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Ala Moana-Kakaako Neighborhood Board Meeting September 2017 Minutes
DRAFT REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2017
MAKIKI CHRISTIAN CHURCH
CALL TO ORDER: Chair Ryan Tam called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m. Quorum was established with seven (7) members present. Note - This nine (9)-member Board requires five (5) members to establish quorum and to take official Board action. Chair Tam welcomed everyone to the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 and thanked everyone for his/her citizen participation into the government decision-making process.
ROLL CALL: William Ammons, Rodney Chang, Michael Zehner, Ryan Tam, K. Russell Ho (Neighborhood Assistant), Jayne Cloutier, Susan Oppie, and Chris Chung.
Board Members Absent: Ron Komine, Jr. and Michelle Foyt.
Vacancies: There were none.
Guests: Cindy McMillan (Governor David Ige's Representative, Office of the Governor); Raytan Vares (Senator Brickwood Galuteria's Office), Brian Hallett (House Speaker Scott Saiki's Office), Representative Tom Brower, Deputy Director Ian Santee (Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative, Honolulu Emergency Services Department (HESD); Councilmember Carol Fukunaga, Jaren McCartney (Councilmember Ann Kobayashi's Office), Kenny Amazaki (Councilmember Trevor Ozawa's Office), Captain Randall Gibo (Honolulu Fire Department); Lieutenant Baron Lee and Sergeant Clinton Corpuz (Honolulu Police Department, District 1); Pat Lee (Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation), Ronald Higa (Liliha/Puunui/Alewa/Kamehameha Heights Neighborhood Board No.14 resident), Bob Dahilig (Hawaii Energy), Melissa Reyes, Astrid Holzinger; Amir Borochov, Pauli Wong, Ryan Gilardy, and Steve Kawamura (Ohana Control Systems, Inc.); Brian Bagnall (Outdoor Circle), M. Tait (Hawai i Convention Center), Poni Askew (Friends of Italy), Garett Kamemoto (Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA)'s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Coordinator), Ericson Cristobal (DVDAmodo, videographer), and Relley Araceley and K. Russell Ho (Neighborhood Commission Office).
PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS
Honolulu Fire Department (HFD): Captain Randall Gibo reported the following:
• Fire Statistics: There were 2 structure fires, 3 cooking fires, and 9 activated alarms (no fires); 141 medical emergencies, 1 motor vehicle collision with pedestrians, 3 motor vehicle crashes/collisions, no mountain rescues, 1 ocean rescue, and 1 hazardous materials incident.
• Fire Safety Tip: The Honolulu Fire Department often responds to hikers, who are lost or injured.
Use the acronym H.I.K.E. S.A.F.E. to recall hiking safety tips:
o Hike with a partner or a group and have a plan. Each member of the group should carry a cell phone, water, whistle, and a flashlight. The group should establish where to meet if members become separated.
o Inform someone of your hiking plan. Let them know when you plan to return.
o Keep a cell phone, flashlight, and whistle with you on every hike, including short and long hikes.
o Eat well and stay hydrated. Carry plenty of water; two (2) liters of water per person, per day is recommended.
o Stay on the trail. Abide by posted signs, and do not hike in closed or dangerous areas.
o Ask for help early; do not delay. A minor/moderate health or medical issue can be easily exacerbated by hiking up steep trails. Know your limits and pay attention to how you are feeling.
o Familiarize yourself with the area. Use a map and consult government-sponsored websites.
o Expect changes in the weather and terrain. Bring appropriate footwear and clothing.
Comment followed: Preventable Residential Fires - Chung asked for some tips on preventing home fires. Captain Gibo responded with Electrical Safety Tips:
o Plug one (1) heat-producing appliance (coffee maker, toaster, etc.) into a wall receptacle outlet at a time.
o Major appliances (refrigerators, dryers, stoves, etc.) should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Extension cords and power taps or strips should not be used. Also, do not "double up" on power strips.
o Have a licensed electrician install additional receptacle outlets to eliminate the need for extension cords.
