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Diamond Head Neighborhood Board Meeting February 2018 Minutes
DRAFT - REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018
ALA WAI CLUB HOUSE
CALL TO ORDER: Chair George West called the meeting to order at 6:33 p.m. A quorum was established with 11 members present. (Note - This 15-member Board requires eight (8) members to establish quorum and to take official Board action).
Members Present: Julia Allen, Judith Bowman, Leonora Cuban, Michelle Matson (arrived at 7:03 p.m.), Barbara Miller, Bert Narita, Don Persons, Laura St. Denis, Winston Welch, Jerry Wanager, George West, and Linda Wong.
Member Absent: Ajay Bhatt, Mark Kamahele, Richard Figliuzzi,
Guests: State Senator Les Ihara; State Representative Bertrand Kobayashi; Kevan Wong (Office of Representative Scott Nishimoto); Cameron Sato (Office of Senator Stanley Chang); Ernie Lau and Jane Pasqual (Board of Water Supply); Barbara Armentrout (Rates Commission); Daisy Murai, Taylor Maddisson, Natalie Iwasa (Residents); and Thomas Baldwin (Neighborhood Assistant)
Announcements: Chair West commented that anyone wishing to speak on items not already on the agenda should fill out a Community Concern form at the front table and turn it into the Chair or Neighborhood Assistant.
PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS
Honolulu Fire Department (HFD - Waikiki Station): A representative of HFD reported the following:
• January 2018 Statistics: There were 1 structure fire, 1 wild land brushfire, 2 nuisance fires, 12 cooking fires, 19 activated alarms, 185 medical calls, 3 motor vehicle collisions with a pedestrian, 3 motor vehicle collisions, and 1 hazardous material incident.
• Safety Report: Senior Citizen Safety: The following tips will enable the HFD to more effectively assist senior citizens during a medical emergency:
o Personal Information: Be prepared to provide personal information. Emergency responders will need name, address, date of birth, and telephone number. Residents are encouraged to obtain and wear medical identification bracelets and keep a medical history and list of current medications ready.
o Advanced Directives: Provide any advanced directives such as a Comfort Care Only Do-Not Resuscitate or Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment.
o Address: Ensure that your address are visible and that there is adequate access to your location.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Senior Citizen Safety: St. Denis asked and the representative from HFD responded that citizens using the enhanced 911 call with their personal information will still need to provide date of birth.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD) - District 6 Waikiki/ Diamond Head): A representative of HPD reported the following: January 2018 Statistics: There were 8 robberies, 17 burglaries, 194 thefts, 30 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMV), 33 assaults, 1 sex crime, 139 speeding citations, 561 parking citations, 7 loud muffler citations, and 156 park closure citations, with 4264 total calls for service.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Leahi Avenue: St. Denis asked and the representative from HPD responded that speeding enforcement on Leahi Avenue has increased.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD - District 7 Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights): Sergeant Cyrus Hanuna reported the following:
• January 2017 Statistics: There were 15 motor vehicle thefts, 17 burglaries, 20 thefts, 20 UEMV, and 6927 total calls for service.
• Safety Tips: Pedestrian Safety: Sergeant Hanuna advised pedestrians to always use a crosswalk, never assume that because you see a driver that they see you when crossing, remember that even if you have right of way to be prepared to stop, and not to try and out run the flashing red hand signal.
Board of Water Supply (BWS): Jane Pasqual of the BWS reported the following:
• Main Break: There was one (1) 8" cast iron main break in the Diamond Head area on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 3411 Edna Street.
• Affordability and Customer Assistance: As part of the BWS commitment to keep water affordable, the BWS is considering changes to how rates are structured, including the possibility of creating a new rate tier that would be for "essential" needs - enough water for their customers' basic uses at a low cost. With this type of change, customers who use the least amount of water would see their bills either stay the same or perhaps decrease a bit. Additionally, BWS recognizes that it is their kuleana to keep doing what they can to help their customers who may struggle at one time or another to stay current paying their water bill. To help with this, in addition to its tiered rate structure, BWS moved to monthly billing, provides zero interest case-by-case payment plans, uses multiple steps and accommodations to avoid turn-off, provides bill adjustments for underground leaks, and offers referrals to community social-service support organizations like Helping Hands and Catholic Charities. With full commitment to an open and transparent process, the BWS has been meeting with a Stakeholder Advisory Group since 2015. All of their meetings, and BWS Board meetings, are publicly noticed and open to all, and BWS encourages residents to attend. Board meetings are also shown on Olelo. Meeting locations, dates, and times, are posted online at www.boardofwatersupply.com. BWS recently conducted a survey for customers and stakeholders to provide opinions about important issues related to the water rate study. Below are three (3) of the top things they have heard:
o Over 55% believe BWS should have a very low rate to ensure affordability and reward conservation.
o About 66% want to see a decrease in water main breaks.
o Nearly 80% believe it is very important to replace more pipeline to prevent the number of breaks from increasing.
