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Aiea Neighborhood Board No. 20

 

DRAFT – REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012

AIEA PUBLIC LIBRARY CONFERENCE ROOM

 

CALL TO ORDER: Chair Bill Clark called the meeting to order at 7:34 p.m. without quorum; seven (7) members present. This 15-member Board requires eight (8) members to establish a quorum and take official Board action.

 

Members Present: Teddy Biesecker, Bill Clark, Lawrence Cohen, Ronald Fitch, Evelyn Fullerton (appointed tonight), Michael Greco (arrived 7:53 p.m.), Ron Mobley, Kevin Respecki, Jane Sugimura (arrived 7:43 p.m.), and Lynn Vasquez-Dela Cerna.

 

Members Absent: Dave Arakawa, Tracy Arakaki and George Passmore.

 

Vacancies: Chair Clark announced there are two vacancies in Sub-district 1(Halawa, Halawa Heights, Stadium, and Ford Island). If anyone was interested in filling the seat to please come forward. Evelyn Fullerton so indicated and gave a short presentation on herself. Chair also announced another vacancy in Sub-district 4 (East Loch, Ford Island, East Waimalu, and Pearlridge). This Neighborhood Assistant validated the candidate Evelyn Fullerton’s address via the HECO utility bill.

 

Member Jane Sugimura arrived at 7:43 p.m.; Eight (8) members present.

 

Guests: Evenly Fullerton, Sam Kong, Lela Hubbard, Ed and Lenette Tam, Representative Mark Takai, Rodney and Parichart Kim, Fire Fighter  Arron Yoshida (Honolulu Fire Department), Tracy Burgo (Board of Water Supply), Councilmember Breene Harimoto and Brandon Elefante (Council staff), Sharleen Oshiro (Councilmember Romy Cachola’s Office staff), Sgt. Roger Nitta (Honolulu Police Department), Jordon Higa, Claire Tamamoto, Representative Heather Giugni and Ken Best (Representative Giugni’s Office staff), Evan Tokunaga (Senator Donna Mercado Kim Office staff), Pat Lee, Errol Kane (Live, Work, Play Aiea); Gary Omori (HART), Kehaulani Lum and Jordon Higa, David Tanoue (Mayor Peter Carlisle’s Representative/Director, Department of Planning and Permitting), Barbara Yamashita (Governor Neil Abercrombie’s Representative) and Dean Harvest (Neighborhood Commission Office staff).

 

ROLL CALL OF BOARD MEMBERS: A roll call confirmed a quorum was present at this time eight (8) members.

 

Member Michael Greco arrived at 7:53 p.m.; Nine (9) members present.

 

FILLING OF VACANCIES:  Without any objection, the appointment of Evelyn Fullerton was UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED, 9-0-0 (Aye: Biesecker, Clark, Cohen, Fitch, Greco, Mobley, Respecki, Sugimura and Vasquez-Dela Cerna. Nay: None. Abstain: None). Neighborhood Assistant Harvest administered the Oath of Office to Evelyn Fullerton.

 

MONTHLY REPORTS:

 

Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) – Fire Fighter (FF) Arron Yoshida reported the following:

 

  • March 2012 Statistics – Included 4 structure, 0 wildland, 2 rubbish, and 1auto fires; 93 medical emergencies, 1 search/rescue, and 41 miscellaneous calls for service.

 

  • Fire Safety Tip – Although cooking at home can be a fun activity, please adhere to the following fire safety tips to avoid accidents in the kitchen: 1) Do not leave cooking food unattended. If leaving the kitchen, even briefly, turn off the heat and take something to remind you of the stove; 2) Do not become distracted; 3) Keep ignitable items at least three feet away from the range top; and 4) Learn how to use an ABC-rated fire extinguisher and keep it near the kitchen.

 

  • Building Identification Fire Safety Tip – Building identification is critical for emergency responders to quickly identify the correct location. Due to several inquiries, the following information is being provided: 1) House numbering requirements from the Revised Ordinances of Honolulu (ROH), Chapter 2, Section 9.2(d) (2) are as follows: “All numbers shall be placed in such manner as to be readily seen from the street, roadway or lane, shall be of different color from the background on which they are placed, and shall be at lease two inches in height. The number shall be placed in a permanent manner, chalk or other effaceable material not being permitted”; 2) Requirements from the Fire Code of the City and County of Honolulu (ROH Chapter 20, 1997 Uniform Fire Code, Section, 901.4.4) are as follows: “Approved numbers or addresses shall be provided for all new and existing buildings in such a position as to be plainly visible and legible from the street or road fronting the property.”

