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Diamond Head Neighborhood Board Meeting November 2018 Minutes
DRAFT - REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017
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 13 members present. (Note - This 15-member Board requires eight (8) members to establish quorum and to take official Board action).
Members Present: Ajay Bhatt, Leonora Cuban, Richard Figliuzzi, Michelle Matson, Barbara Miller, Bert Narita, Don Persons, Laura St. Denis, Jerry Wanager, Winston Welch, George West, Julia Allen, Mark Kamahele, and Linda Wong.
Member Absent: Judith Bowman.
Guests: House Speaker Emiretus Calvin Say; State Representative Bertrand Kobayashi; State Representative Scott Nishimoto; Councilmember Ann Kobayashi; Walea Constantinau (Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative); Kevin Wong (Office of Representative Scott Nishimoto); Captain Ako (Honolulu Fire Department); Lieutenant So and Sergeant Stanford Yu (Honolulu Police Department); Ann Wong and Greg Lee (Board of Water Supply); Robin Matsunaga (Belt Collins and Associates); Bradley Akano (Hawaii Meals on Wheels); Mary Jones, John Karbens, Daisy Murai, Franklin Chung, Taylor Madison, Barbara Armentrout (Residents); and Thomas Baldwin (Neighborhood Assistant).
Announcements: Chair West commented that anyone wishing to speak on items not already on the agenda should fill out a Community Concern form at the front table and turn it into the Chair or Neighborhood Assistant.
PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS
Honolulu Fire Department (HFD - Waikiki Station): Captain Ako reported the following:
??? November Statistics: There were 2 structure fires, 5 nuisance fires, 1 cooking fire, 15 activated alarms, 228 medical calls, 5 motor vehicle collisions involving a pedestrian accident, 7 motor vehicle collisions, and 1 ocean rescue.
• Safety Tip: Cooking Safety - Cooking brings family and friends together, provides an outlet for creativity, and can be relaxing. However, cooking fires are the number one (1) cause of home fires and home injuries. By following a few tips, you can prevent these fires:
o Caution - Cook with caution. Be on alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, do not use the stove or stovetop.
o Placement - Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking.
o Flammable Materials - Keep anything that can catch fire, including oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, and towels away from the stovetop.
o Children - Keep children at least three (3) feet away from the stove.
o Fire Handling - If you have a small grease fire, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled. For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed
o Evacuation - If you have any doubt about extinguishing a small fire, get out of the house and call 911. When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
o Turkey Fryers - With the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, the HFD discourages the use of turkey fryers. Turkey fryer usage can lead to devastating burns and injuries and destroy property due to the large amount and high temperature of oil being used.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Fire Extinguishers: Resident Daisy Murai asked and Captain Ako responded that he would report back in January 2018 regarding home fire extinguisher recall. St. Denis asked and Captain Ako responded that fire extinguishers are typically labeled identifying what type of fires they can extinguish. The four classes of fires are A for ordinary combustibles, B for flammable liquids, C for electrical, and D for flammable metals. Captain Ako commented that most multi-purpose extinguishers citizens can acquire are for classes A, B, and C.
2. Shutter Windows: St. Denis asked and Captain Ako responded that shutter windows are difficult to escape through and recommended finding another way out of a home with shutter windows in case of a fire. Captain Ako recommended finding an object to break through the shutter windows if it is the only viable escape route.
3. Stolen Bicycle: A resident* asked and Captain Ako responded that the stolen bicycle question would be more appropriate for HPD.
4. Air Fresheners: Welch commented and Captain Ako responded that any device that gives off heat can lead to a fire, including air freshener wall plug-ins.
