Urgent Advisories & Town Meeting Schedule 2019

2019 WCA TOWN MEETING SCHEDULE:
5:15 – 7 p.m. – Waimea School Cafeteria
Always First Thursdays

September 5
October 3
November 7
No December Meeting

There is no charge to attend WCA Town Meetings and everyone is welcome. However, membership is encouraged and supports our not-for-profits’ modest operating expenses. (We are all volunteers so overhead is extremely low.)

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Waimea Town Meeting Thurs., May 2, 2019: ‘Devilish Details Of The 2019 Legislature, County Council and County Budget Top Agenda – All Invited!

Meeting Recap:  WCAʻs May Town Meeting was extremely interesting – about both the 2019 Legislature – wins and losses and benefits to our district and island – and the challenges the County Council faces with the County budget…great turnout, good questions, some answers that are chilling.  Clearly, we all must pay attention.  Mayor Harry Kim has since submitted a final proposed budget of $583.9 Million – $10 million more than earlier proposed.  We must stay tuned!   

Rep. Tarnas shared the attached newsletter recapping the 2019 Session – heʻs happy to discuss specifics – email or call him! 

2019 MAY sk e-newsletter

Mahalo Rep. David Tarnas, Council Chair Aaron Chung and Councilman Dr. Tim Richards both for information-loaded presentations including research in progress to better understand how the economy and budget and community needs intersect. Lots of work ahead including needing to rethink state law related to Sunshine rules to enable more substantive discussion of something as critical as the budget and use of tax dollars. Hard to have and advocate a thoughtful “vision” going forward when you’re dealing with a $500+ million budget with little time and opportunity to examine what it means about services, programs, costs going forward.  (For more about the meeting, scan down please.) 

 

NEXT WAIMEA TOWN MEETING:   Thursday, June 6, 2019, 5:15-7 p.m. – Waimea School Cafeteria: 

Innergex – Project update on the HELCO-Innergex 30 MW PV w/ Battery Storage Backup Project planned for Waimea.  

News From Julia Mancinelli – Innergex Renewable Energy, Inc. – www.halekuawehisolar.com  (April 2019)

“I wanted to share the exciting news that the Public Utilities Commission has approved HELCO’s Application for a Power Purchase Agreement (aka Contract) for our Hale Kuawehi Solar Project to be located on Parker Ranch.

“We are currently in the process of undertaking our archaeological, environmental and technical studies that will help to inform the final design layout and construction of the project.

“We are looking forward to sharing the details of this news as well as a project update at the June 6, 2019 Waimea Community Association meeting.”

 

MAY WAIMEA TOWN MEETING:

They say “the devil is in the details” and it’s especially true with public policy – including taxes.  Waimea Community Association’s Thursday, May 2, 2019 Town Meeting at 5:15 p.m. in Waimea School Cafeteria will dig into the devilish details of the just concluded 2019 State Legislature, and then, an inside look at the current County Council, including their focus on rebuilding after a series of severe natural disasters impacted the island, plus priority projects and a deeper look at the Mayor’s proposed $573 million county budget.

Providing the legislative review will be Rep. David Tarnas, who just hours earlier will have participated in “sine die” – the official conclusion of session at the State capitol.  He will review accomplishment and disappointments and some of the background including what to expect in terms of the Governor’s review and approval process.

Then, Council Chair Aaron Chung will share personal insights on the now five-month old County legislative body, providing a glimpse of “the personnel capital” of council members.

“I’m very impressed by the quality and diversity of skills and life experiences that this council embodies; it ensures that a balanced perspective is brought to bear as we work through addressing our county’s needs, challenges and aspirations,” said Chair Chung.

Then, Chair Chung and North-South Kohala Councilman Dr. Tim Richards will dig into the Mayor’s proposed county budget, which reflects a significant increase in proposed spending – going from the current fiscal year budget of $518 million to a proposed $573 million.

This includes an increase in the General Excise Tax and other fees, and also discussion of Council priorities dealing with planning, climate change, public safety, housing, parks and recreation, senior services, environmental management and economic development including agriculture, visitor industry and employment diversification.

They also will discuss plans and timing for the one-time $60 million allocation authorized by the 2019 State Legislature for emergency recovery.

There will be time for questions and answers.

This agenda reflects a change as it was previously expected that the meeting would include an introduction of the proposed Nakahili Workforce Family Agricultural Community – an innovative 1,200-unit development on property in Waikoloa near the intersection of Māmalahoa Highway with Waikoloa Road — south of Waimea and mauka of Waikoloa Village.   Explaining the postponement of the Nakahili presentation, project manager Greg Brown said:

“In working with the mayor’s office, they have suggested some alternate ways to facilitate the project with lower impacts.  This could help simplify and expedite the process.  We will make our final decisions on this over the next few months with further meetings.  Through this we will then have a clear path to present on how we intend to develop the property.”

As usual at WCA Town Meetings, Community Policing will provide a public safety report.

WCA’s spotlighted not-for-profit for the May Town Meeting will be Waimea Trails and Greenways  – a now 20+ year community dream to provide a safe pedestrian and bike friendly alternate path along Waikoloa Stream.  Over the years, a core group of community volunteers has met almost every Monday to discuss the maintenance of the trail and plan with county, state and federal agencies, planners, landowners and interested friends to bring this to reality.  Providing the update will be the group’s dedicated Chair Clem Lam, AIA.  As always at town meetings, attendees will be asked consider making a tax deductible donation to the spotlighted organization.

Also as always, steaming hot coffee will be provided compliments of Starbucks, and cookies or a light snack will be donated by WCA Board members.

For more information, go to www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation.   Or, email Patti Cook at cookshi@aol.com or call 937-2833.

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