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Aiea Neighborhood Board No. 20

 

DRAFT – REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2011

AIEA PUBLIC LIBRARY CONFERENCE ROOM

 

CALL TO ORDER: 1st Vice Chair Jane Sugimura called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. with a quorum of eight (8) members. This 15 member Board requires eight (8) members to establish a quorum and take official Board action.

 

Members Present: Tracy Arakaki (arrived at 7:55 p.m.), Dave Arakawa (arrived at 8:00 p.m.), Teddy L. Biesecker (appointed tonight).Lawrence Cohen, Ronald Fitch (departed at 9:20 p.m.), Michael Greco, Carmille Lim (departed at 9:37 p.m.), Ron Mobley, George Passmore (departed at 9:05 p.m.), Jane Sugimura, and Alyn Vasquez-Dela Cerna.

 

Members Absent: William “Bill” Clark and Kevin Respecki,

 

Vacancies: Sub district 1, two (2) seats (Halawa, Halawa Heights, Stadium, and Ford Island); Sub district 2 one (1) seat (Aiea and Aiea Heights).

 

Guests: Sharleen Oshiro (Office of Councilmember Cachola), Jackie Boland (HI Complete Streets), Tracy Burgo (Board of Water Supply), William Nhieu (Office of Senator Kim), Teddy L. Biesecker, FF1 Davin Lum (Honolulu Fire Department – Aiea), Sgt. Ken Miyazaki (Honolulu Police Department, District 3), Robert Harter, Pat Lee, Micah Kosasa, Tom Okamura, Representative K. Mark Takai, Ken Best (House of Representatives, District 33), Councilmember Breene Harimoto, Sam Kong, David Tanoue (Office of the Mayor/Director, Department of Planning and Permitting), Claire Tamamoto (Aiea Community Association), Nola J. Frank (Neighborhood Commission Office staff).

 

ROLL CALL OF BOARD MEMBERS – A roll call of Board members determined eight (8) members present.

 

FILLING OF THREE (3) VACANT BOARD SEATS

 

  • Sub district 1 – There were no persons present interested in filling the vacancies.
  • Sub district 2 – 1st Vice Chair Sugimura asked if there any persons interested in filling the vacant seat in sub district 2. Teddy L. Biesecker volunteered to fill the vacancy and gave a short speech about his interests in the community. The neighborhood assistant verified his address. By UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 8-0-0 (Aye: Cohen, Dela Cerna-Vasquez, Fitch, Greco, Lim, Mobley, Passmore, Sugimura) Teddy L. Bisecker was appointed the fill the vacant seat. The Neighborhood Assistant (NA) administered the oath of office; 9 members present.

 

MONTHLY REPORTS:

 

Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) – Firefighter 1 Davin Lum reported the following:

 

  • November 2011 Statistics – Included 2 structure, 3 rubbish, and 1 vehicle fire; 67 medical, 3 search/rescue, and 33 miscellaneous calls.
  • Fire Safety Tip – Dried Christmas trees, wreaths, and other natural decorations are extremely flammable. Remove them from the home as soon as possible, and consider recycling the tree at a participating green waste center in your area. Leave fireworks to the pyrotechnic professionals, and enjoy fireworks displays that will be offered in various communities on New Year’s Eve. As a reminder, the law states that minors shall not possess or have access to fireworks, matches, and/or lighters, except under adult supervision.

 

Honolulu Police Department (HPD) – Sgt. Ken Miyazaki reported the following:

 

  • Calls – District 3 received 1,731 for the area out of 6,648 entire district calls.
  • Safety Tip – Don’t leave valuables, or visible in cars. Burglaries increase during the holidays.

 

Mayor Peter Carlisle’s Representative – David Tanoue reported the following:

 

  • Honolulu City Lights – On Saturday, December 17, 2011, the original movie Wizard of Oz will be shown on the grounds of Honolulu Hale. The event is free and open to the pubic.
  • Asian Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) – The conference was eventful and the public was thanked for their patience.
  • Emergency Information – Sign-up for www.nixle.com to receive information regarding traffic alerts, water main breaks, etc. The free service can be received via email or text.