• Cooking Fires: Seniors may forget and walk away from cooking.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD): Lieutenant Baron Lee reported the following:
• September 2017/August 2017 Statistics: There were 24/23 motor vehicle thefts, 8/12 burglaries, 135/131 thefts, 38/46 UEMVs (unauthorized entry into motor vehicles), 24/28 assaults, 3/1 sexual assaults, 2/8 graffiti incidents, and 28/23 drug offenses. Total calls for service were 5,698/6,577.
• Safety Tip: UEMV Prevention: Due to the recent increase in UEMV cases, the Honolulu Police Department would like to remind the public of the following prevention tips:
o Lock your doors - Suspects have been known to check car door handles for unlocked vehicles, often just by walking along the street or parking area and checking every vehicle. Double check that your vehicle doors are locked before leaving.
o Do not leave valuables your vehicle - If it is that important to you, it should be with you or secured elsewhere.
o Keep your vehicle clean - Do not use your vehicle as storage.
o Stash before you park - As the Christmas shopping season is coming up, if you must leave bags, purses, merchandise, electronics, etc. in the vehicle, stow the items in the trunk or hide them BEFORE parking. Suspects have been known to conduct surveillance and watch for potential victims stashing items in their trunks.
o Park in a visible area - Try to park in lighted areas without obstructions like walls and bushes that could help conceal the suspect's actions of breaking into your vehicle.
o Use vehicle defenses - such as car alarms.
o Report suspicious activity - to police and/or site security.
1. Taxis Taking Up Parking Spaces - Chang reported taxis using parking spaces on Ahana Street. HPD will follow up.
2. Residents Requesting Security Review - Chung asked about residents requesting security evaluations. Sergeant Corpuz suggested calling the Community Policing Team.
3. RAVE Concert - Chair Tam asked about a recent large, loud, RAVE event. Lieutenant Lee said it was on private property, not advertised, and an ongoing follow-up is being conducted to see what happened. HPD will report back next month.
Neighborhood Commission Office (NCO) Public Relations Outreach: Relley Araceley, Community Relations Specialist, reported the following:
• The Neighborhood Commission Office (NCO) - The Neighborhood Commission continues to examine ways to promote the Neighborhood Board System and increase public awareness. Our efforts to promote the Neighborhood Boards include members of NCO visiting various community center, parks, churches, and businesses in communities across the island. We post posters and leave flyers that promote their area Board and include the meeting date, time, and location. If any members of the Board or community know of additional places where posters or flyers can be placed please contact us at 768-3710 or get in contact with your Board's Neighborhood Assistant. Araceley distributed the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 poster and notices.
• Resolutions - The NCO is also currently working in conjunction with the City and County of Honolulu Department of Information Technology (DIT) to create a new section of or website that will pertain to adopted Resolutions. This new feature of the website will allow the public to access and view all passed resolutions which will be organized by Neighborhood Boards. We at the NCO feel it is essential for the community to be able to readily view the requests, desires, and sentiments as expressed through resolutions of Neighborhood Boards across the island. Please feel free to visit our website at - http://www.honolulu.gov/nco. Give copies of the resolution to your Neighborhood Assistant.
• Online Training - The NCO is additionally working on an online training program to serve as an education resource for current and prospective Board members. The training program will go over the three (3) major governing documents of the Neighborhood Board System that includes the Neighborhood Plan, Robert's Rules of Order, and the Sunshine Law. This program will serve as an aid to outline responsibilities, procedures, and duties of the Neighborhood Board and its members.
• Outreach Presentations - Lastly, the NCO is always looking for additional ways to increase awareness of the Neighborhood Board System. Presentations are continuingly being done at various community organizations and meetings across the island. The more people we can get involved the more influence our meetings can carry. If you feel there are any organizations or community groups that would be willing to hear more about the Neighborhood Board System, please feel free to contact Araceley at 768-3790 or email: email@example.com.
Comments followed: Outreach - Chair Tam offered to help with the posters and thought the posting of resolutions was a good idea.
First (1st) Annual Festa Italiana: There was no representative present at this time.
Ulu (Breadfruit) Phenology Program: Blaire Langston, University of Hawai i, was not present and no report was available.
