HART chooses new chair, vice chair; charter amendment addressed

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The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s Board of Directors held its regular meeting Thursday with a new member in attendance.

Glenn Nohara was sworn in Thursday as the newest board member appointed by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

He’s serving the remainder of Colleen Hanabusa’s term. The former board chairwoman resigned prior to being elected U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s First Congressional District.

While Nohara takes Hanabusa’s seat, the board still needed to find a new chair and vice chair. After a vote, Damien Kim, former vice chair, was named chair and Terrence Lee was named the new vice chair.

Kim and Lee say they’ll continue to pursue transparency and build public trust.

“Our mission and goal has been set to get this thing out to Ala Moana as best way we can, and as keeping it as much as we can under control as far as cost-wise,” Kim said.

Also up for discussion were two resolutions introduced by a Honolulu City Council committee. One urges the state Legislature to extend the general excise tax surcharge indefinitely while the other supports building rail all the way to Ala Moana Center.

The board voted in support of both resolutions.

They also discussed a charter amendment approved by voters in Tuesday’s general election.

“We are awaiting direction from the city and corporation counsel on how we — yes, once it’s certified, once they complete their reviews in terms of what other steps are necessary, whether it’s changes in rules, changes in ordinance, that needs to be effected so that we can then move forward in making whatever changes we need to,” said Brennon Morioka, HART’s acting interim executive director. “This is still a process that needs to be followed.”

Morioka was approved to serve as HART’s acting interim executive director until Dec. 4, after which a new interim executive director, K.N. Murthy, assumes the post.

Murthy will serve a one-year contract starting Dec. 5 with a salary of $400,000. He takes over the position vacated by Dan Grabauskas, who resigned in August.

HART’s board still needs to find a permanent replacement.

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