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Diamond Head, Kapahulu, Saint Louis Neighborhood Board No. 5 Minutes Posted For LAST MEETING (SEPTEMBER 8, 2011)
Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Neighborhood Board No. 5
DRAFT -- REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2016
ALA WAI CLUB HOUSE
CALL TO ORDER: Chair George West called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. A quorum was established with 12 members present. (Note -- This 15-member Board requires eight (8) members to establish quorum and to take official Board action.)
Members Present: Julia Allen, Michelle Matson, Bertha Nahoopii, Bert Narita, Keolu Peralto, Don Persons, Ali Pohl, Laura St. Denis, George Waialeale (arrived at 7:30 p.m.), Jerry Wanager, George West, Bryn Villers, and Linda Wong.
Members Absent: Barbara Miller.
Guests: Cliff Kaneshiro (Councilmember Ann Kobayashi's Office), Shawn Tsuna (Governor Ige's Representative), Carol Hoshiko and Jan Thurman (Kapioloani Community College), Ann Wong (Board of Water Supply),Captain Lee Marquez (Honolulu Fire Department), Lieutenant Maurice Asato and Seagerent A. Ishida (Honolulu Police Department), Walea Constantinau (Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative), Councilmember Ann Kobayashi, Councilmember Trevor Ozawa, Senator Les Ihara Jr., State Senator Sam Slom, State Representative Bertrand Kobayashi, Michelle Herr (State Representative Scott Nishimoto's office), House Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say, Mela Kealoha-Lindsey and Elsie Lee (Creations of Hawaii), James Larson and Kenny Amazaki (City Council Offices) Tracy Kubota (Department of Enterprise Services), Jeanne Ishikawa (Department of Parks and Recreation); Ed Kemper (Epilepsy Foundation); Franklin Chung, Norra Suon, Daisy Murai, Barbra Armentrout, Carolyn Tanaka, Jan Bappe, Richard Figliuzzi, and James Skizewski (Neighborhood Commission Office).
Announcements: For all wishing to speak on items not already on the agenda, please fill out a Community Concern form at the front desk and turn into the Chair or Neighborhood Assistant.
PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS
Honolulu Fire Department (HFD - Waikiki Station): Captain Brett Mau reported the following
• September 2016 Fire Statistics: There were 2 structural fires, 1 nuisance/rubbish fire, 2 cooking fires, and 26 activated alarms (no fire). There were 236 medical responses, 3 motor vehicle collision with pedestrians, 12 motor vehicle crash/collisions, 7 hazardous material incidents, and 2 ocean rescue incidents.
• Halloween Safety Tip: When selecting a costume please select costumes made with fire resistant materials and avoid long trailing fabrics. If a child is wearing a mask, ensure the eye holes are large enough so they can see. Also carry flashlights or glow sticks to see and be seen in the evening hours on Halloween. Refrain from using real candles in jack-o-lanterns, if candles are used pleasure insure children are supervised as candles can serve as an ignition source for a fire.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Diamond Head Citizens Advisory Meeting: Michelle Matson noted her attendance of the Diamond Head Citizens Advisory meeting where homeless encampments in the Diamond Head area was heavily discussed along with the fire hazards the homeless pose. Michelle Matson requested a representative from HFD to attend the Diamond Head Citizens Advisory meeting and Captain Mau responded that he will pass on the request.
2. Fire Fighter Accident Reports: Chair West asked and Captain Mau responded that there is no information regarding the fire fighter accident report but noted he will follow up with the board.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD - District Six (6) Waikiki/Diamond Head): Lieutenant Dien Shearer reported the following:
• September 2016 Statistics: There were 7 robberies, 7 burglaries, 210 thefts of all kind, 40 unauthorized entries into a motor vehicle (UEMV), 19 speeding citations, 671 parking citations, 8 citations for loud mufflers, 182 citations for violation park closure hours,
• Honolulu Marathon: Lieutenant Shearer reminded the public that the Honolulu Marathon will be held on Sunday, December 11, 2016, and if there are any questions or concerns regarding the marathon please let Chair West know who will in turn pass on the concerns to HPD. Please plan for heavy traffic and road closures on the day of the marathon
Honolulu Police Department (HPD- District Seven (7) Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights): Lieutenant Clinton Sukekane circulated a report and announced the following:
• September Statistics: There were 5 motor vehicle thefts, 9 burglaries, 37 thefts, 12 unauthorized entries into a motor vehicle (UEMV), and 6,360 calls for service in District 7.
• Diamond Head Homelessness: Lieutenant Sukekane noted in May 2016, HPD worked with the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to remove homelessness from private property areas in the Diamond Head Area. Michelle Matson noted that portions of the Diamond Head slopes below Diamond Head Road are Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) property while the Department of Land and Natural Resource (DLNR) has jurisdiction of areas above Diamond Head road. Michelle Matson noted the need for entities such as HPD, HFD, DPR to work together to address the issue. Michelle Matson noted that DLNR has embedded in its rules camping prohibitions and could work with HPD to do a sweep of the area. Sergeant Ishida asked and Michelle Matson responded that she could pass on contact information for the DLNR official Curt Cottrell that attended the Diamond Head Advisory Committee meeting. Sergeant Ishida noted that in May 2016, when a sweep was done in the Diamond Head area HPD was only in attendance to observe and the Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) is the entity that enforces the Stored Property Ordinance which holds all the homeless' s properties for 30 days. Sargent Ishida noted that the man power needed to perform a sweep is high which only allows for one (1) sweep a year.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Homelessness: Keolu Peralto noted a growing homeless encampment on Kapahulu Avenue and Winam Street.
