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June 6 – 11 More Days to Apply for 75 Positions On City Boards, Councils, Commissions and Authorities Announced

Category: Local Govts & Politics

SBJ Staff Report

May 31, 2011 - The Savannah City Council is now accepting applications to a number of important boards,.commissions and authorities from now until June 17 at 4:30 p.m.

After the Council's recent training session by the State's Attorney General on Open Meeting procedures, it is anticipated that the Council will review and vote on each position in open session.

Positions are open on some of the City's most influence boards including the MPC and the Zoning Board of Appeals.

These groups have responsibility for various areas of city government activities of interest to the community, and provide guidance and assistance to the staff and Council on decisions which impact daily life in Savannah, according to City Clerk Dyanne C. Reese.

Citizens with a wide range of backgrounds and experience are needed to fill these important roles, according to the Council.

The application process is easy; applications are available online at the City’s website at or from City Hall. For more information about any of the positions, contact Reese at (912) 651-6442, by fax at 651-4260, or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Available appointments are:

COASTAL REGION METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION. 1 appointment available, for a 2 year term. Responsible for advising the committee on matters of public opinion concerning study findings and recommendations.

COASTAL WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD: 9 positions available, 3 year term. 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, 3year term. 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: 3 appointments available, 3 year term. Advisory body charged with the responsibility of recommending a comprehensive plan and program for a community cultural arts services program.

ELECTRICAL APPEALS AND ADVISORY BOARD: 1 Consulting Electrical Engineer, 1 Electrical Contractor, and 1 Administrative for Power Company appointments are available, 4 year term. 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.

HOUSING AUTHORITY OF SAVANNAH: 1 appointment 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): 1 appointment available, 3 year term. 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; and recommends zoning ordinances and subdivision regulations.

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

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE AND ENFORCEMENT BOARD: 3 appointments and 2 alternate appointments available, 2 year term. Works on matters related to property maintenance.

SAVANNAH/CHATHAM COUNCIL OF DISABILITY ISSUES: 6 appointments 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 FILM COMMISSION: 9 appointments available (6 citizens, 3 people from the motion picture/television industry), 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: 6 appointments available, 3 year term. Serves as an advisory body on recreational programs and facilities.

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.



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