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Mililani / Waipio/ Melemanu Neighborhood Board No. 25

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DRAFT- REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2014

MILILANI RECREATION CENTER III

 

CALL TO ORDER: Chair Dick Poirier called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m., with a quorum of 19 members present. Note: This 23 member Board requires 12 members to establish quorum and to take official Board action.

 

Board Members Present: Pauline Arellano, Danielle Bass (arrived at 8:25 p.m.), William ‘Bill’ Bass,  Michael Dau, Corinne Gallardo-Mata, Sabrina Gustafson, B. Pua Iuli, Shaun Kawakami, Marilyn B. Lee, Karen Loomis, Joy Marshall, Trevor Nagamine, John Norris, Rodney Park (arrived at 7:35 p.m.), Dick Poirier, Charlie Remington (arrived at 8:30 p.m.), Mary Segura, Carole Siegel, Emil Svrcina, Douglas Thomas, and Alvin Wong.

 

Board Members Absent: Ann Freed.

 

Guests: Duke Chung (Board of Water Supply), Nathan Takasano, Representative Beth Fukumoto and Stephanie Burgess (Office of Representative Beth Fukunaga); Elynne Chang (Mililani Middle School), Captain Kalani Wilmington (Honolulu Fire Department), Matthew J. Manuma, Taylor and Allisen Maertens (Bubba Gump Shrimp Company); Taylor Ritenberg (Hawaii Bicycling League), Carson Turner, Mikayla Fisher, and Viola Mocz (Office of Representative Lauren Matsumoto); Kristen Chung, Senator Michelle Kidani, Tracy Kubota ((Mayor Representative/Deputy Director, Department of Enterprise Services), Representative Ryan Yamane, Captain Richard Barker (25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Garrison), Scott Ishikawa (Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation), and Nola J. Frank (Neighborhood Commission Office staff).

 

Vacancies: Subdistrict 2 (one (1) seat).

 

APPROVAL OF REGULAR MEETING MINUTES OF MAY 28, 2014 – By UNANIMOUS CONSENT, the regular meeting minutes of May 28, 2014 were ADOPTED as amended, 19-0-0 (Aye: Arellano, W. Bass, Dau Gallardo-Mata, Gustafson, Iuli, Kawakami, Lee, Loomis, Marshall, Nagamine, Norris, Poirier, Remington, Segura, Siegel, Svrcina, Thomas, and Wong).

 

  • Page 2, Military Hurricane Exercises should read, “…”Makani Pahili”…”

 

COMMUNITY FORUM:

 

Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) – Captain Kalani Wilmington reported the following:

 

  • May 2014 Fire Statistics – 4 fires, 68 emergencies and 17 miscellaneous calls for service.
  • Fire Safety Tip, Family’s Escape Plan – Have a working smoking alarm in every bedroom and hallway. Make an escape plan showing all doors and windows in the home. Know at least two (2) ways out of every room. Ensure all doors and windows that lead out can be opened easily. Identify an outside place, which is a safe distance from the home where everyone should meet. Practice the home fire drill twice a year and teach the children how to escape on their own in case no one can help them. To escape through smoke, keep low and crawl your way out. Get out and stay out. Never go back inside for people or pets. Call 911 from outside the home.

 

7:35 p.m. Board member Rodney Park arrived; 20 members present.

 

Honolulu Police Department (HPD) – A representative was not present. A written report was provided.

 

Military – Captain Richard Barker reported the following:

 

  • 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 175 soldiers from the 65th Engineer Battalion are deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
  • AH-66E Apache Guardian Visiting Hawaii – Eight (8) apaches and approximately 40 soldiers from 1st Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, out of Fort Carson, Colorado are scheduled to conduct joint and unit training in multifunctional operations and participate in the U.S. Navy’s 2014 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. Following RIMPAC, the AH-64E apache unit will also participate in Tiger Balm 2014 exercises. The U.S. Army complies with all environmental laws with regard to natural resources. USARPAC initiated and completed a Record of Environmental Consideration which covers short-term on island/in-state AH-64E operations. The findings can be summed up as “no impact”.
  • Volunteering with the United Service Organization (USO) – To learn more about volunteering with the USO, call 422-1213 or visit www.uso.org/Hawaii.
  • Hawaii Army Weekly Subscriptions – The newspaper is available in print and online at www.hawaiianarmyweekly.com.
  • Noise and Dust Complaints – Call the U.S. Army Garrison at 656-3487 and leave a voicemail to include a name, contact information, location, date, time and details.

