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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 at (912) 651-6441 or .

The Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah will be accepting applications beginning Friday, September 23, 2016 through Monday, October 24, 2016 at 12 noon for appointment(s) and reappointment(s) to the following Boards, Commissions and Authorities:

CIVIL SERVICE BOARD.  Three (3) members appointed to overlapping six-year (6) 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.  Chatham County resident for at least five (5) years.  No term limits. One (1) term available for appointment

CORE MPO CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE.  Thirty (30) members, with three (3) appointed by City Council to two-year (2)  terms.  The role of the CAC is “to advise the CORE MPO Board (decision-making body of the CORE MPO) of citizens’ viewpoints on transportation policy, plans, and programs relating to the allocation of federal transportation funds in the CORE MPO planning area. One (1) term available for appointment.

COASTAL WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD.  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, who 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. Three (3) terms available for appointment – Two (2) Full terms and 1 Mandated Private/Labor Seat.

CODE ENFORCEMENT APPEALS BOARD: 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.  4 (Four) terms available – 2 (Two) appointees must be qualified in the fields of architecture and/or structural engineering.

CULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMISSION. Eighteen (18) members appointed to 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. Six (6) terms available for appointment.

DOWNTOWN SAVANNAH AUTHORITY.  Five (5) members, including Mayor or member of City Council serving his/her term of office and four (4) City residents appointed to 4- year terms by City Council, as well as a member of 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. Two (2) terms available for appointment.

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AUTHORITY.  Twenty-five (25) members, with eight (8) seat public sector participation, four (4) appointed by City Council for five (5) year terms and four appointed by the County.  Seeks to reduce conditions that cause poverty by working directly with poverty-level individuals throughout Chatham County. One (1) term available for appointment

ELECTRICAL APPEALS AND ADVISORY BOARD: 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.  Six (6) terms available for appointment for: 4 - Licensed Electrical Contractors; 1 - Registered Consulting Electrical Engineer from a Private Consulting Firm and 1 - Administrative person for Power Company.

GREATER SAVANNAH INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE.  The Greater Savannah International Alliance shall consist of 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 (3) years, and no member shall serve for more than two consecutive, three (3) 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. Seven (7) terms available: Six (6) Full terms and One (1) Unexpired term for appointment.

HISTORIC DISTRICT BOARD OF REVIEW.  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. Four (4) terms 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 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. Two (2) terms available for appointment: 1 (One) Full term and 1 (One) unexpired term.

METROPOLITAN PLANNING COMMISSION (MPC). Twelve (12) members appointed to overlapping three (3) year terms with six (6) appointments made by City Council and the City Manager serving.  No term limits.  Aided by professional staff, this commission makes studies of present and future development; assists local government in translating study results into plans, policies and programs; recommends zoning ordinances and subdivision regulations. Two (2) terms available for appointment.

PARK AND TREE COMMISSION.  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. Eight (8) terms available for appointment.

PILOTAGE COMMISSION. Seven (7) members appointed for overlapping seven (7) year term by City Council. No term limits. 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 available for appointment.

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE ENFORCEMENT BOARD OF APPEALS.  The board of appeals shall consist of a minimum of three (3) members, serving 4-year terms, who 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.  The board shall be appointed by the chief appointing authority and shall serve staggered four (4) year terms. One (1) term & Two (2) alternate positions.

SAVANNAH AIRPORT COMMISSION.  Five (5)  members appointed to overlapping five-year (5) terms by City Council.  Members are eligible for reappointment.  Chatham County resident.  Responsible for the operation, development and maintenance of municipal airport; and independent authority with its own staff and revenue sources. One (1) term available for appointment.

SAVANNAH/CHATHAM COUNTY HISTORIC SITES AND MONUMENTS COMMISSIONS (HS&M):   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 and may hold title and pay for same. Two (2) terms available for appointment.

SAVANNAH DEVELOPMENT AND RENEWAL AUTHORITY (SDRA):  Twenty –five (25) members appointed to four-year (4) terms. City residents; no term limits. Develops recommendations to City Council for revitalization of Savannah’s downtown including comprehensive planning, beautification, marketing, etc. Six (6) terms available for appointment.

SAVANNAH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (SEDA).  Eighteen (18) members, six (6) appointed by City Council, serving overlapping five-year (5)  terms.  No term limits; eligible for re-appointment.  Conducts a program of industrial and port development for the City of Savannah and Chatham County and is self-funded.  No one holding public office or receiving compensation from either public entity can serve. One (1) term available for appointment.

SAVANNAH RECREATION COMMISSION. Twelve (12) members are appointed to three (3) year terms by City Council. Eligible for reappointment. Serves as an advisory body on recreational programs and facilities. Seven (7) terms available for appointment – Six (6) Full terms and 1 (One) Unexpired term.

SAVANNAH RESOURCE RECOVERY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.  Consisting of five (5)  members appointed for four (4) year terms.  No term limits: resident of Chatham County.  Membership includes:  An Alderman, City Manager, City Finance Director, City Sanitation Director, and a citizen. One (1) term available for appointment.

SAVANNAH ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS.  Five (5) members appointed to overlapping three-year (3) terms by City Council.  No term limits; City resident. 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. Two (2) terms available for appointment.

TOURISM ADVISORY COMMITTEE.  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. Six (6) terms available for appointment for the following:  One (1) Savannah Visitors Bureau representative; One (1) Historic Savannah Foundation representative; One (1) Downtown Neighborhood Association representative; One (1) Historic District Museum/Attraction representative; One (1) History and/or Architecture of the Historic District representative; and One (1) At-Large.

TRAFFIC CALMING COMMITTEE: 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 (3) 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.  2 (Two) terms available for appointment for: 1 (One) DISTRICT 3 representative and 1 (One) DISTRICT 6 representative.

Applications will be accepted beginning Friday, September 23, 2016.

NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 12:00 noon, Monday, October 24, 2016.  (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 651-6442, Fax 651-4260 or Email – .