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  • Saturday, August 25, 2018 10:23 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    The Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah will be accepting applications through Friday, September 28, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. for appointment(s) and reappointment(s) to the following Boards, Commissions and Authorities:

    CIVIL SERVICE BOARD.  Three (3) members appointed to overlapping six-year (6) terms by City Council. Basic function is to hear appeals from disciplinary action against an employee when it is alleged the action is taken for political or religious reasons. The labor Seat should be filled by someone who is not a management-level employee: this person does not have to be member of a labor union.  Chatham County resident for at least five (5) years.  No term limits.  Two (2) terms available for appointment

    COASTAL WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD.  The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 created Workforce Investment Boards, charter is to improve workforce quality development, enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the workforce and to reduce welfare dependency. The composition of the WIB is made up of individuals serving in both private and public sectors, who have a genuine interest in improving the quality of the region’s workforce.  Appointments to the WIB are made by the Consortium of Chief Local Elected Officials within Region 20 which includes Bryan, Glynn, Chatham, Long, Bulloch, Camden, Effingham, Liberty and McIntosh counties.  The term of membership is three (3) years. Appointed can live/work in the City/County.  One (1) term available for appointment

    CULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMISSION.  Eighteen (18) members appointed to three (3) year terms by City Council.  Advisory body charged with the responsibility of recommending a comprehensive plan and program for a community cultural arts services program. No more than 2 consecutive, three-year terms.  Five (5) terms available for appointment

    ETHICS BOARD.  The board will hear and conduct review of complaints filed against elected officials of the City; if such complaints involve impropriety of elected officials and violation of the provisions of the Ethics Ordinance, and if such violations affected the elected official’s ability to carry out his/her official duties.  Members shall be known for their personal integrity. The Mayor shall appoint one (1) member; the Aldermen shall appoint one (1) member; together the Mayor and Aldermen shall appoint one (1) member who shall be an attorney in good standing with the State bar.  Members must reside in the City and not be an elected official or City employee.  Board members shall be prohibited from engaging in City election, political activities, and from making campaign contributions to candidates in City elections during their terms as board members. Members shall serve a four (4) year term.  Two (2) terms available for appointment
     

    GREATER SAVANNAH INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE.  The Greater Savannah International Alliance shall consist of 13 members all of whom shall be approved by vote of the Mayor and Aldermen.  The term of office for each member of the Greater Savannah International Alliance shall be three (3) years, and no member shall serve for more than two consecutive, three (3) year terms.  The members of the Greater Savannah International Alliance shall be a demographically broad representation of the community and economy in the Savannah Metropolitan Area with an interest in international issues.  Five (5) terms available for appointment

    HISTORIC DISTRICT BOARD OF REVIEW.  Eleven (11) members appointed to three (3) year terms by Savannah City Council including one small business owner with an architectural background.  Makes decisions on new construction and any changes to historic structures in the City’s Historic District.  Four (4) terms available for appointment

    HOUSING AUTHORITY OF SAVANNAH.  Established pursuant to general law O.C.G.A. 8-3-1 et seq. which creates a Housing Authority for each City and County. The general law provides for a governing body of five (5) Commissioners serving a five (5) year term with one (1) appointment each year. Vacancies are filled for the unexpired terms. Commissioners serve until a successor is named. The terms begin, on January 5th of each year. Any appointment after January 5th would be for the remainder of the term expiring on January 5th. The General Assembly of 1994 repealed all special legislation providing for additional Commissioners and Residents, thus the only Commissions are the five (5) Regular Commissioners appointed pursuant to general law.  One (1) term available for appointment

    KEEP SAVANNAH BEAUTIFUL.  Twenty-five (25) members appointed to three (3) year terms by City Council.  Shall include representatives from the news media, businesses, City government, civic associations, and neighborhood groups.  No term limits.  An advisory board that works with the City in developing a program to control litter and assist beautification efforts on streets, sidewalks, parks, and private property.  Six (6) terms available for appointment

    METROPOLITAN PLANNING COMMISSION (MPC).  Twelve (12) members appointed to overlapping three (3) year terms with six (6) appointments made by City Council and the City Manager serving.  No term limits.  Aided by professional staff, this commission makes studies of present and future development; assists local government in translating study results into plans, policies and programs; recommends zoning ordinances and subdivision regulations.  Two (2) terms available for appointment

