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  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 11:06 AM | Anonymous
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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 | Anonymous
    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 | Anonymous
    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 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 | Anonymous
    Fostering Neighborhood Friendly Business Growth
    presented by Dr. Kenneth Zapp, Chair of DNA's Economic Impact Committee

    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 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 | Anonymous
    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 for details about this event and the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative planning process.

  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014 10:02 AM | Anonymous
    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 | Anonymous
    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 >>
  • Sunday, March 09, 2014 1:42 PM | Anonymous

    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 –

    Applications will be accepted for the following:

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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. 

    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. 

    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. 

    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.

    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.

    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. 

    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. 

    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.  

    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.

    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.

    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. 

    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.

    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.

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Savannah, GA 31412

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