Kailua Neighborhood Board No. 31
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REGULAR MEETING AGENDA
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
KAILUA RECREATION CENTER, 21 SOUTH KAINALU DRIVE
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I. CALL TO ORDER. Chair Chuck Prentiss
A. The Kailua Neighborhood Board will recess in January 2014. All standing committees will recess in December 2013.
B. Chair has appointed member Gary Weller as a member of the investigative committee (P.I.G.) on citizen participation in the Kawainui Marsh Plan.
III. FILLING OF VACANCIES:
A. SUBDISTRICT 3 – Maunawili, Olomana, Pohakupu, Kukunono.
B. SUBDISTRICT 4 – Coconut Grove, Aikahi, Kailua Town, Kalaheo Hills.
A candidate must live in the subdistrict, and must be nominated by a Board member. Candidates may speak for two (2) minutes as well as others who support the candidate. Term expires June 30, 2015.
IV. PUBLIC AGENCIES.
A.Honolulu Fire Department.
B.Honolulu Police Department.
C.Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
D.Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s Representative.
1. Status of the Board’s short-term rental complaints.
E.Governor Neil Abercrombie’s Representative.
V. PRESENTATION (10 Minutes).
A. Report of investigative committee (P.I.G.) on citizen participation in the Kawainui Marsh Plan.
B. Kawainui Marsh Master Plan.
VI. RESIDENT AND COMMUNITY CONCERNS (Three (3) minutes each).
(Please sign in at meeting, or email Chairperson Chuck Prentiss at email@example.com).
A. Maluniu Street rezoning pre-application notice.
VII. ELECTED OFFICIALS (Three (3) minutes each).
A.Representative Ken Ito.
B.Representative Cynthia Thielen.
C.Representative Chris Lee.
D. Councilmember Ikaika Anderson.
E. Senator Jill Tokuda.
F. Senator Laura Thielen.
VIII. BOARD MOTIONS.
Motion 1: The Kailua Neighborhood Board approves the resolution attached to this agenda concerning school safety.
Motion 2: To improve access for emergency vehicles and ensure public safety in Lanikai, the Lanikai Residents Action Hui petition to eliminate all parking on Aalapapa Drive and Mokulua Drive, which has been supported by 61% and opposed by only 4% of Lanikai residents, is hereby endorsed by the Kailua Neighborhood Board.
Motion 3. The Kailua Neighborhood Board objects to the raising of the minimum threshold of a misdemeanor charge.
IX. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes of November 7, 2013.
X. COMMITTEE REPORTS.
A.Public Safety, Public Health, and Civil Defense (PHPSCD) – Chair, Claudine Tomasa
1. Public Safety
a. HPD’s monthly report on crime statistics – Committee is in the process of contacting HPD’s Information Technology Division to inquire about inclusion of trends in their monthly report to the Board- similar to what was provided in the past (comparison of crime statistics monthly, quarterly, per annum). Will provide update as event(s) evolve.
2. Civil Defense
a. SKYWARN Presentation on November 12, 2013 was a success. Forty five plus (45+) individuals attended from Kailua, Kaneohe, Laie, Honolulu, and Mililani. The public outreach event produced additional volunteer weather spotters in the community to assist the National Weather Service make life-saving warning decisions via eye witness reports of severe hazardous weather conditions in their area.
b. Senior Citizen expressed concern regarding evacuation – i.e. during a tsunami disaster. According to the City’s Department of Emergency Management: “If an evacuation is ordered City buses will become evacuation shuttles taking you to the nearest designated public shelter. Transportation during an emergency is free and buses can be flagged down anywhere along their route. You need not have to be at a bus stop.”
The Committee will inquire with DEM and or the State Civil Defense about effectively communicating this information to the public via the Emergency Alert System (EAS) – during monthly siren and emergency testing/drill.
c. Oahu’s Coastal Emergency Evacuation Plan Project – update is forthcoming.
d. Preparedness Education – Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Classes:
Saturdays, January 11, and 18, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the City and County of Honolulu Frank Fasi Building/ DEM EOC; and January 25, 2014 at Battery Harlow/Diamond Head. For more information call Jeff Spencer 723-8960 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Next meeting is Second Thursday, January 9, 2014, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Kailua Recreation Center, Arts and Crafts Room.
B. Government and Community Services – Chair, Matthew Darnell
1. No report.
Next meeting is second Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Kalama Beach Park.
C. Planning, Zoning & Environment – Chair, Donna Wong
1. Proposed development above Kailua Bluffs.
2. General Plan 2011 Revision.
3. Koolaupoko Sustainable Communities Plan.
4. Short term rentals.
5. Kawainui Marsh Restoration Plan.
6. Group living homes.
Next meeting is third Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Kalama Beach Park.
