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Kaimuki Neighborhood Board Meeting Minutes Posted For LAST MONTH (SEPTEMBER 21, 2016)
Kaimuki Neighborhood Board No. 4
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, September 21, 2016
KAIMUKI CHRISTIAN CHURCH, FELLOWSHIP HALL
CALL TO ORDER -- Chair Lyle Bullock Jr. called the meeting to order at 7:07 p.m. A quorum was established with six (6) 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 and Sharon Schneider.
Board Members Absent -- Vernon Tam and Lori K. Yamada
Guests -- Honolulu Police Department; Firefighters Jay Shimabuku, Chris Miller, Doug Youth and Jeremy Caudill (Honolulu Fire Department); Mark Wong (Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative); Deputy Director Bridget Holthus (Governor David Ige's Representative); Francis Choe (Councilmember Trevor Ozawa's Office); Councilmember Ann Kobayashi and James Larson; Representative Calvin Say; Representative Bertrand Kobayashi; Julia Allen (Senator Slom's Representative); Jonathan Suzuki and Lorna Heller (Board of Water Supply); Judy Gold (Office of Elections); Lisa Shozuya; Eric McCutcheon; and Brittany Yadao (Neighborhood Commission Office).
PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS
Honolulu Police Department (HPD) -- An HPD Officer reported the following:
• August 2016 Statistics: There were 11 motor vehicle thefts, 13 burglaries, 43 thefts, and 19 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMV's). There was a total of 6,548 calls placed for service. A flashing light will be installed at the main intersection in Manoa due to flooding and heavy rains in the area.
• Safety Tip: Residents are urged to be prepared during hurricane season. A handout detailing hurricane preparedness was distributed.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: District 7: Hagadone asked and the HPD Officer answered that District 7 includes areas around Punahou School all the way to Makapuu Point.
Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) -- Firefighter Jeremy Caudill reported the following:
• August 2016 Statistics: There was 1 structure fire, 1 wildland fire, 11 activated alarms, 76 medical emergencies, 5 motor vehicle crashes and 5 mountain rescues.
• Fire Safety Tip: The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is the failure to properly maintain them. Residents are urged have their dryer installed by a professional and to frequently clean the lint catch, venting and back of dryer.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Fire Alarm Codes: Hagadone asked and Firefighter Caudill responded that in the Kaimuki area, every building three (3) stories and below is set for a fire alarm code inspection by the HFD every one (1) to two (2) years. Buildings with more than three (3) stories falls under the Fire Prevention Bureau for fire alarm codes.
Board of Water Supply (BWS) -- Lorna Heller had nothing to report for the month of August but did make the following announcmeents:
• New Website: Heller announced that the BWS launched its new website which is now more user and mobile friendly. The sight features the most searched for content along with new features and security. The site can be viewed at www.boardofwatersupply.com
• Water Emergency Preparedness: Due to the recent Tropical Storm Madeline and Hurricane Lester the BWS would like individuals to know what they can do to be prepared in an emergency. A crucial component of a preparedness kit is a safe drinking water supply. Residents should store at least one-gallon of water per person per day for at least five (5) to seven (7) days. Burgo also noted that the public can receive emergency alerts via email or text message by subscribing to the BWS at www.nixle.com.
• Red Hill Administrative Order on Consent Update: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), State Department of Health, US Navy and the Defense Logistics Agency will be holding their annual meeting on the Red Hill Administrative Order on Consent. The meeting will be held at Moanalua Middle School on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. The event is open to the public.
Hearing no objections, Chair Bullock took the agenda out of order to item 6.3
Wilhelmina Heights Projects: Jonathan Suzuki reported the following:
• Wilhelmina 811 Reservoir Project: The contractor has completed the dismantling of the temporary steel tank and removal of the concrete pad. Restoration of the access road around the existing concrete reservoir is complete. The existing pump house building has been removed. Next week will start the installation of the site sprinkler system, upon completion the contractor will hydro-seed the ground area and plant new trees on the site.
• Wilhelmina Rise -- Water System Improvements -- Part IV: The contractor has completed about 30% of the total project and is currently working on Sierra Drive near and around the existing 811 reservoir and will also be working on Nihipali Place.
