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Diamond Head Neighborhood Board Meeting JULY 2022 Minutes
Diamond Head / Kapahulu / St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5
July 2022 Minutes
DRAFT INITIAL CONVENING MEETING MINUTES
THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2022
ALA WAI CLUB HOUSE AND VIA WEBEX TELECONFERENCING
Video recordings of Regular Meetings may be found at:
Written materials for this Regular Meeting may be found on OneDrive at:
https://1drv.ms/u/s!BIst49_N_u8YbJVHY5DlpKNlBnk?e=NbFRm1 with password "SchoolStarts"
CALL TO ORDER - Chair Pro Tem Andrew Salenger called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m. Quorum was not established with six (6) members present via Webex Application and five (5) members at the Ala Wai Club House. Note - This 15-member Board requires eight (8) members to establish a quorum and to take official Board action.
Board Members Present: Julia Allen, Rafia Hasina, Bertram Narita (no WebEx video), Bruce Wong, John Beutel, George West, Andrew Salenger, Michelle Matson (arrived at 6:25 p.m. via WebEx), Don Persons (no WebEx video), Laura St. Denis, Dylan Whitsell (appointed at 6:30 p.m.), Winston Welch (appointed at 6:30 p.m.).
Board Members Absent: Wendell Murakawa, Margaret Murchie, Linda Wong.
Guests: Sergeant Adam Lipaka and Lieutenant Taro Nakamura (Honolulu Police Department); Isaac Choy (Governor David Ige's office); Anton Krucky (Mayor Rick Blangiardi's office); Keola Fisher (Council Chair Tommy Waters' office); Councilmember Calvin Say; Representative Bertrand Kobayashi; Representative Jackson Sayama; Berna Senelly (Oceanit); Brandon Ishii (University of Hawaii at Manoa); Joannie Dobbs, Janel Denny, Daisy Murai, Jack Karbens, Marilyn Mick, Karen Swann, JohnnieMae Perry, Arleen Velasco (Residents); Casey Ishitani (Neighborhood Commission Office). Names not included will not be provided. 26 attendees total.
Reports may also be found at https://1drv.ms/u/s!BIst49_N_u8YbJVHY5DlpKNlBnk?e=NbFRm1; Password: SchoolStarts
As there was no quorum to vote for Initial Convening Business, Chair Pro Tem Salenger had Public Safety Reports at this time.
PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS
Honolulu Fire Department (HFD): HFD District 7 report was provided and uploaded to OneDrive.
• June 2022 Statistics: There were two (2) structure fires, three (3) nuisance fires, 64 medical emergencies, one (1) motor vehicle collision with a pedestrian, three (3) motor vehicle crashes, four (4) mountain rescues, one (1) ocean rescue.
• Fire Safety Tip: Residents were advised to grill safely. More information may be found at fire.honolulu.gov.
Honolulu Police Department District 6: There was no representative.
Honolulu Police Department District 7: HPD Sergeant Adam Lipaka and Lieutenant Taro Nakamura reported the following June 2022 statistics: 10 motor vehicle thefts, two (2) burglaries, 28 thefts, nine (9) unauthorized entries of motor vehicles and 6,861 total calls for service.
Initial Convening Board Business was deferred at this time due to lack of quorum.
CITY AND STATE ADMINISTRATION REPORTS
Governor David Ige's Office: State Director of Taxation Isaac Choy reported that residents may view Governor Ige's veto list at https://governor.hawaii.gov/2022-bills/2022-vetoes/.
Mayor Rick Blangiardi's Office: Community Services Director Anton Krucky reported that the City is currently attempting to acquire the quitclaim deed to Leahi Avenue from Safe Leahi LLC.
• In June 2022, Mayor Blangiardi and City Council adopted an Operating budget of $3.22 billion and a Capital. Improvement Program (CIP) budget of $1.03 billion the budget focuses on Mayor's key priorities: delivery of core City services, affordable housing, homelessness, public safety, and others.
• The Department of Facility Maintenance, Storm Water Quality Division is finalizing the Storm Water Strategic Plan for the City and County of Honolulu which may be found at http://bit.ly/stormwaterplanning. The plan contains the City's vision, mission, goals, and strategies for addressing storm water related issues. Public input is key and comments can be submitted at the public meetings.
• The City awarded a $460 million construction project to Hensel Phelps to upgrade a portion of the Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) to comply with the 2010 Consent Decree (CD). In June, a groundbreaking ceremony was held and the project officially kicked off. This state-of-the-art technology continues the City's mission of improve and upgrade facilities to better serve the public.
• The City's Fiscal Recovery Fund Economic and Workforce Development survey was open for public responses from May 16 to June 12, 2022. Visit oneoahu.org/frf for further information. Findings from this survey will be used by City decision-makers in shaping programs ans services using federal SLFRF funds.
