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Mililani / Waipio/ Melemanu Neighborhood Board No. 25

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DRAFT- REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014

MILILANI RECREATION CENTER III

 

CALL TO ORDER: Chair Dick Poirier called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m., with a quorum of 17 members present; and led those present in the pledge of allegiance. Note: This 23 member Board requires 12 members to establish quorum and to take official Board action.

 

Board Members Present: Pauline Arellano, William “Bill” Bass, Michael Dau, Ann Freed, Corinne Gallardo-Mata, B. Pua Iuli, Shaun Kawakami, Marilyn B. Lee, Karen Loomis, Joy Marshall, Trevor Nagamine, John B. Norris (Appointed tonight), Dick Poirier, Charlie Remington, Carole Siegel, Emil Svrcina, Douglas Thomas, and Alvin Wong.

 

Board Members Absent: Danielle Bass, Sabrina Gustafson, Josie Kaanehe, Rodney Park and Mary Segura.

 

Guests: Charlie Toguchi, Duke Chung (Board of Water Supply), Nicola Doss (SunEdison), Ki Chang (Kamehameha Schools), Sergeant Bert Fujinaga and Sergeant Scott Burns (Honolulu Police Department, District 2-Wahiawa); Kristi-Ann Lee and Zachary Lee (U. H. Manoa); Kanani Castro (Office of Representative Beth Fukumoto); Nainoa Pihana (U .H. Manoa), Simeon Pihana, Michael Formby (Director, City Department of Transportation Services), Captain Paul Fukuda (Honolulu Fire Department), Michael Magaoay, Matthew Barros (Empire Roads-Towing Contractor), Tracy Kubota (Deputy Director, City  Department of Enterprise Services), David Jones (Video Recorder), and Nola J. Frank (Neighborhood Commission Office staff).

 

Vacancies: At-Large (one (1) seat).

 

IN OBSERVANCE OF PRINCE KUHIO DAYKaren Loomis gave a brief history of the life and accomplishments of Prince Kuhio.

 

FILLING OF VACANCIES: Chair Poirier asked if there was anyone present interested in filling the at-large vacancy. John B. Norris offered to fill the at-large vacancy. Neighborhood Assistant Frank verified Norris residency. Norris gave a short speech about himself and interests in the community. Remington moved and Thomas seconded nominating John B. Norris to fill the at-large vacancy. Without objections, John B. Norris was APPOINTED to fill the at-large vacancy by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 17-0-0 (Aye: Arellano, B. Bass, Dau, Freed, Gallardo-Mata, Iuli, Kawakami, Lee, Loomis, Marshall, Nagamine, Poirier, Remington, Siegel, Svrcina, Thomas, Wong).

 

Neighborhood Assistant N. Frank administered the oath of office; 18 members present.

 

APPROVAL OF REGULAR MEETING MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 26, 2014: Without objections, the regular meeting minutes of February 26, 2014 were ADOPTED 18-0-0 as circulated, Aye: Arellano, B. Bass, Dau, Freed, Gallardo-Mata, Iuli, Kawakami, Lee, Loomis, Marshall, Nagamine, Norris, Poirier, Remington, Siegel, Svrcina, Thomas, and Wong).

 

COMMUNITY FORUM:

 

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

 

  • February 2014 Fire Statistics: The statistics were reported.
  • Fire Safety Tip – In 2011, approximately 136,000 children nationwide were treated in emergency rooms for burns. Create a “kid-free zone” in the kitchen around stoves, ovens and hot items. Place pots and pans on the back burner. Preschoolers and kindergarteners are more likely to play with matches and lighters, start a fire, and are fatally injured. Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials out of children’s reach or in a locked cabinet.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed – Poamoho Forest Reserve Fire – Fukuda will follow up to Arellano’s inquiry if the fire has been contained.

 

Honolulu Police Department (HPD):  Sergeant Scott Burns reported the following:

 

  • February 2014 Statistics for the District 2: There were 32 motor vehicle thefts, 30 burglaries, 80 thefts, and 60 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMV); totaling 3.526 calls for service.
  • Keiki Safety Tip – Whether children are walking to school, the park or a friend’s house make sure they get there safely. Talk to the kids about how to be safe while walking. It is always best to walk on sidewalks or paths and cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Teach children at an early age to put their devices down and look left, right and left again when crossing the street. Children under 10 should cross the street with an adult. Although each child is different and it can be hard for kids to judge speed of cars until the age of 10. Remind kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street and to watch out for cars that are turning or backing up. Drivers, be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and school zones and be on the lookout for bikers, walkers or runners who may be distracted or may step into the street unexpectedly.

