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  • Kaimuki Neighborhood Board Minutes Posted for February 20, 2013 Meeting

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Kaimuki Neighborhood Board No. 4




CALL TO ORDER: Chair Lyle Bullock Jr. called the meeting to order at 7:07 p.m. with a quorum of eight (8) members present. Note -- This 11 member Board requires six (6) members to establish quorum and to take official Board action.

Members Present: Lyle Bullock, Jr., Paul Hoe, Brian Kang, Abigail Leong, Russell McGuire, John Perez, Sharon Schneider, Leonard Tam, and Lori Yamada.

Members Absent: Marilyn Moniz-Kahoohanohano (Third absence).

Vacancies: There is one (1) vacancy in Sub-district 3 (West Kaimuki).

Guests: Lieutenant Maurice Asato and Officer Chad Yamada (Honolulu Police Department); Acting Firefighter III Douglas Youth (Honolulu Fire Department); Lorna Heller (Board of Water Supply), Karen Yorimoto (Councilmember Kobayashi"s Office), Lydia Chock, Micah Munekata (Councilmember Stanley Chang"s Office), S. Sonoda, Gordon Tam, Mela Kealoha Lindsey, Jon Hag, Glenn Yamasato, Representative Bertrand Kobayashi, Senator Les Ihara Jr. and William Nhieu (Neighborhood Commission Office).

FILLING OF BOARD VACANCY: Chair Bullock opened the floor for nominations or volunteers to fill the one (1) vacancy in Sub-district 3 (West Kaimuki). There were no nominations or volunteers at this time.


Honolulu Fire Department (HFD): Acting Firefighter III Douglas Youth reported the following:

  • January 2013 Statistics: Included 146 alarms with 7 structures, 3 rubbish fires, 131 medical emergencies, and 1 major incident.
  • Fire Safety Tip: Clothes Dryer Safety
    • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
    • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
    • Clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
    • Flexible or rigid metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
    • Ensure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap opens when the dryer is in operation. Remove lint from the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry.
    • Maintain the dryer in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a professional to ensure the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
    • Utilize the proper plug and outlet and ensure the dryer is properly connected.
    • Follow the manufacturer"s operating instructions, and do not overload your dryer.
    • Keep the area around your dryer clear of items that can burn, such as boxes, cleaning supplies, and clothing.
    • Clothes that have come in contact with flammable substances, such as gasoline, paint thinner, or similar solvents, should be laid outside to dry, and then washed and dried as usual.

Honolulu Police Department (HPD): Lieutenant Asato reported the following:

· January 19, 2013 through February 19, 2013 Crime Statistics: Included 18 burglaries, 3 robberies, 51 thefts and 22 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMV).

· Neighborhood Watch Program: Contact Officer Yamada if interested in starting up a community neighborhood watch program.

· New Move Over Law: The law requires motorists to make a lane change away from any emergency vehicle that is stopped for an emergency, investigation of a possible traffic violation, rendering assistance to a police officer, or other official duties, as indicated by flashing emergency lights of the stopped emergency vehicle where necessary and safe to do so, or to at the very least "slow down to a reasonable and prudent speed that is safe under the circumstances of an emergency road situation ahead."

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

  1. A resident asked if there are any statistics on the new "Move Over Law". Lt. Asato informed that it is still new but the main point is to protect the emergency personnel.

Board of Water Supply (BWS): Lorna Heller provided the monthly report and highlighted:

  • Water Main Breaks: There were zero main breaks in January 2013.
  • Detect-A-Leak Week -- March 18-24, 2013: Detection tablets were provided at the meeting, and residents were encouraged to use them to find leaks in their toilet basins.

Questions, comments, and concerns that followed:

1. Water Tank: A resident asked about the water tank in Kaimuki. Heller informed the resident that more information is needed.


Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes: Hoe moved and McGuire seconded the approval of the January 16, 2013, regular meeting minutes. The motion was ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY, 9-0-0 (Ayes: Bullock, Hoe, McGuire, Leong, Perez, Schneider, Kang, Tam, and Yamada.)

Treasurer"s Report: Treasurer Schneider reported the January 2013 expenditures were $38.67 for printing and postage of agenda and minutes; leaving a current balance of $743.73. The report was filed.


Friends of the Creation of Hawaii: Mela Kealoha-Lindsey introduced herself as the President of the non-profit organization, Friends of Creations of Hawaii Association. The purpose of the presentation was to provide the board and the community members with the clarity of the vision to the preservation of the Queen Lydia Lili`uokalani Elementary School. The Friends of Creations of Hawaii Association would like to acquire the property for the purpose of the Queen Lydia Lili`uokalani Learning and Community Center.

Pacific Business News (PBN) Businesswomen of the Year: PBN is now accepting nominations for Businesswomen of the Year.

Henry Watson: A resident informed the board that a former chair of the Kaimuki Neighborhood Board has recently passed away.

Nursing Homes: A resident raised concern that a lot of private nursing homes are springing up illegally in private residences on 16th Avenue.


