May 18, 2011
Present: Nancy Norby, Bing Wong, Bryan
Brumley, Nadine Fiedler, John McLaren, Mike
Shaver, Stephanie Stewart, Heidi Kohne, Tom
Board Members Absent: Bruce Treat,
Paul Leistner, Mark Bartlett, Jim Blackwood, Tom
Dolan, John Laursen, Dawn Smallman/Greg Snider,
Others Present: Officer Gary Manougian,
Scott Fernandez, Jeff Lovell, Andrew Millard,
Wayne Dietz, Cathy Kuehl, Steve Stipland, Barb
Gamelgard, Gary and Flora Lippert, Craig Bowen,
Scott Murdoch, John Shorb, Julie Day, Kaia Shob,
Scott Eisland, Time Leini, Luanne Zoller, Geri
Marz, Laurie Livingston, Kyle Shaterly, Brad
Fortune, Michael Shaver, Joshua Deparrte, Julie
Rhodes, Tobias Hahu, Lisa Ward, Ron Ward, George
and Delores Demmon, Barbara Kutasz, John Kutasz,
Jerod Tershlea, Sarah Statham, Pernille
Rasmussen, A. Berklax, John Mulvey, Brian and
Kate Mitchell, Jennie McCartney, Mark Jones,
Michael Franz, Steve Stenberg, James Abbott, Ric
and Gwen Flores, Brian and Cristen Lincoln, Kim
and Dan Medic, Barb Gamulard, Rebecca Casaova,
The meeting was opened by Nancy Norby.
A brief update about the SE 50s bikeway
project was given by Rich Newlands. Rich would
like the MTNA to vote to support the plan. There
will be an additional meeting to discuss the
plan before the next MTNA meeting. . Amy Larson
and Rich Newlands collected names for those that
would be interested in further discussion. The
meeting to discuss and vote on the plan will be
in June with MTNA. Informative fliers were left
for those interested. The discussion was
continued outside of the MTNA meeting space.
Introductions were led by Nancy Norby.
The minutes from the April 2011 meeting were
approved on a motion by Bing Wong, seconded by
The financial report was presented by
Mary Kinnick reminded that the Friends of Mt.
Tabor Park garage sale is 9-4 Fri the 20th
and Sat the 21st at 7321 SE Taylor.
The Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Art Walk is Sat
the 21st and Sun the 22nd.
Neighborhood Issues and
Scott Fernandez from the Rose City Park
Neighborhood spoke regarding the Open Records
Law. He was on public broadcasting on Tuesday to
discuss the topic. He attended a Water Bureau
meeting this morning regarding stopping LT2 at
this time and begin communication with elected
officials to look for a longer-term solution.
The federal rule known as LT2 would entail
covering the open reservoirs in Mt. Tabor and
Washington parks. The state will be taking over
oversight next month. Two ideas being discussed
are requesting ongoing variances versus
requesting a waiver as a final solution. There
is push back from the Water Bureau to both ideas
as they would like to continue the original
plan. Scott passed out a flier with information
about keeping the reservoirs open. He also
updated on a committee being formed with
Commissioner Saltzman to discuss transparency
related to the project. Floy Jones is working
Neighborhood Crime: Officer Manougian reports
a continued recent increase in thefts and
larcenies, especially from motor vehicles. He
strongly reinforced the need to not leave
valuables in vehicles. As the weather improves
thefts from vehicles in the park tend to
There is further investigation regarding the
possibility of a business operating out of a
garage in the 1700 block of 55th Ave.
There will likely be a return to increased
number of precincts including a specific
Southeast Precinct. He reported he feels MTNA is
the most intelligent, inquisitive and analytical
of any Neighborhood Association he has worked
Board Elections: The new board members and
officers were elected, and duties assigned.
Neighborhood Cleanup: Less money was
collected this year than last, but the cost to
operate was significantly lower. The North Tabor
NA would like to recuperate the cost for
mailings and printed fliers that went in their
newsletter. Approximately $2500 was collected,
not including metal costs. There was a request
for more yard debris space for next year.
Friends of Mt. Tabor Park
East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation
District gave a $40,000 grant, Portland Parks
gave $17,000, the city’s Bureau of Environmental
Services was able to fund $25,000 and $1500 from
the Friends are helping to pay the volunteer
coordinator and Phase 2 of invasive removal and revegetation in the park.
A plaque was placed at the Mt. Tabor dog park
to thank Nancy for her work advocating for the
Regional Arts and Council is submitting an
application to clean the Harvey Scott Statue at
the top of the park. The FMTP Board endorsed the
project in a letter.
Friends representative spoke with the
restorer and feel comfortable with the
restoration. Without restoration the statue
would continue to degrade over time.
Land Use Committee:
There are several ongoing land-use issues but
no real changes in status from last month at
this point. Stephanie testified at the LT2
The meeting adjourned at 9:00pm.
The next meeting will be Wednesday, June 15,
2011, at 7:00pm at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian
Church, located at SE 54th and
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