By Brenda Reddaway

South Tabor Annual Spring Cleanup is May 23, 9 am – 1 pm at Trinity Fellowship Church, 2700 SE 67th Ave, enter on SE 67th & Clinton. Fees are $10 arm load, $20 car load, $30 truck load plus $5 for an extra trailer. Volunteer for the day, you get to bring one load to the cleanup for free. If that’s tempting, send a message to cleanup@southtabor.org.

The cleanup takes all reusable items, most appliances, metal, plastic, styrofoam, bulky yard debris, wood (nothing over 8” in diameter), tires, and bulky mixed waste such as mattresses. Come early, we’ll only have one yard debris bin.

No hazardous waste, air conditioners, batteries, fluorescent bulbs or curbside recycling. Shop at the u-price-it area!  Please look for updates before the event at www.southtabor.org.

There were several neighbors attending March’s meeting due to concern that Trinity will make their back lawn off-limits to dogs in the next couple of weeks. The area has grown increasingly popular as an unofficial dog park, and as a result, has seen a lot of use and unfortunately abuse. Trinity no longer has the funds or the manpower to fill in holes dug by dogs, to scoop dog doo, or to dispose of left-behind bags of dog doo.

The church also has concerns because the area is used by kids as a play area. There is hope that we Trinity neighbors can come up with a plan acceptable to Trinity to help maintain the area, and to reverse the decision to make the area off-limits to dogs.  If you are interested in helping formulate a plan, please send a message to president@southtabor.org.

There were a couple of land use issues that were discussed during the meeting.  One was the Franklin High School Modernization Project. STNA had filed a couple of appeals in the last several months, and PPS listened and responded with changes. The one area where there is still disagreement is the gating of the path from Woodward to Division.  It is our understanding that the gates will only be locked from 11pm – 6 am, and during school lockdowns. It was voted to appeal, unless there are written assurances regarding the gates. If so, STNA can rescind its appeal in writing.

STNA voted to make a monetary donation to the Division Design Initiative, and designated Sandra Hay Madgaleno as STNA’s representative to the DDI, developed in response to community concerns over recent development impacts experienced throughout Portland neighborhoods.

Division in particular has experienced significant change in character and scale in a very short time with at least eight large new construction projects built over the last 24 months. The Initiative aims to develop design overlays and design guidelines, to help inform future development patterns along Division, with the technical consultation of Design+Culture Lab and Urbsworks, that would hopefully be embedded in current policy frameworks.