 

Military: Captain Richard Barker noted to please keep the deployed soldiers and their families in your thoughts and prayers, and highlighted the following:

 

  • 8th Theater Sustainment Command: The 8th Theater Sustainment Command currently has two (2) units/detachments deployed and approximately 170 personnel deployed in support of overseas contingency operations and off-island missions.
  • 130th Engineer Brigade – Approximately 140 soldiers from the 130th Engineer Brigade Headquarters and 240 soldiers from the 65th Engineer Battalion are deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month, April – April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month which is committed to raising awareness and promoting the prevention of sexual violence through the use of special events and public education.

On-Post Events: Events include Community Speaks UP; Walk/Run; Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Information Fair and A Take Back the Night Walk/Vigil.

National Take Back Initiative – The Army is supporting the National Prescription Take-Back Initiative on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., to turn in unused or expired prescriptions for proper disposal. Schofield Barracks is one (1) of several collection points.

  • Temporary Closure of Army Museum of Hawaii, Fort DeRussy – The Army Museum of Hawaii, located at Fort DeRussy will be temporarily closed to the Public April 1, 2014 to June 9, 2014 for renovations. During the renovations the museum store will remain open, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Training Alerts – For a list of training alerts to include locations, dates and times visit http://www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/pao/trainingalerts.htm.

 

Board of Water Supply (BWS): Duke Chung reported the following

 

  • Water Main Breaks: No main breaks or construction in Mililani for the month of March.
  • Telephone Scam Warning – The BWS would like to alert the public of a telephone scam where customers are being called in an attempt to fraudulently collect money. The most current incident involved an evening call to a customer in which the individual claimed that a balance must be paid immediately or else service would be discontinued. The customer demanded to speak with a supervisor, but the caller continued to demand a credit card payment. Unfortunately, the customer complied with the demand. Anyone receiving a similar phone call is encouraged to call the BWS at 748-5030 to confirm the account balance first before making a payment. The BWS does not call customers outside its business hours of Monday – Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., to request for payment; The BWS does not call customers, demand payment, and collect all in the same phone call. If a customer is contacted for overdue payment, he/she will be asked to call 748-5030 to make a credit card payment.

The BWS reminds the public, that if you are approached by someone claiming to be from the BWS, all personnel involved in official BWS  activities will be properly credentialed, wearing official BWS attire with the BWS logo, driving BWS labeled vehicles, and carrying an official City and County of Honolulu badge, with the agency identified as the BWS.

Residents are encouraged to call the Honolulu Police Department at 9-1-1 if they observe any suspicious activity. The community may also call the BWS at 748-5041 to file an additional report.

  • National Fix-a-Leak Week – National Fix-a-Leak was held March 17 – 23, 2014. For more information about leak detection call 748-5041 or visit www.boardofwatersupply.com.

 

Honolulu Rail ProjectScott Ishikawa was unable to attend tonight, but provided a report to Chair Poirier, which was distributed to the Board members.

 

Other Community Concerns – There were no other community concerns.

 

PUBLIC FORUM:

 

Mayor’s Proposal Regarding Bus Advertising (Bill 69 – A Bill for an Ordinance Relating to Public Transit) – Director, Michael Formby, of the City Department of Transportation Services (DTS), presented the following:

 

  • Bill 69 – Bill 69, relates to public transit (exterior advertising on TheBus) was introduced in December 2013. There was opposition to the bill. It was voted on by the full Council 8-1-1 on January 17, 2014. The bill was never about advertising for the sake of advertising. Mayor Caldwell opposes billboards and they would not be allowed in the City and County of Honolulu. Bill 69 is a balance to find revenue sources that comes from somewhere other than the transit riders and taxpayers pockets. A sustainable revenue source will empower the City to make further improvements to TheBus system. Although ridership remained the same, in 2003, yearly bus operating costs were $135 million and $220 million in 2013. Operating costs rise yearly. State law allows advertisements on the side of vehicles to transport food or people, which also allows third party advertising. Per Mayor Caldwell the advertising would be limited. Formby asked support for a full hearing with respect to those in opposition.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

