Kalihi board nets quorum after 2 years
The Kalihi-Palama Neighborhood Board did something Thursday night that it hasn't been able to do for more than two years -- met with a quorum so it could get down to business.
The last time the 19-member board met a quorum of 10 members was September 2004. Before that, the board rarely met quorum, with once or twice a year being the norm.
But on Thursday, the board met quorum and was able to appoint five new members.
Before Thursday, only 10 of the 19 seats were filled. The Neighborhood Commission Office can assist in appointing members only if a board is below the number of seats required for a quorum.
Because there were only 10 seats filled, every member of the board had to be present so the board could take action. It proved difficult throughout the years, according to the Neighborhood Commission Office.
In one instance, the board almost met quorum when nine members were present, and another running late. By the time the late member arrived, another member left after feeling sick, said Neighborhood Commission spokesman Bryan Mick.
"There were seats where no one applied to be a candidate in 2005," Mick said. "It might've come down to a publicity issue, letting people know there is an election for the board."
The board meets every third Wednesday of the month at Kapalama School cafeteria. Its next meeting is 7 p.m. Jan. 17.