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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