Yokosuka meeting sparsely attended
November 10, 2007
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Yokosuka’s Town Hall meeting lasted a mere 15 minutes Thursday, with a turnout the base commander called “sparse.”
Still, a few residents brought their issues forward with Capt. Daniel Weed and the number of base service providers gathered to answer the community’s questions.
Here’s a rundown of what was asked:
Can the main Child Development Center at Yokosuka open at 6 a.m. like it does in the housing areas?
Kathryn Hardebeck, child development program administrator: We run the numbers from time to time and we found that few people were dropping off children that early. Staffing that time would require a drastic change in scheduling, but we’re getting ready to run the numbers again, so we’ll see.
DODDS teachers need to move off base after five years, but it’s very difficult to get a transfer to a new school. Is there anything in the works that would allow us to stay in our base housing before we transfer?Weed: I will work with the school administrators to help you and will bring up the topic during the next meeting with the superintendent. The five-years rule is in compliance with Commander Naval Forces Japan and Department of Defense in the interest of equality and fairness.
Housing recently repaired the windows, but they leak massively and they’re wasting energy.Weed: I’ll have someone look at it tomorrow. We don’t want to waste a drop of energy.
Who should I talk to about getting more benches and a swing set at some of the parks? There’s only one bench, which isn’t a lot of room on a beautiful day when you have seven to 10 families there.John Kinnamon, Morale Welfare Recreation director: We’ll look at it.Weed: We’ll phase those in, probably around springtime.
The water fountains are filthy.Weed: Just tell us about it and we’ll fix it.
The awnings on the townhouses on “L” Street are terrible.Weed: That’s an easy fix. Rest assured they will get replaced.