5. Hoarders: Welch asked and Captain Ako responded that HFD does a monthly inspection. HFD can issue a notice of violation or hazard if they find properties that would be especially hazardous in case of fire, including hoarding situations where combustible objects may easily become life-threatening obstacles for residents and fire fighters. Those notices are sent to the Fire Prevention Bureau which will contact the owner of the property in violation. Chair West asked and Captain Ako responded that HFD conducts commercial inspection on their own. Captain Ako commented that inspections regarding residential hoarding must come from the community.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD) - District 6 Waikiki/ Diamond Head): Lieutenant So reported the following: October 2017 Statistics: There were 11 burglaries, 11 robberies, 221 thefts, 22 UEMV, 29 Assault, 3 sex crimes, 19 speeding citations, 605 parking citations, 5 loud muffler citations, and 33 park closure arrests, with 4108 total calls for service.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
• Loud Muffler: Chair West asked and Lieutenant So responded that most loud muffler violations are from mopeds or motorcycles.
• Biki Tourist Education: Matson asked and Lieutenant So responded that HPD officers are educating the public. Lieutenant So commented that most violations are from tourists who are not familiar with the biking laws. Lieutenant So commented that Biki is education tourists about biking laws.
• Loud Muffler (continued): Chair West asked and Lieutenant So responded that officers will stop mopeds that seem to be violating the law. If the officer finds that the moped was modified, the violator will be cited. Chair West asked and Lieutenant So clarified that to pull a moped driver over for a loud muffler violation is a judgment made by the officer and the citation is issued for loud muffler and can be issued for illegal modification in some cases. Chair West asked and Lieutenant So responded that all districts are aware of the laws regarding loud muffles.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD - District 7 Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights): Sergeant Stanford Yu reported the following:
• October 2017 Statistics: There were 12 burglaries, 11 thefts, 12 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMV), and 6607 total calls for service.
• Safety Tips: Pedestrian Safety: (see report)
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Bicycle Theft: A resident commented that her neighbor's bicycle was recently stolen off the property. The resident asked and Sergeant Yu responded that the owner of the bike must be the one to make the report of stolen property. The resident asked and Sergeant Yu responded that the best way to keep a bicycle, and its parts, safe from theft is to take off the front wheel and chain it through the back wheel.
2. Large Call Volume: Welch asked and Sergeant Yu responded that the large call volume to reported statistic ratio is largely due to the large volume of calls relating to miscellaneous/non-police related incidences. Sergeant Yu commented that in many disputes or medical emergencies, citizens typically call the police first.
Board of Water Supply (BWS): Ann Wong of the BWS reported the following:
• Main Break: There was one (1) six (6) inch main break in the district on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 295 Makale Place*.
• 30 Year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP): The BWS created the water master plan last year, and is currently identifying the timing and costs to keep the water system healthy. The BWS determined that 2100 miles of pipeline must be replaced. The BWS would like to replace 21 miles of pipeline a year, up from the six (6) miles of pipeline replacement a year that the BWS conducts now. There will be meetings discussing the long term financial plan as well as rate increases. The BWS board meetings will be on Olelo, and meetings, dates, and times are posted online at www.bws.com. The BWS encourages the public to provide feedback regarding this updates.
• Kapahulu Water System Improvements Project: The BWS is currently installing a new mainline on Second Avenue between Harding Avenue and Waialae Avenue. BWS still needs to install service laterals to repave Belzer Street and Ahuahu place
• Fire Hydrant Installation Project: There is a fire hydrant installation project in Kaimuki.
• Diamond Head Reservoir: The BWS security continues to make checks, and found one (1) person near the wall on the South side of the property. The person was chased out and has not been seen since.
• Red Hill Tank Leaks: In response to Matson's request from the xday October x, 2017 meeting, Wong reported that The BWS needs more information regarding the request. Matson replied that she would provide further details.
• BWS Water Systems Improvement Project: Robin Matsunaga of Belt Collins and Associates and Greg Lee of the BWS reported the following: Project Details: The BWS will be releasing a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for comment in January 2018 regarding the replacement of 2.5 miles of water line along Kalakaua Avenue from Beretania Street to Dillingham Fountain. About 4000 feet of the project lie within the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights District Neighborhood Board No. 5 district, from Monserrat Avenue to Dillingham Fountain. The project is in the very early planning stages, with no specified project construction dates or funding as of November 2017. The planning stage involves design, archeological investigations, and mitigation measures. The BWS anticipates that the work would take place during non-rush hour periods. The BWS anticipates that the project will comply with noise standards, and noise permits will be pursued during the day time as needed. Chair West requested updates as the project moves forward.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Pumping Station: Vice Chair Narita requested an updated regarding the project related to the auxiliary power of the pumping station at the corner of Harding and Kapahulu Avenue. Vice Chair Narita explained that St. Louis Heights relies on water being pumped from that station.