2. Pedestrian Accident: Keolu Peralto noted that with an incident of a pedestrian being hit by a car occurring does HPD step up oversight in the area. Lieutenant Sukekane responded that HPD is stepping up enforcement across district 7. Lieutenant Sukekane added that when a special complaint is made regarding a certain area, HPD does look in the complaint and the pertaining area.
3. Vehicle Theft: Lieutenant Sukekane stressed the need to lock vehicles, keep vehicles clean or store belongings in the trunk, park in a visible area, and have anti-theft locks to aide in preventing car theft and break ins. Lieutenant Sukekane also noted that a large majority of car break ins are a result of unsecured vehicles. If there is an incident of theft or a car break in please call 9-1-1 immediately.
4. Hurricane Preparedness: Lieutenant Sukekane circulated a hurricane preparedness handout that noted in the period of June 2016-November 2016, it is important to be prepared for hurricanes and other storm like events. It is important to have a supply of water, to-go safety kit, medicine, and all other potentially needed items stored and ready before a storm hits the island.
5. Tampered Candy: Lieutenant Sukekane noted that if parents find tampered candy call HPD and if a person is not positive the candy was tampered with, throw it away.
6. Hibiscus & Rose Garden: Resident Murai reported increased robberies and thefts in the Hibiscus and Rose Garden Area. Murai also noted that there is a lot of drug activity in the garden as well. Lieutenant Sukekane responded that he will look into the issue and urged the community to call 9-1-1 is there is suspicious activity in your community.
7. Car Break Ins: Laura St. Denis asked and Lieutenant Sukekane responded that motorist must secure vehicles and homes to best avoid break ins. Lieutenant Sukekane added that HPD does look at statistics and adjust patrols accordingly. Laura St. Denis asked and Lieutenant Sukekane responded that any additional protective measures such as steering wheel locks do help avoid car theft.
Board of Water Supply (BWS): Ann Wong reported the following:
• Main Break Report: Ann Wong reported there was one (1) main break on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, in the 3543 Edna Street area. The pipe was a six (6) inch cast iron pipe installed in 1935.
• General Water Announcements 2016-2017 Halawa Xeriscape Garden Workshop Schedule:
o The BWS and Friends of Halawa Xeriscape Garden continue to offer workshops that highlight the concept of xeriscaping -- an innovative means of conserving water through efficient landscaping. The new 2016-2017 xeriscape workshop schedule features dozens of new and popular workshops that offer useful tips on how to maintain a beautiful and water-efficent garden. This year, the garden is also offering workshops on select Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the year, in addition to its regular Saturday schedule. Upcoming workshops include:
Friday, October 14, 2016: Thanksgiving Hypertufa Planters
Saturday, October 29, 2016: Worms Eat My Pumpkins
Saturday, November 19, 2016: Economical Aquaponics
Saturday, November 26, 2016: Xeric Holiday Wreath
o Advanced registration is required. Call 748-5315 or email email@example.com to reserve your space at one (1) of the workshops. Visit www.boardofwatersupply.com to check out the full list of classes being offered. The Halawa Xeriscape Garden remains open to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Residents are welcomes to drop by and see dozens of attractive and less-thirsty plants on display, as well as pick up a complimentary seed packet.
• Follow Ups:
o Kapahulu Waster System Project Update: Contractor for the Kapahulu project reported the passage of chlorinating the new line on 3rd Avenue between Harding Avenue and the end of the street. They will continue with the service laterals with no change on Lincoln Avenue. 140 feet of waterline has gone in so far.
o Security: At Diamond Head 180/ St. Louis 640 and booster number 2 security continue to make site visits and will report any suspicious activity. A fence exists around the water tank but the rest of property is expansive and not fenced which causes monitoring issues. To report suspicious activity or security issues call 748-5911.
o Watershed Property: The property on Kapiolani Boulevard and Date Street has been recognized as a former Waste Watershed property owned by the Department of Parks and Recreation. Wong added that the concern brought forth at the last meeting regarding the property has been passed on to DPR.
o Water Master Plan: BWS thanked the community for the comments provided on the BWS Master Plan. Ann Wong reported planned reservoirs in the metro area of Honolulu are Waiawa, Kalawahine, and Waialae. The replacement resevoirs will increased the capacity of the reservoirs from one (1) million gallons to three (3) million gallons, an environmental impact statement is being prepared as these projects are still in the developmental stage. Ann Wong stated that regarding a concern of correct population estimates, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) population estimates only project until 2040 which centers on the high density areas where population will be centralized. Wong added that more detailed responses will be provided to those who submitted comments.
o Diamond Head 180: Ann Wong reported that the property at Diamond Head 180 does have cameras and microphones which are used to address people in the area.
o Saint Louis 640: Ann Wong concluded that security worked with the resident in the Saint Louit 640 area regarding their concerns of noise and tree growth in the area.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Jet Fuel Leak: Michelle Matson congratulated the BWS on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision requiring the United State Navy to do more work to address the jet fuel in the water system. Michelle requested further information regarding the leak and the time period of the reported 27,000 gallons.
2. BWS Master Plan: Michelle Matson noted that she used concerns brought forth at the previous meeting regarding the BWS Master Plan to formulate a formal concern letter which was distributed amongst the board and submitted to the BWS. Ann Wong responded that responses will be formulated and sent to those who submitted comments.