    PARK AND TREE COMMISSION.  Nine (9) members appointed to overlapping three (3) year terms by City Council.  Must be a City resident. Term Limit: No member may serve more than three, consecutive three year terms. Charged with directing the activities related to the planting and caring for parks, squares, grass plats, trees, and flowers of the city.  Two (2) terms available for appointment 

    PILOTAGE COMMISSION.  Seven (7) members appointed for overlapping seven (7) year term by City Council. No term limits. Appointees must include shipping agents, exports, or merchants, or others engaged on or familiar with marine shipping and the requirements of the Port of Savannah. Licenses pilots, prescribes rules and regulations, sets fees and imposes penalties, sets and collects penalties for vessels refusing to take pilots or mistreating pilots. Appointees cannot be pilots.  One (1) term available for appointment

    SAVANNAH AIRPORT COMMISSION.  Five (5) members appointed to overlapping five-year (5) terms by City Council.  Members are eligible for reappointment.  Chatham County resident.  Responsible for the operation, development and maintenance of municipal airport; and independent authority with its own staff and revenue sources.  One (1) term available for appointment

    SAVANNAH-CHATHAM COUNCIL OF DISABILITY ISSUES.  The Savannah–Chatham Council on Disability Issues shall facilitate and coordinate community efforts to improve the quality of life for citizens with disabilities for the City of Savannah and Chatham County through advising and advocating local leaders. The Council shall be composed of ten (10) members with representation balanced among the business community, human service providers, and consumers (i.e., citizens with disabilities). At least ½ of members shall be persons with physical or mental disabilities. Members shall serve overlapping two (2) year terms, with eligibility for reappointment to a second consecutive two-year term.  Three (3) terms available for appointment

    SAVANNAH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (SEDA).  Eighteen (18) members, six (6) appointed by City Council, serving overlapping five-year (5) terms.  No term limits; eligible for re-appointment.  Conducts a program of industrial and port development for the City of Savannah and Chatham County and is self-funded.  No one holding public office or receiving compensation from either public entity can serve.  One (1) term available for appointment

    SAVANNAH RECREATION COMMISSION.  Twelve (12) members are appointed to three (3) year terms by City Council. Eligible for reappointment. Serves as an advisory body on recreational programs and facilities.  One (1) term available for appointment

    SAVANNAH ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS.  Seven (7) members appointed to overlapping three-year (3) terms by City Council.  No term limits; City resident. Members cannot hold public office, except for one appointee who must be a current member of the Metropolitan Planning Commission.  Board hears and rules on appeals from decisions of the zoning administrator and hears and rules on requests for permits which require the board’s approval.  One (1) term available for appointment

    TRAFFIC CALMING COMMITTEE. The Traffic Calming Committee shall consist of nine (9) members all of whom shall be approved by vote of the Mayor and Aldermen.  The term of office for each member of the Traffic Calming Committee shall be three (3) years.  A member of the Traffic Calming Committee shall not serve for more than two consecutive, three year terms. The members of the Traffic Calming Committee shall be a demographically broad representation of the community in the Savannah Metropolitan Area with an interest in Traffic Calming. Committee members must live in the City limits of Savannah.  Appointments can come from any district. Three (3) terms available for appointment for: District 4 appointee; District 5 appointee; and District 6 appointee

    The application form can be found on the City’s website at: https://www.savannahga.gov/2631/Apply-to-Serve

    Applications will be accepted beginning Friday, August 24, 2018.
    NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 5:00 p.m., Friday, September 28, 2018.  (CLOSING DATE)

    Upon completion of the appointment process by the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah, all applicants and appointees will be notified.

    For more information, contact the Clerk of Council’s Office: Telephone (912) 651-6442; Fax (912) 651-4260; Email clerkofcouncil@savannahga.gov

     


  • Friday, August 10, 2018 7:40 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    The Coastal Region (CORE) Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is in the process of developing an updated Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), for the Savannah metropolitan area.

    The MTP is a comprehensive “blueprint” for area transportation services aimed at meeting mobility needs through the next 20+ years. The current MTP, Total Mobility 2040, was adopted by the Board in 2014 and is in need of revision. To read the current MTP, visit https://www.thempc.org/Dept/Plans.

