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Harry Kim <br />Mayor <br />County of Hawaii <br />PLANNING DEPARTMENT <br />PUNA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN ACTION COMMITTEE <br />Aupuni Center • 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3 • Hilo, Hawaii 96720 <br />Phone (808) 961-8288 • Fax (808) 961-8742 <br />Tuesday, January 15, 2019 <br />Meeting Minutes <br />Michael Yee <br />Director <br />Daryn Arai <br />Deputy Director <br />CALL TO ORDER <br />Chair Larry Brown called the Puna Community Development Plan (PCDP) Action Committee (AC) to <br />order at 5:03 p.m. in the Pahoa Neighborhood Facility. <br />ROLL CALL <br />Action Committee Members Present: Larry Brown (Chair), Frances Brewer (Vice), Michael Bernard, Dan <br />Domizio, Susan Osborne, Yumi Kawano, Leila Kealoha, Mark Hinshaw <br />Action Committee Members Absent -Excused: Brent Norris <br />Staff: CoH Planners - Keiko Mercado and Eric Cook. Also in attendance — Ron Whitmore, Deputy <br />Director of R&D; and Bob Agres, Manager for Disaster Recovery Community Engagement & <br />Collaboration. <br />Members of the public: 40 <br />ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA: NONE <br />ANNOUNCEMENTS: Chair Brown announced that discussion on agenda item #1 was postponed. <br />Committee Member Brent Norris who was to provide the presentation on this agenda item, was <br />unable to attend the meeting. <br />PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEMS: 8 Members of the public provided testimony. <br />1. Mr. John Olson, representing himself, provided testimony on agenda items 1&2. <br />Item 1: Mr. Olson questioned why a discussion was needed about growing hemp as an <br />agricultural product in Puna since hemp production had been federally legalized. <br />Item 2: Mr. Olson stated that he did not believe the County was well enough prepared to <br />handle the eruption event. He stressed that the County should have convened a "table top" to <br />clarify roles and responsibilities during disaster response, and should still convene one to more <br />effectively outline response and communication to the public for future eruption events. <br />Hawai `i County is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer Page I <br />