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  • 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.

  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014 10:02 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)
    Vehicles parked on parade route must be moved by 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 16
     
    Downtown residents and those attending downtown churches should remove their vehicles by 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 16 from areas along the St. Patrick’s Day parade route. City crews will begin delivering French barricades at that time on Sunday in preparation for the 300-unit parade on Monday.
     
    The affected areas will be those blocks of Bull Street from Oglethorpe Lane to Harris Street, including the west side of Chippewa Square. Also affected are the blocks of Abercorn Street from Liberty Street to Gordon Lane. This includes the west side of LaFayette Square and the east side of Calhoun Square.
     
    Vehicles remaining in the area may have to be towed to provide access for the barricades.
  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014 9:18 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)
    This year the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Monday, March 17. As is tradition, the Parade begins at 10:15 a.m. following celebration of Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

    All official information from the City of Savannah can be found here >>
    http://savannahga.gov/index.aspx?NID=1165
  • Sunday, March 09, 2014 1:42 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    The Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah will be accepting applications beginning Thursday, February 20 through Friday, March 21 at 12 noon for appointment(s) and reappointment(s) to Boards, Commissions and Authorities.

    Applications will be accepted beginning Thursday, February 20, 2014. NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 12:00 noon, Friday, March 21, 2014 (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 further information, contact the Office of the Clerk of Council. Telephone 651-6441, Fax 651-4260 or Email – clerkofcouncil@savannahga.gov.

    Applications will be accepted for the following:

    CHATHAM-SAVANNAH AUTHORITY FOR THE HOMELESS
    One (1) term available for appointment. Nineteen (19) members appointed to overlapping four-year (4) terms. Four (4) appointed by City Council to develop and oversee implementation of comprehensive plan for public and private agencies to deal effectively with problems of the homeless in our community.

    CHATHAM-SAVANNAH YOUTH FUTURES AUTHORITY
    One (1) term is available for appointment. Twenty-Three (23) members appointed to overlapping four-year (4) terms. Four (4) appointed by Savannah City Council. Develops and administers a comprehensive plan for public and private agencies to deal effectively with the problem of youth in order to achieve YFA’s goals in our community.

    COASTAL REGION METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION
    Six (6) appointments are available. Purpose: Thirty (30) members with seven (7) appointed by City Council to a two (2) year term. Responsible for advising the committee on matters of public opinion concerning study findings and recommendations.

    COASTAL WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD
    Seven (7) terms are available for appointment. 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, which 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 in the City/County.

    CODE ENFORCEMENT APPEALS BOARD
    Four (4) appointments are available. Nine (9) members appointed to fill overlapping three-year terms by City Council.  Three appointees must be qualified in the fields of architecture and/or structural engineering.  Hear appeals when errors are alleged and other matters affecting property subject to procedures set forth in the Nuisance Abatement Ordinance.

    CULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMISSION
    Two (2) terms are available for appointment. Eighteen (18) members appointed to staggered 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.

    ELECTRICAL APPEALS AND ADVISORY BOARD
    Two (2) terms are available for appointment. On recommendation from the Mayor, seven (7) members are appointed to four-year (4) terms by City Council: four licensed electrical contractors; two registered consulting electrical engineers (one from power company, one from private firm), and one administrative person from the power company.  All members shall have no less than 6 years’ experience in professional field.  No term limits. Determines appeals to decisions of electrical inspectors of the City.

    GREATER SAVANNAH INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE
    Two full terms and two unexpired terms. 19 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 years, except that of those members first appointed, six shall be appointed for one year, six for two years, and seven for three years. When the terms of these first appointed shall expire, their successors shall be appointed for three-year terms. A member of the Greater Savannah International Alliance shall not serve for more than two consecutive, three-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. Four (2) appointments are available.

    HISTORIC DISTRICT BOARD OF REVIEW
    Two (2) terms are available for appointment. 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. 

    HOUSING AUTHORITY OF SAVANNAH
    One (1) term is available for appointment. This is the Resident Commissioner position to our Board, and the appointee will need to be a Public Housing Resident or Section 8. 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 reminder 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. 

    KEEP SAVANNAH BEAUTIFUL
    Nine (9) terms are available for appointment. 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. 

    PARK AND TREE COMMISSION
    One (1) term is available for appointment. 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.

    PILOTAGE COMMISSION
    One (1) appointment is available. Purpose: Seven members appointed for overlapping seven-year term by City Council. 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.

    PROPERTY MAINTENANCE ENFORCEMENT BOARD OF APPEALS
    One (1) term & two (2) alternates are available for appointment. The board of appeals shall consist of a minimum of three (3) members, serving four (4) year terms, which are qualified by experience and training to pass on matters pertaining to property maintenance and who are not employees of the jurisdiction. The code official shall be an ex-officio member, but shall have no vote on any matter before the board. 

    SAVANNAH AIRPORT COMMISSION
    One (1) term is available for appointment. Five members appointed to staggered five (5) year terms by City Council.  Responsible for the operation, development and maintenance of municipal airport; an independent authority with its own staff and revenue sources. 

    SAVANNAH/CHATHAM COUNCIL OF DISABILITY ISSUES
    One (1) term is available for appointment. The Savannah/Chatham Council on Disability Issues shall facilitate and coordinate community efforts to improve the quality of life for citizens with disabilities of 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 one-half of members shall be persons with physical or mental disabilities. Members shall serve a two (2) year term, with eligibility for reappointment to a second consecutive two (2) year term.  

    SAVANNAH/CHATHAM COUNTY HISTORIC SITES AND MONUMENTS COMMISSIONS (HS&M)
    Two (2) appointments are available. Five (5) members appointed to overlapping five (5) year terms by City Council. No term limits. Citizen of Chatham County.  Recommends plan and cost estimates for the erection of any monuments or substantial restoration of same in the City or County.

    SAVANNAH RECREATION COMMISSION
    Four (4) terms are available for appointment. Twelve (12) members are appointed to three (3) year terms by City Council and are eligible for reappointment. Serves as an advisory body on recreational programs and facilities.

    SAVANNAH ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
    One (1) term is available for appointment. Five (5) members appointed to staggered three-year (3) terms by City Council. No term limits. Must be a resident of the City of Savannah. 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. 

    TOURISM ADVISORY COMMITTEE
    The following Six (6) terms are available for appointment: Savannah Visitors Bureau; Historic Savannah Foundation; Downtown Neighborhood Association (2); History and/or Architecture of the Historic District; and Hotelier. Creation and composition. There is hereby created a tourism advisory committee, which shall consist of 13 members appointed by the mayor and aldermen. One shall be a representative of the lodging industry; one shall be a representative of a tour company; one shall be a member of the Savannah Visitors Bureau; one shall be a representative from a Historic District museum or attraction; two shall be members of the Downtown Neighborhood Association; two shall be members of Historic Savannah Foundation; one shall be a representative of the food, beverage and/or retail industries; one shall be at-large with demonstrated knowledge of the history and/or architecture of the Historic District; two shall be residents at-large and one shall be a member at-large.

    TRAFFIC CALMING COMMITTEE
    Five (5) terms are available for appointment. 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 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.
  • Friday, March 07, 2014 12:58 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)
    Please click on this link  to review the electronic agenda for the March 12, 2014 Historic District Board of Review regular meeting.  The meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m. in the Arthur A. Mendoza Hearing Room, Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission, 112 East State Street.
     
    Hard copies of the plans submitted for consideration are available at the MPC for review anytime during regular business hours (8:30am to 5:00pm) Monday through Friday.
     
    If you have any questions or desire further information, please call 912.651.1440.
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