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Palolo Neighborhood Board No. 6 Minutes Posted For LAST MEETING (AUGUST 10, 2016) Meeting
Palolo Neighborhood Board No. 6
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2016
PĀLOLO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAFETERIA
CALL TO ORDER: Chair Pro Tem Loren Jerlow called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. A quorum was established with 12 members present. Note -- This 13-member board requires seven (7) members to establish a quorum and to take official Board action.
Board Members Present: Ken Aronowitz, Andrew Chung, Frank Farm, Jr., Gladys Gerlich-Hayes, Randolph Hack, Marvin Heskett, Paul Holtrop, Loren Jerlow, Beverly Mau, Darlene Nakayama, Earl Shiraki, and Liv Wheeler.
Board Members Absent: None.
Guests: Sergeant Clifford Ramson and Lieutenant Maurice Asato (Honolulu Police Department); Fire Fighter I Peter Hashimoto (Honolulu Fire Department); Director Ross Sasamura (Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative/Department of Facility Maintenance); Councilmember Ann Kobayashi; Dominic Dias (Board of Water Supply); House Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say; Shinsuke Uehara; Julia Allen; Nikki Guess; Christy Zenglei; Ivan Hoe; Scott Shimamura; Zoe Tanaka (Videographer); and Stephen Saito (Neighborhood Commission Office).
ELECTION OF BOARD OFFICERS
Chair: Shiraki moved and Mau seconded to nominate Loren Jerlow as Chair. The motion was ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY, 12-0-0 (Aye: Aronowitz, Chung, Farm Jr., Gerlich-Hayes, Hack, Heskett, Holtrop, Jerlow, Mau, Nakayama, Shiraki, Wheeler; Nay: none; Abstain: none).
Vice Chair: Shiraki moved to nominate Beverly Mau as Vice Chair. Heskett moved to nominate Paul Holtrop as Vice Chair; Holtrop declined. The motion to nominate Beverly Mau as Vice Chair was ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY, 12-0-0 (Aye: Aronowitz, Chung, Farm Jr., Gerlich-Hayes, Hack, Heskett, Holtrop, Jerlow, Mau, Nakayama, Shiraki, Wheeler; Nay: none; Abstain: none).
Secretary: Shiraki moved to nominate Andrew Chung as Secretary. The motion was ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY, 12-0-0 (Aye: Aronowitz, Chung, Farm Jr., Gerlich-Hayes, Hack, Heskett, Holtrop, Jerlow, Mau, Nakayama, Shiraki, Wheeler; Nay: none; Abstain: none).
Treasurer: Shiraki moved to nominate Randolph Hack as Treasurer. The motion was ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY, 12-0-0 (Aye: Aronowitz, Chung, Farm Jr., Gerlich-Hayes, Hack, Heskett, Holtrop, Jerlow, Mau, Nakayama, Shiraki, Wheeler; Nay: none; Abstain: none).
Parliamentarian: Hack moved to nominate Paul Holtrop as Parliamentarian. Chair Jerlow noted that the duties of the Parliamentarian includes being an authority on Parliamentary Procedure and letting the Chairperson know when something is out of order. The motion was ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY, 12-0-0 (Aye: Aronowitz, Chung, Farm Jr., Gerlich-Hayes, Hack, Heskett, Holtrop, Jerlow, Mau, Nakayama, Shiraki, Wheeler; Nay: none; Abstain: none).
Sergeant-at-Arms: Mau moved to nominate Earl Shiraki as Sergeant-at-Arms. Chair Jerlow noted that the duties of the Sergeant-at-Arms includes setting up and closing the meeting facility accordingly and to be in charge of the keys to the facility. The motion was ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY, 12-0-0 (Aye: Aronowitz, Chung, Farm Jr., Gerlich-Hayes, Hack, Heskett, Holtrop, Jerlow, Mau, Nakayama, Shiraki, Wheeler; Nay: none; Abstain: none).
CITY MONTHLY REPORTS
Honolulu Fire Department (HFD): Fire Fighter I Peter Hashimoto reported the following:
• July 2016 Statistics: There were 29 medical emergencies, 2 activated alarms, and 1 motor vehicle crash/collision.
• Fire Safety Tip: Smoke alarms should be installed and maintained in every home. Working smoke alarms decreases the risk of dying in a home fire in half. Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button. Smoke alarms with a nine (9)-volt battery should have the batteries replaced annually. The entire smoke alarm should be replaced every 10 years. HFD will be conducting its Smoke Alarms for Everyone (SAFE) program from Tuesday, September 13, 2016 to Friday, September 16, 2016. For more information about a free smoke alarm installation, call 723-7167.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD): Lieutenant Maurice Asato distributed handouts and reported the following:
• July 2016 Crime Statistics: There were 4 motor vehicle thefts, 14 burglaries, 2 thefts, and 13 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMVs). There were 6,314 calls for service in District 7.
