News Line for Savannah

Savannah Council not sure about retail and booze
The Savannah City Council is wrestling with how to address alcohol license requests from businesses beyond restaurants and bars.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Southside Optimist Club honors Savannah Fire Officer of the Year
A Savannah firefighter with public service in his blood was honored Wednesday by the Southside Optimist Club.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Historic Board reviews proposed I-16 flyover dormitories
A developer’s proposed five-story student housing complex for a vacant Selma Street lot facing the Interstate 16 off-ramp faced the Historic District Board of Review Monday and received another continuation to restudy the overall height and mass of the project.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah-Chatham police honored at Meritorious Service Awards
Jessie W. Tyler remembers the afternoon of Oct. 4 well. While visiting her aunt in Connecticut, she got news that her husband, 79-year-old Hubert Tyler, had wandered away from his adult care home on White Bluff Road.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Metro police, Savannah High hold Roll Call in the Streets
It’s not every day a helicopter lands at high school. On Thursday afternoon, Savannah High students got to interact with members of the Savannah-Chatham police department at a Roll Call in the Streets event.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah, Chatham leaders discuss police chief search, merger
More than two weeks after the job opening for a new police chief was posted, Savannah and Chatham County leaders met to hear each other’s recommendations for making sure the best candidate is selected.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Chatham County Commission to vote on transferring trail funds
The Chatham County Commission is scheduled Friday to vote on transferring $70,000 in county sales tax dollars to the city of Savannah in a move that, if approved, advances the process for the city to take over phase two of the Truman Linear Park Trail.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah-Chatham school board to give city eight-month extension on overdue payment
The Savannah-Chatham school board has agreed to give the city of Savannah an eight-month extension on the $10 million TAD agreement payment that will be used to build a new Spencer Elementary School.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Cameras added at residents' request
Some downtown residents were so convinced they needed additional security around their homes they offered to pay the city for surveillance cameras. The city, however, was less than eager to accept their money.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah posts open-record requests online
One Tennessee man wanted to know the dates he got married and subsequently divorced about four decades ago.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Boundless opportunities for new Savannah arts center
Chatham County voters approved funding for Savannah’s new cultural arts center in a special purpose local option sales tax referendum way back in 2006.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Arts center gets initial support
Architect Patrick Shay and his design team’s vision for the cultural arts center appears ready for its next performance, after garnering mostly positive responses during its premiere Thursday.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah Fire recruits show off skills
Most midterms don’t involve busting through doors with axes, pulling dummies out of smoke-filled rooms or running toward a burning car to put the flames out.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Cultural arts center design unveiled
Plans for the city of Savannah’s cultural arts center include the transformation of the parking lot across from the west side of the Civic Center into a pedestrian friendly park and venue for community led theater productions, craft workshops, art-house cinema and showcase for local artists.
Source: Savannah Morning News

New plan in works for city-owned shopping center
City staffers are proposing a more direct approach for attracting desired tenants to the city-owned shopping center on Waters Avenue after two previous attempts failed to lure the type of businesses sought by the Savannah City Council and area residents.
Source: Savannah Morning News