• Water Quality/ Response: In response to St. Denis' question regarding water quality from the previous meeting, BWS reported that providing customers with safe drinking water is their highest priority. BWS coordinates with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State Department of Health (DOH) to collect and assess over 30000 samples of their water to ensure it meets the highest standards. The BWS sends out an annual water quality report to customers to ensure the water quality meets or exceeds standards. In response to Wong's question regarding water quality and the risk of fecal matter from the previous meeting, the BWS reported that 100% of municipal water comes from underground. None of BWS's water is pumped from Ala Moana, and Federal and State law requires BWS to test for contaminants. The water system is currently in compliance with all State and Federal standards for drinking water. In response to Figliuzzi's question regarding cesspools and drinking water quality, the BWS reported that cesspools can affect ground water. Thus, the DOH's Safe Drinking Water branch oversees the use and approval of cesspools.
• Tower at Ward Avenue/ Response: In response to Matson's question regarding sufficient water for Hawaiian Electric Company's (HECO) tower project at Ward Avenue and its impact on the aquifer, the BWS reported that these types of projects do generally impact the aquifer. Developments require BWS investigate water availability, water pressure, and fire protection for zoning before making a determination for pending development. BWS can approve, approve with conditions, or deny projects based on the conclusion of such an investigation. BWS approved this project.
• Water Management Plan: BWS is in the process of developing a water management plan for the primary urban center, which includes the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 area. Several meetings will be held to discuss the plan in March 2018.
• Kaimuku Pump Station/ Response: In response to Vice Chair Narita's request for an update regarding the Auxiliary Power project at the Kaimuki Pump Station, BWS reported that there is no active project at that facility. In an emergency, BWS pre-deploys a mobile emergency generator at that facility throughout the year for maintenance and hurricane season. The generator can maintain that facility during any power outage.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Kaimuku Pump Station: Vice Chair Narita clarified that water delivered to Lower St. Louis Heights and areas of Kaimuki are under artificial pressure that is created by the pump at the Kaimuki Pump Station. Proposals for an auxiliary power station have been requested for years, but funding was not available until two (2) year ago, with the availability of Federal funds. Vice Chair Narita requested the status on these projects. BWS Manager Ernie Lau responded that he would follow up regarding the details. Lau commented on a current project to create three (3) emergency generators to prepare for natural disasters at Kalihi shaft, Halawa shaft, and Kunia wells. There are currently no similar projects for Kaimuki. Lau commented that he would like to keep dialogue open regarding outages. Vice Chair Narita responded that following a punctured water main on Dole Street, areas of Lower Street, Louis Heights, and areas of Kaimuki lost water. These areas lost water because the power that supplies the artificial pressure was lost due to the outage on Dole Street. Vice Chair explained that it is critical to maintain that artificial pressure, and wished to clarify conflicting reports regarding the status on this project. Lau responded that the break on Dole Street was of a 20 inch diameter transmission main for a high service system, and isolating the break is necessary so that water doesn't leak out of the system. Lau commented that he would follow up on the issue.
2. Waste Water Treatment Facility: Chung asked and Lau responded that the Department of Environmental Services (ENV) would be the most appropriate department for an update on the proposal for building a waste-water treatment facility at the Ala Wai Golf course. Chung requested monthly updates to the Board on this project from the consulting firm Kennedy Jenks.
3. Cesspools: A resident asked and Lau responded that they are monitoring sea level rise, and other impacts of climate change as they relate to the areas of Oahu County that still utilize cesspools. These would be analyzed on a case by case, site specific basis. Lau commented that BWS monitors wells on a monthly basis for bacteria. Wong asked and Lau responded that cesspools are regulated by the State Department of Health (DOH). Lau commented that where possible, it would be best to move those using cesspools to the City's sewer system to help handle waste water properly and help the environment. Wong requested that BWS to what they can to actively clean the water.
4. Red Hill Fuel Tank Data: Wong asked and Lau responded that the data they provided to the Board regarding fuel tank leaks at Red Hill are the responsibility of the Navy, as the data was sourced from them.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative: No representative was present at this time.
Governor David Ige's Representative: Major General Arthur Logan, Adjutant General of Hawaii Army National Guard, distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Unemployment: Major General Logan commented that Hawaii remains the State with the lowest unemployment rate nationwide.
• Kahauiki Village: Major General Logan commented that the National Guard is involved in supporting the various homeless task force projects in the City, such as Kahauiki Village, and will continue to do so.
• Kupuna Caregivers: Major General Logan discussed a program to allow those taking care of their Kupuna/senior citizens to apply for money from the State, or for reduced hours or leave from work.
• National Guard: Major General Logan commented that the Hawaii National Guard currently has 100 soldiers and airmen in contingency operations, and expects 2000 more to be deployed for service over the next two (2) years.
Matson arrived at 7:03 p.m.; 12 members present.
LJ Duenas, American Diabetes Association, Race, Saturday, March 17, 2018: Duenas expressed the American Diabetes Association's appreciation for the permitted use of Kapiolani Regional Park for their race.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Route: Wong asked and Duenas responded that the route will go along Monserrat Avenue, Paki Road, and Diamond Head Road. Monserrat Avenue will be in use from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Hawaii Pacific Health Women's 10K, Sunday, May 6, 2018: Taurus of Hawaii Pacific Health discussed the Women's 10K on Sunday, May 6, 2018. The route will include Kalakaua Avenue, going towards Diamond Head.