• Wilhelmina Rise -- Water System Improvements -- Part V: The project is currently in design phase, the tentative schedule for construction to begin is February 2017 to August 2018. The project is set to install approximately 1,000 feet of eight (8)-inch and four (4)-inch mains along Halehoola Place and Mana Place.
• Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Repaving: The DDC is already working on the design for the repaving of Sierra Drive. Their initial schedule is to advertise for construction bids in May/June 2017. They anticipate construction to start in October 2017 with a construction duration of ten months.
Questions, comments and concerns followed: Wilhelmina Rise: Chair Bullock Jr. noted and Suzuki responded the BWS would try to finish the Wilhemina Rise project before the DDC begins construction on Sierra Drive.
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 Jr. asked if there were any interested volunteers or nominations to fill the current vacancies; Stephanie Nagai introduced herself to the board and residents of the community. Nagai noted that her profession as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), education in Environmental Science and a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning would make her a valuable addition to the board and her community.
Hoe moved and Moniz-Kahoohanohano seconded the motion to nominate Nagai and close voting, nominations were closed. Chair Bullock Jr. called for a voice vote, Nagai was appointed to the No. 4 Kaimuki Neighborhood Board. 6-0-0 (Aye: Bullock Jr., Hagadone, Hoe, Kang, Moniz-Kahoohanohano and Schneider; Nay: None Abstain: None).
Chair Bullock Jr. recessed at 7:24 p.m., oath of office was administered by Yadao.
Chair Bullock Jr. called the meeting back to order at 7:28 p.m. and Nagai joined the board, 7 members present.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative -- Director of Information Technology (DIT) Mark Wong reported the following:
• Honolulu Train No. 1 Community Day: Wong announced there will be a public open-house for the rail system on Sunday, September 25th, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the HART Rail Operations Center. Wong noted that the guideway will be complete until Aloha Stadium this year, trains are expected to roll by Spring 2017.
• Honolulu 311: Director Wong urged the community to utilize the "Honolulu 311" application which is a project that aims to consolidate all citizen complaints under one (1) system.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Parking Lot: Chair Bullock Jr. asked and Wong answered that money is allocated for the project but has not yet been released by administration.
2. Illegal Parking: Vehicles continue to park illegally in the loading zone at Koko Head Avenue and Waialae Avenue, parking enforcement personnel continue to ignore the vehicles. Wong encouraged that individuals take advantage of the 311 application when observing illegal activity.
Councilmember Ann Kobayashi -- Newsletters were available and Councilmember Kobayashi reported the following:
• 14th Annual Recycling Event: On Saturday, October 8th, 2016 Kaimuki High School will host its 14th Annual Recycling event from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
• Affordable Housing Fee: Kobayashi was in attendance at a hearing on affordable housing fees and whether qualifying buildings should contribute to the affordable housing fund.
• Property Tax Compromise: Kobayashi noted that Friday, September 30, 2016 is the deadline to apply for a home exemption and is working with the Property Tax Department to include "last year's tax" and "next year's tax" in their assessment so that individuals will be able to appeal before the deadline.
Councilmember Trevor Ozawa -- Francis Choe circulated a newsletter and reported the following:
• Affordable Housing: Affordable housing is an item up for discussion in regards to the Maunalani and Hoakalei/Conseco projects.
• Parking Lot Funds: Councilmember Ozawa has encouraged the administration to release the funds for the parking lot project.
• Housing Development: Choe noted that he is working to convene a meeting for concerned residents about a housing development project in Kaimuki. The last several years has introduced larger scale homes that are built up to the property line along with other development concerns.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Parking Lot: Hagadone asked and Choe responded that any help would be welcome and greatly appreciated. A petition has been started to ask the Mayor's Office to release the funds for the project. Choe noted that individuals wishing to submit a concern should convey their residence for the Mayor's Office to track any concerns.
2. Funds: Dale Hagadone asked and Choe responded the funds are part of a Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funds which was appropriated for the 2016 fiscal year through the 2018 fiscal year.
Governor David Ige's Representative -- Deputy Director Bridget Holthus of the Department of Human Services (DHS) was present, no report was circulated:
• DHS Director: Director for DHS Pankaj Bhanot, was away on a trip for the American Public Human Services Associatoin Conference in Arizona and will be back for next month's meeting.
