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Manoa Neighborhood Board No. 7

 

 

DRAFT REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2011

MANOA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAFETERIA

 

CALL TO ORDER: Chair Eric Eads called the Manoa Neighborhood Board (Board) meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.; a quorum was NOT present with eight (8) members. Note – This 17-member Board requires nine (9) members to establish a quorum and take official Board action.

 

Members Present: Rodney Chun (arrived 7:15 p.m.) Sarita Corn, Zach Di Ionno Eric Eads, Grant Fasi-Allison, Kaleo Gagne, Nadine Nishioka (7:30 p.m.), Milton Ragsdale, George Simson and Ellen Watson.

 

Members Absent: Gary Andersen, Martin Eby and Philmund Lee.

 

Guests: Firefighter Bert Nakamura (Honolulu Fire Department); Sergeant John Agno (Honolulu Police Department); Senator Brian Taniguchi; Terrence Aratani (Senator Taniguchi’s Office); Carole Hagihara (Representative Isaac Choy’s Office); Councilmember Ann Kobayashi; Jarret Yip (Councilmember Kobayashi’s Office); Dominic Dias (Board of Water Supply); Maria Kolart and Keoni Fox (Ali’i Wireless/AT&T); June Kawasaki;  Royden Arashiro; JoAnn Yamazaki; Carol and Jeffry Odo; David and Martha Hamada; Leona Porter; Tad Fukumoto; Wendy Gangloff; Harry Chang; Rachel Neville; Lorna Park; Napua Wong; Barry Brennan; Linda Legrande; Kent Yamaguchi; Alva Yamaguchi; Juli Ishioka; Tom Heinrich and Theona Kapoi (Neighborhood Commission Office).

 

PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS:

 

Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) – Firefighter Bert Nakamura highlighted the following:

 

  • November 2011 Statistics – Included 1 structure, 1 wild land, 1 rubbish and 1 vehicle fire. There were 31 medical calls and 15 miscellaneous calls for service.
  • Christmas Safety Tip – Dried Christmas trees, wreaths, and other natural decorations are extremely flammable. Remove them from your home as soon as possible, and consider recycling your tree at a participating green waste center in your area.
  • New Year’s Safety Tip – Leave fireworks to the pyrotechnic professionals and enjoy firework 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) – Sergeant Agno distributed a report and highlighted the following:

 

·         November 2011 Statistics – Included 16 burglaries, 19 thefts, and 12 unauthorized entry into motor vehicles. The report includes contact information for Officer Tony Kahapea, a map of Manoa Valley designating where crime took place, a summary report and statistics by call type. There is also information about Holiday Safety. More information about Holiday Safety can be found online at www.honolulupd.org.

 

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

 

  1. Drug Related – Concern was raised about the statistics and if drugs were a factor in the crimes. Sergeant Agno noted that it is possible that drugs are a factor. No specific answers can be given at the time.
  2. Construction – Concern was raised about a construction project near 3558 Woodlawn Drive.
  3. Burglaries – Concern was raised about why police did not dust for finger prints at a residents home. Sergeant Agno noted that he would discuss the matter with the resident in detail on the side.

 

COMMUNITY REPORTS AND INPUT:

 

Residents and Others for Matters Not on the Agenda – There was no further input.

Input Received by Board Members from Community Members – There was not further input.

 

University of Hawaii (UHM) at Manoa Representative – There was no representative or report available.

 

Honolulu City Councilmember Ann Kobayashi – Jarret Yip distributed a report and noted that Councilmember Kobayashi was still in Council Hearings. Yip was available for questions.  

 

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

 

1.       Selling Private Units – Concern was raised about a new housing project being constructed on Pilikino Street and that the new homes were going to be sold as individual units. Concern was also raised regarding any about proper permitting for the project.

 

Board Rodney Chun arrived at 7:15 p.m.; Quorum of nine (9) members present.

 

Mayor Peter Carlisle’s Representative – Bridget Holthus was held up at City Council Hearings and would not be able to attend tonight’s meeting.  

 

State Representative Isaac Choy – A written report was made available.

 

State Senator Brian Taniguchi – Senator Taniguchi stood on his report and was available for questions.

 

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

 

1.       Neighborhood Security Watch (NSW) – It was noted that Senator Taniguci’s office will be more than willing to assist with residents starting a NSW with the Honolulu Police Department. When current NSW members ask Senator Taniguchi to go on a watch with them, he will attend them as much as he can.

 

Without objection, the Board of Water Supply report was given.

