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Oct 24 –Board, Commission Positions Open with City of Savannah, including MPC and SEDA

Oct 24 –Board, Commission Positions Open with City of Savannah, including MPC and SEDA

SBJ Staff Report

Oct 24, 2011 – The Savannah City Council is now accepting applications for positions on 25 different boards, commissions and authorities for unfilled positions due to resignations and expiring terms on a number of important entities. 

Applications will be accepted up until noon on Nov. 14. These groups work on behalf of the City Council on various topics of interest to the community, providing guidance or assisting in making decisions that impact daily life in Savannah, according to Bret Bell, spokesperson for the City.

Citizens with a wide range of backgrounds and experience are needed to fill important roles. Applications can be found on the City’s website, www.savannahga.gov. Search “Boards” in the online Search tool. For additional information, contact the Clerk of Council at (912) 651-6442 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.'; document.getElementById('cloak23058').innerHTML += ''+addy_text23058+''; //--> .

Available positions include:

COASTAL REGION METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION:  One appointment is available for a 2-year term. Members are responsible for advising the CRC staff on matters of public opinion concerning study findings and recommendations.  

COASTAL WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD: One opening available to fill an unexpired term until July 2012. Members help improve workforce quality development, enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the workforce and to reduce welfare dependency.  

CODE ENFORCEMENT APPEALS BOARD:  8 appointments available for 3-year terms. Members hear appeals when errors are alleged and other matters affecting property subject to procedures set forth in the Nuisance Abatement Ordinance.  Three appointees must be qualified in the fields of architecture and/or structural engineering.  

CULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMISSION: Two appointments available, 3-year term.  This is an advisory body charged with the responsibility of recommending a comprehensive plan and program for a community cultural arts services program. 

DOWNTOWN SAVANNAH AUTHORITY:  Three appointments available, 4-year term. Encourages construction of new parking facilities and provides financial incentives for private projects which have economic benefits to the downtown area. 

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AUTHORITY:  One appointment available, 5-year term. This authority seeks to reduce conditions that cause poverty by working directly with poverty-level individuals throughout Chatham County.

ELECTRICAL APPEALS AND ADVISORY BOARD: One power company engineer position open, one power company administrative position, and two electrical contractors position available, all 4-year terms. All members must have at least 6 years of experience in the specified professional field.  Determines appeals to decision of the electrical inspectors of the City.  

GREATER SAVANNAH INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE: 6 appointments available, three-year term. 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. 

HISTORIC DISTRICT BOARD OF REVIEW.  One attorney position available and one preservation professional position open, three-year terms. The board makes decisions on new construction and any changes to historic structures in the City’s Historic District. 

HOUSING AUTHORITY OF SAVANNAH: Two appointments available, 5 year term. Established pursuant to general law O.C.G.A. 8-3-1 et seq. which creates a Housing Authority for each City and County. 

KEEP SAVANNAH BEAUTIFUL:  15 appointments available, 3 year term. An advisory board that works with the City in developing a program to control litter and assist beautification efforts.  

METROPOLITAN PLANNING COMMISSION (MPC):  3 appointments available, 3-year terms. 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.  

PARK AND TREE COMMISSION: 2 appointments available, 3 year term.  Charged with directing the activities to maintain the parks, squares and trees of Savannah.  

PENSION BOARD: One appointment available, 4-year term. Administers the City of Savannah Employee Retirements Plan.  

PILOTAGE COMMISSION: One appointment available, 7-year term. 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.

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE AND ENFORCEMENT BOARD: 5 appointments, 2 year term. Works on matters related to property maintenance.

SAVANNAH/CHATHAM COUNCIL OF DISABILITY ISSUES: 1 appointment available, 2 year term. Facilitates and coordinates community efforts to improve the quality of life for citizens with disabilities for the City of Savannah and Chatham County through advising and advocating local leaders. 

SAVANNAH/CHATHAM COUNTY HISTORIC SITES AND MONUMENTS COMMISSIONS:   2 appointments available, 5-year terms. 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. 

SAVANNAH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.  1 appointment available, 5-year terms. 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. 

SAVANNAH FILM COMMISSION: 3 appointments available, 4-year term. Advises and assists the film director in developing a program for responding to inquiries from production companies about filming in the community.  

SAVANNAH HOSPITAL AUTHORITY: 7 appointments available, 4-year term. Arranges the contractual agreements between Candler General Hospital and purchases of hospital authority bonds used to finance the building of their complex off DeRenne.  

SAVANNAH RECREATION COMMISSION: 3 appointments available, 3-year term.  Serves as an advisory body on recreational programs and facilities.  

SAVANNAH RESOURCE RECOVERY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY: 1 appointment available, 4-year term. Membership includes:  An Alderman, City Manager, City Finance Director, City Sanitation Director, and a citizen.  

SAVANNAH ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS: 2 appointments available, 3 year term.  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. 

TOURISM ADVISORY COMMITTEE: 1 appointment available for Historic Savannah Foundation, 1 appointment for Historic District museum, 1 appointment for the Lodging Industry, 1 position for Resident at Large, 1 appointment available for person with demonstrated knowledge of the history and/or architecture of the Historic District.

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