WAIKIKI NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD NO. 9
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2018
WAIKIKI COMMUNITY CENTER
CALL TO ORDER - Chair Robert Finley called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.; quorum was established with nine (9) members present. Note: This 17-member Board requires nine (9) members to establish quorum and to take official board action.
Board Members Present - Jeff Apaka, Jerome Bautista, Helen Carroll, Louis Erteschik, Gordon Fahey, Robert Finley, Grant Giventer (Arrived at 7:05 p.m.), Kathryn Henski, Jeffrey Merz, Mark Smith (Arrived at 7:05 p.m.), Kenneth Wilder.
Board Members Absent - Robert Boyack, Walt Flood, Laura McIntyre, Nicola Perez-Garreaud, and Patricia Shields.
Guests - Sergeant Shawn Akau (Honolulu Police Department); Bryan Gallagher (Board of Water Supply); Garrett Kamemoto (Hawaii Community Development Authority); Justine Espiritu (Bikeshare Hawaii); Mark Yonamine (Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative); Lynn Fallin (Governor David Ige's Representative); Kimberly Ribellia (Councilmember Trevor Ozawa's Representative); Jim Fulton (Waikiki Improvement Association); Representative Tom Brower; Raytan Vares (Senator Brickwood Galuteria???s Representative); Dennis Silva (419 Pau Street Project Representative); Calvin, Dave Moskowitz, Jack Gottlieb, Gail Nipitnorasate, Robert Dell, Rob Johnson, Judith Wells, Grace Miller, Rick Tamiguchi, Natalie Iwasa, James Browne, Amy Ammen, Brian Bagnall, and Tommy Wates (Residents); David Jones (Videographer); and Jackson Coley (Neighborhood Commission Office).
Opening Announcements - Chair Finley reported that the King Kalakaua Plaza update was deferred to the April 2018 regular Board meeting.
VACANCY SUB DISTRICT 1 - There were no nominations to fill the vacancy for Sub-district 1; this item was deferred until the next meeting.
CITY MONTHLY REPORTS
Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) - No representative was present, no report was given.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD) - Sergeant Shawn Akau reported the following: February 2018 Crime Statistics - There were 10 robberies, 10 burglaries, 197 thefts, 23 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMV), 39 assaults, 2 sex crimes, 109 speeding citations, 423 parking citations, 0 loud muffler citations, 67 park closure warnings, 237 park closure citations, and 2 park closure arrests. Total calls for service were 4,108. Additional statistics are available online at www.honolulupd.org.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Zoo Parking Lot Area - Henski voiced concerns regarding crime in the Honolulu Zoo's parking lot and the immediate area stating that multiple assaults and incidents of property damage had occurred within the past two (2) weeks.
Smith arrived at 7:05 p.m. 10 members present.
Giventer arrived at 7:05 p.m. 11 members present.
2. Zoo Parking Lot Area (Continued) - Henski stated that requests were made to HPD for social services to assist homeless individuals in the area. Henski inquired about actions being taken to address issues within the area. Sergeant Akau stated that homeless individuals within the area are allowed at bus stops and Henski clarified that her concerns were with homeless individuals who were not at bus stops. Sergeant Akau stated that many of the concerns are ongoing issues and agreed to inform supervisors of the concerns. Sergeant Akau stated that patrols and resources for the Waikiki district have increased to improve HPD visibility. Henski voiced concerns and Sergeant Akau clarified that issues relating to mental health are referred to police psychologists who make recommendations on how to proceed.
3. Illegal Dumping - Merz voiced concerns regarding illegal dumping of furniture and bulky items within Waikiki. Merz stated that dumping is often performed by individuals residing outside of the dumping area and voiced safety concerns with sidewalks becoming inaccessible. Merz inquired and Sergeant Akau responded that dumping items on sidewalks is illegal and encouraged recording and reporting violator's license plates to HPD for investigation.
