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Mililani / Waipio/ Melemanu Neighborhood Board No. 25

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DRAFT- REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2014

MILILANI RECREATION CENTER III

 

CALL TO ORDER: Chair Pro Tem Dick Poirier called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m., with a quorum of 20 members present. Note: This 23 member Board requires 12 members to establish quorum and to take official Board action. Pro tem Chair Poirier led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Board Members Present: Pauline Arellano, Danielle Bass, William “Bill” Bass, Michael Dau, Ann Freed, Corinne Gallardo-Mata, Sabrina Gustafson, Shaun Kawakami, Marilyn Lee, Karen Loomis, Joy Marshall, Trevor Nagamine, John Norris, Rodney Park, Dick Poirier, Charlie Remington, Carole Siegel, Emil Svrcina, Douglas Thomas and Alvin Wong.

 

Board Members Absent: B. Pua Iuli and Mary Segura.

 

Guests: Chastity Melendres (HPU Nursing, Norma Kunimoto, Philip Sunada, Joyce Makino, Edna Kondo, Margarita Laysitan, Robert Hayno, Andy Menor, Ben Hicks, R. Komori, Nathan Takasane, Hamilton and Lamette Pieper, Max Calico, Joe Carbone, Teresa Lau, Sterling T., Lan Nakamura, George Nakamura, Conrad Sakamoto, Bob Meyer, Nancy Farrar, Evilla Abad, Reiko Osato, Phyllis Seto, and Betty Yamashita (Olaloa Residents); Carole Amrhein (Waikaloa Woodlands), Charles Fortner (Verizon), Robyn Kahalelehua (Cascadia), Brian Kanno (Office of Councilmember Ron Menor), Deputy Director Tim Houghton (City Department of Environmental Services), Tracy Kubota (Mayor’s Representative/Deputy Director Department of Enterprise Services), Paul Fukuda (Honolulu Fire Department), Curtis Kanahele, Michael Alama, Hunter Salcedo, Thomas King and Reece Lee (Boy Scout Troop 177); Sergeant Eric Tonouchi, Captain Richard Barker (Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield), Scott Ishikawa (Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART), JR Guileb (Video Recorder), and Nola J. Frank (Neighborhood Commission Office staff).

 

Vacancies: No person present was interested in filling the Subdistrict 2 vacancy.

 

CONVENING BOARD ACTIONS:

 

  • Election of Officers (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer: Thomas moved, Freed seconded to retain the same slate of Board Officers (Chair Dick Poirier, Vice Chair Bill Bass, Secretary Carole Siegel, Treasurer Charlie Remington. The motion was ADOPTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 20-0-0, (Aye: Arellano, B. Bass, D. Bass, Dau, Freed, Gallardo-Mata, Gustafson, Kawakami, Lee, Loomis, Marshall, Nagamine, Norris, Park, Poirier, Remington, Siegel, Svrcina, Thomas and Wong).
  • Approval of Board Expenditures: Board expenditures were APPROVED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 20-0-0, (Aye: Arellano, B. Bass, D. Bass, Dau, Freed, Gallardo-Mata, Gustafson, Kawakami, Lee, Loomis, Marshall, Nagamine, Norris, Park, Poirier, Remington, Siegel, Svrcina, Thomas and Wong).
  • Board Recesses: Without objections, the Board will recess in December 2014.
  • Continuation of Committee Chairs: Chair Poirier noted that the Committee Chairs would be extended until June 30, 2015. There were no objections. Committee Chairs: Planning & Zoning Doug Thomas; Recreation Rodney Park; Transportation Karen Loomis, Civil Defense/Military Danielle Bass; Education Mary Segura; Solid Waste/Hickam POL Michael Dau; Health & Safety/Public Health  Pua Iuli; Recognition/Service Awards Trevor Nagamine; Publicity/Public Relations Ann Freed; Telecommunications Sabrina Gustafson; and Hawaii State Legislature Marilyn Lee.
  • APPROVAL OF REGULAR MEETING MINUTES OF JUNE 25, 2014: The June 25, 2014 regular meeting minutes were APPROVED as written by UNANIMOUS CONSENT 20-0-0, (Aye: Arellano, B. Bass, D. Bass, Dau, Freed, Gallardo-Mata, Gustafson, Kawakami, Lee, Loomis, Marshall, Nagamine, Norris, Park, Poirier, Remington, Siegel, Svrcina, Thomas and Wong).

