By Sandra Hay Magdaleno

May was the STNA Annual Meeting and Elections.  The following were elected to a two-year term from June 2018 through May 2020:  Tina Kimmey as SE Uplift Delegate, John Carr as SEUL Land Use and Transportation Representative, Marcelle Thurston as Neighborhood Land Use Chair, Ute Munger as Treasurer and Tina Kimmey as interim secretary until a new secretary is found.   We are also looking for a vice-president and a communications chair.   Email: president@southtabor.org if you’re interested in filling a position!   Thank you.

Heather Flint-Chatto, presented on the Division Design Guidelines 90% Draft Proposal.  Design Guidelines are completed.  The Division Design Initiative is asking South Tabor and other neighborhoods for final input on signage, special buildings and/or lots for special focus and asking for support of the Guidelines in 1 of 4 ways:  1.) Adopt Guidelines for original area from SE 12th to 60th along Division, 2.) Adopt Guidelines for Division from SE 12th to SE 82nd., 3.) Adopt Guidelines for all of SE Portland Main Streets, and/or 4.)  For the Guidelines to become standards as part of the DOZA Comprehensive Plan.

Next Marcelle Thurston, STNA Land Use Chair, asked for input and suggestions on possible areas of focus for the STNA Land Use Committee for the following year.  Areas for consideration were fixing street/sidewalks on SE Woodward, additional tree planting, the dangerous and often used crossing at 79th and SE Powell, Creative Art Projects grant and other ideas.  It was noted that there has been much dissension on possible road/sidewalk improvement between SE 60th and SE 62nd on Woodward.   Some property owners in the area feel a no-car zone would be beneficial for pedestrians and cyclists.   A suggestion at the meeting was perhaps one-way traffic for cars and two-way for bicycles and pedestrians.

Ute Munger, STNA Treasurer, reported that our old bank account was closed and the new one is up and running.  She noted that we are needing to add some fundraisers now that we’re doing the street cleaning rather than the annual clean-up.   A pancake breakfast or spaghetti feed was suggested.  We’re looking for someone to take the lead to organize one or both events.   Email:  Treasurer@southtabor.org if you are interested.

The Clean Energy Initiative petition was passed around for anyone who wanted to sign.  If you’d like more information go to:  https://www.portlandcleanenergyfund.com/about.  

Our now 3rd annual litter pickup was held on Saturday, 5/19/18.   Thank you to all the volunteers, organizers and especially to Dr. Tin Le, DMD with Division Street Dental at 7600 SE Division St., for the use of their facility as the headquarters and meeting place.

Saturday, May 26, 2018, was our South Tabor Emergency Preparation meeting at East Portland Coffee Roasters on SE 79th and Division.  We’re excited that there are now enough NET trained members (8 or more) for South Tabor to have our own NET Team.

We also discussed using our communications funds for additional kiosks.  We’re open to additional ideas.

As a reminder, National Night Out, is the first Tuesday in August or (8/7/18) across the nation.  If you would like more information or help organizing your neighbors, email:  info@southtabor.org and/or go to:  https://natw.org/.  

The next STNA Land Use Committee will meet Tuesday, June 19, 2018, and the next STNA board meeting is Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 7:00pm at Trinity Fellowship, 2700 SE 67th with entrance from the parking lot in the rear.   See you there.