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Meeting Minutes 2016


Monday, September 19, 2016 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Sand Island Treatment Plant – Conference Room

Board of Directors  
Staci Taniguchi President 
Audrey Haerle (on phone) Vice-President
Roger Babcock Secretary-Treasurer
Emily Dong (on phone) Past President, Conference Co-Chair 2017 
Jon Baker PWO Representative
Lance Manabe National Delegate
Sheryl Nojima Incoming National Delegate
Committee – Representatives  
Scott McAdam Safety Co-Chair
Audrey Haerle (on phone) Public Education Co-Chair
Puna Kaneakua (on phone)  Conference Co-Chair 2017
 Roger Babcock Research Co-Chair
Greg Arakaki Biosolids Co-Chair
Jessica Agsalda Young Professionals Co-Chair



PRESIDING: Staci Taniguchi 
RECORDER:  Roger Babcock


Call to Order

  • The meeting was called to order at 11:44 am by S Taniguchi.

Approval of August Meeting Minutes

  • The minutes of the August 15, 2016 meeting were approved.

Committee Reports

A. Board Advisory/Constitution & Bylaws (Lee Mansfield/Kristie Ching/June Nakamura): Sheryl Nojima and Lance Manabe will discuss the existing HWEA Strategic Plan at WEFTEC as part of a workshop.

B. Board of Certification (Eassie Miller): no report

C. Biosolids/Co-Generation Committee (Greg Arakaki/Melissa Carmichael)

  • Looking to do a tour of Sand Island digester in November/December
  • • Planning a joint workshop with Stormwater for May

D. Collection Systems (Jon Nishimura/Tina Ono): no report

E. Communications (Mark Goodrowe/Leland Lee/Kapiolani Street):

  • The new email system has been implemented

 F. Conference Committee 2017 (Puna Kaneakua/Emily Dong):

  • MOU with AWWA was finalized and signed by the board
  • Website is on-line
  • Call for abstracts came out on August 5th
  • Exhibitor registration will open on September 26th
  • A reimbursement guideline/deadline document will be created
  • They are looking for someone to set-up a preconference track for operations (Wayne Salas will help)

G. Government Affairs (Tim Steinberger/Phil Potter): Phil Potter has replaced Walter Billingsley.

H. Laboratory (No chairs): Jon is talking to the lab technician at Kailua WWTP

I. Membership (Joni Tanimoto):

  • Audrey will learn more about membership reports at WEFTEC next week

J. Pretreatment (Doreann Kaehuaea/Jack Tano):

  • No report

K. Public Education (Lori Morikami/Audrey Haerle):

  • No report

L. Research (Roger Babcock/Chad Morrow): no report

M. Safety (Scott McAdam/Carly Kaneko): Working on putting on a safety seminar on a yet-to-be-defined topic possibly in conjunction with Biosolids and Stormwater in May

N. Student Affairs (Jayson Tasaka/Keith Miyashiro): Jayson Tasaka has replaced Mindy Yoneshige as co-chair

O. Stormwater (Jay Stone/Brad Takenaka):

  • Met in August to find a theme for the May workshop

P. Water Reuse (Martin Roush/Lorna Heller): No report

Q. Young Professionals (Jessica Agsalda/Mark Ohigashi):

  • Aug 12 – had a Tileco facility tour
  • Aug 20 – conducted community service at Mokauea Island
  • Pre-conference – considering a panel discussion on different areas that people work and/or public outreach

Board of Directors Reports

Secretary/Treasurer's Report: Roger Babcock  
Account Balances as of 8/31/2016  
ML Conference Checking $316,662.01
Bank of Hawaii $3,922.24
Petty Cash $50.00
CD Investments $100,000.00
TOTAL: 420,634.25
Total Income $49,181.35
Total Expenses $83,043.04
Rolling Balance ($33,861.69)


  • Roger will work with Taryn to create a new category for “payment to AWWA for conference”
  • Roger will ask Taryn to transfer $15,000 from conference account to checking to cover WEFTEC reimbursements for PWO, Audrey, Sheryl and Lance.
  • Taryn will continue as HWEA bookkeeper – Roger will ask her to tell the person recruited that she is not needed.

President Report: Staci Taniguchi

  • AWWA/HWEA conference MOU – has been signed
  • WEFTEC – several folks will attend the award ceremony and MA day.

Vice-President Report: Audrey Haerle

  • Quarterly luncheon – October 5 at Hale Ikena and will be a joint meeting with CMAA o New email system has been implemented

• Federation Matters: Delegate, Lance Manabe

  • Lance has been selected as At-Large Delegate which will start at WEFTEC 2016, Term is 2016 - 2019
  • New Hawaii delegate Sheryl Nojima will start in October at WEFTEC 2016. Term is 2016-2019

• PWO Matters: Jon Baker

  • Four PWO members will attend WEFTEC to participate in Operations Challenge

Past President: Emily Dong

  • No report

Old Business

  • None

New/Miscellaneous Business

  • None

Next Meeting:

  • October 17th 11:30am 

Meeting adjourned at 12:45 PM.





Contact Info

Hawai‘i Water Environment Association
PO Box 2422
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96804
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