DIAMOND HEAD/KAPAHULU/ST. LOUIS HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD NO. 5
DRAFT - REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 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 14 members present. (Note ??? This 15-member Board requires eight (8) members to establish quorum and to take official Board action).
Members Present: Julia Allen, Judith Bowman, Ajay Bhatt, Richard Figliuzzi, Mark Kamahele, Michelle, Bert Narita, Don Persons, Laura St. Denis, Winston Welch, Jerry Wanager, George West, Winston Welch, and Linda Wong.
Member Absent: Barbara Miller.
Guests: State Representative Bertrand Kobayashi; Kenny Amazaki (Office of Councilmember Trevor Ozawa); Kevan Wong (Office of Representative Scott Nishimoto); Sergeant Christensen and Lieutenant Christopher Lowell (Honolulu Police Department); Ann Wong (Board of Water Supply); Carol Hoshiko (Kapiolani Community College); Franklin Chung, Daisy Murai (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): HFD Captain Albert McCollum reported the following:
September 2018 Statistics: There were 2 structure fires, 3 nuisance fires, 17 activated alarms, 135 medical calls, 2 motor vehicle collisions with a pedestrian, 5 motor vehicle collisions, and 3 hazardous materials incidents.
Safety Tip: Halloween Safety: When selecting a costume, stay away from long, trailing fabric, as it can be a trip hazard or attach to an object and cause a fall. If you create your own costume, select materials that will not easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame. If your child is wearing a mask, ensure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out. Provide children with flashlights for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume. It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. The HFD discourages the use of candles.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD) - District 6 Waikiki/ Diamond Head): An HPD representative reported the following:
Pedestrian Safety: The HPD representative provided pedestrian safety tips and statistics. He reported that an increase of pedestrian fatalities has prompted the administration to improve safety.
September 2018 Statistics: There were 2 robberies, 9 burglaries, 37 thefts, 16 unauthorized entry into motor vehicles (UEMV), 46 assaults, 3 sex crimes, 9 bicycle citations, 8 skateboard citations, 2 speeding citations, 732 parking citations, 2 loud muffler citations, 190 park closure warnings, 107 park closure citations, 41 park closure arrests, and 4,406 total calls for service.
Response to Beach Access Concern: HPD Representative Stacy Christensen reported on a concerns expressed at the previous meeting by Matson with an individual blocking beach access near the gold coast. Christensen reported that HPD informed the individual of the violation and informed the property owners.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Response to Beach Access Concern: Matson expressed appreciation for the department's response.
2. Noise Violations: Welch asked and Christensen responded that loud muffler citations are judged at the officer's discretion/observation. Welch expressed concerns with the noise in the neighborhood, especially for those residents near Waikiki.
3. Written Report: Wong requested a written report be distributed from District 6.
4. Skateboard Violations: Wong expressed concerns with reckless skateboarding around Pualei Circle. Wong asked and Christensen recommended calling the police if there are nuisance concerns. Wong asked and Christensen responded that skateboarders can cross an unmarked crosswalk on their skateboards. Wong asked and Christensen responded that skateboarders can be on sidewalks as well as streets in residential areas. Wong asked and Christensen responded that skateboard citations will be issued if skating occurs in certain areas, such as in Waikiki.
5. Pedestrian Safety: St. Denis expressed concerns with residents being cited for jaywalking along former crosswalks. Kamahele asked and Christensen responded that a pedestrian will always have the right-of-way along a crosswalk. Pedestrians should still practice safety.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD ??? District 7 Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights): Lieutenant Sunada Sergeant Narita reported the following:
September 2018 Statistics: There were 4 motor vehicle thefts, 8 burglaries, 24 thefts, 17 UEMV, and 6460 total calls for service.
