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DRAFT REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
BENJAMIN PARKER SCHOOL CAFETORIUM
45-259 WAIKALUA ROAD
CALL TO ORDER: Chair
Members Present -
Members Absent - Chad Kaukani, Maurice ※Mo§ Radke, Daniel Siangco, and Larry Zdvoracek.
Board Vacancies - There are four (4) vacancies in Sub districts 2, 3, 7, and 9 (one seat each).
Guests - Maj. Alan Krauss (Marine Corps Base Hawai'i), State Senator Jill Fukuda, State Representative Pono Chong, Erin Conner (State Senate), Sam Moku (Mayor's Representative; Director, Department of Community Services); J.D. Aweau (Councilmember Ikaika Anderson's Office staff), Acting Captain Paul Ball (Honolulu Fire Department), Lt. Dave Eber (Honolulu Police Department, District 4, Kaneohe); Anna Tanaka, Alicia Rogan, Aaron Kim, Natalie Gasper, and Paul Carlson (Halemuku Way); Chris Aguinaldo (Hawai'i Pacific University), Jess and Elahim Williams (Kahiko St.), Sharon LaFortuna, Jody Solbach (Traditional Houses Foundation), Ben Baniaga, Ted Kanemori, Lorraine Miranda, Steve Irvin (Pali View Baptist Church), Kevin K., Suzzi Chilson, Doug Dykstar (Windward Community College), and K. Russell Ho (
PUBLIC SAFETY AND MILITARY REPORT:
PUBLIC SAFETY INPUT:
Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) - Acting Captain Paul Bass reported the following:
Honolulu Police Department (HPD) - Lt. Dave Eber reported the following:
A resident was concerned about burglaries.
Marine Corps Base Hawai'i (MCBH) - Maj. Alan Krauss reported the following:
角 September 20 - Windward Civil/Mil Council meeting, at the Club at Koa Malina; lunch at 11:00 a.m.
角 September 23 - 24 - Marines Hosting Kalaheo High School JROTC aboard the base for training and leadership camp.
角 September 24 - Marines supporting the Aloha Festival floral Parade with color guard and marching unit.
角 October 3 - 18 - Combined Federal Campaign (Aloha United Way).
角 Visit www.mccshawaii.com or call 254-7632 for information regarding career opportunities.
角 HMH-463 ※Pegasus§ 每 Welcomed four new CH-53e Super Stallions last week to replace their CH-53D Sea Stallions.
角 Noise Complaints - To report noise complaints call the PAO at 287-8832 with date, time of the incident. If a message is left please consider leaving a name and phone number for a reply.
角 Future Events - (1) Next summer, RIMPAC. (2) Next fall the Kaneohe Bay Air Show featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.
Gavigan arrived at 7:15 p.m. The meeting was official called to order; a quorum of 9 members present.
FILLING OF BOARD VACANCIES: Four Seats in Sub-districts 2, 3, 7 and 9 (one seat each) (Call for persons interested in filling Kaneohe Neighborhood Board No. 30 vacancies. Please bring proof of residency address to the meeting.) - There were persons present interested in filling the vacancies.
APPROVAL OF AUGUST 18, 2011 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES - Deferred.
APPROVAL OF TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2011 AGENDA PLANNING AND COMMITTEES＊ MEETING MINUTES - Flanigan moved Yamashiro-Hironaka seconded that the Kaneohe Neighborhood Board No. 30 APPROVE the September 6, 2011 Agenda Planning and Committees＊ Meeting minutes as circulated. The motion was ADOPTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 9-0-0 (AYE: Flanigan, Gavin, Kaluhiwa, Makainai, Mueller, San Nicolas, Yamashiro-Hironaka, and Yanagihara).
PUBLIC INPUT & RESIDENTS＊ CONCERNS:
ELECTED OFFICIALS＊ REPORTS:
Mayor Peter Carlisle's Representative - Sam Moku reported the following:
manholes and adding nitrates to the sewage as appropriate. An on-going consultant planning study is developing alternatives for long-term improvements. More information will be available as the work proceeds.
﹞ Trucking of Raw Sewage from Sand Island to Other Wastewater Treatment Facilities - The trucking of sludge from Sand Island to the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant 9WWTP) system specifically to the Waipahu WWPS started on an experiment basis in mid-August. Technically speaking, this is not raw sewage, as it is material that has gone through various treatment processes, i.e. screening, grit removal, primary setting, and gravity thickening. The sludge has not been truck to either Kailua or Waianae. Trucking to other WWTP would be considered after any requirements for an Environmental Assessment (EA) are met, which is scheduled in 2012.
﹞ Board Request for Periodic Updates on the Oneawa Hills Gravity Tunnel Project - City Departments of Design and Construction and Environmental Services are willing to provide periodic updates on the project. The project is ※Kaneohe/Kailua Sewer Tunnel§, and is included in the City＊s six-year Capital Improvement Project (CIP) program and budget. Currently, additional soil borings are being conducted. The next appropriate time to provide an update will probably be in four to six months.