 

  1. Interior Bus Advertisement – Arellano asked and Formby replied that earnings from interior bus advertisements are about $175,000 yearly. However, the difference in income with outside advertising would be about $5 to $6 million net.
  2. Guidelines – Arellano asked and it was noted that there are no guarantees which types of advertisements would be posted, but advertisements should be respectful with compliance to the guidelines.
  3. Board Sizes – Sizes of the advertisement boards would be either king (30 feet high by 144 feet wide) or queen (30 feet high and 88 feet wide).
  4. Discussion with the Community – Freed asked and Formby noted that some decisions will be community based. A board set up with community member is a possibility. Freed supports Bill 69.
  5. Political Signs – Svrcina asked if political signs would be allowed. Formby noted that current rules do not permit political advertisements. It was noted that the same rules would be kept.
  6. Comment – Gallardo-Mata noted that word is that buses would be decreased. Formby replied that the current plans are to decrease the number of buses and re-plan the routes and to combine buses and rail when the rail is completed.
  7. Thank You – Formby relayed that Council Member Menor is a big advocate of public transit and thanked Menor for inviting him to the Board meeting.
  8. Concern – Chair Poirier raised concern about the Central Oahu Study and the Oahu Metropolitan Organization (OMPO). Poirier pointed out that the matter is stacked somewhere, was voted on and placed on new agenda for reconsideration. Formby noted that the issue is between the State Department of Transportation (DOT) and OMPO. It was mentioned that at the last OMPO meeting Glenn Okimoto voted in favor of the study and voted that the study be put back in the plan.
  9. Comment – Iuli raised concern about buses leaving the U. H. West Oahu area early and stranding students from getting home. Formby will follow up.

 

Proposed Solar Park Project at Waiawa – Nicola Doss presented the following:

 

  • Location and Size – The project will be located in the Waiawa area, east of the H-2 North at the intersection of the H-1 and H-2. A 50 mega watt solar will be installed on 250 acres with a 20 – 25 years Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) under negotiations with Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO). Landowner Kamehameha Schools has agreed to a lease agreement via easement.
  • Equipment – Include modules, inverters, substation, battery, 46kV gen-tie line to HECO sub-transmission system.
  • Land Use – Urban; no use of agriculture land.
  • City and County Zoning – Mixed Use (apartment, business, industrial, agricultural).
  • State Permits – Kamehameha Schools is seeking a motion to amend for ‘interim use of solar’ with the Land Use Commission (LUC).
  • City and County Permits – Conditional Use Permit Minor (CUP) and Subdivision (Easement for Conveyance, JDA), grading and building permits.
  • Impact – Low visual impact; no use of agricultural lands; zoned State Urban; Eight (8) foot profile of modules; no glare or reflectivity; no noise; no traffic impacts; no environmental impacts; minimal grading works required
  • Project Benefits – Electricity rate reduction for ratepayers, federal funding, economic impact, state goals, environmental benefits and community benefits package.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

 

  1. Heat Rays – Dau asked how much heat rays would be generated. Doss replied that it would not be hotter than touching a window pane.
  2. Security – Arellano asked and it was noted that the area would be fenced in with site security.
  3. Costs – Remington asked the average savings to consumers. Doss noted the company cost is confidential. However the cost would have a fixed price for 25 years.
  4. HECO Solar Plans – Svrcina asked and Doss noted that the plans are directly in competition with SunEdison.
  5. Use of Batteries – Chair Poirier asked if organic batteries would be used. Doss noted that plans are to use the storage and mitigating ramps with the batteries providing as a buffer to the ramp.
  6. Comment – Iuli noted that it seems that HECO will become a big monopoly. HECO slows people down who want to install solar on their homes.
  7. Comment – Freed stated to make sure that the right people are on the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and the right person in charge.

 

REPORTS OF PUBLIC OFFICIALS:

 

Governor Neil Abercrombie’s Representative – Chair Poirier noted that the last time a Governor’s representative attended a Board meeting was October 2013.

