1,200 signature petition protests plans for new Hau'ula fire stationUPDATED 10:10 PM HST Mar 21, 2014Video Transcript
A petition started by Hauula resident Marvin Iseke has generated 12-hundred signatures against a plan to build a new fire station on 40- thousand square feet of land. The petition asks Mayor Kirk Caldwell to reconsider spending $13 million dollars on a quote "super-sized" fire station at Hauula. The city has begun eminent domain proceedings against landowner Choon James to take control of a lot that's needed for the new fire house. "IT'S A COMMERCIAL LOT AND IF THEY TAKE AND BUILD A NEW FIRE STATION THERE, THERE WON'T BE ANY MORE COMMERCIAL LOT, AND RIGHT NOW, THE RECYCLING CONTAINER IS THERE. IF THEY TAKE THAT AWAY TOO, THE PEOPLE HAVE NO PLACE TO DO THEIR RECYCLING." "JUST ABOUT EVERYBODY THAT WE MEET FEELS THAT THE CITY OUGHT TO USE COMMON SENSE, ESPECIALLY AT THIS TIME WHEN THE MAYOR IS SAYING THAT 'WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY, WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY.'" The Honolulu Fire Department says the current fire station in Hauula is just too small. However James has received support from Councilmember Ann Kobayashi. Kobayashi has introduced a resolution asking the city to dismiss its eminent domain proceedings against James.