Governor David Ige's Representative: Matson requested that Governor David Ige's Representative, Major General Arthur Logan, Adjutant General of Hawaii Army National Guard, be placed under City/State Monthly Reports at subsequent meetings to ensure the representative can fit the report into his schedule. Matson commented that the recent issues related to emergency management justify moving Major General Logan's report earlier in the agenda. The Chair responded that he will consider the request.
Ala Wai Driving Range: Department of Enterprise Services (DES) Director Guy Kalukukui was not present. Chair West commented that Director Kalukukui confirmed a presentation on the Ala Wai Driving Range for the next regular meeting on Thursday, January 11, 2018.
Hawaii Meals on Wheels: Bradley Akano, the volunteer coordinator of Hawaii Meals on Wheels, reported the following:
• Organization: Hawaii Meals on Wheels is a non-profit organization serving hot meals Monday through Friday for people who are homebound. The organization serves 50 routes and 400 people a day. The organization serves roughly 40 clients in the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights. The organization partners with different kitchens to make the meals. In the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights area, the organization partners with Palunui to create meals for their clients.
• Volunteers: Hawaii Meals on Wheels averages one (1) route every week average per volunteer, with about 12 volunteers assigned to a route. Each route takes roughly one (1) hour to one (1) hour and a half to complete a delivery.
• Meal Service: Those interested in signing up for the meal service are asked to reach out to the Elderly Affairs Division of the City and County of Honolulu. The division will do the initial intake, interview, and home visit to determine if a person is qualified before referring them to Hawaii Meals on Wheels.
• Volunteers (continued): With the need for home meals increasing, Hawaii Meals on Wheels is looking to find more volunteers to open new routes where the most need is. Volunteer schedules are flexible and can be as often as once a week, or as few as holidays.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Volunteers: Bhatt asked and Akano responded that anyone interested can call the office or visit their website at www.hmow.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
Small Business Saturday: Sharon Schneider, Chair of the Kaimuki Neighborhood Board No. 4, reported the following:
• Event: The Kaimuki Small Business Saturday will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. along Waialae Avenue on Saturday, November 25, 2017. A trolley will be running down Waialae Avenue on this day.
• Details: The Kaimuki Neighborhood Board No. 4, Kaimuki Business and Professionals Association, and Envision Kaimuki are supporting the efforts of Small Business Saturday. Over 40 small businesses have signed up for the event. Specials, entertainment, and festivities will take place at Kaimuki Park.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Trolley: Matson commented that there was an effort to bring Kaimuki into the national Main Street program, where the trolley was a major asset. Matson commented that the trolleys ought to be brought back. Schneider responded that an old trolley ran from Diamond Head to Waikiki. Schneider commented that she has been coordinating with the Department of Transportation Services (DTS) to reintroduce the trolley to help reduce parking problems in Kaimuki.
2. Kapahulu Outreach: Vice Chair Narita asked if there is a possibility for the Kaimuki Newsletter to include and have an outreach program with Kapahulu to help promote Kapahulu Avenue. Vice Chair Narita promoted the idea of a partnership between Kapahulu and Kaimuki. Schneider responded that in recent Kaimuki community meetings with planners, architects, and community members, there is interest in a Kapahulu/Kaimuki Partnership. Matson commented that John Wailen of Planned Pacific once drafted a master plan of Kapahulu Avenue that has not been implemented. Matson recommended reviving the plan and the main street plan of Kaimuki to create sister communities. Schneider responded in agreement with the intent.
RESIDENTS/COMMUNITY CONCERNS/ELECTED OFFICIALS
Request for Investigation and Service Report: Chair West commented that Councilmember Anne Kobayashi's office sent in a Request for Investigation and Service Report, which was forwarded to him.
