By Laura Smith

Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association recently submitted sponsorship monies for the 2016 Concerts in the Park so we’ll have weekly July concerts in the crater to enjoy again next year.

Portland Police Officer Julian Carroll told us that car prowls and bike thefts are the most common crimes across all areas of the city. He reminds us that reporting crimes, no matter how small, provides statistics for the Portland Police Bureau to help focus their priorities.

The Division Design Committee is a group of inter-neighborhood representatives from more than six neighborhood organizations formed to engage the community around issues of design and to help make recommendations for how to address recent community design issues and concerns. The Committee has published a draft of the top 10 Division Design Initiative recommendations to fix current planning and zoning policies. These recommendations are available for perusal and comment at divisiondesigninitiative.org.

MTNA board members met again recently with the owner of Portland Nursery and his land-use consultant to discuss proposed Comprehensive Plan changes that could affect the nursery and the neighborhood. MTNA looks forward to partnering with Portland Nursery in exploring common ground for special designation or creative compromise with respect to the Comprehensive Plan.

The newly-formed Mt. Tabor Tree Team hopes to provide future workshops for care and selection of yard trees, heritage tree walks and a website. They will reach out to the MTNA when these future opportunities are available.

ONI (Office of Neighborhood Involvement) is experimenting with better ways to get notifications out to neighbors about demolitions. Just sending notifications to the neighborhood associations isn’t adequate and broader distribution is needed.

The first community construction meeting for the reservoir disconnect was held November 17 and attended by members of MTNA, Portland Water Bureau and Portland Parks and Recreation. MTNA requested that the brochure for the public be updated to reflect the negotiated agreement.

As a reminder, there are hotlines for reservoir disconnect construction issues and updates.  For online updates, go to: portlandoregon.gov > Bureaus > Portland Water Bureau > What we do > Construction Projects > Mt. Tabor Reservoir Disconnection Project. For human contact, call or email Terry Black, Sr. Community Outreach, 503.823.1168 or email terry.black@portlandoregon.gov.

Annual communications funds allotted to MTNA from SE Uplift will be used to get MTNA’s website updated and running smoothly again.

The next MTNA meeting will be Wednesday, January 20 at 7 pm at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church at SE 54th and Belmont (downstairs in the dining hall), with a social time starting at 6:50 pm.  For more information, visit mttaborpdx.org.