 

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

 

  • Water Main Breaks/Construction Projects – None reported for the month of May 2014.
  • Water Rates – BWS implemented a new water rate schedule in 2012 to support their mission to provide a safe and dependable water supply. The rate increase was spread over five-years to minimize the impact on customers. Customers are reminded that effective July 1, 2014 the monthly billing charge will increase from $7.70 to $8.44 a month. The means that the average residential customers will see a $.74 increase in the billing charge and the water rate will go from $3.68 to $4.03 for 1,000 gallons of water. The increase is necessary to provide BWS with the means to keep the system in good working order and to help minimize main breaks and unplanned emergency repairs.  For more water rates information visit www.boardofwatersupply.com.
  • Annual Water Report – Each year, BWS conducts thousands of tests on the water sources and distribution system to ensure that municipal water meets or exceeds all federal and state safe drinking water standards. A copy of the annual water quality report will be mailed to all customers by July 1, 2014. If there are any questions contact the BWS Water Quality Division at 748-5080.

 

Honolulu Rail Transit Project (HRTP)/Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART)Scott Ishikawa distributed a handout showing photos of the rail work in progress. The guideway construction started early on June 2014 with the crane an initial part of the guideway segment. For the second phase, titan steel cable will secure the columns. A small crane will be used for the column span from Farrington Highway to Kamehameha Highway. One (1) inside lane in each direction will be closed. Per the photos, a rectangular steel cape will cross the pier to Leeward Community College (LCC) to Sam’s Club. Weekly coordination meeting are held with HDOT.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed: P.M. Zipper Lane – Dau noted that the column for rails is situated in the center of the p.m. zipper lane. Ishikawa note that according to news report approval from the State Department of Transportation (HDOT) is needed.

 

Other Community Concerns: None.

 

Without objections, the agenda was taken out of order to V. PUBLIC FORUM, A. City & County of Honolulu Housing First Project.

 

PUBLIC FORUM:

 

City and county of Honolulu Housing First Project – Jun Yang, Executive Director of the City Office of Housing, highlighted the following:

 

  • Homelessness – According to the U.S. Department of Urban Development (HUD) 2013 National Point-In- Time Count (January 2013), 610,042 people experience homelessness on any given night, 222,197 people are in families, and 387,845 are individuals.
  • Oahu’s Homeless – Service providers and community volunteers perform the annual Homeless Point-In-Time count as required by the US Department of Urban Housing. In January 2014 on Oahu had 4,712 homeless individuals, 1.663 unsheltered homeless and 558 chronically homeless individuals. These include men, women, children and families.
  • Chronically Homeless – According to the Housing Urban Development (HUD) – (1) chronically homeless is an individual who is homeless and lives in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter; and has been homeless continuously for at least one (1) year or on at least four (4) separate occasions in the last three (3) years; and can be diagnosed with one (1) or more conditions. (2) An individual who has been residing in an institutional care facility, including jail, substance abuse or mental health treatment facility, hospital, or other similar facility, for fewer that 90 days and met all of the criteria before entering that facility; or (3) a family with an adult head of household (or If there is no adult in the family, a minor head of household) who meets all of the criteria paragraph one (1) including a family whose composition has fluctuated while the head of household has been homeless.
  • City Program – The City is a pass-through of Federal funds. Annually, approximately $9.5 million of federal dollars goes to programs that support homeless individuals and families. These funds support Oahu’s continuum of Care, known as Partners in Care.
  • Housing First – Housing First is nationally recognized best practice. Proven to be the most efficient approach to getting chronically homeless people off the streets. Tenants hold leases and pay rent. The lease does not require participation in supportive services.
  • How Does It Work – Housing and services are coordinated. Agreements exist between the property manager and supportive service providers. Service and property management strategies are coordinated to address issues that may threaten housing stability.
  • Coordination is the Key – Hale O Malama consists of City, State, Federal and Service agencies and providers, in conjunction with the Federal push, known as the 25 Cities Initiative. The goals are to align funding and programmatic goals efficiently and effectively bring homeless into housing.
  • Mayor’s Plan – The 2013 Mayor’s Homeless Action Plan focuses on three (3) major areas – Leeward Coast, Chinatown, and Waikiki. This month the City Council passed $3 million in general funds, $12.2 million in affordable housing first (AHF) for Housing First Development, and-$32 million in bond financing.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