    CORE MPO needs your input on updating the MTP for the Savannah metropolitan area. Mobility 2045, the updated MTP, will be completed in August 2019.

    You know best what your community needs. Your input provides recommendations that reflect real world solutions to improve the overall quality of life for you and other residents in the area.

    Three Ways to Get Involved

    1. Complete a short (5 min) SURVEY (or in Spanish)

    2. Click to Submit comments

    3. Attend CORE MPO Open House (Details below)

    CORE MPO Open House Details:
    CORE MPO Open House Comment OpportunitiesThe Coastal Region (CORE) Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is in the process of developing an updated Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), for the Savannah metropolitan area. To increase public participation in the updated MTP, several open houses will be offered throughout the Fall 2018.

    Open House Comment Opportunities

    September 20, 2018

    Location: First Presbyterian Church of Savannah (Chatham Crescent)

    Address: 520 Washington Avenue, Savannah, GA 31405

    Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm

    October 4, 2018

    Location: St Luke Missionary Baptist Church

    Address: 418 W 38th Street, Savannah, GA 31401

    Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm

    Other Opportunities to learn about Mobility 2045 and provide input:

    • All regular CORE Committee Meetings will have Mobility 2045 Updates 

    • Richmond Hill City Council 9/18 at 7:30pm, Richmond Hill City Hall

    • Garden City Council 10/1 at 6pm, Garden City Town Center

    • Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition Meeting 9/19 at 2pm at MPC

    Questions: Contact Stephanie Rossi at (912)651-1476 or rossis@thempc.org

  • Tuesday, August 07, 2018 9:01 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)


  • Tuesday, June 05, 2018 8:00 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    Public Scoping Meeting: Tomochichi Courthouse Annex on Telfair Square

    A Public Scoping Meeting will be held on Wednesday June 6, 2018 at the Metropolitan Planning Commission (Arthur Mendonsa Hearing Room), 112 East State Street, Savannah, GA. The meeting will be from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM. GSA will provide a brief presentation about the project at 6:00 PM and will seek input and answer questions from the public at this meeting. 

    Supplemental Focused Environmental Assessment for Savannah Courthouse Annex, Savannah, Georgia 

    Pursuant to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the General Services Administration (GSA) Southeast Sunbelt Region announces its intent to prepare a Supplemental Focused Environmental Assessment (EA) to identify and address potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed Savannah Courthouse Annex Project, located in Savannah, Georgia. 

    GSA will analyze a range of alternatives including the no action alternative for the proposed annex. As part of the EA, GSA will study the impacts of each alternative on the natural, cultural, and social environment. GSA will be consulting under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, 16 United States Code (USC) 470f and intends to partially fulfill the Section 106 public notification and consultation requirements through the NEPA scoping process. 

    In 1996, GSA completed an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the U.S. Courthouse Annex, Savannah, Georgia to address potential impacts associated with the construction and operation of a courthouse annex to the existing Tomochichi Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse at one of three sites. At the conclusion of the EIS, GSA selected a site, but did not receive construction funds until fiscal year 2016. Upon receiving the authorization and appropriation in 2016, GSA re-initiated the design process. 

    GSA is pursuing a revised design for the proposed courthouse annex to address the current needs of the Federal Courts and respond to the public and consulting parties feedback received during the development of the conceptual design for the project. The selected site is currently occupied by Buildings A and B of the Juliette Gordon Low Federal Building Complex and is already owned by the government. Under the Proposed Action, the GSA would construct an annex at 124 Barnard Street, Savannah, Georgia. The new courthouse annex would be approximately 35,000 gross square feet in size and include an approximately 11,000 gross square foot secured parking lot at 120 Barnard Street. 

