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Posted on: December 20, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE: Boards, Commissions and Authorities

PUBLIC NOTICE
December 19, 2017

For Immediate Release

Boards, Commissions and Authorities

 

 

SAVANNAH, GA (December 19, 2017) – The Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah will be accepting applications over the next 30 days 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

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