• Water conservation is critically important as we move into the warmer summer months. Please call (808) 748-5041 to report a water waste complaint or email BWS at email@example.com.
• The City and County of Honolulu's Department of Budget and Fiscal Services, Real Property Assessment Division (RPAD) mailed letters on July 11, 2022 to owners of record of properties dedicated for residential use. The property owner must complete, sign, and submit a certification and attach all applicable documents by September 1, 2022 via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail or in person at either RPAD office: 842 Bethel Street, Basement, Honolulu, HI 96813 or 1000 Uluohia Street #206, Kapolei, HI 96707. Property owners who have not received a letter should contact RPAD at (808) 768-3799. More information may be found at realpropertyhonolulu.com. The City will publish the notice twice in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser before the September 1, 2022 dedication deadline
• Residents raised concerns regarding the Makai side of Diamond Head Road, near Diamond Head Beach Park. Residents have reported transients and illegal activity. HPD reported that during the month of June, several arrests were made. Officers will continue to monitor and conduct enforcement operations in this area to address illegal activities
Board of Water Supply: A report may be found at the Google OneDrive. More information may be found at https://www.boardofwatersupply.com/conservation.
Matson arrived at 6:25 p.m. via WebEx. There were 10 members total with eight (8) Board members present in person and WebEx video, establishing quorum.
Hearing no objection, Chair Pro Tem Salenger had Initial Convening Business at this time.
INITIAL CONVENING BUSINESS
Board Vacancies: Chair Pro Tem Salenger inquired if there were nominations for the two (2) vacancies in Sub-District 2.
St. Denis Nominated and West Seconded Whitsell. Matson Nominated and West Seconded Welch. Board voted to appoint nominees by roll call vote, 10-0-0 (Aye: Allen, Hasina, Narita, Bruce Wong, Beutel, West, Salenger, Matson, Persons, St. Denis; Nay: None; Abstain: None).
The Neighborhood Assistant swore in Whitsell and Welch to the Board. There were 12 Board members present.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Chair: Matson nominated Whitsell, who declined. Matson nominated West, who declined. Salenger nominated Matson. West nominated Salenger.
Narita Moved and Whitsell Seconded to close nominations. The Motion was ADOPTED BY UNANIMOUS CONSTENT, 12-0-0 (Aye: Allen, Hasina, Narita, Bruce Wong, Beutel, West, Salenger, Matson, Persons, St. Denis, Whitsell, Welch; Nay: None; Abstain: None).
In a roll call vote, the Board appointed Salenger as Chair, 9-2-1 (Salenger: Allen, Narita, Bruce Wong, Beutel, Whitsell, West, Salenger, Persons, St. Denis; Matson: Hasina, Welch; Abstain: Matson).
Vice Chair: Matson nominated Whitsell.
In a roll call vote, the Board appointed Whitsell as Vice Chair, 12-0-0 (Allen, Hasina, Narita, Bruce Wong, Beutel, West, Salenger, Matson, Persons, St. Denis, Whitsell, Welch).
Secretary: Hasina nominated Allen, who declined. Matson nominated Hasina, who declined. Welch nominated Matson. Salenger nominated Beutel.
St. Denis Moved and Welch Seconded to close nominations. The Motion was ADOPTED BY UNANIMOUS CONSTENT, 12-0-0 (Aye: Allen, Hasina, Narita, Bruce Wong, Beutel, West, Salenger, Matson, Persons, St. Denis, Whitsell, Welch; Nay: None; Abstain: None).
In a roll call vote, the Board did not attain quorum vote for Secretary, 7-5-0 (Beutel: Allen, Narita, Bruce Wong, Beutel, Whitsell, Salenger, St. Denis; Matson: Hasina, Welch, West, Matson, Persons).
Treasurer: Hasina nominated Welch.
West Moved and Matson Seconded to close the nominations. The Motion was ADOPTED BY UNANIMOUS CONSTENT, 12-0-0 (Aye: Allen, Hasina, Narita, Bruce Wong, Beutel, West, Salenger, Matson, Persons, St. Denis, Whitsell, Welch; Nay: None; Abstain: None).
In a roll call vote, Welch was appointed as Treasurer, 12-0-0 (Allen, Hasina, Narita, Bruce Wong, Beutel, West, Salenger, Matson, Persons, St. Denis, Whitsell, Welch).
Meeting Date, Time and Location: The proposed Board meetings would be on the second Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at Ala Wai Clubhouse, Second Floor.
Welch Moved and St. Denis Seconded to accept the proposed meeting date, time and location.
Welch Moved and Matson Seconded to amend the Motion to include WebEx meeting options. The Motion was ADOPTED, 10-1-1 (Aye: Allen, Hasina, Narita, Bruce Wong, Beutel, Welch, Whitsell, Matson, Persons, St. Denis; Nay: West; Abstain: Salenger).
