New City Council resolutions urge Mayor Harris to not begin $6.1 million reconstruction of Natatorium

In a move to halt the $6.1 million “patch up” renovation of the Natatorium seawalls and pool deck, the Honolulu City Council has introduced two resolutions that would urge the Harris administration to not break ground on this unpopular and unnecessary construction project.

Public Hearing Now Set for Wednesday September 22, 2004

The Honolulu City Council will hear testimony and vote on the resolutions next Wednesday on September 22, 2004. If you can attend the hearing and lend moral support or offer oral testimony, please come to the 3rd floor of Honolulu Hale, City Hall, 530 South King Street by 9:30 AM. Please check back for the time of the hearing. We offer sample testimony that you can use in part or whole in email to City Council members. Give your name, address, and phone number. This will be considered as testimony and it counts in the decision making process. Please participate. Thank you.

In a move to halt the $6.1 million “patch up” renovation of the Natatorium seawalls and pool deck, the Honolulu City Council has introduced two resolutions that would urge the Harris administration to not break ground on this unpopular and unnecessary construction project.

The first resolution (04-255) urges the city to “postpone the encumbrance or expenditure of any monies for construction of the Waikiki War Memorial and Natatorium until the administration completes … final plans for the swimming pool that are in compliance with the State Department of Health rules.” The resolution further requests that Mayor Harris obtain all necessary permits and approvals from the State Department of Health, Department of Land and Natural Resources, and other appropriate state and federal agencies. The resolution requests the Mayor to cease all actions pertaining to construction of this unpopular project until such time as he furnishes the City Council with plans for a new swimming pool, price for its construction, and cost estimates for maintenance of the new complex.

The second resolution (04-256) is a less costly solution to the safety issue being touted by Mayor Harris as the reason for the project. The resolution calls for a fence around the structure, and a security guard to keep the public from trespassing on the Natatorium site.

Resolution 04-255
Requesting the city administration to postpone the encumberance or expenditure of any monies for the construction of the Waikiki War Memorial and Natatorium
(PDF format, 54k)
Resolution 04-256
Urging the city administration to consider less costly measures to address the health and safety concerns regarding the Waikiki War Memorial and Natatorium
(PDF format, 185k)