Councilmember Anne Kobayashi: Councilmember Kobayashi distributed a newsletter and reported the following: Crosswalks: After resident concerns regarding the removal of crosswalks, the Councilmember Kobayashi's Office submitted a Request for Investigation and Service Report to better understand the circumstances surrounding the departments' decisions regarding Date Street Crosswalks. The City Council passed a measure to restrict parking on the curb cuts to allow the disabled to access them now that the crosswalks are gone. On Monday, October 23, 2017, the Office of Councilmember Kobayashi was informed that a permanent crosswalk is planned to replace the temporary crosswalk at Date Street and Laau Street. As of Wednesday, November 8, 2017, the DTS is working with the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) to move forward.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Crosswalks: Chair West commented that Mike Packard, the program administrator of the complete streets program for DTS sent the Board an update regarding the crosswalks at Date Street. Resident Anne Rose commented that two (2) crosswalks are being moved in the community.
2. Street Resurfacing: Resident Anne Rose commented that the gutters were excluded in a recent resurfacing project. Resident commented that because of this, the cement along Pookele by Kaimuki High School has been cracking. Councilmember Kobayashi responded that she will look into it. Councilmember Kobayashi commented that similar issues can be seen in Manoa as well.
Councilmember Ann Kobayashi (Continued): Councilmember Kobayashi continued her report: Monster Homes: The Office of Councilmember Kobayashi reported that the community has expressed great concern over monster homes, with some residential homes having a capacity of 20+ bedrooms and 15+ bathrooms. Residential homes can have no more than five (5) unrelated people. Councilmember Kobayashi commented that many of these homes are used as short-term rentals and added that no new short-term rental permits have been given since 1989. Six (6) inspectors have been hired last year as a reaction. Officials are finding it difficult to prove that monster homes are being used for the purpose of short-term rentals. Mayor Kirk Caldwell is assembling a task force to investigate the problem.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. On-Site/Off-Street Parking: Chair West commented that the building code requires on-site parking proportionate to the residential capacity/design of the building. Chair West commented that the monster homes do not meet this requirement. Councilmember Kobayashi commented that a bill is being considered to establish a moratorium on the construction of monster homes until the DPP can find a lasting solution. Councilmember Kobayashi commented that no more than 50% of a lot can be covered in a residential zone and must provide sufficient off-street parking. Councilmember Kobayashi commented that many property owners claim their monster homes will become care homes, but added that care homes require licenses that the property owners do not have. Chair West reiterated the need for a suitable number of parking stalls for the number of bedrooms.
2. Moratorium Bill: Chair West asked and Councilmember Kobayashi responded that the bill will not be considered by the Honolulu City Council until at least January 2018 or February 2018.
3. Permits: Matson commented that there needs to be an understanding as to how the permits were being issued to the property owners. Matson added that there seem to be violations regarding the height limit related to the zoning. Councilmember Kobayashi responded that the height limit in St. Louis Heights is around 25 feet, and that many monster homes violate the height limit.
4. Hoolulu Street: Resident Stephanie commented that some of the monster homes have been constructed on Hoolulu Street. Resident Stephanie asked what the most effective things residents can do to help. Councilmember Kobayashi commented that she introduced a bill related to property tax to have owners of monster homes pay more in taxes. Councilmember Kobayashi justified the bill, commenting that if the property assessment goes up, they do not want the assessments on the neighbor's property to go up as well. Matson commented that there should be a monster home separative tax. A resident asked and Councilmember Kobayashi responded that apartment zones have a different classification.
Governor David Ige's Representative: State Homeless Coordinator Scott Morishige will attend the January 2018 meeting; no report was given at this time. Chair West requested that Welch reach out to both Director Morishigi and City and County of Honolulu Office of Housing Executive Director Marc Alexander to give a presentation on State and City efforts to help the homeless. Matson commented that Morishige attended the Diamond Head Citizen's Advisory Committee meeting, and described his perspective on the issue, and felt Executive Director Alexander's perspective would be welcomed too.
Councilmember Trevor Ozawa: No representative was present; no report was provided.
