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5:34 p.m. Finmeccanica Business Plan: Sell Ansaldo

News from Rome: Finmeccanica‘s plan to cut its debt from $3.1 billion euros to $2.5 billion by the end of the year has selling Ansaldo Breda and Ansaldo STS near the top of the priority list, according to the World Aeronautical Press Agency. It describes the plan as a “Spezzatino” method not used in 15 years.

Two grains of salt: The article cites “rumors” as its main source.

5:25 p.m. Train Facility Work Begins

Soil sampling work began today for the rail transit system’s maintenance and storage facility in Waipahu, according to a Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation press release.

The soil work is in preparation for construction of the facility, where the rail system’s train cars will be stored and maintained. The facility will be located on a 43-acre site off Farrington Highway between Leeward Community College and Waipahu High School.

The soil work will be done weekdays between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Kiewit/Kobayashi, a Joint Venture, will conduct the soil and survey work through mid-November.

While lane closures are not required for this portion of the work, drivers and pedestrians using Ala Ike Street connecting to Leeward Community College should watch for construction vehicles entering and exiting the construction site. Those working, living or traveling near the work sites are advised to proceed with caution around the designated work zones and to not cross any barricades fencing off the work areas.

The MSF site will provide enough room to store and maintain up to 100 rail vehicles and will include four major structures: a train system control center; a maintenance building for track inspection and repairs; a train vehicle wash facility; and a train wheel repair center.

The facility will be environmentally-friendly and meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification. Some sustainable features may include, but are not limited to: photovoltaic panels on facility roofs to generate electricity; natural lighting and ventilation in buildings; recycled construction materials used whenever possible; and water-efficient landscaping.

Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. and Albert C. Kobayashi Inc., a Joint Venture, was awarded the $195 million contract to design and build the facility. Current project subcontractors, some locally-based, include HNTB Corporation, Maintenance Design Group, Yogi Kwong Engineers, Lyon Associates, Mid Pacific Engineering, WCIT Architecture, and when construction begins, multiple local subcontractors.

5:01 p.m. City Workers Vaccinated

More than 900 City employees have received free flu vaccination shots through a series of clinics conducted by the Department of Human Resources in Honolulu and Kapolei.

Read the full press release.

4:50 p.m. November Public Hearing

The agenda for November’s Honolulu City Council isn’t out yet, but the public hearing notice has been posted.

There are only two items on the docket for the hearing, which will be held at 1 p.m. on Nov. 2 — at Kapolei Hale.

  • Bill 50, which amends the Waianae Sustainable Communities Plan.
  • Bill 54, which would establish a procedure for the removal and disposal of personal property stored on public property.

Special Meeting Today

The Honolulu City Council‘s Committee on Safety, Economic Development and Government Affairs will gather for a special meeting at 9 a.m. to consider four of resolutions related to the Hawaii State Association of Counties legislative package. They are:

  • Resolution 11-293, which provides the counties with liability protection for natural conditions on or near public beach parks.
  • Resolution 11-294, which encourages the State Legislature to adopt legislation mandating that the State Department of Health develop and adopt rules for residential reuse of gray water.
  • Resolution 11-296, which urges the state to contribute funding for any mandated programs it forces the counties to implement.
  • Resolution 11-297, which urges the governor and the **Hawaii Legislature to maintain the counties’ share of the transient accommodations tax.

Here’s the original agenda and an addendum that will be added.

Where’s Carlisle?

At 9 a.m., Mayor Peter Carlisle delivers remarks at the dedication of the City’s new Wahiawa Transit Center, then rides TheBus to the Middle Street Intermodal Center. At 11:30, Carlisle delivers remarks at the dedication of the Middle Street Intermodal Center.

Inside Honolulu will be there for both events and will be on the bus with the mayor.

Read Previous Editions of Inside Honolulu

October 24: Rail~Volution Sunshine?; Using Force; Friday Night News; Charging for Parks; Where’s Carlisle?

October 21: City Spending On Rail Lawyers; Carlisle’s Public Sked; A Message From Carrie; Sidewalk Project Pau; Parking Hardship; Bus Routes, Trash Pickup Adjusted for APEC; Where’s Carlisle?

October 20: Special Committee Meeting; APEC Security Road Closures; Council Concerned About Rail Operation Costs; City Misses HUD Deadline; Investigation: Rail at the Airport; Where’s Carlisle?

October 19: Mayor Listens to Preschoolers; The CityCamp “Unconference”; Two TOD Workshops Next Week; Rail Construction Knocks Out Traffic Cams; UPW Strike During APEC?; A Merry Celebration; Martin Running For Mayor; Where’s Carlisle?

October 18: Hula Festival Venue Change; “Overwhelming” Response: APEC Turning Away Volunteers; Garbage Truck Problems; APEC Surveillance Camera Locations; Where’s Carlisle?

October 17: You Say You Want A Rail~Volution; An Evening With Carlisle; Mufi’s Fundraising Muscle; Waipahu Rail Soil Tests Begin; Young People Love Honolulu; Where’s Carlisle?

October 13: Low Sewer Bond Interest; Full Steam Ahead; HART: Ansaldo Still Capable; Police Gifts: A History; There’s No Crying In Rail Contractor Disputes!; Drug Summit Coming To Hawaii; Where’s Carlisle?

October 12: Money For Buses; Ewa Development Plan Up For Review; Second Crack At Homeless on Sidewalk; Where’s Carlisle?

October 11: Rail On PBS; Sidewalk Property Bill Advances; Noise Bill Deferred; Merits of Rail-Volution; Carlisle’s Blood; Targeting Homeless?; Rod Tam’s Friends; Today’s Meetings; Where’s Carlisle?

October 10: Transportation Committee Canceled; Hilton Hawaiian Village On The Agenda; Rail = Jobs; Honolulu’s Global Mayor; Zoning and Planning; Where’s Carlisle?

October 7: Gabbard: End The War; Real Property Tax Commission Meeting Monday; The Holidays Are Coming; Carlisle’s Public Schedule; New Rail Financial Plan; More Committee Agendas; Where’s Carlisle?

October 6: Second Committee Posted; Ansaldo Contract Not Signed Yet; Zoning and Planning Meeting Monday, Not Thursday; Rail Opponents To Speak at Rotary Club; Today’s HART Meetings; Where’s Carlisle?

October 5: Police For Sale?; Cameras Coming for APEC; Sidewalk Property, Noise Control Bills Advance; Private Possessions, Public Property; Today’s Honorees; Today’s Council Meeting; Where’s Carlisle?

October 4: Fifty Years Of Friendship With The French; ACLU Scolds HPD; FACE Rail Rally Today; Station to Station; Public Hearing, No Public; Where’s Carlisle?

October 3: Carlisle Responds, Others Attending; Carlisle Attending “Upscale” Condo Groundbreaking; Former DLNR Chair Thielen New City Ag Liaison; HART On Rail Costs; Archaeological Work Begins; Overcharging at Landfill; Carlisle Eats Local; HART Meetings Thursday; Where’s Carlisle?

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