D. Parks and Recreation Committee – Chair, Jon Chinen
1. Bill 62(2013)-Use of helmets by riders under the age of sixteen. The Bill was deferred at Second Reading before the Council. The Police expressed concerns about enforceability of the law, and the Department of Parks and Recreation had concerns about authorizing Park staff the power to issue citations, which is a Police function.
2. Letter of Inquiry to Department of Parks and Recreation-A resident at the last committee meeting asked if we could look into the possibility of keeping the gates to the Kalama Beach Park parking lot open beyond 6pm to allow resident to enjoy extra daylight hours during summer months. A letter of inquiry will be going to the Department.
Next meeting Third Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at Kailua Recreation Center, Arts & Crafts Room.
E. Transportation and Public Works – Chair, William Hicks
1. Lanikai traffic congestion. Neil Fraser, representing the Lanikai Residents Action Hui, presented that group’s background, concerns over public safety in Lanikai being affected by gridlocked traffic, various proposals considered, and the results of their current petition. Their proposal is to eliminate all parking on Aalapapa Dr. and Mokulua Dr. as a means to reduce traffic congestion in Lanikai. This would reduce available parking but should eventually keep the loop more accessible by emergency vehicles. To date their petition is supported by 61% and opposed by only 4% of Lanikai residents. Their website http://lanikairesidentsactionhui.com provides additional details.
A motion was made by Claudine Tomasa, seconded by Bill Hicks, and unanimously passed to recommend this position to the full KNB.
Next meeting is Second Thursday, January 9, 2014, 8:00-9:00 p.m., Kailua Recreation Center, Arts and Crafts Room.
F. Treasurer’s Report. Claudine Tomasa.
G. Chair’s Report: Agendas due to Chair by Saturday, January 25, 2014.
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WHEREAS, the many matters coming before the Kailua Neighborhood Board (KNB), and given the horrible recent history across the United States, the most important to many members is the safety of our school children from possible violent attacks by armed intruders on our school grounds and,
WHEREAS, the architecture of our schools was largely built on a concept that has the actual school rooms accessible to exterior entry that gives immediate access to students and teachers inside those class room and,
WHEREAS, Hawaii schools are therefore most vulnerable in the nation due to said architecture design that also allows access to those intending grievous harm, by individuals afflicted by mental disorders, or other motivations too complex to completely identify and,
WHEREAS, the most promising alternative that is deemed to be beneficial to addressing this most serious architectural access problem is to explore the application of existing or to be designed, high tech security surveillance of the schools and their perimeter areas and,
WHEREAS, to resolve the very dangerous immediate access problem would take hundreds of millions of dollars in bricks and motor solutions which the Board of Education has not deemed feasible and,
WHEREAS, even if elected officials were to hold hearings or introduce legislation which has thus far not occurred, it is deemed that legislative expertise in the highly technical area of assessing the field of “security surveillance” is insufficient to make determinations of possible options that would increase the safety of our children and teachers, and
WHEREAS, given the reluctance of elected officials with authority, to even hold hearings on school safety issues related to the grave situation in which we currently find our school and teachers, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED that the Kailua Neighborhood Board endorse that a bill be introduced at this upcoming session of the legislature to fund up to half million dollars ($500,000) or more and that the legislature seeks private funding as well for:
1. the exploration of alternatives Schools Protection Mandate (SPM) projects for the purpose of recruitment of as wide a cross section of possible proposals from existing security surveillance organizations or private individuals or groups such as University students or engineering departments who would submit the proposals sought for review, and that
2. the proposals would be reviewed by a national panel of experts whose expertise in the field of security surveillance and technical knowledge of the language and process of those systems would qualify them to select the best of the submissions and ranked applicability of those programs reviewed to Hawaii schools, and that
3. the legislature would provide staffing funding and an amount of funds or matching funds to be awarded to the selected proposals that are deemed to meet the ongoing serious problems faced by those seeking to act “before” rather than “after” such a devastating event were to take place in our most vulnerable schools, and that
4. the overall costs of these programs would be seen to be far less than the already rejected bricks and mortar plans and be able to be initiated much more quickly, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Hawaii’s United States Senate and House of Representatives members of Congress would also be contacted by the State of Hawaii Legislature to:
1. generate Federal Dollars to insure that the model project funding of this program can be adapted to serve other vulnerable schools around the country, and
2. assure that citizens, private foundations, and public interest individuals be asked to jointly contribute to the fund to expend resources needed to adapt or create applicable security surveillance programs that will increase the safety of school students and teachers -in the current atmosphere of tragic events – with all deliberate speed.