• Safety Tips -- Home Security Tip: Form a Neighborhood Security Watch (NSW). HPD can help work with neighbors to improve security and reduce risk of burglaries and other crimes.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Increase in Burglaries: Aronowitz asked for the reason to the increase in burglaries. Lieutenant Asato responded that there are no particular reasons to report at this time.
2. Makanui Place and Holomua Place: Shiraki requested that HPD monitor the Makanui Place and Holomua Place intersection area around 1:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Lieutenant Asato responded that he will follow-up with the midnight patrol shift.
Board of Water Supply (BWS): Dominic Dias reported the following:
• July 2016 Main Break Report: There were no water main breaks in July 2016.
• BWS Water Master Plan: On Wednesday, July 13, 2016 the BWS released a draft of its Water Master Plan and asks for public input. The Water Master Plan is a comprehensive evaluation of BWS's water supplies, needs, and infrastructure over a 30-year period. The plan includes population and water use projections; an evaluation of the current system, including causes of water main breaks; and it also considers conservation, watershed management, and climate change. The plan also provides recommendations on what to do so that BWS can continue to meet Oahu's water needs. The BWS will use the plan to guide its decisions about the best path to continue providing safe, dependable, and affordable water, now and into the future. A copy of the document is available at www.boardofwatersupply.com. Public input is being accepted from now through Friday, September 12, 2016. After this time, BWS is scheduled to consider adoption of the plan later in 2016. The BWS will then prepare a 30-year Capital Improvement Program and a financial analysis to evaluate the cost of those projects and options to pay for the work. The process will be an open process with ongoing input from stakeholders and customers. If interested in learning more, visit www.boardofwatersupply.com to access the full report and other documents, or e-mail BWSWaterMasterPlan@hbws.org or call 748-5347.
• Impersonation of BWS Employees: BWS is 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 they are 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, and carrying an official City badge, with the agency identified as BWS. If someone is claiming to be a BWS employee is unable to provide a reasonable combination of these credentials, residents are encouraged to call HPD at 911 for assistance. The community may also call the BWS at 748-5041 to file an additional report of suspicious situations and encounters.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Unthirsty Plant Sale: Chair Jerlow commented about his experience attending the Unthirsty Plant Sale and congratulated Mau's retirement from BWS.
FILLING OF VACANCIES: Chair Jerlow urged the community to join the No. 6 Palolo Neighborhood Board. No volunteers or nominations followed.
Councilmember Ann Kobayashi: Councilmember Ann Kobayashi provided a newsletter and reported the following:
• Drainage: Councilmember Kobayashi is working with Director Sasamura and the Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) on various issues relating to the drainage in various areas in Palolo.
• Waste Pick-Up: Councilmember Kobayashi is also working on the issue regarding waste pick-up routing on the Diamond Head and the Ewa side of 9th Avenue.
• Bill 36 Relating to Uber and Lyft: Bill 36 will allow the City to regulate transportation network companies (TNC). City Council will not get into the regulating of business policies of TNCs.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. 9th Avenue: Shiraki commented about the past issue with refuse collection trucks having difficulties accessing 9th Avenue. Councilmember Kobayashi noted that there are also problems with residents only being able to drop off trash on their driveway in trash bags instead of using a refuse collection bin.
2. Honolulu Rail Transit Project: Heskett commented about the budgeting shortfalls for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project and asked for Councilmember Kobayashi's opinion on the Honolulu Rail Transit Project. Councilmember Kobayashi responded that the Council had to deal with a lack of communication and answers about the Honolulu Rail Transit Project construction work and budget. Councilmember Kobayashi further commented about the issue of businesses needing to leave their location due to potential construction work relating to the project and about working on a resolution so that it may not be necessary. Councilmember Kobayashi further noted that her position is that property tax should not be increased due to the project.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative: Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) Director Ross Sasamura reported the following:
• Ponding: The Department of Design and Construction (DDC) will be investigating the ponding complaint at 10th Avenue.
• Signs: The DFM is fabricating more signs for Neighborhood Watch in the Carlos Long Street area and installation will be completed by the end of August 2016.
• Kilihune Place: Contractors removed the steel plates from residential yards on Kilihune Place.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Bulky Items: Resident Scott Tamayori commented about the increased amount of bulky items on 10th Avenue in July 2016. Resident Tamayori suspects there being illegal disposal of bulky items on 10th Avenue. Chair Jerlow suggested Resident Tamayori to report any incidences of illegal bulky item disposal using the City's 311 application. Chair Jerlow further suggested that the community come together to start up a fundraiser and have the community take the initiative to remove bulky items on 10th Avenue. Director Sasamura reminded the public that HPD recommends that everyone should be their neighbor's eyes and to call 911 for HPD to investigate suspicious activities such as illegal bulky item disposal.