Councilmember Ikaika Anderson - J. D. Aweau reported the following
﹞ Real Property Tax Deadline - September 30, 2011 is the deadline for the submission of all real property tax exemption and credit forms.
﹞ Community Support for Traffic Calming - Last month Councilmember Anderson＊s office along with Senator Tokuda and Representatives Ito and Chong canvassed the Keaupuka Subdivision to inform and survey area residents of the City＊s proposed ※traffic calming§ measures.
﹞ Council Committee Changes - The Planning and Zoning committees have been merged into a single commit on Zoning and Planning. The Transportation and Transit Planning committee has been renamed Transportation.
﹞ 3TALKS - The next 3TALKS is scheduled for Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at the Kaneohe Community & Senior Center from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
﹞ Repainting Red Curbs on Kaneohe Bay Drive - Currently the city is not repainting curbs red. Alternatives are being sought.
﹞ Signage - Speed limit signs on Kokokahi Place will be replaced shortly.
﹞ Pedestrian Safety at Pahia Road and Kamehameha Highway - The Department of Transportation Services (DTS) is looking into the matter.
Governor Neil Abercrombie＊s Representative - No representative present or report provided.
U.S. Representative Mazie Hirono - No representative present or report provided.
State Senator Jill Tokuda - Newsletter provided.
State Senator Clayton Hee - No representative present or report provided.
Representative Ken Ito - No representative present or report provided.
COMMUNITY GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS:
Hope Chapel - No representative present or report provided.
Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) - Chris Aguinaldo reported the following:
Questions, comments, and concerns: Crosswalks - Concern was raised regarding crosswalks across Pali Highway to the Hawaii Loa Campus.
Windward Community College - No representative present or report provided.
Koolaupoko Watershed Management Plan (KPWMP) Summary - Bruce Tsuchida, Townscape, Inc. reported the following:
Questions comments and concerns:
Ahu O Laka, New Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Regulations - Bill Aila, Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) - No representative present or report provided.
Representative Pono Chong - Representative Pono Chong distributed his report and was available for questions.
Presentation on Proposal for Several Halfway Houses in Kaneohe - Chair Yanagihara made an introductory statement saying that the next item on the agenda was a presentation by Jody Solbach and was a required informational briefing that he had to make to the Board as the first step in applying to the City for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) that he needs in order to increase the occupancy limits of the group homes that he is already operating in residential neighborhoods.
Chair Yanagihara further stated that Neighborhood Boards are no longer permitted to make recommendations in support or in opposition to the drug or alcohol rehabilitation groups homes located in residential neighborhoods as a result of a change in state law several years ago.
Solbach began his presentation by stating that he is the operator of several halfway houses in Kaneohe and gave the addresses of each house for the record - 45-692 Halemoku Way, TMK: 450-10017; 45-679 Waiawi Street, TMK: 450-52014; and 45-504 Koolau View Drive, TMK: 450-54026.
Three halfway houses, now under the Tradition House Foundation, are owned by Solbach. The homes assist men with drug, alcohol, or other issues. Most of the residents are either in treatment or just-completed treatment. No sex offenders are permitted. However, a person was recently evicted, when it was found out that he is a sex offender. Girlfriends are restricted from sleepovers. Some residents have mental issues and must take regular medication. Churches and other civic organizations help with counseling, etc. There are 34 employees, 26 of which reside at the homes, which now come under the Tradition House Foundation, a 501-(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. The foundation does accept monetary donations. Most of the residents are employed at Solbach＊s landscaping company. Plans are to submit an application for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and a Major Variance Permit with the City Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) to bring the halfway houses up to code.
Questions, comments and concerns:
12. Comments - (A) It was suggested that the resident manager of the house go door-to-door, introducing his/her self to the neighbors. (B) Concern was raised that there are new occupants every three months, which is unfair to the neighbors and lack of respect. (C) Concern was raised regarding the honesty of the foundation and homeowner, because this is the first the resident has heard about the halfway houses, which have been operating for the last four years. (D) The issues, being caused in the neighborhoods, are outrageous.
13. Koolau View Drive Comments - (A) At one time 16 people resided in the home. (B) Occupants were witnessed at least three times jumping over a neighbor＊s fence and peeing into another home while a lady was changing her clothes. When confronted the perpetrator ran to the halfway house. The neighbor was asked to disregard a police report on the incident. Other peeping tom incidents were relayed. (D) It was reiterated that the house manager does not a police report filed. (E) Recently, two occupants were reported to the manager when they were witnessed smoking marijuana and paraphernalia left inform of the residence. (E) Break-ins of other two elderly residents were reported, as well as neighbors being robbed while moving in.
14. Notification - When Solbach was asked by Chair Yanagihara what he did to notify residents about this meeting he stated that he had the residents of the halfway houses distribute flyers in the neighborhoods. Several residents in attendance stated that they only learned about meeting by word of mouth from other residents and they stated they had less than a day＊s notice before the meeting. Surrounding neighbors were not notified or given a brochure about the halfway house or tonight＊s neighborhood board meeting. In response, all neighbors were notified on September 12, 2011 and messages were left.