Safety Tip: Pedestrian Safety: As of Thursday, October 10, 2018, there were 33 pedestrian traffic deaths for 2018 statewide. Lieutenant Sunada summarized the pedestrian safety initiative: "Watch for Pedestrian" signs have been placed along roadways; a community policing team are utilizing electronic message boards to create similar reminders. He provided the following pedestrian statistics: 75% of pedestrian fatalities occur outside of the crosswalk; almost all pedestrian accidents occur during the evening to morning hours. In East Oahu, there have been no fatalities in 2018. For the last three (3) months, there were 490 major car accidents out of a total of 1096 with about 5% of the total involving pedestrians. Bicycles and mopeds accidents, colliding with cars or fixed objects are on the rise. In East Oahu over the last three (3) months, 157 pedestrian related citations were issued, most for jaywalking, crossing against a do not walk or flashing do not walk signal, and cars not yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Commercial Vehicles: Resident Daisy Murai expressed with concerns with commercial vehicles parking along Kanoa Street. She asked and Sergeant Narita commercial that vehicles weighing over 10,000 pounds or longer than 20 feet can only park for four (4) hours in those areas. Vehicles abandoned for 24 hours will be marked and cited.
2. Community Policing: Corporal Alfred Jaime of the District 7 Community Policing Team reported that they conduct the following regarding problems occurring in parks:
a. Outreach: The community policing team coordinates with human service agencies as well as conduct outreach to the homeless. They will occasionally conduct outreach in a civilian capacity and refer those in need to proper agencies.
b. Enforcements: The community policing team will cite those in the park who violates park closure enforcement laws.
c. Other Departments: The community policing team coordinates with the Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) to assist with sweeps at the parks.
3. Community Policing - Stored Property Removal: Wong expressed concerns with the lack of coordination between the divisions responsible for the gathering and then removal of stored property following homeless sweeps, respectively. Wong asked and Corporal Jaime provided contact information for the homeless complaint line at 768-4381, adding that a higher volume of calls may increase the priority for removal. Wong expressed concerns with the level of stored property between the sidewalk and the curb. Corporal Jaime responded that the portion between the sidewalk and the curb is still a part of the sidewalk per the DPP. Wong commented and Corporal Jaime responded that Bill 51 is not enforceable yet until they comply with the mandate, and could be enforceable by November 2018. Welch asked and Corporal Jaime responded that homeless services can be alerted through the complaint line as well. Chair West and Wong requested that the Community Policing Team save their report for later in future meetings. Wong asked Corporal Jaime responded that H.E.L.P (Health, Efficiency, and Lifelong Partnerships) Honolulu is a partnership between HPD, Health and Human Services, and Outreach services to help better provide for the homeless. He added that within Honolulu, the partnership has helped 100 individuals into shelters so far. Wong expressed her concerns and Corporal Jaime responded that it will take time for services to have a long-term impact.
4. Community Policing - Diamond Head Homeless Sweep: Matson asked and Corporal Jaime responded that HPD worked with DFM during the coordinated sweep of Diamond Head between the City and County of Honolulu and the State of Hawaii, though he did not have the statistics present.
5. Community Policing - Stored Property Removal (continued): Wong asked and Corporal Jaime responded that they cannot unilaterally remove the stored property items, as it must be done through DFM. He commented that the team is comprised of seven (7) individuals for the island of Oahu, limiting availability. Wong commented that enforcement and SPO ought to be enforced at once.
Board of Water Supply: Ann Wong of the BWS reported the following:
Main Breaks: There were no main breaks in the month of September 2018.
Halawa Xeriscape Garden: The BWS and Friends of Halawa Xeriscape Garden continue to offer workshops that highlight the concept of xeriscaping - an innovative means of conserving water through efficient landscaping. The new 2018 - 2019 xeriscape workshop schedule features dozens of new and popular workshops that offer useful tips on how to maintain a beautiful and water-efficient garden. The garden offers workshops on select Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout the year. Upcoming workshops include: October 13, 2018: Painting Hibiscus; October 17, 2018: Rain Barrel Catchment; November 24 & December 1, 2018: Xeric Holiday Wreath; January 5, 2019: Xeriscape 101. Advanced registration is required. Call 748-5315 or email email@example.com to reserve your space at one of our workshops. Visit our website www.boardofwatersupply.com to check out the full list of classes being offered. The Halawa Xeriscape Garden remains open to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Residents are welcomed to drop by to see dozens of attractive and less-thirsty plants on display, as well as pick up a complimentary seed packet.
