This year’s City Council’s actions on the City’s FY 17 operating and CIP budgets (via Ordinances 16-14 and 16-15) address long-standing Aiea/Halawa Heights community concerns regarding the future use of the City property adjacent to Aiea Public Library and lighting for the Aiea District Park baseball field:
- $3.84 million to reimburse HUD Section 8 moneys used for the purchase of the Aiea Sugar Mill property with General Fund money so that the Aiea Sugar Mill property can be used for expanded public purposes and uses (Ordinance 16-14).
- $1.3 million for installation of field lights at the Aiea District Park to augment the ongoing reconstruction of the baseball field (Ordinance 16-15).
With the reconstruction of Aiea District Park’s baseball field in full swing, my staff and I have worked closely with Aiea baseball community stakeholders, Department of Parks and Recreation and Department of Design and Construction to identify the amounts needed to install lighting for the renovated field. We’ll work closely with the City agencies on the timing of their planning and design phases, and will seek assistance from community advocates to seek the release of funds.Unfortunately, we did not learn until the end of this year’s budget process that the previous batting cage at Aiea District Park that was removed at the start of the reconstruction process was not being replaced. I encourage community stakeholders to begin working on cost estimates for a replacement batting cage so that we can pursue funding for a new batting cage during next year’s budget cycle.Please contact Roelle Torres at 768-5006 if you have additional questions or feedback regarding these budget items.