By Ute Munger

The September meeting featured a visit with Joe Tursi, representing the City of Portland and regarding scheduling and planning for the Richmond – South Tabor sewer repair project, scheduled to begin in 2017.

A South Tabor neighborhood resident stated concern about a previously undisclosed easement the City is proposing to use in order to access an unusual location of the sewer on the property. The professionally designed and installed landscaping in the backyard and deck will be disturbed, if not destroyed, and so far, the homeowner has not been able to obtain any satisfactory solutions from the City or Water Bureau.

An influx of homeless people into the SE neighborhoods, including South Tabor, has been observed, possibly due to the evacuation of various camps on the Springwater corridor. No police officer was present at this meeting to report details on this dilemma or to give a crime report.

On a happy and pleasant note: the 7th annual Harvest Festival was again a great success with both young and old neighbors listening to live music and checking out the various vendors as well as keeping the children happy with face painting, making miniature gardens and sculpting precious memorabilia.

Raffle prizes where big and in abundance. Rainclouds loomed in the early morning hours during set up but soon disappeared and comfortable temperatures made for a most enjoyable day, yet reappeared barely minutes after closing, letting go of thick and heavy raindrops and adding to the Swan Song of curator for the last 4 Harvest Festivals, Duane Hanson.

We acknowledge the following businesses and organization for their generous contributions: Flying Pie Pizzeria, Grand Central Bakery, Mississippi Pizza, New Season’s, ¿Por que no?, Portland Nursery, 7 Dee’s Nursery, Stumptown Coffee, VooDoo Donuts and Trinity Fellowship. Many helping volunteer hands made it all happen and a huge  ‘thank you’ to one and all.

You had to have been there!

Monthly neighborhood association meetings happen every third Thursday, the next one October 20 at 7 pm at Trinity Fellowship, 2700 SE 67th Ave, entry from parking lot in back.

The next Land Use Committee meeting is Tuesday, October 18, same time and place as above.

Come, tell and hear of the actions in your neighborhood!