4. Loud Mufflers - A resident requested loud muffler statistics and voiced concerns regarding a lack of HPD action to address loud mufflers in Waikiki. Sergeant Akau reiterated there were no loud muffler citations during February 2018 and stated that the HPD cannot cite loud mufflers unless violators are caught during violations.
5. Sirens - Resident Calvin voiced concerns regarding siren noise late at night and inquired about using lights without using sirens. Sergeant Akau responded that sirens and lights are necessary due to Waikiki's busy nature and that sirens and lights are connected to each other and only used in conjunction. Resident Calvin suggested changing policy to use lights without sirens and Sergeant Akau agreed to refer the suggestion. Smith stated that HFD policy requires using sirens and lights whenever dispatched, however HPD can use lights without sirens.
6. Loud Mufflers (Continued) - Fahey inquired about loud muffler citation criteria and voiced concerns regarding sub-cultures which encourage loud vehicles and disorderly conduct. Sergeant Akau stated that traffic enforcement is secondary to calls for service. Sergeant Akau suggested acquiring additional traffic divisions for Waikiki and agreed to refer the issue to supervisors. Fahey inquired and Sergeant Akau clarified that violators must be observed for citation. Chair Finley inquired about reporting vehicle license plates and Sergeant Akau responded that reporting license plates will allow the HPD to better investigate issues. Erteschik voiced concerns regarding statistics indicating a lack of citations and Sergeant Akau responded that he would investigate the issue. Carroll suggested taking action against businesses responsible for selling vehicle modifications which increase noise. Chair Finley stated that such modifications should be removed during annual safety checks. Chair Finley requested that the issue be referred to all officers within Waikiki.
Board of Water Supply (BWS) - Bryan Gallagher reported the following:
• Main Break Report - There were no main breaks for February 2018.
• March 2018 Subsidies - The topic for March 2018 regarding the BWS' Water Rate Study is subsidies. The amount of subsidies and who pays for them are important considerations for the BWS' water rates. The BWS is evaluating these subsidies, looking at moving closer to the cost of them, and continue to extend some of these subsidies. As the BWS examines rate structure, other subsidies have been suggested such as; supporting customer assistance programs, affordable housing, homeless, and fire sprinkler conversions. The basic structure of the BWS' water rates has not changed since 1993. Non-residential customers like hotels, restaurants, other businesses, and government institutions pay more than the total cost to serve them. The same is true, but to a much lesser extent, for multifamily residential customers. The additional money collected from these customers subsidizes the costs for agricultural, non-potable, recycled water, and single-family residential customers. With full commitment to an open and transparent process, the BWS has been meeting with their Stakeholder Advisory Group since 2015. All their meetings, and BWS Board meetings, are publicly noticed and open to all. Residents are encouraged to attend. BWS Board meetings are also shown on Olelo. Meeting locations, dates, and times are posted online at www.boardofwatersupply.com.
• Primary Urban Center Watershed Management Plan - There are three (3) upcoming meetings regarding the Primary Urban Center Watershed Management Plan. The closest meeting for the Waikiki area will be at Ala Wai Elementary School on Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Additional information is available online at www.boardofwatersupply.com/water-resources/watershed-management-plan.
• Ponding on Ala Wai Boulevard - Responding to previous cncerns regarding water ponding along Ala Wai Boulevard. The ponding appears to be created by a depression in the sidewalk and the issue has been referred to the City for investigation.