Neal Blaisdell Center Master Plan Update: Director Guy Kaulukukui, Department of Enterprise Services (DES), updated the plans from his last visit in July 2017. After meeting with consultants, Director Kaulukukui mentioned that the conceptual design should be finished by December 2017 and the final conceptual design should be finished by December 2018, with construction by the end of December 2019. A two (2) - year closure notice will be given by December 2017. The next public meeting will be in the late afternoon/early evening on Thursday, November 9, 2017, times to be announced at the next October 2017 meeting.
1. Expenditures - Chung asked about expenditures. Director Kaulukukui noted that initial funds were budgeted before he joined the City. There was allocated $5 million and $13 million for planning in the present Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) budget with another $13 million request in the next budget.
2. McKinley High School Talks - Chung had talked with Mayor Kirk Caldwell, who mentioned that there was no response. Director Kaulukukui was assigned to the talks and found the McKinley High School Foundation supportive, but not so much from the school. It is focusing on increasing enrollment and getting lights for the athletic field.
Neal Blaisdell Center Master Plan Update (Continued): Director Kaulukukui noted the rehabilitation of the Concert Hall and the Arena, making them Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant. For the Arena, there are plans for more seating from 5,500 to 6,000 seats (as no seats are sold behind the stage) to up to 8,000 seats and the creation of smaller sports venues and performance hall to seat 1,500 people. Improvements in the parking structure would increase from 1,400 stalls to 2,300 to 3,000 stalls. The Exhibition Hall to be expanded from 65,000 sq. ft. to 90,000 sq. ft. There is a 95-foot height limit. Director Kaulukukui will forward the date, time, and location of the Thursday, November 9, 2017, meeting to the Mayor's Representative by the October 2017 meeting.
First (1st) Annual Festa Italiana: Poni Askew, Friends of Italy Society of Hawai i, announced that the First Annual Festa Italiana will be on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Cooke Street. There will be partial street closures, 17 food vendors, a stage, and Italian automobiles on display. A ticketed VIP Experience, with featured chefs and more Italian vehicles, will be open from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Energy Smart 4 Homes (ES4H) Program: Bob Dahilig, Hawaii Energy, explained the benefits of the Energy Smart 4 Homes program, which helps customers use electric energy more efficiently, save money, and conserve resources. ES4H also reduces water demand and associated sewer fees. The program provides the surveys to compare your energy usage to your neighbors' and provide the inspectors to get the solar energy rebates at no cost. Their service results in lower operating costs, better bottom lines for building owners and managers, and helps lower the costs of living for their tenants. Multi-family residential properties are a community or complex of multiple, residential living spaces contained within one building or several buildings, including (but not limited to) subsidized housing complexes/communities, age-restricted (senior) residential housing, assisted living facilities, properties under single-party ownership (apartments), condominiums, and townhouses. Dahilig mentioned several Kaka ako properties they have worked on and acknowledged Councilmember Carol Fukunaga, who helped in starting the program with the City Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM). ES4H's energy-efficient measures include:
• High pressure, high-efficiency showerheads
• High pressure, high-efficiency kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators
• ENERGY STAR®-certified Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) and/or Light Emitting Diode bulbs (LEDs)
• Smart power strips to aid in energy conservation and management
• There are no charges or hidden fees for this service. It is free 20-minute installation of devices for individual units in eligible multi-family properties, the program is funded by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).
When asked the size of the building, Dahilig stated that Hawai i Energy can install from a minimum 10 units (or less) to 550 units. If there are any questions, consult with a member of the ES4H team for further information.
High-rise Fire Safety Building Codes: Chair Tam acknowledged Michelle Foyt for setting up this presentation. Amir Borochov, Ohana Control Systems, distributed a handout with the City and County of Honolulu (C&C) Fire Department Requirements and reported the following:
• Recent Discussions: Borochov specializes in older buildings with outdated alarm systems and new building safety codes. Many boards have not put aside reserve funds for a fire sprinkler system and for louder alarm systems. Borochov urges the boards to start saving now for reserve funds later. "A sprinkler system will save a building, but a smoke detector will save a life." Borochov hoped this will clarify any questions anyone might have, regarding the Fire Department requirements.
Comments followed: Seniors - Chung asked if there were special requirements for seniors. Borochov noted that seniors may need strobe lights for the hearing-impaired and the 520 hertz - requirement for (louder) speakers. The building code is always changing, but Borochov likes to educate everyone.
