Monday, April 24, 2017

2 Community Members Are Appointed To Fill Vacant Seats On Kaneohe Neighborhood Board

During our April meeting, we were pleased to appoint two community members to fill vacant positions on the Board.

Their names, the sub-districts they represent and their contact information are as follows:

Holly Sevier, Sub-District 3 (Haiku Village/Plantations) -- 925 Dillingham Blvd. Suite 160, Honolulu, HI 96817, hsevier@hawaii.edu.
Jeremiah Sanders, Sub-District 12 (Pikoiloa) -- 925 Dillingham Blvd. Suite 160, Honolulu, HI 96817, sanders80844@gmail.com.
They will serve the remainder of the current Board term, through June 30. The makeup of the next Board will be determined in the upcoming Neighborhood Board election. It will start Friday, April 28, and run through May 19.
Mr. Sanders is the only candidate from Sub-District 12 who is on the ballot for the upcoming election.  No candidate has filed for the Sub-District 3 seat. The Board members who are elected this spring will be authorized to fill empty seats by appointment after their terms begin July 1.
A complete list of candidates is available on the Honolulu Neighborhood Commission website (scroll down to the list for District 30). Additional information about the election, including voter eligibility, is available on the Neighborhood Commission website.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Haiku Stairs Testimony Draws Media Coverage Of Kaneohe Neighborhood Board Meeting

Our April meeting attracted media coverage about the future of the Haiku Stairs.

Here's a link to the story from Hawaii News Now, which includes a video: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/35206680/supporters-of-stairway-to-heaven-speak-out-as-deadline-looms#

We'll post more information about the meeting in the coming days.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Light Agenda Is Scheduled For Upcoming Meeting Of Kaneohe Neighborhood Board

The agenda is set for our meeting on Thursday, April 20, and we hope you will join us. Details are below. To review the complete agenda online, click on this link.

Board Business: The only items of Board business are adoption of minutes from our most recent regular and agenda-planning meetings.

Other Business: Our agenda always includes time for reports from the Fire and Police Departments, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, elected officials from the state and local levels, community organizations, and our Board committees.

Details: The Board meeting will take place in the cafeteria of Benjamin Parker Elementary School, 45-259 Waikalua Road, starting at 7 p.m. Click on the highlighted link above to read the full agenda and find more information about agenda topics. The minutes of our March meeting also are now available. Click on the highlighted link to read them.

Agenda Planning Update: At this month’s agenda planning meeting, on April 4, we voted to oppose an extension of the community growth boundary in Kahalu’u. The resolution says extending the boundary could create a “domino effect” leading to “urbanization of valuable farmlands and watersheds throughout the rest of the Windward coast.” The vote on the resolution was 9-0, with two members voting by teleconference. To read the text of the resolution, click here.

We welcome your comments, in person and online
Please join us for all of our meetings. The agenda always includes time for comments by community members. If you are unable to attend, you may provide testimony online and contact Neighborhood Board members directly.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Voting For Kaneohe Neighborhood Board Seats Will Begin April 28, Run Through May 19

Local residents will select their next Neighborhood Board in an island-wide election that begins later this month.
The election will be held from April 28 through May 19. Eligible voters will receive passcodes that allow them to cast ballots by computer or telephone. Paper ballots will not be used.
Nineteen community members are up for election for the Kaneohe Neighborhood Board. The candidates will contest three at-large positons and seats representing nine sub-districts. No candidate filed for five sub-districts.
A complete list of candidates is available on the Honolulu Neighborhood Commission website (scroll down to the list for District 30). Candidate profiles also are available online.
The Kaneohe Neighborhood Board represents District 30 in the Neighborhood Commission classification system. The Board is made up of three at-large seats and 14 seats serving specific sub-districts. An online map shows the territory covered by District 30. Residents may check an online street index to determine which sub-district includes their street address.

Currently, three seats are unfilled on the Board and have no candidates filed for the election. Those seats represent Sub-District 2 (Crown Terrace); Sub-District 3 (Haiku Village/Plantations); and Sub-District 6 (Waikalua). In addition, no candidate has filed for Sub-District 1 (Ali’I Landing/Ali’I Shores) or Sub-District 5 (Lilipuna/Kahanahou).

The Board members who are elected this spring will be authorized to fill empty seats by appointment after their terms begin July 1.