Mid-Pacific Group Runners Club: Joan Davis of the Mid-Pacific Group Runners Club reported the following: Permitting Error and Consequences: Davis apologized to the community for an incident surrounding the Diamond Head Dash Jackson 8k on Sunday, January 21, 2018. Two (2) permits were issued for the event. On Saturday, January 20, 2018, the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) contacted the Runners Club to inform them that the "no parking" signs were not placed. The Runners Club reached out to the City to ensure that signs would be placed. According to the Runners Club, the signs were placed at 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018. As a consequence, 20 cars were cited or towed for parking violations. Following an emergency meeting of the Runners Club on Thursday, January 25, 2017, they decided to pay for the citations and towing fees of the 20 affected individuals. Six (6) had been paid as of Thursday, February 8, 2018. Davis commented that the Runners Club will be more diligent moving forward when it comes to permitting. Davis announced the next race to be on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Pearl City.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Permitting: Matson asked and Davis responded that the responsibility for proper placement of the signs was not indicated on the permits and was done too late. Wong commented that she and Davis will keep a dialogue open to reach out to the parties responsible for handling the permits.
Department of Enterprise Services (DES) Director, Guy Kaulukukui, Ala Wai Driving Range Project: Director Kaulukukui presented on the Ala Wai Driving Range Project:
• Purpose of Proposal: Director Kaulukukui reported that the purpose of the proposal is to enhance the Ala Wai Driving Range and Facility. He added that The City and County of Honolulu is requesting proposals that will enhance facility and services currently provided to sustain current activities and offer more related activities to enhance the golfing experience. DES is seeking proposals for planning, designing, building, operating and maintaining the driving range facility as defined in the solicitation.
• Objectives: Director Kaulukukui outlined the key objectives as follows: Design, build, finance, operate, and maintain facility experience enhancement for the Ala Wai Golf Course; Preserve the rights and prices of current patrons; Preserve the current pricing structure for golfers at driving range; Upgrade and expand the asset in the project area while increasing revenue for the city with golf related activities; Blend in with the surrounding environment and preserve the nature of the community.
• Deadlines: In December 2017, the City submitted a Request for Proposal (RFP) for this project. The original deadline was Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Two (2) extensions were granted, moving the deadline first to Wednesday, February 14, 2018, and then to Wednesday, February 21, 2018.
• Process following Proposal: Director Kaulukukui discussed the proposal process. Once the proposal is submitted, three (3) individuals will review the proposal, and score them based on weights provided by the RFP. Director Kaulukukui commented that the RFP was distributed to the board via the Neighborhood Commission Office (NCO). An award will be given to the proposer with the best score. At that point, the City will begin the process of negotiating a lease, the length of which is part of the proposal with a 40 year cap. Once the lease is ready, it will go before the City's Budget Committee and then to the full City Council. Director Kaulukukui added that these meetings will provide many opportunities for public input. Once the Council passes this and agrees to the lease, it goes to the landlord for final approval. Director Kaulukukui commented that it is understood in this case that the State will transfer the land to the City by executive order. He added that, prior to the initiative launch, DES met with the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to ensure DES purposes met DLNR understandings. DES expects a selection to be made by the end of February 2018.
Questions, comments, and concerns:
1. Height Limits: St. Denis asked and Director Kaulukukui responded that the height limit is not listed in the RFP. Director Kaulukukui commented that the construction will need to be consistent with these constraints, as it these projects must go through the permitting process. St. Denis expressed her concerns with a three (3) floor proposal and Director Kaulukukui responded that this proposal pertains to a specific project, and will be subject to permitting restrictions if they are selected.
2. Details of Expansion and Upgrades: Matson asked and Director Kaulukukui responded that the purpose of the RFP, broad as it is, is meant to fit a variety of purposes. Director Kaulukukui commented that it represents a concept for the market to respond to.
3. Deadline Extensions: Matson asked and Director Kaulukukui responded that he does not have any information regarding the identity of those who requested the extension. Director Kaulukukui commented that this information could be public in the future.
4. Board/DES/NCO Communications: Matson expressed her concerns that the Board requested an executive summary of the RFP with an inclusion of elements and features requested, but did not received that information prior to the meeting. Director Kaulukukui commented that a copy of the RFP should have been distributed to the Board via the NCO. The Neighborhood Assistant Thomas Baldwin explained that requests made through the Mayor's Representative are to be distributed by the Mayor's Representative at the following Board meeting. Baldwin explained that NCO was sent a copy of the RFP as a part of the Mayor's Representative Report. Baldwin clarified that the Mayor's Representative Report is an internal document and is shared between the NCO Office and the Mayor's Representative before the meeting.
5. Parking Structure: Wong asked and Director Kaulukukui responded that he was not familiar with a proposed parking structure in violation of the Diamond Head Special District height limits. Wong responded that the Director mentioned a parking structure at previous community meetings. The Director responded that there is currently no proposal for a parking structure, though there is a chance that a proposer could submit a project that includes one (1). He added that such a proposal would have to be permitted. Wong asked and Guy Kaulukukui responded that DES intends to abide by the law.
6. Termination for Convenience Clause: Chung asked and Director Kaulukukui responded that he would need to report back regarding the City's Termination for Convenience clause and where it stands in cases where one (1) vendor is replaced by a new one (1), and how many days' notice the prior vendor has before vacating.
