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Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board Meeting July 2017 Minutes
DRAFT - INITIAL CONVENING MEETING MINUTES
THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017
ALA WAI CLUB HOUSE
CALL TO ORDER: Chair Pro Tem 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, Ajay Bhatt, Judith Bowman, Richard Figliuzzi, Mark Kamahele, Cuban Leonora, Michelle Matson (arrived at 6:38 p.m.), Barbara Miller, Bert Narita, Laura St. Denis, Jerry Wanager, Winston Welch, George West, Linda Wong (arrived at 6:38 p.m.).
Members Absent: Amy Perruso.
Guests: Kyle Kaiser (Department of Education); Cameron Sato (Office of Senator Stanley Chang); Representative Calvin Say; Representative Bertrand Kobayashi; Kevan Wong (Office of Representative Scott Nishimoto); Walea Constantinau (Mayor's Representative), Ann Wong (Board of Water Supply), Councilmember Ann Kobayashi; Lieutenant So, Lieutenant Michael Nakada ,and Sergeant W. Scott (Honolulu Police Department); Barbara Armentrout (Palolo Neighborhood Board No. 6); Jodi Malinoski (Sierra Club), Rose Pon, Carolyn Tanaka, Young Kim, Kurt Tsuneyoshi, Gaye Dunphy, Carol Hoshiko, Ran Zeideel, Susan Miyamoto, Jack Barile, James "Kimo" Cuizon, Patricia Johnson, Daisy Murai, and Thomas Baldwin (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 table and turn into the Chair or Neighborhood Assistant.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS TO SERVE FROM JULY 1, 2017 to JUNE 30, 2018
Chair - Chair Pro Tem West opened the nominations for Chair of the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5.
Narita nominated George West to be Chair of the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5. The motion to elect George West as Chair of the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 WAS ADOPTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 12-0-0; (AYE: Allen, Bhatt, Bowman, Figliuzzi, Kamahele, Leonora, Miller, Narita, St. Denis, Wanager, Welch, and West NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None).
Vice Chair - Chair West opened the nominations for Vice-Chair of the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5.
St. Denis nominated Bert Narita as Chair of the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5. The motion to elect Bert Narita as Vice-Chair of the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 WAS ADOPTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 12-0-0 (AYE: Allen, Bhatt, Bowman, Figliuzzi, Kamahele, Leonora, Miller, Narita, St. Denis, Wanager, Welch, West NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None).
Secretary - Chair West opened the nominations for Secretary of the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5.
Miller nominated Richard Figliuzzi as Secretary of the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5. The motion to elect Richard Figliuzzi as Secretary of the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 WAS ADOPTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 12-0-0 (AYE: Allen, Bhatt, Bowman, Figliuzzi, Kamahele, Leonora, Miller, Narita, St. Denis, Wanager, Welch, West NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None).
Treasurer - Chair West opened the nominations for Secretary of the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5.
Miller nominated Jerry Wanager as Treasurer of the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5. The motion to elect Richard Figliuzzi as Treasurer of the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 WAS ADOPTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 12-0-0 (AYE: Allen, Bhatt, Bowman, Figliuzzi, Kamahele, Leonora, Miller, Narita, St. Denis, Wanager, Welch, West NAY: None ; ABSTAIN: None).
ADMINISTRATION OF THE OATH OF OFFICE
Michelle Matson arrived at 6:36 p.m.
At 6:36 p.m. Chair West called a recess.
Neighborhood Assistant Thomas Baldwin administered the Oath of Office to Michelle Matson.
At 6:38 p.m. Chair West called the meeting back to order.
Matson arrived at 6:38 p.m. There were 13 members present.
Wong arrived at 6:38 p.m. There were 14 members present.
PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS
Honolulu Fire Department (HFD - Waikiki Station): No representative was present; no report was given.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD - District 6 Waikiki/Diamond Head): Lieutenant So reported the following: June 2017 Crime Statistics - There were 9 robberies, 10 burglaries, 196 thefts, 29 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMVs), 53 assaults (aggravated and simple), 2 sex crimes, 154 speeding citations, 588 parking citations, 4 loud muffler citations, and 163 citations and 10 arrests for park closures. A total of 4,187 calls were placed for service.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Night Divers: St. Denis asked and Lieutenant So responded that residents seeing night divers near or harassing monk seals are advised to call 911 and report the incident to the police.
2. Armed Park Rangers: Welch asked and Lieutenant So responded that he cannot offer any opinion regarding the recent proposal by Councilmember Ozawa to have armed park rangers at public parks to deter homeless from settling there. Welch asked and Lieutenant So responded that in regards to the dangers of transient populations to officers, officers assess the dangers of individuals on a case by case basis.
3. Written Report: Wong asked and Lieutenant So responded that he had brought a copy of the report to Chair West. Chair West requested that HPD bring multiple copies for the entire Board. Matson requested that copies be distributed to the Board via the Neighborhood Assistant prior to the meeting and Chair West responded that the request has been made.
4. Bikeshare: A resident asked and Lieutenant So responded that HPD is educating tourists that it is illegal to bike on sidewalks. A resident commented that bikers are riding dangerously close to pedestrians. Matson commented that Bikeshare ought to conform to local laws and Lieutenant So responded that they cannot comment on Bikeshare, as that involves the relationship between Bikeshare and the City and County of Honolulu. A resident asked and Lieutenant So advised that pedestrians inform bikers that it is illegal to bike on sidewalks.
5. Motorized Segways: Kamahele asked and Lieutenant responded that motorized segways are allowed on sidewalks because handicap wheel chairs are allowed on sidewalks, including motorized. Three(3)-wheel motorized transportation falls under the same category as handicapped vehicles, and is allowed on sidewalks.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD) - District 7 Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights): Lieutenant Nakada circulated a report and reported the following:
• June 2017 Statistics: There were 7 motor vehicle thefts, 3 burglaries, 29 thefts 6 UEMV, 6,282 calls for service.
• Safety Tip ??? Senior Preparedeness:
o Establish a Personal Support Network: A personal support network is made up of individuals who will check on a person in an emergency to ensure they are okay and to give assistance if needed. This network consists of friends, roommates, family members, relatives, personal attendants, co-workers, and neighbors.
o Evacuation: Public Shelter locations and opening times will be broadcast over TV and radio if an emergency dictates an evacuation. Coordinate with home care providers for evacuation procedures. Be aware the public shelters are hot, corwded, and noisy. In addition, evacuees must take all of their disaster supplies with them. Sometimes sheltering in place with a friend who can assist is a better option. Shelter in place only in areas outside of evacuation and flood zones. On Oahu, if an evacuation is order City buses will become evacuation shuttles to the nearest designated public shelter. Transportation during an emergency is free and busses can be flagged down anywhere along their route.
o Additional Disaster Supplies for Seniors: Prescription medicines, list of medications including dosage, and a list of allergies. Extra eyeglasses and hearing-aid batteries. Extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen. Medical insurance and Medicare cards. List of style and serial numbers of medical devices such as pacemakers. List of doctors and relatives or friends who should be notified if you are injured.
Questions, concerns, and comments followed:
1. Encampment: Narita requested that HPD investigate a large homeless encampment near the H1 onramp by University Avenue.
2. Bike Laws: Armentrout suggested that HPD urge Bikeshare to bring bike law education to Bikeshare education to ensure the safety of bikers and pedestrians. Kurt Tsuneyoshi of Councilmember Trevor Ozawa's office commented that the office is working with the CEO of Bikeshare to replace advertisements on the bikes with rules, regulations, liability clauses, etc. Matson expressed her concerns towards that initiative to replace Biki advertisements because Biki is in the business to make money for their investors. Matson pointed out that educating people does not generate revenue, and would like to know how Councilmember Ozawa expected to accomplish this purpose.