 

Questions, comments and concerns: Comment – (A) It was noted that during APEC drivers were not allowed to get on the H-1 Freeway, and when their destination was reached could not get on or off in the Aiea, Pearl City and Waipahu areas. (B) In answer, the major complaint was when the freeway was shut down in directions, as well as the overpasses and underpasses. It was commented that the problem should be studied before implementing.

 

Board of Water Supply (BWS) – Tracy Burgo reported the following:

 

  • October 2011 Water Main Breaks – There were three water main breaks reported for the month on October: October 1 on Kulina Street near Ulune Street; October 19 at 98-1460 Kulawai Street; and October 24 at 98-1070 Komo Mai Drive.
  • Safety and Security at BWS Properties and Facilities – BWS has been proactive in its efforts to protect the safety of our water supply from the increasing problem of theft and vandalism of public property. Having the community as a partner to help the BWS keep an eye on its various properties, especially the remote areas, is something that is very important. Everyone is reminded if they see anything suspicious activity occurring at BWS facilities to call HPD 911 first. Law enforcement officials can respond quickly and work with the BWS in an investigation. If, after contacting the police, the community would like to give BWS a follow-up call, dial the BWS security office at 748-5911.
  • November 2011 Water Main Breaks – There were two water main breaks in November: November 8 at 98-380 Koauka Loop and on November 30 at 98-413 Kaonohi Street.
  • Revised Water Rate Schedule Adopted – The Board of Water Supply (BWS) Board of Directors has approved a revised water rate schedule to fund the operation, maintenance, and replacement of Oahu’s aging water infrastructure. The new rate schedule will take effect on January 1, 2012 and spread over a five-year schedule at 9.65 percent increase each year. The increase will allow BWS to accelerate its capital improvement program, funding operations and system requirements needed to deliver a safe and dependable water supply to customers. Visit www.boardofwatersupply.com or call the BWS Communications Office at 748-5041.
  • Water Conservation Calendar and Contests – (A) The new 2012 BWS Water Conservation Calendar featuring the winning artwork and poetry submitted from the O’ahu’s keiki in last year’s contests. The calendar includes coupons and helpful information, as well as an entry form for the 2012 contest. Public can pick-up a calendar at the BWS office on S. Beretania Street. (B) The poster contest is open to students in grades kindergarten –  6 grade, and the poetry contest to students in grades 7 – 12.The theme will be “The Wonder of Water.” Deadline to enter these contests is Wednesday, March 7, 2012. For more information visit www.boardofwatersupply.com or call the BWS Communications Office at 748-5041. BWS 2012 calendars are available at the BWS Headquarters on S. Beretania Street and Kapolei Hale.

 

Questions, comments and concerns: Rate Increase – Sugimura pointed out that it was mentioned at the last meeting that townhouse associations have completed their budgets and foresees possible problems. Testimony was presented at the BWS Board of Directors hearing on the matter. In answer, the Board of Directors is a separate entity from the BWS. Mobley added that federal and state laws govern condominium association that cannot exceed 10 percent of the established budget. Next year’s budgets have already been approved and some associations are strapped and cannot pay the increase. Regarding condominium maintenance fees, Greco commented that renting is cheaper than buying and the increase directly impacts the real estate market.

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7:55 p.m. Board member Tracy Arakaki arrived; 10 members present.

 

Representative K. Mark Takai – Rep. Takai wished everyone a Happy Holiday Season and highlighted the following:

 

  • 2012 Legislation Session – The 2012 session begins on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. Business will be conducted as usual with no opening session festivities.
  • Mahalo – Councilmember Breene Harimoto was thanked for working hard on road projects. The Rep. has been working with the Newtown Estates Association to provide addition parking for the Newtown Recreation Center and the adjoining baseball field.
  • Town Meetings – Please contact his office regarding town meeting plans; and any legislation ideas.