Roads Maintenance Program: Cyndy Aylett of the Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) distributed a handout and highlighted:

  • Vision: To keep our roads in good condition at minimum cost, using industry best practices and technologies. Also, to follow the guidelines in Resolution 12-35 including the Average Pavement Condition Index (PCI) of 80 and the minimum PCI on any road would be 60. The key strategy is the right treatment on the right road at the right time.
  • Approach: The plan is to measure the roads to understand what distresses are present in each road segment, determine the best type of treatment to address specific road conditions and distresses, and to develop a work plan based on budget and work programmed.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. A resident questioned the amount of people DFM has studying the roads. Aylett responded that DFM has contracted out surveying to a private surveying company that utilizes 3D imaging.


Mayor"s Representative: Director Michael Formby reported:

· Introduction: Director Formby is of the Department of Transportation Services (DTS) that is also a resident of the Kaimuki area.

· Disposition of Tree near 16th Avenue: Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) is hoping to have a resolution next month.

· Camping Permits: At a press conference today Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Parks and Recreation (DPR) Director Toni Robinson reported that effective March 1, 2013 the city will begin charging a nominal fee to reserve camping permits for city parks island wide in order to raise revenues and make permits available to more residents. Starting March 1, 2013, permits will cost $10 a night for a minimum of three (3) to five (5) nights depending on the locations, plus a two (2) dollar reservation fee. Each permit allows up to 10 people to camp. The Mayor wants more Oahu families to have an opportunity to camp at the beautiful city parks. "Under the old reservation system, for a three-day weekend like this, all of the permits for the entire island would be snapped up in less than an hour of becoming available online".

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Cultural Iwi (Bones): A resident asked what is going on with cultural Iwi. Director Formby informed them that surveying has been completed and a report will be reported.

2. Maunalani Street: A resident mentioned that the trees along Maunalani Street by the bus top are being destroyed. It was noted that sawdust is present.

3. Bus Shelter: A board member requested a bus shelter at 12th and Kilauea Avenues.

Councilmember Ann Kobayashi: Karen Yorimoto distributed the Councilmember"s report and was available for questions.

Councilmember Stanley Chang: Micah Munekata distributed the Councilmember"s report and highlighted:

· Public Sidewalks: Sidewalk bills were introduced today that pertains to the homeless. The goal is to return the use of the sidewalks to the public.

· Sierra Drive: Sierra Drive was last resurfaced in 1997. There are no plans for resurfacing at this time, but repairs will be available for patch ups.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

  1. Repaving of Parking Lot: A resident questioned if the City plans on repaving the parking lot between 12th Avenue and Koko Head Avenue.
  2. Bill 12: A resident questioned the status of the Bill 12. Yorimoto responded that the bill was deferred and changes could possibly apply to all parks instead of a few.
  3. Kaimuki Christian Church: A Board member stated that when the City trucks parked on the grass area in front of the church to cut coconut trees, the sidewalk was cracked which is causing issues with the water lines.

Governor"s Representative: Fred Pablo reported the following:

· Assignment: Lieutenant Govenor Shan Tsutsui was appointed to head a Capital Improvement and deferred Maintenance Task Force.

· Agriculture: Governor Abercrombie is looking to improve sustainable agriculture.

· Keiki and Kupuna: Governor Abercrombie is focusing on keiki education and the kupuna program.

Senator Sam Slom: A representative or report was not available.

Senator Les Ihara: Senator Ihara reported:

· Deadline: March 1, 2013 is the deadline for the Senate to move bills out of committee. March 5, 2013 the bills will be decided on.

· Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC): PLDC repeal has been passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives.

· Inactive Bills: No gambling bills or same-sex marriage bills are moving forward.

Representative Calvin Say: Representative Say"s report was distributed.

Representative Bert Kobayashi: Representative Kobayashi provided a report and highlighted:

· Same Sex Marriage: None of the bills in the House have been heard and will not be heard this session.

· Legalization of Marijuana: House Bill 699 was deferred indefinitely by the Judiciary Committee and will not be heard in the House this session. The bill authorized legalizing marijuana and taxing it in a manner similar to alcohol.

· 21st Century Schools Bill (House Bill 865): Decision making will be on Friday, February 15, 2013. The bill establishes the framework for 21st Century schools through the redevelopment of school lands by the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA). It is up to the Department of Education, Department of Land and Natural Resources, and the State to create plans to develop five pilot programs at the properties.

· Sugary Drinks Fee: There are no measures to tax sugary drinks moving in the House of Representative. There is one bill moving forward in the Senate (Senate Bill 1085) which passed out of the Senate Health Committee.


· Next Board Meeting: The next meeting of the Kaimuki Neighborhood Board No. 4 will be on Wednesday, March 20 2013, 7:00 p.m. at the Kaimuki Christian Church, Fellowship Hall, 1117 Koko Head Avenue.

· Resignation: John Perez resigned from the board due to relocating out of the board area.

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 8:43 p.m.

Submitted By: Catherine Edwards, Senior Elections Clerk

Reviewed By: Nola Frank, Neighborhood Assistant I

Reviewed and Finalized By: Lyle Bullock Jr., Chair

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