 

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

 

  • Standing Water Post Paving – Per the Department of Design and Construction (DDC), during street rehabilitation, the grades were taken back to original to restore storm drainage capacity at inlets. Over the years and over time, roadway sections may have been built up due to repaving over existing sections. Over time, the neighboring properties began building driveway sections to overlay elevations rather than to the original grade, which caused grade separations causing ponding in discrete areas impeding drainage from flowing in its originally designated paths. DDC staff is investigating each section with the contractor to check on compliance with the contract, and to see if there is anything the City can do to address the situation. Where possible, the City and contractor will address the ponding issues. However, there may be some areas, especially those on private property, where the city can not do anything.
  • Meheula Parkway Rehabilitation – The contractor started the Meheula Parkway repaving project at the lower makai end. The contractor will dictate the streets order by the means and methods and chooses the best course to repave the roads.
  • Mayor’s Position on Bill 47 – Mayor Caldwell supports the amendments to the Ko`olauloa Sustainable Communities Plan. The proposed plan represents a balance that supports the natural increase of population and maintains the region’s rural character while providing for limited affordable housing development to address pent up demand in Laie and Kahuku and sustainable economic development for the region’s primary employer, Brigham Young University. Analysis of infrastructure needs is provided in the Plan’s Technical Report and is available online at www.honoluludpp.org – DPP.
  • Bus Routes 501 and 504 – Oahu Transit Services, Inc. (OTS), contractor for the bus service reports that no pass-ups have occurred in/on Routes 201 and 504.
  • Mililani Park and Ride Parking Lot – Painting of the parking stall striping is anticipated to start in August 2014.
  • Road Uplifting by Tree Roots East Side of Lanikuhana Avenue – Per the Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) the problem will be addressed by a future road resurfacing project. However, on the interim DFM’s Division of Road Maintenance will be performing firs aid repairs to address the tree root issues early April 2014.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

 

  1. Leilehua Golf Course Road – Freed reported huge potholes on a portion of the roadway to the ramp.
  2. Ko`olauloa Sustainable Plan – Freed stated that the project would be benefiting a particular religious group. Affordable housing is not affordable for Hawaii people.

 

Councilmember Ron Menor – Councilmember Menor circulated his written report, wished everyone a Happy Prince Kuhio Day, and highlighted the following:

 

  1. Thank You – DTS Director Formby was thanked for accepting Menor’s invitation and his presentation this evening. Menor will communicate the Board’s support of the Mayor’s proposal (Bill 69) to his fellow council members. If the bill passes, the Mililani district will benefit and the return of Route E.
  2. Town Hall Meeting – Board members were thanked for attending the meeting regarding Meheula Parkway. A priority for Menor is from Kamehameha Highway to the H-2 interchange. A commitment to Menor is that the project would start at the end of Lanikuhana Avenue, Anania Street, and the H-2.
  3. Limited Military Motor Vehicle Registration – Menor met with members of the Council’s Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs & Human Services approved Resolution 14-61 which establishes an agreement between the U.S. government and the City to provide a pilot program for limited motor vehicle registration services to all military personnel on Oahu from an office to be located at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam.
  4. Honoree – Soccer coach Jeff Yamamoto will be honored at the Council meeting on Wednesday, April 16, 2014
  5. Central Oahu Transportation Study – Director Formby has raised this issue at the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OahuMPO) meetings. Formby is optimistic that the state Department of Transportation (DOT) will come through with their portion of f$50,000 to make the study a reality.

 

Senator Michelle Kidani – Trevor Nagamine reported the following:

 

  • Ways and Means (WAM) Committee – WAM meetings are continuing until next Friday.
  • Town Hall Meeting – The meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at Kanoelani Elementary School.
  • Bill 2246 – Relating to Education, requires the Board of Education (BOE) to name the new public high school in Kihei, Maui the “Patsy Takemoto Mink High School.”

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

  1. Senate Bill 2324 – Relates electric vehicle user fees, was introduced on behalf of a constituent and pending a hearing before the House.
  2. Department of Hawaiian Homelands (DHHL) – Arellano asked how non Hawaiians are qualifying for homestead homes; and stated that they should be removed.

 

Representative Ryan Yamane – A representative was not present. A report was not provided.

