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P LOLO NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD NO. 6

 

March 2023 Minutes

 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES DRAFT

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2023

REMOTE WEBEX MEETING VIA WEBEX

PUBLIC LOCATION: KAPALAMA HALE CONFERENCE ROOM 277

CALL TO ORDER: Chair Frost called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m. Quorum WAS ESTABLISHED with nine (9) members present. Note - This 13-member board requires eight (8) members to establish a quorum and to take official Board action.

Board Members Present: Joshua Frost, Randy Hack, Juanita Kawamoto, Beverly Mau, Dean McColgan, Darlene Nakayama, Rusti Onishi, Colin Scott Peros, and Earl Shiraki.

Board Members Absent: Derek Turbin and Dallas Ige.

Guests: Captain Corey Lau (Honolulu Fire Department); Lieutenant Taro Nakamura (Honolulu Police Department); Janel Denny (Councilmember Say's Office); Warren Mamizuka (Mayor Blangiardi's Representative); Ryan Aguilar (Governor Green's Representative); Representative Jackson Sayama; Senator Les Ihara Jr.; Peter Savio, Laura Ruby, Lynn (Residents); Lindon Valenciano (Neighborhood Commission Office). There were 45 total in attendance. Name not included if not legible on sign-in sheet, not signed in, not participated in discussion and/or not stated for the record.

CITY MONTHLY REPORTS

Honolulu Fire Department (HFD): Captain Corey Lau reported the following:

• February 2023: 28 medicals, 3 motor vehicle crash/collisions.

• Safety Tip: Smoke alarm safety tips were provided.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Rescues: Shiraki suggested charging for rescues to offset the costs and safety concerns for not only the rescue personnel, but also the public.

Honolulu Police Department (HPD): Lieutenant Taro Nakamura echoed the sentiment regarding rescue costs and reported the following:

• February 2023: 10 motor vehicle thefts, 2 burglaries, 11 thefts, and 3 unauthorized entries into motor vehicle (UEMV). 6,138 total calls.

• Safety Tip: First responder tips were provided.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Speeding: Shiraki expressed concerns of frequent speeding and inconsiderate drivers.

2. Bicyclists: Shiraki suggested making bicyclists be aware of your presence, like beeping your horn.

3. Crisis Intervention Team (CIT): Hack suggested requesting a CIT responder when calling 911 to report situations with those that are mentally unstable.

4. Noise Detector: Shiraki inquired if HPD uses a noise detector to read loud vehicles to enforce. Lieutenant Nakamura will follow up.

Board of Water Supply (BWS): No representative present. No report given.

THREE ABSENCES NOTICE

Neighborhood Plan §2-14-106 Three Absences Notice for Board Member Juanita Kawamoto: Kawamoto explained her absences and wished to stay on the Board. Chair Frost supported her intention to remain on the Board, but family does come first. There was no motion to vacate the seat, Kawamoto remains on the Board.

REPORTS OF MEMBERS ATTENDANCE AT OTHER PUBLIC MEETINGS: None.

FILLING OF VACANT BOARD SEATS: There is one (1) vacancy in Subdistrict 3 and Subdistrict 4. There were no volunteers.

ELECTED OFFICIALS

Congressman Ed Case: No representative present. No report given.

Councilmember Calvin Say: Janel Denny shared the newsletter and provided updates regarding the budget, Kuahea/Waiomao stabilization, rock mitigation, and P lolo District Park regarding gym hours and lights.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Sign: Hack reported the Keanu Street sign on the Ewa/makai corner to be replaced. Denny will follow up.

2. Kuahea/Waiomao Stabilization Project: Shiraki asked and Denny noted stabilization is 90% completed and repairs to Kuahea Street and Waiomao Road are 19% completed.

Governor Josh Green's Representative: Ryan Aguilar addressed previous responses regarding the $10 million housing funds allocated to the City are at the City's discretion and the Makiki apartment building will be 3-stories with 26 units. Aguilar inquired and Chair Frost suggested sharing the newsletter electronically.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Budget: Peros asked about the plans for the $10 million allocated for the City housing funds. Peros noted House Bill (HB) 300 budget appropriated funds for pest control and requested appropriating a portion of the bill to address parakeets.

Mayor Rick Blangiardi's Representative: The Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) Deputy Warren Mamizuka reported restrooms remain open until park closure at 10:00 p.m. A contracted security company closes them nightly.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Hunakai Street Traffic Light: The Hunakai Street traffic light turning onto Wai alae Avenue needs to be extended because it is too short and traffic builds up.