 

 

 

COMMUNITY FORUM:

 

Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) – Captain Paul Fukuda reported the following:

 

  • August 2014 Fire Statistics – There were 2 structure fires, 3 wildland fires, 2 rubbish fires, 2 vehicles fires, 65 emergencies, 1 search/rescues and 17 miscellaneous calls for service.
  • Fire Safety Tip – Fire Prevention Week (FPW) has its roots in the Great Chicago Fire of October 8-10, 1871. The National Fire Protection Association has selected “Working Smoke Alarms Saves Lives: Test Yours Every Month!” as this year’s FPW theme, which is on October 5-11, 2014. In October, children attending elementary schools statewide will receive a Fire Fighter’s Safety Guide (FFSG). HFD encourages parents to review the guide with their child/children, create or revisit the family escape plan, practice the plan, test the smoke alarms, and consider other safety tips in the guide.

 

Honolulu Police Department (HPD): Sergeant (Sgt.) Eric Tonouchi relayed that the Lieutenant was at an emergency call. Sgt. Tonouchi was available for questions.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

  1. Haleiwa Beach Park: Dau inquired if sleeping is allowed on the beach at night, Dau noted a friend sleeping on the beach at Haleiwa Beach Park was issued a citation.
  2. Praise: Arellano praised HPD for having a nurse with a master’s degree at the Main Station who visits cell block prisoners five (5 times a week.
  3. Mililani Car Chase: D. Bass asked about a car chase in Mililani. Sgt. Tonouchi had no response at this time. Dau noted that the person was arrested.

 

Military: Captain (Capt.) Richard Barker reported the following:

 

  • National Prescription Take Back Initiative: In support of the National Prescription Take Back Initiative, unused or expired prescriptions for proper disposal will be accepted on Saturday, September 27, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Schofield Barracks Post Exchange (PX).
  • Gold Star Mothers and Gold Star Family Lei Presentation: On Sunday, September 28, 2014, community members are invited to join Gold Star Mothers and Families of Fallen Soldiers special remembrance and lei presentation, 11:30 a.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl).
  • Tropic Lightning Museum: Living History Day at the Tropic Lightning Museum will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Call 655-0438 for more information.
  • National Preparedness Month: September is national preparedness month campaign. For more information visit the FEMA website at http://www.ready.gov/ or “Ready Army” website at http://www.acsim.army.mil/readyarmy/ra_about.ht.
  • Noise and Dust Complaints: To report loud or low-flying Army aircraft call the U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii noise concern line at 656-3487. To report dust concerns contact Ms. Kayla Overton, Community Relations at 656-1319.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed: Troop Reductions: Thomas asked and Capt. Barker noted that reduction affects at Schofield are unknown at this time.

 

Board of Water Supply (BWS) – No representative present; no report provided.

 

Honolulu Rail Transit Project (HRTP)/Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) – Scott Ishikawa reported the following:

 

  • Photos: Ishikawa circulated aerial photos of construction of the elevated tracks and installation of the columns, which are now progressing eastward.
  • Stations Contract: Construction bids went out for the nine (9) stations, but were way over the cost. The re-bidding will be in three (3) smaller packages, which is part of the process, with the extension of the contractor’s contract. The ramification is the current proposed opening of the entire route is 2019. According to the plan the opening from East Kapolei to the Aloha Stadium was to take place in 2017, but has changed to 2018.