Kaka ako Waterfront Park Update - Garrett Kamemoto, Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) Executive Director, attended to address previous inquiries regarding Kaka ako Waterfront Park. Merz inquired about work to remove homeless and perform maintenance on the Park and voiced concerns regarding homeless returning to the Park. Executive Director Kamemoto clarified that park closure was enacted to remove individuals camping at the Park and perform Park maintenance to address electrical damage, water damage, and exposed wiring with repairs costing $178,000. Executive Director Kamemoto clarified that current issues are regarding Kaka ako Gateway Park where the Park is under HCDA jurisdiction while adjacent sidewalk are under City jurisdiction. This difference in jurisdiction results in homeless occupying the Park during the day, which is allowed, then relocating to the sidewalks at night as they are removed from the park by 10:00 p.m. Merz inquired and Executive Director Kamemoto clarified that homeless individuals move between the Park and the adjacent sidewalks and that the HCDA cannot prevent camping on sidewalks as they lack sidewalk jurisdiction. Executive Director Kamemoto stated that the HCDA is working with HPD and the Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) to address the issue. Merz voiced concerns regarding the multi-jurisdictional nature of the issue and the lack of a singular agency capable of addressing the issue. Executive Director Kamemoto stated that the HCDA is working to address the issue and is exploring new approaches to effectively address the issue. Resident Dave Moskowitz suggested permanently closing the Park and fencing off the adjacent sidewalk. Executive Director Kamemoto reiterated that streets and sidewalks are outside of the HCDA's jurisdiction.
Bikeshare Hawaii (Biki) Expansion Update - Justine Espiritu, Biki Grants and Programs Manager, circulated a handout and reported the following:
• Biki Expansion - Biki has planned a summer 2018 expansion to install 30 to 50 new stations throughout Honolulu. A packet was distributed outlining potential sites which is available online at https://gobiki.org/biki-expansion/. One (1) highlighted site is outside of the Waikiki Community Center with installation scheduled for Thursday, March 22, 2018.
• Community Outreach - Biki has scheduled the following public meetings to gather community feedback regarding potential expansion sites:
o Thursday, March 29, 2018 - Jefferson Elementary School from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
o Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - Makiki District Park from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
o Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - Chinatown/Downtown location to be determined from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Redundant Sites - Smith inquired about Biki stations within Waikiki which may be considered redundant and in need of removal. Espiritu responded that there are no sites considered redundant and that the Waikiki area requires additional Biki stations.
2. Announcement Concerns - Henski voiced concerns with Biki utilizing the Resident/Community Concerns section of the meeting to make an announcement. Chair Finley clarified that Biki was not on the meeting's agenda and referred attendees to the Thursday, March 29, 2018 meeting to voice additional questions and concerns regarding Biki. Espiritu inquired and Chair Finley responded that the April 2018 Board agenda was full and could not include a section for Biki.
Procedure - A resident inquired about the proper procedure when individuals want testimony directed towards the Mayor's office to be on the official record of the Board meeting. Chair Finley responded that, while any concern can be stated at the meeting, issues regarding a specific City office should be referred to the Mayor's Representative. The Resident clarified that his concerns were regarding mobile kiosks on Waikiki sidewalks and Chair Finley responded that Bill 6 regarding mobile kiosks was scheduled for discussion later in the meeting under Councilmember Ozawa.
Gun Club Concerns - Resident Moskowitz voiced concerns regarding gun clubs throughout Waikiki spreading lead contamination through improper ventilation systems.
Food Trucks - Resident Moskowitz stated he received a letter concerning food trucks on street corners in Waikiki stating that food trucks would be fined for lighting violations.
Upcoming Events - Chair Finley announced the following events:
• Salute to Youth Parade - Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
• Hapolua Honolulu Half Marathon - Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
• Duke Kahanamoku Beach Challenge - Sunday, April 15, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
• Waikiki Spam Jam - Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
• 40th Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk - Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
APPLICATIONS FOR LIQUOR LICENSES - No applications received for March 2018.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative - Mark Yonamine, Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Deputy Director, reported the following:
• Street Light Conversion - The City wide LED Street Light Conversion Project started February 2018. From February 2018 until the end of December 2019, over 53,000 City and County Street Lights will be replaced with the more economical and directional LED lights. For more information about costs, schedule and frequently asked questions, visit www.myoahustreetlight.com.