Primary Urban Center Watershed Management Plan Meetings: The BWS is developing the Primary Urban Center (PUC) Watershed Management Plan. Join us to learn about water-related issues and concerns for Honolulu and water supply options for meeting future water demands. We will also discuss key projects and strategies to protect our water resources for future generations. Please join us for one (1) or more of these community meetings: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at Kapalama Elementary School; Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Ala Wai Elementary School; Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at ‘Aiea Elementary School. All meetings are from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. PUC Watershed Management Plan Meetings: Welch asked and Ann Wong responded that the construction of retention basins would likely be discussed at the PUC watershed management plan meetings.
2. Satellite Wastewater Treatment Plant: Resident Franklin Chung asked and Ann Wong responded that she will check for an update on the Satellite Wastewater Treatment Plant at the Ala Wai Golf Course.
3. Red Hill Fuel Tanks: Matson asked and Ann Wong responded that no new updates from the BWS are available related to the Red Hill Fuel Tanks. Wong expressed her appreciation for the BWS strong position towards the Red Hill Fuel Tanks.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative: Chair West reported that Walea Constantinau could not attend the meeting. A report was distributed to the Board members and summarized as follows:
Orange Fencing: In response to concerns related to orange fencing around Ala Wai Golf Course, the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) reported the following: The orange fencing from the BWS pump station to the #3 comfort station will be replaced with 12' chain link fence up to the bike path. It is being installed to increase the area of the golf course, installation of irrigation and safety. This area had no working irrigation and is part of the NPDES project. This project had no requirement to consult with the community. Anticipated start date is October 17, 2018 for the fencing.
Volleyball Court: In response to concerns for a potential volleyball court at the Ala Wai Golf Course property, DES reported that this initiative was not being pursued.
Storage of Equipment on Ala Wai Golf Course: In response to concerns of the storage of vehicles on Ala Wai Golf Course property, DES reported the following: The storage of Division of Urban Forestry equipment does not violate the "guarantee of a free and open space for the public" because the open area was never dedicated as a park. There is no violation on the use of the land since it is for Golf and Park use of which the Division of Urban Forestry is a division of Department of Parks and Recreation.
Burglaries on Wauke/Collins: In response to concerns with burglaries on Wauke/Collins, HPD reported the following: Officers on all three watches made checks of the area between September 25 and October 2, 2018, and did not observe any suspicious activity in the area. Corporal A. Macaibay of the District 7 Community Policing Team contacted Board Member Mark Kahahele and spoke with him regarding starting a Neighborhood Security Watch group in the area. Mr. Kahahele related that he will call Corporal Macaibay when he has enough members to start a group. Officers will continue to patrol the area and take appropriate action when suspicious activity is observed.
??? Accidents on Campbell/Castle; Snorkel/Tour Vans: In response to concerns with Snorkel and Tour vans parking too close to the intersection of Castle and Campbell and blocking visibility, possibly causing accidents, HPD reported the following: Officers on all three watches made checks of this area between September 25 and October 2, 2018. During this period, they cited one commercial vehicle for illegal parking. They did not observe any other violations. They will continue to make checks and take enforcement action when violations are observed.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Orange Fencing: Welch described the area of construction of the 12 foot fence to be installed, expressing concerns that the fence will cut off much of the green space from the public. He commented that, contrary to the report stating that there was no requirement for community consultation, the impact of the construction should involve feedback from residents.