Chair Tam mentioned that Councilmember Fukunaga will speak to Bill 69, relating to fire sprinkler systems, later.
Ala Wai Promenade: Brian Bagnall came last month and reported on the declining conditions at the Ala Wai Promenade. He noted the HPD advice to call 911. Bagnall suggested that the Neighborhood Board form a community group to watch over the Promenade. Chair Tam noted that later on the agenda, the Board will discuss the formation of a Community Action Group. Chung thanked Bagnall for his call to action.
REPORTS OF MEMBERS' ATTENDANCE AT OTHER MEETINGS
Chair Ryan Tam: Chair Tam received a concern from a resident about a structure on the roof of an adjacent building, which a Councilmember's staff is following up on. Chair Tam reminded everyone that the Board does not usually get involved in disputes among private parties, but is an advisory board to government agencies.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative: Deputy Director Ian Santee, Honolulu Emergency Services Department (HESD), reported the following:
• Ala Wai Promenade - HPD, District 1 (Central Honolulu) officers made checks of the Ala Wai Promenade at various times of the day. Officers issued 12 citations for Park Closure violations from Sunday, September 3, 2017 to Saturday, September 16, 2017. Homeless individuals were in the area during the day when the promenade is open to the public, but no violations were observed. Officers will continue to monitor the area and take the appropriate enforcement action.
• Pensacola Street and Waimanu Street - Small businesses in the area are losing business, due to the sewer repair and the parking restrictions. Board members asked when the completion date will be and are there funds to help the businesses. Department of Environmental Services (ENV) responded that the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) is the lead agency for the Pensacola Street/Waimanu Street underground storm drain repair project. For information related to the completion date, please contact project managers Kyle Hoi at 768-8823 or Jacob Yang at 768-8824. DDC responded that as of Friday, September 15, 2017, emergency shoring work was completed and all lanes on Pensacola Street were reopened to traffic. The contractor is currently cleaning up the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) property at the corner of Waimanu and Pensacola Streets, which is expected to last through Thursday, September 28, 2017. During this period, the use of metered stalls along Waimanu Street and one (1) shoulder next to the property are still restricted. All businesses remained opened for the duration of the emergency work and restrictions were placed only on City property. DDC does not use City funds to help private businesses impacted by construction on City streets. Please see attachment - http://citydart/vueAttachment.asp?ID=851180.
• 1350 Ala Moana Boulevard - Board member Ron Komine, Jr. is the resident manager for 1350 Ala Moana Boulevard and asked when the curb in front of his building will be repaired. He was advised to call Scott Kajioka, Assistant Chief of the Public Building and Electrical Maintenance Division, at 768 7731. On Thursday, September 14, 2017, DFM placed a concrete patch between the uplifts to minimize the tripping hazard. DFM has made a service request number 3601 to replace the sidewalk when resources are available.
• Resolution in Support - The Board passed a resolution in support of completion of the rail line and stations to Ala Moana Center as planned, and urged the State Legislature to provide sufficient funding to do so. The Board also supports HART's call for an audit. HART responded, "Mahalo for your support!"
Comments followed: Sinkhole at the Diamond Head Entrance to Ala Moana Beach Park (AMBP) - Chair Tam asked and Deputy Director Santee responded that he believes the road is still under repair and will reopen soon.
Councilmember Carol Fukunaga: Councilmember Fukunaga reported the following:
• Fire Safety Community Forum - There was a fire safety community forum on Saturday, September 16, 2017, which was attended by over 200 attendees from 91 residential buildings. Although the meeting missed the lelo schedule, comments will be posted as part of their Permitted Interaction Group (PIG) report with the City Council's Wednesday, October 11, 2017 agenda. The Hawaii Council of Associations of Apartment Owners (HCAAO) will also have a forum, which will be televised. Many good questions included how to evacuate seniors and are fire drills mandatory. It is hoped with comments from the forum and the Residential Fire Safety Advisory Commission (RFSAC)'s two (2) meetings, the HFD and the City Council can work together on Bill 69.