7. Liquor License: Resident Barbara Armentrout asked why there would be a new liquor licenses granted when a liquor license has already been granted for a vendor at the property.
8. Driving Range Fences: Resident Barbara Armentrout asked and Director Kaulukukui responded that every aspect of a proposal will need to go through the permitting process, including driving range fences.
9. Footprint of Proposal: Resident Daisy Murai asked and Director Kaulukukui responded that the project is constrained to the current footprint of the driving range, though the entry at Kapahulu Avenue could be changed only for the purpose of enhancing the entry and traffic flow. Resident Murai asked and Director Kaulukukui responded that he will not know how many bids have been made until the deadline.
10. Height Limits (continued): Wong asked and Director Kaulukukui responded that in regards to the Diamond Head Special District height limits, any approved proposal must go through the permitting process. Wong expressed her concern with height limit expectations.
11. Land Use Requirements: Matson asked if the proposers had been educated on the land use requirements and Director Kaulukukui responded that is it the responsibility of the proposer to investigate the various requirements and restrictions.
12. Updates: Chair West requested updates on the proposals moving forward.
13. Environmental Impact: Welch asked if they intend to have an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Director Kaulukukui responded that he expects an Environmental Assessment to be made.
Convention of States Action: Mark White, State Director of the Convention of States, distributed a handout and reported the following:
• Convention of States: White requested the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5's support in passing a resolution to urge the Hawaii Legislature to help convene a convention of States. White commented that a Convention of States is meant to bring power back to the States, and away from the Federal Government. He added that a Convention of States is legally authorized via Article 5 of the United States Constitution as one (1) of two (2) ways to propose amendments to the constitution. This requirement for Article 5 is triggered once 34 States have passed a resolution on the same subject.
• Details: The Convention of the States is run by the States, and would be intended to reign in the size and scope of Federal Government. The three (3) main objectives of the convention would be to enact fiscal restraint, limit the powers and jurisdiction of the Federal government, and to enact term limits for congress.
• Progress: Since 2014, Convention of States resolutions have been passed in 12 States. The current resolution House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 5 at the Hawaii Legislature is stalled in committee, and will likely not receive a hearing without public support.
Questions, comments, and concerns:
1. Board Business: Chair West commented that the Board will be able to take action on the proposed resolution in March 2018. Chair West made suggestions to improve the resolution.
2. Hawaii State Legislature: Matson asked and White responded that the resolution has a triple referral to the House Committees on Legislative Management, Judiciary, and Finance. White commented that the cutoff date for resolutions is Friday, March 9, 2018. Allen commented that the first lateral deadline is Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Matson commented that they need to know the deadline for the first committee.
Hearing no objection, Chair West moved to the Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative: Walea Constantinau distributed a newsletter and reported the following: Ala Wai Driving Range RFP: DES reported that they provided the RFP to the Board. Walea commented that due to the document being 51 pages, printing over 15 copies would not be very feasible. Walea added that the digital document will be distributed to the Board members.
Questions, comments, and concerns:
1. Board/DES/NCO Communications: Wong expressed her concerns that NCO rejected sending the RFP to the Board due to protocol. Constantinau responded that it was expected that the RFP would be presented tonight.
2. Resolutions: Wong expressed her concerns that Board resolutions have not been distributed to necessary recipients.
3. Board/DES/NCO Communications (continued): Wong expressed her concerns that information coming from the Mayor's office cannot be distributed through NCO, and must be through the Mayor's Representative. Constantinau responded that the purpose is to centralize the reporting system. Matson and Welch expressed their concerns that the Board requested the summary months in an advance, and felt the RFP summary should have been distributed to the Board in advance with this fact in mind. Matson added that without the design elements, height limits, and parameters, the Board was ill prepared to ask necessary questions for the presentation. Matson re-submitted a request for an executive summary. Welch expressed his concerns with the relative lack of public dialogue with DES regarding a project with a very significant impact on the community. Constantinau responded that she will take the concerns back to DES.
4. Nimitz/ Ala Moana Lane Closures: Wong commented that in January 2018 she saw blocked lanes on Nimitz Highway and Ala Moana Boulevard on Saturday night, traveling from the airport to downtown, limiting the lanes to two (2) or single lanes. Constantinau responded that the request will be forwarded to the State Department of Transportation (HDOT).
5. Rates Commission: Resident Barbara Armentrout expressed her concerns that meetings for the Rate Commission are not included in the larger list of other commission and boards online. Constantinau responded that she will take the concern back.
Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Ala Wai Canal Dredging project: Jeyan Thiruganam reported the following:
• Ala Wai Dredging Project: At the end of the 2018, the Ala Wai will be dredged to remove all the sediment and silt that has accumulated in the Ala Wai Canal, with an expected one (1) year duration. They expect to work from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
• Need for the Project: Since the last dredging in 2002, the accumulation of silt and sediment has created potential hazardous and unhealthy conditions in the canal. During heavy rainfall, the Ala Wai has only so much capacity to retain the rainfall. This risk has created the need for the recent project to dispose of the silt and sediment.
• Work: The canal dredging footprint runs from Kapahulu Library to the entry of Ala Wai Harbor, and is two (2) miles long. The work will start at the Library and move toward the Harbor. A purpose built barge will allow for the collecting of the dredge material form the library to the entry of the Ala Wai Harbor. A tug boat will then transfer the barge five (5) miles off shore to an EPA designated disposal site.