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

  1. Bids: Svrcina asked if bids are open to local, mainland and foreign contractors. Ishikawa replied that there are three (3) mainland contractors and local sub-contractors.
  2. H-1/H-2 Merge: Ishikawa mentioned that work from Leeward Community College (LCC) to the Pearl Highlands route to the Hi/H2 merge will start at the end of the year when the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) work is completed.

 

Other Community Concerns: None.

 

PUBLIC FORUM:

 

Proposed Verizon Wireless Telecommunications Facility at the Mililani Town Association Nursery: Robyn Kahalelehua asked support if the Board, and presented the following:

 

  • Proposed Location: The name of the site is HON NOHOLOA and located at 94-436 Mulehu Street in Mililani.
  • Monopole: The monopole will be 80 feet in height with 12 Verizon panels antennas attached.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

  1. Handout Photographs: Gustafson noted the photos show a tower with an antenna on top. Gustafson recommended that the monopole blend in with the surrounding area, such as a palm tree.
  2. Reach: Svrcina asked and Kahlelehua replied that she is unsure of the reach, but Verizon should have the information.
  3. Neighboring Residents: Freed asked and it was noted that letters were sent to surrounding neighbors. One (1) response was received. Freed suggested notifying neighboring residents again.
  4. Monopole: Dau asked that the exterior of the monopole resembles a palm tree.
  5. Service: Gustafson asked how many Verizon customers in the area of would the monopole would receive service.
  6. Tonight’s Neighborhood Board Meeting: Dau asked and it was noted that the surrounding neighbors were informed of the meeting.
  7. Frequencies: Svrcina asked if information regarding frequencies (tower output) were available. Kahalelehua noted that Federal Communication Commission (FCC) regulations are followed.
  8. Tower Height: D. Bass questioned the height of the tower. It was requested that the tower blend in with the surrounding area. D. Bass requested that the tower height be lowered. In answer, a taller tower reduces the need to install multiple towers.
  9. Safety Concern: Gustafson asked what are the dangers and interferences to the surrounding neighbors.

 

City and County Presentation on Elimination of Trash Pick-Ups in Selected Multi-Family and Non-Profit Complexes: Deputy Director Tim Houghton of the Department of Environmental Services (ENV), presented the following:

 

  • Notification: Condominiums and non-profits receiving free front-loader refuse collection services were notified in July 2014 (six (6) month advanced notice) that effective January 31, 2015 the service would be eliminated. The service is provided twice weekly to these properties using large three (3)-cubic yard dumpsters for refuse.
  • Why Eliminate Front-Loader Service: The unfair distribution of city service and resources, and insufficient manpower/equipment. Only a small fraction of the island’s multi-family condominium properties and non-profit organizations had the benefit of City refuse collection at no cost. The vast majority of condominium properties, island wide are serviced by private refuse hauling services. The City has struggled to maintain the front-loader dumpster service with diminishing resources and can no longer sustain a reliable collection service. In both Fiscal Years (FY) 2014 and 2015 Capital Improvement Project (CIP) budgets, the City Council specifically denied the purchase of a replacement front-loader.
  • Numbers: There are 111 condominiums and 70 non-profit currently utilizing the City service. There are approximately 1, 382 dumpsters at 1,211 condominium properties and 171 non-profit organizations. Properties serviced varies in numbers of dumpsters, from one (1) to as many as 40. In Mililani there are 33 condominium as six (6) non-profits receiving free City services. Estimated services for Mililani is less than 10% of condominium properties. It would be the condominiums option to choose a private hauler. Non-profit would pay the same fees as other businesses.
  • Routes: There are four (4) routes, seven (7) trucks with six (6) to eight (8)  workers, with one (1) needing an engine replaced. Cost for a new truck is $375,000.
  • City Services versus Private: In 2010, the City’s user fee study assessed the actual cost of service at $314 per three (3) cubic-yard dumpster monthly. The private haulers pricing will vary depending on dumpster size, frequency of pick-up and the composition of the waste, but will be less than the City’s cost of service.
  • City Savings: Savings include truck replacements, repairs and fuel costs. However, the decision to discontinue service was not based in cost, but determined by the apparent inequity in distributing city service and resources and the inability for the City to continue to sustain a reliable collection service. $1.2 million for front-loader replacement in the FY 2015 was cut by the City Council.
  • Affected Employees: Approximately eight (8) employees will be affected, but will retain their current positions and yard assignments and continue to perform work in accordance with their existing position descriptions. The employee labor union has been notified of the change and issues regarding employees will be mutually addressed. ENV has met with each Councilmember.
  • Sufficient Trucks: Trucks will be retained to continue service to City agency buildings; trucks taken out of service will be auctioned.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

