Ask the Garrison Commander: Mulbury addresses noise concerns, fleas and cat colonies, and safety

| January 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

Col. Douglas Mulbury
Commander, U.S. Army-Garrison Hawaii

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The “Ask the Garrison Commander” program is designed as a communication tool to allow Soldiers, civilians and family members to get their concerns addressed and questions answered.

Due to newspaper space limitations, only a sampling of questions are printed or broadcast on TV2, a channel available on Army installations.

Generally, I answer questions of community-wide impact. However, all submitted questions come directly to me. Directorates and support staff research queries and provide responses.

Several community members submitted questions to me via the live TV2 town hall, at the Ask the Garrison Commander e-mail address, and through the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii web link at www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/comments/contactgc.aspx.

These communication tools are provided to allow you — Soldiers, family members and civilians who live and work on the installation — to get your concerns addressed and answered.

Q: I live next to the Kolekole Shoppette on Schofield Barracks. I wonder why its employees wait until it is dark – and bedtime for most residents – before operating their power washers and trash-compacting equipment. This work often goes on throughout the night and makes it difficult to sleep. Also, the fence by the shoppette is broken and creates a safety hazard for the children who like to play and jump on it. 

A: The Army and Air Force Exchange Service manager agrees that performing this work at night can be disruptive to those residents who live near the Kolekole Shoppette and has agreed that the power washing and bailing operations will only be conducted throughout the day, beginning no earlier than 6 a.m.

With regard to the broken fence, our Directorate of Public Works agrees that it does create a safety issue and, since it serves no useful purpose, DPW plans to have it removed within the next few weeks.

Q: There is a big problem with fleas infesting Building 118 at Fort Shafter. The Directorate of Public Works is working to eradicate this problem; however, there are cat colonies in the area and people are feeding them. This complicates the flea problems. What is the policy on cat colonies? 

A: Thank you for bringing this matter to my attention. I am happy to confirm that our DPW is, in fact, working to eliminate the flea infestation problem in Building 118. The area has already been sprayed on two separate occasions, and a third treatment is planned.

Unfortunately, this problem will not be eliminated until we can effectively deal with the feral cats themselves. To that end, I have asked the director of Emergency Services and his Animal Control officer to assess the situation and begin trapping the cats, which are the source of the problem.

Policy Memorandum Installation-1 (Discipline, Law and Order) strictly prohibits the care and feeding of feral animals on Army installations here in Hawaii. If you know the individual(s) who is feeding the animals, please call 655-4024, so DES can address this matter directly.

Q: As a resident of the Kalakaua community whose house faces Cadet Sheridan Road, I was very disappointed to see the trees cut down along the street. I am concerned, that if a fence is installed, there will be no access to cross the street and (to) walk my kids to school. Why were the trees cut down? What is the plan for the future, and does that plan include access to the street and a crosswalk? 

A: The wall of bushes along Cadet Sheridan Road was initially planted to help prevent golf balls from straying outside of the Kalakaua Golf Course. However, with the golf course now converted to a housing area, the bushes created a visibility problem and a safety concern for our residents and pedestrians who were cutting through them to cross the street. With the area now open, and visibility much improved, drivers along Cadet Sheridan Road will be better able to see pedestrians as they approach the street, thus minimizing the potential for accidents and injuries.

Within the next few weeks, weather permitting, we will install sidewalks along Cadet Sheridan Road, which tie into the existing crosswalks, and also landscape the bare areas where the bushes have been removed. I appreciate your concerns, but please understand, the overall focus of this effort was to improve the safety of our military and their families.

To submit an “Ask the Commander” question, send an e-mail to AskTheCommander.usaghi@us.army.mil. For more information, call Bill Lenharr (656-0611) at USAG-HI Command Group, or call Aiko Brum (656-3155) at USAG-HI Public Affairs.

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