Island-wide, 437 seats on 33 neighborhood boards are up for election this spring. Additional information about the election, including voter eligibility, is available on the Neighborhood Commission website.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Join Us For Our April Meetings

Agenda Planning Meeting
Tuesday, April 4, 7 p.m.
Kaneohe District Park
45-660 Keaahala Road
                                    
Regular Board Meeting
Thursday, April 20, 7 p.m.
Benjamin Parker Elementary School
45-259 Waikalua Road

If you are unable to attend, you may provide testimony online and contact Neighborhood Board members directly

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Friday, March 31, 2017

March Meeting Update: Preparations Moving Forward For New Sewer Line Along Haiku Road

Construction was an important theme at our March meeting. In addition to major waterline improvements (covered in a previous post) we learned that plans are moving forward on sewer work that will affect three busy roadways.
Jim Niermann, a consultant for the city, told us that environmental permits are completed and that bidding is in process for a new sewer line on Haiku Road from Kahekili Highway to Kamehameha Highway. He said the city expects to award bids in May and to begin work in July.
The work will involve trenching along Haiku Road where it serves Windward Mall, a church, an elementary school and numerous homes and apartments. It also will involve connecting the new pipe to pipes on the Kahekili and the Kam.
Mr. Niermann, who is with R.M. Towill Corp., said the new sewer line will handle much higher water flows than the current one. The change should help prevent sewage overflows during heavy rains.
Mr. Niermann also said the project will involve upgrading the Ahuimanu Pre-Treatment Facility to pump more wastewater uphill along the Kahekili. That will enable to city to reduce its reliance on water basins that serve the treatment facility and to keep existing infrastructure available in case of future emergencies.
The basins are used to store water that exceeds the capacity of the current pipes, and the system has been subject to flooding.
Information about the Ahuimanu Pre-Treatment Facility is available online. Click on this link and scroll down to Page 4. The environmental assessment for the overall project is also available online by clicking on this link.
We welcome your comments, in person and online

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Research Reserve, Dog Park And Traffic Study Earn Support From Kaneohe Neighborhood Board

We approved resolutions supporting three Kaneohe-area projects during our March meeting. The projects focus on the environment of Kaneohe Bay, providing off-leash space for dogs and combatting speeding through a residential neighborhood. All three resolutions passed on 9-0 votes.
Here are highlights of the resolutions:

Kaneohe Bay Environment: This resolution, offered by Vice Chairman Bill Sager, supports the He’eia National Estuarine Research Reserve and state funding to match federal funding for the project. The new reserve will provide research and a mix of traditional and scientific practices to keep the 1,385 acre He’eia estuary healthy. The Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology is to manage the reserve.

The federal government has committed approximately $700,000 to the project, and the state needs to provide approximately $400,000. The resolution includes a provision that the manager of the reserve make twice-yearly reports to the Neighborhood Board. The provision was added at the request of Board Member Felipe San Nicolas, who wants assurances the project is meeting its goals.

Legislation to provide the state funding (Senate Bill 1178) passed the Senate on a 25-0 vote and is in the House.

Off-Leash Space For Dogs: Offered by Vice Chairman Sager, this resolution supports the work of the Windward Dog Park Hui to build a fenced enclosure where dog owners can let their pets roam. The facility would cover about an acre and would have separate areas for large and small dogs.

Janine Tully (left) and Emily Vergara presented the
case for an off-leash dog park on the Windward side
The Hui’s president, Janine Tully, and vice president, Emily Vergara, told us that 56 percent of Windward residents own dogs. They said area residents have been trying to open an off-lease park for 20 years. The Hui leaders said their group picked up the effort three years ago and has been working with legislators and city officials to move the project forward.

In response to a question from Board Secretary Jonathan Hanks, Ms. Tully said that cost of the project has not been determined. She said Hui members hope to secure donations and city funding, as a similar group in Hawaii Kai did in 2008.

Residential Speeding: Introduced by Board Member Deborah Collins, this resolution asks the city Department of Transportation to reconsider a request to install traffic calming measures on Pua Alowalo Street between Pua Inia and Makalani Streets.

The resolution says residents feel threatened by an unusually high volume of traffic on Pua Alowalo, tied to cars seeking a fast way to return to the Kamehameha Highway from the Windward City Shopping Center. The resolution also says speeding is a problem shortly after school lets out and in the evening.

The resolution notes that the Transportation Department studied the issue briefly a few months ago but recommended no action. The resolution asks that the department return for more in-depth study and that it consider traffic-calming measures that are “effective and self-enforcing.”

We welcome your comments, in person and online
Please join us for all of our meetings. If you are unable to attend, you may provide testimony online and contact Neighborhood Board members directly. Comments on this blog are welcomed. To add a comment, please click on the link below. Also, please like us on Facebook and comment there.