Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Candidates are sought for neighborhood board election

February 20th is the deadline to declare your candidacy for a seat on the Kaneohe Neighborhood Board. 

You may run for a seat if you are a resident and will be at least 18 years old by the filing deadline.

You may register online at https://vote.everyonecounts.com/app/3071/5953?i=1422381697. Or you may use a form available from the Honolulu Neighborhood Commission Office, 530 S. King St, Room 406, Honloulu. 

Serving on the neighborhood board is a grassroots activity. 

There are 17 seats on the board, and 14 of them represent specific zones within Kaneohe (determine your board zone by using the online street index at http://www1.honolulu.gov/nco/streetindex201207byalpha.pdf). The remaining three positions are at-large.

Board members talk with their neighbors, discuss their concerns and study ways to address them. The board also develops recommendations for action and shares them with government agencies. For example, the current board has worked with Honolulu City Council members to address concerns about ongoing neighborhood disruptions caused by hikers illegally using the Haiku Stairs.

You may already know some neighborhood board members. Check out the member directory and find out more about board activities online at http://kaneoheneighborhoodboard.blogspot.com/.

The Kaneohe Neighborhood Board meets on the third Thursday of each month. 

Currently meetings take place at Benjamin Parker School, starting at 7 p.m. The board also holds a planning meeting on the first Tuesday of each month. Agendas and minutes of board meetings for the past 14 years are available online at http://www1.honolulu.gov/nco/nb30/agendamin.htm.

In the Neighborhood Board election, you will be able to vote online and by phone from April 23 through May 15.

We encourage you to run for a seat on the Board.  It is a great way to serve your community and know what is going on in Kaneohe.  Donʻt ignore your opportunity to vote. No vote, no grumble.

For more information about neighborhood boards, check out the Honolulu Neighborhood Commission Office website at http://www1.honolulu.gov/nco/.

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