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Kailua Neighborhood BoardMINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 2002
KAILUA RECREATION CENTER
CALL TO ORDER: Chair Faith Evans called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. with a quorum present.
Chair Evans thanked Lillian Hong for the professional job that she does in filming the Board meetings each month.
MEMBERS PRESENT: Lawrence Bartley, Kathy Bryant-Hunter (7:15 p.m.), Jon Chinen, Jim Corcoran, Faith Evans, Harold Falk, Charles (Chip) Fletcher, Pamela Garrison, Debbi Glanstein, Bruce Huddleston (7:02 p.m.), Knud Lindgard, Duane Samson (8:25 p.m.), Barry Silverman, Claudine Tomasa, Robert (Bob) Vieira, Barry Wong, Donna Wong (7:15 p.m.).
MEMBERS ABSENT: George Gonsalves, Jr. (excused), Charles Prentiss (excused).
GUESTS: Patricia Nekoba - (Mayor's Representative - Department of Customer Services), April Coloretti (Councilmember Steve Homes), Kenny McDonald (Councilmember John Henry Felix's Office staff), Senator Fred Hemmings, Jim Henshaw (Senator Bob Hogue's Office staff), Bob Carter and Barbara Krasniewski (Senator Fred Hemmings' Office staff), Representative David Pendleton, Representative Joe Gomes, Lieutenant Barry Bright and Officer Alfred Kanoho (Honolulu Police Department); Acting Captain Raul Fallau (Honolulu Fire Department), 1st Lieutenant Kent D. Robbins (MCBH), Jennifer Lee (Department of Parks and Recreation - Aikahi District Park), Shannon Wood (The Koolau News), Chad Castle, Courtney Brown, Pohai Ryan (Kailua Chamber of Commerce), Maria T. Gorak, Greg Uyechi, Toni Cofran, Chris Delannay, Lillian Hong (Olelo), Mahealani Hanohano (Neighborhood Assistant).
Huddleston arrived at 7:02 p.m. (14 members present).
HONOLULU POLICE DEPARTMENT (HPD) - WINDWARD DISTRICT-4 - Officer Alfred Kanoho, of District-4, distributed a detailed monthly report and highlighted the following for December 2001: 1) Lieutenant Grant Loo has retired from HPD. 2) Crime Statistics for District-4: a) There were a total of 57 burglaries: Beat 455 (Maunawili/Olomana) - 6; beat 456 (Enchanted Lakes - 11; beat 458 (business district) - 8; beat 459 (Lanikai Beach Park) - 12; beat 461 (Coconut Grove) - 11; beat 462 (Aikahi) - 9. b) There were a total of 83 thefts in District-4: Beat 455 - 17; beat 456 - 12; beat 458 - 14; beat 459 - 16; beat 461 - 14; beat 462 - 10. c) There were a total of 3 robberies: Beat 458 - 2; beat 461 - 1. d) There were a total of 10 vehicle thefts: Beat 455 - 1; beat 456 -3; beat 458 - 1; beat 461 - 4; beat 462 - 1. 3) Crime rates in the area have increased due to a group of suspects that HPD is aware of and in the process of taking them into custody. 4) Officer Kanoho introduced Lieutenant Barry Bright, of District-4, Community Area of Responsibility (CAR) 4.
Lieutenant Bright reported that Lieutenant Andrew Speese will be the new District-4 lieutenant to attend the monthly Board meetings.
DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION (DPR) - Jennifer Lee, of Aikahi District Park, reported the following: 1) Registration for the Spring Programs will be on Wednesday, January 9, 2002, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and January 10 and 11, 2002, 2:00 to 5:30 p.m. at area district parks. Spring Programs for children, teenagers and adults will begin on January 22, 2002. For further questions call 266-7652. 2) Sharon Tomita will be the new Kailua District Recreation Director beginning January 7, 2002.
