a few days, the tree trimmers go in, and next month, professional trail builders from IMBA and the USFS will get to work and by the end of August, we will have some fantastic new trails to experience. I almost wish I won’t be leaving to hike the JMT in the middle of construction…..almost, LOL.

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