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Kaimuki Neighborhood Board Meeting Minutes Posted For LAST MONTH (AUGUST 17, 2016)
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Kaimuki Neighborhood Board No. 4
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2016
KAIMUKI CHRISTIAN CHURCH, FELLOWSHIP HALL
CALL TO ORDER -- Chair Lyle Bullock Jr. called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m. A quorum was established with seven (7) members present. Note: This 11-member Board requires six (6) members to establish a quorum and to take official Board action.
Board Members Present -- Lyle Bullock Jr., Mark Hagadone, Paul Hoe, Brian Kang, Marilyn Moniz-Kaho'ohanohano, Sharon Schneider, Vernon Tam, and Lori Yamada.
Board Members Absent -- None
Guests -- Lieutenant Maurice Asato (Honolulu Police Department); Firefighter Ricky Mamiya (Honolulu Fire Department); Mark Wong (Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative); Leonard Hoshijo (Governor David Ige's Representative); Francis Choe (Councilmember Trevor Ozawa's Office); Councilmember Ann Kobayashi and James Larson; Representative Calvin Say; Julia Allen (Senator Slom's Representative); Lorna Heller (Board of Water Supply); Carol Hoshiko (Kapiolani Community College); Kawika and Lorinda Riley; and Relley Araceley (Neighborhood Commission Office).
PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS
Honolulu Police Department (HPD) -- Lieutenant Maurice Asato reported the following:
• July 2016 Statistics: There were 9 motor vehicle thefts, 14 burglaries, 43 thefts, and 13 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMV's). There was a total of 6,314 calls placed for service.
• Safety Tip: Residents are urged to keep their homes locked and secured. A handout detailing steps to secure a home was distributed.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Accident: Schneider asked for an update on a recent motorcycle accident that occurred near the Hawaiian Humane Society and Lieutenant Asato responded that the incident occurred when a truck was attempting to make a left turn onto King Street.
Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) -- Firefighter Ricky Mamiya reported the following:
• July 2016 Statistics: There was 1 structure fire, 1 wildland fire, 1 nuisance fire, 1 cooking fire, 12 activated alarms, 71 medical emergencies, 3 motor vehicle collisions with a pedestrian, 5 motor vehicle crashes, 1 mountain rescue, and 2 hazardous materials incidents.
• Fire Safety Tip: Smoke alarms should be installed and maintained in every home. Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button. If the smoke alarm has a nine (9) -- volt battery, change it annually. The entire smoke alarm should be replaced every 10 years. The HFD will be conducting its Smoke Alarms for Everyone (SAFE) program from Tuesday, September 13, 2016 to Friday, September 16, 2016. Residents interested in receiving a free smoke alarm installation, please call 723-7167 for more information.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Hazardous Materials: Chair Bullock Jr. asked and Firefighter Mamiya responded that the hazardous materials incidents involved cleaning up oil spills from motor collisions.
Board of Water Supply (BWS) -- Lorna Heller reported the following:
• Water Main Breaks: There was one (1) main break on Thursday, June 2, 2016.
• Water Master Plan: Public input on the BWS Master Plan is being accepted now through Monday, September 12, 2016. The full document and more information is available at www.boardofwatersupply.com.
• Impersonations: The Board of Water Supply (BWS) is once again alerting the public of individuals claiming to be BWS employees in order to gain access to private property in order to commit burglary. Posing as a utility company employee is a tactic used to gain access to private property and even inside homes. The BWS reminds the public that, if approached by someone saying he/she is from the BWS, all personnel involved in official BWS activities will be properly credentialed by wearing official BWS attire with the BWS logo, driving BWS labeled vehicles (with BWS license plates), and carrying an official City and County of Honolulu badge, with the agency identified as the BWS. If someone claiming to be a BWS employee is unable to provide a reasonable combination of these credentials, residents are encouraged to call the Honolulu Police Department at 9-1-1 for assistance. The community may also call the BWS at 748-5041 to file an additional report of suspicious situations and encounters.
• Sierra Drive: The Sierra Drive main break occurred in a grassy area and lead to no road damage. Repairs were made.
• Kahala Avenue: The road has been repaved.
• Wilhelmina Rise Project: The contractor has completed the final paving at Lanihale Place and is still working on the Sierra Drive portion.
Questions, comments, and concerns that followed:
1. Wilhelmina Rise: Chair Bullock Jr. inquired if the Wilhelmina Rise project will be completed on time.
2. Reservoir: Hagadone asked for an update on a replacement reservoir and asked if Oahu is facing a water shortage. Heller noted that nothing regarding a water shortage has been reported.