    Interested parties should identify issues and provide comments within their statutory responsibilities that should be considered in the EA on or before Tuesday June 26, 2018, preferably via email to Ashish Desai at ashish.desai@gsa.gov. The comments can also be sent via mail, postmarked by June 26, 2018, to the attention of: 

    Mr. Ashish Desai 
    Regional Environmental Program Specialist 
    General Services Administration 
    Martin Luther King Federal Building 
    77 Forsyth Street, Atlanta, GA 30303


    DETAILS:

    https://mailchi.mp/77d052cf38d7/public-scoping-meeting-tomochichi-courthouse-annex-on-telfair-square

  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018 8:05 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    Fire Fee Discount Program - DEADLINE IS JUNE 1, 2018

    VIEW INFORMATION ON SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL DISCOUNTS HERE

    The City of Savannah assesses property owners a Fire Fee that is dedicated solely to funding the cost of providing fire protection services. The fee provides the resources necessary for Savannah Fire to deliver services to residents, businesses, institutional, and government facilities.

    firekidA Fire Fee is a financing option that provides an equitable, stable, and dedicated revenue source for fire services.  In Georgia, fire fees are similar to those charged for water, sewer, or sanitation in that all these services are funded through user fees.

    Discount Manual and Application Forms

    In some cases, property owners take actions to reduce the risk of fire to their property. To recognize these actions, the City of Savannah has created a discount program which provides a discounted percentage of the fee for certain actions which have been recognized to reduce fire risk, such as the installation of fire protection devices or sprinkler systems within a property. 

    The discount is only applicable to Savannah Fire approved activities/construction that are designed, implemented, and maintained in accordance with the Fire Fee Discount Manual and applicable National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and International Code Council code provisions, as amended.

    Need Assistance?

    If you have questions about the Fire Fee Discount Program please Email or call 912-525-2810.

    The City of Savannah will also be offering assistance with the Fire Fee Discount Program application at locations throughout the city. Revenue Department staff will be going out into the community to answer questions and provide application assistance for the Fire Fee Discount Program.

  • Monday, May 07, 2018 6:00 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    NewZO is back on track—with some changes. NewZO is now an updated zoning ordinance for only the City of Savannah.

    Where We’ve Been… Previously, this process was known as UZO, or Unified Zoning Ordinance. UZO was a joint effort by the City of Savannah and Chatham County to update and unify their separate zoning ordinances. During the drafting process, it was determined that separate zoning ordinances for each jurisdiction would be easier to maintain and enforce. That decision led to a new name for the project: New Zoning Ordinances or NewZO.

    Where We Are Going… Only the City of Savannah is in the process of updating its zoning ordinance. Chatham County will maintain its current zoning ordinance. The term “NewZO” remains and will serve as the reference name for the ongoing process of updating the zoning ordinance and zoning map for Savannah.

    The latest zoning ordinance draft available to the public, Draft 3, is still a unified zoning ordinance that includes references to Chatham County. Work is underway on Draft 4, a zoning ordinance only for the city of Savannah. Draft 4 is anticipated to be released this spring and will be published on to this site once it is available. Draft 3 will remain on the website.

    The zoning map viewer used to show existing and proposed zoning districts has been updated and improved for greater functionality. For properties located within unincorporated Chatham County and other jurisdications located in the county, please visit SAGIS to view zoning districts as they are not available on the zoning map viewer.

    Visit the NewZO website here.

  • Sunday, May 06, 2018 5:58 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)


    Alderman Durrence will host a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, May 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Savannah Civic Center. 

  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018 8:00 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    What is a fire fee? 
    A fire fee is a charge for fire services provided by Savannah Fire Department. Under the fire fee, the revenue collected can only be used for fire services to customers. A fire fee is a financing option that provides an equitable, stable and dedicated revenue source to support fire services. In Georgia, fire fees are similar to water, sewer, or sanitation fees, in that these services are typically funded through user fees.

    What does the Savannah Fire Department do for me?

    • Protects the lives and property of the citizens of Savannah by providing the highest level of fire protection, prevention and response services through professionalism and dedication.
    • Maintains an ISO Class 1 rating; one of only 55 accredited fire departments in the U.S. with this rating. (There is a distinction between ISO Class I rated departments, of which there are more than 200, and accredited ISO Class I rated departments, of which there are 55.)
    • Responds to more than 8,000 calls for service a year which include fires, vehicle extrications, hazardous material incidents, water rescues and much more.
    • Currently comprised of 341 professional, fully-trained, career firefighters.
    • Operates 15 fire stations, associated equipment and vehicles that are strategically located all over the City of Savannah to ensure a quick response to its citizens.
    • Provides Fire safety education, performs fire investigations/inspections and provides community services including blood pressure checks and residential smoke detector installations.

