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New Council Office in Waimea


Hawaii News Digest, 12 August 2017, 15:40 hrs, UTC, Post #15423.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/council-waimea

Accessed on 12 August 2017, 15:40 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Waimea residents no longer will have to travel to Kona or to Hilo to offer testimony before the Hawaii County Council.  The Hawaii County Council has established a new council office at 65-1279 Kawaihae Road, Suite 109, in Parker Square.  Residents can record up to three minutes of video testimony, beginning Tuesday, 15 August 2017.

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PGV emissions prompt complaints | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Hydrogen sulfide readings taken during two recent steam releases at Puna Geothermal Venture were too low to be considered a public health risk.

Source: PGV emissions prompt complaints | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/pgv-emissions-prompt-complaints).

Accessed on 08 October 2016, 15:25 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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Comment:

On Tuesday, a group of Puna residents told members of the Hawaii County Council that recent steam releases from the Puna Geothermal facility near Kapoho weren’t as “safe” as reported by the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.  Although Civil Defense officials said the emissions were too low to endanger public health, Sarah Steiner claimed her neighbors “felt ill” after the steam escape from the PGV facility.

Another Puna resident, Sandra Baker, told the editor of the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that there was an “awful smell” at her home during the steam releases and that one of the emissions “gave her daughter a headache and made her dog appear nauseous.”  Baker claims the fumes killed her daughter’s pet rabbit “after foaming at the mouth.”  Baker told council members “So, when I hear that all is OK with the (PGV) plant, I am here to say that it is not.”

According to PGV spokesman Mike Kaleikini, no workers at the plant were sickened by the steam releases, which he stated were “well below” regulatory levels.  Kaleikini added that the releases happened in response to “high pressure conditions as a result of control malfunctions.”


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Bill aimed at curbing county’s use of toxic herbicides | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


The latest attempt to decrease county use of toxic herbicides is making its way through a County Council committee.

Source: Bill aimed at curbing county’s use of toxic herbicides | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/bill-aimed-at-curbing-county-s-use-toxic-herbicides0.

Accessed on 07 October 2016, 04:20 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Ivy Ashe.

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Comment:

Outgoing Kohala Councilwoman Margaret Wille isn’t giving up on having Hawaii County curb its use of toxic pesticides.  Wille has introduced Bill 243, which would mandate Hawaii County reduce the use of toxic herbicides such as Roundup.  Roundup and other glyphosate herbicides are used to control weed and invasive plants.

Discussion of Bill 243 has been postponed until  18 October 2016 to give Wille  time to clarify language in the legislation.


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County looks to close abused tax loopholes on ag land | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Some farmers and ranchers are feeling the pinch as Hawaii County tightens loopholes in its generous property tax breaks for farmers and ranchers.

Source: County looks to close abused tax loopholes on ag land | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/county-looks-to-close-abused-tax-loopholes-ag-land).

Accessed on 13 September 2016, 16:00 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer (“West Hawaii Today”).

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Comment:

Generous tax breaks given to farmers and ranchers on Hawaii Island may be coming to an end.  The County Council’s Finance Committee is taking a close look at the revenues generated by program to see if the tax policies are being abused.

According to reporter Nancy Cook Lauer, land in the ag program “is valued for tax purposes at anywhere from $14 to $4,000 an acre, depending on its use and owner’s commitment to a short-term or long-term program…regardless of the property’s real value.”

Peggy Farias, the chief financial officer of W.H. Shipman Ltd, said while “targeting abusers of this system is an admirable goal,…changes to the programs must be done carefully to avoid negative impact on those the programs are designed to benefit.”

Reporter Lauer adds that some farmers and ranchers “feel as if they’re being forced into a preset formula that doesn’t necessarily reflect the realities of the field.”

The Hawaii County Council has wrestled with the problem since a 2012 report outlined problems with the current tax structure for agricultural lands.


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Council maintains $4 paratransit system fare | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Riders using the county’s new Hele-On Kakoo paratransit system will pay a $4 fare each way after an attempt Wednesday by Hilo Councilman Dennis “Fresh” Onishi to halve the amount was killed by a County Council majority.

Source: Council maintains $4 paratransit system fare | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/council-maintains-4-paratransit-fare).

Accessed on 08 September 2016, 13:20 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer (“West Hawaii Today”).

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Comment:

The paratransit service offers door-to-door transportation for qualified disabled Hawaii County residents.  Hawaii County began the service on 01 July 2016 as part of a settlement with a Hele-On bus rider who couldn’t get his motorized wheelchair onto a fixed-route bus.

Some disabled riders feel the $4 fee each way “is just too expensive, considering disabled riders on the Hele-On Bus pay a discounted rate of $1.”

Hilo Councilman Dennis “Fresh” Onishi wanted to amend the paratransit bill by cutting the fare back to $2.  That amendment died on a 4-4 vote.

Mass Transit Administrator Tiffany Kai told reporter Nancy Cook Lauer that the paratransit system will cost around $800,000 for its first year of operation.


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Fresh faces on council | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


The next Hawaii County Council is starting to take shape following the primary election.

Source: Fresh faces on council | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/fresh-faces-council).

Accessed on 21 August 2016, 15:25 hrs, UTC.

Reporter: Tom Callis.

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Comment:

The 2016 Hawaii primary election will add some new faces to the Hawaii County Council.  Two more new members will be added after the 08 November 2016 general election.

New council members include District 4’s Jennifer Ruggles, who beat incumbent Daniel Paleka in the 13 August 2016 primary election and  Waimea’s Tim Richards, who won over District 9 councilwoman Margaret Wille.

Hilo’s District 3 and Puna’s District 4 are still open races.  The District 4 race will have Eileen Ohara facing Madie Greene, while District 3 will have Sue Lee Loy facing Moana Kelii.


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Food packaging task force proposal stalls | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Kohala Councilwoman Margaret Wille appears set to get a seat at the table if the Hawaii County Council forms a panel tasked with reducing waste from food packaging and other consumer products.

Source: Food packaging task force proposal stalls | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/food-packaging-task-force-stalls).

Accessed on 18 August 2016, 17:15 hrs, UTC.

Reporter: Tom Callis.

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Comment:

The Hawaii County Council has decided to add outgoing council members Margaret Wille and Daniel Paleka to the Hawaii Island Packaging Sustainability Stakeholders Task Force.

According to reporter Tom Callis, some council members “questioned whether the proposed group is too large and whether it can accomplish anything by the time a new council takes over on Dec. 5.”


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