Property eyesore bill awaiting mayor’s signature

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Oahu property owners are being warned.

The city council has passed a measure that could end up costing you big bucks if your home is considered an eyesore.

The bill doesn’t have Japanese billionaire Genshiro Kawamoto’s name in it, but it might as well.

The stiffer punishments are aimed at his Kahala properties and not so much the average homeowner.

There’s been a lot of talk about the state of several homes in Kahala and now those complaints have spurred the city council to take action.

“This is what we’ve all been waiting for several years, we’ve done a tremendous amount of work I didn’t think we would pull it off,” said Scotty Anderson with the Kahala neighborhood board.

But they did. Wednesday, the council moved a bill to the Mayor’s desk for his signature that takes direct aim at properties that are an eyesore.

“I was thrilled and I just heard it from you thank you,” said Kathy Kane, Kahala Community Association.

This is what the fuss is about. Currently the non-removal of weeds, garbage and trash from your property can cost homeowners up to one-thousand dollars a day. But the new bill “ups” the fine to five-thousand dollars a day.

All at the Department of Planning and Permitting’s discretion.

“Public citizens like me I have a camera, most of us if you see something you can send it in to the city on their 3-1-1 website,” said Kane.

The bill is not targeted at the average homeowner… So don’t go rushing out to buy a weed whacker. But it is aimed at those who have been unwilling to work with the city to clean up their property.

“It doesn’t take a lot I’ve got a neighbor behind me I know he’s elderly and I notice the grass is up high I thought about it yesterday to go over there and knock on his door and say can I come spray your weeds,” Kane Stated.

If given notice to clean-up your property you would have 30-days to act. If the city can’t reach you they’ll post the violation in the newspaper.

“Not an instant fix, it will take years but it took Mr. Kawamoto 10 to 15 years to blight the neighborhood I think we can regenerate the neighborhood much quicker than that,” said Kahala resident Rich Turbin.

If the mayor approves the bill, the law will take effect immediately.

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