No Sewage headed to Kailua….for now!

Many residents have concerns about the proposed trucking of sewage into Kailua, and apparently the City Administration feels the same, and has decided to wait until an environmental assessment is completed.   Below is the email I received from Ikaika Andersen this afternoon….

Aloha,

As many District 3 residents know, the City Administration has proposed trucking excess sewage sludge from the Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant (SIWWTP) to treatment plants in other communities.  Although media reports indicate that Mayor Peter Carlisle, in a July 20 press conference, announced that trucking excess sludge from the SIWWTP to Kailua will not occur in the immediate future while an environmental assessment takes place, it’s clear that the SIWWTP has reached capacity.  I have asked Councilmember Stanley Chang, chair of the Public Works and Sustainability Committee (PWS), to allow for an informational briefing on the issues at the SIWWTP and potential of trucking excess sludge during the next meeting of his committee.  The next PWS meeting will be Wednesday August 3 at 1pm in the City Council Committee Meeting Room on the 2nd floor of Honolulu Hale.  Please come to the meeting prepared to offer oral or written testimony if you’re able to do so; if you’re not able to attend in person, please consider sending in testimony to Councilmember Chang at schang1@honolulu.gov, or you may email me at ianderson@honolulu.gov.

The Administration contends that when the City Council removed the funding for a second digester to process sludge at the SIWWTP into fertilizer pellets, it became necessary to truck the excess sludge to other treatment plants, including Kailua.  I find this hard to believe as by the Administration’s own admission, and the admission of the contractor operating the digester, the time it will take to construct the 2nd digester is 18-24 months.  Even had the Council provided funding for a second digester at the SIWWTP, the Administration would still need a contingency plan to process excess sewage sludge for roughly 2 years.  Taking into account the 18-24-month timeline to construct a 2nd digester, it’s odd that the Environmental Services Department (ENV) director didn’t request monies for this item last year or the year before last- he is was also ENV Director under Mayor Hannemann.  Regardless of these facts, rather than the Administration pointing fingers of blame at the Council, both the Admin and the Council need to work together towards an actual solution, and I’m committed to working together with Mayor Carlisle towards that end.

Legislative Town Hall Meeting with Councilmember Ikaika Anderson, Sen. Pohai Ryan and Rep. Chris Lee

Please join me, Sen. Ryan and Rep. Lee on Wednesday July 27 at the Hawaii National Guard Armory Center-Bellows at 7pm for a joint legislative community briefing.  I will discuss the recently concluded budget season at Honolulu Hale and other City issues affecting Windward residents, while Sen. Ryan and Rep. Lee will discuss this past legislative session and important legislation affecting our mutual districts.  Light refreshments will be served.  Click here to see the flyer.

3 TALK Thursday July 28 St. John Lutheran Church Kailua

Please join me and my staff at our next 3 TALK on July 28.  As usual, there is no preset agenda- we will be available to hear your concerns in an informal setting at St. John Lutheran Church.  There are many City issues of importance that have come up as of late, and we encourage you to please come and join us for an eventful talk story session!

Mahalo,
Ikaika

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No Sewage headed to Kailua….for now!

Many residents have concerns about the proposed trucking of sewage into Kailua, and apparently the City Administration feels the same, and has decided to wait until an environmental assessment is completed.   Below is the email I received from Ikaika Andersen this afternoon….

Aloha,

As many District 3 residents know, the City Administration has proposed trucking excess sewage sludge from the Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant (SIWWTP) to treatment plants in other communities.  Although media reports indicate that Mayor Peter Carlisle, in a July 20 press conference, announced that trucking excess sludge from the SIWWTP to Kailua will not occur in the immediate future while an environmental assessment takes place, it’s clear that the SIWWTP has reached capacity.  I have asked Councilmember Stanley Chang, chair of the Public Works and Sustainability Committee (PWS), to allow for an informational briefing on the issues at the SIWWTP and potential of trucking excess sludge during the next meeting of his committee.  The next PWS meeting will be Wednesday August 3 at 1pm in the City Council Committee Meeting Room on the 2nd floor of Honolulu Hale.  Please come to the meeting prepared to offer oral or written testimony if you’re able to do so; if you’re not able to attend in person, please consider sending in testimony to Councilmember Chang at schang1@honolulu.gov, or you may email me at ianderson@honolulu.gov.

The Administration contends that when the City Council removed the funding for a second digester to process sludge at the SIWWTP into fertilizer pellets, it became necessary to truck the excess sludge to other treatment plants, including Kailua.  I find this hard to believe as by the Administration’s own admission, and the admission of the contractor operating the digester, the time it will take to construct the 2nd digester is 18-24 months.  Even had the Council provided funding for a second digester at the SIWWTP, the Administration would still need a contingency plan to process excess sewage sludge for roughly 2 years.  Taking into account the 18-24-month timeline to construct a 2nd digester, it’s odd that the Environmental Services Department (ENV) director didn’t request monies for this item last year or the year before last- he is was also ENV Director under Mayor Hannemann.  Regardless of these facts, rather than the Administration pointing fingers of blame at the Council, both the Admin and the Council need to work together towards an actual solution, and I’m committed to working together with Mayor Carlisle towards that end.

Legislative Town Hall Meeting with Councilmember Ikaika Anderson, Sen. Pohai Ryan and Rep. Chris Lee

Please join me, Sen. Ryan and Rep. Lee on Wednesday July 27 at the Hawaii National Guard Armory Center-Bellows at 7pm for a joint legislative community briefing.  I will discuss the recently concluded budget season at Honolulu Hale and other City issues affecting Windward residents, while Sen. Ryan and Rep. Lee will discuss this past legislative session and important legislation affecting our mutual districts.  Light refreshments will be served.  Click here to see the flyer.

3 TALK Thursday July 28 St. John Lutheran Church Kailua

Please join me and my staff at our next 3 TALK on July 28.  As usual, there is no preset agenda- we will be available to hear your concerns in an informal setting at St. John Lutheran Church.  There are many City issues of importance that have come up as of late, and we encourage you to please come and join us for an eventful talk story session!

Mahalo,
Ikaika

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