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Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board Meeting June 2018 Minutes
DRAFT - REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2018
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 11 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, Leonora Cuban, Richard Figliuzzi, Mark Kamahele, Barbara Miller, Don Persons, Laura St. Denis, Winston Welch, Jerry Wanager, George West, and Linda Wong.
Member Absent: Judith Bowman, Michelle Matson, Bert Narita.
Guests: Speaker Emeritus of the House of Representatives Calvin K.Y. Say; State Representative Bertrand Kobayashi; Senator Stanley Chang; Councilmember Ann Kobayashi; Councilmember Trevor Ozawa; William Ahuna (Honolulu Fire Department); Lieutenant Gary Sunada, Sergeant Taro Nakamura, Sergeant Stacey Christensen (Honolulu Police Department); Ann Wong (Board of Water Supply); Cliff Kaneshiro (Councilmember Kobayashi's Office); Kevan Wong (State Representative Nishimoto's Office); Bryan Kimura (Hawaii Department of Transportation); Emily Porter, Josh Stinton, Brett MacNaughton (The MacNaugton Group); Maria Mark, Carolyn Tanaka, Franklin Chung, S. Wong, J. David Beutel, Natalie Iwasa, Jeff Overton, Tracy Camuso, Daisy Murai, Charlene Watanabe, Kurt Tsuyoshi (Residents); and Chris Naylon (Neighborhood Assistant).
PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS
Honolulu Fire Department (HFD - Waikiki Station): William Ahuna reported the following.
• May 2018 Statistics: There was 1 structure fire, 3 nuisance fires, 11 activated alarms, 143 medical emergencies, 2 motor vehicle crashes/collisions, and 1 hazardous material incident.
??? Safety Tip: Wildfire Prevention: The HFD advises the following wildfire prevention tips:
Every year, wild land or brush fires can cause great damage in communities. By working together, residents can better protect their property and neighborhood from fires.
Clear leaves and other vegetative debris from roofs, gutters, porches, and decks. This helps prevent embers from igniting a fire.
Remove flammable materials such as dead vegetation and wood piles within 30 feet of your home.
Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained. If your lawn is dry, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for brush fires.
Have a plan in place if you must evacuate.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Hoarding: Winston asked whether the presence of hoarders creates a dangerous environment for the surrounding neighborhood and what HFD can do to prevent the problem. Ahuna responded that HFD cannot enter private homes and the hoarders create a real hazard for the neighborhood and occupants. Ahuna stated that there is no legal precedence for the clearing of homes. Ahuna urged relatives of hoarders ask them to rid their homes of flammable materials and fluids.
2. Diamond Head Fire: St. Denis asked about the Diamond Head fire from a few years ago near homeless encampments and the jurisdiction of the area. Ahuna stated that the City and County of Honolulu are in charge of cleaning the affected area.
Linda Wong arrived at 6:35 p.m.; 12 members present.
Hearing no objection, Chair West moved to HPD District 6.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD) - District 6 Waikiki/ Diamond Head): Sergeant Stacey Christensen reported the following:
May 2018 Statistics: There were 6 robberies, 8 burglaries, 174 thefts, 23 UEMV, 34 assaults, 1 sex crime, 31 bikes on sidewalk, 31 skateboards on sidewalk, 24 speeding citations, 561 parking citations, 1 loud muffler warning, 10 loud muffler citations, 54 park closure warnings, 157 park closure citations, and 4,094 total calls for service.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Homeless Sweeps: Kamahele requested information pertaining to the beach sweeps for vagrants. Kamahele detailed the process in which vagrants congregate towards the area near the Moana Surfrider. Christensen clarified that HPD is not conducting a sweep. Christensen stated that HPD units monitor the park and beach area on ATVs for park violations. Christensen advised that concerned residents call 911 for any violations that are seen and HPD will assist in any way possible. Kamahele asked about the frequency in which the beach is monitored. Christensen stated that the HPD officers are stationed within the region from the late night till the early morning. Kamahele stated his gratification for the HPD's work within the region.
Hearing no objection, Chair West moved to HPD District 7.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD - District 7 Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights): Lieutenant Gary Sunada reported the following:
• May 2018 Statistics: There were 5 motor vehicle thefts, 10 burglaries, 19 thefts, 8 UEMV, and 6,606 total calls for service.
• Safety Tips: Hurricane Preparedness: Due to the start of Hurricane Season, Lieutenant Sunada provided reading materials for the Board and guests. Material read as follows:
Be aware of the issuance of a Hurricane WATCH and Hurricane WARNING:
• HURRICANE WATCH - Issued when the threat of hurricane conditions of high wind and storm surge are expected within 48 hours. Preliminary pre¬cautions should be taken.
• HURRICANE WARNING — Issued when the threat of hurricane condi¬tions of high wind and storm surge are expected within 36 hours. Actions for protection of life and property should be rushed to completion. Evacuations are generally ordered during a HURRICANE WARNING.
• Evacuation Zones — Hurricane storm surge can be deadly along our shore¬lines. Most hurricane related deaths occur when residents do not evacuate coastal areas. Review evacuation maps in the Disaster Preparedness sec¬tion of your telephone book or visit the department web site at www.honolulu.govidem.
• Shelter-in-place - If you live in a newly constructed home outside of the coastal evacuation and flood zones, consider sheltering in place. Pre-identify a "Safe Room' such as an interior bathroom, large walk-in closet, or enclosed hallway to take refuge in. Remember, all of your emergency supplies should be brought into the safe room. Safe rooms can be an excel¬lent option to a public evacuation shelter.
