The City’s annual budget cycle began in March with a series of budget briefings outlining the needs of each City department for FY 17. During the next two 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.
This year’s budget bills passed first reading during the March Council meeting, and are scheduled to be reviewed during the April 5th and 6th Budget Committee meetings. Proposed Committee Drafts of the budget bills will be considered by the City Council on second reading during its April 20, 2016 meeting.
One longstanding issue affecting Moanalua Gardens residents has been the lack of a functional heating system for Moanalua Community Park’s Pool. After we appropriated funding for this project in 2014, my staff and I have worked with the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) to procure a gas-heating system for the pool as a ‘demonstration’ project. The Memorandum of Understanding between DPR and its contractor is awaiting DPR Director Nekota’s signature.