STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2133
RE: S.B. No. 2511
Honorable Robert Bunda
President of the Senate
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Water, Land, Energy and Environment and Health and Human Services and Tourism and Intergovernmental Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 2511 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT MAKING A GRANT-IN-AID TO THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU TO CLEAN UP SALT LAKE WATERWAY,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to appropriate $800,000 as a grant-in-aid to the City and County of Honolulu to clean up Salt Lake waterway.
Testimony in support of this measure was received from the Department of Health, City and County of Honolulu Department of Environmental Services, Country Club Village Phase 2 Association of Apartment Owners, and the Chair of the Aliamanu/Salt Lake/Foster Village Neighborhood Board No. 18.
Your Committees find that the City and County of Honolulu, the Honolulu Country Club, the State Department of Health, and the community have been working to address the silting, vegetation, odor problems, and health issues in the Salt Lake waterway. Your Committees have heard that the City has recently provided some funding to clean up the waterway from its capital improvement budget, and that the City's Vision Team also has provided money.
Your Committees further find that congressional efforts are underway to obtain assistance from the federal government, as water and silt drain down from Aliamanu Military Reservation into the waterway.
Your Committees are strongly supportive of these collaborative efforts to address a long-standing problem. Given the costs, the broad scope of the project, and the importance of providing a unified message to Congress, your Committees urge the City and County of Honolulu to appropriate funds to match the $800,000 appropriation in this measure, in order to assist fully in cleaning the Salt Lake waterway.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Water, Land, Energy and Environment and Health and Human Services and Tourism and Intergovernmental Affairs that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2511 and recommend that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Water, Land, Energy and Environment and Health and Human Services and Tourism and Intergovernmental Affairs,
DAVID MATSUURA, Chair
LORRAINE R. INOUYE, Chair
DONNA MERCADO KIM, Chair