2. DES Reports: Matson requested the Board draft formal request for DES to provide regular reports and consultation related to their projects in the community. She commented that projects related to DES occupy much of the Board's conversation and often require more immediate department feedback. Chair West asked and Matson clarified that a letter be drafted.
Matson moved and St. Denis seconded that the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 send a formal request to the Department of Enterprise Services for regular consultation and communication regarding their projects and updates involving the Ala Wai Golf Course and the wider Neighborhood Board area. The motion WAS ADOPTED by HAND VOTE; 14-0-0 (AYE: Allen, Bowman, Bhatt, Figliuzzi, Kamahele, Matson, Narita, Persons, St. Denis, Welch, Wanager, West, Welch, and Wong. NAY: None. ABSTAIN: None.)
Governor David Ige's Representative: No representative was present; no report was given. Resident Franklin Chung urged the Board to seek out a more available representative from the Governor, recommending a member from DLNR to allow direct conversation related to properties under their jurisdiction.
RESIDENTS/ COMMUNITY CONCERNS
Hearing no objection, Chair West added items "Bikeshare", "Monsarrat Bike Lanes", and "Kapiolani Community College" to the agenda.
Burglaries at Wauke/Collins St. - Scott Ballentye - Chair West reported that following correspondence with affected residents, progress seems to be made regarding the recent burglaries around Wauke and Collins Street. Chair West asked and Resident Carolyn Tanaka reported that progress has not been made. She commented that residents have not seen more patrol cars than before, adding that residents have begun looking out for suspicious behavior on their own. Chair West asked and Resident Tanaka responded that the neighborhood does not have a Neighborhood Watch Program. Chair West referred to the Mayor's Representative Report: "Officers on all three watches made checks of the area between September 25 and October 2, 2018, and did not observe any suspicious activity in the area. Corporal A. Macaibay of the District 7 Community Policing Team contacted Board Member Mark Kahahele and spoke with him regarding starting a Neighborhood Security Watch group in the area. Mr. Kahahele related that he will call Corporal Macaibay when he has enough members to start a group. Officers will continue to patrol the area and take appropriate action when suspicious activity is observed."
Kanaina/Monsarrat, Waikiki School Traffic Safety Committee - Mary Jones - No report was given at this time. Wong requested that inquiries related to a timeline for crosswalks on Kanaina Street and vehicles utilizing Leahi Avenue for Waikiki School pick-up be communicated to Mary Jones for follow-up.
Crane Park, Homeless - Wong provided a report from the IHS worker, Kim Carvalho, who will be present at the November 2018 meeting. Wong summarized the report as follows: Most of the homeless at Crane Park are Pacific Islanders. IHS Outreach workers go to Crane Park two (2) to three (3) times a month. IHS has a team of four (4) to service Diamond Head, Old Stadium Park, and Waikiki.
Sharon's Ride, Run, and Walk, Sunday, January 27, 2019. Epilepsy Foundation - Director Ed Kemper of the Epilepsy Foundation discussed the Sharon's Ride and Run races and walks. The event will take place on Sunday, January 27, 2019.
Constitutional Amendment Senate Bill (SB) 2922 Senate Draft (SD), House Draft (HD) 1 - Executive Director Dave Arakawa of the Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii distributed documentation and reported the following:
Opposition: Executive Director Arakawa reported that the Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii and the Affordable Hawaii Coalition oppose the proposed Constitutional Amendment. He expressed concerns that the proposal will raise the cost of living with no guarantee that the money will go to schools, adding that other ways are available to support schools.
Real Property Tax Increase: Arakawa reported that the City and County of Honolulu's Department of Budget and Fiscal Services (BFS) calculated that adopting the proposal would lead to a 54% increase in real property taxes based on Hawaii State Teacher Association's (HSTA) goal of raising 500 million dollars statewide.
