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Meeting Minutes 2016


Monday, October 17, 2016 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Sand Island Treatment Plant – Conference Room

Board of Directors  
Staci Taniguchi President
Audrey Haerle Vice-President
Roger Babcock Secretary-Treasurer
Emily Dong Past President
Jon Baker PWO Representative
Sheryl Nojima National Delegate
Committee – Representatives  
Emily Dong Conference Co-Chair 2017
Audrey Haerle Public Education Co-Chair
Lori Morikami Public Education Co-Chair 
Martin Roush (on phone) Reuse Co-Chair
Roger Babcock Research Co-Chair
Greg Arakaki Biosolids Co-Chair
Melissa Carmichael Biosolids Co-Chair
Lance Manabe At-Large National Delegate
Ben Rasa Visitor



PRESIDING: Staci Taniguchi 
RECORDER:  Roger Babcock


 Call to Order

  • The meeting was called to order at 11:41 am by S Taniguchi.

Approval of August Meeting Minutes

  • The minutes of the September 19, 2016 meeting were approved.

Committee Reports

A. Board Advisory/Constitution & Bylaws (Lee Mansfield/Kristie Ching/June Nakamura): no report

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

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

  •  Looking for a venue for joint workshop with Stormwater and Safety – Manoa Grand Ballroom, looking for topics 
  •  Looking to do a tour of Sand Island digester in mid-November/December

D. Collection Systems (Jon Nishimura/Tina Ono): there will be a meeting next month and will finalize the site (Ala Moana) for the conference in early December 2017


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

  • The new email system has been implemented – Kapiolani Street is coordinator 
  • Procedure is to send email blasts to Audrey and Staci for approval and consolidation of massages. With the exception of conference-related announcements, it was suggested that a weekly email of consolidated messages be sent on the same day each week to avoid overloading member’s inboxes.

F. Conference Committee 2017 (Feb 14-16, Puna Kaneakua/Emily Dong):

  • Can companies sponsor speaker gifts? Yes, but no company logo on it
  • Need keynote speakers: Nick Rolovich? Mayor-elect?
  • Website is on-line 
  • Call for abstracts is still open - extended 
  • Exhibitor registration is open
  • A reimbursement guideline/deadline document will be created – pending • There will be 5 preconference tracks: YP, 2 wastewater, 1 water, 1 other

G. Government Affairs (Tim Steinberger/Phil Potter): no report

H. Laboratory (No chairs): no report

I. Membership (Joni Tanimoto):

  • Free membership is not included with Pacific Water Conference registration

J. Pretreatment (Doreann Kaehuaea/Jack Tano):

  • No report

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

  • Received award at WEFTEC ceremony
  • Audrey attended the WEF Public Ed Comt meeting in New Orleans
  • Nov 5th – joint presentation to Girl Scouts at Pacific Aviation Museum

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

M. Safety (Scott McAdam/Carly Kaneko): no report

N. Student Affairs (Jayson Tasaka/Keith Miyashiro): no report

O. Stormwater (Jay Stone/Brad Takenaka):

  • May joint workshop - May 26th is reserved
  • Three presentation categories: Planning and Design, Stormwater Programs, Maintenance/Construction

P. Water Reuse (Martin Roush/Lorna Heller):

  • Conference is Dec 1-2, 2016.
  • Have sent out sponsor letters, working with hotel, program is getting finished
  • Email announcement and registration form will be sent out this week
  • Want to allow credit card charges – Jack Tano will set up CVENT

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

  • No report

Board of Directors Reports

Secretary/Treasurer's Report: Roger Babcock  
 Account Balances as of 9/30/2016  
ML Conference Checking $292,639.17
Bank of Hawaii $22,556.14
Petty Cash $50.00
CD Investments $100,000.00
TOTAL: 415,245.31
Total Income  $ 52,529.64
Total Expenses  $ 91,780.27
Rolling Balance  $ 39,250.63
  • $25,000 was transferred from conference account to checking account rather than
    $15,000 as suggested, this will not be corrected.
  • Conference account will add Emily, Puna, and Sheryl. Take off all others (Shannon Hollman and Scott McAdam)
  • Will have Taryn invoice the no-shows from the October luncheon

·President Report: Staci Taniguchi

  • Email inquiry – Operator from CA looking for a job

·Vice-President Report: Audrey Haerle

  • Quarterly luncheon (Oct 5) – 110 attendees, will split profits 50/50 with CMAA
  • Next quarterly Luncheon – early/mid January – includes election of officers, need a wastewater topic

·Federation Matters: Delegate, Sheryl Nojima

  • Sheryl Nojima was sworn in at WEFTEC 2016. Term is 2016-2019. Sheryl is a member of the HOD Strategic Planning Work Group.
  • Lance Manabe was sworn in as a delegate-at-large, he is Vice-Chair of the HOD Membership Working Group, also on the HOD Nominations Committee, also on the WEF Awards Committee
  • Report is attached. Appendices will be posted on the website

·PWO Matters: Jon Baker

  • The team competed in all of the Operations Challenge events this year at WEFTEC
  • Received a Spirit Award
  • Jon to contact Chantel Clark (Aqua Engineers) about participating in HWEA

·Past President: Emily Dong

  • No report

Old Business

  • None

New/Miscellaneous Business

  • None

Next Meeting:

  • November 21st 11:30am 

Meeting adjourned at 1:30 PM.





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Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96804
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