April 18, 2012
Board Members Present:
Bryan Brumley, Nadine Fiedler, Heidi Kohne, John
Laursen, Paul Leistner, John McLaren, Brian/Kate
Mitchell, Nancy Norby, Dawn Smallman/Greg
Snider, Bing Wong
Board Members Absent:
Tom Dolan, Jeff Lovell, Mike
Shaver, Stephanie Stewart
Officer Gary Manougian, Roberta Richards, Lauren
Morris, Chris Davore (Portland Police), Matt
Shelby (Portland Public Schools), Greg Belislie
(PPS), Roger Warren (Concerts in the Park),
Annehida (sp?) Halbrook
meeting opened with introductions led by Nancy
Norby. The minutes from the March meeting were
then approved on a motion by Kate Mitchell,
seconded by Bing Wong.
The financial report was presented by Treasurer
Nancy Norby gave an update about the Upper
Hawthorne Good Neighbor Agreement. There was a
meeting earlier in the week where some ongoing
concerns were addressed. At the meeting Nancy
was informed that a drunk driver had crashed
into the Mt. Tabor Neighborhood entryway on
Hawthorne. Discussion followed regarding
replacing the tree that was severely damaged and
ways on making the intersection safer.
It was announced that MTNA Board elections will
be held at next month’s meeting. Please let
Nancy Norby or Heidi Kohne know before May 14 if
you are interested in being on the Board. Board
members should attend at least two meetings in a
A list of restaurants was distributed for input
on favorite places for the construction workers
who will be working at Portland Community
College’s Southeast Campus soon.
Roberta Richards introduced everyone to the
Portland Grower’s Alliance, which is a
community-driven agriculture group. Members
would receive a box of produce weekly during the
summer for a membership fee, and there are seven
pickup sites in Portland, including Mt. Tabor
Presbyterian Church and Urban Farm Store. For
more information, go to www.growportland.org or
contact Lauren Morse at (503) 858-0216.
Officer Manougian gave an update on safety and
crimes in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood. The
primary offense was thefts from vehicles. As
the summer months approach, please make sure all
your doors are locked, including vehicle doors.
Paul Leistner talked about potential coal trains
coming from eastern Oregon and heading to St.
Helens and then to Asia. This has been an issue
with other neighborhood associations who are
close to the Union Pacific tracks, and it can be
a health hazard with residents who live near the
tracks. Sierra Club is also involved in
educating the public with this issue.
He gave an update about neighborhood
newsletters, after a discussion with other
The farmers’ market at Cafe au Play, located at
Tabor Commons at 5633 SE Division St., will start up again
June 2 and will be open Saturdays until
September 15. The farmers’ market will be open
from 10am until 2pm.
Warner Pacific College held a meeting recently
about their master plan, which is reviewed every
Paul also gave an update about the Division
Street high-speed crash corridor street safety
project. The Portland Bureau of Transportation
is still accepting ideas, and they are looking
into renovating from around 11th
Avenue all the way to 82nd Avenue;
MTNA is interested in participating in talks
regarding the stretch from about 60th
Avenue to 82nd.
Warner Pacific College is planning on partnering
once again with the Portland Parks Movies in the
Park this summer. It is expected to happen in
August, and Paul Leistner is accepting movie
The neighborhood cleanup is fast approaching!
Come by the Mt. Tabor Middle School parking lot
Saturday, April 28. Price is per vehicle. This
is a fundraiser of both the North Tabor and Mt.
Tabor Neighborhood Associations.
Friends of Mt. Tabor Park:
The weed warriors meet on the last Saturday of
every month, and they are always looking for
volunteers to help clean up Mt. Tabor Park.
They meet at 9am in the park and typically
finish around noon.
The 69th-Avenue entrance is now
The next board meeting will be May 9.
Land Use Committee:
Discussion occurred about a Oregon Liquor
Control Commission permit that is being sought
for a new restaurant opening at Belmont at 69th.
Portland Public Schools:
Matt Shelby & Greg Belislie gave a presentation
about the state of Portland’s school district.
Topics included enrollment, budgets, milestones
framework, and buildings. There is a community
group that is focused on the upkeep of school
buildings, and they will be presenting their
recommendations to the PPS Board in May. It was
noted that Franklin High School not only is one
of the best schools in Oregon in their
milestones, but also is almost identical in
graduation chance between white and ethnic
Hammer and Hand:
Cody Dullowitch talked about Clean Energy Works
Oregon, which is distributing state and federal
funds to help homeowners make their homes more
energy-efficient. Hammer & Hand is a green
contractor which can perform the energy
assessment, which is typically free if the
homeowner is pursuing CEWO. To qualify, the
homeowner must occupy the house, the house must
be built before 1993, and it cannot be on the
National Historic Register. The best tax
rebates available can be applied for if the
house is assessed before April 30; any
construction that is needed can occur after May
Concerts in the Park:
Roger Warren approached MTNA about possibly
donating money towards the summer concerts at
Mt. Tabor Park. Roger announced the Tuesday
concerts that will be at Mt. Tabor in July: Obo
Adi African music, Vagabond Opera, Quick & Easy
Boys, and Franko Paletta & the Stingers.
It was moved by Nadine Fiedler, and seconded by
Brian Brumley, to donate $500 to the Portland
Parks in support of the Mt. Tabor Concerts in
Mt. Tabor Bike Race:
Discussion ensued about the annual bicycle race
to be held at Mt. Tabor Park this summer, as
well as procedures about approving annual
events. It was moved by Kate Mitchell,
and seconded by Brian Brumley, to approve the
Mt. Tabor Bike Race for 2012; approved.
Bryan Brumley gave an update on sustainable
issues in our neighborhood. The Hawthorne Area
Civic Ecology project has posters available;
contact Bryan if you would like any. It
was moved by Heidi Kohne, and seconded by John
Laursen, to donate $200 towards the Civic
Ecology project; approved.
The meeting adjourned at 8:30pm.
The next meeting will be Wednesday, May 16,
2012, at 7:00pm at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian
Church, located at SE 54th and
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