3. Speeding: A resident commented that she is greatly concerned about speeding in the community and Lieutenant Nakada commented that there is active enforcement.
4. Motorcycles: A resident expressed their concern for motorcycle gangs that make a great deal of noise on Sundays between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. According to the resident, the noise has been loud enough to set off car alarms in parking garages along Ala Wai Boulevard and on Kapahulu Avenue.
Board of Water Supply (BWS) - Ann Wong reported the following:
• General Water Announcements: 29th Annual Halawa Xeriscape Garden Open House and Unthirsty Plant Sale: The BWS's 29th annual Halawa Xeriscape Garden Open House and Unthirsty Plant Sale an opportunity to learn ways to gardeners beat the heat and conserve water outdoors. The event will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be a large variety of drought-tolerant, less-thirsty and native plants at reasonable prices. Some of the activites to be offered include xeriscape workshops by garden experts, keiki activites, educational booths, garden crafts, award winning cactus and succulent display by the Cactus and Succulent Society of Hawaii, and food. Proceeds from the event will help support educational programs and classes at the Halawa Xeriscape Garden. For more information, visit www.boardofwatersupply.com or call the BWS Communications Office at 748-5041. You can also follow BWS on Facebook and Twitter for event details at Facebook.com/BWSHonolulu and Twitter@BWSHonolulu.
• Main Breaks Update: There was an 8" main break on Leahi Avenue of Sunday, June 18, 2017.
• Diamond Head 180 Reservoir: Security found camp sites on State land, and BWS contacted the Department of Land and Natural Resources to handle the camp sites.
• Fire Hydrant Installation Project: There is a fire hydrant installation project on Lincoln Avenue.
DETERMINATION OF MEETING TIME/DATE/LOCATION/RECESS SCHEDULE
Narita moved for the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 to continue its regular meeting schedule on the second Thursday of each month at the Ala Wai Clubhouse at 6:30 p.m. The motion WAS ADOPTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 14-0-0 (AYE: Allen, Bhatt, Bowman, Figliuzzi, Kamahele, Leonora, Matson, Miller, Narita, St. Denis, Wanager, Welch, West, and Wong; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None,).
Narita moved that the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 recess in the month of December. The motion WAS ADOPTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 14-0-0; (AYE: Allen, Bhatt, Bowman, Figliuzzi, Kamahele, Leonora, Matson, Miller, Narita, St. Denis, Wanager, Welch, West, and Wong; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None.)
As there were no objections, Chair West moved to the report from public officials by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 14-0-0; (AYE: Allen, Bhatt, Bowman, Figliuzzi, Kamahele, Leonora, Matson, Miller, Narita, St. Denis, Wanager, Welch, West, and Wong; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None.)
PUBLIC EVENTS NOTICES
Chair West announced the following events:
• Sunday, July 23, 2017 - Cliff Rigsbee Tinman Triathalon, permit submitted.
• Sunday, August 6, 2017 - BOCA Hawaii 15K Run, permit submitted.
??? Saturday, August 12, 2017 - Annual Oahu Heart & Stroke Walk, permit submitted.
Bikeshare Updates: Chair West reported that he received an email from Lori McCartney, the CEO of Bikeshare, expressing that they have addressed all of the issues pertinent with the community. Bikeshare is not pursuing any bike stations around Pualei Circle and nothing is happening around Kapiolani Park.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Kapiolani Trust: Matson commented that the Kapiolani Park Board of Trustees met and received testimony from the Deputy Attorney General. The Deputy Attorney General indicated to the trustees that they needed to abide by the provisions of the trust. It is for this reason that there are no Biki stations at Kapiolani Park at this time.
2. Business at Kapiolani Park: A resident asked and Matson responded that surf companies parking their company vans at Kapiolani Park has been a controversial issue and does count as commercial activity.