• Dredge Spoil Disposal: All Dredge Spoils in the Ala Wai were tested, as many spoils can often be too contaminated to safely move through the ocean. This year, none of the dredge spoils were at that dangerous level of contamination.
• Impacts: The canoe and kayak organizations that use the canal will now have a much deeper channel to work with. The dredging will improve the ability of the canal to store storm water.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Silt and Sediment: Welch asked and Thiruganam responded that in many places, the silt and sediment has accumulated to between five (5) and seven (7) feet on average.
2. Ala Wai Bacteria: St. Denis commented that students tested some portions of the Ala Wai, and found flesh eating bacteria. Thiruganam responded that they are collecting the materials in the soil, not necessarily what is in the water.
3. Other Options: Senator Ihara commented on his involvement in the 2002 Dredging Project. Senator Ihara asked what other options could be made and Thiruganam responded that setting up pipes throughout the canal to create a suction could be considered, but is not preferred due to associated risks.
4. Power Lines: Resident Murai asked and Thiruganam responded that the project will be help HECO in the relocation of power lines.
5. Water Flow: Allen asked and Thiruganam responded that there are are partnership programs and agencies to clear potential areas that could block the waterflow into the Ala Wai Canal.
Red Hill Fuel Storage Tanks: Mark Manfredie, John Montgomery, and Victor Flint presented the following:
• The Facility: Manfredie commented that the Red Hill Fuel Storage tanks is one (1) of the largest strategic fuel source facility on the planet, with a 12.5 million gallon fuel capacity. In 2014, tank five (5) leaked 27,000 gallons of fuel, due to human error. The hired contractor was not using the proper welding techniques during maintenance, and quality control measures did not catch the error. A new contractor was hired after the previous one (1) went out of business to fix the error. All of the tanks are given regular maintenance and monitoring wells are installed. The Navy is currently in a 22 year long agreement with the EPA and the DOH where the Navy must propose a tank upgrade solution for the facility. The tanks will be out of service after 22 years if they have not been upgraded in a satisfactory way.
• History: Flint discussed the history of the Red Hill Fuel Storage Tanks. Flint commented that the Red Hill Fuel Storage tanks provides reserve fuel for the State government in cases of emergency. He responded to reports of an aged facility, commenting that the facility goes through regular maintenance and upgrades. He commented that only two (2) leaks have been reported in its history. Flint commenting that monitors are installed to track for leaks. He added that the facility is proximal to the Red Hill drinking well, the Halawa well, and the Moanalua well. Flint ensured the community that the water is safe.
• Maintance: Montgomery detailed the maintenance process for the Board. He reported that each tank is 250 tall and 100 feet in diameter, with a quarter inch liner around the barrel, and a half inch on the bottom and on the top. He added that this is surrounded by four (4) and a half feet of concrete, with eight (8) feet of concrete on the top.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed :
1. Water Quality and Safety: Matson commented that according to a report from the Navy distributed by BWS, there were 323,000 gallons leaked from the period of 1947 to 2014. Matson asked what the scope of the reported leaks were, and what the impact on the aquifer might be. Matson asked and Montgomery responded that the water is safe and that the level of contaminants is well below the established levels in the ground water. Montgomery commented that there are unverified historical documents on the tanks, and clarified that the 323,000 gallon leak statistic is incorrect. Montgomery commented that sort of data may reflect pre-regulation facility practices, and were not leaks. Matson asked and Montgomery responded that does not know the specific safe levels, or parts per million, of these chemicals permissible in drinking water. Flint commented that he could not share the information and Matson commented that she would like the information to be on the record. Manfredie commented that it depends on which chemical is being referred to. He added that one (1) such chemical has a standard of 400 parts per billion. The current sampling indicates 17 parts per billion at its highest. Manfredie clarified that these samples are from the Navy's Red Hill drinking water shaft and are tested by EPA certified laboratories. Welch commented that these tanks sit above the aquifer. He asked what can be done to improve the safety of the facilities to ensure that the drinking water is safe. Manfredie commented that the tanks can be upgraded or moved, and six (6) upgrade options are currently being considered, and the Navy hopes to propose one (1) by the summer to the EPA for approval. There will be a March 14, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. public meeting at Moanalua Middle School for residents to speak with subject matter experts on the repair options.
2. Legislation: Wong reported that the House Bill (HB) 2712 and Senate Bill (SB) 2930 are currently in the legislature, requesting a 10 year deadline for the project.
3. Tanks: Wong commented that 15 tanks are in use and five (5) are retired. Wong listed a greater number of leaks than the two (2) reported by the Navy, and Montgomery responded that there have only been two (2) leaks. Wong asked and Montgomery responded that two (2) tanks are out of service, and a cycle of three (3) tanks are not in operation due to regular maintenance. Wong recommended moving the tanks off of the aquifer. Wong asked how likely it is the Navy could finish the upgrades in 10 years. Manfredie responded that it is impossible to do some of the proposals in 10 years. He added that building a new facility would require similar constraints and challenges in order to stay within construction regulations.
