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Update on Selection of the Action Committee

This document contains a brief update on the status of the selection process for the Action Committee and the names of the Review Committee.

Email update sent from Larry Brown on July 29, 2009:

Aloha Puna CDP Participants,

At the direction of the Planning Director we have re-opened the application period for the Puna Community Development Plan Action Committee. Applications will be accepted until 4:30 PM, Friday, September 4, 2009. Anyone that has previously submitted an application either to the Planning Department or to the Mayor's Office for appointment to the Puna CDP Action Committee does not need to re-apply. We would appreciate it if anyone wishing to withdraw their applicantion from consideration would contact Larry Brown in the Planning Department before September 4, 2009. The Planning Department will re-convene the same Review Committee used in the original review and evaluation process to identify additional candidates from the both original and new list of applicants to interview for possible recommendation to the Mayor for appointment to the PCDP Action Committee.

Your assistance in communicating this reopening of the application period and encouraging members of the Puna Community that you feel would be an asset to the Action Committee to apply will be critical to ensuring that a broad-based group of applicants will be available for appointment. Application forms and copies of the selection process including an addendum to the selection process may be downloaded at http://www.hcrc.info/community-planning/community-development-plans/puna/action-committee-selection-process-1/. Applications and additional information may also be picked up in the Planning Department located at 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3 in Hilo between 7:45 AM and 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. Please feel free to contact Larry Brown or Rachelle Ley with any questions you may have.

Mahalo,

Larry

 

Larry Brown, Planner

County of Hawaii, Planning Department

101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3

Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Phone: (808) 961-8135

Fax:     (808) 961-8742

email:   lbrown@co.hawaii.hi.us

 

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Email update from Larry Brown sent out to the Puna CDP Participants on July 17, 2009

 

Aloha Kakou,

 

As of July 15, 2009, the Mayor has withdrawn his two Communications of July 10 to the County Council transmitting a total of seven names for appointment to the Puna CDP Action Committee.  At the request of the Mayor's office I have removed our posting of those two communications from the Puna CDP web page on the hcrc.info web site.  In that the first Communication, dated May 7, 2009, transmitting six names to the Council was returned to the Mayor with no action taken by the Council, no nominations are presently before the County Council for confirmation.  Therefore, I have also removed the May 7 Communication posting. 


The Mayor and Corporation Counsel are currently reviewing the selection procedures for the Puna CDP Action Committee to ensure that the method used to establish the list was appropriate. It is expected that the complete list will be submitted to the Council in time for consideration at the next available Council meeting.

 

 

Mahalo,

Larry Brown

 

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Email update from Larry Brown sent out to the Puna CDP Participants email on January 23, 2009

 Aloha Kakou,

 

Well, the Review Committee (RC) completed its review and evaluation of the applicants for appointment to the Puna CDP Action Committee (AC) and recommended nine people for the Planning Director's and Mayor's consideration.  The Acting Planning Director, Daryn Arai, approved of the Review Committee's recommendations today and I hand transmitted the recommendation packet to the Mayor's office a few minutes ago.  It is our hope that Mayor Kenoi will approve the Review Committee's  recommendations and forward his list of appointees to the County Council on Monday in time for placement on the County Council's February 4 meeting agenda.   However, due to the Mayor's extremely busy schedule with the County trying to get its ducks in a row for the anticipated Federal stimulus funding grants, there is a pretty good chance meeting the Monday deadline may not be possible.  In that case, we are not likely to get these appointments before the Council until March 2, if our request for waiver from reading at committee is denied, or March 3, if the waiver from committee request is approved. 

 

As much as I would like to publish the list of Review Committee recommendations for appointment and alternates, I've been advised that this is not allowed until the Mayor makes his appointments.  Rachelle and I will keep you informed on the progress of the appointment and confermation process as it unfolds.  As expressed by the RC, our transmittal to Mayor Kenoi stated that any of the 18 finalists interviewed by the RC would be an excellent member of the AC. 

 

I want to thank all the folks that submitted applications for appointment to the AC, to all of those that encouraged others to apply and a special thanks to the volunteers that served on the Review Committee.  Jeffrey Mermel and Hannah Hedrick took time out of their busy schedules and served their Puna neighbors well in helping to ensure that the list of recommended applicants represented a well balanced range of perspectives and talents to shepard implementation of the PCDP.  Also, Rachelle Ley, Puna CDP Planning Assistant, and Christian Kay, Long Range Division Planner, worked diligently to fairly assess the strengths and skills of all applicants. 

 

Mahalo,
Larry

 

 

 

Larry Brown, Planner

County of Hawaii, Planning Department

101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3

Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Phone: (808) 961-8288, ext. 254

Fax:     (808) 961-8742

email:   lbrown@co.hawaii.hi.us

 

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Update on the Selection Process for the Puna CDP Action Committee (12/12/2008)

 

Applications were reviewed this week, with nineteen applicants selected to be interviewed.  We are currently in the process of scheduling the interviews, which will be held in early January.  From the nineteen applicants, nine candidates shall be recommended to the Planning Director to serve on the Action Committee.  The nine candidates shall be approved by the Planning Director who will in turn recommend the candidates to the Mayor for his review and approval.  The Mayor shall appoint the Action Committee members, who will be confirmed by the County Council. 

 

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The Review Committee for the Puna CDP Action Committee applicants shall consist of the Puna CDP Project Manager, one other staff planner, the Puna Community Planning Assistant and two community members.  Members include: 

 

·         Larry Brown, Planner, Long Range Planning and Puna CDP Project Manager

·         Christian Kay, Planner, Long Range Planning

·         Rachelle Ley, Puna CDP Community Planning Assistant and Puna resident

·         Hannah Hedrick, Puna resident

·         Jeffrey Mermel, Puna resident

 

For further information on the selection of the Action Committee please refer to the Selection Process and Selection Criteria documents. 

 

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