  1. Three (3) Major Areas – Iuli asked and Yang noted that funding is limited. However, federal funding through the City will still service the entire island using other funding for non-chronic homeless or shelter systems.
  2. Hospital Stay – When a homeless person goes to an emergency room he/she must be discharged; no overnight stays. State Director for Homelessness, Colin Kippen had conversations with hospitals on how to access going to the emergency room. Yang will follow up.
  3. Breakdown on Local Versus Homeless from the Mainland – Remington asked and Yang replied that a 2013 homeless utilization report show that the majority of the homeless are local. However, there is no way of stopping anyone from coming to Hawaii. According to the statistics the numbers of non-local homeless are small. Remington asked for the number of employed homeless and if they are able to utilize the program. Yang noted that the focus is the most vulnerable, sickest and chronic homeless.
  4. Federal Funding ($100,000) – Gustafson asked and Yang answered that part of the funding is used for campaigning to elevate to motivate cities across the nation. Community solutions is to work with HUD, the Veterans Administration (VA), which is the model used by Housing First.
  5. Volunteers – The program is doing all through established networks relative to the program, outcomes, goals, and take down barriers. The process now is how to engage the community.
  6. Suggestion – Arellano suggested a guarantee lease by landlords and the possibility of a special tax rate for section 8 vendors. Yang noted that the landlords have 24/7 access to the case managers.
  7. Mahalo – Lee thanked Yang for an honest presentation.

 

The agenda order resumed to COMMUNITY FORUM, Recognition Awards.

 

Recognition Awards: Elynne Chang, Mililani Middle School and Viola Mocz, Mililani High School was presented lei and certificates of recognition from the Board and Senator Kidani.

 

PUBLIC FORUM:

 

Oahu Bike Plan – Taylor Ritenberg reported the Hawaii Bicycling League (HBL) is a 39 year old non-profit organization that is working to enable more people to ride bicycles for health, transportation, and recreation through advocacy education and events. The Oahu Bike Plan is the master plan created by the City to guide the development of Oahu’s bikeways. The Bike Plan seeks to add separated or improved bikeways to the major roads of Mililani. A bike route along Kamehameha Highway facilitating travel in and out of the area. Bike lanes would be added to the roads leading from the center of Mililani to the residential areas. Bike lanes would be added to Ainamakua Drive and Kuahelani Avenue. Bike lanes would be extended on Meheula Parkway. A bike route would be created on Lanikuhana Avenue.; and a separated bike path along Kipapa Gulch from Waipio into lower Mililani. The Bike plan designates these projects as mostly medium priority. HBL is currently working hard to get support for the Kipapa Gulch separated bike path. If you are interested in advocating for or learning about this project contact the Hawaii Bicycling League at (808) 735-5756 or email: bicycle@hbl.org.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

  1. Suggestion – Arellano suggested asking the City and State to extend the sidewalks to 10 feet like in Japan. Ritenberg noted HBL use City and State practices.
  2. Bike Racks – Gustafson asked and it was noted that the city constantly installs new racks.
  3. State Department of Transportation (HDOT) – Nagamine suggested asking the HDOT to incorporate projects listed in the flyer into their project for lane expansion to accommodate bicyclists. Remington added that HDOT has a plan for Kipapa.

 

REPORTS OF PUBLIC OFFICIALS:

 

Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s Representative – Tracy Kubota reported that there were no pending questions and responses.