 

Representative Beth Fukumoto – Representative Fukumoto circulated her written report and highlighted the following:

  • Thank You – Councilmember Menor was thanked for having the Town Hall meeting.
  • Bills – House bills that crossed over to the Senate were included on page two (2) of the written report.
  • Electric Public Utilities Bill – The bill has gone through a second meeting and will be heard in the Finance Committee (FIN) tomorrow. The bill is now timed to request a hearing.
  • Minimum Wage Increase – The office has received calls in opposition of this bill. The bill has complications relating to how much increase, time period, and the tip credit.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

 

  1. Support – Freed supported the governor’s bill. Freed stated that the tip credit is immoral and extortion from workers, telling workers that they have to pay for working. It was added that raising the minimum wager raises the economy and helps the single moms. Iuli agreed with Freed. Iuli raised concern regarding sales tax and purchases. In response, the issue is being pushed by small businesses. Fukumoto is in opposition.
  2. Epinephrine Pens – Lee asked if kids are allowed to carry an epinephrine pen, and Fukumoto replied use of the epinephrine pens is now a pilot program.

 

Representative Lauren Matsumoto – Representative Matsumoto circulated her written report and highlighted the following:

 

  • Mililani Community Meeting – The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Tuesday, April 2, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Mililani High School Cafeteria.
  • National Take Back Initiative – An informational flyer with dates, times and location was available on the back table of the meeting room.
  • Wahiawa General Hospital – Governor Abercrombie has released $250,000 for Wahiawa General Hospital.
  • North Shore Preschool – Kamehameha Schools is closing the North Shore preschool. Iuli added that the reason for the closure is due to structural concerns. . The preschool is asking for options.

 

COMMITTEE AND OTHER REPORTS:

 

Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer Remington reported expenditures of $47.70 for printing and postage, leaving a balance of $454.32. The report was filed.

 

Health & Safety/Public Health – Chair Iuli announced the Leeward Relay for Life will be held on April 4 – 5, 2014 at Kapolei High School.

 

Chair – Chair Poirier reported per the Neighborhood Commission Office (NCO), April is “Keiki Month.” Board 25 will be participating at its April 2014 meeting by honoring community people, the Boy Scouts, and others.

 

There were no other committee and other reports.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Motion Regarding Bus Advertising (Bill 69 – A Bill for An Ordinance Relating to Public Transit)Lee moved and seconded by Remington that Neighborhood Board No. 25 strongly supports needed service improvements to The Bus, to include a much-needed direct connection from Central Oahu to Kapolei, and urges support for the Mayor’s proposed exterior fixed route bus advertising plan in Bill 69 (2013).

Discussion followed: Thomas amended the fourth WHEREAS, adding it after when. Lee and Remington agreed with the amendment. The motion was ADOPTED, 17-1-0 (Aye: Arellano, B. Bass, Dau, Freed, Gallardo-Mata, Iuli, Kawakami, Lee, Loomis, Marshall, Nagamine, Norris, Poirier, Remington, Carole, Thomas, and Wong; Nay: Svrcina; Abstention: 0); attached.

 

Resolution Regarding SunEdison’s Planned Solar Energy Facility in Waiwa Thomas moved and Freed seconded that Mililani-Waipio-Melemanu Neighborhood Board No. 25 supports SunEdison’s 50 MW Waiawa Solar Project, providing that the project does not preempt any existing agricultural operations, and providing that the solar energy equipment is decommissioned and removed within 12 months of the conclusion of operations and the site is returned to its original condition. The motion was ADOPTED 17-1-0 (Aye: (Aye: Arellano, B. Bass, Carole, Dau, Freed, Gallardo-Mata, Kawakami, Lee, Loomis, Marshall, Nagamine, Norris, Poirier, Remington, Svrcina, Thomas, and Wong; Nay: 0; Abstention: Iuli); attached.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

  • Next Meeting – The next Board meeting will be at Mililani Recreation Center III on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Broadcast – Broadcasts of Board meetings are scheduled to be shown on `Olelo Focus 49 every second Thursday at 9:00 a.m.; and on `Olelo Views 54 every first and third Saturday at 9:00 a.m.