Senator Stanley Chang: No representative was present; a report was emailed to the Board.
Senator Les Ihara: No representative was present; no report was provided at this time.
Representative Bertrand Kobayashi: Representative Kobayashi distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Kapiolani Community College (KCC): KCC will receive $1 million released for Phase II construction of the Culinary Institute of the Pacific. In 2017, $30 million was allocated into the state budget for the Culinary Institute, but only $10 million of the $30 million was matching money.
• Leahi Hospital: Governor Ige has released funds for repair, maintenance, and construction for Leahi Hospital. Representative Kobayashi commented that many hospitals are behind in construction projects because most of them are aging.
• Diamond Head State Monument Rockfall Mitigation Work: The Diamond Head State Monument Work is now in Phase III, which will affect the trail going up to the summit. Closure Dates are as follows:
o Full Closure: November 6, 2017 to November 9, 2017; November 13, 2017 to November 16, 2017; November 27, 2017 to November 30, 2017.
o Partial Closure: The summit trail will be closed on the following afternoons at 12:00 p.m.: November 17, 2017; Friday, December 1, 2017; Monday, December 4, 2017 to Friday, December 8, 2017; Monday December 11, 2017 to Friday, December 15, 2017.
o Open Dates: The summit trail will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and state holidays (November 10, 2017, Veteran's Day.)
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
• Low-Flying Helicopters: Matson expressed her concerns with low-flying helicopters at the Diamond Head State Monument from October 17, 2017 to October 20, 2017. Matson commented that this could be an FAA issue. Matson asked and Representative Kobayashi responded that he is not familiar with the issue. Chair West commented that it was construction related.
• Hawaiian Airlines and Hawaii State Department of Transportation (HDOT): Vice Chair Narita encouraged Representative Kobayashi to support an audit of the (HDOT) related to hangar issues raised by Hawaiian Airlines since their takeover. Vice Chair Narita commented that the general contractor never paid their subcontractors, and tax payers had to subsidize the subcontractors through landing fees. According to Hawaiian Airlines, there are claims that work that was not performed was still compensated. Vice Chair Narita asked and Representative Kobayashi responded that he supports some sort of investigation or audit, and the HDOT has promised some sort of investigation.
• AirBnB: Matson expressed her concerns with the meetings between Governor Ige and AirBnB. Matson commented that elected officials ought to keep the public informed as to the content of the meeting. Kobayashi responded that the legislators have not be informed as to what's going on between the Governor Ige and AirBnB. Kobayashi commented that if there is a deal, it should not involve just one (1) company, but others in the industry. Matson commented that there is irony in the hotel industry expressing their concerns with a company possibly given a special deal, when they themselves have been given special deals in development, at the expense of the community.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative: Walea Constantinau distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Honolulu Zoo Gate: The DES reported that funds have been budgeted to address improvements to the Pries Building. The City Department of Design and Construction is working with the State Historic Preservation Division to follow the process required to mitigate concerns.
• Partition at Ala Wai Club House: The DPP is planning to request funding for this Capital Improvement Project in fiscal year 2019.
• Kapahulu Avenue and Kanahina Street: The Kapahulu Avenue and Kanaina Street vegetated traffic triangles are routinely maintained by DFM as staff resources are available. Bush overgrowth and vine growing around the Stop sign will be addressed as soon as the crew servicing the area is available. The City is acquiring additional staff resources to perform this type of work but at this time the limited resources only allow maintenance on about a six (6) week to eight (8) week interval.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Bikeshare: Vice Chair Narita expressed is concern that Bikeshare was on the front pages of many news outlets on the same day as many pressing local, national, and international issues. Vice Chair Narita proposed soliciting a company to act as a competitor to Bikeshare to resolve the issues with rental, costs, location, traffic issues, and biking educations. Vice Chair Narita expressed his discontent with government sponsored monopolies. Constantinau responded that she would report back with an answer. Chair West asked and Constantinau responded that the Department of Transportation Services would be the best point of contact regarding Bikeshare questions. Constantinau commented that the State Department of Health (DOH) may contribute to this discussion. Chair West asked and Constantinau responded that the DOH may be involved as Bikeshare involves encouraging residents to pursue a healthy lifestyle.
