Ask the Garrison Commander: Mulbury addresses PT routes, traffic, parking and housing

| August 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

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

Mulbury

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The “Ask the Garrison Commander” program allows Soldiers, civilians and family members to get their concerns addressed and questions answered.

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.

Submit questions via the Ask the Garrison Commander email address and through the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii web link at www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/comments/contactgc.aspx.

Q: I’m concerned about the amount of PT being conducted in the immediate vicinity of Hale Kula Elementary School and the Soldier Support Center. The roads right in front of the school are heavily-traveled areas, with drivers, passengers and pedestrians on their way to school or the center. 

Large groups of Soldiers are running on the street and on the sidewalk. Is it necessary for them to do PT in this area, since Kolekole Avenue is already blocked off for this purpose and there are less-populated areas on this side of the installation?

A: The limited amount of open space and lightly-traveled streets severely affect the ability for our Soldiers to conduct PT on any of our installations. To help minimize the impact that Soldiers conducting PT have on our residents and workforce, we have designated specific running routes throughout our installations and limited the time frame during which PT can be conducted.

Unfortunately, the Hale Kula Elementary School area is an essential part of Schofield Barracks’ network of approved running routes, as it provides a necessary connection for those Soldiers running down Waianae and Ayres avenues to link with McMahon Road, which skirts the less-traveled perimeter of the installation.

Department of Defense civilian employees and contract workers also should not begin work prior to 7 a.m.

Q: Traffic has gotten worse in the mornings with all of the new construction going on in Wheeler Army Airfield and around the WiliWili Circle housing area. Is it possible to open the gate between WiliWili Circle and Camp Stover?

A: There has been a noticeable increase of traffic throughout WAAF in recent months. While opening another gate would undoubtedly help ease some of this congestion, unfortunately, we simply do not have the personnel and funding necessary to properly man this gate, even for a few additional hours.
Q: Parking in my housing area is a real problem. People park on the streets behind our homes, instead of the front, and on both sides of the alleys, rather than along the main roads where parking is approved. They also park next to fire hydrants and directly behind my driveway. This is inconsiderate, dangerous and, most importantly, creates problems for fire and other emergency vehicles. 
A: Parking throughout our installation is a problem and one that is often difficult to control, especially within our housing areas. Law enforcement personnel can and do issue tickets for areas not designated or approved for parking in accordance with Army policy; these are warning citations, which are then referred to Soldiers’ units for corrective action.

Law enforcement personnel issue citations with a monetary fine to those who park in areas designated for the handicapped or in marked fire lanes. The Directorate of Emergency Services is stepping up enforcement of parking infractions throughout the housing areas, but I am also asking assistance of all community residents in referring parking violations to community managers and DES.

Q: A left turn light should be installed at the intersection of Kolekole Avenue and Flagler Road to help alleviate traffic backups caused by people waiting to turn left. Is this possible?

A: The Kolekole and Flagler intersection was identified as one of our major intersections where left turn signals should be installed. Others intersections include Kolekole and Humphreys, and Cadet Sheridan and Macomb. The scope of work associated with these upgrades has already been developed and a request for proposals is out for bids. Contingent upon the availability of funding, we fully anticipate being able to award the contract and complete the work.

Q: As part of our lease-signing process, two issues developed. First, we will be responsible for paying a de-fleaing charge prior to moving. When we asked about the cost, the agent didn’t know but told us the Community Center manager could provide this information after we signed the lease and completed the walk-through. This process, in effect, asks us to sign a binding contract for a service without first knowing the cost involved. Second, the lease agreement states tenants will be provided a Resident Guide at signing or prior to occupying the premise, but we did not receive one. Instead, we were told the guide had been recently been updated and new ones were not yet available for distribution. 
A: Island Palm Communities has a standard de-fleaing charge of $98. You have the option of hiring someone else to perform this service for you and providing IPC the receipt as proof the treatment was completed by a professional.

With regard to the Resident Guide, IPC recently updated this document and apologizes that the new materials were not yet available from the printer at the time you signed your lease. You can download and view or print a copy of the new Resident Guide by going to www.islandpalmcommunities.com/Resident-Resources/Resident-Guide/default.aspx.

To submit an “Ask the Commander” question, send an email 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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