Tantalus Drifting: Last month, Councilmember Kobayashi and I introduced Bill 7, Relating to the Traffic Code and Public Safety after discussions with representatives of Tantalus Community Association, Makiki Heights Community Association, Department of Transportation Services, Honolulu Police Department and other community stakeholders. Bill 7 has been referred to the Council’s Public Health, Safety and Economic Development Committee and we will seek hearings on the bill later this month.
Early testimonies submitted on Bill 7 (February 28, 2018) advocated for stricter penalties like impoundment of the vehicle and maximum fines/ penalties on first offenses (excerpt attached). Neighborhood Board #10 member Paul Klink has also connected us with a manufacturer of high-friction surface treatment (HFST) materials, which have been shown to reduce crashes across the United States (see attached ATSSA materials).
Fire Sprinkler Retrofits: The City’s RFSAC Codes Subcommittee met last week to discuss refinements to the use of the life safety evaluation matrix by condominium associations and Honolulu Fire Department.
Hawaii Council of Associations of Apt. Owners (HCCA), which has advocated for individual condo associations to have the flexibility to determine the best combination of fire safety features needed for their property, has endorsed:
- Giving condo associations flexibility to opt-out of sprinkler retrofits as long as the condo property displays signage on the ground floor that specifies that the building does not have fire sprinklers. The Hawaii Association of Realtors will revise its disclosure forms to include a checkbox on whether or not a high-rise residential condo property has fire sprinklers in individual units or in common areas.
- Removing the weighted preference for fire sprinklers in the life safety evaluation checklist by scoring buildings with a 0 rather than -8 in reflecting the status of a condo property for question 13 (If fire sprinklers are present in condo) on the checklist.