2. Honolulu Zoo: Board Member Matson commented that a portion of the Zoo entrance side had been damaged, and part of the roof has been torn off. Matson asked if this is being considering in the repairs. Matson would like to know what the nature of the improvements are as a whole.
3. Bikeshare: Resident Barbara Armentrout expressed her concern at the reported statistics of 280,000 riders for Bikeshare. Resident Armentrout would like to know the number of individual users, not how many times a bike was taken out of a station, as a single user could take use a bike multiple times per trip. Resident Armentrout asked how many individual users have participated in Bikeshare.
4. President Donald Trump Visit: Welch asked who would pay for the overtime of HPD, and other reimbursements necessary, to help accommodate the recent visit from President Trump.
Representative Scott Nishimoto: Representative Nishimoto's Office distributed a newsletter and requested feedback from the Board:
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Federal Tax System: Vice Chair Narita commented that the Federal Tax System is being reviewed, with a strong likelihood that state and local taxes and some mortgage costs, will not be deductible in the future. Vice Chair Narita encouraged the Legislature to find a solution should the Federal Tax System be changed. Vice Chair Narita asked what ideas State Legislators have to compensate the loss of the deductions. Representative Nishimoto responded that the question is timely, but that he did not have an answer at the time. Representative Nishimoto commented that the discussion will likely arise in the next Legislative Session, but added that he no longer works on the Finance Committee, and does not have information regarding a solution at this time.
House Speaker Emiterus (HSE) Calvin Say: HSE Say distributed a newsletter and reported the following: Road Resurfacing Project: HSE Say encouraged residents of St. Louis Heights to remain patient as the road resurfacing project continues.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Road Resurfacing and Equipment Parking: Vice Chair Narita expressed his concerns with the levels of curb repair, and the impact this is having on parking in St. Louis Heights. Vice Chair Narita commented that, due to past administration's repaving and adding of asphalt to the existing roadway, the City is doing a lot of curb repair because of the grate height differential between the driveways and road surface. He added that in 2004 the City including the reconstruction of all the roads that were involved with the BWS system improvement. He added that in the dead end streets , they were being serviced with a 2" water main service, which is now a minimum 4" requirement. Vice Chair Narita commented that "no parking" signs are now set up on curb sides with no work being done, leaving residents with of the community with no parking spaces. HSE Say responded that he would reach out to the contractors, and added that residents are typically notified if they will not have access to parking for a period of time.
Kamahele left with 12 members present.
REPORT OF MEMBERS ATTENDANCE AT OTHER MEETINGS
Approval of Thursday, October 12, 2017, Regular Meeting Minutes:
Matson moved and Vice Chair Narita seconded to approve the Thursday, October 12, 2017, Regular Meeting Minutes as amended. The motion WAS ADOPTED by HAND VOTE; 12-0-0 (AYE: Allen, Bhatt, Cuban, Figliuzzi, Matson, Miller, Narita, Persons, St. Denis, Wanager, Welch, West NAY: None ABSTAIN: None.) Amendments include:
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Members present: … Mark Kamahele … Members absent: … Mark Kamahele… Laura St. Denis was absent due to a surgery…
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5. Diamond Head Crater: Matson commented that there is a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and the Department of Defense (DOD) being developed to define the reduced area for emergency management under DOD jurisdiction , including with Building 303 in the master plan as presently being retained for emergency management. … Matson commented that an EMA Executive Officer in in the EMA indicated that where the Master Plan's park visitor's interpretive center is planned to be constructed the center would not interfere with the DOD/EMA operations. … Major General Logan responded that there is currently no timeline for when they need to be out of the park. Major General Logan added that but they are doing everything to leave as quickly as possible except for Berkhimer tunnel and Battery 407 along the opposite side of the National Guard EOC, and the National Guard will only keep Building 303 as long as they need it. He added that the fence line will be moved once construction is done, and they are looking into changing their ingress and egress between Kapahulu Tunnel by Kapiolani Community College and Kahala Tunnel, closer to the Triangle Park side. …
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1. Red Hill Data: Matson commented that to help better protect our water supply the scope of the reported leaks must be narrowed to should be focused on the impact of the jet fuel into the aquifer, direct leaks, and how these leaks may be increasing, to help better protect our water supply. Matson commented that it appears the Navy wants to delay the solution, when instead it should be accelerated for community protection.
