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REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014  

COUNCIL COMMITTEE MEETING ROOM 205

 

CALL TO ORDER:  Chair Sylvia Young called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 

Members Present – Tyler Dos Santos-Tam, Robert “Bob” Finley, Loryn Guiffre, Kathleen Pahinui, Robert “Bob” Stubbs, Russell Yamanoha, Sylvia Young, and Charles Zahn.

 

Member Absent – Claire Tamamoto.

 

Guests – Bert Narita (Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights NB No. 5), Larry McElheny, Cruz Vina (Chair, Pearl City NB No. 21), Tim Vandeveer, Dan Purcell (did not sign attendance sheet), Laura Yoshida (Deputy, Corporation Counsel), Nicole Velasco (Executive Secretary), Romeo Garcia and Marie Richardson (Neighborhood Commission Office staff).

 

Roll Call of Commissioners, Establishment of Quorum – A roll call of Commissioners established a quorum present with eight (8) Commissioners.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

 

Regular Meeting Minutes – January 27, 2014 – Correction to the minutes included:  

 

  • Page 5, under ANNOUNCEMENTS, third bullet, strikeout, “…April 28, 2014, 2014 at 7:00 p.m…”

 

Finley moved, Pahinui seconded to approve the meeting minutes as amended. The motion was ADOPTED, 8-0-0 (Aye:  Dos Santos-Tam, Finley, Guiffre, Pahinui, Stubbs, Yamanoha, Young, and Zahn).

 

Report of any Neighborhood Commission business considered by the Liliha/Puunui/Alewa/Kamehameha Heights

Neighborhood Board No. 14 – Dos Santos-Tam and Finley both attended the same City Council hearing and a

meeting in Waikiki having to with Kyo-ya development.   

 

PUBLIC CONCERNS:

 

Bill 47, Koolauloa Sustainable Community Plan (KSCP) – Larry McElheny, resident of Pupukea, provided satellite imagery of the Koolauloa coastline from Kahaluu to Kahuku as part of his presentation. He shared concerns that Bill 47, is not the communities’ plan, is not sustainable, was corrupted by the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP), and it opens the door for the urbanization of Koolauloa. It also contradicts the Oahu General Plan and undermines over 50 years of the long range planning for Oahu. McElheny indicated that supporters of the Bill 47 included Hawaii Reserves Inc. (HRI), Brigham Young University Hawaii (BYU), Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC), Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS), Turtle Bay Resort (TBR), Operating Engineers Local 3, Laie Community Association (LCA), and seven (7) NB members (LDS members as well). 

 

McElheny added that the NB system has a sound purpose and he requested to include his handout in the meeting minutes. Chair Young agreed to include the handout as an attachment to the meeting minutes.

 

Pearl City NB No. Resolution – Cruz Vina asked about the status of the Pearl City NB resolution to reduce the current total membership from 13 to an 11 member board. The resolution was initiated after the NB was unable to establish quorum for five (5) months in 2013 and the Commission’s appointment Roger Clemente, a former member of the Pearl City NB No. 21, and former NCO staff. The resolution was adopted unanimously (8-0-0) on February 25, 2014 and submitted to the NC for consideration. Chair Young noted that she nor the rest of the Commissioner’s had not see or was made aware of the resolution. The NCO will submit the resolution to the NC members and will be on the next regular meeting agenda of Monday, April 28, 2014 for consideration. 

 

Board of Water Supply (BWS) Board of Directors – Dan Purcell commented on agenda items and how the public is able to speak on the agenda. His secondary note was that the BWS Board of Directors meetings are poorly attended by the public and with the number of water main breaks there should be a better way for the public to communicate their concerns.

 

Koolauloa NB Concerns – Tim Vandeveer stated he is a resident in the Koolauloa NB area, shared strong concerns about the current NB and how it is controlled by one entity; and that majority of the members on this public advisory are of the same entity. There are six (6) communities in this area that are not represented on the NB. The meetings are very contentious, there are sunshine law violations, and there are five (5) members of the NB that are on record against the passing of the Koolauloa Sustainable Communities Plan.

 

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY’S REPORT:  Executive Secretary Nicole Velasco reported on the following:

 

Public Relations Initiative – The month of April has been designated “Kids Month.” There are a lot of children affected by what’s happening in their neighborhoods. Members of the NCO staff will be reaching out to the schools in the district to talk about the good things happening in the district. NCO staff members will be visiting Central School tomorrow and trying to coordinate a visit to UH Lab.

 

Guidebook Update – Corporation Counsel worked very hard completing the review of the Guidebook. The NCO was able to pass out copies at the Conference of Chairs meeting held on March 1, 2014 at the Blaisdell Exhibition, Maui Room, along with copies of the 2008 Neighborhood Plan.

 

Training – Former commissioner Ron Mobley conducted parliamentary training to NCO staff members on March 24th. The NCO is looking at getting NB chairs together to get that same information as well. There are also social media seminars being held a Honolulu Community College, free of charge. The NCO would like to get the message out to NB members who would interested. The NA’s are continuing weekly training on Wednesdays on various aspects of the Neighborhood Plan.       