3. BWS Long Term Plan: Laura St. Denis asked and Wong responded that she will check on the validity of a presentation being done in the Manoa area pertaining to a BWS Long Term Plan. Ann Wong added that the period to provide comments on the BWS master plan has passed and are no longer being accepted.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative: Walea Constantinau circulated Oahu News and reported the following for Mayor Kirk Caldwell:
• Make-A-Difference Month: This month is Make-A-Difference Month with the City and County of Honolulu's Department of Facilities Maintenance Storm Water Quality Branch! Community residents are encouraged to volunteer at any of the following clean-up events:
o Saturday, October 8, 2016 with Mililani Adopt-A-Block, Pupuole Adopt-A-Block, or Waipahu Adopt-A-Block;
o Saturday, October 15, 2016 with Pearl Harbor Bike Path Clean Up;
o Friday, October 21, 2016 with Kailua Adopt-A-Block;
o Sunday, October 23, 2016 with Palolo Adopt-A-Stream;
o Friday, October 28, 2016 with Kahawai Adopt-A-Stream;
o Saturday, October 29, 2016 with Manoa Adopt-A-Stream or Nanakuli Adopt-A-Stream;
o Saturday, November 5, 2016 with Kalihi Adopt-A-Stream or Waikiki Adopt-A-Block; and
o Saturday, November 12, 2016 with Ewa Adopt-A-Block.
Volunteers must be 12 years of age or older to participate in the clean-up events. For more information call 768-3300 or visit www.cleanwaterhonolulu.com. Ala Wai Driving Range: The Department of Enterprise Services reported that the Ala Wai driving range is undergoing renovation to the grading, irrigation and turf due to requirements. Anticipated completion is late fall of 2016.
• Overhead Flashers Crosswalk Study: Constantinau noted that the Overhead Flasher Crosswalk study that was requested by Bryn Villers will be released in December 2016. Bryn Vilers requested a copy of the study be forwarded to the board.
• Illegal Dumping on 3117 Paliuli Street: On Wednesday, September 7, 2016, a refuse inspector and supervisor were dispatched to the Paliuli Street area to investigate the issue of off-schedule bulky item and refuse set-out. The inspector issued a Notice of Violation to the property owner for not having a proper storage area for refuse and bulky items and for the off-schedule setout of refuse. Inspectors will continue to monitor the area and fine the property owner if corrective measures are not taken.
• Illegal Dumping on Private Property Recourse: Constantinau noted that Michelle Matson's concern regarding illegal dumping on private property has be referred to the Department of Planning and Permitting. The Department of Planning and Permitting has inspectors with authority to cite property owners for not maintaining their property and accumulating junk and overgrowth of debris.
• Smart Parking Meters: The IPS Group Inc., the smart meter manufacturer, has an EMV chip card reader which will be installed with smart meters in Phase 2 to prevent credit card counterfeit fraudulent activity. Motion sensors have been detached and no sensors will be installed in Phase 2 of the project. The pay-by-phone feature was discontinued in 2012 due to concerns over battery life. Constantinau added that she will request more information regarding time addition to meters as she noted the response was not clear. Constantinau noted that the coordinator for the Smart Meter Pilot Program is Rae Gee and to contact the coordinator call 768-8357.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Smart Meter Readability: Bryn Villers woived concerns over the readability of the screens on the smart meters and Constantinau responded that the smart meters have a monochromatic backlit screen that lights up when operational. If screens need to be cleaned, provide the meter number to the Department of Transportation (DTS) who will contact HPD Mechanics for screen cleaning. Bryn Villers added that it is not the screen that is dirty but the plastic protective layer fronting the screen that is deteriorating.
2. Concert Complaint: Michelle Matson explained that there has been no response by the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) regarding the Matisyahu Concert complaint that exceeded decibel levels and lasted until 10:30 p.m. Constantinau requested the complaint be emailed to her.
3. Winam Street Intersection: Michelle Matson asked and Constantinau responded that she should contact DTS Director Mark Garrity regarding suggestions to improve the Winam Street intersection. Michelle Matson noted that there is property along Winam Street with a large area that the City and County of Honolulu could purchase to allow widening of the street to provide better traffic accessibility.
4. Bike Share Stations: Michelle Matson noted an article in Green magazine that showed a map regarding the creation of eight (8) or nine (9) bike share stations to be installed in the Diamond Head and Kapiolani Park area. Michelle Matson requested the contact information for the City and County of Honolulu agency responsible for the project.
5. Cyber Security of Smart Meters: Keolu Peralto requested information regarding any cyber security incidents regarding the smart meter and if so where can the information be found online. Constantinau responded that she does not have information regarding cyber security of the smart meter but will follow up with the board if more information is available.
PUBLIC EVENTS AND NOTICES: Chair West urged the community to refer to the agenda for the list of public events and activities in the near future. The agenda has the event name, sponsor, and date.
Office of Elections: Chair West noted the Office of Elections representative could not attend the meeting so Chair West reported that the State of Hawaii Office of Elections would like to extend a volunteer and fundraising opportunity to the neighborhood. The 2016 General Election is approaching and the Office of Election is looking for hundreds of volunteers to provide a smooth election day for the voters of this state. Volunteers earn a stipend of up to $85. Volunteers must be a 16 years of age by June 30, 2016, a registered Hawaii voter, and attend one one-hour training session starting in October 2016. The general election is on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. For more information visit www.elections.hawaii.gov or call Sheldon at 808-453-8683. Laura St. Denis noted that the number to call if one wishes to volunteer is 553-8683 and a one(1) training session will be held at Kaimuki High School on Monday, October 24, 2016.