Senator Sam Slom -- Julia Allen distributed newsletters and reported the following:
• State Land Purchase: Senator Slom was in attendance at a meeting discussing the state's purchase of farm land with no access to water. Allen noted that the Senator was against the purchase of the aforementioned land.
• Department of Transportation: Allen announced a $19 million "pilot program" by the DOT whose aim is to make up for the decrease in gas tax revenue by taxing drivers by the mile or gallon. Allen noted that the Senator is against the proposed program. Drivers would have to pay a $10 fee to be part of the study as well as self-report mileage use.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. DOT "Pilot Program": A resident asked and Allen responded that the test would run into the 2018 fiscal year. The DOT will receive an estimated $1.5 billion in federal funding to be put towards the test, additional funding would come from the driver's fee.
2. Logging Miles: Nagai asked and Allen responded self-reporting would occur most likely during a safety check.
Senator Les Ihara Jr. -- No representative was present; no report was provided.
Representative Calvin K.Y. Say -- Speaker Emeritus Say was present for any comments and concerns, no report was provided.
Representative Bertrand Kobayashi -- Representative Kobayashi was present and reported the following:
• Leahi Hospital: Kobayashi noted that Leahi hospital went through bed closures and staff reductions last year. This year the legislature gave funds to be divided among the hospital corporations on each participating island.
• Diamond Head Visitors: Diamond Head State Monument is approximately 60,000 people away from reaching one (1) million visitors. A big concern is over community impact if so many people are coming and going to the park. Funds collected from visitors at the park is being discussed about proper distribution of funds.
• Mosquitoes: Public health prevention is recommended, individuals should protect themselves, family and community from mosquitoes.
• Stoplight: Nagai asked and Kobayashi responded the stoplight at the corner of Diamond Head and Kapiolani Community Center (KCC) is there to assist anticipated traffic entering and exiting the KCC Culinary Institute parking lot.
PUBLIC INPUT -- There was nothing to report for public input.
• Approval of the August 17, 2016 Regular Meeting Minutes -- The board approved the August 17, 2016 regular meeting minutes, 7-0-0 (AYE: Bullock Jr., Hagadone, Hoe, Kang, Moniz-Kaho'ohanohano, Nagai, Schneider NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None).
• Election Day Volunteers: Judy Gold was the representative for the State Office of Elections and reported that the State Office of Elections is recruiting for the following positions:
• Precinct Officials: Assist voters at the polling place while ensuring the integrity of the voting process. Precinct officials operate the Information and Ballot Demonstration Station, Poll Book Station and eSlate Station.
• Delivery and Collection Teams: Delivers ballots and election supplies to the polling places on election morning. Collects voted ballots and election supplies after the polls have closed on election-day. Each teams consists of two (2) members.
• Counting Center Officials: Processes, tabulates, and disseminates election results in an accurate and timely manner.
More information can be found at www.elections.hawaii.gov or call Sheldon at 453-VOTE (8683).
• EnVision Kaimuki Committee: Schneider asked and Chair Bullock Jr. responded that the board supports the committee to use Kaimuki Neighborhood Board funds to go towards committee efforts.
• Public Parks: Chair Bullock Jr. noted that resident Kawika Riley sent him photos of the current state of the park on 16th Avenue which looks to be in a run-down condition. Chair Bullock Jr. noted that Riley was able to find a Master Plan approval for development in 2003 to include a picnic area, playground equipment and eventually a comfort station; no such improvements have been made.
Treasurer's Report -- Hagadone reported a remaining balance of $362.56. The report was filed.
Members Attendance at other Meetings -- No board member attendance at other meetings to report.
ANNOUNCEMENTS -- The next meeting of the Kaimuki Neighborhood Board will be Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m. at the Kaimuki Christian Church, Fellowship Hall, 1117 Koko Head Avenue.
ADJOURNMENT -- The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.
Submitted by: Brittany Yadao, Neighborhood Assistant
Reviewed by: Neil Baarde, Neighborhood Assistant II
Reviewed by: Lyle Bullock, Chair
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