 

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

 

Circuit Breakers – Residents were encouraged to check home circuit breakers at least once a year.

 

Honolulu Police Department (HPD) – Sgt. Roger Nitta reported the following:

 

March 2012 Statistics: Included 5 auto thefts, 7 auto theft recoveries, 27 burglaries, 24 criminal property damage, 1 graffiti, 1 sex assault, 66 thefts, and 22 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMV).

 

Mayor’s Representative – David Tanoue reported the following:

 

  • Smartphone Applications:

o        Da Bus – A free application that takes the guess work out of catching the bus on the island of Oahu. Da Bus can now be downloaded onto your smart phone.

o        Honolulu 311 – Provides a free, simple, and intuitive platform to empower people to report broken streetlights, derelict or abandoned automobiles, stored property violations, and more via your smart phone. The application uses the GPS in your smart phone to show the location of your report. Download it today it’s free.

o        Honolulu Tsunami Evacuation – The free Honolulu Tsunami Evacuation Zone application will quickly find if you are in a tsunami evacuation zone and help to find the nearest evacuation. This application is available to download.

  • Mayor’s Budget – The City Council will begin review of the budget on April 12, 2012, at Honolulu Hale.
  • Rail – Monies for Rail are coming from the GET (General Excise Tax) and Federal funding, and not monies marked for TheBus or Handi-Van budgets.

 

Questions, comments, and concerns:

 

Specific for Rail – The law clearly states that the collected GET monies will be used specifically for rail.

 

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

 

·         Main Break Report:  On March 11, 2012 there was a 12-inch water main break at 99-505 Aliipoe Street.

 

·         General Water Announcements:

o        Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation - In celebration of Earth Month, Oahu residents are encouraged to get involved by taking a free pledge to conserve water and energy by joining the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, sponsored by the Wyland Foundation, the City & County of Honolulu, and the BWS. This nationwide program runs from March 30 - April 30, 2012 and challenges residents to submit pledges to reduce water use online at www.mywaterpledge.com. Entrants are then qualified to earn prizes, including a Toyota Prius, water-saving showerheads, home watering kits, and more. Oahu residents are invited to take the Clean Water Pledge and showcase our island’s commitment to conserving water, saving energy and reducing pollution. For more information about this contest, please visit www.boardofwatersupply.com or call the BWS Communications Office at 748-5041.

o        Customer Service Request Forms - The BWS has recently developed new customer service request forms that allow customers to request account services online. Customers seeking to update existing account information, start water service, or stop water service may now submit their requests by using electronic or printable forms to avoid waiting in the phone queue. Completed electronic forms are filed online and are automatically submitted to the BWS via email. The printable forms are “form-­fillable” and can be mailed, e-mailed, or faxed to the BWS. Check out the forms by visiting www.boardofwatersupply.com.

 

Representative K. Mark Takai – Representative Takai provided members with a report and highlighted the following:

 

  • Moanalua Road Resurfacing – The project will run from Kamehameha Highway near McGrew Point and will cover the Moanalua Freeway lanes in both directions to the H-1 Freeway underpass. Kaahumanu Avenue roadwork to Moanalua Road is scheduled for later April. Councilmember Harimoto was thanked for his hard work in pushing for the completion of these projects.
  • House District Reapportionment Included in the Representative’s report were highlights of the State’s reapportionment commission. It was noted Representative Takai now resides in House District 33.
  • Town Hall Meeting – Residents were encouraged to attend a Town Hall Meeting on sustainability scheduled for Thursday, April 12, 2012 at Pearl Ridge Elementary School from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Educational Programs – Included in the Representative’s monthly report, programs are being offered that may assist in education support. Programs include an Online Learning Academy, Hawaii’s Virtual Learning Network and Student Online Achievement Resources.
  • Plastic Bag Ban – As previously reported the plastic bag ban continues to move forward at the legislature. It was noted the State can choose to do nothing, tax or charge for plastic bags or completely ban them. The Maui, Kauai and Big Island have already banned plastic bags. Residents were encouraged to read the testimonies submitted on SB2511, as many businesses support charging for plastic bags.
  • Bill to Address Animal Cruelty – The Representative noted that community member Alicia Maluafiti, who is also the President of Poi Dogs and Popoki, may be able to address the issues raised regarding SB2504.
  • Earth Month – Celebrate Earth Month with conservation and sustainability by reducing your electricity usage up to 30%.