3. Bikeshare: Wong commented that Lori McCartney's statement that Bikeshare is not pursuing stations at Pualei Circle "at this time" contradicts other statements that Pualei Circle will not be seeing stations at all.
Honolulu Century Ride - Patricia Johnson of the Hawaii Bicycling League (HBL) distributed a handout and announced the following: 36th Annual Honolulu Century Ride, Sunday, September 24, 2017 event begins at 6:15 a.m. at Kapiolani Park near the Bandstand on Kalakaua Avenue. There will be several road closures between 3:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Questions, comments, and concerns: Road Closures: St. Denis asked and Johnson responded that residents will still be able to cross Monsarrat Avenue. Wong requested more specific road closure information be presented to the Board, and that this information include closure information that may affect Monsarrat Avenue, Leahi Avenue, and Paki Avenue.
2017 World Peace and Unity 10K Road Race - Race Director Young Kim of SPOCUA Foundation announced the 2017 World Peace and Unity 10K Road Race on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. at Ala Moana Beach Park on Magic Island. The Award Ceremony will be at 8:30 a.m.
RESIDENTS COMMUNITY CONCERNS:
As there was no objection, Chair West postponed the discussion on the Date Street Crosswalk to allow the Elected Officials to provide their update on the issue. The motion WAS ADOPTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 14-0-0 (AYE: Allen, Bhatt, Bowman, Figliuzzi, Kamahele, Leonora, Matson, Miller, Narita, St. Denis, Wanager, Welch, West, Wong; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None,).
Councilmember Ann Kobayashi: A representative of Councilmember Kobayashi's Office distributed a newsletter.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Date Street: Chair West asked and the representative responded that Councilmember Kobayashi's office is in contact with the Administration and pertinent departments and are waiting for replies.
2. Bill 23: Matson commended Councilmember Kobayashi and her leadership in securing Bill 23, a bill that will keep parks under the jurisdiction of the Department of Parks and Recreation and not the Department of Enterprise Services.
Councilmember Trevor Ozawa: Kurt Tsuneyoshi of Councilmember Ozawa's Office distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Bikeshare: Tsuneyoshi commented that they will report back when they have more information regarding the replacement of ads with rules and regulation on Biki bikes.
• Homeless: Tsuneyoshi commented that Councilmember Ozawa introduced Resolution 17-145 which establishes interagency homeless task force with the goal of improving homeless enforcement conditions and coordination. Councilmember Ozawa introduced this resolution to address the jurisdiction of issues during enforcement operations.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Homeless: Welch expressed his concerns towards the proposal to arm guards as suggested by Councilmember Ozawa. Welch commented that the homeless need compassion and housing solutions, and that armed guards is not the answer. St. Denis asked if they needed any more plans to keep homeless camps from returning to the Diamond Head area or if enough action has been taken to deter future settlements, and Tsuneyoshi responded that the situation was too complex for him to comment on behalf of Councilmember Ozawa. Matson expressed her concerns with Councilmember Ozawa's strategy involving the coordination of different agencies. Matson commented that the Mayor's Office has a homeless coordinator as does the City and County of Honolulu. Matson also commented that the Department of Land and Natural Resources' State Parks Division is also active in protecting State land. Matson asked and Tsuneyoshi responded that he cannot answer on behalf of Councilmember Ozawa as to what action has not been taken yet by the different agencies. Chair West requested that Councilmember Ozawa return to the following meeting.
Governor's Representative: No representative was present; a newsletter was distributed.
Senator Stanley Chang: Camerons Sato of Senator Chang's Office distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Fire-preparedness Workshop: Senator Chang held a workshop on Fire-Preparedness in Hawaii Kai related to brushfires.