4. Leak Report: Chair West requested an updated leak report from the Navy.
Councilmember Anne Kobayashi: Councilmember Kobayashi distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Special Council Meeting: There will be a special council meeting on Monday, February 12, 2018 regarding Monster Homes, with a final vote on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Councilmember Kobayashi expressed her concerns with the current state of monster homes.
• Manoa Market Place: Councilmember Kobayashi expressed her appreciation for Welch's efforts in protecting the trees at Manoa Market Place.
Miller, Cuban, and Wanager left at 9:15 p.m.; 9 members present.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Manoa Market Place: Welch returned the appreciation Councilmember Kobayashi's efforts to protect the local environment.
2. Ala Wai Dredging Project: Welch requested Councilmember Kobayashi's support in dealing with the Ala Wai Driving Range RFP.
3. Trees for Honolulu's Future: Welch announced an event at the Ala Wai Club House on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. by the non-profit Trees for Honolulu's Future. The event will be attended by Mayor Kirk Caldwell and many community stakeholders to help achieve 35% canopy coverage on Oahu by 2035.
4. Composting/ Community Gardens: St. Denis requested time to speak with Councilmember Kobayashi on a local community garden as it relates to composting.
5. Bikeshare/Biki: Vice Chair Narita reported on an Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OMPO) meeting he attended. He reported that an individual at the meeting went on record to say that Bikeshare did not qualify to request for $500,000 in Federal funds. He added that the City refused to pay the 20% payback for the $500,000, as is standard, which is why Bikeshare donated $500,000 to the Council. He requested the executive director let the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) know which Federal funds are available without the consent and knowledge of the CAC, as up to this point, the CAC's function is to approve the public outreach of all projects requesting Federal funds. Vice Chair Narita requested Councilmember Kobayashi ask the Council who made this agreement, as it implicates that Bikeshare was not eligible for the funds. He added that Bikeshare had an agreement with a city agency that stipulates that if they got the funds, that they would be responsible for the 20% payback. Vice Chair Narita added that Uber has started an e-assist bike rental in San Francisco. Vice Chair Narita commented that Biki should offer e-assisted, electric motor assisted bikes in Kaimuki due to the hilly terrain.
6. Waste Containers: Wong asked for Councilmember Kobayashi's position on Bill 10, related to waste containers. Councilmember Kobayashi commented that they are looking into composting, as it is all going to hydrogen power. Councilmember Kobayashi added that the City has to utilize nearly 890,000 tons of waste a year
Councilmember Trevor Ozawa: No representative was present; a report was provided.
Senator Stanley Chang: Cameron Sato of Senator Chang's Office reported the following: House Bill 2722/ Senate Bill 2722: Sato commented that after discussing the issues with the various counties, Chang's office has introduced SB2722 that would make it a class C felony to obstruct county real property zoning enforcement operations. The bill has a hearing on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Questions, comments, and concerns:
1. Homeless Safe Zones: Wong expressed her appreciation to the Office of Senator Chang for their initiatives on homeless safe zones.
2. Capital Improvement Projects CIP: Referencing the SB3022 submitted by Senator Chang, related to CIPs for the district, Matson requested more information on the requested $950,000 for a Diamond Head State monument and the request for $300,000 for Kapahulu Tunnel. Matson requested more information on what the amounts were for, including master plans and financial details. Matson added that the Diamond Head Citizens Adisory Committee Meeting provided more information regarding Kapahulu Tunnel, but no information is available for the State monument. Matson clarified that one (1) million dollars were already invested into a master plan previously, but was never implemented. Sato responded that he would report back on this.
Senator Les Ihara: Senator Les Ihara reported the following:
• Legislation: Senator Ihara commented that the first lateral deadline is on Friday, February 16, 2018. Regarding the medical aid in dying bill, the House looks to add more safeguards to the bill that passed the Senate at the previous 2017 session. The Affordable Housing Act of 2018 introduced by Senator Ihara looks to provide a revenue source for affordable housing through real eState investment trusts. Federal law is required that 90% of dividends to the investors. With a significant level of taxation of the corporations paid to other States through out-of-State investors, the bill will allow for the State of Hawaii to tax those dividends without double taxing the investors. The revenue stream from this legislation will be channeled to programs and projects aimed at opportunities related to affordable housing.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Revenue: Welch asked and Senator Ihara commented that the revenue could be between 40$ million to 50$ million in revenue from the Affordable Housing Act of 2018.
2. Parking Kiosk: Wong asked and Senator Ihara responded that he would follow up regarding the parking kiosk by Side Street Inn.
3. Ala Wai Harbor: Matson asked and Senator Ihara responded that the Chair of the Senate's Committee on Water and Land does not plan hear SB2679 related to a development cap around the Ala Wai Harbor area. Matson commented that many of the stakeholders want the bill as it removes a cap on development in the area.
Representative Bertrand Kobayashi: Representative Kobayashi distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Legislation: Representative Kobayashi discussed the deadlines at the legislature, expecting 40% of the bills to die by the first deadline, with 70% dead by March 2018.
• Marine Debris: Representative Kobayashi commented that DLNR removed a large piece of marine debris was found off of Waikiki.
• Net Neutrality: Representative Kobayashi discussed the impact of the net neutrality decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow internet providers to give preference to certain connections and the potential for service providers to create tiers of users.
