Monday, September 28, 2015

Board Appoints Team To Study Crime Concerns

The Kaneohe Neighborhood Board has appointed a team to study community concerns about criminal activity along Kahuhipa Street.
Board member John Flanigan will chair the group. Fellow Board members Warren Ditch, Felipe San Nicolas and Holly Sevier also will serve, as will community volunteer Ben Baniaga. The Board made the appointment at its September meeting and designated the team as a permitted interaction group.
The appointment follows complaints at the Board’s June meeting about violence and drug deals along Kahuhipa Street. One concern is that the activity may be linked to the 4 a.m. closing time for bars.
The team will coordinate its work with City Councilman Ikaika Anderson’s office, which also is looking into the issue.
The appointment came at the Board’s September 17 meeting. In other developments at the meeting:
Repaving Advances: The Board learned that the city is soliciting bids for repaving Waikalua Road and will begin work as soon as the permits are in hand. The road serves Benjamin Parker Elementary School, a police station and a library, and is the main access to Kamehameha Highway for a busy residential area.
Cell Tower Proposed: The Board heard a report about a proposed Verizon Wireless cell phone tower across Kulauli Street from Puohala Elementary School. The tower would stand 70 feet tall, and would be on land owned by the Windward Church of the Nazarene and used for the Bay View Golf Course.
What's Next: Next up for the Board will be its monthly planning meeting, Tuesday, October 6, at 7 p.m. at the Kaneohe Community and Senior Center, 45-613 Puohala Street.
The Board will hold its next regular meeting on Thursday, October 15, at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Benjamin Parker Elementary School, 45-259 Waikalua Road, Kaneohe.

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