• Kahala Hotel: In response to member Wong's inquiry regarding the Kahala Hotel, Sato reported that the Waialae/Kahala Neighborhood Board No.3 approved a motion asking the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to have The Kahala Hotel resubmit their Environmental Assessment (EA). However, according to the law, The Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC) and DLNR cannot force them to resubmit an EA, so it is at the will of the owner. Sato commented that the EA the Kahala Hotel submitted was a draft and they still need to submit their final version after the comment period. After the submission of the final draft, DLNR's Land Division will make a non-binding recommendation to the landlord.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Kahala Hotel: Matson commented that procedurally, the environmental review process involves a collection, review of, and revision of the draft EA based on submitted comments for the final EA. The presiding agency can then declare a finding of no significant impact or a finding of significant impact. If there is a finding of significant impact, this would lead to a larger Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Wong commented that she emailed Director Susan Case of DLNR, who emailed the Kahala Hotel and requested they re-submit an EA and open it up for comment, with no response from the Kahala Hotel. The Waialae/Kahala Neighborhood Board No. 3 requested a presentation from Kahala Resort.
Senator Les Ihara: No representative was present; no newsletter was distributed.
Representative Bertrand Kobayashi: Representative Kobayashi distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
1. Jan Bappe: Representative Kobayashi announced that Jan Bappe, a longtime resident and 35 plus year attendant of the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5, will no longer be attending these board meetings. She did not provide a reason.
2. Homeless Sweep Diamond Head: Kobayashi commented that to his knowledge there are no scheduled sweeps in the Diamond Head area. Future sweeps will be preceded by a notice a couple weeks in advance, and social service outreach initiatives will be made before the sweep. There are still active social service outreach initiatives for specific cases.
3. Kupuna Care Givers Program: Kobayashi announced that the Kupuna Care Givers Program is not functioning as of yet, but will be shortly.
4. Kaimuki High School: Kaimuki High School starts its school day at 9:00 a.m., one hour later than most public schools in Hawaii. School Principal Wade justified the later start time with emerging research surrounding the sleeping patterns of adolescents. Students starting their school day at 9:00 a.m. felt more rested than the ones who started their day at 8 a.m.
5. Hurricane Season: Representative Kobayashi commented that according the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA), residents ought to prepare an "emergency kit" of minimum of 14 days of food, water, and other supplies, up from the previous seven (7) day minimum.
6. Legislature: Representative Kobayashi commented that the Legislature will not reconvene to override veto. The Senate will not pursue any override of a veto, and the House of Representatives cannot unilaterally override a Governor veto. Anyone wishing to lobby for/against a veto must do so independently of the Legislature.
7. Special Session: Representative Kobayashi mentioned that the target dates for Special Session is Monday, August 28, 2017 to Friday, September 1, 2017 to negotiate Rail funding.
Questions, comments, and concerns: Homeless: Welch commented that there is no more overriding issue than homelessness, mentioning that it is the top moral crisis in the State. Welch expressed his concern with the City and County of Honolulu and State's lack of compassionate treatment for those experiencing homelessness. Welch also urged for those in public office to use more compassionate language, arguing that people sweep garbage, not people. Welch hopes that the government will opt for more assistance based help, as opposed to sweeps.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative - Walea Constantinau distributed a newsletter.
Questions, comments and concerns followed:
1. St. Louis Drive: Narita commented on the markings on St. Louis Drive and was wondering if this was an indication of an eventual repaving project. Narita would like the City and County of Honolulu to update the Board with what the markings are for.
2. Bushes at Traffic Medians: Resident Murai was concerned about the height of the bushes on the traffic medians along Kapahulu Avenue at Castle Street and Kamaina Street, as they are obstructing the vision of drivers. Murai would like to see them trimmed.
3. Orange Barriers: Welch asked if the orange barriers along Kapahulu Avenue near the park can be taken down, as they served their original purpose of keeping the homeless out of those areas.
4. Bikeshare: Barbara Armentrout requested that the City and County of Honolulu mandate that education regarding rules of the road be implemented to inform tourists.
