August 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Present:  G. Colbert, M. Novack, J. Fernie, S. Harding, D. Young, D. Kroll, J. Bean and C. Turner (Webmaster).

Absent:  G. Gustavson, A. Richardson, G. Lingle, R. Castanha, Mike Compton, Michele Compton and M. Spencer (Administrative Assistant).

A quorum was not attained.  The meeting was called to order at 7:06 pm by G. Colbert. Items requiring a vote will be postponed until the September meeting.  If it is time-sensitive, email voting will be used. 

Approval of July minutes will be postponed until the September meeting. 

Finance:  Copies of the financial report had been mailed to the Board prior to the Meeting.  Approval will be postponed until the September meeting.

Articles of Incorporation:  D. Young and M. Novack have met with Andy Char to clarify various points of our new Articles of Incorporation.  Our 501(c)7 designation, need to have a registered agent, and a minimum number of directors needed were discussed. It was suggested that Mr. Char attend the meeting when the new Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws are presented.  It was deemed that the new By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation will not be finalized before the deadline of September 12th, giving members the required 30 days to study before voting at the Annual Meeting on October 12th.  A special meeting will be called when all work is complete.

Dredge:  On 8/7/19 OCEANIT updated Todd Grey of KS via email on dredge project progress.  On 8/8/19 Sean Harding gave an update to Levani Lipton’s subcommittee on Kailua’s Water Pollution.  It was reported that all State/Federal permissions/applications required from ELRA for the dredging project have been approved and ELRA is moving forward with this project.  Additionally, substantial information has been provided to subcommittee member Dr. Stann Reiziss for his research.

This inquiry resulted in an email from Ed Chen of the DOH.  He wishes for DOH’s Health Evaluation and Emergency Response HEER) and Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch (SHWB) be consulted before final moving of the dewatered and stockpiled dredged spoils.  Additional testing may be required.  As authorized by ELRA, OCEANIT will follow-up with a formal letter acknowledging/commending his concerns and appreciations for his thorough research to his satisfaction with regards to how the dredging project fits into the Kailua Watershed maintenance and control of pollution.

Subcommittee chair, Levani Lipton requested a copy of the OCEANIT correspondence to Dr. Stann Reiziss.  She also requested to remain in contact with ELRA for continued progress updates.  ELRA’s Sean Harding will be attending their monthly meetings and keep them informed.

The subcommittee reported an indication of progress with DOH with regard to processing a Total Maximum Daily Load for Windward Oahu.  Last February ELRA and the subcommittee met with DOH to discuss TMDL priorities and progress.  There was little indication windward had any priority for a TMDL with the DOH.  A TMDL is a regulatory term in the U.S. Clean Water Act, describing a value of the maximum amount of a pollutant that a body of water can receive while still meeting water Quality Standards.  Alternatively, TMDL is an allocation of that water pollutant deemed acceptable to the subject receiving waters.  A TMDL determines a pollutant reduction target and allocates load reductions necessary to the source(s) of the pollutant.

There is an initiative from the Surfrider Foundation called The Blue Water Task Force headed by Dr. Eileen Hilton MD, an infectious disease specialist. They will be requesting routine water sampling at specific times and locations within the lake and along the canal as well as other non-ELRA properties.  This will require multiple lake residents granting lake access or perhaps ELRA boat support for water sampling.

Operations Committee:  C. Turner reported the EcoHarvester will reach Long Beach on August 16th.  It will arrive in Honolulu on August 28th and will reach her home in the Lake on September 3rd.  There will be specialized training classes on September 4th.  Transit insurance was paid in the amount of $798.

  1. Turner also reported some new coring had been performed on the area owned by Lacus LLC near the end of Akumu Street. At present they have the right to build 38 homes there. It is felt by some that more of the land is actually wetlands than is designated on the proposed construction drawings.  The Kailua Neighborhood Board and contractors are interested in the results of the new core samples.

Nominations Committee:  D. Kroll is working on attaining newly qualified Board members.

Community Relations:  M. Novack expressed concern that some of the emails sent to our website were not getting read.  Our Webmaster will rework the site so all incoming emails go to M. Novack and M. Spencer.

  1. Novack volunteered to attend the September Kailua Neighborhood Board meeting.

Next Meeting Date:  The next meeting date will be Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 at 7 pm at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church at 780 Keolu Dr.  The meeting was adjourned at 9:06 pm.