Beutel Moved and St. Denis Seconded to amend the Motion to include a maximum meeting time of three (3) hours. The Motion was ADOPTED, 8-1-3 (Aye: Allen, Hasina, Narita, Beutel, Whitsell, West, Persons, St. Denis; Nay: Welch; Abstain: Bruce Wong, Salenger, Matson).
The Amended Motion was ADOPTED, 10-1-1 (Aye: Allen, Hasina, Narita, Bruce Wong, Beutel, Whitsell, West, Salenger, Persons, St. Denis; Nay: Welch; Abstain: Matson).
Board Recess Schedule: Salenger proposed a December 2022 Board recess.
Welch Moved and West Seconded to have no recess schedule. The Motion was not adopted, 3-7-2 (Aye: Beutel, Welch, West; Nay: Allen, Hasina, Narita, Wong, Whitsell, Persons, St. Denis; Abstain: Salenger, Matson).
Whitsell Moved and Allen Seconded to recess in December 2022. The Motion was ADOPTED, 10-1-1 (Aye: Allen, Hasina, Narita, Bruce Wong, Beutel, Whitsell, West, Matson, Persons, St. Denis; Nay: Welch; Abstain: Salenger).
Adoption of Oral Testimony Rules: The proposed Oral Testimony Rules were that each attendee would be allowed two (2) minutes for two (2) testimonies, then 30 seconds for each discussion item for the remainder of the meeting besides the Open Forum.
Allen Moved and St. Denis Seconded to adopt the Oral Testimony Rules as written. The Motion was ADOPTED, 9-2-1 (Aye: Allen, Narita, Bruce Wong, Beutel, Whitsell, West, Salenger, Person, St. Denis; Nay: Welch, Matson; Abstain: Hasina).
Creation of Board Committees and Members: Chair Salenger inquired if there were any changes to the current Committees - Leahi Avenue; Parks, Recreation and Environment; and Planning and Zoning Committee.
West Moved and Whitsell Seconded to maintain the current Committees.
Matson Moved and Whitsell Seconded to Amend the Motion with Welch as the Parks, Recreation and Environment Committee Chair. The Motion was ADOPTED BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 12-0-0 (Aye: Allen, Hasina, Narita, Bruce Wong, Beutel, West, Salenger, Matson, Persons, St. Denis, Whitsell, Welch; Nay: None; Abstain: None).
The Motion to Adopt the Committees as Amended was ADOPTED BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 12-0-0 (Aye: Allen, Hasina, Narita, Bruce Wong, Beutel, West, Salenger, Matson, Persons, St. Denis, Whitsell, Welch; Nay: None; Abstain: None).
RESIDENTS INTERESTS AND NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERNS
Neighborhood Security Watch: There were no representatives.
Makalei Beach Park: Resident Noela Van Wiegandt reported that a section of the ocean-front railing at Makalei Beach Park has deteriorated and requires repairs.
Council Chair Tommy Waters: Keola Fisher of Council Chair Waters' office reported that Council Bill 27 regarding outdoor dining in public spaces was adopted and forward to Mayor Blangiardi.
Councilmember Calvin Say: Councilmember Say reported that he would look into concerns regarding parklets on Kapahulu Avenue.
Representative Bertrand Kobayashi: Representative Kobayashi reported that Governor Ige's veto list may be found at https://governor.hawaii.gov/2022-bills/2022-vetoes/.
Representative Jackson Sayama: Representative Sayama reported that he was looking into reports of utility poles in St. Louis Heights that require maintenance.
Representative Scott Nishimoto: There was no representative.
Senator Stanley Chang: There was no representative.
Senator Les Ihara, Jr.: There was no representative.
Regent Electric Seagliders: There was no representative.
Waikiki Aquarium Water System: Berna Senelly of Oceanit and Brandon Ishii of the University of Hawaii at Manoa reported that the Waikiki Aquarium water filtration system will be retrofitted to discharge filtered sea water back to the ocean. The timeframe places preliminary planning stages at November 2022 with finalization at July 2023. Permits will be sought by the end of 2023 or early 2024.
St. Louis Heights: Hasina reported that there were encampments under the bridges crossing Palolo Stream.
Kapahulu: West reported that he would address concerns at the next Planning and Zoning Committee Meeting.
Diamond Head: There was no representative.
Leahi Avenue Standing Committee: St. Denis reported that the Committee has requested the schematics of Leahi Avenue.
Parks, Recreation and Environment: There was no report.
Planning and Zoning: Matson reported that the Committee met on Wednesday, July 6, 2022. Comments for the Primary Urban Center Development Plan are due by Tuesday, January 31, 2023.
REPORT OF BOARD MEMBERS ATTENDING OTHER BOARD MEETINGS
There were no reports.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.
Submitted by Casey Ishitani, Public Relations Assistant
Reviewed by: Naomi Hanohano, Community Relations Specialist
Final approval by
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