History of Legislation: Arakawa commented that the one (1) million dollar minimum requirement for a property to fall under the tax did not make into the final proposal, adding that there is no guarantee that lesser valued properties will not be affected. He added that the line items to be funded through the tax were removed in the final legislation, commenting that there is no guarantee that raised funds would go to the desired line items. He commented that the former line items were replaced with "public education," which he argued was far too broad.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Alternative Solutions: Welch asked and Arakawa responded that those interested in finding more information, including alternative solutions, can visit https://affordablehawaii.net/.
2. Legislation: Matson expressed concerns with the history of the legislation, commenting that the edits made before the final adopted legislation amount to gut and replace. Arakawa expressed concerns that the bill never went through the Finance (FIN) and Ways and Means (WAM) Committees of the State House and Senate, respectively.
3. Opposition: Vice Chair Narita expressed concerns with the proposed amendment, commenting that the legislation seems to lean on the Federal government to remedy any negative consequences that are not properly addressed. He expressed concerns with the contracting practices of the Department of Education (DOE) that minimize oversight, and the impact a lack of oversight may have on costs and audits. He added that the organizational structure of the DOE administration is mismanaged and top-heavy.
4. Legislation (continued): A resident and teacher commented that during the two (2) year discussion between HSTA and the Legislature, the intent for this tax will be for properties worth over one (1) million dollars. She clarified that the intent of the changes in the legislation was to simplify it; she commented that the voters are asked whether or not the State should have the authority to create a real-property surcharge at all. She expressed concerns with the rhetoric utilized by opponents to the legislation regarding the impact it will have on residents. She commented that Hawaii has the lowest property taxes in the country and is the only State in the country not to use property taxes to fund legislation. She commented that, should the legislation be adopted, the specific tax related to funding public education would be introduced and discussed in public hearings at the Legislature. She expressed her concerns with the lack of available funds and the decline of the education system as teachers leave the State.
Bikeshare: Justine Espiritu introduced the new Bikeshare Executive Director, Todd Boulanger.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Expansion - Kapiolani Park: Matson expressed concerns that the expansion shows proposed Biki stops on Kapiolani Park Trust Lands. She commented that Kapiolani Park Trustees, the Attorney General's Office, and the State Courts must be involved if there is any intrusion onto Kapiolani Park Trust Lands by a commercial operation like Bikeshare. Executive Director Boulanger responded that those proposed sites have been withdrawn.
2. Expansion - General: Wong expressed concerns with the proposed sites, including the site near Waikiki School. She added that the vice principal of the school voiced their opposition to the proposed site for safety concerns. Chair West commented that there appeared to be a discrepancy between the information available to the Board members and current information provided by Bikeshare. He requested Executive Director Boulanger prepare a presentation for a future meeting. Matson asked and Espiritu responded that expansion is planned for mid to late November 2018.
Monsarrat Bike Lanes: Wong reported on concerns with the bike lane proposal on Monsarrat and Campbell, commenting that the existing traffic concerns will be exacerbated. She commented that she is discussing the concern with Chris Sayers of DTS and Councilmember Trevor Ozawa. She added that all of the members on the Board within the Diamond Head sub-district expressed safety concerns as well. She commented that DTS should have advised the community well before the lanes would be introduced.
Wong moved and Matson seconded that the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 send a formal request to the Department of Transportation Services for regular consultation and communication regarding their projects in the Neighborhood Board area. The motion WAS ADOPTED by HAND VOTE; 12-0-2 (AYE: Allen, Bowman, Bhatt, Figliuzzi, Kamahele, Matson, Narita, Persons, St. Denis, Welch, Wanager, Welch, and Wong. NAY: None. ABSTAIN: West and Wanager.)
Kapiolani Community College (KCC): Carol Hoshiko of Kapiolani Community College reported the following:
Merit Award: The Culinary Institute of the Pacific received a merit award from the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Capital Improvement Project (CIP): Hoshiko reported that they successfully raised five (5) million dollars for the release of 10 million dollars from the governor for Phase 2A of the Culinary Institute of the Pacific. They expect the Request For Proposal to go out in early 2019.
