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Sept. 26 - City Lists Openings for Commission and Boards

Sept. 26, 2013 – The mayor and aldermen of the City of Savannah will be accepting applications beginning Thursday, Sept. 26, through Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 for appointment(s) and reappointment(s) to the following boards, commissions and authorities:

Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless: Nineteen members appointed to overlapping four-year terms.  Four appointed by Savannah 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.  Two terms are available for appointment.

Electrical Appeals & Advisory Board: On recommendation from the mayor, seven members are appointed to four-year terms by Savannah 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 six years  experience in professional field.  No term limits.  Determines appeals to decisions of electrical inspectors of the City.  Two terms are available for appointment.

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 years, and no member shall serve for more than two consecutive, three-year terms.  The members of the GSIA shall be a demographically broad representation of the community and economy in the Savannah Metropolitan Area with an interest in international issues.  Five terms are available for appointment.

Keep Savannah Beautiful: Twenty-five members appointed to three-year terms by Savannah City Council.  Shall include representatives from the news media, businesses, Savannah 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.  Four terms are available for appointment.

Park & Tree Commission:  Nine members appointed to overlapping three-year terms by Savannah 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 unexpired term ending 12/31/16 is available for appointment.

Property Maintenance Enforcement Board of Appeals: The board of appeals shall consist of a minimum of three members, serving four-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.  One term and two alternates are 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 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 -year term, with eligibility for reappointment to a second consecutive two-year term.  Two terms are available for appointment.

Savannah Development & Renewal Authority (SDRA): Twenty-five members appointed to four-year  terms. City residents; no term limits. Develops recommendations to Savannah City Council for revitalization of Savannah’s downtown including comprehensive planning, beautification, marketing, etc. Two unexpired terms, one ending 12/31/16 and one ending 12/31/17 are available for appointment.

Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA): Eighteen members, six appointed by Savannah City Council, serving overlapping five-year 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 term is available for appointment.

Savannah Recreation Commission: Twelve members are appointed to three-year terms by Savannah City Council and are eligible for reappointment. Serves as an advisory body on recreational programs and facilities.  One term is 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. One unexpired term ending 3/31/14 is available for appointment.

Traffic Calming Committee: The Traffic Calming Committee shall consist of nine 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.  One term is available for appointment.

Applications can be found on the City’s Web site: www.savannahga.gov/boards. Applications will be accepted beginning Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013.

No applications will be accepted after 12 noon, Friday, Oct. 25, 2013.

Upon completion of the appointment process by the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah, all applicants and appointees will be notified.

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