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3. Meeting Room Partition at Ala Wai Club House: Matson expressed her concerns with the lack of City's long delay in replacing the broken partition between the facility's meeting areas, which creates a challenge for public meetings to be held. Matson expressed her desire to see the She recommended that disturbing factors be removed relocated so the public can meet without constant interruptions. Matson would like to know She asked how long they expect before it would be before funds are expected to be available to fix the partition.
4. Alternate Locations/ Dates: Bhatt would like wanted to know if there is an easy way to find alternative dates/ times/ locations for the meeting locations…. Matson expressed her a concerns that the time slot they the Board currently occupies in the facility's schedule will be taken by others if they decide to move out the Board's meetings are relocated for this duration, and it would be unlikely that the Board could return. will likely not be get it again. Matson commented that She recommended would like to see the alternate open dates and times at the Ala Wai Club House so their meeting does not coincide with for the chorus practice so the meetings do not coincide with the chorus practice.
6. … Kanahina Kainana Street…
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• Suggestions to Aid the Homeless: …Matson commented that the Diamond Head Citizens Advisory committee found that DLNR will only be enforcing its sweeping of Diamond Head annually, because it costs them $26,000 last spring. Matson commented that solutions do not get very far and with no collaborative coordination between initiatives...
• Department of Housing: Welch commented …
• Resolution: Matson asked and Chair West responded …
Bikeshare Updates: … Matson provided supporting amendments to the Resolution and asked if they Resolution could be adopted at this meeting tonight. … Matson commented that the amendments are there intended to strengthen and clarify the intent of the resolution. Chair West deferred the discussion until later in the agenda to allow time for Vice Chair Narita's review.
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2. Kapiolani Park Trust: … Matson commented that the meets metes and bounds of the avenue are drawn through the center of Leahi as shown on the map. …Matson noted that the State Attorney General has ultimate jurisdiction oversight of the Trust lands, and recommended the PIG talk with that office. Matson supporteds the efforts to make Leahi Avenue safer, but urgeds the PIG to respect what has come before.
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Senator Les Ihara Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Diamond Head Crater: … Senator Ihara asked and Matson clarified that the MOA will could move that site the DOD boundary to Kahala tunnel road and eliminate the Visitor's Interpretive Center site… Senator Ihara asked and Matson clarified that the MOA is still being discussed as the DOD will be retaining building 303 on the crater floor, and could . Matson added that they are redrawing their fence line to accommodate everything up to Kahala Tunnel Road…
Chair West moved returned the agenda to the Bikeshare Resolution. Proposed Amendments: … • Paragraph 2: "…Bikeshare Hawaii could afford to offer residents a better deal as …" (Note: This was incorporated in Paragraph 6.)
Wong arrived with 13 members present.
Leahi Avenue Permitted Interaction Group: Resident Mary Jones reported the following: Updates: Resident Jones reported that the PIG completed the title survey at saveleahi.org. Met earlier with CEO of Lunalilo Trust, the title owner of the road at this point, and their legal team is reviewing the matter, and they are discussing internally what they'd like to do and what their options are. St. Denis commented that they received a call from Cameron Sato of Senator Chang's Office, and there was no dispute because no one is laying claims to the street. The City won't have to condemn it for the City to make improvements. Matson commented that according to the maps on the website, there is a line along the Leahi Street that demonstrates the metes and bounds demonstrates the ownership of Kapiolani Park Trust on the makai side and the ownership of the Lunalilo Trust and various private property owners on the mauka side. Matson commented that the idea of no one laying claim to the street is vague and recommended that the Attorney General be consulted on this matter.
