President's Message (Marianna Scheffer)
Legislative Advocates (Andrea Dean)
Drug Court (Marni Herkes)
County Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resource... Commission
LWV of Hawai'i Country Member Roster
Vote Count in October
LWV of Hawaii County Minutes of General Meeting 8/20/05 (Maiden Temple)
Treasurer's Report 8/10/05 (Sue Irvine)
Community Development Plans (Nancy Pisicchio )
Kona Community Development Plan (Marni Herkes)
North and South Kona Community Development Plans
Facilitators Wanted (Andrea Dean)
League of Women Voters of Hawaii CountyMinutes for General Meeting
August 20, 2005, 11 a.m.
Tex Drive In & Restaurant, Honoka’a
Bob Jacobson, County Council - Puna, was the guest speaker at 11 a.m. He presented a brief history of the recent County re-apportionment and his efforts to object to the proposed boundaries. Representing the district from Kurtistown to Kealakekua Bay, it is difficult to cover the entire area and represent all his constituents. For example, he needs to go out of his district to vote, go to his post office box, and visit other parts of the district. He criticized the decision to include college students and military personnel and dependents and summarized the two court challenges to the re-apportionment plan.
Regarding the Community Development Plan, he believes the process is "not too bad so far" and is "depending on Pete Hoffman and Angel Pilago to carry the ball." He expressed some concerns about how to define "community" and provide one plan that represents very different, and sometimes hostile, distinct small communities.
Jacobson suggested the League watch for a petition that will follow-up Bill 78, which proposed that 2% of property tax revenues be dedicated to purchasing, maintaining, and increasing access to open spaces and parks. Virginia Isbell, County Council - South Kona, reported that many commission members’ terms expire in December and encouraged League members to call her if they are interested in serving.
Call to Order: Marianna Scheffer, 12 p.m.
Members Present: George & Marian Wilkins, Sue Dursin, Marni Herkes, Maiden Temple, Sue Irvine, Andrea Dean, Virginia Isbell, J. Joan Butterfield, Barbra Green, Helene Hale, Marianna Scheffer
Guests: Julie & Phil Mink, Bob Jacobson.
Treasurer’s Report: Report dated 8/10/05, Attachment A, was presented by Sue Irvine.
Board Appointment: The Board has proposed Karen Hazelhoff as a new Board member, but she has not yet accepted.
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County planner; and Jane Testa, County Director of Research & Development. Marni will set-up a meeting. Andrea Dean reminded us that the County was looking for people to serve as facilitators and would provide training. She will obtain more information and distribute it.
Meeting adjourned at 1:17 p.m.
(Minutes prepared by Maiden Temple, Secretary Pro Tem)