Thursday, September 22, 2016

Dangerous Traffic, Dogs In The Garden And More From The Kaneohe Neighborhood Board Meeting

Here’s a further update on developments during our September 15 meeting.

Dangerous Traffic on Pua Alowalo St.: We learned that police had issued four speeding tickets since neighbors raised concerns at our August meeting, and that officers continue monitoring the street.  Speaking for the Mayor’s Office, Environmental Services Director Lori Kahikina told us that the city plans to do a traffic calming study on the street.

Residents are concerned about an increasing number of drivers using the street as a thrill ride and shortcut between the Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center and Kamehameha Highway. A bad curve, a hill and heavy use of the street by pedestrians (since there are no sidewalks) add to the danger.
Dogs in the Kaneohe Community Garden: Mayors’ representative Lori Kahikina told us that the Department of Parks and Recreation will work with the gardeners to complete a fence around the garden. We had learned during our August meeting that off-leash dogs were leaving waste, digging and threatening garden users.
The garden is located behind a baseball field at Kaneohe Community Park, 45-529 Keaahala Road. More information is available on the city’s community garden webpage and the Kaneohe Community Garden Facebook page.
Construction on Lilipuna Road: City Councilman Ikaika Anderson told us that he recommends the city take foreclosure action in response to questioned construction activity at 46-107 Lilipuna Road. Mr. Anderson also said the city’s Department of Planning and Permitting is working on the issue.

Neighbors told our April meeting that a residence under construction on the site was taller and covered more square feet than allowed, and that it lacked a shoreline use permit. They said construction was continuing on the property in spite of stop-work orders from the city. And they showed a picture of what they described as sewage flowing from the property into Kaneohe Bay.

Still To Come: Our August meeting also included discussions of housing the homeless, dealing with illegal vacation rentals and proposed changes to the city charter. Watch for updates on those issues in a future post.

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