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MAYOR HANNEMANN ANNOUNCES CITY FURLOUGH PLAN DETAILS

 

(Tuesday, June 15, 2010) – Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced a detailed furlough plan for City employees, emphasizing that there will be no compromises to public safety or vital functions such as bus service and refuse collection.

 

            “It’s been very clear for months that we’d have to begin furloughs in the new fiscal year, and we’ve worked very hard with our employees to minimize any impact on the public,” Hannemann said. “In the spirit of shared sacrifice, we’ve ironed out a plan that is reasonable and fair, and we’re asking for everyone’s cooperation.”

 

The mayor said, “Throughout this lengthy and complex process, our aim was to avoid any compromises to public safety or core City services.  And I’m proud and gratified that we succeeded, thanks to the support and collaboration of so many people.

 

“I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank the Legislature, which preserved the counties’ share of the transient accommodations tax revenues, acknowledging that the counties were important partners in supporting the visitor industry.  The City Council, particularly Chairman Todd Apo and Budget Chairman Nestor Garcia, provided effective oversight in evaluating the budget.  Randy Perreira and Dayton Nakanelua, heads of the HGEA and UPW, respectively, were willing to step up and help us reach a fair compromise.

 

            “Special kudos go to an outstanding City team—particularly Deputy Managing Director Trudi Saito, Human Resources Deputy Director Robin Chun-Carmichael, and Human Resources Branch Chief Lissa Lau, who worked tirelessly to cross the t’s and dot the i’s of the furlough plan.  I commend them all for their work in leading by example and devoting themselves to making this work for the benefit of the people of Oahu.”

 

            Hannemann and his cabinet and senior staff have taken voluntary pay cuts, beginning in July 2009.  These employees will work on furlough days.

 

            City offices will be closed two Fridays per month, beginning July 2, but many City services will continue on those days.


There will be NO CHANGES to:

 

  • Police, fire fighter, and lifeguard protection
  • Emergency Medical Services (ambulance)
  • Refuse collection and curbside recycling
  • H-Power and landfill operations
  • TheBus and TheHandi-Van
  • Traffic Management Center
  • Traffic contraflow coning
  • Hanauma Bay
  • Beach parks and comfort stations
  • Park open spaces, playgrounds, playcourts, and comfort stations
  • Summer Fun programs, except closed Friday, July 2
  • Golf courses
  • Honolulu Zoo
  • Royal Hawaiian Band regular performances
  • Online information and permitting

 

There will be the following CHANGES:

 

  • Honolulu Hale, Kapolei Hale, Fasi Municipal Building, and Board of Water Supply building closed to the public on furlough days (but Honolulu Hale, Kapolei Hale open for walk-in voting)
  • Satellite City Halls, including Motor Vehicle, Licensing and Permits, revert to Monday-Friday schedule, closed on furlough days
  • Gyms, recreation centers, and swimming pools closed on furlough days
  • Central Oahu Regional Park and Waipio Soccer Complex closed on furlough days, except for previously scheduled tournaments
  • Botanical gardens closed on furlough days
  • All permit offices, including parks and camping permits, closed on furlough days
  • Fireworks permits available until Thursday, July 1, but NOT on Friday, July 2
  • Refuse and recycling convenience centers closed on furlough days
  • Blaisdell Box Office may be closed two Mondays per month, depending on event schedules
  • City Clerk’s Office will close on some days other than Fridays, so no impact on elections.

 

Fiscal Year 2010-11 scheduled furlough days:

 

·       July 2 and 23

·       August 6 and 27

·       September 3 and 24

·       October 8 and 29

·       November 12 and 26

·       December 10 and 17

·       January 14 and 28

·       February 11 and 25

·       March 4 and 18

·       April 15 and 29

·       May 13 and 20

·       June 3 and 24

 

For more information, the public may call 768-2489.

 

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