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May 19, 2020
For Immediate Release
City of Savannah to distribute cloth face coverings to community
SAVANNAH, GA (May 19, 2020) — The City of Savannah is distributing 4,500 cloth face coverings for free to the community.
Through a partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Los Angeles-based apparel company Bella Canvas donated these coverings to the City.
Savannahians can pick up a cloth face covering at the front desk of City Hall during normal business hours or at the following Savannah Fire stations:
- Station 4 – 2401 Augusta Ave. in West Savannah
- Station 9 – 2235 Capital Ave. on the eastside behind Savannah High School
- Station 11 – 11844 Apache Ave. on the southside behind the Savannah Mall
- Station 13 – 11 Mckenna Dr. near the airport
Savannah Fire personnel will distribute the face coverings at these locations from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, Thursday, May 21, and Friday, May 22 while supplies last.
Firefighters will be wearing PPE during distribution, and social distancing guidelines will be enforced. Savannah Fire has not resumed station house tours or walk-in blood pressure check services. Fire stations remain closed to the public.
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings to cover their nose and mouth in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, like grocery stores and pharmacies. This is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2 and should be washed and dried regularly.
Who: City of Savannah
What: City of Savannah to distribute cloth face coverings to the community
- City Hall at 2 E. Bay St.
- Savannah Fire station 4 at 2401 Augusta Ave.
- Savanah Fire station 9 at 2235 Capital Ave.
- Savannah Fire station 11 at 11844 Apache Ave.
- Savannah Fire station 13 at 11 Mckenna Dr.
City Hall front desk:
Monday – Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, May 20 from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
Thursday, May 21 from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
Friday, May 22 from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
May 12, 2020
For Immediate Release
City yard waste pick up ongoing, collection crews expanded
SAVANNAH, GA (May 12, 2020) — The City of Savannah continues to pick up yard waste and has expanded the number of collection crews to expedite the process.
At the end of April, the City started a one-time, citywide collection of yard waste utilizing a private sector partnership that is normally only activated after major storms. The amount of debris greatly exceeded expectations, and pickup is taking longer than anticipated.
City workers and equipment are now supplementing the private contractor’s crews on weekends. They have removed yard debris from 82 of Savannah’s neighborhoods so far.
Collection is ongoing in 23 neighborhoods, including:
- Dixon Park
- East Victorian District
- Baldwin Park
- Live Oak
- Benjamin Van Clark Park
- Ardsley Park/Chatham Crescent
- Ardmore/Gould Estates/Olin Heights
- Abercorn Heights/Lamara Heights/Ridgewood/Poplar Heights
- Memorial Hospital/Fairfield
- Avalon/Oglethorpe Mall Area
- Paradise Park
- Leeds Gate/Colonial Village/Hunters Chase
- Largo Woods/Quail Forest
- Wilshire Estates/Savannah Mall/Tranquilla Woods
- The Village/Rio/Armstrong
- White Bluff/Holland Drive
- White Bluff Neighborhoods
- Windsor Forest
- Coffee Bluff/Rose Dhu
- Wild Heron Plantation/Southern Woods/Habersham Plantation
Collection in these neighborhoods is nearly complete.
The City temporarily suspended residential yard waste, recycling and bulk item collection last month to allow sanitation employees to socially distance themselves on the job due to COVID-19.
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The Georgia Covid 19 Emotional support line provides 24/7 free and confidential assistance to callers needing emotional support or resource information as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Council Conference Calls
In an ongoing response, the Savannah City Council will hold conference calls to plan and prepare. See below for links to the recordings as they occur. As of 4/6/2020 these calls have been moved to zoom meetings to better facilitate communication with the council and public.
Current City Of Savannah Closures:
The City of Savannah remains open for business, but the following changes should be noted:
- Revenue Department
- Suspended in-person customer service and temporarily closed its lobby at 305 Fahm St. at noon on Friday, March 20.
- Staff will be available to serve customers by telephone and through email during regular business hours on issues related to utilities, cashiering, property taxes, business taxes and alcohol licensure.
- The City will continue to accept utility bill, property tax and other payments online through the City website, by mail and curbside drop-off in the drop box at the Revenue Department’s office at 305 Fahm St. To encourage electronic bill payment, the $3.50 online transaction fee will be temporarily waived.
- The City of Savannah will not disconnect water service for non-payment through the end of March and will not contact residents regarding delinquent payment at this time. Customers are reminded this temporary measure does not relieve them of their responsibility to pay their bill. If residents are having difficulty paying their utility bills, they are asked to call the City to set up a payment plan.
- Customers can subscribe to an email newsletter for updates from the Revenue Department by visiting savannahga.gov/utilities and clicking “Join Our Email List” under the Helpful Links section.
- Development Services, Capital Improvement Projects and Planning and Urban Design
- Open by appointment only on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 to 1:00. Please call 912-651-6530 to make an appointment.
- Customers must schedule an appointment to meet with specific staff outside of these hours.
- All offices will maintain regular weekday business hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- All SPR and BPR meetings are canceled until further notice.
- All Wednesday Walk-Throughs are canceled until further notice.
- Office of Business Opportunity and Savannah Entrepreneurial Center
- All scheduled classes are moved online. Individuals already registered for an upcoming session will receive information on how to access classes through an online portal.
- All visits to the Savannah Entrepreneurial Center are by appointment only. All services will continue to be available during normal business hours by accessing savannahga.gov/business or calling (912) 652-3582.
- The Office of Business Opportunity remains available to assist with starting a business, accessing incentives, government contracting, and small business financing.
- Traffic Engineering Office
- Starting Monday, March 23, there will be no walk-in service for permits (dumpster/container, driveway, oversize load, right-of-way work permits).
- All permit requests for essential work must be submitted via fax (912) 525-1535 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Invoiced fees can be paid using most credit cards online via eTRAC. To sign up, users must click "Register" on the eTRAC site and provide the required information.
- A drop-box is available next to the main entrance of the Traffic Engineering Office located at 1100 W. Gwinnett St. - Building B for customers unable to submit applications and/or fees electronically. No personal checks or cash will be accepted. Only cashier’s checks, money orders or local company checks.
- Permitting services will ONLY be available for essential work (critical service repairs or installations). Applications for non-essential work or requests that can be rescheduled will not be accepted until further notice.
- Contact the Traffic Engineering Office at (912) 651-6600 with questions.
- The following City facilities are only open to visitors by appointment:
- Coastal Georgia Center
- City Hall
- Savannah Morning News building
- Special Events, Film and Tourism Office
- W.W. Law Archives
Beginning March 18: City of Savannah Community Centers
Savannah Cultural Arts Center