 

Questions, comments and concerns:

 

  1. Mortgage Foreclosure Task Force – Sugimura informed the representative that she is a member of the Mortgage Foreclosure Task Force and explained some of the details relating to the task force.
  2. Smoking Law (2006) – It was asked and clarified that enforcement of this law is minimal. There are requirements for tobacco and liquor licenses. The State Department of Health (DOH) is working with the Liquor Commission; there is no cost to the government with significant saving on the health side of the issue. Board member Greco commented that an establishment was fined $100.00 for patrons smoking in the bar. Government should not dictate to private owners such as a bar. There is confusion on HPD’s part on how to handle the offender; the offender must return to Hawaii for a hearing date. There is tremendous statewide support for the ban. Follow up will be done regarding the citation process.

 

8:00 p.m. Board member Dave Arakawa arrived; 11 members present.

 

Senator Donna Kim – William Nhieu reported the following:

 

  • .Chairmanships – Sen. Kim chairs the Committee on Tourism, the Special Committee on Accountability, and is a member of the Committee on Ways and Means; and Vice President of the Senate.
  • Chief of Staff – Representative Blake Oshiro has been promoted as Chief of Staff to the governor.
  • Legislation – Contact the office with any legislation ideas.

 

Representative Aaron Johanson – Report provided.

 

District 33 Activities Update – Ken Best reported that currently Aiea has no representation. On December 7, 2011, Rep. Blake Oshiro was promoted to Chief of Staff. The new representative will be appointed by the Governor. It is hopeful the new representative will be appointed within the next two weeks. For information call 586-6430 (leave voice mail), or the office of the House Clerk at 586-6400. Blake Oshiro’s new phone number is 586-0004.

 

Questions, comments and concerns: Community Traffic Awareness Partnership (CTAP) – Blake Oshiro continues to participate in District 33 CTAP activities.

 

Councilmember Breene Harimoto – Councilmember Breene Harimoto reported the following:

 

  • Bill 54, Relating to Sidewalks – The City and State are working together to provide services to assist the homeless.
  • Road Construction – The reconstruction not rehabilitation for Moanalua Road from Pali Momi to Kaahumanu Street will start soon.
  • Parking – The City Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is working with the Newtown Community Association to help provide off-street parking for the overflow parking from the recreation center. A former project base yard will be provided at no cost to the City.
  • Real Property Tax Commission – The commission completed their report. There are 30-days for public input. Check the website for more information.
  • Reapportionment Commission – The modified existing plan for the reconfiguration of the City Council district boundaries was adopted by the Reapportionment Commission on November 10, 2011. Under the plan, District 8 will no longer include Fort Shafter, Moanalua Gardens, Moanalua Valley, Halawa, and a large portion of Aiea up to Kalauao Street; those areas will be incorporated into Council District 6.  Changes will take place January 2, 2012.
  • Mahalo – The Aiea Community Association and Claire Tamamoto was thanked for the great Aiea Christmas Parade which was held on Saturday, December 10, 2011.

 

 

 

 

Questions, comments and concerns:

 

  1. Tax Exemptions – It was asked about the discussion on the tax exemptions for churches. In response, The Commission thought about a repeal however non-profits provide services for community needs.
  2. Sidewalk Law Comment – It was asked where the homeless would go. It was pointed out if the homeless are being pushed to the west side will new housing be put up? Harimoto relayed that he understands that the City Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) is responsible for removing the items and putting them in storage. A thirty day notice will be given to reclaim the items. Per the Administration this would be the last resort with 24-hour notice. The goal is to provide services to the homeless and try to get the people into shelters.
  3. Homeless Comment – (a) As an advocate for the homeless, Board member Dela Cerna-Vasques said that many of the homeless have illnesses, problems with alcoholic, and other major problems. She took offense to having them removed from the sidewalk. It was asked is there no compassion and where is the funding to put the items in storage. It was stated that the homeless are human beings not animals. (b) Arakawa mentioned that a major point is that there are empty facilities because many of the homeless do not want to follow the rules. (c) Mobley added that many of the homeless refuse to go into a homeless shelter, but place their items in public areas..

 

Councilmember Romy Cachola – Sharleen Oshiro stood on the written report.

 

Questions, comments and concerns: Comment – Councilmember Cachola was thanked for voting no on Bill 54.

 

RESIDENTS’/COMMUNITY CONCERNS: None.