Learn — Educate yourself on disasters that can affect you and your Family.
Plan — Create and exercise a Family Disaster Plan. Locate a second¬ary meeting place and designate an off island contact.
Individual, Family and Business Disaster Planning — Disaster plan¬ning is everyone's business. Carefully review this information and take the time today to discuss preparedness planning with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.
Develop a 14-Day Disaster Supplies Kit
Your disaster supplies kit should contain enough of the following items to last for 14-days minimum:
• Water - One gallon of water per person per day for 14 days for drink¬ing and sanitation
• Food - Non-perishable food that does not require cooking. Survival
foods such as Peanut Butter, Protein Shakes, Dried Fruits, Nuts
• Eating Utensils — Plates, mess kits, forks and chop sticks. Don't forget a non-electric can opener for canned foods
• Radio - Battery-powered or hand crank radio with NOAA Weather alert
• Light - Flashlight and or a portable fluorescent light
• Spare batteries - Check annually
• First Aid — Get a good kit and consider enrolling in a certified first aid course
• Whistle — Important for signaling for help. A whistle carries much
farther than the human voice and uses less energy than yelling
• Dust Mask — Helps to filter contaminated air
• Sanitation - Moist towelettes, heavy duty garbage bags, hand sani¬tizer gel, toilet paper, baking soda/kitty litter to absorb odors, gloves and plastic ties for personal sanitation
• Tools - Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, duct tape
• Maps - Local area maps
• Prescription — Special medications, glasses and medical devices
• Pets - Pet food and extra water for your pet
• Miscellaneous - Infant Formula, diapers, incontinent supplies, femi¬nine products
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Crane Park: Wong raised concerns about the current state of Crane Park and the parks persistent homeless problem. Sunada replied that HPD monitored a cleanup of Crane Park on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 between 1 and 5 p.m. that was conducted by Department of Facilities Maintenance (DFM). Sunada detailed the process in which DFM must adhere while removing stored items. DFM must establish ownership of the stored property and give the owner 24 hours-notice before DFM may remove the stored property. DFM must also give a 30 minute warning before the removal of the stored property and must impound the property for 30 days after the properties' removal. Sunada informed the Board of the process's federal mandates and offered the Board information on the subject. Sunada stated that the HPD was present for enforcement and that DFM has jurisdiction over stored property ordinances. Wong asked for clarification on the 24 hour warning process and Sunada replied that the HPD must tag all stored material that is planned for removal. Sunada stated that HPD is present for enforcement and that DFM is in charge of the removal of the stored materials. Wong raised concerns about vagrants that have received warnings but are able to evade law enforcement while gathering more stored items. Sunada affirmed that DFM is working in conjunction with HPD in the clearing of public spaces and that DFM is constantly working to remove stored materials. Wong requested clarification on the tagging process and Sunada stated that HPD officers must observe the stored material for extended periods of time in order to tag the proper owner of the material. Sunada stated that the HPD has a specific group that is in charge of monitoring and tagging stored materials.
Hearing no objection, Chair West moved to Board of Water Supply, Ann Wong.
Board of Water Supply (BWS): Ann Wong of the BWS reported the following:
May 2018 Main Breaks: There were no main breaks reported.
Hurricane Season: Hurricane Season (Friday, June 1 thru Friday, November 30, 2018) has begun, and we should all be prepared for any emergency. The Honolulu Board of Water Supply (BWS) would like to give you some tips for storing water in case of emergencies: Your Emergency Preparedness Kit should include at least one (1) gallon of water stored, per person, per day for at least fourteen (14) days for drinking and sanitation purposes. The easiest and most efficient way to prepare and store your emergency water supply, is to:
• Take water from the tap. We recommend you use a clean container to store water. Try not to use containers that have previously been used to store food with strong odors, as the water will pick up the odors during storage.
• Disinfect your containers by washing them thoroughly with soap and water.
• To ensure the container is sanitized, use one (1) capful of a mild liquid bleach to one (1) gallon of water, then rinse thoroughly.
• Fill your container with water from the tap; fill it to the top, keeping a minimal amount of air between the water and the cap.
• To ensure that your water is safe to drink, add one (1) drop of mild liquid bleach, per gallon of water; cap and store it in a cool, dark, place.
• If you plan to store water for four weeks or longer, add one-half (1/2) capful of mild liquid bleach per gallon of water; cap and store in a cool, dark, place.
• For more information on water emergency preparedness, visit our website, at www.boardofwatersupply.com.
• On another matter, Summer starts this month, Every Summer, for more than a decade. BWS has been supplying its customers with an Annual Water Quality Report. The report will be mailed to all BWS customers on record starting this month. They are also available online via the BWS website. Here's a direct link to the report: www.boardofwatersupply.com/war. Once in the site, enter the address to which you want a report.
• Follow-up reports:
1. Campbell Avenue: Wong answered St. Denis's concerns about the collection of garbage at the end of Campbell Avenue and stated that BWS sent field crews that cleared the area.
2. Ala Wai Recycled Water Project: Wong stated that the project is currently at the Draft Environmental assessment phase and not the design phase. Wong announced that BWS currently does not have a date for the publishing of the reports due to agency review.
