City awards contract for feral chicken removal at city facilities including West Loch Golf Course

Saturday, July 11, 2015
Contact: Mayor Caldwell’s Press Office, 768-5768

City awards contract for feral chicken removal at city facilities

Honolulu – The City and County of Honolulu has awarded a contract for its Integrated Feral Chicken Management Program on city properties to Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions.

“The demonstration project uses available technology in a targeted approach to managing problematic feral chickens on city property,” said Sheri Kajiwara, Director of Customer Services.

Utilizing a proactive and systematic approach, traps will be set in city facilities such as parks, golf courses, corporation yards, and other areas where the presence of feral chickens have been verified by department personnel.  The contactor will use “smart traps” with wireless cameras and automatic notification of trapping, wildlife cameras to scout and assess sites, GPS to track technician locations, and barcode scanning to log completed assignments.  The city will be provided with access to the contractor’s logging system to review the service records posted for each location.

The trapping will be conducted Monday through Friday, with the traps collected at the end of the work week.  Other trapping methods, such as cage traps and netting, may also be used during the four-month demonstration project.

The $80,000 contract is being funding by a City Council appropriation in the Fiscal Year 2015 operating budget.

“The funds appropriated are not enough for a comprehensive islandwide program including private property, therefore the new program will target chicken roosting areas on city properties for more efficient trapping,” Director Kajiwara said.  “The new Integrated Feral Chicken Management Program will use an active strategy to capture chickens in known locations.  With the monitoring capability, the contract provides for transparency and accountability.”

Captured chickens will be humanely euthanized with a CO2 immersion system that conforms to American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines.

Initial trapping begins this week.  Among the 70 city facilities identified for trapping are the Board of Water Supply Yard on Diamond Head Road, the Waikīkī Shell, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Kaiaka Bay Beach Park in Hale‘iwa, Kualoa Regional Park, West Loch Golf Course, and Pali Golf Course.  More than 1,500 chickens were counted at city facilities in May this year.

FACT SHEET
The Integrated Feral Chicken Management Program will humanely capture and remove undesirable feral chickens from public locations identified by the city.

Contractor: Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions
Total Contract Amount: $80,000.00
Trapping

  • All sites with active traps will be monitored and checked daily.
  • Only humane capture devices and traps will be utilized.
  • All traps will have shade cloths, chicken feed, and water reservoirs.
  • Remote traps will trigger automatically and notify a technician.
  • Remote monitoring of traps use SIM Card enabled wireless cameras to send pictures of traps on demand or when movement is detected.

Monitoring

  • A wildlife cam will send scouting and intelligence photos to the technicians’ cell phone or email when the motion sensor detects movement.
  • Wildlife specialists will have a handheld computer which is a cellular and GPS-enabled unit that verifies their daily activities remotely.
  • The traps will have barcodes that will be scanned by the specialist.  An operations system will post the recorded scans of the completed appointment. The city will be provided access to the system to review the service records posted to each location.
  • All contractor vehicles shall be GPS-tracked to allow real-time monitoring.

First Annual West Loch Fairways Appreciation Concert

Concert Band (1280x853)Music in the Park is a nice way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon here in West Loch Fairways!

We were entertained big time with the talents given to us by the Band of the Pacific joint Base Pearl Harbor/Hickam group called “Hana Hou”. It was a one hour blast of upbeat music.

The band’s back drop, stage and seating were set up by your WLF Board members: Tom Hiltner, Michael Nii, and Richard Ashley and my family.

Tom and his wife lugged a 10×20 foot tent from their home, and set it up so that older residents could sit comfortably on chairs and be out of the sun.

Michael my son and our daughter-in-law Kathy helped hold the 19×9 foot flag while Richard and my husband secured the flag. They also helped setting-up and taking down 75 chairs and three tables.

I must give special acknowledgment to the support and patience my husband Larry! He always goes out of his way to do the things a 5”1” old lady cannot do, either too weak or too short for the task.

The WLF Site Manager delivered fliers to various homes as his time allowed, and also is the one who posted the banner and notice on the Bulletin Board.

All of these people are responsible for making this event successful. I appreciate them all, and everyone who attended.

We will continue to come up with more Association Events aiming to please and hoping to generate participation from our Membership.

Always interested in your thoughts about bringing our community together.

Call me anytime.

Yvonne Dembinski

WLF Social Chairperson 681-5373

The First Annual West Loch Fairways Appreciation Concert HH1

When : JUNE 7, 2015

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Where : West Loch Fairways

TOT LOT PARK 

 

Bring your blankets and picnic eats and enjoy great LIVE music provided to us by a group of musicians from the Air Force Band of Pearl Harbor/Hickam called Hana Hou.   This is to kick off the celebration of Flag Day, and this group we will hear is very, very entertaining, they play everything from rock to top 40’s hits as well as Hawaiian and Patriotic.  It is a mixture of brass, guitar, drummers and even a female vocalist!     Some chairs will be provided also, but you may just want to lay back on your blankets and relax.

 

Honolulu City Council BILL 27 Relating to Minimum Real Property Tax

****UPDATE****   At the May 12 ,2015 City Council Budget Meeting Bill 27 was Deferred for Action by the committee. There was opposition by the administration because of unintended consequences. As it is written now, Bill 27 has a much greater reach than what is believed  was originally intended by the advisory board and would significantly raise the property taxes on lower valued properties such as small condominiums and any property valued between $100,000 and $300,000. The Bill is still alive and we will have to wait and see if it will be amended.

The City Council voted to pass the first reading of Bill 27 which amends the minimum real property tax. Bill 27 will raise the minimum real property tax from $300 to $1000. The only exemption allowed would be for organizations that have obtained 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status. The Bill moves on to the Council’s Budget Committee at the May 12, 2015 meeting (Meeting Agenda)

Why do we care?

This legislation stands to have great implications for West loch Fairways. The Association holds the deed to 36 different properties or Tax Map Keys (TMK). Presently the Association’s real property tax for each property is $300/ property or $10,800 annually. If Bill 27 becomes law the Association’s real property tax bill will increase to $36,000. This new obligation will put a real strain on the Association’s operating budget and could force a maintenance dues increase. The Common Areas of West Loch Fairways consist of public access areas, e.g. greenbelts, mini parks, service roads and greenway sidewalks along Fort Weaver and A’awa Drive. These properties are valued at $100 by the City and County of Honolulu and should not be assessed a minimum real property tax of $1000 each as the Association already preforms all the landscape maintenance on these public access areas including maintaining the service roads and guest parking.

What can we do?

Please let City Councilmember Menor and the other Councilmembers know that Bill 27 will cost you money directly. That raising the minimum real property tax by over 300% is excessive and the Council should consider an incremental approach.

We will be updating this post as Bill 27 moves through the process.

WLF Community Yard Sale

Yard SaleMany people reported a great turnout to the WLF community sale that took place on April 25, 2015. Almost 40 Members participated. The Social Committee plans to hold this event annually and asks for your input to make this event even better. Please use the Ask a Question form on this website to submit your suggestions using the subject line “Community Sale”. We would like to Thank Yvonne Dembinski and the Social Committee for volunteering their time to make this event such a success.

Community Yard Sale Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 8:00am to 2:00pm.

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