MARINE CORPS LIAISON - 1st Lieutenant Kent D. Robbins, of the Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) - Public Affairs Office, distributed the monthly report and highlighted the following: 1) Major Chris Hughes has been deployed overseas to Bahrain to fight the nation's war on terrorism. 2) The 50th Anniversary of Marine Corps Air Station will be held on January 15, 2002 at the Kaneohe Marine Corps Base. 3) The Annual Great Aloha Run will be held on February 18, 2002, 7:00 a.m. and begins at Aloha Tower Marketplace and ends at Aloha Stadium. 4) The unveiling of the Iwo Jima Monument at MCBH Kaneohe Bay will be held on March 16, 2002. Printed pictures of the monument are on sale at
HONOLULU FIRE DEPARTMENT (HFD) - Acting Captain Raul Fallau, of the Kailua Station, reported the following: 1) Statistics for December 2001: There were 3 structure, 2 brush, and 5 vehicle fires; 43 medical emergencies, 7 search and rescue and 33 miscellaneous calls for response. 2) An unusual incident occurred on December 31, 2001 when a dog needed to be rescued for getting his head stuck in a fence. 3) Fire Safety Tip: “Prepare a fire escape plan. Map out you escape routes with at least two ways out of each room. Designate a location outside the house where everyone can meet. Know where the closest phone is located to call 911.” 4) Fire Fighter's Safety and Health Guides for Senior Citizens are available free at all fire stations, medical facilities, the City Store in Ala Moana Shopping Center, Costco, City & County of Honolulu senior centers and the State of Hawaii Executive Office on Aging. The information provided in the pamphlets are beneficial to all ages. The guides may also be obtained by contacting HFD's Community Relations Office at 831-7747. 5) Wished the Board and guests a safe and happy New Year.
Bryant-Hunter and D. Wong arrived at 7:15 p.m. (16 members present).
MAYOR'S REPRESENTATIVE _ Pat Nekoba distributed her report and highlighted the following: 1) The City must request funding for traffic calming improvements on Kihapai Street. 2) The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has taken no position in regard to the suggestion that a gate be installed at the Lanikai Boat Ramp, Parking Lot “C”. 3) Basketball courts resurfacing and re-striping must be completed before the installation of rims and nets at Kailua District Park. The project should be completed by the end of January 2002. 4) Board members should have received the requested copies of the Vision Team's types and categories of requested Capital Improvement Projects (CIP). 5) Beginning January 1, 2002 the new state rules that require all applicants for permanent disability placard renewals, who must renew every four years, to be re-certified by their physicians. Temporary disabled placard recipients will continue to be issued every 6 months with a physician's re-certification. Applications may be taken 60 days prior to the expiration date. 6) Wished the Board a Happy New Year on behalf of the Mayor. Thanked the Board and community members who continue active involvement in supporting the work of the Board. 7) Encouraged everyone to attend Sunset on the Beach held every Saturday and Sunday at the Kapahulu Pier on Kuhio Beach from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. 8) The next Brunch on the Beach will be held on Sunday, January 13, 2002, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Kalakaua Avenue.
Pohai Ryan, of the Kailua Chamber of Commerce, and former Board member, announced that Sunset on the Beach is proposed to be at Kailua Beach Park for the weekend of January 26 and 27, 2002 featuring The Planet of the Apes and Grease respectively. The event would support the Kailua business community. Extra parking will be provided at Kailua Elementary and Intermediate School with shuttles to Kailua Beach Park.
GOVERNOR'S REPRESENTATIVE _ There was no representative present.
COUNCILMEMBER JOHN HENRY FELIX _ Kenny McDonald distributed Councilmember John Henry Felix's monthly report and had 2001 tax forms available.
COUNCILMEMBER STEVE HOLMES _ April Coloretti reported that Councilmember Steve Holmes is the Chair of the Budget Committee that will hold an informational workshop regarding real property tax assessments on Wednesday, January 9, 2002, 9:00 a.m. at the City Council Committee Room, Honolulu Hale.
SENATOR BOB HOGUE _ Jim Henshaw reported the following for Senator Bob Hogue: 1) He will introduce legislation to improve the traffic camera program by focusing on traffic safety and not generating state revenue. One possibility is to continue the red light program and correct the speeding program by mandating the operators of the speeding program to photograph the actual driver of the speeding vehicle and not just penalize the registered owner of the vehicle by photographing the vehicles' license plate. Any vehicle currently found going over nine miles of the speed limit will be penalized. 2) He feels that the money in the Hurricane Relief Fund should remain in there in case of any future hurricane and requests community input on this matter.
REPRESENTATIVE JOE GOMES _ Representative Joe Gomes distributed his monthly report and was available for questions.
REPRESENTATIVE DAVID PENDLETON _ Representative David Pendleton distributed his monthly report and stated that he disagrees with the Governor's following proposals to boost Hawaii's economy due to the downfall caused by the September 11, 2001 tragedy: a) delaying payments by the state into the Employment Retirement System (ERS); b) using monies from the Hawaii Hurricane Fund; c) alcohol tax fix; d) placing a cap on the amount of revenues from the Hotel Tax which goes toward tourism promotion; e) legalized gambling.