  1. Comment: Freed noted that at one time her condominium had to purchase a truck to haul the trash out for City pick-up at an exorbitant cost and modify the truck. Freed opposed the front-loader pick-up elimination, noting that the decision is outrageous and cuts into the middle class families budget. Freed suggested that funding be found somewhere else because many people in Hawaii do not have primary homes. The decision will force condominium regimes to raise maintenance fee rates. It was pointed out that most of the condominiums are at least 30-40 years old and in need of major repairs.
  2. Taxes: Arellano noted everyone pays taxes; and reiterated the increase in condominium association fees. It was noted that trash bins should be given to condominium owners as the single family homes receive.
  3. Currently No Charges: Thomas asked that currently there are no charges. Houghton answered that $100 million of property tax money collected is allocated for the solid waste program. Houghton stated that all tax payers are treated equally.
  4. Comment: D. Bass mentioned that she lives in a condominium with private trash pick-up. D. Bass questioned why do some condominiums have free City service and others do not. Houghton replied that the service provided is based on the developer’s choice, and passed on to the owner/occupant. It was noted that City services is limited.
  5. Comment: Arellano stated that condominium owners are paying for single family homes trash pick-up.
  6. City Future Plans: It was noted to go before the City Council to replace the truck or that the City provide private haulers at no cost to the condominium owners. Houghton replied that at this time there is no decision to address the best solution for the City.
  7. Condominium Regime: Hamilton Pieper asked if free trash service is removed from the condominium regime, is there any formula reduce the condominium owner’s property taxes.
  8. Tradition: Several Olaloa residents noted that the City has traditionally provided the service. Houghton answered that this is an Administrative decision. The elimination of the service is offensive and discriminatory. In response, private hauler service fees are less compared with the front-loader truck fees.
  9. Categories: It was stated that homeowner have been divided into two (2) categories.
  10. Taxes: Phil Tsunada suggested diverting taxes to private haulers. Houghton relayed that there are no changes at this time. E)
  11. H-Power: A Hokualii Hale resident pointed out that the City owes H-Power $2 million, noting not enough trash to meet the H-Power capacity. The response was that it does not change the amount of trash that goes to H-Power. The resident added that everyone pay property taxes. A one (1) percent increase to the General Excise Tax (GET) was suggested to enhance the trash service. Houghton noted that GET increases would need approval from the state and legislature.
  12. Comment: Waikalani Woodlands resident Carol Amrhein agreed with the testimonies given.
  13. Petition: Resident Teresa Lau relayed that the average age of the Olaloa residents is 80-84. A petition with 293 signatures in opposition to the elimination of front-loader trash pick-up was provided to Houghton to deliver to the Mayor. Lau noted that no responses were received from calls made to the City Council, but deferred to the Mayor and ENV supervisors. Lau stated it is the job of the City to collect trash and the City’s problem. Houghton apologized for not receiving responses. Contact Tim Houghton at 768-3485 with any questions.
  14. Ordinance: Resident Lau commented that it is a violation of the ordinance giving authority to the ENV Director Kahikina to make decisions.
  15. Project: Gustafson noted that the project is moving too fast and asked if other options were submitted to the City Council or private/City litigation, Houghton reiterated that at this point it is an Administrative decision,
  16. Statement: Arellano stated privatization for all or not at all.