• Foot/Bike Patrols - Responding to previous requests for additional HPD foot and bike patrols in Waikiki. The HPD responded that foot patrols in Waikiki are generally conducted by the fourth Watch officers. Unfortunately, due to the limited numbers of officers assigned to the Waikiki fourth Watch program, the visibility is not as obvious as during recent months. District 6, Waikiki, is anticipating a large number of officers that will be assigned to this program resulting in more visible foot patrols. 10 officers patrol the Waikiki district on bicycles that afford them greater visibility and the ability to respond to calls for service in areas not easily accessible by police vehicles. They have also been focusing their efforts along Kalakaua Avenue and in parks. The Waikiki district command will share concerns with officers and have them remain more visible as much as operationally possible.
??? Body Cameras - Responding to previous inquiries regarding HPD acquiring body cameras. The HPD responded that they recently completed a pilot program that involved field-testing the body-worn cameras (BWC), and that the department is currently working with the City's Department of Budget and Fiscal Services (BFS) to enter into a contract with a BWC vendor. A phased and systematic approach will be taken to implement BWCs in the HPD. Officers will begin to use BWCs in the field by the summer of 2018. Officers in the Waikiki area should be issued and start using BWCs before the end of 2018.
• Power Washing - Responding to requests for power washing bus stops between 1:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. The Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) responded that power washing at bus stops in Waikiki is performed by contractors hired by the Waikiki Business Improvement District Association (WBIDA). The WBIDA informed the City that they initiated a new program to pressure wash bus stops three (3) times a week, starting in the fall of 2017. Service is provided between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The WBIDA restricts pressure washing service to this schedule in order to limit the impact of noise to neighboring hotels, commercial properties, and residences.
• Fire Sprinklers - Responding to previous requests for Mayor Caldwell's official stance on issues relating to retrofitting sprinklers in apartment buildings. The Office of the Mayor (MAY) responded that Mayor Caldwell supports the retrofitting of high-rise residential buildings with sprinkler systems, and introduced a bill to that effect in July 2017 stating: "Sprinklers will save lives, and our keiki and kupuna need them most. We know the Marco Polo fire would likely not have spread if the building had sprinklers. We also know that many Oahu families struggle to pay for affordable housing, and we are working with the City Council to find ways to help homeowners pay for this lifesaving upgrade." In 1975, the City and County of Honolulu surpassed national standards of the time by enacting a law requiring sprinkler systems in all newly constructed high-rise buildings, but not to existing buildings. In 1983, Honolulu required all existing hotel high-rise buildings retrofit an automatic fire sprinkler system. In 2001, the requirement was extended to all existing commercial high-rise buildings. The requirement had not been extended to existing high-rise residential buildings. According to a survey conducted by the HFD, there are approximately 300 high-rise apartment buildings on Oahu which currently do not have a fire sprinkler system. Honolulu's Building Code currently requires all newly constructed multi-family apartment buildings be equipped with an automatic fire sprinkler system, even if they are not high-rise buildings.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Body Camera Microphones - Chair Finley inquired if the HPD BWC's will contain microphones to collect evidence for noise complaints. Deputy Director Yonamine responded he would check, however he believed the BWCs include microphones.
2. Illegal Dumping - Merz reiterated concerns regarding individuals dumping bulky items on sidewalks in Waikiki creating safety hazards. Merz reiterated that the individuals dumping items are not residents of the areas where dumping is performed and advocated for increasing discussion regarding the issue.
3. Rate Commission - Erteschik inquired about the rate commission responsible for bus and handi-van rates and Deputy Director Yonamine responded they are under the Department of Transportation Services (DTS). Erteschik inquired about who the commission reports to and how long they have been in effect and Deputy Director Yonamine agreed to refer the inquiries to DTS for future reports.
4. Additional Police for Waikiki - Henski voiced concerns regarding only 10 police officers being assigned to Waikiki. Henski inquired about increasing officer assignment to Waikiki, what agencies would be involved in increasing officer count, and Mayor Caldwell's involvement in the process. Deputy Director Yonamine responded that Mayor Caldwell could consult with the Police Chief and agreed to refer the issue.