3. Storage Tanks: Ann Wong answered previous questions from Wong about the Department of Health's (DOH) public hearing pertaining to water storage tanks and stated that BWS made comments urging the following of the Federal mandates for water filtration instead of the DOH's current system. Ann Wong continued that BWS urged the Department of Health to install secondary containment systems in 10 years instead of the mandated 20 years. BWS testified their disagreement with the DOH proposed rule that would allow exemptions from secondary containment requirements due to the use of alternative tank designs and allow the operations of tanks without secondary containment systems. Ann Wong recommended that residents contact the Department of Health Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch at (808) 586-4226 for any questions and comments pertaining to the subject.
At 6:47 p.m. Kamahele departed with 11 members present
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
• Waste Water Diversion: Figliuzzi asked for any reports about the waste water diversion project and Wong clarified that the project is called the Ala Wai Waste Water Project and is currently within the Draft Environmental Assessment Phase.
• Campbell Avenue: St. Denis thanked the BWS for their expedient action towards the garbage at the end of Campbell Avenue.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative: No representative was available; no report was given.
Governor David Ige's Representative: No representative was available; a newsletter was distributed.
Department of Transportation: Highways (DOT): Chair West noted that the DOT is starting a project in which representatives will attend Neighborhood Board Meetings quarterly and report any pertinent information. Bryan Kimura introduced himself as the representative from the DOT Highways division.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Kanaina Avenue and Kapahulu Avenue: Wong raised concerns about a past resolution regarding the presence of a non-functioning bulb at the intersection of Kanaina Avenue and Kapahulu Avenue. Wong stated that the non-functioning bulbs creates an issue where drivers are unable to safely use the intersection as it was designed. Kimura stated that the intersection does not fall within DOT jurisdiction. Kimura advised the use of hidot.hawaii.gov for a clear map of DOT jurisdiction. Kimura continued that the State uses raised rounded median markers while the City and County of Honolulu use flat median markers.
2. Ala Wai Golf Course Entrance: Chung asked for clarification on the expansion of the Ala Wai Golf Course entrance and the surrounding walkways. Kimura commented that this area is not within DOT jurisdiction.
3. Crosswalk Removal: St. Denis is concerned about the removal of crosswalks throughout the City and County of Honolulu. St. Denis raised concerns about the safety of elderly residents due to the removal of crosswalks. St. Denis stated that elderly residents are unlikely to travel the longer distances between the crosswalks. Kimura stated that the DOT is unable to comment on how the City and County of Honolulu removes crosswalks and that the DOT is currently faced with a similar problem. St. Denis stated that there is a dearth of crosswalks within Date Street. Chair West noted that Kimura was from the State and that the Department of Transportation Services will be available for comment later in the meeting.
4. Governor's Representative: Resident Chung asked whether Kimura was the Governor's Representative for the Diamond Neighborhood Board Meeting and Chair West clarified that Kimura was the representative from DOT and will report quarterly to the Neighborhood Board.
5. Lane Closures: Wong raised concerns about the simultaneous closing of the freeway and Ala Moana Boulevard during peak traffic hours on Saturday evenings. Kimura noted Wong's concerns and will report back in the future.
RESIDENT/COMMUNITY QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS:
Department of Transportation Services (DTS): Jake Patterson presented an update on the Date Street project.
• Kapahulu Avenue - Laau Street: The stretch between Kapahulu Avenue and Laau Street will have shared lane markings installed and will be reduced to three (3) lanes. Patterson explained that the addition of a 24 hour parking lane and subsequent reduction in lanes were seen as a solution compared to removing crosswalks at uncontrolled intersections.
• Kapiolani Boulevard - Laau Street: The stretch of road between Kapiolani Boulevard and Laau Street will remain unchanged. Patterson noted that the lack of changes was due to inconclusive surveys. However, Patterson stated that the uncontrolled crosswalk at the intersection of Kapiolani Boulevard and Laau Street will be removed. Patterson also noted that the Mauka side, Ewa bound lane will have peak driving hour restrictions removed. Wong asked for clarification on the lane use and Patterson responded that there will be two lanes going towards town and one lane that goes towards Ewa.
Ajay Bhatt arrived at 6:57 p.m.; 12 members present.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Standardized Crosswalks: Winston raised concerns about the lack of standardized crosswalks on Winam Avenue and Patterson responded that the turn radius of a vehicle and municipal property determine the style of crosswalk that is installed. Winston stated that the project was a revitalization for the area and the new plans did not include sidewalks.
2. Reduction in Speed Limit: A resident asked whether the DOT would consider the reduction of the speed limit between Kapahulu Avenue and Laau Street from 35 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour. Patterson expects the driving speeds to diminish due to the presence of the parking lane.
3. Crosswalks: St. Denis asked for clarification on the location of the crosswalks and Patterson responded that the crosswalks will be returned to their original locations.
4. Opposition of Speed Limit: Winston stated that 35 miles per hour is extremely fast with the presence of parked cars and could create an unsafe environment, especially in a residential area. Winston was also concerned that the changes in speed limit on Date Street would create confusion for drivers. Winston asked why the speed limit could not be 25 miles per hour, similar to Kapahulu Avenue. Patterson stated that the DTS does not usually lower speed limits below the designed speed for the roadway however, could consider the lowering of the speed limit. Patterson stated that 35 miles per hour is not fast for the design of the road. Chair West noted that the plan will be implemented and adjusted in the future; Patterson agreed with Chair West.