Kapahulu Bike Path: HPD Officer Gordon Shiraishi introduced Deputy Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Jeanne Ishikawa. Office Shiraishi explained that the orange fencing along Kapahulu Bike Path is temporary as the area is being evaluated and a memorandum of understanding (MOU) is being put together to place the area under DPR jurisdiction and subject to park rules. Park closure hours that will begin at midnight 12:00 a.m. until 5:00 a.m. and prohibit camping. Officer Shiraishi added that there will be an education period as it is understood that the area is heavily used by the community during the projected closed time. Deputy Ishikawa added that she is working with DES to improve the area which is the cause for the current orange fencing and ongoing maintenance. Deputy Ishikawa requested the board support the Bike Path closure hours from 12:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. following the conclusion of the maintenance being done currently.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Kapahulu Bike Path Location: Linda Wong asked and Deputy Ishikawa responded that the area the MOU will be referring to is from the intersection of Date Street and Kapahulu Avenue to the Hawaii State Library at the entrance to Ala Wai Golf Course.
2. Kapiolani Park Closure Rules Bryn Villers noted that rules allow for the crossing of Kapiolani Park even during closure hours and asked if similar rules will apply to the Kapahulu Bike Path. Deputy Ishikawa noted that rules allow for people to traverse Kapiolani Park to access the beach without having to go around the entire park. Officer Shiraishi added that people will still be allowed to use the sidewalk along Kapahulu Avenue and HPD will encourage people to utilize the sidewalk. Office Shiraishi added that he will instruct officers to educate pedestrians on the new rules and will not be citing everyone that uses parks during closed hours.
Michelle Matson moved and Keolu Peralto seconded a motion to support the plan to place the Kapahulu Bike Path under DPR jurisdiction and be subject to closure hours from 12:00 a.m. till 5:00 a.m. Discussion followed:
1. Sidewalk and Street Use: Resident Chung noted that people will be able to use the sidewalk and street when the bike path is closed and resident Armentrout added that since the bike path will be closed more bicyclist will be on street as they are not allowed on sidewalk.
2. Memorandum of Understanding: Resident Lindsey asked in the MOU will be a part of the amended rules and will it be available to the public. Deputy Ishikawa noted that the MOU is an internal document. Resident Lindsey asked and Deputy Ishikawa responded that once the maintenance has concluded the orange fencing will be removed and signage will be installed following the jurisdictional change approval. Resident Lindsey asked and Deputy Ishikawa responded that the area will be considered a passive park. A resident asked and Deputy Ishikawa responded that examples of park rules are no alcohol, no smoking, no parking, and no camping but noted picnics will be allowed until the park closes at 12:00 a.m.
3. Pet Policy: Bryn Villers asked and Deputy Ishikawa responded that pets will be allowed as long as they are leashed.
4. Gratitude: Chair West thanked Deputy Ishikawa for their efforts as the area in question has been a long time blighted area.
5. Homelessness: Michelle Matson expressed concerns as the homeless may spread their belongings in the area. Chair West responded that the area will be open to everyone until the park closes and HPD will enforce closure hours not allowing people to stay overnight.
Chair West called for the vote. Keolu counted the vote by a raise of hands. The motion was approved by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 12-0-0 (Aye: Allen, Matson, Nahoopii, Narita, Peralto, Persons, Pohl, St. Denis, Wanager, West, Villers, and Wong; Nay: None; Abstain: None ;). Deputy Ishikawa requested an email that exemplifies the support of the plan. Villers asked and Deputy Ishikawa responded that she will continue to update the board on the project.
Chair West added "Epilepsy Foundation Run, Ride, Walk" to section "Presentations". The motion was approved by the board, 11-1-0 (Aye: Allen, Matson, Nahoopii, Narita, Peralto, Persons, Pohl, St. Denis, Wanager, West, Villers, and; Nay: Wong; Abstain: None ;).
Sharon's Run, Ride, Walk: Ed Kemper of the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii reported that on Sunday, January 29, 2017, an Epilepsy Foundation event which is a run, walk, ride starting at Kapiolani Community College (KCC) and goes into Diamond Head Crater, then down Diamond Head Road to Triangle Park. From Triangle Park the event will continue on Kahala Avenue and return to KCC. Kemper noted the bike ride event will start at KCC then head out to Waimanalo and return to KCC. Kemper added that this event is a fundraiser and has maps to distribute per request.
Complaint and Concern Regarding a Board member: Mela Kealoha-Lindsey of Creations of Hawaii informed the board of a letter complaint that she has mailed to the Neighborhood Board complaint department regarding board member Linda Wong. Kealoha-Lindsey distributed a copy of her complaint amongst the board and urged the board to read the distributed letter. Kealoha-Lindsey added that Wong made negative comments to an affiliate of Creations Hawaii and by doing so Kealoha-Lidsey claims Wong overstepped as Jefferson Elementary School is in the Waikiki District.
Kapiolani Community College (KCC) Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Update: Carol Hoshiko reported the following:
o Lab Building:
Lab flooring 30% complete.
MEP rough-in continuing.
Window and Storefronts installed.
Insulation and drywall installation continuing
Wall ceramic tile starter.
o Locker Building:
HVAC and exhaust duct started.
