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  • Wednesday, April 09, 2014 10:47 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    Some downtown residents were so convinced they needed additional security around their homes they offered to pay the city for surveillance cameras.


    The city, however, was less than eager to accept their money.


    City spokesman Bret Bell said officials appreciated the residents’ initiative but were concerned about the message they would send by accepting the donation.


    The city does not want to create the perception that residents are only as safe as they can afford to be, Bell said. Instead, the city decided to use funds paid by organizers of a fashion show at Monterey Square in 2012.


    The $15,000 impact fee almost equaled the cost of installing the two cameras and wireless routers needed to operate them at the square, Bell said. Prior to the decision, police had identified a need for the cameras along the highly travelled corridor, he said.


    Both cameras are expected to go online by the end of the week.


    Reed Dulany said the installation comes after he and other area residents agreed to cover the $15,000 cost of the cameras, by donating about $600 per household, due to concerns about crime in the area.

    Dulaney said he did not think Monterey Square was more dangerous than other squares, but the cameras are worthwhile in helping apprehend offenders and, more importantly, preventing crimes before they occur.


    He said he would like to see the city do a better job of promoting partnerships with the public to help fund projects that could make Savannah a better place to live. “I think there is enough good will in the city,” he said.


    The city has partnered with organizations to fund projects in the past and has a program in which the city matches organizations up to $10,000 for landscaping and monument improvements, Bell said.

    All potential contributions are reviewed on a case by case basis, he said.


    In 2012, the Downtown Garden Club donated $10,500 to the city to cover the cost of a new wrought iron fence placed around the Nathanael Greene Monument in Johnson Square. That same year, Dulany’s family also made a donation for 50 palmetto trees along Victory Drive.

    While the Monterey Square cameras are able to feed off wireless service stemming from the Forsyth Park cafe and visitors center, most of the downtown squares do not have the network infrastructure necessary to have them installed, Bell said.


    There was a plan to fund cameras for all the squares, but the City Council wanted to expand their thinking citywide rather than just focusing on the Historic District, Bell said.

    Currently, 167 surveillance cameras are spread throughout the city.


    The sales tax referendum voters approved in November included $1 million that will go toward expanding wireless connectivity, but fiber-optic cable costs about $80,000 per mile, Bell said.

    “We recognize that $1 million isn’t going to get us very far,” he said.

  • Friday, April 04, 2014 10:42 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)


    DNA Member, Bill Gillespie is coordinating a Broughton Street clean up day scheduled for Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22. We will partner with The City of Savannah, The Downtown Business Association and The Historic Savannah Foundation from 7  - 11 am to do some general clean up, touch up paint on curbs/lamp posts, weeding and more. Stay tuned for more information on this as volunteers from DNA are need and appreciated!
  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 11:06 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)
    MOTORIZED CARTS/LOW SPEED VEHICLE UPDATE
    The Recorder’s Court hearing involving the use of golf carts as shuttle vehicles on City streets by the Savannah Hoppers has come to a conclusion. Chief Judge Tammy Stokes presided over the trial and on Monday issued a decision in favor of the City. Savannah Hoppers cannot operate motorized carts in Savannah until these vehicles are in compliance with both state law and local ordinances.  In the meantime, Savannah Hoppers will continue to offer low speed vehicles for rental.
     
    PUBLIC MEETING
    A public meeting will be held Tuesday, April 1 at 6 p.m. at the Southwest Chatham County Library, 14097 Abercorn Street, to discuss motorized carts and low speed vehicles.
     
    SHARED TOUR STAND AT OGLETHORPE AND BULL
    The shared stand at 10 E. Oglethorpe was approved by Council on March 6.  The movement of the motor coach stand will be occur before the end of next week.
     
    CARRIAGE COMPANIES
    Staff is continuing to work on a proposal for carriage operations to be permitted between the hours of 4:30 to 6:00PM, Monday thru Friday.  This includes reviewing boundaries and compiling data on special requests.
     
  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 3:46 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)
    THIS SATURDAY, March 29, at 9 a.m.
    Volunteers Needed at Mother Mathilda Beasley Park
    500 E. Broad Street

    Volunteer with the Savannah Tree Foundation in Mother Mathilda Beasley Park this Saturday morning, and help get the park ready for spring. Volunteers will learn the correct way to mulch trees, and about the environmental and economic benefits of urban forests. The Savannah Tree Foundation will provide volunteers with site specific training, knowledgeable team leaders, and the tools needed to help take care of this park. Activities will include:
    •spreading fresh mulch in the landscape beds
    •pruning back some overgrowth in the “wetland” area
    •cleaning up the park
    •working in the dog park
      •and more!