• Incident Near the Pacifica Condominium - The Offices of Councilmember Fukunaga, Councilmember Ann Kobayashi, and Councilmember Trevor Ozawa received numerous complaints from last Saturday's, (September 23, 2017) RAVE event, where 400-500 people, attended an open air concert. The Councilmembers will be working with the HPD and City agencies (Liquor Commission) to see if regulatory legislation is needed. As sound travels up, in a high-rise condominium area, it negatively impacts the neighbors. Chair Tam mentioned regulation in a commercial zone. Councilmember Fukunaga responded that in the past, the City has worked with the Liquor Commission and the bars to minimize the complaints.
1. Homeless - Chung asked how definitions are made, for example - a tent has four (4) sides. Councilmember Fukunaga noted DPR's overnight prohibition for sleeping under a bridge would be treated like closing a park at night, and not focus on the structures.
2. Transfer of Street Ownership in Kaka ako - Chair Tam asked about this issue from last year. Councilmember Fukunaga mentioned a temporary roadblock, as the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) informed her that the State formed a Roads Commission. Councilmember Fukunaga is working on getting the Roads Commission to work with the City.
Councilmember Ann Kobayashi: Jaren McCartney distributed the newsletter and reported the following:
• Bill 67, CD1 (2017) to Preserve Curb Ramp Protections - Councilmember Kobayashi introduced Bill 67 to preserve access to curb ramps designed for use by persons with disabilities. The bill amends the Revised Ordinances of Honolulu to clarify that no signage is required to enforce prohibitions on parking or idling in front of any curb ramp with crosswalks.
• Going Green Recycling Event - The 14th Annual Community Clean-Up will be on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to generate funds to benefit Kaimuki High School, Kapahulu Community Center and Mo ili ili Community Center. An attached flyer noted the acceptable items.
Councilmember Trevor Ozawa: Kenny Amazaki distributed the newsletter and reported the following:
• Homeless - There are on-going discussions with the State about forming a Joint Task Force to enforce various laws, so the homeless, who know the definitions and laws do not move from sidewalk to parks and back again.
State Representative Tom Brower: Representative Brower was not present, but his newsletter was available.
House Speaker Scott Saiki: James Stone distributed a newsletter and was available to hear concerns.
Comments followed: RAVE Event - Chair Tam asked about the recent RAVE event. House Speaker Saiki was aware of the issue and is working with the Honolulu Liquor Commission and the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) on it.
State Senator Brickwood Galuteria: Raytan Vares distributed the newsletter and reported the following:
• Special Session - Bill 1 was passed for the funding of the Rail system. The Senate confirmed over 40 individuals for State Boards and Commissions. Vares had the names.
• Recognition of a Community Organization - The Hawaii Men's Shed Association is currently located at Snug Harbor on Sand Island Access Road and is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, primarily for older men, who have skills in the trades. The Shed's operational hours are Wednesday and Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For more information, visit the Men's Shed's website at - www.HawaiiMensShed.org.
• Second Special Session - Two (2) judges from the Big Island of Hawai i were confirmed.
Governor David Ige's Representative: The Capitol Connection September 2017 was distributed and Cindy McMillian, Director of Communications, reported the following:
• McKinley High School ??? Last month Chung asked who makes land-use decisions for the McKinley High School campus. Per the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), the land under McKinley High School is owned by the DLNR, but it is under an encumbrance to the Department of Education (DOE). Any use unrelated to a school, such as housing and retail operations, would need to be brought by the DOE Board of Education (BOE) to the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR). The BLNR would have to approve any new lease for non-school uses. This may be a barrier, but it is "workable."
• Capitol Connection - This month's issue mentions the Governor's promises kept in government efficiency, e.g., on Page 2 - Millions of taxpayer dollars saved through strong management and on Page 3 - State Department of Health (DOH) transparency equals food safety. Now, customers can check for color-coded placards at Hawai i's 10,500 restaurants, food trucks, grocery stores, schools and other facilities.
DOH's latest innovation is an online portal at - hi.healthinspections.us/hawaii/, launched in 2016 where the public can read inspection reports for Hawai i (O‘ahu) restaurants.