 

Board of Water Supply (BWS) – Dominic Dias highlighted the following information:

 

  • Revised Water Rate Schedule – 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, which will take effect on January 1, 2012, will be spread over a five year schedule at a 9.65 percent increase each year. This increase will allow BWS to accelerate its capital improvement program, funding operational and system requirements needed to deliver a safe and dependable water supply to our customers. For more information on the new water rate schedule visit www.boardofwatersupply.com or call the BWS Communications Office at 748-5041.
  • Water Conservation Calendar – BWS is pleased to present its new 2012 Water Conservation Calendar. It features winning artwork from students all across Oahu. The deadline to enter the next contest is Wednesday, March 7, 2012 and is open to all students.

 

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

 

1.       Capital Improvement Program (CIP) schedule – It was noted that the CIP repairs will be ongoing. It was noted that the next five years will be a more critical time for BWS to begin the repair and maintenance projects. It was not clear if the water rates will be lowered once most of the repairs are completed.

2.       Project List – It was noted that the list of projects BWS has to work on can be found on the BWS website. Dias will follow up with the cost of the projects of concern to the Board. The water rate increase is actually a catch up period for BWS, because there hasn’t been an increase in 12 years.

 

FILLING OF VACANT BOARD SEATS: Chair Eads noted that there are a total of four (4) vacancies. There is one (1) vacancy in subdistrict 1 (Woodlawn), one (1) vacancy in subdistrict 3 (Middle Manoa), and two (2) vacancies in subdistrict 4 (Lower Manoa).

 

There were no residents interested in filling a vacant board seat.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: The Board did not have any discussion about possible Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Projects or consideration of proposed resolutions.

 

Board Nadine Nishioka arrived at 7:30 p.m.; Quorum of 10 members present.

 

NEW BUSINESS:      

 

Invasive Species – Rachel Neville distributed a flyer and presented the following on Coqui Frogs:

 

Coqui frogs are slightly under one inch in length and have a rounder body shape. The Coqui varies in color from light yellow to dark brown and may be mottled with black spots and have a mid-dorsal line (stripe along back) which may be visible. The Coqui also has a broader, bow-shaped snout, that habitat from the ground level to the tops of trees, they have suction cup-like toe pads, and the males call for a mate in a loud two-tone call, “ko-kee”.

 

Coqui frogs are usually heard before they are seen. The call is loud and shrill, almost at the frequency of a sound car alarm. A recording of the sound can be heard at www.hear.org/alienspeciesinhawaii/species/frogs/.

 

If a Coqui frog is heard, it was recommended that the Oahu Invasive Species Committee (OISC) be contacted at 266-7994 or 286-4616 or via email at oisc@hawaii.edu. It is the goal of OISC to keep Coqui frogs from becoming established on Oahu.

 

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

 

1.       Arriving on Oahu – Coqui frogs are established on the Big Island and can be found in anything that can hold moisture from landscaping materials to vehicles.

2.       Manoa – It was noted that there are no known populations of Coqui frogs in Manoa. The dots on the flyer indicate areas in which Coqui frogs have been removed.

 

Ali’i Wireless/ AT&T Antenna – Keoni Fox presented that the AT&T antenna will be an upgraded to 4G in an existing location. A packet was distributed to the Board Members which indicated where and what the changes would look like. It was noted that there was a concern with noise and a follow up before this meeting was done and it was found that one of the panels was not enclosed. It was noted that with the upgrade, there will be a light frame wall with sound absorbing material which will also minimize the noise.

 

Without objection, Board Member Nishioka wanted to commend Tad Fukumoto for receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor, who was present in the audience this evening.

 

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

 

1.       Energy Emissions – Fox noted that the radio frequency emissions will be well within the required standards. It was unclear if the upgrade will emit more emissions, but it will be within the FCC requirements.

2.       Surrounding Neighbors – It was noted that the appropriate neighbors were notified about the possible upgrade. Ali’i Wireless was given a list of names from the City Department of Planning and Permitting and notified all residents on that list.

3.       Location – The location of the antenna was established in 2002. No new facilities will be added, just upgraded to meet the demands of consumers and to keep up with competitors.

4.       Health Impacts – Fox noted that there should not be any significant health impacts. The antenna is high enough off the ground to send emissions above and outward. A resident noted that with the upgrade it is likely that the levels of radiation will increase as well as the noise. It was noted that the project does not belong in any residential area.

5.       General Comment – It was commented that residents do not like the antenna because it is an eye sore and it is noisy.

6.       New Technologies – It was requested that AT&T look for newer technologies before going into residential areas.

7.       Comment – Board Member Gagne thanked audience members for attending tonight’s meeting. Gagne expressed that he was shocked to hear that the emissions would not affect the residents living in the home. Gagne also hopes that they take in to account that residents do not want the antenna here.