Windows and Storefronts installed.
o Storage building roof 75% complete.
o The Support building structural steel installation complete and roofing 50% complete.
Outdoor Cooking area 40% complete
Sidewalk work is complete on Road A and E.
Diamond Head Road Path 20% complete.
o Neighborhood walkabouts have been very successful and will continue in November 2016 and December 2016.
o KCC worked with the Department of Land and Natural Resource in Phase 3 to relocate the KCC Culinary Restaurant.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Gratitude: Chair West thanked Hoshiko for her efforts as a community liaison between KCC and the Diamond Head Neighborhood Board No. 5 and extended his best wishes to Hoshiko's and her family.
2. Additional Buildings: Laura St. Dennis asked and Hoshiko responded that an auditorium will be added along the Diamond Head slope in phase 2 and the restaurant will be added in phase 3. Hoshiko added that the restaurant will be built at a new site and walkthroughs will be provided following the conclusion of the construction.
George Waialeale arrived at 7:30 p.m., 13 members present.
Councilmember Ann Kobayashi: Councilmember Ann Kobayashi circulated a handout and reported the following:
• Recycling Day: Councilmember Kobayashi thanked those who helped with the recycling event on Saturday, October 8, 2016.
• Shade Trees: Councilmember Kobayashi reported that she is a part of a new committees to increase shade trees in Honolulu. Councilmember Kobayashi added that more trees will reduce the temperature of the city and increase the beautification of the area.
• Budget Meeting: Councilmember Kobayashi noted she attended a budget meeting on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, and urged the community to file for a home exemption if you have not done so as of yet.
• Charter Amendment: Councilmember Kobayashi explained the charter amendment that will take one half of 1% of property taxes and be placed into a fund to maintain the Honolulu Zoo until it its certification.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Zoo Fund: Resident Kealoha-Lindsey asked and Councilmember Kobayashi responded that the Zoo fund will sunset once the zoo is recertified. Councilmember Kobayashi added that half a percent of property taxes is already taken for affordable housing and non-profit work. Councilmember Kobayashi noted that the Zoo fund has a caveat that if there is an emergency property taxes cannot be touched.
2. Conerns with Zoo: Michelle Matson raised concerns with the cooperation of the Zoological Society and Honolulu Zoo Management as there has been five (5) directors and a loss of accreditation. Michelle Matson added that she doesn't understand why property taxes should be subject to this fund and Councilmember Kobayashi responded that voters should read the charter amendments and decide accordingly. Michelle Matson noted that she requested Charter Amendment Eight (8) be placed on the agenda for discussion as it is a dangerous proposal. Chair West responded he received no notification on the request and asked if Michelle Matson would like the item be added to the agenda. Michelle Matson responded that as this issue is one that has a large community impact it should receive proper notice to notify the community. Chair West requested Michelle Matson resend the agenda item request.
3. Rail Operation and Maintenance Cost: Bert Narita asked and Councilmember Kobayashi responded that the operation and maintenance cost of the rail will be about $120 million per year. Councilmember Kobayashi added that $90 million will be paid by tax payer's property taxes and this amount of cost is a big concern.
4. Crane Park: Bryn Villers voiced concerns over Crane Park noting the homeless and graffiti isn't the biggest concerns at the moment but rather the unkempt nature of the park as portions of the jungle gym are breaking down. Councilmember Kobayashi responded that funds have been added for Crane Park in the latest budget that went into effect July 1, 2016. Councilmember Kobayashi added that the funds will be used to maintain the bathrooms as it is a heavily used park.
5. Bill 60: Laura St. Denis noted that Bill 60 regarding parades should include the Diamond Head board as this area is heavily affected by the parades. Chair West noted that all the parades in the area are listed in the agenda may be planned for Waikiki but all may not be permitted. Chair West noted that the Department of Transportation Services (DTS) lists online all event that affects all streets. Councilmember Kobayashi noted that a letter has been sent to Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Managing Director asking to incorporate more participation of the neighborhood boards when the amount of parades are decided in each year. Chair West noted that the parades must come before the neighborhood board as part of their commitments to DTS and believes the system is working. Councilmember Kobayashi noted that there are 20,000 people in Waikiki that get inconvenienced by parades and expressed her disapproval of the amount of parades that occur. Chair West noted his disapproval of commercial events done on public streets.
6. Rail Maintenance: A resident asked and Councilmember Kobayashi responded that once rail is built it becomes a City and County of Honolulu project and will be the responsibility of the City and County of Honolulu to pay for the operation and maintenance cost of $120 million a year which $90 million will be paid by the taxpayers. The resident asked and Councilmember Kobayashi responded that property taxes are not being used to pay for the construction of the rail but the operation and maintenance costs.
7. Winam Street and Mooheau Avenue: Michelle Matson noted that there is a large residential property on the corner of the intersection of Winam Street and Mooheau Avenue that could be partially purchased to widen the street to provide better traffic accessibility. Michelle Matson requests DTS look into the validity of purchasing a portion of the property. Councilmember Kobayashi responded that a request was sent but will check on the status and contents of the request.
Councilmember Trevor Ozawa: Councilmember Ozawa circulated a handout and reported the following:
• Homelessness along Kapahulu Bike Path: Councilmember Ozawa noted he has been working with HPD and the City and County of Honolulu along with surrounding business owners to address homelessness in the Side Street Inn area. Councilmember Ozawa noted his concerned with community members walking in the area at night. Councilmember Ozawa added that Councilmember Kobayashi along with himself sent a letter to Mayor Caldwell regarding the issue.
