New plan aired
for Haseko wall
Haseko Inc. officials have proposed redesigning and installing a supplemental drainage system in response to community opposition to a large retaining wall along Papipi Road.
The proposal came after three mediation sessions with Ewa Beach community members in July and was noted in recent court filings on the case.
According to Haseko Inc., community members who participated in the mediation support the proposal.
But the proposal cannot be submitted to the city for review and issuance of permits unless a temporary restraining order granted by the court May 27 is lifted.
Circuit Judge Victoria Marks is expected to hear more evidence and arguments today on a motion by resident Craig Smallwood asking the court to block extension of the wall by prohibiting the city from issuing a permit.
Marks had asked the parties yesterday to resume mediation to resolve the case after dismissing a motion for summary judgment by Smallwood seeking to have the wall torn down.
Yesterday, Smallwood said the Ewa Beach community still feels strongly that it can influence what happens in this case.
Smallwood and other members of the community say that the wall blocks their ocean and mountain views and puts their homes at risk of flooding.