Representative Pendleton also reported the following: 1) The revenues lost due to the economic decline will be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. 2) The Governor's proposals would only address the issues on a short-term basis. 3) Gambling would increase crime and current economic struggles. 4) Downsizing government through attrition would dramatically decrease government costs.
REPRESENTATIVE CYNTHIA THIELEN _ Representative Thielen was unable to attend tonight's meeting.
QUESTIONS, ANSWERS AND COMMENTS: Agency representatives and elected officials responded to questions asked by Board members and guests.
1) Coloretti reported that Councilmember Holes requested funding to purchase the 1,084-acre parcel for a park at Luana Hills Country Club. Access to the Olomana trails is through the golf course property and hikers' vehicles have been repeatedly towed for parking in the surrounding residential area. Hikers cut through residences' yards to access Maunawili Falls to avoid accessing the trail at the golf course. There are many archeological sites and native plants on the golf course property.
Councilmember Homes has the intent to form a recreational community-based master plan for the property.
15) McDonald stated that January 15, 2002 is the deadline to submit requests to appeal real property taxes.
Page 1, last paragraph, item 2, should read: “Major Susan Dowsett, wrote a letter to the Board.”
Page 2, 2nd to the last paragraph, the last line should be deleted and replaced with: “DTS will be in touch with the residents.”
Page 6, 2nd paragraph, all references to Kaimoani Way should be deleted.
Page 7, 2nd to the last paragraph, item 2, should be deleted.
Page 8, 7th paragraph, last sentence, should read: “.residents of the Kailuana community propose a beach access.”
Vieira moved and Chinen seconded that the Board approve the Minutes of Regular Board meeting of December 6, 2002 as corrected. The motion carried, 15-0-1. Abstain: Bartley.
REPORT ON PROPOSED ACCESS ROAD FOR KAILUA HIGH SCHOOL _ Chair Evans stated that the Board received a copy of a letter indicating that the Governor is in support of the proposed access road and funding as long as the City maintains it.
2) Gorak expressed concern regarding loud noise from the Kailua Zippy's parking lot area heard from her adjacent home at Lani Huli in the early morning.
3) Shannon Wood requested that the Board be actively involved in the planning of the Koolau Rebuild and Heritage System and Windward Multipurpose Campus Projects. The State Planning Committee meetings regarding this issue will be held on Saturday, January 5 and 26, 2002 in Waimanalo to invitees only.
FINALIZATION OF $1 MILLION CAPITOL IMPROVEMENTS PROJECTS (CIP) FOR 2003 _ The final list of CIP Projects for fiscal year 2003 as well as comments on that list were mailed out with the January 2002 agenda. Copies of the City's comments on the Board's requests were available.
Discussion followed: 1) Item 3 has been modified from the original CIP requests to reflect that the funding allocation is for planning and design only without designating a specific site. It was noted that any beach access along Kalaheo Avenue would require condemnation of private property. Chair Evans read minutes regarding the Board's position in 1999: “The Kailua Neighborhood Board supports the need for public beach access on the North end of Kailua Beach and advises the City and the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to cease in their actions to condemn private property for beach right-of-way at Kaimoani Way.” 2) Members of the Outdoor Circle have expressed concern regarding the landscaping of item 6. The proposal is for the City to develop a long-term landscaping and maintenance plan for the entire Kawai Nui Marsh area. 3) Discussion ensued regarding a request that the word “redesign” in item 4 be changed to “rebuild” because to indicate that the Board would like the Kailua District Park Recreation and Learning
Center to be rebuilt entirely. The monies allotted are only for the planning and design stages. It was resolved that due to the fact that the City interpreted previous description as a request for only simple remodeling that future meetings with the City can provide further clarification of the matter. 4) Discussion ensued regarding the Board's discussion and position on item 3 at last month's meeting. The minutes of last month's meeting were reviewed. Support was expressed regarding the Board's 1999 position for beach access on the North end of Kailua Beach and the request that the City decide on the specific site.
The motion carried 14-3-0. Aye: Bartley, Bryant-Hunter, Chinen, Corcoran, Falk, Fletcher, Garrison, Lindgard, Samson, Silverman, Tomasa, B. Wong, D. Wong, Evans. Nay: Glanstein, Huddleston, Vieira.