Governor David Ige's Representative: Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) Director Catherine P. Awakuni Colón circulated a newsletter and reported the following:
• Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Summit: On Saturday, July 9, 2016, the ESSA Summit was held. Several ESSA Town Hall Community Meetings will be held including Kalani High School's Town Hall Meeting being held on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.
• International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress: The United States (US) will be hosting the IUCN World Conservation Congress and will be held at the Hawai'i Convention Center.
• Homeless Plan: The State appropriated $12 million to provide services to the homeless.
• Jet Ski Licensing: Jet Skis fall under the category of being a thrill craft by the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) under Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) 13-244-15.5. Businesses are required to create a safety program when using Jet Skis for commercial use.
• Green Energy Market Securitization (GEMS) Program: The GEMS Program is under the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT). The Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority (HGIA) is tasked with lending GEMS fund to areas under served in the commercial market and is in part of Hawaii's renewable energy goals by 2045.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Jet Ski Licensing: Shiraki clarified that his concern is about the licensing for jet skis and the leniency of laws enforced on commercial businesses in educating users about Jet Ski usage.
State House Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say -- Speaker Say circulated newsletters and reported the following:
• Carlos Long Street and La'i Road: For residents in the Carlos Long Street and La'i Road area, be cautious about the growth of mosquitoes when using rain barrels to catch rain water from the roof. Report any concerns to the Department of Health (DOH).
• St. James Church Property: Christy Zenglei introduced herself as the owner of the St. James Church property on Palolo Avenue and announced that the State approved her permit to have the easement on the property to be removed. Speaker Say noted that the State easement on the property delayed the purchasing of the deed of the property. Lei is working with the DOH to remove the debris on the property.
State Senator Les Ihara, Jr.: No representative was present, no report was provided.
RESIDENTS'/COMMUNITY CONCERNS: Kaimuki Ready: Resident Scott Shimamura announced that there will be a Kaimuki Ready Community meeting to educate residents on emergencies such as hurricanes and a talk story session with Danny Tengan, former Director of the Civil Defense Sheltering Program at Palolo Valley District Park Recreation Center at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.
Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes: The regular meeting minutes for Wednesday, May 11, 2016 were ADOPTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 12-0-0 (Aye: Aronowitz, Chung, Farm Jr., Gerlich-Hayes, Hack, Heskett, Holtrop, Jerlow, Mau, Nakayama, Shiraki, Wheeler; Nay: none; Abstain: none).
Meeting Schedule: Hack moved and Mau seconded to recess in September 2016, January 2017, and June 2017. The motion was ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY, 12-0-0 (Aye: Aronowitz, Chung, Farm Jr., Gerlich-Hayes, Hack, Heskett, Holtrop, Jerlow, Mau, Nakayama, Shiraki, Wheeler; Nay: none; Abstain: none).
Treasurer's Report: A remaining balance of $294.79 was reported. The report was filed.
Utilities Permitted Interaction Group (PIG): Heskett noted that the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) assigned a representative to address the Board's concerns and will follow-up at the next meeting on a report.
Traffic Safety Committee Report: Shiraki noted that there are traffic safety concerns on 10th Avenue and that motorists should reduce speeds when driving. Shiraki further noted that individuals should be cautious when exiting their motor vehicle while parked on 10th Avenue due to the narrowing of the road. Lastly, Shiraki noted for individuals to not leave their doors wide open when exiting a motor vehicle and to not tailgate the motorists in front while driving.
Election Committee: Gerlich-Hayes noted that the Candidate Forum will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 with each candidate having three (3) minutes to introduce themselves with rebuttals to follow.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: The next Palolo Neighborhood Board No. 06 regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Palolo Elementary School cafeteria.
Bulky Trash Pick-Up: Take out no-earlier-than one day before Wednesday, July 20, 2016 (third Wednesday of every month) to preserve the beauty of the valley. Call 768-3203 for violations.
Farmers' Market: Every Wednesday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:20 a.m. at Palolo District Park.
Olelo Broadcast Slots: The Pālolo Neighborhood Board No. 6 meetings are aired on Channel 49 the first and third Sundays of the month at 12:00 p.m. and the 4th Thursday at 9:00 p.m. or online, anytime at http://www.olelo.org.
Social Media: Join us informally at the "Pālolo Valley Community" page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com. Also stay connected with Pālolo at www.nextdoor.com.
Agenda Requests: No Later Than 2-weeks prior to meeting, contact Chair Loren Jerlow at 808-664-1658 with agenda item requests.
All Board Members to Assist to Close-Up: Thank you to Shiraki for obtaining keys to open facilities.
Parliamentary Procedure Workshop: There will be a Parliamentary Procedure Workshop at Palolo Elementary School Cafeteria at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.
Candidate Forum: There will be a Candidate Forum at Palolo Elementary School Cafeteria on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 8:16 p.m.
Submitted by: Stephen Saito, Neighborhood Assistant
Reviewed by: Neil Baarde, Neighborhood Assistant II
Finalized by: Loren Jerlow, Chair
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