 

APPROVAL OF OCTOBER 10 2011 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: The October 10, 2011 regular meeting minutes was ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY, 12-0-0 (Aye: Arakaki, Arakawa, Cohen, Dau, Fitch, Greco, Horvath, Lim, Mobley, Passmore, Sugimura, Vasquez-Dela Cerna) as amended with the following corrections:

 

  • Page 2, Representative K. Mark Takai should read, “Moanalua Road – This project is unit 51 and will be repaved by the end of the year. Kaahele Street – In 2009, Rep. Takai was told prior to his deployment that the street would be repaved upon his return. This street is included in the unit 55 repaving rehabilitation list. The Newtown/Pearl City area up to Hoomalu Street repaving has been delayed. DDC will be asked for further clarification regarding re-opening of the project and redefining the parameters…”
  • Page 5, first 3.Increase delete, “…not…”

 

The Board recessed in November.

 

Board Business:

 

Helping to Close Down Drug Houses in the Community – Mark Miyahira reported the following:

 

  • Goal – The Goal of Drug Nuisance Abatement is to close down “drug houses” through use of civil lawsuits and civil restraining orders.
  • How to Get it Done – Prosecutors working with the police and community every legal means will be used including targeting the suspected drug dealers and removing them from the drug houses through the use of injunctions, to stop illegal drug activity.
  • How Can You Help – (a) Use tough love if illegal drug use is found in your family; (b) Be intolerant to ice activity in your neighborhood; be vocal; and take action. (c) Get involved by joining the local community association and neighborhood security watch. Be the eyes and ears and report observed illegal drug activity to the police. Sign anti-drug neighborhood petitions or letters that are sent to property owners where drug dealers reside. Contact the local councilperson, State Representative or State Senator and let them know what is going on.
  • Reality Check – It is impossible for the Police and Prosecutors to resolve the drug problem alone. The entire community must work together with law enforcement to stop drug dealing. Law enforcement has limitations regarding what it can or cannot do. Be patient and try to understand that the police must follow due process. The illegal drug problem did not happen overnight. Expect the same amount of time it took for ICE to become a problem for it to be stopped.
  • Suspected Drug Dealing in a Neighborhood – Do not confront a suspected drug dealer. People under the influence of a narcotic can suffer from hallucinations, paranoia, and other adverse reactions from drug use. If confronted by a drug dealer or user contact 911 immediately.
  • Information Needed to Help Investigators with a Complaint: (1)  Location  Location (exact address if possible) or description of location; (2) Suspects Names – Full names, any personal information; (3) Description – Height, weight, hair color, eye color, complexion, type of clothing worn, ethnic background. (d) Vehicles – Licenses plate numbers (state) or any vehicles used by the suspects and description of vehicles such as color, make, two or four door, etc.; (4) Drugs – Type of drug that one believes is being sold or used; (5) Activity –Type of activity is happening to make one believe that possible drug dealing is occurring – vehicles coming and going, loud parties all the time, people coming and going frequently; (6) Date and Time – Note the time the illegal activity is occurring (try to be accurate). (7) Contact Number – Complaints can be made anonymously, but a name and contact number can help the investigator. All information is confidential.

 

Questions, comments and concerns:

 

  1. Rehabilitation Programs – It was asked and noted Miyahira does not work personally with rehabilitation and understands that drug addiction is a disease. Direction for rehabilitation is education.
  2. Funding – It was asked and clarified that Miyahira works for the Prosecutors office and his responsibility is to work on drug house cases.
  3. Comment – A Board member commented that the federal war on drugs is a failure and why are non-violent drug offenders jailed.
  4. Response – Law enforcement supports four components: education, rehabilitation, strong prosecution, new laws to prosecute successfully (incarceration). However, funding is always lacking. This is an ongoing battle on a case by case basis.
  5. Economy – It was asked if there is less use or more money spent for drugs in Aiea due to the bad economy. In answer, all complaints are investigated.
  6. Property Forfeiture Ability – It was explained that if an individual is manufacturing drugs in a home, the house is contaminated. Forfeiture would not be profitable to government if the house is resold.

