Urgent Advisories & Town Meeting Schedule 2017

2017 WCA TOWN MEETING SCHEDULE: 5:15-7 p.m., First Thursdays - usually in Waimea School Cafeteria (unless notified):

•Thurs., Jan. 4, 2018 – 2018 Legislative Preview (including possible purchase of vacant lot adjacent to post office and school), and exploring sustainable agriculture, food security and self-reliance.

•Thurs., Feb. 1, 2018 – Hawaiian Ethos – the licensed medical marijuana producers/distributors here in Lalamilo Farmlots

2016 Legislative Priorities, Pohakuloa Training Area Update, Proposed New Cesspool Rules On Waimea Community Association Town Meeting Agenda Thurs., Jan. 6, 2016   

Community priorities and issues top the Jan. 6, 2016 Waimea Community Association Town Meeting agenda, ranging from North Hawai’i’s 2016 legislative priorities to a Pohakuloa Training Area Update to proposed new Department of Health rules governing cesspools.

As always, WCA Town Meetings from 5:15-7 p.m. at Waimea School Cafeteria are open and all are welcome.

With the 2016 Legislature going into session Jan. 20, North and South Kohala State Rep. Cindy Evans will provide an overview of public policy issues on the table including North Hawai’i community initiatives she is focusing on.

Then, Sina Pruder, Program Manager for DOH’s Wastewater Branch, will review proposed revisions to Hawai’i Administrative Rules (HAR), which have been under discussion for some time.  While DOH is no longer proposing mandatory upgrades upon the sale of property in response to strong opposition based on site-specific science, they are proposing to ban construction of new cesspools and adding requirements to implement Act 120 which provides for a temporary tax credit for cesspool upgrades for qualifying cesspools located within 200’ of a shoreline, perennial stream or wetland, or located over a drinking water aquifer.

Also on the agenda will be:

  • An update on Pohakuloa Training Area by U.S. Army Garrison – Pohakuloa Commander LTC Jacob Peterson;
  • Recap of the Big Island Giving Tree’s holiday season;
  • Waimea’s 2016 legislative funding request for the next phase of Waimea District Park;
  • The 23rd Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival Feb. 6;
  • Kahilu Theatre’s Grant-In-Aid proposal to the 2016 Legislature;
  • County Council news from Council Members Val Poindexter and Margaret Wille
  • Mamalahoa Highway construction update for work that is just starting and will occur mostly at night (8 p.m.-4 a.m. Sundays thru Thursdays) for about four months between Kamamalu Street and Iona Court.

As always, there is no charge to attend town meetings, though donations to, and membership in the nearly 60-year-old community organization are invited.  Attendees also are urged to contribute to the Waimea food pantry with cash or check, though non-perishable, not-expired food items are also welcome. Checks may be payable directly to the food pantry so the donation is tax deductible.  Attendees at town meetings enjoy free Starbucks hot coffee, though a small donation is suggested to the food pantry.

For more information, call Patti Cook (937-2833) or go to www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation.

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