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Meeting Minutes 2017


Tuesday, January 17, 2017 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Sand Island Treatment Plant – Conference Room

Board of Directors  
Staci Taniguchi President
Audrey Haerle Vice-President 
Roger Babcock (on phone) Secretary-Treasurer 
Jon Baker PWO Representative 
Sheryl Nojima (on phone) National Delegate
Committee – Representatives  
Lance Manabe At-Large National Delegate
Audrey Haerle Public Education Co-Chair
Lori Morikami Public Education Co-Chair 
Roger Babcock (on phone) Research Co-Chair
Greg Arakaki Biosolids Co-Chair
Melissa Carmichael Biosolids Co-Chair
Brad Takenaka Storm Water Co-Chair
Phil Potter Government Affairs
Scott McAdam Safety
Katie Nenninger Laboratory
Shantelle Clarke Laboratory
Jayson Tasaka Student Affairs
Jessica Agsalda Young Professionals
Unable to Attend  
Emily Dong Past President and Conference Co-Chair 2017



PRESIDING: Staci Taniguchi 
RECORDER:  Roger Babcock


Call to Order

  • The meeting was called to order at 11:46 am by S Taniguchi.

Approval of November Meeting Minutes

  • The minutes of the December 19, 2016 meeting were approved as amended.

Committee Reports

 A. Board Advisory/Constitution & Bylaws (June Nakamura/Peter Ono/Roy Abe): The committee is going to work on updates

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

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

  • Joint workshop with Stormwater on May 26 – Manoa Grand Ballroom, 8 speaking slots for each track, target 100 attendees. There will not be a session on safety. A few more speakers are needed

D. Collection Systems (Jon Nishimura/Tina Ono): They are booking the Ala Moana Hotel now, the call for papers will come out in February

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

  • No report

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

  • Registration is up to 500 
  • Exhibitor registration is at 102 
  • More players are needed for the golf tournament 
  • Staci will send out a form for committee chairs to report at the breakfast meeting

G. Government Affairs (Tim Steinberger/Walter Billingsley/Phil Potter): Sending out an introductory letter from the committee to legislators on appropriate committees this week. Will have a Google Drive doc with bill tracking set up.

H. Laboratory (Katie Nenninger/Shantelle Clarke): Will help the ops challenge operators practice the lab events.

I. Membership (Joni Tanimoto): HWEA will participate in the WEF Membership Initiative

J. Pretreatment (Doreann Kaehuaea/Jack Tano): No report

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

  • Feb 18th service project on Mokauea Island is limited to 50 people, shirts are being ordered

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

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

N. Student Affairs (Jayson Tasaka/Keith Miyashiro): Three scholarship applications were received. There will be10 student posters at the conference.

O. Stormwater (Jay Stone/Brad Takenaka):

  • May joint workshop - May 26th, 6 or 7 speakers are committed already. Only a few left to fill. It is progressing well.

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

  • Expenses - $24,117
  • Income - $23,385 
  • Suggest to charge for Friday lunch, to offer a discount rate for speakers rather than free, don’t cover all the travel expenses of the keynote speaker

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

  • Preconference program is set to go, 15 attendees so far, will have a social after • Thursday Jan 26 = Waikiki Aquarium, Behind the Scenes tour at 3pm

Board of Directors Reports

Secretary/Treasurer's Report: Roger Babcock  
 Account Balances as of 12/31/2016  
ML Conference Checking $505,694.48
Bank of Hawaii $8,699.62
Petty Cash $50.00
CD Investments $100,000.00
TOTAL: 614,444.10
Total Income $286,147.06
Total Expenses $151,198.90
Rolling Balance $134,948.16
  • Conference account will add Emily, Puna, and Sheryl. Take off all others (Shannon Hollman and Scott McAdam)

·President Report: Staci Taniguchi

  • HWEA Scholarship: Synagro is offering to donate $4,000 toward this and/or for operator training
  • Officers will be nominated and elected at the quarterly luncheon on Jan 19, they will be installed at the conference
  • WEFMAX trip in place of WEFTEC cost for Secretray/Treasurer because his work pays for WEFTEC travel. Moved by Jon Baker to allow the WEFTEC travel funds for the V-P to be used to attend a WEFMAX instead. Seconded by Audrey. Motion passed unanimously.

·Vice-President Report: Audrey Haerle

  • Quarterly Luncheon on Thursday January 19th at Dave & Buster’s, 32 registered already.

·Federation Matters: Delegate, Sheryl Nojima

  • Joint officer and national visiting officers’ dinner meeting will be at Side Street Inn on February 14th. There will be a sign-up and will take the first 35 from HWEA; the cost will be about $38/person.
  • The House of Delegates Strategic Planning Working Group will create a template for MA’s to help them with updates

·PWO Matters: Jon Baker

  • Helping to set-up the lab for ops challenge team to practice
  • So far one team signed up for ops challenge and 2 teams for skills challenge at PWC

·Past President: Emily Dong

  • No report

Old Business

  • None

New/Miscellaneous Business

  • None

Next Meeting:

  • TBD – after Pacific Water Conference

 Meeting adjourned at 12:41 PM.





Contact Info

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PO Box 2422
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96804
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