15. Parole - (A) No people on parole are allowed to reside at the halfway homes. (B) However, residents reported that a few occupants did say that they were on parole.
16. Health and Safety Concerns - Residents of one of the houses are often seen urinating in plain sight of children who attend a preschool next door. Residents pointed out that these incidents raises concerns of the good moral character of the people living in the houses and also whether the existing facilities are adequate for the people currently housed and cast doubt on whether those houses should be allowed to accommodate even more people.
17. Increase in Occupants - It was asked if the houses can accommodate 16 people each; and if the bathroom facilities adequate. It was answered that the homes have he stated that each house has at least three (3) bedrooms and two (2) bathrooms each. Solbach did not indicate any plans to enlarge any of the houses he operates.
18. Halemoku Way - After hearing the concerns, a resident noted that the owners of the halfway house must do their job including have no more sex offenders. He noted that everyone in the neighborhood works hard and stated that the patrons should be helped but not at the expense of the community.
19. Representative Pono Chong - Representative Chong reported that he, Senator Tokuda and Councilmember Anderson have been working for two years on legislation regarding the State law and placement of residential treatment facilities and regulations. The owners can be cited for several violation and fines could be compounded on a daily basis. According to City regulations, no more that five unrelated people can reside in one house. The presenter is asking to add more bodies to the halfway houses. The situation is to get the required permits, pay the violation fined or the property taxes or driver＊s license could be affected. If not, the City could imposer harsher fines.
20. Comment - A person in attendance indicated that he was the operator of a preschool that was located next door to one of the halfway houses and questioned whether it was permitted for such operations to be located next to a school. The fact that a resident was discovered to be a convicted sex offender was also raised as a concern regarding proximity to the school. It was asked how many feet away from schools must a sex offender be.
21. Other Comments That Were Made By Attendees:
※At one halfway house a pet dog kept by the resident manager is allowed to defecate in common areas and they fail to clean up after it.§
※Residents at the halfway houses help themselves to the fruit on the trees of neighbors without first obtaining permission.§
※The residents of the halfway houses take up all of the available on-street neighborhood parking.§
※Residents at the halfway houses often appear unclothed and indecent in public view.§
※Residents of the halfway houses are often seen urinating outside the houses in public view.§
※Mr. Solbach failed to provide a contact point to receive complaints from neighbors.§
※Resident managers do not seem responsive to neighbors＊ complaints.§
※Residents of the halfway houses have been caught in the act of peeping tom activities at neighbors＊ houses.§
22. Permits - It was reiterated that a Major Variance Permit is being applied for. DPP focuses on a Conditional Use Permit (CUP). DPP may consider elements when deciding on issuing the permits. The community was encouraged to summit comments/concerns to DPP.
23. Halfway Houses Locations - It was reiterated that the homes are located on Halemoku Way, on Koolau View Drive and on Waiawi Street (TMK: 450-52014).
24. Chair Yanagihara - Noted that up until now, the surrounding residents have been tolerant and report violations to the property manager. However, the property manager is not taking accurate counts of the residents. Future violations should be reported to Representative Chong, Senator Tokuda, or Councilmember Anderson who will contact DPP. It was noted that when attending hearing to stick to the facts. Emotions will not stop the permits from being issued. If no HPD reports are made, it was suggest that pictures of incidents be taken.
Discuss Committee Chair Nominees and Make Appointments - Chair Yanagihara appointed Gavigan to be Chair of the City & County of Honolulu Ordinance Committee.
Annual Kaneohe Christmas Parade - Sager moved and Flanigan seconded that the Kaneohe Neighborhood Board No. 30 fully supports the 2011 Annual Kaneohe Christmas Parade and the Kaneohe Neighborhood Boar No. 30 encourages the public to attend the parade. The motion was ADOPTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 9-0-0 (AYE: Flanigan, Gavigan, Kaluhiwa, Makainai, Mueller, Sager, San Nicolas, Yamashiro-Hironaka, and Yanagihara).
William Henry Road Sidewalk Project Presentation - Deferred
COMMITTEE REPORTS: Deferred.
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 9:21 p.m.
K. Russell Ho and Nola Frank
Resolution in Support for the 49th Annual Kaneohe Christmas Parade
WHEREAS, the Kaneohe Neighborhood Board No. 30 heard a presentation on the Annual Kaneohe Christmas Parade by Kuulei Olsen Richardson at its Thursday, September 15, 2011 regular meeting; and
WHEREAS, this year marks the 49th anniversary of this popular Christmas season event on the first Saturday in December, on December 3, 2011, starting at 9:00 a.m.;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Kaneohe Neighborhood Board No. 30 fully supports the 2011 Annual Kaneohe Christmas Parade and the Kaneohe Neighborhood Board No. 30 encourages the public to attend the parade.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be sent to the Mayor of the City & County of Honolulu, all City Councilmembers and the organizers of the Annual Kaneohe Christmas Parade.
This resolution was ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY by the Kaneohe Neighborhood Board No. 30 at its Thursday, September 15, 2011 regular meeting.
Kaneohe Neighborhood Board No. 30
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