• Safety Class: Representative Kobayashi announced a free American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) home safety class on Saturday, February 17, 2018.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
• Marine Debris: Persons reported that two (2) large chunks of marine debris about the size of a pickup truck were also found and Representative Kobayashi expressed his concerns that it is a sign of things to come.
• Convention of States: Matson asked and Representative Kobayashi responded that the Convention of States is a multi-year, multi-billion dollar effort to enact a constitutional convention. Representative Kobayashi commented that conservatives are generally supportive and liberals are generally opposed, and doubts the State Legislature would support it. Representative Kobayashi clarified that this would be a convention at the Federal level.
Representative Scott Nishimoto: Kevin Wong distributed a newsletter and reported the following: the Board:
• Free Tax Clinic: A Free Tax Clinic will be offered on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Hawaii State Capitol for lower income inviduals.
• Town Hall: Representative Nishimoto will be hosting a Town Hall meeting at McCully-Mo'ili'ili Library at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.
• Recycling Event: Representative Nishimoto will be hosting a Clean Up event at Jefferson Elementary School on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
House Speaker Emiterus (HSE) Calvin Say: HSE Say distributed a newsletter.
Approval of Thursday, November 9, 2017, Regular Meeting Minutes
Matson moved and Welch seconded the motion to approve the Thursday, November 9, 2017 Regular Meeting Minutes as amended. The motion was adopted by VOICE VOTE; 9-0-0 (AYE: Allen, Bowman, Matson, Narita, Persons, St. Denis, Welch, George West, and Linda Wong NAY: None. ABSTAIN: Wong) Amendments include:
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Board of Water Supply (BWS): Ann Wong of the BWS reported the following: • Main Break: There was one (1) six (6) inch main break in the district on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 295 Makale 2955 Makalei Place.
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2. Kapahulu Outreach … John Wailen Whalen of Planned Plan Pacific …
Residents/Community Concerns/Elected officials
Request for Investigation and Service Report: Chair West commented that Councilmember Anne Kobayashi's office sent in a Request for Investigation and Service Report regarding the RFP which was forwarded to him.
Approval of Thursday, January 11, 2018, Regular Meeting Minutes
Wong commented that a discussion related to Bikeshare and Pualei Circle was not added to the minutes, and it was clarified by Chair West that it was already included in the minutes on page eight (8), item six (6).
Matson moved and Welch seconded the motion to approve the Thursday, January 11, 2018 Regular Meeting Minutes as amended. The motion was adopted by VOICE VOTE; 9-0-0 (AYE: Allen, Bowman, Matson, Narita, Persons, St. Denis, Welch, George West, and Wong. NAY: None. ABSTAIN: None. ) Amendments include:
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5. Crane Community Park: Wong commented that she had requested information on Krane Crane Park. … Wong asked and Lieutenant Hayamoto responded that there is a weekly check to enforce Stored Property Ordinance (SPO).
• Page 3:
2. Emergency: Resident Daisy Murai asked and Lieutenant Hayamoto the representative of HFD responded that he was not familiar with an medical emergency around 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 11, 2018 near Waikiki School.
BWS - questions, comments and concerns:
3. Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) Land Liquidation Condominium Tower: …. Matson expressed her concerns with about the impact on the island's water supply by vast consumption from future such unplanned developers.high-density residential developments.
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Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) Memorial Parade:
• Request: Members of the NZDF requested the Board's assistance in support for the ANZAC Memorial Parade…
Joint Presentation Scott Morishige and Marc Alexander, Homeless Coordinators: State Homeless Coordinator Scott Morishige and Executive Director of the Office of Housing Marc Alexander reported the following:
• State of Hawaii Efforts: Morishige provided an overview of the States State's actions to reduce homelessness.
• Page 5:
Progress Evaluation: … In evaluating the Family Assessment Center, they have a 91 rate percent permanent housing placement rate, with a 77 day average transition from homelessness to permanent housing, short of the benchmark limit of no more than 90 days. The Housing First Program, begun in 2014, has a 97 percent retention rate in the State.
State Programs Data: … Executive Director Alexander commented that the City and County of Honolulu's Housing First Program had a UH study evaluation had of 215 housing vouchers voucher recipients.
7. Affordable Housing: Wong commented that she heard a report about that a new development in Kakaako only had 33 affordable housing units, with an affordable housing criteria of $140,000 per year. Executive Director Alexander responded that Bill 58 and Bill 59 are moving through the City Council to change the affordable housing criteria to 80% Area Median Income (AMI).
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Homeless Coordinators Presentation - questions, comments and concerns:
1. State Programs Data: Matson asked how many individuals out of the total homeless population were contacted, from which 91% placed in housing remained, and how many out of the total known homeless population are willing to accept assistance. and Morishige responded….
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2. Affordability: … This pilot program to better understand the consequences of subsidized memberships. Espiritu compared the prices to the current monthly pass for TheBus rate at $70.00 contrasted with the $50.00 $15.00 dollar monthly Biki membership. Espiritu commented that further cuts in membership prices would require operational subsidies.
Wong asked and Esiritu Espiritu responded that they are not an off-shoot of TheBus and that Bikeshare is just another form of public transportation.