3. Impersonation: A resident asked and Heller responded that she believes that homeowners are usually notified if BWS plans to visit a home, but will follow up on details.
FILLING OF VACANT BOARD SEATS -- Chair Bullock Jr. announced three (3) vacancies on the Board. Two (2) vacancies in Subdistrict 1, East Kaimuki and Business District; and one (1) vacancy in Subdistrict 3, West Kaimuki. Chair Bullock noted that a resume was received. Hearing no nominations Chair Bullock deferred vacancy fillings until the next regular meeting.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative -- Director of Information Technology (DIT) Mark Wong reported the following:
• International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN): There are approximately 8,000 attendees planning to be present for the upcoming IUCN conference. Residents are encouraged to avoid areas around The Neal S. Blaisdell Arena and the Honolulu Convention Center due to possible traffic congestion. Residents are urged to sign up for NIXLE at www.NIXLE.com for traffic update emails and cell phone text messages.
• Repaved Streets: An updated Road Repaving map is available online at www.honolulu.gov.
• Parking Lot: The Department of Budget and Fiscal Services (BFS) reported that budget considers overall community benefits, future debt services, and necessary staffing are available. Any additional projects are vetted using the same criteria. Chair Bullock asked and Director Wong noted that the process is followed for earmarked projects as well. The Department of Design and Construction (DDC) reported that the Kaimuki Parking council addition to the budget has been vetted and is being considered for future Mayor's initiatives. Current projects that are either finished or ongoing are Kaimuki Community Park reroofing, Waialae Avenue repaving, Kaimuki Park playground apparatus and Kapaolono Park lighting and play court.
• Wood Debris: The Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) reported that street sweeping of 7th Avenue between Harding Avenue and Waialae Avenue on August 17 and 18, 2016 to clear the weed debris.
• Gray Trash Bin: A call was placed to the Department of Environmental Services (ENV) requesting a grey cart wheel repair for resident Robert Chang. Due to the age of the older grey cares there have been a large number of repair requests, but the request has been asked to be expedited.
• Honolulu 311: Director Wong urged the community to utilize the "Honolulu 311" application.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Parking Lot: Tam suggested hazard signs be placed near the Kaimuki parking lot to warn drivers of the road issue.
2. New Building: Hagadone noted the new Kapalama Hale is appealing and service is good. Director Wong noted that DIT is pushing for at-home vehicle registration.
Councilmember Ann Kobayashi -- Newsletters were available and Councilmember Kobayashi reported the following:
• Voter: The recent primary election resulted in record low voter turnout.
• Streets: A new request for proposals (RFP) has gone out to replace streetlights in the area and road resurfacing is needed at multiple locations.
• Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU): Residents are encouraged to consider ADUs to assist with the state's affordable housing needs.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Crosswalks: Hagadone suggested "lighted strip" crosswalks to increase pedestrian safety.
Councilmember Trevor Ozawa -- Francis Choe circulated a newsletter and reported that Councilmember Ozawa is the new Planning and Zoning Committee Chair and is working on getting capital improvement project (CIP) funds released for various community projects.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Parks: Schneider urged the City to fix community parks instead of maintaining them. Choe noted that the "Adopt-A-Park" program is currently being utilized but will follow up with Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Director Michele Nekota.
Governor David Ige's Representative -- Deputy Director Leonard Hoshijo of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) highlighted the current Governor's Newsletter regarding upcoming town halls, new school air conditioning bids being in-line with current estimates and reported the following:
• IUCN: There are public portions for the upcoming IUCN and that a youth program challenges each intermediate and high school to bring three (3) students and one (1) teacher to attend a public portion of the IUCN.
• Homelessness: Residents are encouraged to email email@example.com with questions regarding homelessness.
• Hepatitis A (HEP-A): Residents can visit www.health.hawaii.gov or call 2-1-1 for more information regarding HEP-A.
Questions, comments, and concerns that followed: Homelessness -- Hagadone asked and Hoshijo responded that various associations are assisting with the homelessness issue but is not sure about the specific of the Kaimuki area. Hagadone noted that it seems many organization are willing to help, but little coordination.