• Homelessness along Diamond Head: Councilmember Ozawa noted he is working with the state to address the homeless issue in the Diamond Head Slopes. Councilmember Ozawa reported he spoke with HPD as homeowners in the area are worried about the issue and their safety. Councilmember Ozawa noted he would like to put together a task force with the City and County of Honolulu and State of Hawaii agencies to solve any jurisdictional issues. Councilmember Ozawa noted that the water tank in the area has a lot of graffiti and kids party up there at night. Councilmember Ozawa added that a resident that lives in the water tank vicinity was shoved down and injured trying to address the issue.
• New Playground: Councilmember Ozawa reported that there is a new playground at the Honolulu Zoo.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Homelessness: Michelle Matson noted her provided report of the conversation between the Diamond Head Advisory Committee and DLNR administrator Curt Cottrell that heavily discussed the homelessness issue in the Diamond Head area and would like to share the report with Councilmember Ozawa. Michelle Matson invited Councilmember Ozawa to the next Diamond Head Advisory Committee meeting.
2. Homelessness: Laura St. Denis noted concerns have been reported to her regarding the effect of the homeless in the Diamond Head area. Laura St. Denis also expressed the need of the Naupaka to be trimmed along Diamond Head Road which is growing into the road.
Governor David Ige's Representative: Shawn Tsuna Deputy Director of Law Enforcement, Department of Public Safety circulated the latest Capitol Connection and reported the following:
• Capitol Connection: Deputy Tsuna urged the community to pick up and read the latest copy of Governor Ige's Capitol Connection.
• Diamond Head Slope: Deputy Tsuna noted that the issue of homelessness along Diamond Head's slopes has reached Governor Ige's office. Deputy Tsuna added that part of the challenge for DLNR is that the state does not have an organization to address the personal property of the homelessness as the latest American Civil Liberties Union ruling requires state entities must keep the swept personal property for 30 days so the individuals may reclaim their items. Deputy Tsuna highlighted the fact that several antennas along the rim of the Diamond Head serve Hawaii and that the Governor's office is very aware of this issue.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Ala Wai Golf Course: Resident Chung noted that the State of Hawaii is still planning to develop Ala Wai Golf Course for a 25,000-30,000 person stadium. Resident Chung expressed the need for more transparency by the government and wants information of development plans to be shared with community to provide an avenue for the community to support development plans.
2. Kanewai Stream and Historic Fish Ponds: Michelle Matson asked and Deputy Tsuna responded that he sent an email response in regards to the release of funds for the Kanewai Stream and Historic Fish Pond. Deputy Tsuna added that he contacted the organization and was informed that they will be receiving the requested funds. Michelle Matson added that there were matching funds to be made by the City and County of Honolulu and the State of Hawaii but a lawsuit has caused issues with the allocation of the funds. Deputy Tsuna noted that he has contacted the organization and there was no issue as the lawsuit decision was in their favor and moving forward with their plans. Michelle Matson asked and Deputy Tsuna responded that he will resend her the information regarding the release of funds.
Senator Les Ihara Jr.: Chair West noted that Senator Ihara Jr. is traveling and is unable to attend this meeting.
Senator Sam Slom: Senator Sam Slom distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Gas Tax: Senator Slom noted that the State Department of Transportation is looking at a pilot program to replace the gas tax with a fee based on mileage.
• Constitutional Amendments: Senator Slom explained the first Constitutional Amendment that will increase the threshold in controversy requirement for jury trials in civil cases be increased from $5,000 to $10,000. Senator Slom noted his opposition to the first constitutional amendment. The second is in regards of the state general fund balance at the close of each two successive fiscal years, Senator Slom noted his opposition to this constitutional amendment as it will not allow the surplus to be returned to the tax payers but rather use the budget surpluses to pay for general obligation bonds issued by the state or pensions and post-employment liabilities for state employees.
• Charter Amendments: Senator Slom urged the community to read the 20 proposed charter amendments noting his position is against most proposals as they will add costs to doing government including setting up new offices. Senator Slom added that three of the twenty proposed amendments will exempt HART from auditing.
• Hawaiian Homeless: Senator Slom noted that the State Department of Hawaiian Homelands (DHHL) can't work with the Hawaiian homeless as there is too much paper work and bureaucracy. Senator Slom added that the DHHL should be helping the Hawaiian homeless as they have the needed land to do so.
• Rail: Senator Slom noted the rusting steel, cracking concrete, snapped plastic and $20 million in borrowing which all accompany HART's construction of rail.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Rail: Michelle Matson noted her concerns regarding sink holes near the support columns of the rail. Senator Slom responded that the construction of rail is only costing the State of Hawaii additionally on top of the $85 million settlement with foster parents and $100 million to cools to the schools. Senator Slom asked where is all the money to pay these needs going to come from.
2. Mileage Fee Pilot Program: Resident Kealoha-Lindsey asked about the pilot program of a total mileage fee based on the amount of mileage traveled between registrations. Senator Slom noted that is one of many proposals that the pilot program will study. Kealoha-Lindsey asked and Senator Slom responded that there are provisions in the pilot program for community input sessions during the program.
3. Stop Rail: Resident Chung asked and Senator Slom responded that there has been no consideration to stop the building of the rail. Senator Slom added that the federal government has withheld their contribution of funds until a financial plan is submitted.
