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  • 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


  • Wednesday, February 07, 2018 8:02 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    Join Mayor Eddie DeLoach as he delivers his State of the City address on Monday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Coastal Georgia Center (305 Fahm Street). The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. You can also watch it LIVE on SGTV Channel 8 or at www.savannahga.gov/SGTV. It will also be streamed live via the City's Facebook page.

  • Friday, February 02, 2018 12:00 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COUNCIL
    ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE HEARING
    PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

    Notice is hereby given that Jayu Patel for Savannah WOB, LLC t/a Savannah World of Beer, requesting transfer liquor, beer and wine (drink) with Sunday Sales from Ivan Lenoir at 112 W. Broughton Street, which is located between Whitaker Street and Barnard Street in District 2. The applicant plans to continue to operate as a restaurant. (New owner/existing business),will be heard at the meeting of City Council at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, February 14, 2018 in the Council Chambers, second floor of City Hall.

    Anyone objecting to the issuance of this license may appear at that time and be heard.

    -- City of Savannah Luciana M. Spracher Acting Clerk of Council

    OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COUNCIL
    ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE HEARING
    PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

    Notice is hereby given that Matthew Meece for Savannah Theatre Project, LLC. t/a Savannah Theatre, requesting to add beer ( drink) license to existing wine ( drink) license at 222 Bull Street, which is located between East Perry Street and East Hull District 2. The applicant plans to continue to operate as a theatre. (New request/existing business), will be heard at the meeting of City Council at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, February 14, 2018 in the Council Chambers, second floor of City Hall.

    Anyone objecting to the issuance of this license may appear at that time and be heard.

    -- City of Savannah Luciana M. Spracher Acting Clerk of Council

  • Thursday, January 25, 2018 9:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Savannah, GA Inc. (DNA) is accepting proposals for 2018 Community Grants. Each year, the DNA invites community groups to apply for a Community Grant to help fund a project or initiative that will benefit the downtown area of Savannah.

    Funds raised through DNA’s Annual Holiday Tour of Homes support downtown Savannah’s Landmark Historic District in a number of ways. One of those is through the DNA's Community Grant Program.

    Community organizations seeking funds are asked to select one of the following categories as the primary basis for its proposal:

    • Beautification / Improvements in the Downtown Area 
    • Arts and Cultural Life
    • Youth Development 
    • Humanitarian Causes

    Proposals may be submitted online at SavannahDNA.org or at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DNA2018GrantApplication. Arrangements can be made for organizations who may need to submit a proposal in writing.

    The deadline for proposal submission is Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Organizations will be notified in late April of their proposal status. Grant awards will be distributed at the DNA’s Annual Meeting and Spring Picnic on Tuesday, May 9 at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. For questions concerning DNA’s Community Grant Program, email kbrenneman@SavannahDNA.org.


  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018 8:00 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    Click on the links below to download / view the documents.


    >> Hotel Overlay Map

    >> Scott Barnard Architect's Presentation

  • Thursday, December 21, 2017 7:49 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    The Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah will be accepting applications for appointment(s) and reappointment(s) to the following Boards, Commissions and Authorities: Civil Service, Downtown Savannah Authority, Ethics, Historic District Authority of Review, Housing Authority of Savannah, Savannah Hospitality Authority, and Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals.

    Applications can be found on the City’s website: www.savannahga.gov/boards and will be accepted beginning Thursday, December 21, 2017.  No applications will be accepted after noon on Monday, January 22, 2018.   

    CIVIL SERVICE BOARD 

    • Three (3) members appointed to overlapping six (6) year 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. 
    • Members must be a Chatham County resident for at least five (5) years. 
    • No term limits. 
    • One (1) term available for appointment

    DOWNTOWN SAVANNAH AUTHORITY 

    • Five (5) members, including the Mayor or member of City Council serving his/her term of office and four (4) City residents appointed to four (4) year terms by City Council, as well as a member of the Chatham County Delegation to the GA Legislature.
    • Encourages construction of new parking facilities and provides financial incentives for private projects which have economic benefits to the downtown area.
    • One (1) term 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. 
    • Three (3) terms available for appointment

    HISTORIC DISTRICT BOARD OF REVIEW

    • Eleven (11) members appointed to three (3) year terms by Savannah City Council including one (1) small business owner with an architectural background. 
    • Makes decisions on new construction and any changes to historic structures in the City’s Historic District. 
    • One (1) term 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 Commissioners are the five (5) Regular Commissioners appointed pursuant to general law.
    • One (1) term available for appointment

    SAVANNAH HOSPITAL AUTHORITY

    • Seven (7) members appointed to staggered four (4) year terms by City Council. 
    • Arranges the contractual agreements between Candler General Hospital and purchases of hospital authority bonds used to finance the building of their complex off DeRenne Ave.
    • Six (6) terms are available for appointment

    SAVANNAH ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

    • Seven (7) members appointed to overlapping three (3) year terms by City Council. 
    • No term limits.
    • Members must reside in the City limits 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

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

    For further information, contact the Office of the Clerk of Council.  Telephone 651-6442, Fax 651-4260 or Email – clerkofcouncil@savannahga.gov


  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017 4:06 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)


  • Thursday, November 09, 2017 8:10 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    Parking Advisories and Road Closures Announced
    for Veteran's Day Parade


    On Saturday, November 11th, a number of downtown neighborhood streets will be closed for the staging and parade in celebration of Veteran's Day. Please follow the link below to review maps and notifications to see if your street may be affected.

    http://scmpd.org/veteransdayparade/

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Downtown Neighborhood Association of Savannah, GA Inc.
P.O. Box 9416
Savannah, GA 31412

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