5. Parking: A resident asked for clarification on the marked parking stalls and Patterson noted that the stalls will be outlined with paint. Wong asked about the parking restriction for the roadway and Patterson responded that the Makai side of the road will still have parking restrictions from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. but the Mauka morning parking restriction will be removed so that residents may park there 24 hours. Wong asked why they are losing a lane for parking and Patterson stated that the lane needed to be removed for the crosswalks to remain. Patterson clarified that current standards dictate that crosswalks at uncontrolled intersections cannot span more than three (3) lanes.
6. Opposition of Speed Limit: Winston stated that residents tend to drive over the speed limit. Winston noted that 50% of senior citizens would parish if struck by a vehicle moving 45 miles per hour however, 93% of senior citizens would survive if struck by a moving vehicle. Winston asked why the speed limit could not be lowered and Patterson answered that roads are created with a designed speed. Patterson noted that lowered speeds could create areas of entrapment. Patterson stated that the changes will be implemented and be augmented in the future. Winston asked for clarification on the criteria needed for the changing of the speed limit and Patterson noted that the changes would be made after observing the roadway. Cuban noted that 35 miles per hour is not too fast for Date Street and stated that Winam Avenue is the more dangerous road. Chair West noted the plans could be implemented and changed as usage dictates. Chair West asked that DTS report back after six (6) months with information pertaining to the changes made; Patterson responded that the DTS will report back after the implementation of the changes.
7. Advanced Lane Usage Sign: A resident asked for clarification on the signs located near Laau Street and Patterson responded that these signs were advanced lane usage signs and warned drivers of changes ahead.
8. Defective Turn Signal and Light Synchronization: Wong asked about the defective signal at the intersection of Kanaina Avenue and Kapahulu Avenue; Patterson took note of the issue and stated DTS will report back. Wong asked whether the signal lights within the area are synchronized and Patterson responded that the most signal lights within Honolulu are synchronized.
9. Kapiolani PM Peak Coning Modifications (DTS): Patterson reported a pilot project that will be starting on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. The pilot project would remove the afternoon contraflow lane on Kapiolani Boulevard between Atkinson Drive and Wiliwili Street. This change will allow vehicles to make turns at McCully Street and Atkinson Drive. The project would last six (6) months while DTS conducts surveys. The area will be surveyed through the start of the scholastic year before being reported on.
Crosswalks at Trousseau Street and Monsarrat Avenue: No representative was present; no report was given.
Segway Usage on Sidewalks: No representative was present; Chair West noted that there were no actions to be taken on behalf of the Board.
Crane Park Homeless: Ross Sasamura, Director and Chief Engineer for the Department of Facilities Maintenance;
• Sasamura gave a report pertaining to the current homelessness issue that resides within Crane Community Park.
• DFM has two (2) teams that are working to clean up City and County of Honolulu facilities due to park and sidewalk stored items ordinances. One (1) crew is responsible for the clearing of facilities while they are closed.
• These crews work simultaneously with HPD in an effort to clear City and County of Honolulu parks.
• Teams currently clean Crane Community Park once per week.
• There are jurisdictional issues due to injunctions that mandate the warning of property owners 30 minutes before the removal of items.
• DFM is able to remove any properties after the 30 minute warning period has subsided. This is due to stipulated agreements that were filed in federal court between the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the City and County of Honolulu.
• HPD work as peace keepers throughout the process but are unable to remove vagrants.
• Sasamura noted that this has created a frustrating loop hole in which vagrants may move their property onto private, state, or federal land where DFM has no jurisdiction. Sasamura stated that the vagrants then wait until DFM is not present and move their stored property back to the original location.
• DFM will not discriminate amongst park goers and will only remove park goers that are breaking the law.
• While shopping carts are illegal within parks, the homeless community has begun to use strollers, dollies, and other wheeled items while transferring their stored materials.
• Since January 2013, DFM has removed more than 10,000 shopping carts and three (3) million pounds of garbage from City and County of Honolulu facilities.
1. Do not enable these behaviors.
a. Do not leave bulky items on sidewalks for extended periods of time.
b. Homeless communities form around areas where there are resources for them to use; these communities will remain in areas where there is outreach for their use.
2. Designated safe zones do not account for people that choose not to live within the designated safe zones.
3. If there are any issues or encampments seen please contact the City and County of Honolulu concern hotline at (808) 768 - 4381.
a. Sasamura noted that DFM can only clear encampments that there has been a complaint or concern about due to federal agreements and stipulations. Sasamura requested residents to call the concern hotline due to the fact that DFM lacks the requisite equipment needed to record and monitor all of the given information.
b. Federal agreements mandate that DFM report by 3 p.m. the day before any areas are scheduled to be cleared. The reported areas can be seen on the DFM website located at http://www.honolulu.gov/dfm/default.html
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Safety Concerns: Mark raised concerns that they do not believe that the park will be safe for people or children. Mark questioned whether police may ask vagrants to move and Sasamura recommended that the residents need to work with police and the surrounding community in an attempt to achieve safety. Sasamura noted that community policing teams would work with the community in hopes of finding a solution.
2. Park Adoption: Sasamura requested that the community adopt parks within the region in an effort to keep them safe. The adoption of the park would streamline the cleanup efforts and allow the community to have recognition for their efforts.
3. Malama O' Ka Aina: This project was designed to help facilitate the cleaning of streets, walkways, and drainage channels. Winston questioned and Sasamura responded that the project receives 800,000 dollars annually. Winston asked and Sasamura stated their belief that the project is successful due to the clearing of Kakaako Makai. Sasamura noted that DFM is not a cure for the homelessness problem and that their job is the cleaning of City and County of Honolulu facilities.