NEW BOARD POLICY RELATING TO INFORMING COMMITTEE RELATING TO INFORMING HOME/PROPERTY OWNERS WHEN A VARIANCE OR ANY OTHER ISSUE COMES BEFORE THE BOARD AFFECTING THE OWNER _ Chair Evans relinquished the gavel to Vice Chair Chinen.
Evans moved and Corcoran seconded to establish a Board Policy which shall require committee chairs and other members to make a due diligence effort to notify property/home owners whenever the owner(s) property is being considered for a variance or any other action which would impact the owner(s) property. This shall include adjoining or abutting property.
Glanstein moved and Evans seconded that the motion be amended to replace “shall require” to read “encourages” and replace “due diligence” to read “make reasonable efforts” so that the main motion reads: The Board supports the establishment of a Board Policy which shall encourage committee chairs and other members to make reasonable efforts to notify property/home owners whenever the owner(s) property is being considered for a variance or any other action which would impact the owner(s) property. This shall include adjoining or abutting property.
The motion to amend the main motion carried, 10-2-5. Aye: Bartley, Bryant-Hunter, Chinen, Fletcher, Glanstein, Huddleston, Samson, Tomasa, B. Wong, Evans. Nay: Corcoran, Lindgard. Abstain: Falk, Garrison, Silverman, Vieira, D. Wong.
During the above vote Fletcher wished to pass on his vote when his name was called. The request was contested. Acting Chair Chinen ruled to return to Fletcher's vote after the other Board members had voted.
Discussion followed: 1) Concern was expressed that committee chairs would be bound to the policy and that it would be scrutinized by other Board members when an issue is discussed. 2) It was mentioned that the Board should avoid being liable for lawsuits. 3) It was mentioned that the same Board members that criticized the Planning Committee Chair Prentiss for not notifying the issue regarding the ironwood trees are the same Board members speaking in opposition to tonight's motion. 4) It has not been discussed who and how to notify property owners. It is against federal law to place anything in a mailbox that has not been sent through the U.S. mail system.
Corcoran moved and Bartley seconded that the Board refer the matter to committee.
A point of order was called regarding whether the motion to refer takes precedence over the main motion.
The Board recessed from 9:06 to 9:09 p.m. to look into the matter.
Chair Evans presided over the meeting at this time.
REPORT ON MEETING HELD WITH FISHERMAN, RESIDENTS AND HPD CONCERNING THE PROPOSED CLOSURE OF PARK “C” (LANIKAI END OF BOAT RAMP) _ As a result of the last committee meeting held with fisherman, residents and HPD, a citizens patrol will be organized for sections A, B and C of Kailua Beach Park. HPD will dedicate a Community Area of Response (CAR) officer to the citizens' patrol.
Samson will keep the Board updated on the progress of the comfort station.
ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE _ No report.
Fletcher distributed copies of a draft of a Board Policy regarding Seawall and Revetment. The matter will be discussed at the Environmental Committee meeting on Tuesday, January 15, 2001, 7:00 p.m. at Kalama Beach Park, Boettcher Estate.
CIP, PLANNING AND ZONING _ No report.
Tomasa moved for the Government and Community Services Committee that the Board advises, recommends and supports continuation of Lanikai Charter School teachers as public school teachers with DOE status.
the motion only supports the concept of the bill as it relates to the public health issue. 9) Opposition to the motion was expressed and it was mentioned that restaurant patrons are subject to fat, alcohol and perfume, which are also dangerous to a person's health.
Glanstein moved for the Government and Community Relations Committee that the Board support the public health concepts in Council Bill 99 to protect worker, workplace and patron health by eliminating tobacco smoking in “inside” restaurant areas and further support the delay in its implementation.
The motion failed, 9-6-2. Aye: Corcoran, Falk, Fletcher, Garrison, Glanstein, Huddleston, Samson, Tomasa, B. Wong. Nay: Bartley, Chinen, Lindgard, Silverman, D. Wong, Evans. Abstain: Bryant-Hunter, Vieira.
1) Committee Chairs must call Chair Evans with Regular Board and Committee Meeting Agenda items by 10:00 a.m., January 22, 2002.
Military-Civilian Council _ Board Representative Jim Corcoran reported that he supported the presentation made tonight by 1st Lieutenant Robbins and announced that the Commanding General of KMCB has indicated that he will try to provide access to the base, especially to surfers.
Kailua Chamber of Commerce _ A report was given earlier in the meeting.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: There were no other announcements.
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