4. Affordable Housing: Wong commented that she overheard a discussion at City Council regarding lowering the requirements to qualify for affordable housing. Councilmember Kobayashi responded that the City Council will be holding a meeting on Thursday, January 18, 2018 regarding Bill 58 and 59. She added that a new building nearby the Ala Moana Center which has a potential capacity for 500 affordable units. She added that a building nearby sold out all of its workforce housing units within days. She commented that Mayor Caldwell may call to condemn the lot with those properties for a portion of the Rail. She commented their office requested details on this addition.
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Councilmember Kobayashi - questions, comments and concerns:
3. Ala Wai Golf Course: Matson… added that the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 have consistently requested a presentation from Director Guy Kalukukui of the DES for four (4) or five (5) months but without success, and now news headlines show a huge commercial development on preservation land. ….Councilmember Kobayashi noted the DES development controversy over Thomas Square and the proposed $500 million redevelopment of Blaisdell Center, and that these proposed large commercial developments at Ala Wai Golf Course, Thomas Square, and others, take focus away from basic maintenance of park facilities.
4. Affordable Housing: … Councilmember Kobayashi … added that a new building nearby the Ala Moana Center which has a potential capacity for 500 affordable units. She added that a new building nearby to be constructed across form the planned Ala Moana Center rail station has a potential capacity for 500 affordable units,. She added that and another building nearby sold out all of its workforce housing units within a day-and-a-half days with many more on the waiting list. She commented that Mayor Caldwell may call to condemn the lot with those properties for a portion of the Rail to be rerouted along Kapiolani Boulevard., and She commented their her office requested details on this addition. Matson noted this significant change would likely require a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.
Senator Stanley Chang:
• Illegal Vacation Rentals: …. Senator Change hopes to pass a measure to introduce Post-compliance service to the State level. Post-compliance service creates detailed listings of illegal vacation rentals…
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Senator Les Ihara, Jr. - questions, comments and concerns:
2. REIT Investing and Hawaii Tax Collection/Investing: Matson asked if a Fact Sheet is available for the Hawaii REIT situation. and Senator Ihara responded …
Representative Scott Nishimoto: Representative Nishimoto's Office distributed a newsletter and reported the following: the Board:
Tax Collection/Investing: Senator Ihara commented on a bill that would tax those who invest in an asset real eState investment trust (REIT) within based in the State of Hawaii who live out of State. He commented that the potential revenue stream lies between $25 million and $50 million annually. He explained that the current Federal system adopted by the States allows individual investors to invest in publicly traded REIT companies that have a revenue stream from commercial properties. These REITS publicly traded companies are required to pay dividends, and the investor must pay income tax on these dividends. On the State level, for Hawaii residents, they pay income taxes from their investments in the State of Hawaii. He explained that out-of-State investors with investments in Hawaii property currently pay those taxes to their own State, and not Hawaii. The new bill aims to allow Hawaii to withhold all of the taxes that are due by individual investors residing in all of the States, and then transfer it to the State Hawaii for Hawaiian investors in all States. and others. The State of Hawaii would guarantee that out-of-State investors in Hawaii property would not be double-taxed as a consequence. They will be charged the difference if an out-of-State investors income taxes are higher than Hawaii's income taxes. (<- These amendments provided from Senator Ihara's office on my request)
Minutes: Matson commended the Neighborhood Assistant for the accuracy and clarity of the minutes and requested that it be added to the record, and Chair West agreed.
Leahi Avenue Permitted Interaction Group: A report was submitted to be reflected on the minutes: Lunalilo Trust: The Lunalilo trust is getting costs from Title Guaranty and will then need board approval on their end to get a separate title search done for the street. They have also reached out to Councilmember Trevor Ozawa's Office for further assistance. The PIG started a Traffic Safety Committee at Waikiki School and are having the City review the intersections of Kanaina and Monsarrat and Leahi/ Monsarrat through advisement from the safe routes to schools program. Leahi Avenue continues to be a real issue for school pedestrian safety. Barbara reached out to BIKI and they would like to work together for common interests in the Kapiolani Park - Pualei Circle Area. There is a consideration for the PIG to reach out the State Attorney General's office for some guidance since Lunalilo Trust falls under some of their umbrella as a charitable trust and the State has a significant right to ownership of the road based on the Highways Act of 1892. The PIG requests advise on the proper protocol to reach out to them for assistance and if the Neighborhood Board or PIG is permitted to do so.
Treasurer's Report: There is a remaining balance of $485.04
Subdistrict 1 (St. Louis Heights): Allen reported that the next St Louis Heights Association Meeting is on Monday, February 12, at 7:00 p.m. at Hokalani Elementary School.
Subdistrict 2 (Kapahulu): No report was provided.
Subdistrict 3 (Diamond Head): Wong reported that she received an email from Councilmember Ozawa's Office sent an email reporting that he met with the CEO of Bikeshare expressing concerns from residents from Pualei circle against new bike stations.
Chair Report: Chair West commented that the next agenda will have a presentation from DTS regarding the Date Street Crosswalks.
Next Regular Board Meeting: The next regular Board meeting will be at Ala Wai Club House on Thursday, March 8, 2018.
ADJOURNMENT: As there was no further business before the Board, Chair West adjourned the meeting at 10:10 p.m.
Submitted by: Thomas Baldwin, Neighborhood Assistant Reviewed by: Jackson Coley, Neighborhood Assistant
Finalized by: George West, Chair
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