 

Prior Board Evaluations – The NCO distributed to the NB chairs all the prior board evaluations that came before the NC for review.  

 

NCO Policy Regarding Reports of Other Agencies or Elected Officials – It has been decided that as an operational policy, the NCO not be the branch for collecting or archiving reports of other agencies or elected officials. Any requests should be addressed with the appropriate agency or elected official that generated these reports.      

 

Update on NCO Website – The City website has a brand new look, and although the NCO still looks the same, the Department of Information Technology (DIT) is working out the migration of prior agendas and minutes onto the new main site. Velasco noted it is hard to determine at this time when this shift will happen but the NC will be kept posted. 

 

Comments followed:

 

  1. NC Website Picture – A comment noted that of the NC needs to update their website picture. A suggestion was to take the new picture at the next meeting. PLEASE BE PREPARED! Pahinui also noted that her name was misspelled on the website; the staff will make that correction.

  

  1. NB Vacancies – Dos Santos-Tam inquired whether the NCO tracks whether there are vacancies. He shared the idea of working to create a list on a GIS map to show where the vacancies are, and that interested persons could see where these vacancies are reported; and or resignations as well.

 

  1. NB Contact Information – Pahinui was looking at the website and noticed that the Koolauloa NB directory has five (5) members without any contact information posted. If a constituent wanted contact their area representative to express their concern, how is that possible? Pahinui asked the NC to weigh-in on whether or not there’s any interest to make it public.

 

Chair Young noted if there is no contact information for the public to access, the NCO then becomes the contact point, and that information should be forwarded on to the member via the NCO. Stubbs noted the option should not to create more work on the limited staffing.

 

Velasco will follow-up with Dos Santos-Tam. Also NB chairs can scan their area website to see if the information posted is correct. It was also noted that a former NB member was on two (2) different NBs; are these postings duplicates. 

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Elections Committee – Committee Chair Zahn had nothing new to report, except that he is plans to convene a committee soon.

 

Finance Committee – Committee Chair Tamamoto was not present; no report was available.

 

Neighborhood Plan Committee – Committee Chair Finley plans to have a meeting on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Mission Memorial Annex. Finley also reported that two (2) NBs expressed concerns and he hopes to go through the amendments and clear it up. 

 

Survey Committee – Committee Chair Guiffre reported the committee made good progress and it was well received. The purpose was to evaluate the NBS as a whole and to identify areas for improvement. There will be multiple surveys, with the first being a paper survey. A letter has been drafted and will be sent out to the NBs; and the entire survey process is expected to run a year long. The first survey will be on demographics, the second on the effectiveness of the NCO, and the third on the NB effectiveness. Dos Santos-Tam added that the information will be anonymous to an extent and the survey would be provided by the NA at the meeting. Finley suggested on the survey there should be a confidential statement.

 

COMMISSION BUSINESS:

 

Selection of Complaint(s) to be heard at a Future Sanctions Hearing – Chair Young noted that the NCO recommended grouping the complaints as such:

 

  • GROUP A – Complaint 1 – 1006-#34-12 Golojuch, Jr v Dudley – Alleges that Dudley made comments about the Golojuch family talking too much and every item and those statements violated Order and Decorum.

 

  • GROUP B – Complaints 2, 3 and 4 – Alleges that NB members had conflicts of interest and should have recused themselves from voting on the Koolauloa Sustainable Communities Plan and Envision Laie.

1.       2014-01 Anixt v Moore_Miller_Thompson III_Taala_Nihipali_Moeai_Lolofie

2.       2014-02 Minton v Moore_Miller_Thomspon III_Moeai_Lolofie

3.       2014-03 Iseke v Moore_Miller_Thomspon III_Taala_Nihipali_Moeai_Lolofie

 

  • GROUP C – Complaints 5, 6, 7, and 8 – Alleges that Youngquist’s behavior at the meetings violated Order and Decorum.

4.       2014-04 Watland v Younquist

5.       2014-05 Dabis v Youngquist

6.       2014-06 Rodrigues v Youngquist

7.       2014-07 Larnerd v Youngquist

 

Following discussion, the NC opted to convene the sanction hearings as follows:

 

o        Group A – On Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 6:35 p.m. (time limit 30 minutes)

o        Group B – On Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 6:35 p.m. (time limit 20 minutes)

o        Group C – One Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 6:35 p.m. (time limit 15 minutes)

 

Richardson will make the arrangements for the facility use for the above meetings.

 

Report on Evaluation of Neighborhood Board Visitations – The evaluation report inadvertently omitted that was submitted by Charles Zahn will be included on the April 28, 2014 meeting agenda for review by the NC.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

  • The Neighborhood Commission’s next regular meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the City Council Committee Meeting Room, Honolulu Hale, Room 205, 530 South King Street.

 

ADJOURNMENT:  The meeting adjourned at 8:10

 

Submitted by,

Marie Richardson,

NCO staff  

 

Reviewed by Bryan Mick

NCO Staff

 

Reviewed by,

Sylvia Young, Chair

 

 

Last Reviewed: Tuesday, April 22, 2014