Treasurer's Report: Wanager reported a balance of $380.27
Subdistrict 1 (St. Louis Heights): Allen reported that the St. Louis Heights Community Association has a meeting on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Hokulani School.
Subdistrict 2 (Kapahulu): No report was provided.
Subdistrict 3 (Diamond Head): St. Denis reported that the Honolulu Zoo has a new director, Linda Santos. St. Denis reported that a Kiahe tree taken down by Kapiolani Park, and the community expressed their disapproval to the move. Senator Chang's Office will be writing a letter to the Division of Urban Forestry expressing the community's disapproval, as the tree might have been salvageable. The Division of Urban Forestry responded to the community concerns, stating that there were too many splits in the tree for it to be salvageable. Matson advised members of the community to consult with Steve Nims over these matters, as he is a highly recognized certified arborist.
• Lock on Gate Resident John Karbens requested that the City and County lock a gate located at St. Louis Drive Bridge on the Mauka/Ewa corner. Resident Karbens comments that the homeless are tapping into the Regency Park electrical system. Chair West requested Allen look into the matter and assist Resident Karbens.
• Head Lice (Ukus) at Waikiki Elementary School: Resident Taylor Madison expressed her concerns with ukus at Waikiki Elementary School. Resident Madison commented that over the last three (3) months, they have received six (6) notices that there have been ukus at the school affecting her granddaughter. She expressed her doubt that the classrooms were being properly cleaned. She expressed her disapproval of the lack of response from the Principal of Waikiki Elementary School. St. Denis commented and Resident Madison responded that the school nurse has not returned her calls. She commented that there is a lack of meaningful response from those involved, and that the incident is greatly affecting her granddaughter and family. Matson commented this is a Department of Education and Department of Health issue and recommended that representatives from those bodies attend the next Board meeting. Resident Madison responded that the Department of Health will not get involved, as ukus are not a communicable disease. Resident Madison commented that there should be education, including in foreign languages, for all the parents to help them properly clean their kids. Wong commented that she worked with the Department of Education for 23 years, and added that while she was an employee, multilingual education on uku cleaning and prevention was provided. Resident Madison expressed her concern with the long term exposure to the head lice medicine. Bhatt commented that the best way to get rid of them in an environment is to deep clean all of the affected areas, especially areas with carpet. Bhatt commented that with the frequency, there is likely a problem with the building.
Next Regular Board Meeting: The next regular Board meeting will be at Ala Wai Club House on Thursday, January 11, 2017.
??? Neighborhood Commission: Chair West commented that some Board members attended a Neighborhood Commission Meeting related to a charge related to an alleged violation of the Neighborhood Plan by certain members of the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5. Chair West explained that a member of the community felt they did not get sufficient feedback regarding some of their correspondence with members of the Board concerning the removal of crosswalks along Date Street. The charge was decided in favor of the members of the Board and dropped. Chair West commented that there needs to be an improvement in the system to prevent any charge from going directly to a hearing. Chair West commented that the person who filed the charge did not attend the hearing. Chair West urged the Neighborhood Commission to have a step in the process where the Neighborhood Commission has the ability to make a judgment to dismiss the charges without going directly to a hearing. Chair West commented that there were costs associated with the time the Neighborhood Commission Staff spent preparing the hearing as well as the time of those accused of misconduct. Matson asked and Chair West responded that the charges were dismissed.
• Ectotherm Complex: Chair West reported that the DTS invited the members of the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board to the Blessing Ceremony for the Ectotherm Complex on Monday, November 20, 2017.
DES Presentation: Matson asked and Chair West responded that Director Kalukukui could not make the presentation this month. Matson commented that the item had been on the agenda for two (2) months and Chair West responded that he has been in consistent contact with the Director and will keep trying to schedule a presentation that the Director can make.
Holidays: Vice Chair Narita wished the members of the Board and the community a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
ADJOURNMENT: As there was no further business before the Board, Chair West adjourned the meeting at 8:21 p.m.
Submitted by: Thomas Baldwin, Neighborhood Assistant Reviewed by: James Skizewski, Public Relations
Reviewed by: Richard Figliuzzi, Secretary Finalized by: George West, Chair
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