• More Information - The State Department of Transportation (HDOT) has launched a new interactive online map that shows more than 170 projects under way or planned. By clicking on a particular location statewide, the public can see the schedule, scope and estimated cost for state highway projects, including those set to begin in the next two (2) years. It also provides an email address for the designated contact for the project. The Highways Project Status Map can be found at hidot.hawaii.gov by clicking on "Highways" on the home page, then going to "Major Projects" and selecting "Project Map." Questions can be sent to -DOTPAO@hawaii.gov.
Comments followed: McKinley High School - Chair Tam asked about the permits for McKinley High School. McMillian will follow up.
U.S. Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa: A flyer on Kupuna (Senior) Resources was distributed. A staff member from U.S. Congresswoman Hanabusa's Office called Chair Tam and said that a report will be available next month.
Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA): Garett Kamemoto reported the following:
• Reserved Housing Rules - The Reserved Housing Rules were passed and sent to Governor Ige for his signature. The reserved housing requirements are 20% of the number of units and 140% of the Average Median Income (AMI) for an average of 120% (AMI).
Comment followed: RAVE Event - Chair Tam asked if a permit was issued. Kamemoto responded that no permit was issued or required, unless it was on HCDA property. If Zoning changes were made, then there is a process, needing public hearings. Other agencies also regulate, like the Honolulu Liquor Commission and the DOH regulates noise. If there are more street events, they will be regulated by the City, like street closures or road repaving. Chair Tam noted that public notices are listed on the Neighborhood Board's monthly agendas.
Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART): Pat Lee reported the following:
??? Thank You - We want to thank our elected officials for providing additional funding to complete the 20 mile, 21 station rail project to Ala Moana Center. We also thank those of you who participated in the process.
• Act 1 - The State Legislature passed Senate Bill 4 (SB4), which was signed into law by the Governor as Act 1, and authorized the City to extend the general excise tax (GET) surcharge for three (3) years to December 31, 2030. This was approved by the City Council and the Mayor as City Ordnance 17-48.
• Mass Transit Fund - Additionally, the law decreases the surcharge gross proceeds retained by the State from 10% to 1%. It allows the Director of Finance to pay revenues derived from the surcharge, and establishes a Mass Transit Special Fund, administered by the State Department of Budget and Finance. It specifies that funds can only be allocated for capital (construction) costs of the rail project.
• Transient Accommodation Tax (TAT) - The bill increases the statewide transient accommodations tax, or TAT by 1% (from 9.25% to 10.25%) for 13 years from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2030 and allocates revenues to the special fund.
• Oversight - It also includes several oversight provisions and controls. It requires the State Auditor to conduct an audit and annual reviews of HART. It requires the State Comptroller to certify HART's invoices for capital costs. The bill also requires the Senate President and House Speaker to each appoint two (2) non-voting, ex-officio members to the 10-member HART Board of Directors, which increases the HART board to 14 directors.
• Rail - The rail system is the nation's first fully-automated, driverless system. It is elevated and utilizes a third-rail for electrification. The third-rail power system is being energized for dynamic train testing. The purpose of the testing is to determine train propulsion and braking, stopping at the correct spot at the station boarding gates, and other design characteristics. Trains will be tested up on the guideway between Leeward Community College (LCC) and just beyond the Waipahu Transit Center station for approximately six (6) months. Safety precautions are being employed due to the danger of the electrified third rail.
• New Leadership - HART's new Executive Director and Chief Executive officer is Andy Robbins, a veteran transit professional with substantial experience in public passenger urban rail, rail equipment, infrastructure, construction management, and systems integration and is also a specialist in driverless transit systems similar to the system being built here. He started with HART on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
• Opening - HART plans to open the first 10 miles (from Aloha Stadium to East Kapolei) for revenue passenger service in late 2020 or early 2021. The full 20-mile system's operation to Ala Moana Center is pending the completion of the City Center Section Guideway and Station Group (CCGS) segment (from Middle Street to Ala Moana) and target date for this is December 2025.
• Recovery Plan - HART's recovery plan was submitted to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on Friday, September 15, 2017 and the document is available on the project website at www.honolulutransit.org. For questions, you can call the project hotline at 566-2299 or email a question at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments followed: Funding for Completion - Ammons asked if there was sufficient funding to complete the project to Ala Moana Center. Lee responded that with proper controls, the project should be completed within the budget.
