During our May 10th City Council meeting, the full Council is considering several bills that may be of interest to Aiea Heights/Halawa Heights residents; they include several measures that were reported out of the Public Works, Infrastructure, and Sustainability (PWIS) Committee:
- Bill 43: This bill amends the conditions in which a private stream owner is held to maintain, dredge, and clear a stream; currently, the ordinance governing private stream ownership only specifies that the main factor in determining an owner’s responsibility with stream maintenance is to ensure that the natural flow of water is unimpeded. If this measure is adopted, additional criteria would require a stream owner to maintain the stream to prevent unsanitary conditions or to become public nuisances (with unpleasant odors or mosquitos breeding in the stream).Because maintenance of Aiea and Halawa Streams (parts of which are privately-owned), has sometimes been challenging, this bill can provide additional relief for those seeking regular maintenance of privately- owned waterways. Bill 43 is pending second reading during the May10th full Council meeting.
Bill 59, CD2: This bill originally amended the plastic bag ban by removing references to compostable plastic bags, and closing the loophole that allowed businesses to utilize plastic bags that were 2.25 millimeters thick as reusable bags.
After several draft amendments were reviewed by industry, environmental and government stakeholders during the past four months, the Public Works, Infrastructure and Sustainability Committee adopted Bill 59, CD2 last week. The current amendment adds a requirement for businesses to charge a minimum of ten cents per bag for reusable, compostable plastic, or recycled paper bags to the existing plastic bag ban. The measure will be considered for passage on third reading on May 10th.
Please contact my office at 768-5006, or at email@example.com if you have additional questions or concerns regarding these measures.