5. Biki Bikes and Education - Fahey voiced concerns regarding Biki increasing bicycle riding on pedestrian walkways and inquired about providing educational signage in multiple languages at Biki stations to educate riders about where they are allowed to ride. Fahey stated that some stations contained small information pamphlets which appeared to be insufficient in addressing the issue. Deputy Director Yonamine responded that he would refer the issue to DTS. Fahey voiced concerns regarding a lack of infrastructure for bikes and the Biki project increasing bicycling without providing additional infrastructure.
6. Condominium Fire Sprinklers - A resident inquired about condominium fire sprinklers and who would be responsible for installation costs. Deputy Director Yonamine responded that condominium associations would be responsible for determining whether or not sprinkler installation is necessary. The resident inquired and Deputy Director Yonamine responded that there are multiple methods for financing installation. Deputy Director Yonamine agreed to gather more information to report again at a future meeting.
Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Ala Wai Canal Dredging Project Update - A DLNR Representative circulated a handout and reported the following:
• Project Overview - The Ala Wai Canal requires dredging every 15 years to remove silt and sediment accumulation with the most recent dredging being performed in 2002. The DLNR plans to perform the next dredging by the end of 2018 utilizing a barge mounted crane to scoop sediments.
• Sediment Disposal - Dredged sediments will be disposed of at the Oahu Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site located five (5) miles off the coast of south Oahu which has been approved of by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
• Work Timeline - Work is expected to begin by the end of 2018 and last one (1) year with work being performed between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday. The barge will move at a rate of roughly one (1) block per week. Work will be performed on one (1) side of the canal at a time to allow an open channel for boating and kayaking during the project.
• Canal Walls - Reconstruction and maintenance of deteriorating canal walls will be performed with the project.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Timetable - Erteschik inquired about the timetable and the Representative responded that work is expected to take one (1) year moving from Kapahulu Avenue to the Ala Moana Bridge. Erteschik inquired and the Representative reiterated that work is scheduled for seven (7) days a week in order to speed up the project.
2. Support - Merz voiced support for the project and plans to include wall maintenance.
Governor David Ige's Representative - Lynn Fallin, Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) Behavior Health Services Administration Deputy Director, circulated a newsletter and reported the following: Ala Wai Canal Project - Deputy Director Fallin voiced approval of the Ala Wai Canal dredging project.
Apaka departed at 8:08 p.m. 10 members present.
Councilmember Trevor Ozawa - Kimberly Ribellia, Legislative Aide, circulated a handout and reported the following:
• Bill 110 - The City Council unanimously adopted Bill 110 regarding monster homes. Bill 110 establishes a temporary two (2) year moratorium to allow for the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) and the Planning Commission to develop a permanent solution to determine the size of large residential dwellings.
• Visitor Public Safety Conference - The Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association (HLTA) hosted a Visitor Public Safety Conference on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 to address concerns regarding criminal activity within Waikiki. Workshops were provided by HPD Chief Susan Ballard and Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro.
• Bill 6 - Bill 6 regarding sidewalk kiosks in Waikiki will be heard by the City Council's Public Health, Safety, and Economic Development Committee on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.
• Bicycles on Sidewalks - Ribellia stated that she would submit a request for additional signage to address the issue of bicycles on sidewalks in Waikiki.
• Sprinkler Bill - A bill regarding fire sprinklers in condominiums is currently in committee. The bill currently requires an evaluation for each building where buildings could be exempt from sprinkler installation. Councilmember Ozawa has voiced opposition to the Bill and it is not expected to move forward.
