Planning, Operations, & Maintenance Updates

By Bill Affonso, Auxilliary & Facilities Services Officer

Campus Emergency Notification System

The 13 campus emergency notification system loudspeakers were tested on 19 April 2011 as part of the UH System Wide Emergency Notification System test.  All loudspeakers worked as designed.

Campus De-Lamping

Planning, Operations and Maintenance has completed the campus de-lamping project.  We have removed over 1,500, 32 watt fluorescent light bulbs for a campus savings of 48,000 watts (when the lights are used).  We have replaced over 900 32 watts of potential energy savings for the campus.  All areas still fall within OSHA guidelines for lighting  Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Lost and Found – March 2011 

There were 7 items turned into campus securities lost and found.  There were a set of Chevy car keys, red reading glasses, HMSA forms and applications, Starbucks card, long cardboard box mail, small black umbrella, and an Ipod with earphones.  Items that were reported missing and were not turned into security was a black leather case with sunglasses.

HawCC Warning Notices 

HawCC campus security is now tracking all HawCC warning notices that are issued.  Repeat offenders will be issued a warning memo.  A memo for student three-peaters will be sent to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for necessary action.  A memo for faculty/staff three-peaters will be sent to their respective supervisor.

March Security Incident Reports


1. Thursday 3/3/11 12:18p.m. MEDICAL EMERGENCY – A female culinary arts student inside bldg. 382 (Cafeteria) was feeling dizzy and having numbness in her fingers. EMS was called. She walked into the ambulance on her own.
2. Monday 3/7/11 8:15a.m. COMPLAINT – A possible break – in at bldg. 382 (Cafeteria). No items were stolen or damaged. A few pots and pans were left out and the rubbish cans were half full.
3. Tuesday 3/8/11 8:30a.m. COMPLAINT – A former male employee had an argument with his former female supervisor at bldg. 381, room 10. He also sent some disturbing e – mail messages.
4. Thursday 3/10/11 11:35a.m. STATEMENT – A former female employee is non-verbally harassing another female employee. 
5. Tuesday 3/15/11 11:19a.m. MEDICAL EMERGENCY – A female carpentry student cut her right hand while working with a table saw at bldg. 390. 911 was called and responded.
6. Thursday 3/17/11 11:20a.m. VERBAL ARGUMENT – Two student government officials had a verbal argument inside the student life center.
7. Saturday 3/19/11 10:30a.m. BREAK IN – A small gray tool shed lock appeared to be cut open and breaken into.  This was behind bldg. 389A. HPD was not needed.
8. Tuesday 3/29/11 12:15p.m. TRESPASS – A female went to a neighbor’s house (behind bldg. 394) and claimed she was associated with the campus looking for recycled cans.


Separate thefts of a wallet and a cell phone that were left unattended occurred when the owners went to the restroom for “only a minute”.  PLEASE, if you value your property, take it with you.  Do not leave it unattended.

Extension Cords 

POM is in the process of installing more electrical outlets to eliminate the use of extension cords that violate safety requirements.  Use of extension cords are for very short, temporary periods of time, typically for a day.  Any other use of extension cords is a safety violation and not authorized.  If you need clarification, call Bill Affonso at 933-9992.

Handicap Parking  

Every month, Hilo Police Department issues handicap violation tickets on the HawCC campus.  In the month of October, Hilo Police Department issued 2 handicap violation tickets.  Maximum fine of $500.00.  Please respect the handicap stalls.  Stalls are for valid/approved handicap individuals.  The handicap tag must be displayed at all times.  If you are parked in a handicap stall and you do not have a handicap tag prominently displayed, Hawaii Police Department will cite you.  These handicap tags are not transferrable.  Also, you may be asked to show your handicap pocket card.  If you cannot provide the pocket card, your vehicle will be reported to Hawaii Police Department.

Red Boxes on Floors 

POM Maintenance has started to tape red boxes on the floor in front of areas that require clearance and immediate access.  These areas include, but are not limited to – circuit breaker panels, fire extinguishers, fire alarm pull boxes, fire alarm panels, and data/phone equipment.

Recycle Batteries: 

Boxes/receptacles to recycle used/dead batteries have been placed at the following locations:  379 at the south east corner outside of room 15, 393 between the men’s and women’s restrooms, 381 next to the bulletin board outside of room 8, 389 outside of the POM office – room 7.  Also, if you tape dead batteries together, mark the dead batteries and place them on the floor next to the trash can in your room/office, the janitors will pick them up and dispose of them properly.

We Still Need Your Kokua

Blocking Safety Devices:

It is against safety regulations to block any safety devices.  This includes but it not limited to fire extinguishers, fire alarm pull boxes, circuit breaker panels, etc.

Electricity Consumption!!

Please turn off PC’s, monitors, and printers when you leave for the day.  In sleep mode they still consume electricity.

Our biggest expense continues to be our electricity bill.  Keep doors and windows closed when the AC is on.  Keep your thermostat at 74 degrees.  Turn off lights when you leave the room.  HELCO has applied to the PUC for a rate increase so whatever we save will help us stay within our budget.

No Smoking:

Smoking is not allowed within 20 feet of building entrances and open windows.

Cigarette Butts:  

Janitors and Groundkeepers continue to spend a lot of time picking up cigarette butts to ensure that our campus does not resemble an ashtray.  This is a waste of our campus resources.  Please put your cigarette butts in designated smoking receptacles.

Pets on Campus: 

Pets are not allowed on campus!  Only certified/valid guide/aide pets are allowed on campus.  Your cooperation will be appreciated.

Flyers on Walls: 

Putting/taping any type of flyers on building walls is not permitted.  The removal of the flyers pulls the paint off and makes the walls unsightly.  This also creates unnecessary additional work for the maintenance crew and consumes much needed material.

Skateboarding, Rollerblading & Bicycles:

Skateboarding and rollerblading are not allowed on campus!  Do not ride your bicycles on the walkways and sidewalks.

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