4. Opposition: Wong raised concerns about the need for community action and their safety. Wong stated that the community has been levying concerns about the park since September and believed that very little action has been done by the City and County of Honolulu. Wong noted a lack of communication between DFM and Stored Property Ordinance and Sidewalk Nuisance (SPO). Wong is worried that the lack of communication has made a larger stored property problem than before these projects. Wong also noted that Crane Community Park has been unusable by them for nearly two (2) years. Sasamura agreed with Board member Wong and clarified that SPO is a division of DFM. Sasamura then detailed the process and protocol that SPO must follow in an attempt to clear City and County of Honolulu facilities.
Wong moved and St. Denis seconded the motion for support of the community's safe use of Crane Park through coordinated stored property removal, police statistics of enforcement, and ask the City and County of Honolulu's help with laws, and community policing, all to report back to this Board. THE MOTION PASSED by ROLL CALL VOTE; 8-1-2 (AYE: Allen, Figliuzzi, Cuban, Miller, St. Denis, Wanager, Wong, Parsons; NAY: Bhatt; ABSTAIN: Welch, West)
If there are any questions or concerns please contact the Department of Facilities Maintenance at (808) 768 - 3343.
Kapahulu Avenue Cleanup: Iwasa has scheduled a community cleanup for Kapahulu Avenue during the first week of July. Iwasa noted that all supplies will be provided and to visit natalieiwasa.com or contact (808) 800 - 3950 with any questions about the event.
Councilmember Anne Kobayashi: Councilmember Kobayashi distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Crane Park Clean Up: Councilmember Kobayashi reported a community cleanup of Crane Park. The cleanup is in conjunction with Inspire Church, a 300 person congregation that meets at Kaimuki High School. The cleanup will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Inspire Church hopes to continue the cleanup semimonthly. Kobayashi noted that a meeting was held at Crane Park and Kobayashi witnessed the problem first hand. Kobayashi
• Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV): Kobayashi reported upon the wait times that are occurring at the DMV. Kobayashi reported that residents have waited upwards of six (6) to eight (8) hours to receive their new driver's licenses and vehicle registrations. Kobayashi has started communication between Departments in an effort to alleviate the extended waiting times.
??? Crosswalk Removal: The removal of legal crosswalks at the intersection of Date Street and King Street has created safety concerns. Kobayshi questioned whether these unmarked crosswalks are safer than the presence of marked crosswalks.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
• Crane Park Clean Up: Wong asked and Kobayashi answered that the cleanup will be completed in conjunction with the Department of Parks and Recreation. Kobayashi stated that they will still be unable to remove the stored property from the park.
• Purple Trucks: Wong noted the need for more municipal trucks that the homeless community can put their stored property in for removal. Wong stated that their hopes are to use the community park safely.
• Monster Homes: Kobayashi voiced their support for the work that Councilmember Ozawa and Senator Chang have done in regards to monster homes.
Councilmember Trevor Ozawa: Councilmember Ozawa distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
Monster Homes: Ozawa noted the moratorium that was levied against monster homes and noted that the task force continues to monitor the situation. Ozawa reported that the Monster Homes Task Force has found that these developments create flooding issues and raising temperatures within the region. Ozawa stated that these massive homes create inflated property taxes; these inflated property taxes create an environment where residents that have a fixed income are unable to pay for their property taxes. The task force is currently working towards the enforcement of stiffer fines for any violations.
Atkinson Drive and McCully Street: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 will be the start of a new contraflow pilot project at the intersection of Atkinson Drive and McCully Street. The pilot project would allow residents to make a left turn at Atkinson Drive and McCully Street.
Response: Ozawa responded to Wong about the closure of parks by security during the evening and stated that the parks will continue to be closed. Ozawa stated that the parks will remain to be closed during the evening as long as they receive funding.
Ala Wai Promenade: 100 thousand dollars have be set aside for the improvement to the Ala Wai Promenade.
Bulky Items & Trash Fees: Ozawa reported that there will be no bulky items or trash fees for 2018. This would have been a 7 million dollar influx in the budget.
Road Improvements: 77 million dollars have been allocated for the repairs and improvements of roadways.
??? Kaimuki Storm Drainage Improvements: 1.65 million dollars have been allocated for the planning, designing, constructing of drainage systems.
Waikiki Drain Outfall Improvements: 200 thousand dollars have been allocated for the plan, design, and construction of Waikiki drain improvements.
Flood Control Improvements: Ozawa reported that 50 million dollars have been accrued for flood control improvements. Ozawa stated that the money will be invested into infrastructure, roadways, and sewers. Winston thanked Ozawa for the efforts.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Urban Canopy: Winston stated that the City and County of Honolulu must plant upwards of 100 thousand trees a year in a hope to achieve their 30% canopy cover around Oahu.
2. Crane Park: Winston raised concerns that the park would soon be marked off-limits to the community due to safety concerns. Ozawa noted that activation of the area would improve the situation.
3. Waikiki Pavilions: Ozawa noted that the Waikiki pavilions located near Kalaukaua have created a massive homeless problem. Ozawa stated that the activation of the area would help alleviate the problem.