 

“Complete Streets” – Jackie Boland of AARP reported the following: A complete street is safe, comfortable, and convenient for travel by automobile, foot, bicycle, and transit regardless of age or ability. A background of complete streets noted the passage of Charter Amendment 8, Act 54 (2009 Hawaii Session Law) and “In the Works” – Honolulu County Ordinance began in 2011. Completing a street can be as simple as adding bike racks, creating access with signage, reduce lanes or adding paint. The Board can help the complete streets ordinance by sending a resolution to the City Council to pass a Complete Streets Ordinance. The Ordinance would require that Heads of the City Departments of Transportation Services, Planning and Permitting, and Facility Maintenance work together on current and future budgets and apply the Complete Streets design and guidelines to transportation projects. Councilmember Harimoto asked for a resolution from the Board and to have it delivered to his office and the City Department of Transportation (DTS) Director.

 

Questions, comments and concerns:

 

  1. Cost – It was noted that when reconstruction is taking place suggestions for complete streets could be incorporated with the City department(s) picking up the tab.
  2. Roadway Standards – It asked and clarified by Tanoue that current roadway standards are in line with complete streets. The problem is that the roads are old, but complete streets may be implemented during new construction.
  3. Funding – It was asked and noted that the cost would be built into the project cost. It all depends on type of quality of life we want. Harimoto added that the cost issue is a concern.
  4. Resolution – Vice Chair Sugimura pointed out that the resolution sample was not circulated and that the matter put on the January agenda for Board action. She explained that this is a collaborative effort by AARP for a bill. Arakawa commented that highways are not meant for people to walk.
  5. Benefits to AARP – Mobility options for people 60 and older and wellness priority for complete streets and safety.
  6. Comment – It was mentioned that since there is not enough people aware of the presentation no Board action could be approved this evening.
  7. Comment – A Board member pointed out that he would be in opposition if complete streets would cause extra layers of cost to taxpayers. In response, complete streets would increase property values.

 

9:37 p.m. Board member Lim departed; (7 members present)

 

REPORTS:

 

Treasurer’s Report –.It was previously reported that the Board’s allocation for fiscal year 2012 is $779.00.

 

Aiea Community Association (ACA) – Claire Tamamoto reported the next meeting will be held on Monday, December 19, 2011, the Aiea Library Conference room at 7:00 p.m. Mahalo to HFD, HPD Pearl City Traffic Division, HPD and all who participated in this year’s Aiea Christmas Parade. The playground opportunity with the NFL fell through.

 

Other community Reports:

 

Kamehameha Drive-In – Pat Lee reported that  As you recall, we expected the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to be out in early December and offered to give residents were to be given more time to review the document since it would come out during the Holidays.

However, we are still working on finalizing the DEIS is still being finalized and that it now appears that the document will be published in January at the earliest.

Since it will miss the Holidays, it will have to follow the normal 45 day statutory comment period rather than 60 days. 

Please refer to the project website at www.liveworkplayaiea.com for more information.

 

Committees:

 

Community Relations and Publicity – Committee Chair Vasquez-Dela Cerna reported the following:

 

  • Community Traffic Awareness Partnership (CTAP) – (1) Tuesday, December 13, 2011, Halawa Heights Road from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (2) Wednesday, December 14, 2011, Aiea Heights Drive from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Slippah Foundation – Deliveries have been made to several areas around the island. On December 21, 2011 delivery will be made at the annual Mayor Wright Housing Christmas Party; and on December 24, 2011 to the Leeward Coast.
  • Aiea Face book – There are 24 members.

 

Pearl Harbor/Hickam Joint Restoration and Advisory Board (RAB) – Committee Chair Mobley reported that meetings for 2012 will be held on February 9, May 4, August 16, and October 4.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

  • Next Meeting – The next Board meeting will be on Monday, January 9, 2012 in the Aiea Public Library Conference Room (99-143 Moanalua Road), at 7:30 p.m.

 

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 9:44 p.m.

 

 

Submitted by: Nola J. Frank, Neighborhood Assistant

 

Reviewed by: Jane Sugimura, 1st Vice Chair and Bill Clark, Chairperson

 

 

Last Reviewed: Wednesday, January 04, 2012