The City’s annual budget cycle begins this month with a series of budget briefings scheduled for Tuesday, March 14-Friday, March 17, 2017 to review departmental budget requests for Fiscal Year 2018. During the next two months, the Council will evaluate the administration’s funding requests for capital improvement project priorities, such as homeless housing solutions, road repaving, and timely responses to potholes, abandoned vehicles, and other City services.
This year’s budget bills will be considered on First Reading at the March 22nd Council meeting, and will be reviewed during the April 5th Budget Committee meeting. Budget briefings on the FY 18 City operating and CIP budgets are scheduled for Tuesday, March 14-Friday, March 17, 2017. Proposed amendments from City Councilmembers are due March 24, 2017, and can be acted upon at the April Budget Committee meeting, and by the full Council on April 26, 2017.
My staff and I were gratified to learn that the improvements at the Aiea District Park baseball field have finally been completed! Last month, community leaders reported numerous safety hazards and careless installation of baseball markings by the City’s project contractor. Fortunately, Aiea High School’s baseball team and community volunteers were able to work with City Departments of Design and Construction and Parks and Recreation to correct these problems before the opening game on March 8th. Stay tuned for the dedication of the field in coming weeks.
Last year, in response to concerns raised by the community, the Council appropriated $1.3 million in the FY 17 CIP budget (Ordinance 16-15, ROH) for design and construction of softball field lights. Last year’s Department of Parks and Recreation’s renovations budget also included $160,000 for Aiea District Park field lighting improvements as well as $110,400 for the Aiea Parks and Playground Fund. The City’s FY 18 CIP budget also adds $1 million to “plan, design and construct park improvements, such as replacement of ballfield lighting.” If all of the funding appropriated in 2017 and being requested for FY 2018 can be aggregated, we hope that last year’s proposed batting cage can be included in the park improvements (see attached Department of Design and Construction 2016 response).