2. Left Turn on Waialae Avenue: Shiraki inquired about the status of widening the yellow stripe at the intersection of P lolo Avenue and Wai alae Avenue to prevent vehicles turning from hitting cars.

3. Bathrooms: Kawamoto and Peros noted concerns that the restroom attracts illegal activity and requested closing the restroom since there are no plans for the outdoor lights. Kawamoto inquired and Chair Frost suggested contacting HPD for a neighborhood security watch. Mamizuka will send the request again.

Representative Jackson Sayama: Representative Sayama announced the deadline to crossover bills is Thursday, March 9, 2023 and resolution deadline is Friday, March 10, 2023 such as parakeets, abandoned utility poles, and recognizing Carissa Moore. Representative Sayama reported pushing for teacher housing, attending P lolo Chinese Home Lunar New Year event, and cleaning up a small park near Waiomao Road.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Legalization: Shiraki noted opposing, asked and Representative Sayama reported the Senate passed a bill for recreational marijuana. It crossed over to the House, but Representative Sayama noted the House wants to fix medical marijuana first. Kawamoto agreed with Shiraki's sentiment.

2. Midwife: Hack asked and Representative Sayama replied the midwife bill did not get heard in committee.

3. Finance: Peros asked and Representative Sayama believes the rock mitigation funds from the Finance Committee relates the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and state property, but will follow up. Peros also thanked Representative Sayama for introducing the parakeet resolution.

Senator Les Ihara Jr.: No representative present. No report given.

RESIDENTS/COMMUNITY CONCERNS:

Rock Mitigation: Resident and slope landowner Peter Savio took measures for immediate rock mitigation and announced they are holding a public meeting on Saturday, March 25, 2023 to brainstorm solutions. Shiraki, Peros, and Kawamoto discussed mitigation and resident Savio noted the meeting will have geologists and mitigation experts.

Kuilei Place: Resident Laura Ruby noted concerns for Kuilei Place, a new development in M ili ili, and noted how Neighborhood Board (NB) #8 McCully- M ili ili members are not seeking reelection because legislators are not listening to them. Resident Lynn reported younger residents were looking forward to Kuilei Place. Denny shared Councilmember Say is working to get responses to the concerns raised at the NB #8 regular meeting to clear misinformation. Kawamoto noted water issues from Red Hill needs to be resolved before new developments.

BOARD BUSINESS

Approval of Minutes from Wednesday, February 8, 2023: Hack noted a friendly amendment. Hack MOVED, Mau SECONDED the Motion to Adopt the Wednesday, February 8, 2023 meeting minutes as friendly amended. Hearing no objections or abstentions, the minutes were ADOPTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT.

The Board took Agenda Item: Senator Les Ihara Jr. at this time.

Senator Les Ihara Jr.: Senator Ihara reported they are nearly halfway through session, noted the deadline to crossover bills for referrals to their committees for review is coming up, and shared the process of finalizing the bills. Senator Ihara noted tracking movement for commission bills and campaign spending ethics

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Legalization: Shiraki expressed concerns of Senate passing the recreational marijuana bill and Senator Ihara reported marijuana use was decriminalized. Kawamoto reiterated concerns because it is a step-up drug toward harder drugs and contributes to the leading causes of homelessness.

2. Budget: Peros noted the Finance Committee allocated funds for concerns brought to attention in previous meeting and hoped Senator Ihara could include them in the Senate draft.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

P lolo Neighborhood Board's Next Meeting: The next P lolo Neighborhood Board No. 6 regular meeting will be on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. on WebEx. Public location at Kap lama Hale.

Bulky Trash Pick-Up - Appointment System Pilot Program for pick-up. Please visit http://www.opala.org or call 768-3200 for general information, then press "0" for appointment requests.

'Olelo Broadcast Slots - The P lolo Neighborhood Board No. 6 meetings are aired on Channel 49 the first and third Sundays of the month at 12:00 p.m. and the 4th Thursday at 9:00 p.m. or online, anytime at http://www.olelo.org

Social Media - Join us informally at the P lolo Valley Community or ‘Palolo Neighborhood Board No. 6' pages or Palolo Neighborhood Board No. 6 Friends group on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com. Also stay connected with the P lolo community at www.nextdoor.com.

Agenda Requests - No Later Than 10 days prior to meeting, contact Chair Frost at (808) 371-9334.

ADJOURNMENT - The meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

Submitted by: Lindon Valenciano, Public Relations Assistant

Reviewed by: Dylan Whitsell, Deputy

Finalized by: Josh Frost, Chair

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