5. Date Street Crosswalk: A resident asked when the City and County of Honolulu plans to place the crosswalk back on Date Street.
Chair West took the agenda out of order to allow Councilmember Ann Kobayashi to discuss the Date Street Crosswalk.
Councilmember Ann Kobayashi: Date Street Crosswalk: Councilmember Kobayashi met with the Director of the Department of Transportation (DTS). According to DTS, the crosswalk in question did not meet Federal standards. One (1) solution proposed by DTS was to make parking permanent along one side of Date Street. This would narrow Date Street within the requirements necessary to reintroduce the crosswalk.
Questions, concerns, and comments followed:
1. Date Street Crosswalk: A resident asked why the crosswalk was removed now and not earlier, and Councilmember Kobayashi commented that when they repaved the road they discovered that the crosswalk was in violation. Chair West responded that the crosswalk did not meet the criteria for the Complete Streets design. Matson commented that lighting in that area on Kapahulu Avenue is too poor to see pedestrians, and that a simple solution is to improve the lighting in the area. Kobayashi commented that it has been two (2) years since the street light contract has been made. Wong commented that they will need to do renovations to make parking permanent along Date Street.
2. Rail Bond Bill: Barbara Armentrout thanked Councilmember Kobayashi for voting no on the $350 million Rail bond funding bill.
Representative Scott Nishimoto: Representative Nishimoto distributed a newsletter.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Bikeshare: Matson asked and Nishimoto responded that he supports the concept of Bikeshare but is concerned with its implementation, specifically around station placement. Nishimoto elaborated, mentioning that Bikeshare should have done a better job in asking the community for input regarding rack placement. Nishimoto mentioned two stations in particular, one in front of a condo along University Avenue, and another taking up Handi-Van parking. Nishimoto and Councilmember Kobayashi sent letters to Bikeshare, urging them to reconsider the location of some stations. Matson asked and Nishimoto responded that DTS is responsible for giving out permits to the Bikeshare, and any questions or concerns regarding that are best placed with the Mayor's Representative.
House Speaker Emiterus (HSE) Calvin Say: Speaker Emiretus Say distributed a handout and reported the following: Kupuna Care Givers: The Kupuna Care Givers program will begin in 2018 and will give a small stipend to those taking care of their parents or grandparents for their services.
Approval of June 8, 2017, Regular Meeting Minutes:
Figliuzzi moved and Miller seconded the motion to approve the Thursday, June 8, 2017, regular meeting minutes as amended. The minutes were accepted as amended, 14-0-0 (AYE: Allen, Bhatt, Bowman, Figliuzzi, Kamahele, Leonora, Matson, Miller, Narita, St. Denis, Wanager, Welch, West, Wong; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None). Amendments include: Page Two (2): Under Presentations, Bikeshare Hawaii, Questions, comments, and concerns, Item 4: Strike and replace the word "Miller" with "Armentrout".
Red Hill Resolution:
Hearing no objections, Chair West signed the Resolution to Protect Oahu's Groundwater Resources from the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Tanks. This resolution was previously adopted on Thursday, June 8, 2017 by the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5.
Denny's Development: Chair West announced that the Denny's at the corner of Kapahulu Avenue and Kuhio Avenue is under construction.
Orange Barriers: Chair West reminded the Board that in November 2016 the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) asked the Board to adopt their proposal to have that strip of property taken over by DPR and transform it into a park, to allow park closure times to be enforced. Chair West commented that he calls the DPR every month pressing for answers. Welch commented that he is still dissatisfied with the treatment of homeless and Chair West responded that the Board has already taken a position on that strip of land, and that the treatment of homeless related to this location would need to be taken up separately. Barbara Armentrout commented that there are two Biki Stations in that park.
Treasurer's Report: No report was given.