8.       Woodlawn Area – Board Member Simson asked that all audience members from the Woodlawn area who are concerned about this project contact him.

9.       Bunny Farm – A resident noted that he used to own a bunny farm across the street from the home with the antenna. After a while, he went from 11 bunnies to three. Four of those bunnies had tumors. Concern was raised because it’s what this is doing to animals, so residents with pets be aware of this. If it is doing this to animals, it is probably doing this to humans as well.

10.   Rental – It was noted that the home the antenna sits on is a rental unit.

11.   Process – It was noted that the Board is not the final decision maker for this project to move forward, it is the City Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP). It was recommended that a formal request be made to DPP to hold a public hearing for this matter.

 

Fox thanked the community for their time.

 

Nishioka moved, Chun seconded that the Manoa Neighborhood Board request a public hearing at Manoa Elementary School in the form of a resolution. The motion was ADPOTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 10-0-0 (AYE: Chun, Corn, Di Ionno, Eads, Fasi-Allison, Gagne, Ragsdale (with reservations), Nishioka, Simson, and Watson; NO: None; ABSTAIN: None).

 

Complete Streets Resolution – This item was deferred.

 

Projector Resolution – Chair Eads read the resolution aloud. Simson moved, Ragsdale seconded that the resolution be approved as printed. Discussion followed:

 

  • It was questioned as to how the projector will be facilitated and set up.
  • It was noted that having a projector available for items on tonight’s agenda would have helped a lot of residents to show them where things are in the community.
  • It was noted that paper will be saved.

 

The motion was ADPOTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 10-0-0 (AYE: Chun, Corn, Di Ionno, Eads, Fasi-Allison, Gagne, Ragsdale, Nishioka, Simson, and Watson; NO: None; ABSTAIN: None).

 

BOARD ADMINISTRATION AND PLANNING:

 

Approval of MinutesThe November 2, 2011 regular meeting minutes of the Manoa Neighborhood Board were APPROVED AS CORRECTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 10-0-0 (AYE: Chun, Corn, Di Ionno, Eads, Fasi-Allison, Gagne, Ragsdale, Nishioka, Simson, and Watson; NO: None; ABSTAIN: None). The correction included:

·         Page 1 – Under members present, Board Member Anderson should be “Andersen.”

 

Treasurer’s Report – This item was deferred.

 

Reports from Board Officers and/or Board Members – Board Member Watson reported that she and Board Member Fasi-Allison completed the letter address to the City Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) requesting they host a public hearing for the modifications to the Hawaii Central Presbyterian Church. Discussion followed:

·         Board Member Fasi-Allison noted that he has reservations to sending this letter because if a public hearing is granted, it was unclear as to what will come of it.

·         Chair Eads noted that he would not want this to be used too often, as DPP already has a set process.

·         Board Member Di Ionno noted that it is the Board’s responsibility to further look into the interests and concerns of the community.

·         Board Member Ragsdale noted that DPP has a fair process in place. The original permit application should be reviewed so that ongoing problems can be addressed as a result of that permit.

·         It was noted the Board cannot decide what concern is important and what is not.

·         Tom Heinrich noted that it would be beneficial for the Board to ask for the community for an extra opportunity to further weigh into the topic. It was noted that the ultimate decision is made by DPP and not the Board.

 

Without objection, the Manoa NB APPROVED sending the letter as written to the DPP, requesting a public hearing for the Hawaii Central Presbyterian Church modifications, 10-0-0 (AYE: Chun, Corn, Di Ionno, Eads, Fasi-Allison, Gagne, Ragsdale, Nishioka, Simson, and Watson; NO: None; ABSTAIN: None)

 

Planning of Future Meeting Presentations and Topics – It was decided that the Board will meet in January and discuss future recess dates then.

 

COMMITTEES, PERMITTED INTERACTION GROUP (PIG), AND DELEGATE REPORTS:

 

Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OMPO) Citizen Advisory Committee Delegates – Delegate Heinrich noted that OMPO will further discuss complete streets projects. For more information visit the website at www.oahumpo.org.

 

Transportation and Transit – There was no update to report.

 

Subdistrict Boundaries & Membership PIG – There was no update to report.

 

Sunshine Advisory Board – There was no update to report

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE:

 

Input from the Board – Board Member Watson suggested all Board Members consider starting a NSW for their sub-district area. The NSW is the eyes and ears for the Police.

 

Input from the Community – It was noted that the Manoa Parade will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2011. It was noted that on Friday, December 9, 2011 the Moiliili Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m.

 

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theona Kapoi, Neighborhood Commission Office

 

Reviewed by Eric Eads, Manoa Neighborhood Board Chair

Last Reviewed: Thursday, December 29, 2011