Council Chair Ernie Martin Accepts National Committee Appointment

1 08 2014

NACo photo

Martin Named to National Post





Council Chair Ernie Martin and Councilmember Ann Kobayashi Introduce Resolution to Aid Homeowners

31 07 2014

 

News Release - Resolution 14-179See resolution here: Resolution 14-179.





Ke Ala Pupukea Bike Path Meeting on July 29th

23 07 2014

Ke Ala Pupukea Bike PathAloha,

My name is Vance Farrant and I was fortunate to be raised on the beautiful North Shore. I am in the Class of 2017 at Kamehameha Schools Kapalama. This summer I had the opportunity to intern in the office of Council Chair Ernie Martin and have developed a community project as a part of my internship. As a lifelong resident of the North Shore I am excited to work with community groups and individuals to make a positive impact on our community.

My chosen project is to work with the community to restore and improve the Ke Ala Pupukea Bike Path, a treasure in our beloved North Shore that runs from Three Tables to Oopuola Street. Visitors and locals alike use this path daily. The Ke Ala Pupukea Bike Path is now almost 20 years old and is in need of maintenance. That is why I am developing a plan for revitalization of the bike path and would greatly appreciate input and support from community members like YOU!

I have met with community members who have concerns about the current condition of the bike path and have recently traveled the length of the path to identify areas of concern myself. If you have concerns about specific areas of the Ke Ala Pupukea Bike Path please email your concerns to malamakealapupukeabikepath@gmail.com. Please include the location and a description of your concern in the email. I will be compiling these concerns and present them in one organized document to Chris Sayers, the Bicycle Coordinator for the City and County of Honolulu.

There will be an informational meeting about the Ke Ala Pupukea Bike Path Revitalization Plan on Tuesday, July 29th from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at the Sunset Beach Recreation Center. This meeting provides an opportunity for members of the community and community groups to come together to discuss how we can work together to improve the condition of the bike path. Please take the time to attend the meeting for more specific information on the plan which includes opportunities for community members and groups to adopt sections of the bike path to assist in the restoration and maintenance of the path. Please invite your friends and neighbors to attend as we all work together to care for Ke Ala Pupukea Bike Path.

Please join me in my quest to do more than just restore the Ke Ala Pupukea Bike Path. Let’s work together to make it better than it ever was before!

Mahalo,

Vance Farrant

Intern in the Office of Council Chair Ernie Martin





Update on the Pupukea Road Rockfall Mitigation Project

16 07 2014

Here is Council Chair Ernie Martin’s July 9, 2014 North Shore News column with an update on the Pupukea Road project. Reprinted courtesy of the North Shore News.

nsn_7-9-14_Council Chair Ernie Martin





Parking Modifications on Ohai Street

2 07 2014

Due to parking concerns, the Department of Transportation Services will be modifying the parking restrictions along the eastern side of Ohai Street in Wahiawa. The changes will improve traffic flow and safety along that corridor.

Map of Ohai Street Parking Changes





Council Chair Ernie Martin on KITV Regarding Bill 47

1 07 2014

Council Chair Ernie Martin

Councilman questions construction of 3rd boiler as HPower struggles to collect enough trash | More Local News – KITV Home.

Here is a link to Bill 47 Relating to Disposal Charges for Refuse Delivered to H-Power.





Council Chair Ernie Martin Obtains Funding for District 2 Projects

27 06 2014

Council Chair Ernest Martin’s June 25th article from the North Shore News.

June is not only known for graduations, weddings and the beginning of hurricane season, it is also the end of the City’s fiscal year. It is when the City Council adopts a new budget for the 2015 fiscal year that began on July 1, 2014. With essential city services the undisputed priority of the budget deliberations, the Council managed to balance the budget while still providing funds for non-profit organizations through grants-in-aid, money for the planning and implementation of various housing initiatives and funds for the conservation of land now protected from future development.

In addition to these initiatives, I also focused on funding critical projects within my district. For the North Shore community, $300,000 was allocated for the creation of bike paths along Goodale Avenue and Haleiwa Road. Over $1 million was allocated for improvements to Kaiaka Bay and Aweoweo Beach Parks. For safety and erosion concerns, $250,000 was included for planning, design and construction of a stairway at Pupukea Beach Park into the ocean at Sharks Cove.

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For the Windward communities, funding was appropriated for a bicycle circulation study, identified as a priority in the Kahalu`u Community Master Plan. This study will include a plan for a shared use bike path to connect a proposed State bikeway to a City bikeway. Also included as a capital improvement project is the development of a community center in Ko`olauloa.  $140,000 was allocated to plan, design and construct an irrigation system for Punalu`u Beach Park, and $125,000 was budgeted for improvements to the Maakua Stream and Ditch under Hau`ula Homestead Road,

In Central Oahu, funding was appropriated for improvements to Mililani Mauka District Park with the construction of a tennis court, part of the original master plan. In Wahiawa, funding was appropriated for the construction of a bike bath over the northern fork of Kaukonahua Stream which would connect the Agribusiness Development Corporation Technology Park and North Cane Street. $225,000 was appropriated for the replacement of playground equipment in Wahiawa District Park and an additional $50,000 was earmarked for the planning and design of a skateboard facility in the park. In Whitmore Village, $150,000 was allocated for planning and design of a comfort station at Kahi Kani Neighborhood Park and $150,000 allocated for the expansion and upgrades to the Whitmore Gym and Multipurpose Room.

Money was allocated for the planning and design of a comfort station at Kahi Kani Neighborhood Park to replace this temporary facility.

Money was allocated for the planning and design of a comfort station at Kahi Kani Neighborhood Park to replace this temporary facility.

Money for land conservation and preservation was a significant part of the FY 15 budget. Appropriations include $5,850,750 for the fee simple acquisition of the land beneath Kahuku Municipal Golf Course as recommended by the Clean Water Natural Lands Commission, $3,500,000 for land at Turtle Bay from Kawela Bay to Kahuku Point and $1,100,000 from the Clean Water Natural Lands fund for the preservation of land at Senator Fong’s Plantation Garden. The challenge now is to make sure that the money allocated for each of these projects is spent on time and within budget.








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