FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 28, 2015
The Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah will be accepting applications beginning Tuesday, September 1, 2015 through Friday, October 2, 2015 at 12 noon for appointment(s) and reappointment(s) to the Boards, Commissions and Authorities listed below.
Applications can be found on the City’s website: www.savannahga.gov/boards. Applications will be accepted beginning Tuesday, September 1, 2015. NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 12:00 noon, Friday, October 2, 2015 (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 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHATHAM ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM: A thirty-member board with two (2) appointed to overlapping three-year (3) terms by City Council. Forum seeks consensus to community environmental issues. One (1) term available for appointment.
CHATHAM-SAVANNAH YOUTH FUTURES AUTHORITY: 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. One (1) unexpired term available for appointment.
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. Four (4) terms available for appointment.
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. Five (5) terms 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. Five (5) terms available for appointment for: 3 - Licensed Electrical Contractors; 1 - Registered Consulting Electrical Engineer from a Private Consulting Firm and 1 - Administrative 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. Nine (9) 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. One (1) term available for appointment.
KEEP SAVANNAH BEAUTIFUL: 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. Nine (9) terms available for appointment.
PENSION BOARD: Eight (8) members, including one member of City Council and two residents appointed to ¬overlapping four-year (4) terms by City Council; also serving are the City Manager, the City’s Chief Financial Officer and three employee-elected representatives. Administers the City of Savannah Employee Retirements Plan. One (1) term 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.
SAVANNAH/CHATHAM COUNCIL OF DISABILITY ISSUES: 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. Six (6) terms 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. One (1) unexpired term 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. Three (3) terms available for appointment. Two (2) Full terms and One (1) unexpired term.
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 FILM COMMISSION: Nineteen (19) member board for a four (4) year term. City Council appoints nine citizens from the community, four representatives from the motion picture and television industry and one representative from small business. One ex-officio is appointed by the Director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, one ex-officio by the President of the Downtown Neighborhood Association and one member of the State Film Commission, ex-officio. The term of office for ex-officio members shall be for the term of office in the organization they represent. Advises and assists the film director in developing a program for responding to inquiries from production companies about filming in the community. Term Limits: Not more than two consecutive four-year terms. Nine (9) terms available for appointment. Six (6) full terms and Three (3) unexpired terms.
SAVANNAH HOSPITAL AUTHORITY: Seven (7) members appointed to overlapping four-year (4) 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. Two (2) terms available for appointment.
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. One (1) unexpired term available for appointment for a DISTRICT 6 appointee.