 

Councilmember Breene Harimoto – Councilmember Breene Harimoto circulated his report, and highlighted the following:

 

·         Monthly ReportIncluded in the Councilmember’s written report was the budget timeline, CIP (Capital Improvement Projects) list and legislative bills.  

·         CIP – It was noted the current CIP is subject to final approval.

·         Property Tax – There been no movement on the exemptions for property tax.

·         Credit – There is a current 20% credit for water used for irrigation.

·         Bill 10 – Bill 10 (2012), Council Draft 1 regarded Plastic Bags to Customers.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

 

Complete Streets – It was questioned if whether the Complete Streets project is being paid with City monies.

 

Representative Heather Giugni – Representative Giugni relayed the following information:

 

·         Funding – The Pearl Ridge Elementary School will receive funds for electrical upgrades.

·         Aiea Public Library – There will an update on the new Aiea Public Library.

·         Town Hall – The next Town Hall meeting is on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at 7 p.m., Aiea Public Library.

·         University of Hawaii West Oahu – The new University of Hawaii West Oahu new campus is opening in August 2012. There will be a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, May 17, 2012, 7:00 p.m., at the Aiea Public Library, featuring Gene Awakuni, Chancellor of UH West Oahu.

 

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

 

Robert’s Rules of Order – There was a request to please kill the bill regarding the Roberts Rules of Order to allow every person to speak 10 minutes. This request relates to House Bill 2465.

 

 

 

Governor Neil Abercrombie’s Representative – Director Barbara Yamashita reported:

 

Hawaii’s Legal Presence Law – Residents were reminded that as of March 5, 2012, due to Hawaii’s Legal Presence Law, patrons applying for a driver’s license or license renewal must show proof of identification, legal presence in Hawaii and a social security card.

 

Senator Donna Mercado Kim – Evan Tokunaga provided members with a report and highlighted the following:

 

  • Legislative Countdown – Only one month remaining, Senator Kim is very busy in crossover conference sessions.
  • Accountability – The bill relating to the accountability of State workers has had three successful hearings and is waiting for the Governor’s approval.
  • Affordable Rental Housing – The Governor released Capital Improvement Project (CIP) monies to fund the affordable rental housing bill.
  • Town Hall Meeting – This was held in Moanalua where residents discussed single use shopping bag fees, stationary speeding cameras and State bone marrow bank.
  • Aloha AinaThis will be held at the Moanalua Elementary School to assist residents in properly disposing of waste products through recycling and vendor participation.

 

Representative Aaron Johanson – Representative Johanson’s report was circulated.

 

Councilmember Romy Cachola – Councilmember Cachola’s report was circulated.

 

RESIDENTS’/COMMUNITY CONCERNS: 

 

Restless Nights – Loud noise, talking, radio and sirens are causing neighbors in the immediate area many restless nights. Community members are currently working with HFD Chief of Operations to resolve this problem.

 

APPROVAL OF REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: Without objection, the Aiea Neighborhood Board No. 20 APPROVED the March 12, 2012 regular meeting minutes as circulated, 10-0-0 (Ayes: Biesecker, Clark, Cohen, Fitch, Fullerton, Greco, Mobley, Respecki, Sugimura, and Vasquez-Dela Cerna. Nays: None; Abstentions: None).

 

BOARD BUSINESS:

 

Reconsider Board Recess for May 2012 due to June Holiday: – Chair Clark relinquished the gavel to Vice-Chair Sugimura. After Clark gave reason and request for change, the Aiea Neighborhood Board No. 20 APPROVED TO MEET ON MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012, AND RECESS ON MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2012, 10-0-0 (Ayes: Biesecker, Clark, Cohen, Fitch, Fullerton, Greco, Mobley, Respecki, Sugimura, and Vasquez-Dela Cerna. Nays: None. Abstentions: None.) There were no objections.

 

REPORTS:

 

Treasurer’s Report – Greco reported expenses for printing of agenda and minutes were $6.48; and postage for 38 pieces were $17.10. Total expenses were $24.79. Current balance is $442.32 for March 2012. The report was filed.

 

Aiea Community Association – The next meeting is Monday, April 16, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Aiea Library Conference Room at 99-142 Moanalua Road, http://www.aiea-community-assoc.org/).

