Neighborhood Notes Mt. Tabor February 2013

Mt. Tabor

By Heidi Kohne


Steve Stenberg of Warner Pacific College discussed a project wherein Edvedt Hall is expected to get a small expansion on the north side of the building to increase the number of classrooms and offices.

Kiel Uhl, once a long distance runner at Iowa State University, discussed an inaugural. “Run for the Parks” scheduled for July 20 in Mt. Tabor Park. The 5k run will have a major sustainability focus, including recyclable and compostable cups, virtual swag bag, and online registration. One-fourth of the proceeds will go to the park. Up to 1,000 runners will compete for a “Rivalry Cup” to be awarded to the city “quadrant” (i.e., NE, SE, SW, SE and N Portland) whose runners perform the best.

Two mothers from Franklin High School invited MTNA to help sponsor the school’s annual auction, “Passage to India”. Proceeds from the auction will help purchase equipment for a number of the school’s programs. The school is accepting items for the auction. If you would like to donate an item for the auction, contact Sara Tetreault at 503.236.3530 or The MTNA will donate $500 for the auction.

Paul Leistner reminded the group of the next Neighborhood Cleanup Saturday, April 27, from 9 am to 1 pm, as part of Earth Week.  It will be held in conjunction with the North Tabor Neighborhood Association, with the Mt. Tabor Middle School PTA holding a rummage sale on the site during the event at the Mt. Tabor Middle School parking lot. This is a fundraiser for both neighborhood associations.

MTNA also agreed to spend about $1300 for sturdy A-frame signs for general neighborhood use, additional signs for the Neighborhood Cleanup and a number of signs to announce neighborhood meetings.

Leistner gave an update on the discussions with the South Tabor Neighborhood Association and the Portland Bureau of Transportation about Division Street between SE 60th and 82nd.  It is one of Portland’s 10 worst streets in terms of safety. One proposal is to have only one lane of traffic in each direction, with a center lane dedicated for left-turning and bike lanes in both directions. This topic will be brought up at the March MTNA meeting as well as South Tabor Neighborhood Association meetings.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, February 20, at 7 pm at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, located at SE 54th and Belmont, with a social time starting 6:45 pm. For more information, go to

Neighborhood Notes Mt. Tabor February 2013

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