Accreditation: Hoshiko reported that from October 15, 2018 to October 18, 2018, they are having an accreditation visit by the Association of Community and Junior Colleges to evaluate KCC's self-study.
Envision Kaimuki Charrette: Hoshiko reported that they will be hosting a Envision Kaimuki charrette in collaboration with Kaimuki Neighborhood Board No. 4 on November 1, 2018.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: Welch asked if KCC could invite OLLI to host satellite programs at KCC. Hoshiko commented that they will look into it, adding that KCC currently has a Kupuna education program. She added that residents 60 years of age or older can request to sit and attend any classes offered at KCC.
Councilmember Anne Kobayashi: No representative was present; a newsletter was distributed.
Councilmember Trevor Ozawa: Kenny Amazaki of Councilmember Ozawa's Office distributed a newsletter, summarized its contents, and reported the following:
Monster House Task Force: Trisha Watson-Sproat of the Monster House Task Force reported that she is the appointee from the area for the Task Force. She commented that a report and draft legislation was created as a result of the meetings to address the issue on a permanent basis. She reported that the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) drafted two pieces of legislation to address Monster Homes (referred to as "Bill A" and "Bill B") to be heard before the Honolulu Planning Commission. She commented that the Monster House Task Force, with additional advisement from related community organizations, drafted a third bill, or "Bill C". She commented that Bill C addresses areas of concern not taken up in DPP???s proposals. She commented that Bill C will be brought before the Honolulu Planning Commission.
Deputy-Directors: In response to Vice Chair Narita's concern and question related to funding Deputy Director positions at the State and City level, Amazaki commented that Deputy Director salaries are approximately $120,000.
Bill 51 and 52: Amazaki commented that the City Council requested the Departments provide a plan for the enforcement of Bills 51 and 52 for each district.
Large Detached Dwellings: Amazaki responded that the Honolulu Planning Commission plans to take up Councilmember Ozawa's Resolution 17-276, a Land Use Ordinance Amendment to address large detached dwellings.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Olelo: Welch expressed appreciation for Ozawa's Office vocal support for Olelo on their newsletter.
2. Monster House Task Force: Matson asked and Trisha Watson-Sproat responded that interested residents can go to their HIGoodNeighbor Facebook page. She added that there is a community advocacy group where documents are uploaded. Documents that came out of the Task Force will be posted there as well.
3. Deputy Director Position: Vice Chair Narita requested a follow-up on the total cost savings that would be accrued by eliminating the Deputy Director Position.
4. Rail Funding: Vice Chair Narita requested a cumulative report on how much in bonds, grants, etc. was acquired to date for the Rail.
5. HPD Organizational Structure: Vice Chair Narita expressed concerns with the amount of deputy chiefs and similar administrative positions in the HPD hierarchy. He commented that it might be more appropriate to bring civil servants to these positions rather than converting regular officers.
6. Monster Homes: Vice Chair Narita asked what actions have been taken by the City Council to address the lack of penalties for contractors accepting work for unpermitted Monster Homes.
Senator Stanley Chang: Ian Teriyama reported that he is the new Legislative Aide for Senator Chang and summarized their newsletter: Housing Conference: Teriyama reported that Senator Chang's office will be hosting a public Housing Conference on November 16, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the State Capitol Auditorium.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Kokonut Koalition: Bhatt asked and Teriyama reported that Senator Chang reached out to the Kokonut Koalition to explore efforts to maintain the Kokohead Stairs.
Representative Bertrand Kobayashi: Representative Kobayashi distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
Homeless Sweep: Representative Kobayashi reported that there a three day homeless sweep on the makai side of Diamond Head ended today. An additional sweep on the mauka side is scheduled for the following week.
Questions on the Ballot: Representative Kobayashi commented that his newsletter provides information on the two questions related to the Constitutional Convention and the Constitutional Amendment.