 

  • Book Sale – Saturday, April 21, 2012, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Aiea Library.
  • Steak Dinner – Saturday, April 21, 2012, 7 p.m. Aiea High School Band will be having a steak dinner for $10.00 a plate to benefit the Music Department.
  • Pearl City Cultural Center Concert – Saturday, May 19, 2012, Pearl City Cultural Center Concert.  Please check the above website for further information.
  • “Where the Memories Linger On” – Aiea High School 50th Anniversary Banquet on Saturday, May 5, 2012, from 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at the Honolulu Country Club. The cost is $80 per person.
  • Aiea High School Graduation – Friday, May 25, 2012 at Aloha Stadium.
  • Christmas Parade 2012 – Saturday, December 8, 2012 is scheduled for the Aiea Christmas Parade. 

 

Honolulu Rail Transit ProjectGary Omori reported the project is still in process of relocating the Banana Patch residents. To date, one family has been relocated to Newtown and another family that has vacated their property and will be moving into a new 10 bedroom home currently being built in Kapolei.

 

A family will be relocating into the Pauoa area and another family that will be purchasing a home in Waipahu. There are currently three families that are being worked with and one landowner to be relocated. The Alpha Omega Church will be moving into their new location in Wahiawa after the property meets federal standards.

 

Pat Lee reported the following:

 

·         The Honolulu rail project will have a positive economic impact on our local economy.

·         Approximately 10,000 jobs on average each year of the ten year build out will be attributed to rail construction. Out of that total, about half of that figure is direct construction jobs.

·         At the peak year of construction, there will be an estimated 17,000 direct and indirect jobs created.

·         Kiewit has over 100 subcontractors as part of their three contracts, with the majority of them being local subcontractors.

·         Along with construction-related jobs, jobs will be created in other fields of retail, services, food, entertainment and other industries. These are local jobs created as a result of rail construction and can be filled by local workers. 

·         Development around rail stations can potentially infuse the local economy with billions of dollars during the coming decades.

·         Rail is the largest capital improvement project in Hawaii’s history, and there is no better time to make these kinds of capital investments. 

·         Infrastructure projects undertaken during down times insures that people are employed and in turn, spend their pay checks on local businesses and help the local economy. For example, Hoover Dam was built right after the Great Depression, and put thousands of unemployed people back to work and helped the economies of the western states of Nevada, Arizona and California. 

·         In an effort to provide accurate information on the project, HART has a new section on the website called “setting the record straight” which includes information on the number of seats on train cars, operations and maintenance costs and a lot of other issues that have been in public discussion lately.
HART will present a series of five informational community updates on the Honolulu Rail Transit project. The public is welcome to attend and learn up-to-date details from project experts, experience informational displays, and ask questions of HART representatives. 

·         The new HART executive director is Dan Grabauskas. Mr. Grabauskas was former head of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). As chief executive officer of MBTA, Grabauskas had oversight of a 6,100-employee operation, with an annual operating budget of $1.4 billion and an annual capital budget of more than $500 million, with operations in 175 municipalities throughout eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. 

·         For more information, please visit our website at www.honolulutransit.org<http://www.honolulutransit.org> or call our hotline number at 566-2299.

 

Mayor’s Representative David Tanoue and HART’S Representative Pat Lee both reiterated that rail was not cockroaching $244 million from Federal Funds Act 5307, but the City is allowed to use these funds on all projects that receives Federal monies. And that the collected GET under State law is to be used only for the rail.  

 

Committee Reports:

 

Transportation – There were no updates to report.

 

Community Relations and Publicity – Member Vasquez reported the following:

 

·       Citizens Traffic Awareness Program (CTAP) – The CTAP events are also scheduled for Tuesday, May 1, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Halewiliko Street (the former sugar mill site); and on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Kaonohi Street and Iho Place.  

·       Facebook – “Beautiful Aiea” join and promote your business and become friends.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

·       Next Meeting – The next Board meeting will be on Monday, May 14, 2012 in the Aiea Public Library Conference Room at 99-143 Moanalua Road, at 7:30 p.m.

·       Going Green/Sustainability – Town Hall meeting on Thursday, April 12, 2012, Pearl Ridge Elementary School, 7:00 p.m.

·       Our Aloha and condolences go out the following families:  Vickers and Black’s.

 

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m.

 

Submitted by:  Dean Harvest

Neighborhood Commission Staff

 

Reviewed by: Bryan Mick

Neighborhood Commission Staff

 

 

Last Reviewed: Tuesday, May 08, 2012