REQUEST TO PARTICIPATE IN THE OLELO BROADCAST PROGRAM OR TO REQUEST FUNDS FOR AN ANNUAL NEWSLETTER
Welch commented that he prefers Olelo to increase the participation in the Neighborhood Board process. Welch commented that more people observing the Board meetings will increase the quality of the discussions in the Board. Miller responded that she prefers the adoption of the newsletter, as it is a cheaper alternative to Olelo. Miller commented that only one (1) out of 15 people watch Olelo. Miller suggested that the Board vote on this decision in the following meeting when she has the financial information. West responded that the Neighborhood Commission Office (NCO) budget allows for one or the other for any Board. Matson commented that the community has had a great disservice by not having the experience of what comes before the Board. Matson pointed out that key issues involving Kapiolani Park, the Diamond Head State Monument, the Ala Wai Golf Course, and other similar issues that come before the Board, ought to be shared with the public. Matson commented that Olelo is a valuable service, and that the Board is fortunate to have the opportunity. Kamahele commented that the public has the right to know what happens at Board meetings. Wong commented that she would like to know what the spectators felt about Olelo, and West responded that the decision would be made by the Board.
Miller moved and Wanager seconded the motion to postpone the request for the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 to participate in the Olelo Broadcast Program or to request funds for an Annual Newsletter until the next meeting on Thursday, August 10, 2017. The motion to postpone the request for the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 to participate in the Olelo Broadcast Program or to request funds for an Annual Newsletter until the next meeting on Thursday, August 10, 2017 WAS ADOPTED by ROLL CALL VOTE. 8-5-1 (AYE: Allen, Figliuzzi, Kamahele, Leonora, Miller, Narita, St. Denis, Wanager; NAY: Bhatt, Bowman, Matson, Welch, and Wong; ABSTAIN: West).
ADOPTION OF ORAL TESTIMONY RULES
Matson asked and West responded that the NCO recommends the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 adopt the speaking rules that are included on the agenda.
Chair West motioned and Miller seconded the motion to maintain the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 current oral testimony rules.
Matson asked and West responded that there are guidelines in the Neighborhood Plan addressing the capacity of Board members to testify on behalf of their Board at other meetings.
The motion to maintain the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 current oral testimony rules WAS ADOPTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 14-0-0 (AYE: Allen, Figliuzzi, Kamahele, Leonora, Miller, Narita, St. Denis, Wanager; NAY: Bhatt, Bowman, Matson, Welch, Wong; ABSTAIN: West).
Subdistrict 1 (St. Louis Heights): Chair West appointed Julia Allens to be the Representative of Subdistrict 1 (St. Louis Heights) of the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5.
Subdistrict 2 (Kapahulu): Chair West appointed Mark Kamahele to be the Representative of Subdistrict 2 (Kapahulu) of the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5.
Subdistrict 3 (Diamond Head): Chair West appointed Laura St. Denis to be the Representative of Subdistrict 3 (Diamond Head) of the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5.
Neighborhood Board Online Election Statistics: Chair West summarized the results of the Neighborhood Board Elections Online, with the highest number of voters in the last election and online. The results were less costly and more effective than older methods.
Monk Seals: St. Denis announced that two (2) monk seals are on Kaimana Beach, and encouraged people to be respectful.
Emergency Vehicles: St. Denis commented that there is enough room for an ambulance and fire truck on Kanahaina Street. St. Denis expressed her concerns for other Bikeshare stations possibly narrowing the roadways for emergency vehicles
Next Regular Board Meeting: The Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St.Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 will meet at the Ala Wai Club House on Thursday, August 10, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
ADJOURNMENT: As there was no further business before the Board, Chair West adjourned the meeting at 8:30 p.m.
Submitted by: Thomas Baldwin, Neighborhood Assistant Reviewed by: K. Russell Ho, Neighborhood Assistant
Reviewed by: Dylan Whitesell, Neighborhood Assistant Reviewed by: Richard Figliuzzi, Board Secretary
Finalized by: George West, Chair
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