Honolulu Board of Water Supply (BWS): Chair Tam read the following:
• Main Break Report - There were no main breaks.
• 2017-2018 Halawa Xeriscape Garden Workshop Schedule - The BWS and Friends of Halawa Xeriscape Garden continue to offer workshops that highlight the concept of xeriscaping - an innovative means of conserving water through efficient landscaping. The new 2017-2018 xeriscape workshop schedule features dozens of new and popular workshops that offer useful tips on how to maintain a beautiful and water-efficient garden. The garden offers workshops on select Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout the year. Upcoming workshops include:
o Saturday, September 23, 2017: Hypertufa Bowls
o Saturday, September 30, 2017: How to Create a Xeric Butterfly Garden
o Wednesday, October 18, 2017: Rain Barrel Catchment
o Saturday, October 28, 2017: Spiral and Keyhole Gardens
Advanced registration is required. Call 748-5315 or email email@example.com to reserve your space at one of our workshops. Visit our website at - www.boardofwatersupply.com to check out the full list of classes being offered. The Halawa Xeriscape Garden at the end of Iwaena Street in Halawa Valley remains open to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Residents are welcomed to drop by to see dozens of attractive and less-thirsty plants on display, as well as pick up a complimentary seed packet.
Provide Comments on the Periodic Comprehensive Review of the Neighborhood Plan: There were none.
NEW BUSINESS: There was none.
Establishment of Community Action Committee: Chair Tam noted that the old committees were dissolved and the new Board may decide on new committees. Ammons moved and Oppie seconded that the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 establish a Community Action Committee. As there were no objections, the motion was ADOPTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 7-0-0 (AYE: Ammons, Chang, Chung, Cloutier, Oppie, Tam, and Zehner; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None). There was discussion about membership of the committee to include Bagnall, Vares, Komine, Chung, Chang, and Ammons. As there were no objections, the Board voted for Chair Tam to be the Chair of the Community Action Committee by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 7-0-0 (AYE: Ammons, Chang, Chung, Cloutier, Oppie, Tam, and Zehner; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None). Chair Tam will set the committee meeting date, time, location, and agenda and notice will be mailed out with the next regular meeting agenda to save money on postage.
Approval of the Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Regular Meeting Minutes: As there were no objections or corrections, the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 APPROVED the Tuesday, August 22, 2017 regular meeting minutes, by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 7-0-0 (AYE: Ammons, Chang, Chung, Cloutier, Oppie, Tam, and Zehner; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None).
Treasurer's Report: Treasurer Susan Oppie reported that $44.12 was spent for September 2017, leaving a balance of $464.95. The Treasurer's report was filed.
PERMIT REVIEWS, HEARINGS, AND APPLICATIONS
Liquor Commission Hearings: On Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., 711 Kapiolani Blvd., 6th Floor
• 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard - Target (Retail Sales)
??? 685 Auahi Street - Pioneer Saloon (Category No. 1 - Standard Bar)
??? Next Meeting: The next regular meeting of the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 is scheduled for Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the Makiki Christian Church at 7:00 p.m.
• lelo Broadcasts: Broadcasts of the Ala Moana-Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 meetings are on lelo 49 on the first and third Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. and every second Sunday at 6:00 p.m.
• No Loitering: Please do not loiter on Makiki Christian Church grounds after 9:00 p.m. Mahalo.
• Community Neighborhood Watches
o Mother Waldron Park (525 Cooke Street) - Mondays, 6:00 p.m. (Early Summer Schedule);
o Sheridan Park (833 Pi ikoi Street) - Monday/Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m.;
o Keola La i Condominium (600 Queen Street) Tuesdays, 5:15 p.m.;
o Kolowalu Park (1177 Queen Street) - 1st and 2nd Thursdays, 6:00 p.m.
ADJOURNMENT: As there was no further business before the Board, Chair Tam adjourned the meeting at 8:40 p.m.
Submitted by: K. Russell Ho, Neighborhood Assistant
Reviewed by: Aran Wilson, Neighborhood Assistant
Reviewed by: Michelle Foyt, Secretary
Final Review by: Ryan Tam, Chair
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