Monster Homes: Representative Kobayashi provided information to the public regarding monster homes.
Representative Scott Nishimoto: Kevan Wong of Representative Scott Nishimoto's Office distributed a newsletter and reported the following: Prescription Take Back: Wong announced the Prescription Drug Take Back even on October 27, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Wong responded that he can look into the concern.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Vice Chair Narita expressed concerns with outbreaks of West Nile Virus in Mississippi and in L.A. He asked what precautions the State is taking to prevent the virus from spreading to Hawaii.
House Speaker Emiterus (HSE) Calvin Say: No representative was present.
PUBLIC EVENTS AND NOTICES: Chair West referred the community to the agenda for listings of public events and notices, which were as follows:
Sunday, October 14, 2018 Susan G. Komen Hawaii Race for The Cure Walk/Run
Saturday, October 20, 2018 Honolulu Pride Parade
Sunday, October 21, 2018 HMSA 30K Fun Run
REPORTS OF MEMBERS ATTENDENCE AT OTHER MEETINGS
Ala Wai Bridge Meeting: Chair West reported that he attended the Ala Wai Bridge meeting on September 24, 2018. He reported that the information provided was nearly identical to that presented to the Board. Chair West reported that there appears to be support for the bridge.
Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization: Vice Chair Narita expressed his concerns with a presentation given during their meeting which described charging residents to provide comments on public meetings. The next meeting will be October 17, 2018.
Board of Land and Natural Resources: Wong reported that she attended the BLNR meeting on September 14, 2018 related to the Kahala Hotel Resorts. She provided a written report to the Board.
Planning and Zoning: Planning and Zoning Committee Chair Matson reported the following:
• Joint-Board Forum on Top Golf: Matson reported that the Committee is awaiting updates on the Joint-Forum between the Diamond Head, Waikiki, and McCully Neighborhood Boards to discuss Top Golf and its impact.
• Primary Urban Center Development Plan: Matson reported that the Committee is awaiting updates related to proposals to the Primary Urban Center Development Plan.
Parks and Recreation: Parks and Recreation Committee Chair St. Denis reported on events held by Natatorium and Honolulu Zoo.
Approval of Thursday, September 13, 2018, Regular Meeting Minutes
Matson moved and Persons seconded to adopt the Thursday, September 13, 2018, Regular Meeting as AMENDED. The minutes WERE ADOPTED by HAND VOTE; 14-0-0 (AYE: Allen, Bowman, Bhatt, Figliuzzi, Kamahele, Matson, Narita, Persons, St. Denis, Welch, Wanager, West, Welch, and Wong. NAY: None. ABSTAIN: None.)
Treasurer's Report: Wanager reported a remaining balance of $465.02 for the month of October 2018.
Subdistrict 1 (St. Louis Heights): Allen reported that the St. Louis Heights Community Association will be holding its next meeting on Monday, October 15, 2018.
Subdistrict 2 (Kapahulu): Kamahele reported that he is coordinating with HPD to begin organizing a Neighborhood Watch.
Subdistrict 3 (Diamond Head): St. Denis reported that there are no new updates related to neighborhood crosswalks. Wong commented that crosswalks should be put back on Date Street, according Chris Sayers of DTS.
Chair Report: Chair West reported that while he is in discussion with the Chairs of the Waikiki and McCully Neighborhood Boards to explore a tri-board community forum on Top Golf, there does not seem to be much interest among their Boards to hold a tri-board meeting on the concern. Chair West commented that discussion of Top Golf will continue.
Next Regular Board Meeting: The next regular Board meeting will be at Ala Wai Club House on Thursday, November 8, 2018.
ADJOURNMENT: As there was no further business before the Board, Chair West adjourned the meeting at 8:50 p.m.
Submitted by: Thomas Baldwin, Neighborhood Assistant Finalized by: George West, Chair
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