Bill 6 Regarding Mobile Kiosks in Waikiki - Jim Fulton, Waikiki Improvement Association (WIA), reported the following: Bill 6 - Bill 6 would, if passed, outlaw mobile kiosks on sidewalks in Waikiki to address safety concerns created by kiosks obstructing pedestrian walkways. While previous legislation outlawed similar devices, exceptions were introduced over time allowing for the current mobile kiosks to exist. Bill 6 would remove exceptions from the old legislature and ensure that mobile kiosks are removed from pedestrian walkways to improve safety. Bill 6 will be heard by the City Council's Public Health, Safety, and Economic Development Committee on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Kiosk Concerns - Resident Jack Gottlieb voiced concerns regarding mobile kiosks obstructing pedestrian walkways in Waikiki and stated that kiosks pose a nuisance which alienates visitors through aggressive sales experiences. Resident Gottlieb voiced concerns regarding businesses utilizing mobile kiosks to circumvent rental and business fees while discrediting other businesses by damaging the image of the tourism industry. Resident Gottlieb advocated for passing Bill 6 to address these issues.
2. Bill Progress - Henski inquired about Bill 6's current progress and Ribellia responded that Bill 6 recently passed first reading and is progressing to its first Committee hearing with expectations to pass. Henski inquired about methods for removing mobile kiosks when they are capable of relocating to other areas and inquired if Bill 6 would apply to street performers. Ribellia responded that the specifics of enforcement are not set, however they are expected to involve fining violators. Fulton clarified that street performers are unaffected by Bill 6 as their work involves freedom of speech issues while Bill 6 addresses the exceptions to previous anti-kiosk legislation. Fulton stated that Bill 6 will provide HPD with clearer procedure when encountering mobile kiosks.
3. Kiosk Legality - Erteschik inquired about the current legality of mobile kiosks and Fulton clarified that original legislation deemed all sidewalk kiosks and similar structure illegal, however exemptions to this legislation was introduced over time allowing for kiosks within certain regulations.
4. Bill 6 Purpose - Erteschik inquired about the purpose behind Bill 6 and whether it was to address pedestrian traffic safety issues or an attempt by larger businesses to remove competition. Fulton responded that Bill 6 is intended to address pedestrian traffic safety issues created by mobile kiosks obstructing pathways and stated that both residents and visitors have voiced opposition to the kiosks.
5. Kiosk Concerns - Resident Moskowitz voiced concerns regarding mobile kiosks obstructing pedestrian walkways and encouraged removing the kiosks.
Chair Finley passed the gavel to Vice Chair Erteschik at 8:30 p.m.
6. Board Action ??? Finley encouraged the Board to make a formal motion if they desire to support Bill 6.
Vice Chair Erteschik returned the gavel to Chair Finley at 8:31 p.m.
Henski moved and Merz seconded the motion for the Waikiki Neighborhood Board No. 9 to support Councilmember Ozawa's Bill 6.
Discussion Followed: Street Performers - Wilder inquired about Bill 6's effect on street performers and Ribellia responded that Bill 6 affects structures on pedestrian walkways without affecting street performers.
The MOTION PASSED by UNANIMOUS VOTE, 10-0-0; (AYE: Carroll, Fahey, Giventer, Bautista, Merz, Finley, Erteschik, Henski, Wilder, and Smith; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None).
Representative Tom Brower - Representative Brower circulated a newsletter and reported the following:
• Moped Noise - A bill was crafted by the legislature to address moped noise by requiring safety checks for mopeds. While this does not directly address noise concerns, it has led to multiple moped shops closing down through lack of business as some moped drivers do not want to safety check their vehicles.
• Motorcycle Helmets - Representative Brower has introduced legislation to require motorcyclists to wear helmets when operating vehicles. This legislation will also allow for other discussions regarding motorcycles including noise concern discussions.
• House Bill (HB) 1632 - HB 1632 would, if passed, require all individuals operating a bicycle to ride within a bicycle lane, where provided, and not on sidewalks. Opposition has been voiced by the bicycle community.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Highway Median Grass - Merz voiced concerns regarding overgrown grass on State highways along the Ala Wai Canal and requested that the Department of Transportation (DOT) increase maintenance. Representative Brower agreed to refer the issue to the DOT.