 

REPORTS OF PUBLIC OFFICIALS:

 

Governor Neil Abercrombie’s Representative: Leo Asuncion reported the following:

 

  • Transition: Although in transition, offices continue to operate with each department/agency working on their budget for the next legislative session package. The new Administration will take office on Monday, December 1, 2014.
  • Encampment: With the assistance of Mayor’s representative Tracy Kubota, a sweep was done at the homeless encampment located in the vicinity of 95-024 Waihau Street in Mililani. Within a week the campers were removed.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

  1. Leilehua Golf Course Road: Freed expressed satisfaction with the newly paved roads. However, the Leilehua Golf Course Road overpass is full of potholes. Asuncion will follow-up.
  2. Air Conditioners Running at Night: Gustafson reported running of an air conditioner in a portable at Mililani Uka School near the Recreation Center II pedestrian walkway running at night.
  3. Guardrails: Rusted guardrails reported at the stairway to Mililani High School on Meheula Parkway.
  4. Iselle: Arellano question why the active National Guard was not called in by the Governor during Tropical Storm Iselle. Asuncion replied the decision had to do with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance. According State Civil Defense, call in the National Guard would jeopardize a certain amount of FEMA assistance funding. Arellano stated that the issue should have been about the people’s health, safety and welfare. The people were devastated by the lack of electricity. However, the problem was solved and restored faith in government.

 

Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s Representative – Tracy Kubota reported the following:

 

·         Voter Registration: The Neighborhood Commission Office would like to remind everyone that the deadline to register to vote in the November General Elections is Monday, October 6, 2014.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

  1. River of Life Mission: Arellano thanked the City for allocating $1 million to the River of Life Mission.
  2. Mahalo:  Arellano thanked the Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) for installing a new traffic sign within 24-hours at the intersection of Anania and Lanikuhana Avenue caused by a high speed chase.
  3. Repaving: Due to high traffic in the school area of Kipapa Drive and Lanikuhana Avenue, Chair Poirier requested repaving and restriping. Kubota will follow-up.
  4. District Park Lighting: Gustafson asked that the second light fixtures at the Lanikuhana Avenue end of the park be reposition.
  5. Mililani Waena Tennis Courts: Trees surrounding the tennis courts need to be trimmed to the height of the fence, so they grow laterally and act as an additional wind screen. Kubota will follow-up.
  6. District Park Tennis Courts: The graffiti on the concrete tennis hitting was (both sides) needs to be removed and the walls surfaces repainted with one (1) color. Kubota will follow-up.
  7. Comment: A Waikalani Woods resident commented that residents pay taxes, which should be used for private trash pick-up.
  8. Postponement: A Hokuala Hale resident suggested that the Mayor postpone the elimination decision until another source for pick-up is found.

 

Councilmember Ron Menor: Councilmember Menor stood on his report, and highlighted the following:

 

  • Elimination of Front-Loader Trash Pick-up Service: Councilmember Menor relayed that he is sensitive to the concerns from residents. The City’s Corporation Counsel advised that under the City Charter, the Director of the Department of Environmental Services (ENV) has the authority to initiate change, which cannot be overturned by the City Council.  Councilmember Menor will ask ENV to postpone the elimination decision for a year and ask if the 111 condominiums could be grandfathered in.
  • Board of Water Supply (BWS) Audit: On Tuesday, September 16, 2014 the Executive Maters & Legal Affairs Committee (EMLA) held an informational hearing on the Audit of Selected Management Operational Practices at the BWS. Two (2) findings of concern are BWS’ monthly charges are not substantiated and BWS’ meter reading and the Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) process are inefficient and ineffective.
  • Graffiti: A Request for Investigation & Service Report (RISR) was sent to the Administration for a concerned Neighborhood Board No. 25 member regarding graffiti on a wall bordering Hokuahiahi Neighborhood Park, Although the wall is privately owned, the backside faces public property. HPD was thanked for taking the initiative and painting over the graffiti. HPD will continue to monitor the area. Concerns were raised about graffiti on a Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) utility box along Kuahelani Avenue near Meheula Patio Homes. HECO was informed and the box painted over. However, graffiti taggers returned marked the utility box.
  • Request for “No Parking” Zone: A RISR was sent on behalf of a constituent requesting a “No Parking” zone be designated on Anania Drive between Noholoa Loop and Lanikuhana Avenue mauka bound. The Department of Transportation Services (DTS) investigated the area and a work order was issued to install a parking restriction during school days only from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  • Mayor’s Affordable Housing Press Conference: Councilmember Menor attended the press conference regarding the City’s proposed affordable housing policy that would apply to future residential developments.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