 

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

 

 

 

Submitted by: Nola J. Frank, Neighborhood Assistant

Reviewed by: Catherine Proctor, Public Relations Assistant

Final Review by: Dick Poirier, Chair

 

Resolution Supporting Service Improvements to TheBus and Urging Support for the Mayor’s Proposed Exterior Fixed Routed Bus Advertising Plan

 

WHEREAS, access to affordable and reliable transportation widens opportunity and is essential to addressing poverty, unemployment, and other equal opportunity goals such as access to good schools and health care services; and

WHEREAS, the Department of Transportation Services (DTS) now seeks to improve service to the residents of the City & County of Honolulu, to include a much-needed direct connection from Central Oahu to Kapolei; and

WHEREAS, previously on June 3, 2012, DTS instituted service changes for The Bus that modified routes, reduced services, lengthened wait times, and/or eliminated routes entirely for thirteen different bus routes; and

WHEREAS, privately operated buses, carriers, trucks and trailers are permitted to advertise on the exterior of their vehicles; and

WHEREAS, state law does not prohibit exterior advertising on buses, giving the counties the power to regulate advertisement on public buses; and

WHEREAS, in response to this need for non-fare sustainable revenues to implement needed service improvements, the Mayor has proposed Bill 69 (2013), which would generate sustainable revenues to be used solely for supporting operations of The Bus and TheHandi-Van by authorizing DTS to sell advertising space on the exterior of City fixed-route, public transit buses and para transit vehicles; and

WHEREAS, Mililani/Waipio/Melemanu Neighborhood Board No. 25 finds that the Mayor’s exterior bus advertising proposal is narrowly tailored to limit the types and sizes of advertisements and represents a fiscally sound decision to improve TheBus and TheHandi-Van service to the people of the City & County of Honolulu; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that Neighborhood Board No. 25 strongly supports needed service improvements to TheBus, to include a much-needed direct connection from Central Oahu to Kapolei, and urges support for the Mayor’s proposed exterior fixed route bus advertising plan in Bill 69 (2013); and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be transmitted to the Mayor of the City & County of Honolulu, all members of the Honolulu City Council, the Director of the City & County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services, the City & County of Honolulu Department of Budget and Fiscal Services, all members of Neighborhood Board No. 35, and all neighborhood board chairs.

Adopted by Mililani-Waipio-Melemanu Neighborhood Board No. 25 at its regular meeting of March 26, 2014, by a vote of 17-1-0.

 

Resolution in Support of SunEdison’s Planned Solar Energy Facility in Waiawa

 

WHEREAS, increasing local renewable energy production greatly benefits Hawai`i’s local economy through direct and indirect investment and local job creations; and

WHEREAS, the Waiawa Solar project will be located on land reclassified or zoned Urban by the State Land Use Commission and the City & County of Honolulu; and

WHEREAS, the Waiawa Solar project will result in reduced energy rates for all of Oahu’s ratepayers, saving ratepayers approximately $145 Million over the 25 year term of the project; and

WHEREAS, the Waiawa Solar project is offering significantly lower power pricing than conventional generation and passing through over $50 Million in Federal tax incentives to Hawai`i ratepayers should the project be placed in service by December 31, 2016; and

WHEREAS, utility-scale solar energy facilities can generate clean energy with little environmental impacts compared to conventional generation supporting a greener and more sustainable future for Hawai`i; and

WHEREAS, SunEdison has been selected by HECO TO DEVELOP A 50-megawatt utility-scale solar energy generation facility known as the “Waiawa Solar Project”; now therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED the Mililani-Waipio-Melemanu Neighborhood Board No. 25 supports SunEdison’s 50 MW Waiawa Solar Project, providing that the project does not preempt any existing agricultural operations, and providing that the solar energy equipment is decommissioned and removed within 12 month of the conclusion of operation and the site is returned to its original condition; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be transmitted to the Governor of the State of Hawaii; and area Legislators; the Director of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism; the Mayor of the City & County of Honolulu; all Honolulu City Council members; the City & County of Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting; SunEdison; Kamehameha Schools; all members of the Mililani Mauka/Launani Valley Neighborhood No. 35; and all neighborhood board chairs.Adopted by Mililani-Waipio-Melemanu Neighborhood Board No. 25 at its regular meeting of March 26, 2014, by a vote of 17-0-1.

Last Reviewed: Wednesday, April 16, 2014