Mulbury hosts his first North town hall meeting

| September 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Vanessa Lynch
News Editor

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The North community town hall meeting, held here, Tuesday, promoted the dialogue between community members and senior leadership from 25th Infantry Division and U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and got the ball rolling on pressing community issues.

USAG-HI regularly hosts a town hall for Oahu North and South communities so Soldiers and family members can learn what’s happening in their neighborhoods and get answers to their questions.

“Your issues are extremely important to us,” said James Brown, Oahu North community director and moderator for the meeting. “We want to hear your input.”

The evening’s meeting provided community updates on security, housing and the Juvenile Review Board. 

Main issues included traffic during morning physical training, community housing and unattended minors in the Porter community skate park.

“We exist to serve our Soldiers and families,” said Col. Douglas Mulbury, commander, USAG-HI. “It takes a community to make a community.”

Lt. Col. Daniel Hulsebosch, director, Directorate of Emergency Services, briefed that by Sept. 29, all installation gates would be 100 percent manned by Department of the Army security guards. Also, open housing areas such as Mendonca Park and Helemano Military Reservation will have guards during a portion of the day.

“Sixty percent of the crimes we see (here) are that of opportunity,” Hulsebosch said, about the universal concern about unsecured property. “Again, we urge people to lock their cars and homes, and not to leave anything of value in plain sight.”

Hulsebosch also encouraged community members to contact the Directorate of Emergency Services at 656-6750 or via e-mail at fred.makinney@us.army.mil, before spreading misinformation about safety and security concerns on post.

“We would much rather have people spreading the truth than spreading rumors and getting community members in an uproar,” he said.

Command Sgt. Maj. Darryl Jannone, USAG-Oahu, and president of the Juvenile Review Board, discussed the monthly JRB. 

“USAG-Oahu convenes a monthly JRB, and it’s designed to deter juveniles from noncompliance with an installation’s good order and discipline, and laws and regulations; with behavior modification and social interventions as its primary goals,” Jannone said. “Just this past Saturday, 32 juveniles picked up 300 pounds of trash from White Plains Beach.”

The final briefing of the evening came from Tony Hintz, North Region operations director, Island Palm Communities.

“We want to see what you see and hear what you hear,” he said. “We want to be your neighbor.”

He discussed new home construction in Kalakaua; Porter, which includes Moyer; Kaena, which is part of Santa Fe; and the Wili Wili area on Wheeler; and renovations in Canby, Wheeler and Helemano communities, as well as homes in the Patriot/Hamilton, Santa Fe and Solomon communities.

Hintz estimated the Wheeler Community Center office will open later this year or early January 2011. The new center will include a swimming pool, water-spray park, tot-lot, activities room, fitness room and a theater.

Before the evening wrapped up, subject matter experts and senior leadership fielded questions from the audience.

Questions concerned the lack of 24-hour security guards at Helemano Military Reservation, traffic congestion on Wright Avenue and by Hale Kula Elementary School, and unattended youth and inappropriate behavior at the Porter community skate park.

All questions were documented. If a question wasn’t resolved at the meeting, Brown planned to provide written feedback to the resident within a 72-hour time frame.

“Overall, I think this evening went very well,” Mulbury said, about his first face-to-face town hall meeting. “It’s important that we have these types of events and provide community members with feedback.”

The next North town hall is scheduled for Jan. 25, 2011. Live in the South region? The next South community town hall is scheduled for  Oct. 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Aliamanu Military Reservation’s Chapel.

 

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