4. Feral Chickens: St. Denis raised concerns about the removal of feral chickens within Hawaii and stated that the removal of chickens cost 108 dollars per animal. Ozawa did not know the exact price of the chicken removal but noted that every Department is in charge of contacting Animal Control for the removal of chickens. Ozawa noted that the City and County of Honolulu had a contracted chicken wrangler between the years of 2011-12 that was effective. Wong noted that they consistently must deal with the chicken infestation. Ozawa reported that 160 thousand dollars have been allocated for the removal of feral chicken but believed that a State wide chicken removal program needs implementation.
5. Clarification: Chung asked for clarification on the use of the 50 million dollars for the flood control improvements project and Ozawa answered that the money will be used in boulder retention. Ozawa noted that the project is an attempt to create a system that insures that boulders and debris will not fall and destroy homes.
6. Ala Wai Waterways: Chung asked whether Ala Wai waterways will be used to mitigate flooding within the region and Ozawa answered that this project is directly related towards the retention of boulders and debris.
Senator Stanley Chang: Senator Chang distributed a newsletter; reported the following:
• Leahi Avenue: Chang reported that Lunalilo Trust has ownership of Leahi Avenue and stated the process in which it takes to take over ownership from the Lunalilo Trust. Chang stated that they may use Act 208 to gain ownership of the roadway if Lunalio Trust has not shown ownership in any meaningful way. A memo pertaining to the topic was distributed and read as follow:
Pursuant to Act 208 (2017), authorizes the Hawaii Department Of Transportation (HDOT) to determine if there is a dispute over ownership and jurisdiction regarding highways roadways, alleys, bikeways, etc. that are-open to the public and are located in any county with a population of five hundred 'thousand or more
HDOT is instituting the following procedure with respect to disputed roads:
1). The process shall begin when a particular highway, road, alley, street way, lane; bikeway, bridge, or trail ("disputed road") is brought.to the attention of HDOT via letter addressed to the Director of Transportation, The letter shall include-all information necessary to whether the requirements of the Act are Met. This shall include but not be„ limited to the specific location of the road; facts as to whether the disputed road is "open to the public"; facts as to whether-there is a dispute as to ownership or jurisdiction of the disputed road in the disputed road and what parties or agencies are involved in the dispute and facts as to whether any party has exercised ownership over the disputed road in the-five years Odor to July 1, 2017.
2) HDOT will send a copy of the letter to the County-in which the-disputed road is located and request the. County's response to the letter.
3) HDOT reserves the right to request additional information-from the person or entity submitting the letter, from the County in which the disputed road is located, or from any other source.
4) If the Director determines that the requirements of the Act are met, then the Director will issue and administrative order stating that the disputed road is deemed to have been surrendered to the County in which the disputed malls located A copy-of the administrative order will be provided to the person or entity who wrote the original letter, to the County, and.to any other person who has requested in writing a copy of the administrative order.
• Aircraft Noise: Chang noted that the Federal Aircraft Administration (FAA) does not take the issue of aircraft noise seriously. Chang stated that they must raise awareness at the Federal level. Chang said that the issue needs to gain continued support if they hope to limit the amount of aircraft noise within the region.
• Newsletter Comments:
o HB 2442: This bill mandates the removal of abandoned vehicles after 10 days.
o SB 2939: These bills were created to insure a better metric for the cost of electricity. These bills determine the criteria in which companies can raise their bill rates. Rates will be determined by the amount of infrastructure improved and services that they provide.
o HB 2748: 600 million dollars have been allocated to address the homelessness and affordable housing issues.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Leahi Avenue: Wong questioned whether there was community input towards the improvements within Leahi Avenue and Chang answered that the acquisition of Leahi Avenue would not mean the immediate improvement of the area.
2. Seawall: St. Denis thanked Chang for his work towards the improvement of the Sea Wall. Chang noted that there is a lawsuit over the ownership of the wall and that the City and County of Honolulu owns the easement and not the underlying wall. Chang does not believe that the 300 thousand dollars is not sufficient for the repairs needed for the seawall. Chang noted that the funding will be helpful as the City and County of Honolulu move forward. Parsons noted that other companies within the region have spent upwards of four (4) million dollars while completing similar projects.
Senator Les Ihara: No representative was present; no report was given.
Representative Bertrand Kobayashi:
House Health Report: House Health and Human Services Community and will be having a briefing on child welfare and abuse on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Kobayashi noted that child abuse has been a hidden problem for decades within Hawaii.
Advanced Veto Notice: Advanced notice deadline for the Governor's vetoes will be Monday, June 25, 2018.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Effects of Earthquakes: Winston noted that people should have upwards of 30 days??? worth of safety supplies in an environmental emergency would occur. Kobayashi noted that there have been changes to the amount of supplies that should be gathered. Kobayashi stated that the harder problem would not be transportation from the West Coast but distribution to the people of Hawaii.
2. Vetoed Bills List: Wong asked whether they knew the bills that would be vetoed and Kobayashi answered that they do not have advanced notice on which bills would be vetoed.
3. Diamond Head Tunnel: Wong asked how the Diamond Head Tunnel project would affect the traffic within the region and Kobayashi stated that he currently does not know how the region would be affected.
Representative Scott Nishimoto: An aide reported the following information; a newsletter was distributed:
Summer Fest: Friday and Saturday, July 6-7, 2018 there will be the Moiliili Summer Fest. On Saturday July 7, 2018 there will be free parking at University of Hawaii (UH) with a free shuttle between the festival and UH.
House Speaker Emiterus (HSE) Calvin Say: HSE Say distributed a newsletter and requested questions or comments from the Board.
