Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Wooley to hold community meeting in Kahalu'u on HB 1713

The public is invited to a community meeting in Kahalu'u on a measure introduced this session that addresses hazardous conditions overhanging trees and clogged streams on private property. The meeting is scheduled for Saturday, February 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at KEY Project, 47-200 Waihee Road, Room 103, in Kahalu'u.

Rep. Jessica Wooley, D-47 (La`ie, Hau`ula, Punalu`u, Kahana, Ka`a`awa, Waikane, Waiahole, Kahalu`u, `Ahuimanu, Kane`ohe), introduced the measure in the House and wants to get feedback from community members.

Residents who live near properties owned by landowner Genshiro Kawamoto have expressed concern about huge branches that hang over their yards and threaten their safety and homes. The landowner has been unresponsive and cannot be reached. This bill may also apply to streams that are clogged with vegetation and debris and contribute to flood damage.

The bill (HB1713) would allow the state to enter private property to protect public health and safety and will also need to address how the state can recoup costs from nonresponsive landowners.

Call Representative Jessica Wooley at 808.586.8540 for more information.

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