Senator Sam Slom -- Julia Allen distributed newsletters and noted that the late U.S. Congressman Mark Takai will be laying in state at the Hawaii State Capitol on Thursday, August 18, 2016. A memorial service is scheduled at FPC Honolulu at Koolau on Friday, August, 19, 2016. Allen noted the Senate is awaiting two (2) more district court nominees.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Appointments: Chair Bullock asked how many other nominees is the Senate awaiting to confirm for appointment. Allen did not know and Deputy Hoshijo encouraged the community to volunteer to fill vacancies on state boards by applying at www.board.hawaii.gov.
Senator Les Ihara Jr. -- No representative was present; no report was provided.
Representative Calvin K.Y. Say -- Speaker Emeritus Say reported the following:
• Noise: There is constant noise pollution along Wilhelmina Rise.
• Pavement: The cement pavement on Koko Drive between the 4000 to 4100 block is not level for walking or jogging and is in need of work.
• Congressman Mark Takai: U.S. Congressman Mark Takai will be laying in state at the Hawaii State Capitol on Thursday, August 18, 2016. A memorial service is scheduled at FPC Honolulu at Koolau on Friday, August, 19, 2016.
Questions, comments and concerns followed:
1. Helicopter Noise: Schneider asked why helicopters fly over populated areas. Speaker Emeritus Say noted there may be previous mention or complaints in past neighborhood board minutes. Chair Bullock noted that the aircrafts are not getting high enough because of the mountain height as there is only a requirement to be a certain height above sea level. Kang noted that an aircraft flew over Wilhelmina Rise on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at around 6:45 a.m.
2. Senate Bill (SB) 2077: Speaker Emeritus Say noted appreciation of the discussion held at the July 2016 meeting regarding SB 2077.
Representative Bertrand Kobayashi -- No representative was present but a report was provided.
• Culinary Institute of the Pacific (CIP) July 2016 Update -- Carol Hoshiko provided a written and verbal update of the CIP progress. Hoshiko noted various progression on the project and stated that funding options will allow for creation of a learning center at Kaimuki Middle School. The CIP project should be completed by Tuesday, December 27, 2016.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Pipes: Tam asked and Hoshiko answered that the "maze of pipes" depicted in the handout was being used for run-off but has been recently covered.
2. Café: Hagadone asked and Hoshiko responded that the plans being presented currently encompass phase 1 and 2 of the overall project but a place for residents to eat could come later.
PUBLIC INPUT (continued)
• Kaimuki Ready -- A resident reported that a Kaimuki Ready meeting is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Palolo Valley District Park Rec Center and will cover disaster preparedness with a focus on hurricanes. The Community Emergency Response Team Program (CERT) will also be discussed.
Questions, comments and concerns followed:
1. Shelter: Schneider asked what the requirements to be considered an emergency shelter are. The presenter responded that the guest speaker at the Kaimuki Ready meeting would be able to answer the question.
2. Neighborhood Security Watch: Hagadone urged that the Neighborhood Security Watch program be discussed at the upcoming meeting.
Approval of the July 20, 2016 Regular Meeting Minutes -- The board approved the June 15, 2016 regular meeting minutes as amended, 7-0-0 (AYE: Bullock Jr., Hagadone, Hoe, Kang, Moniz-Kaho'ohanohano, Schneider, Tam, and Yamada; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None). Corrections as follows: Page 1: ELECTION OF OFFICERS: Vice Chair: "Shneider" should read "Schneider".
Public Parks; Availability and Outstanding Issues -- Chair Bullock noted that tar is being placed on the roof at Kaimuki Park. Chair Bullock requested a list of community park issues from the board members. Various board members noted issues to various parks. Yamada suggested an email be sent to collate issues from the community and board. Moniz-Kaho'ohanohano suggested each board member volunteer to inspect parks in their area and create a list of issues to be sent to Chair Bullock. Chair Bullock noted he would request a representative from DPR to update the board on park issues in the area. Chair Bullock noted he would send an email to the board members regarding the overall park issues. Community member Kawika Riley volunteered to inspect parks in his area as well.
Treasurer's Report -- Hagadone reported a remaining balance of $387.15. The report was filed.
Members Attendance at other Meetings -- Schneider noted that the EnVision Kaimuki Committee is waiting to decide on the next meeting date.
ANNOUNCEMENTS -- The next meeting of the Kaimuki Neighborhood Board will be Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 7:00 p.m. at the Kaimuki Christian Church, Fellowship Hall, 1117 Koko Head Avenue.
ADJOURNMENT -- The meeting adjourned at 8:16 p.m.
Submitted by: Relley Araceley, Neighborhood Assistant
Reviewed by: Neil Baarde, Neighborhood Assistant II
Reviewed by: Lyle Bullock, Chair
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