• HECO Warnings: HECO wanted to warn residents about fraudulent phone calls that have been occurring within Hawaii. HECO asked that residents be careful about fraudulent phone calls and scams.
• Homeless Encampment: Kobayashi noted that the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has removed a homeless encampment from within a Waahila State Park.
• Moment of Silence: A moment of silence was observed at 8:13 p.m. for the passing of a former Board member George Waialeale.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Waahila State Park: A Board member asked for clarification on the jurisdiction of the DLNR and Kobayashi stated that the DLNR is charged with maintaining the park and managing the homeless dilemma.
Topgolf, Commpac: The MacNaughton Group presented their initial plans for the community's input;
• Porter introduced the project and their partners, The Kobayashi Group. Porter continued to detail the long history the MacNaughton Group and the Kobayashi Group have had within Hawaii. The MacNaughton group circulated a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Sheet for the community. The Topgolf project will be a multi-tiered driving range that will be constructed upon the previous driving range location. Topgolf patrons will have the ability to order food while they enjoy the atmosphere. Porter stated that the project will raise accessibility to non-golfers due to the presence of golf clubs for use. Porter noted that the project will be enjoyable for golfers and non-golfers alike; Porter stated that this will be accomplished with user interface that can track the movements of their golf balls. Porter noted that non-golfers that have tried Topgolf have stated a raised interest in the sport of golf. Porter detailed their enjoyable experiences with mainland Topgolf locations. Porter noted that the MacNaughton Group stressed the importance of having the input of Hawaii residents while designing their project.
• Building Plans: The new building is planned to be built at the foot of the existing driving range. There are no plans for the invasion of the Ala Wai Golf Course property. The use of the area will remain the same but there will be a new building utilizing technology. The MacNaughton Group received a resolution from the City Council that authorized their request for proposal (RFP) in September. The MacNaughton Group responded in February and the RFP was announced in early May. Porter detailed that the RFP contains plans for the new building but intends to still use the land for golf.
• Fiscal Plans: Porter stated that the plan is meant to increase revenue for municipal golf within Hawaii. Porter stated that municipal golf within Hawaii is subsidized by the Hawaii residents due to poor revenue. Porter noted that the Topgolf project was part of a City and County of Honolulu wide search for seed money and a company that could generate the million dollar annual lease of the driving range. Topgolf's RFP stated that they will pay an annual lease of one (1) million dollars that will increase annually and one (1) percent of their gross revenue annually to support municipal golf county wide. Porter noted that a percentage of their construction budget must be donated towards the municipal golf enhancement plan. Porter stated that the money from their construction budget will come from the private sector.
• Design Plans: MacNaughton noted that the RFP required a set of plans for approval and explained that the plans allowed Topgolf to use the existing driving range and affixed parking lot. MacNaughton stated that the driving range will be moved to incorporate a putting green and expansion of the parking lot. Chang asked whether the plans included a parking structure and MacNaughton responded that they will not include a parking structure due to the cost of the project and input from the public. MacNaughton noted how the MacNaughton Group changed the cooperate design of Topgolf with Group 70 to incorporate the environment of Hawaii. MacNaughton noted that the plans will remain below the height of the current Clubhouse and that they wanted to incorporate large lanais to utilize the view of Diamond Head. The Topgolf building will be four (4) stories and built to blend into the environment within the region. Topgolf has plans for the planting of 200 trees within the property. MacNaughton noted their utilization of earthy tones and materials to better incorporate the building into the environment. MacNaughton stated that the building has plans to incorporate screens that would allow for vines to grow upon the building. MacNaughton noted similarities between their Topgolf and Park Lane projects. MacNaughton raised concerns about the faćade of Topgolf building plans nationwide and stated that these plans do not match the ideals of Hawaii. MacNaughton also stressed the importance of children play areas within their plans. MacNaughton noted that these are their initial plans and will report any major concerns of the community to the project.
• Hitting Bays: There will be interior hitting bays where patrons may come and enjoy the atmosphere. MacNaughton stated that the project is working in conjunction with Group 70 to make the design more Hawaiian. MacNaughton noted that there will be screens that display your scores for the game.
• Safety Nets: MacNaughton stated that there will be high safety nets lining the outside of the property. This will be to contain the golf balls from damaging the public. MacNaughton stated that the poles will be 170 feet high due to regulations set by Topgolf. MacNaughton noted that the poles will utilize a light grey net and a gradient color scheme that will allow for the poles to be less distracting within the Hawaiian skyline. MacNaughton stated that the project will be two fairways in from Kapahulu Avenue and isolated within the golf course.
• Lights: MacNaughton detailed the lighting process that the driving course will utilize. The lighting system was finalized by a third party and uses LED lights to brightly aluminate the driving range without affecting the surrounding neighborhood.
• Noise Issues: MacNaughton stated that noise issues come largely from the lanai and hitting bay regions of the project but noted that the isolation of the driving range should mitigate these issues. MacNaughton stated that they will continue to take community input while moving forward.
• Construction Process: Stinson noted that these are their initial presentation and look forward to hearing the input of the public. Stinson noted that the process will take 2-3 years, with the first year being spent creating the best plan utilizing existing RFP plans and community input. Stinson noted that the construction project will take approximately a year. Stinson noted Topgolf's transparency while dealing with community issues and stated that Topgolf plans to work with the community to find the least impactful solutions moving forward. Porter noted Topgolf and Commpac's appreciation with the community for the opportunity to disseminate their presentation. Porter stated that Topgolf will report back on any changes to their plans going forward.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Project Details: Figliuzzi asked for clarification about the project. Topgolf disseminated a FAQ sheet and is taking public input on the project going forward.
