Nuuanu Neighborhood Board talks firecrackers, Chromium VI contamination

Jamie Winpenny

The Nuuanu-Punchbowl Neighborhood met on Tuesday, January 18, with representatives from Mayor Peter Carlisle’s office, Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland’s office, Rep. Corrine Ching’s office, the Honolulu Police Department, Honolulu Fire Department, and the Board of Water Supply (BWS) among those in attendance.

HPD reported that in District 1, there was a decrease in burglaries in December 2010. There was increase in the number of motor vehicle collisions. District 5 saw fewer total crimes reported than in November.

HFD reported only one brush fire and one vehicle fire in December. Changes to the City’s fireworks regulations were noted, as residents may now purchase only fire crackers. Popular aerial fireworks are illegal. Residents must apply for permits no less than ten days before an event.

The Board of Water Supply reported that in the wake of a recent report on the of the presence of Chromium VI, a suspected carcinogen, in water supply systems throughout the country, the BWS is now collecting samples of Oahu’s water for testing in consultation with the Department of Health.

Also at the meeting was a representative of the Craigside Retirement Community, who reported that the 54-apartment residence is set to open on Monday, February 28 at 85% occupancy.

A copy of the minutes has been made available here.