  1. Mahalo: Freed thanked Councilmember Menor for addressing affordable housing and to take back the social safety net. It was noted that the mentally ill and chronically homes should be put into homes. In answer, the issue is an uphill battle. Board members and the community were thanked for their support and testimonies.
  2. Kipapa Drive Safety Concern: Kawakami report cars speeding around a curve on Kipapa Drive parallel to Kuahelani Avenue creating hazardous/safety issues for children crossing in the crosswalk. Councilmember Menor will follow-up. Lee added that the sidewalk is yet to be moved next to the path.
  3. New Sidewalks on Kipapa Drive: Lee reported that the tree roots are still high and the trees have fruit that fall onto the sidewalks are slippery and hazardous. Lee mentioned that a resident slipped on a fruit and received a back injury. In response, those types of trees exist in many parts of the island. The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) must rethink the policy and take into consideration what type of tree to plant.
  4. Unilateral Agreements: Per the approval of Koa Ridge, Dau asked if the copies of the unilateral agreements were available. Copies will be provided to Dau.
  5. Pedestrian Safety: A resident reported the need for a crosswalk at the entrance to Mililani Middle School. The concern will be forwarded to Council Chair Ernie Martin.
  6. Seminar: Svrcina pointed out that the cost to attend the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Building Industry Association’s (BIA) seminar was $35.00, and not affordable for all interested person to attend.
  7. Mental Health Kokua: Arellano thanked Councilmember Menor for allocating funding for Mental Health Kokua.

 

Senator Michelle Kidani – Trevor Nagamine circulated a written report and highlighted the following:

 

  • Hawaii Children & Youth Day: The event will be held on Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the grounds of the State Capitol and the surrounding Capitol District.
  • Road Improvements: Paul’s Electric has been awarded $826,000 to make improvements at the intersection of Lumiaina Street and Kamehameha Highway An additional mauka-bound lane will be added to improve traffic flow. Work should start in January 2015 and completed in July 2015.
  • Voter Registration Deadline: The last day to register to vote in the general elections is Monday, October 6, 2014.

 

Representative Beth Fukumoto: Representative Beth Fukumoto distributed her written report and highlighted the following:

 

  • Little Fire Ant (LFA) Eradication Update: Treatment to eradicate fire ants in Mililani started in July 2014 and should be completed within a year. The area will continue to be monitored for three (3) years. If anyone is aware of LFA on their property, call the PEST HOTLINE at 634-PEST (7378) as soon as possible.
  • Public Utilities Commission (PUC): The PUC is accepting comments regarding Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) solar project.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed: Solar versus Photovoltaic (PV): Arellano stated that PV owners pay more for electricity than solar owners. Arellano questioned how the PUC can allow a clause in the agreement with HECO noting that solar be sold back to HECO.

 

Representative Ryan Yamane: Representative Ryan Yamane circulated his written report, and highlighted the following:

 

  • Black Hawk Aircraft: This morning Representative Yamane had the opportunity to fly in a Black Hawk aircraft with the Hawaii National Guard to view the Hawaii Island lava flow and the Pohakuloa Training Camp.
  • Kipapa Gulch (Roosevelt Bridge) and Kamehameha Highway: The area from Kipapa Gulch and Kamehameha Highway from Lanikuhana Avenue to Ka Uka Boulevard will be closed on weeknights Sunday through Thursday, starting Monday, October 6, 2014. Hours will be from 8:30 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. will take about a month.
  • Army Force Realignment Study: Representative Yamane met Schofield Commanding General Major General Charles Flynn of the 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning) to discuss the study. At the request of the General, Representative Yamane wrote a letter to the US Army Environmental Command the need to keep Schofield Barracks and Ft. Shafter intact. This fall “listening session” will be conducted by the Army to receive public and community input before a final decision is made. Meeting dates are forthcoming.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed: Pahoa Residents: Arellano commented about the safety for residents of Pahoa and the repaving of Old Government Road.