2. HB 1632 Support - Merz voiced support regarding HB 1632 and requested that additional bike lanes be installed to prevent bicyclists from using sidewalks. Representative Brower responded that bike lane installation requires removal of both car lanes and parking spaces and voiced concerns regarding some bike lane designs damaging motor vehicle infrastructure.
3. Helmet Bill Discussion - Erteschik inquired about how the motorcycle helmet bill would allow for additional discussions. Representative Brower responded that, while the bill is focused on helmets, it would increase general discussion between Representative Brower's office and the motorcycle community.
4. Motorcycle Injury Statistics - Wilder inquired about statistics for motorcycle injuries sustained by not wearing helmets. Representative Brower responded that he would acquire additional information for future reports.
5. Unregistered Mopeds - Smith inquired about unregistered mopeds and what punitive action is taken against violators. Representative Brower responded that additional enforcement is necessary and advocated for community members to submit testimony advocating for additional enforcement.
6. Bicycle Helmets - Henski inquired about legislation requiring bicycle riders to wear helmets and Representative Brower responded that a bill was introduced to address the issue, however it is not expected to move forward.
7. Homeless Trailer Parks - A resident inquired and Representative Brower responded that there are trailer park sites being used to address homelessness and advocated for utilizing alternative housing methods to address homelessness.
Senator Brickwood Galuteria - Raytan Vares circulated a newsletter and reported the following:
• Ala Wai Boat Harbor Bills - Vares was unable to locate bills regarding the Ala Wai Boat Harbor progressing through the legislature. Vares stated that he would continue searching for such bills which may interest the Waikiki neighborhood.
• Royal Hawaiian Groin Replacement Project - Senator Galuteria's office is working with the DLNR to reauthorize 5.5 million dollars for the Royal Hawaiian Groin Replacement Project. The WIA has agreed to match State funding for the Project.
• State Budget - The State's Budget for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) is currently within the State Senate for review and editing.
• Senate Bill (SB) 2431 - SB 2431 would, if passed, authorize the issuance of special purpose revenue bonds to assist with retrofitting low and moderate income apartment complexes with sprinkler systems.
• HB 2617 - HB 2617 would, if passed, prohibit liquor consumption within 1000 yards of any beach or shoreline in the State.
• HB1676 - HB 1676 would, if passed, appropriate funds for the DOH to purchase additional ambulance vehicles and cover operational costs.
• HB 1727 - HB 1727 would, if passed, require employers to provide a minimum amount of paid sick leave to employees or establish a graduated wage increase in the event that employers cannot provide sick leave.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Red Hill Opinion - A resident inquired about Senator Galuteria's opinion regarding bills addressing the Red Hill fuel station. Vares responded that he was unsure of Senator Galuteria's opinion and agreed to consult with him regarding the issue.
Waikiki Improvement Association (WIA) - No representative was present; no report was given.
APPROVAL OF THE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2018 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
The Tuesday, February 13, 2018 regular meeting minutes were APPROVED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 10-0-0; (AYE: Carroll, Fahey, Giventer, Bautista, Merz, Finley, Erteschik, Henski, Wilder, and Smith; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None).
NEW BOARD BUSINESS
419 Pau Street Building - Dennis Silva circulated a handout and reported the following:
• Project Overview - A new condominium development project will be located at 419 Pau Street to construct a four (4) story building containing six (6) new condominium units.
• Height Limit - The project site's height limit is 130 feet, however proposed building has a planned height of 38 feet. Proposed building plans will also conform to floor area limitations.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) ??? Merz stated that the draft EA for the project was released with no apparent issues and voiced approval of the project.
Merz moved and Henski seconded the motion for the Waikiki Neighborhood Board No. 9 to support the concept of the project at 419 Pau Street. The MOTION PASSED by MAJORITY VOTE, 9-0-1; (AYE: Carroll, Fahey, Giventer, Bautista, Merz, Finley, Henski, Wilder, and Smith; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: Erteschik).