2. Structure Dimensions and Use: Murai asked for the exact dimensions of the project and Topgolf responded that the new building will not be larger than the existing Ala Wai Clubhouse. Murai asked how many floors will be used as hitting bays and Topgolf responded that there will be three (3) climate controlled hitting bays. Porter noted that the hitting bays will be larger than the average bay. MacNaughton stated that a major detail within their plan was the incorporation lanais on every floor. Daisy requested the diameters of the new building and Top Golf responded that the new building will be 60 feet tall while the current clubhouse is 65 feet. Murai requested information pertaining to the open lanai and noise complaints and MacNaughton responded that they are currently working on plans to mitigate noise issues but Porter noted that the isolation of the driving range should aid in that issue.
3. Membership Fees: Daisy asked whether Topgolf would implement membership fees and Porter responded that there are no plans to have a membership program but there are discount programs for HFD, HPD, Military personnel.
4. Revenue: Bhatt asked whether Topgolf would be capable of meeting their projected revenue numbers and Top Golf responded that while they only have rough revenue projections; they believed that they would be able to quadruple the current revenue numbers. Topgolf stated that they are unable to access current revenue numbers of the driving range but the City and County of Honolulu believed that the revenues will increase.
5. Privatization: Chung stated his support for the Topgolf project. Chung noted the water hazard improvement projects that are planned for the golf course and raised concerns about the project allowing privatized developments within the golf course. Chung stated that Topgolf could either save or kill the golf course. Porter noted that Topgolf only has plans for the driving range and the surrounding area.
6. Prices: Chung stated his desire for the prices to remain affordable so that local golfers may continue their patronage. Chung stressed the application of municipal rates for local golfers to participate at the driving range. Porter noted that research has shown that Topgolf participants have a noted increase in golf.
7. Parking Structure & Traffic: Chung noted that the increase in patrons should require a parking structure. Chung asked how the traffic within the area would be affected and Topgolf responded that they will have traffic mitigation reports completed.
8. Privatization: Chung noted that the privatization of the golf course could change the character of the neighborhood. Winston raised concerns about the privatization of municipal lands due to the betrayal of the land's intended purpose.
9. Patronage: Winston questioned the amount of people that will visit Top Golf daily and the percentage of those people that will be tourists. Porter responded that they currently do not have those statistics and stated that the focus of Top Golf is getting the people of Hawaii interested in Topgolf and golf in Hawaii. Porter reiterated that Topgolf is stressing the incorporation of the people of Hawaii.
10. Environmental Survey: Winston asked whether Top Golf will be getting an environmental impact study for the region and Topgolf responded that they will be getting an environmental impact study done by a third party. Topgolf also noted that iwi are a concern within the region. Topgolf noted the expedited process in which the presentation was formed and stated that reports will be completed in the future. Stinson stressed that Topgolf is focusing on the community and the people of Hawaii.
11. Parking: Wong noted that parking will create a problem in which people are unable to gain access to Ala Wai Boulevard and Kapahulu Avenue. Wong stated that residents do not want to travel into town due to persistent issues with parking. Wong noted that Kapolei may be a better location for an entertainment center due to traffic issues. Porter noted that some of these answers may be found in their FAQ and stated that Topgolf will continue to do research in hopes of answering the community's concerns.
12. Underutilization of Region: Winston noted that they are not opposed to the Topgolf project. Winston stated that the area is underutilized and felt a need for a comprehensive study of the region in hopes of better utilizing the region in the future.
Approval of Thursday, May 10, 2018, Regular Meeting Minutes:
Allen moved and Cuban seconded the motion to approve the Thursday, May 10, 2018 Regular Meeting Minutes as written. The minutes WERE ADOPTED by ROLL CALL VOTE; 10-1-0 (AYE: Allen, Figliuzzi, Cuban, Persons, Wanager, Miller, Perruso, St. Denis, West, and Wong; NAY: Welch; ABSTAIN: none.)
Welch moved for an amendment to the amendments but no second followed.
Treasurer's Report: Wanager reported a remaining balance of 74 dollars at the end of May 2018 and an expenditure of 2,522 dollars.
Subdistrict 1 (St. Louis Heights): Allen announced the St. Louis Heights Community Association meeting for Monday, June 11, 2018 at Hokulani Elementarty School.
1. Waahila State Park: Allen stated that Councilmember Say was asked questions about the improvements being done to Waahila State Park.
2. Safety Issues: Parking along the roadways has created an unsafe situation where buses are unable to see vehicles while returning to traffic.
Subdistrict 2 (Kapahulu): No report was provided.
Subdistrict 3 (Diamond Head): St. Denis reminded residents to include matches and lighters within their Hurricane Preparedness Kits.
Chair Report: Chair West reported that the #5 Diamond Head Neighborhood Board hopes to create a joint meeting in conjunction with #9 Waikiki Neighborhood Board to analyze the Top Golf project after Topgolf's initial presentation.
Next Regular Board Meeting: The next regular Board meeting will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2018.
ADJOURNMENT: As there was no further business before the Board, Chair West adjourned the meeting at 9:01 p.m.
Submitted by: Christopher Naylon, Neighborhood Assistant Reviewed by: James Skizewski, Public Relations
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