 

Representative Lauren Matsumoto: Representative Lauren Matsumoto distributed her written report and highlighted the following:

 

  • Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) Proposals: HECO’s latest proposal to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) include new fees on HECO customers including a $55 monthly charge and $16 monthly interconnection fee for Photo Voltaic (PV) customers. The discontinuing of the current Net Energy Metering (NEM) program will significantly decrease the amount paid to PV customers who provide power for the grid. The PUC is soliciting public comments through Monday, October 6, 2015.
  • Homecoming: Mililani High School Homecoming Parade will be held on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. The homecoming game against Farrington High School will be played on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Mililani High School football field.

 

COMMITTEE AND OTHER REPORTS:

 

Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer Remington reported expenditures of $25.76, leaving a balance of $458.09. The report was filed.

 

Solid Waste/Hickam POL: Committee Chair Dau reported that the SE03 site on Kamehameha Highway may have leaked a million gallons of fuel from 1978 to1981. However, the problem was fixed.

 

Health & Safety/Public Health:

 

Chair: Chair Poirier reported the following:

 

  • Candidate Forum: A candidate forum will be held at the October 22 2014 regular Board meeting, coordinated by Board member D. Bass. Neighborhood Board No. 35 and the Mililani Town Association (MTA) will be asked to participate as co-sponsors.
  • Schofield Budget Reduction: This issue will be discussed at the November 2014 regular Board meeting.

 

There were no other Committee and Other reports,

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Motion Regarding Proposed Telecommunications Facility at the Mililani Town Nursery: Gustafson moved, Remington seconded that the Mililani/Waipio/Melemanu Neighborhood Board No. 25 supports the proposed Verizon Wireless Telecommunications facility at the Mililani Town Association nursery, provided that Verizon designs the antenna so that it best conforms to the surrounding environment and that Verizon investigate the possibility that the antenna be less than 80 feet in height. The motion was ADOPTED, 19-1-0 (Aye: Arellano, D. Bass, B. Bass, Dau, Freed, Gallardo-Mata, Gustafson, Kawakami, Lee, Loomis, Marshall, Nagamine, Norris, Park, Poirier, Remington, Siegel, Thomas and Wong; Nay: Svrcina).

 

Motion Regarding Elimination of City and County Front-End Loader Refuse Service Trash Pick-Ups in Selected Mililani Multi-Family Complexes: Arellano moved, Freed seconded requesting the City Administration postpone their decision to front-end refuse service trash pick-up in condominiums and non-profits on the island of O`ahu. The motion was adopted 17-2-1 (Aye: Arellano, D. Bass, Dau, Freed, Gallardo-Mata, Gustafson, Kawakami, Lee, Loomis, Marshall, Nagamine, Norris, Park, Siegel, Svrcina, Thomas and Wong; Nay: B. Bass, Poirier; Abstain: Remington).

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

  • Next Meeting: The next Mililani/Waipio/Melemanu Neighborhood Board No. 25 regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, Mililani Recreation Center III at 7:30 p.m.
  • Broadcasts: Board meetings are broadcast on `Olelo Channel 49 every second Thursday and the first and third Saturday at 9:00 a.m.

 

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 9:40 p.m.

 

Submitted by: Nola J. Frank, Neighborhood Assistant

Reviewed by: Neil Baarde, Neighborhood Assistant

Final Review by: Chair Dick Poirier

 

 

Last Reviewed: Wednesday, October 15, 2014