The City’s annual budget cycle began this month with a series of budget briefings to outline the needs of each City department for the next fiscal year. Over the next four months, my colleagues and I will be reviewing the administration’s funding requests for capital improvement project priorities, such as homeless housing solutions, road repaving, timely responses to potholes, abandoned vehicles and other City services.To complement State legislative proposals for addressing Kakaako private roads issues, I have proposed budget amendments for:
- $125,000 for City acquisition of the portion of Waimanu Street fronting the Imperial Plaza driveway opening onto Waimanu/Dreier Streets to Ward Avenue.
- $10,000 from the City Department of Facility Maintenance budget to repair a storm drain located at the makai/Diamond Head corner of Kawaiahao Street and Cooke Street.
City acquisition of the Waimanu Street segment would assure long-term maintenance for the street, and reduce hazardous traffic conditions involving residents of the 803 Waimanu project and Imperial Plaza crossing paths as they access their entrances at the Drier and Waimanu Street intersection. The storm drain has remained broken since November of last year, and immediate repairs are needed to ensure the safety of area residents and motorists that traverse this area.
The budget bills passed first reading at the March 16th City Council meeting at Honolulu Hale, and will be reviewed during the Special Meeting of the Council’s Budget Committee on April 5th at 9:00 am and at subsequent meetings through April-May.