House Speaker Emeritus (HSE) Calvin Say: House Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say reported the following:
• Mosquito Viruses: House Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say asked the community to be aware of mosquito borne viruses' Dengue and Zika.
• Low Flying Aircrafts: House Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say explained that he has been working on the issue of low flying aircrafts in the heights area and any recordings of low flying heights can be evaluated to recognize the nuisance of the flights.
Representative Bert Kobayashi: Representative Kobayashi distributed a report and reported the following:
• Constitutional Amendments: Representative Kobayashi highlighted the two constitutional amendments and stressed to the community that a blank vote will be counted as a no vote.
• Gas Tax: Representative Kobayashi noted that the pilot program regarding the gas tax is a three (3) year demonstration project that is largely federally funded to see if the gas tax can be replaced with a mileage fee. Representative Kobayashi noted that an amendment is already being requested to include the country gas tax. Representative Kobayashi added that the gas tax only generates one third of the revenues of the highway division and Representative Kobayashi believes the demonstration study needs to be more comprehensive and include the issue of county gas taxes.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: No Vote: George Waialeale asked and Representative Kobayashi noted that for this election cycle a blank vote will be counted as a no vote. George Waialeale voiced his concerns over the way the votes are counted in regards to constitutional amendments.
Representative Scott Nishimoto: Michelle Herr from Representative Nishimoto's office circulated a newsletter and reported the following:
• Medication Take Back Event: Saturday, October 22, 2016 is the 12th National Prescription Take Back day which is being hosted by the Department of Public Safety, Narcotics Enforcement Division. Anyone with expired or unused prescription medications can bring the medication to any site that day with no questions asked. Disposing of medications properly helps keep our community and environment safe b keeping expired medications out of the hands of others and out of our water supply and landfills. The State Capitol will be one of the locations across Oahu that will accept prescription medications from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, 2016. Herr expressed that Representative Nishimoto wanted to attend but is spending time with his family but will attend next month.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Representative Nishimoto's Presence: Bryn Villers urged Herr to pass on his best wishes to Representative Nishimoto and his family.
REPORTS OF MEMBERS ATTENDANCE AT OTHER MEETINGS
DLNR & Diamond Head Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting: Chair West noted that Michelle Matson distribute a report of the meeting on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, between DLNR and Diamond Head Citizens Advisory Committee. Michelle Matson highlighted the visitor audio tour which has been well done and involves a small device that is rented and provides visitors with a way to learn Hawaiian geology, history, and culture together with traditional Hawaiian chants and music. Michelle Matson added that the Interpretive Visitors Center was defined in the Diamond Head State Monument Master Plan and an environmental impact statement (EIS) that was completed and adopted by the state legislature in 2000 and awaiting funding to be made available. The State Department of Defense (DOD) is now vacating several buildings that will be turned over to DLNR for park use. Battery Harlow on the crater exterior will be turned over to DLNR as a visitor interpretive experience related to Diamond Head military history. Michelle Matson highlighted a Diamond Head homeless inhabitation discussion summary that highlights issue that accompany homeless inhabitation in the Diamond Head area.
Approval of September 8, 2016, Regular Meeting Minutes:
Michelle Matson moved to accept the minutes with her circulated changes or defer the minutes until next month, no second was made. Michelle Matson voiced concerns over the timely receipt of the minutes prior to the meeting as she did not receive her minutes at all prior to the meeting. Chair West noted his hard copy was dated Thursday,October 6, 2016, which meets sunshine law requirements. Chair West referred to a letter received by then Executive Secretary Nicole Velasco that stated neighborhood assistants shall send out a draft copy of the minutes 10 business days following the meeting. Chair West noted he received a clarification from Bryan Mick that noted the 10 day deadline is an internal objective and not a set policy requirement. Linda Wong noted she received minutes but noted her desire to input correction before a final version is distributed. Keolu Peralto noted his use of the online copy of the minutes to avoid tardy mail. Chair West noted he misspoke and clarified that amendments by Michelle Matson were approved but minutes are not adjusted and meeting minutes amendments are reflected in the meeting minutes that the amendments were accepted. Chair West suggested that the board pass the September 8, 2016 meeting minutes as written and review Michelle Matson's distributed proposed corretions that can be introduced in November 2016.
Bryn Villers moved and Jerry Wanager seconded a motion to approve the September 8, meeting minutes as written. Discussion followed:
1. Proposed Amendments: Bryn Villers urged the board to review Michelle Matson's proposed minute's corrections and if the board desires to include the minutes the board may do so at the November 2016 regular meeting.
2. Minutes: Michelle Matson claimed that the board has not read the minutes in question and noted her support of receiving an emailed version of the draft minutes. Michelle Matson added she believes Chair West receives the minutes earlier as he is needed to review them. Michelle Matson noted that she did not receive September 2016 minutes until a day before the meeting and has yet to receive this month's minutes.
3. Drafts: Chair West explained that he receives a copy of the draft minutes not only because he is chair but rather because he opted to receive them before the final draft as he has opted to receive various other board's draft minutes. Chair West urged members to elect to receive minutes be sent directly to their email. Chair West added that copies of the meeting minutes drafts are also posted online. Chair West stated that he submits the agenda by Thursday the week before the scheduled meeting which is then posted by the Friday previous to the scheduled meeting. Chair West explained that Skizewski has pledged to get the mail out done earlier.
4. Full Names: Linda Wong requested that board members full names be used to differentiate between similarly named meeting participants.
