Com­mu­nity Works To­gether To Repave North Road

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mem­bers Ron Menor and Kym­berly Pine, along with their staffers Den­nis Galolo and Ki­ran Polk. Also in­cluded at the meet­ing was Ewa Neigh­bor­hood Board mem­ber Ce­sar Caoili, the lessors of Iro­quois Point, Carmel Part­ner’s Tom Tschudin, Ewa Beach Golf Course man­ager Liane Otake and rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Navy Clint Miller.

My im­me­di­ate con­cern was to en­sure safety is­sues were ad­dressed and also work with Coun­cilmem­bers Pine and Menor to see if the city could come up with a more per­ma­nent so­lu­tion.

This was a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort in work­ing to­gether with all par­ties in­ter­ested in find­ing a so­lu­tion to the prob­lem. No fin­ger point­ing, just look­ing to fix the is­sue and de­velop a long-term pre­ven­ta­tive main­te­nance pro­gram.

We iden­ti­fied the por­tion of the road that the Navy owns, and they fixed their por­tion of the road within a week. The blaz­ing-fast speed was much ap­pre­ci­ated.

Ewa Beach Golf Course then pro­ceeded to fill in the pot holes in the ap­prox­i­mately 800-yard sec­tion of the road that it owns, which im­me­di­ately pre­cedes the en­trance to Iro­quois Point head­ing Di­a­mond Head. This par­cel is sit­u­ated be­tween the city’s por­tion and the Navy’s por­tion.

The city’s por­tion of the road is in great shape, hav­ing been repaved not so long ago. Short-term safety is­sues were ad­dressed as quickly as pos­si­ble. Then, those in­volved shifted fo­cus to the longer-term so­lu­tion.

The con­sen­sus so­lu­tion was to get the city to agree to pave the non-Navy owned por­tions of the road. I must give our great City Councilman Ron Menor credit at this point be­cause he had to do the heavy lift­ing at the city. We held sub­se­quent meet­ings where the golf course man­age­ment agreed to give the city per­mis­sion to repave the road. Menor and Pine worked hard to get this done.

Be­cause this sec­tion is a pri­vate road, there were a lot of le­gal hur­dles to jump over, but Menor and the city made it hap­pen.

This en­tire ef­fort was an ex­am­ple of what can be ac­com­plished when elected of­fi­cials work to­gether and do not care who gets the credit. I salute Menor and Pine, along with their staff, for lis­ten­ing to our com- mu­nity con­cerns and ad­dress­ing the in­fra­struc­ture needs of Ewa Beach.

State Rep. Bob McDer­mott shows what a big dif­fer­ence that pav­ing North Road has made. Photo from Rep. McDer­mott’s of­fice.

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