    Please wear long pants and sleeves to protect from the sun and bugs and wear closed toe shoes. Bring your own gloves and a hard tined rake if you have them--otherwise STF will provide hand tools.
    Meet at 9 am, Saturday, March 29th at the north end of the park, next to the parking area. RAIN OR SHINE! This is a family friendly event.

    Community service credit is available.

    Savannah Tree Foundation will provide beverages and refreshments, however please bring you own, refillable, water bottle. Questions? Call 912-233-TREE (8733).
  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 10:23 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)
    Police Chief Search, citizen survey launched today
     
    The City of Savannah and Chatham County today began advertising for the position of Chief of Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police, and launched a citizen survey to provide input during the selection process.
     
    The Chief is head of a force with 833 Police officers and civilian staff, serving a population of more than 275,000. The job advertisement seeks a Chief with “strong character, integrity and leadership.”
     
    “The Chief of the SCMPD must be a forward-thinking individual who can set objectives and the strategic direction for the department, implement innovative crime reduction and prevention strategies, leverage technology to improve the capacity of the department, and maximize crime fighting resources within the community,” the advertisement reads.
     
    Advertising will take place in more than a dozen publications, websites and newspapers through May 16.
     
    The selection process will include input from City and County leadership, neighborhood presidents, and key stakeholders in the faith-based and civic community. The general public will have input via a survey, which asks citizens to prioritize public safety issues, as well as the types of professional experience and personal attributes a new Police Chief should possess.  
     
    The citizen survey can be filled out online at savannahga.gov/chiefsearch beginning today and lasting through April 25. Starting Monday, March 31, citizens will also have the option of an in-person or call-in survey. Paper copies of the survey can be filled out on-site beginning March 31 at City Hall and the Broughton Municipal Building, 132 E. Broughton St. Residents can complete the survey by phone March 31-April 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by calling 912-525-2904.
  • Saturday, March 22, 2014 11:11 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)
    Fostering Neighborhood Friendly Business Growth
    presented by Dr. Kenneth Zapp, Chair of DNA's Economic Impact Committee

    Speakers/Panelists:
    SCHEDULE:
    5:30 p.m. - Cocktail / Social Hour
    6:00 p.m. - Seating
    6:10 p.m. - Announcements
    6:15 p.m. - Program
    7:15 p.m. - Adjourn

    If you have renewed your membership for 2014, please come to the Member line, sign in and collect your drink tickets! If you have not renewed yet for 2014, go to SavannahDNA.org to join/renew online.


    The meeting will be held at the Coastal Georgia Center located at 305 Fahm Street.
  • Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:27 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)
    Interested in helping to shape the future of downtown with DNA? There are positions available on the DNA Board and on DNA Committees for 2014-15. The time commitment is minimal with monthly meetings September - November and January - May. Interested in learning more? Email our Nominating Committee Chair.
  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014 7:40 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    VIA the Savannah Morning News

    Hotelier Richard Kessler’s request for a height map amendment for a proposed multi-million dollar West River Street development hit a speed bump Tuesday after the city’s planning commission tabled a decision on the request until April.

    The Metropolitan Planning Commission voted Tuesday to postpone a decision on the text amendment to the city’s height map, which would’ve extended an adjacent height zone and allow Kessler to build four structures as part of a $200 million hotel project on the site of the old Georgia Power plant.

    The MPC heard more than an hour of debate, sometimes acrimonious, over the text amendment. The issue brought to the podium several local architects, nearby building owners, preservationists and at least two members of the Historic District Board of Review to speak out against the proposed change.

    “The riverfront has been a very fundamental part of what it means to be a National Landmark District, and these areas have always been limited to relatively low buildings,” said Patrick Shay, a local architect in opposition to the change.

    In rebuttal, Kessler said his investment will revitalize the long-dormant site and that the height of his structures would not exceed that of the original plant.

    “The general support has been extremely strong for this. ...We’re not blocking anybody’s view,” said Kessler.

    Kessler had requested a 6-story height change for the power plant and buildings west of it and a 4-story height change for structures east of the plant. The MPC staff submitted an alternative recommendation for a maximum of 5 stories and 3 stories, respectively.


  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014 3:16 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    The Housing Authority of Savannah and the Robert Hitch Village Master Development Team will host a collaborative community design workshop from 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. on March 27 at the Savannah Baptist Center, 704 Wheaton St.

    The redevelopment of Hitch Village is the cornerstone of the East Savannah Gateway Transformation Plan.

    Please join your neighbors and fellow community members in providing input for this proposed new neighborhood in East Savannah.

    Visit www.eastsavannahgateway.com for details about this event and the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative planning process.

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Savannah, GA 31412

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