Chair West called for the vote. Keolu Peralto conducted the vote and the September 9, 2016, regular meeting minutes were approved as written, 11-0-2 (Aye: Allen, Nahoopii, Narita, Peralto, Persons, Pohl, St. Denis, Wanager, West, Villers, and Waialeale; Nay: None; Abstain: Matson and Wong ;). Chair West noted that Skizewski will use full names of the board members. Michelle Matson noted that her amendments that were accepted in August 2016, did not appear in any minutes. Chair West stated that minutes are not expressed in the minutes that are amended and rather in the meeting minutes that were accepted. Michelle Matson stated that her amendments are not present in the meeting that they were accepted. Skizewski added that if the minutes do not reflect the amendments that minutes can be further amendments with the support of the board. Michelle Matson responded that amendments were accepted but select amendments are not present in the meeting minutes that they were accepted. Chair West reiterated that additional amendments to clarify comments or amendments can further corrected with the support of the board.
Three (3) Absence Notice, Ali Pohl: Ali Pohl explained that her step-son has passed away after a battle with cancer in the summer which caused her to need to make repeated trips to the mainland and miss scheduled meetings. Ali Pohl expressed her desire to remain on the board.
Bryn Villers moved and Julia Allen seconded the motion to retain Ali Pohl on the Diamon Head Neighborhood Board No. 5. Keolu Peralto conducted the vote by raise of hand and noted that the Diamond Head Neighborhood Board No. 5 approved the motion to retain Ali Pohl on the board by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 12-0-0 (Aye: Allen, Nahoopii, Matson, Narita, Peralto, Persons, St. Denis, Wanager, West, Villers, Wong, and Waialeale; Nay: None; Abstain: None;)
Crosswalk Study: Bryn Villers noted he has not received a response for the request of the crosswalk study but was told by Constantinau the study will be made available in December 2016.
Board Vacancy: Chair West stated that he forgot to list the vacancy for Sub-District Three (3) on the agenda and because interest has been shown by another candidate that is not present because the vacancy was not listed the filling of the vacancy will be done in November 2016. Bert Narita noted that during the last neighborhood board election there were a number of candidates that ran for the sub district that lost by a handful of votes and asked is there was any attempt to notify those candidates that were not elected. Chair West expressed that he has no knowledge of the commission contacting previous candidates regarding the board vacancy. Chair West responded that the vacancies of the board can be found on the city's website and he had no knowledge of any previous candidates being notified of the vacancy. Michelle Matson added that it is a good idea to notify previous candidates of the vacancy.
Michelle Matson moved and George Waialeale seconded the motion to have the Neighborhood Commission Office (NCO) to contact the sub district candidates that were not elected to notify them of the current vacancy. The motion passed by UNAIMOUS CONSENT, 13-0-0 (Aye: Allen, Nahoopii, Matson, Narita, Peralto, Persons, Pohl, St. Denis, Wanager, West, Villers, Wong, and Waialeale; Nay: None; Abstain: None ;)
Filling of the Vice-Chair Vacancy:
Michelle Matson moved and Bert Narita seconded the motion to defer the election of the officer position vice-chair until the November 2016 regular meeting so the board may review the complaint letter. Discussion followed:
1. Complaint Letter: Michelle Matson expressed her desire to defer the election so the board may review the complaint letter distributed by Mela Kealoha-Lindsey.
2. Rebuttal: Chair West urged Linda Wong to send an email to the board as a rebuttal to the complaint letter.
3. Germaneness: Bert Narita expressed that the complaint letter is not germane to the election. Bert Narita added that this complaint letter is an official complaint that will be heard by the Neighborhood Commission and not the board.
4. Sanctions: Chair West noted that the board is not taking actions on the sanctions and the motion is to defer the election until the letter may be reviewed and to provide an avenue for Linda Wong to respond.
Chair West called for the vote. Keolu Peralto conducted the vote count by the raising of hands, the motion was carried and the vice chair election was deferred to the November 2016 regular meeting so the board may review the complaint letter and Linda Wong may respond, 12-0-1 (Aye: Allen, Nahoopii, Matson, Narita, Peralto, Persons, St. Denis, Wanager, West, Wong, and Waialeale; Nay: None; Abstain: Villers;)
Treasurer's report: Villers read the financial statement of expenditures of August 2016 which totaled $37.25 and reported the remaining balance of $353.16.
Sub district One (1) (St. Louis Heights): Julia Allen noted the vacancy on the board is of sub-district one (1) and not sub-district three (3). Julia Allen added that the next meeting of the Saint Louis Heights Community Association will be held on Monday, November 14, 2016.
Sub district Three (3) (Diamond Head): Laura St. Denis reported that there is a meeting at Manoa Elementary school regarding the BWS long term plan. Laura St. Denis added that the letter complaint in regards to Linda Wong is one person's opinion and should not be taken as fact.
• University of Hawaii at Manoa: Chair West noted that in conjunction with the International Union on the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), University of Hawaii at Manoa President David Lassner announced a project for UH students to address the issues that accompany the Ala Wai Canal.
ADJOURNMENT: As there was no further business before the Board, Chair West adjourned the meeting at 8:58 p.m.
Submitted by: James Skizewski, Neighborhood Assistant
Reviewed by: Neil Baarde, Neighborhood Assistant Supervisor
Further Reviewed by: Keolu Peralto, Board Secretary
Finalized by: George West, Chair
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