 

  • Road Repairs – (1) Phase A of the rehabilitation of localized street construction ongoing. (2) Rehabilitation of Streets, Unit 68, Meheula Parkway and Anania Drive, ongoing construction. Anticipated construction finish date March 12, 2015. (3) Makohilani Street emergency repair project went out to bid. Anticipated construction start date May 15, 2015.
  • Kipapa Neighborhood Park – Replace switchgear for basketball and volley ball courts, construction ongoing; anticipated construction finish date November 15, 2014.
  • Waipio Soccer Park Complex Facility – Miscellaneous improvements’ project went out to be and anticipated construction start date April 4, 2015.
  • Honowai Neighborhood Park Field Improvements – Projects to bid using current year construction funds. Anticipated bid opening date September 1, 2014.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

  1. Comments – Iuli thanked the contractors working near Mililani High School for doing a good job.
  2. Waena Park Signs – Chair Poirier asked the status of the signs for the volleyball and basketball courts. It was reported that the tennis courts have graffiti.

 

Councilmember Ron Menor – Councilmember Menor circulated his written report and highlighted the following:

 

  • City Budget Bills – The Council adopted the City’s budget bills on Third Reading at the June 4, 2014 meeting. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2014-2015 budget includes $132 million for road rehabilitation next fiscal year, $31 million for parks island wide, and $5 million for the restoration of several bus routes. All bills were passed without raising property taxes.

o    Bill 41 (2014) – Passed First Reading which sets up a year-long pilot project for bulky item pick-up by appointment and fee charges.

  • Honoree – Mililani Middle School Principal Elynne Chang was honored by the City Council.
  • Community Concerns Update – The update was included in the written report.
  • Fireworks Bill – Bill 5, relating to fireworks (sparklers) was deferred.
  • Central Oahu Transportation Study – At the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OahuMPO) meeting last week Council member Menor and Representative Yamane pushed to have the study implemented. Brian Gibson will share the wording for the Request for Proposal (RFP).

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

  1. Roadside Vendors – Gustafson raised a safety concern about cars cutting across Ka Uka Boulevard/Kamehameha Highway to buy corn. Menor replied that roadway is possibly under the state and would refer the matter to HDOT.
  2. Opportunities and Resources Inc. (ORI) – Arellano thanked Menor for his assistance. Research regarding ORI having permission to pay workers below the minimum age found that state certificate to the holder for ORI is pending. Menor noted that it is a federal ruling.
  3. Mahalo – Segura thank Councilmember Menor for taking care of the trees issue at Hokuahiahi Park and the fireworks bill.

 

Senator Michelle Kidani – Senator Michelle Kidani circulated her written report and highlighted the following:

 

  • Comment – Per the governor’s report there is a $444 million shortfall and $339 million for staff encumbered by G-grants issued that were not included in the budget.
  • Wall along Kamehameha Highway – The wall located near Crestview has finally been painted over by the HDOT. The wall was tagged with graffiti for (4) times in six (6) weeks.
  • Kamehameha Highway Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Resurfacing Project– the HDOT continues its goal of resurfacing and improving major highway corridors in the State. Beginning on June 23, 2014, contractor Grace Pacific LLC will be working on the Kamehameha Highway resurfacing project from the vicinity of Ka Uka Boulevard to the vicinity of Waihau Street. The project is funded in partnership with participating Federal Aid monies from the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA), U. S. Department of Transportation. The project is funded 80 % federal and 20% state funds.
  • Shout Out Congratulations – 1) Rose Antonio, 2014 Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) softball coach of the year. 2) All Mililani graduates.

 

Representative Ryan Yamane – Representative Ryan Yamane circulated his written report and People First Newsletter, and highlighted the following:

 

  • Kamehameha Highway Resurfacing – As an advocate for this project, Yamane is pleased that the State Department of Transportation (HDOT) started the $13.3 million resurfacing project of Kamehameha Highway. Resurfacing will begin at Ka Uka Boulevard in Waipio Gentry, through Mililani and finish in Waihau Street in the Melemanu/Waipio Acres area.
  • Hurricane Season – June 1, 2014 began as Hawaii’s hurricane season. Visit http://www.prh.noaa.gov/cphc for more details.
  • Hawaii Infrastructure and Transportation Summit – Representative Yamane was honored to speak and participated as a panelist at the Chamber of Commerce’s summit.

 

Representative Beth Fukumoto – Representative Beth Fukumoto circulated her report and was available for questions.

 

Representative Lauren Matsumoto – Carson Turner circulated copies to this legislation wrap-up highlighted the Waialua Bike Path, Hawaii Junior Surf Champions, We the People, Healthy Living, and Teach a Girl to Lead.