Legislative Report - Erteschik circulated a list of House and Senate bills from the first crossover of the 2018 Hawaii State Legislative Session and reported the following:
• HB 2108 House Draft (HD) 1 - HB 2108 HD 1 relating to the issuance of special purpose revenue bonds to assist a seawater air conditioning project in Hawaii would, if passed, extend the authorization to issue special purpose revenue bonds for construction of a seawater air conditioning district cooling facility and chilled water distribution system.
• HB 2452 - HB 2452 would, if passed, require the design of all State buildings constructed on or after Friday, July 1, 2018 to include a shelter room or area capable of protecting individuals against hurricanes and nuclear fallout.
• HB 2436 - HB 2436 would, if passed, establish a fine not to exceed 100 dollars for moped owners who fail to comply with moped registration requirements.
• HB 2215 HD 1 - HB 2215 HD 1 would, if passed, require vehicle drivers passing and overtaking bicyclists traveling in the same direction to allow at least three (3) feet of separation between the right side of the vehicle and the left side of the bicyclist.
• SB 2571 Senate Draft (SD) 2 - SB 2571 SD 2 would, if passed, ban the sale and distribution of any sunscreen product containing oxybenzone or octinoxate without a prescription issued by a licensed healthcare provider.
??? SB 3068 SD 2 - SB 3068 SD 2 would, if passed, implement the recommendations of the Hawaii Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report issued by the Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Ala Wai Mariners Bill - Henski inquired about an Ala Wai Mariners bill and Erteschik responded that he believed the bill was not moving forward. Representative Brower clarified that a bill had been introduced to develop the Ala Wai Harbor with a restricted height limit of three (3) stories. Representative Brower voiced concerns regarding misinformation stating the bill would allow for high rise buildings. Erteschik voiced approval and Henski requested updates regarding the bill be provided at future meetings.
2. Tourist Ocean Fatalities - Smith voiced concerns regarding tourist ocean fatalities and inquired about legislation addressing the issue. Erteschik referenced SB 2224 which would have required hotels to post ocean safety information sheets developed by the Hawaii Tourism Authority but is not moving forward. Erteschik stated he believed a resolution was formed to create an ocean safety awareness program. Chair Finley stated he attended a safety meeting at the Sheraton Waikiki where it was announced that the State publishes multilingual safety flyers for tourists which are utilized at any hotel's discretion.
3. Sea Water Air Conditioning Bill - Chair Finley voiced approval of HB 2108 HD 1 regarding sea water air conditioning for its ability to reduce freshwater consumption.
4. Ala Wai Concerns - Resident Moskowitz voiced concerns regarding previous reports that the Ala Wai development would stay within 15 feet while new reports stated that height limits had increased to 45 feet.
5. Ballistic Missile False Alarm Bills - Resident Gottlieb inquired about bills addressing the January 2018 ballistic missile false alarm. Erteschik responded that legislation was introduced regarding the false alarm and ballistic missiles, however he was unsure if the legislation was moving forward.
Treasurer's Report - Chair Finley reported a remaining balance of $137.92.
Sub District One (1) Report - No report was given.
Sub District Two (2) Report - No report was given.
Sub District Three (3) Report - Smith stated that issues regarding Cartwright Road continue and there are concerns regarding a homeless individual located at the Paoakalani Avenue and Kuhio Avenue intersection bus stop.
Chair???s Report - Chair Finley reported that February 2018 included a discussion about cleaning bus stops where the WBIDA reported that they are contracted to clean them three (3) times per week with the City cleaning them once a month. The Honolulu Liquor Commission Office will be present at the April 2018 Board meeting to discuss Liquor Licenses, enforcement, and training for establishments.
• The next regular Waikiki Neighborhood Board No. 9 meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
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ADJOURNMENT - The meeting adjourned at 9:14 p.m.
Submitted by: Jackson Coley, Neighborhood Assistant.
Reviewed by: Dylan Whitsell, Public Relations Specialist
Final Review: Chair Robert Finley
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