    Why did the City decide to charge a fire fee to fund fire services?
    Charging a user fee for fire services (as opposed to increasing property taxes) is a more equitable way to fund Savannah Fire Rescue since it spreads the cost to all properties that benefit from the service, including tax exempt properties. Customers would pay according to the cost burden their property puts on Savannah Fire Rescue, not according to their property value.

    What are the benefits of paying for fire services through user fees versus a property tax increase?
    Benefits of paying for fire services through user fees versus a property tax increase include:

    • Fire services would be operated as a special revenue fund, similar to water, sewer and sanitation. That means all fire fee revenue collected will be spent on fire services only.
    • Fire services would no longer be vulnerable to a downturn in the economy that reduces property tax revenue. This, in turn, supports long-term financial planning for Savannah Fire Rescue.
    • Sharing fire fees increases equity and fairness since all properties that receive benefits from the availability of fire services pay the service fee. The general operating fund will pay the service fee for protection of the City's public buildings as well.

    Fire fee Map

    I have never had a fire at my home or place of business, how do I benefit from Savannah Fire Rescue services? 
    The Savannah firefighters continually stand ready to serve. The Department maintains preparedness 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide fire protection services to all properties within the City of Savannah. Even if a property does not generate a call for fire services, that property and its occupants still receive the following benefits because of the availability of fire services.

    • Reduced risk to life and property due to fire
    • Increased value and marketability of the property
    • Reduced insurance premiums

    What other local governments fund fire services through fire services fees? 
    Fire fees are currently charged by multiple local governments in Georgia. They are also commonly charged in Florida and Alabama. Neighboring communities that charge fire fees include Bloomingdale, Garden City, Port Wentworth, unincorporated Chatham County (Chatham Fire Department or Southside Fire Department), Bryan County, Screven County, and many more throughout Georgia and the US.

    What does Savannah Fire Rescue do for me?

    • Protects the lives and property of the citizens of Savannah by providing the highest level of fire protection, prevention and response services through professionalism and dedication.
    • Maintains an ISO Class 1 rating; one of only 55 accredited fire departments in the U.S. with this rating. (There is a distinction between ISO Class I rated departments, of which there are more than 200, and accredited  ISO Class I rated departments, of which there are 55.)
    • Responds to more than 8,000 calls for service a year which include fires, vehicle extrication, hazardous material incidents, water rescues and much more.
    • Currently comprised of 341 professional, fully-trained, career firefighters.
    • Operates 15 fire stations, associated equipment and vehicles that are strategically located all over the City of Savannah to ensure a quick response to its citizens.
    • Provides Fire safety education, performs fire investigations/inspections and provides community services including blood pressure checks and residential smoke detector installations.


  • Friday, March 30, 2018 10:48 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    The 4th annual Publix Savannah Women’s Half & 5K will take place on Saturday, April 7, starting at 7:30am and will run through Savannah. The race will start at the intersection of Drayton St./Gwinnett St and finish inside of Forsyth Park, with live music and entertainment available for the public.

    Downtown residents, please visit this link to view which streets will be impacted and at what time (approximately) the streets will re-open to vehicular traffic: http://www.savannahwomenshalf.com/wp-content/uploads/Pace-Chart-2018.pdf

    A map is provided below and available to download here: http://www.savannahwomenshalf.com/event-details/course/

    Concerns please contact:
    Rob Wells:  rwells@visitsavannah.com
    Jonathan Sykes: jsykes@visitsavannah.com


  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018 9:40 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    National Park Service's "Integrity and Condition Assessment," which recommends Savannah's National Historic Landmark District be placed on the “Threatened (Priority 1) List.” This means the city’s NHL District has suffered, or is in imminent danger of, a severe loss of integrity. Our aim in bringing this news to the forefront is to raise awareness and start an open exchange of ideas within the community so we can formulate a plan and work hard to get Savannah's district back on the "Satisfactory" list. Savannah was designated a NHL District over 50 years ago and is still one of the largest in the nation. With the help of area residents, advocates and our city leaders, we can preserve its status, beauty and significance for Savannahians and visitors to enjoy for generations to come.

    https://irma.nps.gov/DataStore/DownloadFile/598884


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