 

COMMITTEE AND OTHER REPORTS:

 

Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer Remington reported expenditures of $26.96, leaving a balance of $347.66. The report was filed.

 

There were no Committee reports.

 

Chair – Chair Poirier reported the following:

 

  • Commission Surveys – Board members were reminded to turn in their surveys. Extra copies were available with the Neighborhood Assistant.
  • Mililani Public Library – Painting of the library is scheduled for Saturday, August 30, 2014. Interested volunteer should contact Wendy at 627-7470.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Motion that Our Telecommunications/Website Committee Post on our Website Resolutions Adopted by Neighborhood Board No. 25 and Board Certificates Recommended by Our Recognition/Service Awards Committee and Granted by Neighborhood Board No. 25Gustafson moved and Remington seconded that the Telecommunications/Website Committee post on our Website Resolutions Adopted by Neighborhood Board No. 25 and Board Certificates Recommended by our Recognition/Service Awards Committee and Granted by Neighborhood Board No. 25.

 

Discussion followed: 1) Gustafson noted speaking with Bryan Mick of the Neighborhood Commission Office (NCO) inquiring if the Board could post resolutions, recognitions, and certificates on the website. Mick replied that NCO does not have the staff or resources to maintain the website. It was mentioned that the NCO has face book. Gustafson noted that Facebook is a separate NCO website link. 2) Chair Poirier added that the response makes no sense and has no logic. 3) Nagamine asked if it is possible for the Board to purchase its own services. The NCO has its own Facebook, but according to the “Sunshine Law” it is a violation for Board members to individually have discussions.

 

Nagamine amended the motion adding the Neighborhood Commission Office (NCO) allows Neighborhood Board No. 25 to spend Board money to purchase hosting services for communications.  Gustafson and Remington accepted the amendment. As there were no objections, the main motion was amended by UNANIMOUS CONSENT 21-0-0 (Aye: Arellano, D. Bass, B. Bass, Dau, Gallardo-Mata, Gustafson, Iuli, Kawakami, Lee, Loomis, Marshall, Nagamine, Norris, Park, Poirier, Remington, Segura, Siegel, Svrcina, Thomas, and Wong).

 

The motion that the Telecommunications/Website Committee Post on our Website Resolutions Adopted by Neighborhood Board No. 25 and Board Certificates Recommended by our Recognition/Service Awards Committee and Granted by Neighborhood Board No. 25 and that the Neighborhood Commission Office (NCO) allows Neighborhood Board No. 25 to spend Board money to purchase hosting services for communications was UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED, 21-0-0 (Aye: Arellano, D. Bass, B. Bass, Dau, Gallardo-Mata, Gustafson, Iuli, Kawakami, Lee, Loomis, Marshall, Nagamine, Norris, Park, Poirier, Remington, Segura, Siegel, Svrcina, Thomas, and Wong).

 

As there were no objections, the agenda was taken out of order to V. REPORTS OF PUBLIC OFFICIALS, A. Governor Representative.

 

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

 

  • Legislative Bills – 245 bills passed and were sent to the Governor. To date the governor has signed 121 bills. 10 bills were vetoed on Monday.
  • Budget Bill – There are more projects than authorized in the bill. The budget must be balanced. The Department of Education (DOE) was removed and referred back to the legislature to be put back in the 2015 State Budget.
  • April 2014 Follow Up (Meheula Parkway Potholes – The potholes were repaired last week
  • Hawaii Health Connecter – A letter was sent to the State requesting an investigation.
  • Early Education – The governor is committed to his vision for early education which the legislature supports ($3 million for this year).
  • 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress – The Governor was elated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) decision to hold its 2016 World Conservation Congress in Hawaii. This will be the first time a U.S. location is hosting the event, since IUNC’s inception in 1948.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

  • Next Meeting – The next Mililani/Waipio/Melemanu Neighborhood Board No. 25 regular meeting will be at Mililani Recreation Center III, on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Broadcast – 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 9:24 p.m.

 

Submitted by: Nola J. Frank, Neighborhood Assistant

Reviewed by: k. Russell Ho, Neighborhood Assistant

Final Review by: Chair Dick Poirier

 

 

Last Reviewed: Thursday, September 18, 2014