River Street trolley returns to the rails
Savannah’s River Street trolley — “Dottie” — has been returned to her rightful place on the rails of the waterfront after spending about a year stored away at the Georgia State Railroad Museum on Louisville Road.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City receives stadium study proposals
A request for proposals to study the feasibility of building a new stadium for the Savannah Sand Gnats has drawn national interest, as the minor league team gears up to start what could be its last season here.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Developer gives Broughton Street pitch to Downtown Neighborhood Association
Developer Ben Carter spoke to the Downtown Neighborhood Association Tuesday evening, as the Atlanta-born businessman seeks to make his face and name more familiar to Savannah’s downtown community.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson lends support to Meals on Wheels
Mayor Edna Jackson joined Meals on Wheels staff members and volunteers to help deliver meals to homebound seniors on Monday as part of the Mayor’s March for Meals, a national campaign held during the month of March.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah tentatively agrees to take over Truman Linear Park Trail
The city of Savannah has tentatively agreed to take over sponsorship of the proposed extension of the Truman Linear Park Trail.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City posts Savannah-Chatham police chief survey
If you place a higher importance on the next Savannah-Chatham police chief being “courageous” rather than “collaborative,” you can make your preference clear by filling out a survey the city has posted online.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City Manager wants new Savannah-Chatham police chief picked by September
City Manager Stephanie Cutter intends to have a new police chief in place in September, according to a recruitment plan sent to the City Council on Thursday.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Great Savannah Cleanup moves to Carver Village/Heights
The city of Savannah joined forces with Keep Savannah Beautiful and other local organizations for a cleanup in the Carver/Village Heights neighborhood Saturday in the latest of the city’s Great Savannah Cleanup events.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City Council seeks better tree protection
City staff presented proposed ordinance changes to the Savannah City Council Thursday to better protect the city’s trees, but Mayor Edna Jackson and aldermen said the revisions do not go far enough in making sure developers are held accountable when they break the rules.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah City Council accepts W.W. Law archives
The Savannah City Council on Thursday accepted the collection of Westley Wallace (W.W.) Law from the foundation that controlled the deceased Civil Rights leader’s materials.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Traffic Engineering, police worked hand-in-hand during festival
While police said crowds mostly behaved themselves during this year’s St. Patrick’s Day festival, they admit the traffic situation got a little testy in downtown Savannah at least one night.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Dosha's alcohol license revoked
The owner of the Dosha Ultra Bar & Lounge on Broughton Street failed to convince the Savannah City Council he has addressed problems of violence and underage drinking at his establishment, after testimony by two Savannah-Chatham police officers and a representative from the state Department of Revenue.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah-Chatham police work to bolster chaplain corps
The Rev. C. MeGill Brown will never forget why he felt called to become a police chaplain.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah City Council loses out on transitional center legislation
The Savannah City Council has been pushing for the closing of the state’s Coastal Transitional Center as a way to increase public safety, but the effort has failed to gain necessary support.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Student housing development proposed for Frogtown
A developer’s proposed five-story student housing complex for a vacant Selma Street lot facing the Interstate 16 off-ramp received a chilly reception at the Historic District Board of Review this week.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Out-of-town toilets coming for Savannah St. Patrick's Day
The $65,000 contract with the city of Savannah for more than 400 port-a-johns illustrates the challenges the mayor and aldermen often face in trying to hire local vendors.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Height map amendment postponed for River Street development
Hotelier Richard Kessler’s request for a height map amendment for a proposed multi-million dollar West River Street development hit a speed bump Tuesday after the city’s planning commission tabled a decision on the request until April.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Police, city begin Savannah St. Patrick's Day preparations
With the countdown to Savannah’s biggest annual event nearly over, police, city officials and others met Tuesday for the last St. Patrick’s Day planning meeting before the festival kicks off.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah Council discusses DeRenne in Washington
The Savannah City Council met with Federal Highway Administration officials in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday morning to discuss Project DeRenne after plans to purchase some affected homes were disrupted.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Court rules against business' use of golf carts on Savannah streets
The owners of Savannah Hoppers are considering their next move after a Chatham County Recorder’s Court judge ruled Monday they can no longer use motorized golf carts on Savannah’s streets for their shuttle service.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah-Chatham Animal Control fights low staff, deluge of calls
As one of only five civilian officers assigned to a unit that patrols every Chatham County municipality minus Tybee Island - and one of only two on the streets each weekday - Christina Sutherinhas her work cut out for her.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City officials take Savannah issues to Atlanta
Savannah council members met with state legislators and transportation officials Thursday about Project DeRenne, development of Hutchinson Island and the expansion of the Chatham Area Transit system.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah City Council approves housing partnership
The City Council approved an agreement on Wednesday to partner with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, which will commit up to $250,000 in grants this year for home repairs and down payment assistance for low-income Savannah households.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Reaction mixed for Windsor Forest bike plan
At the Windsor Forest Neighborhood Association’s request, the city developed a plan to add bike lanes and widen existing ones on Largo Drive and Windsor Road, as well as install signs and painted arrows on Stillwood Drive that would direct motorists to share the road.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Senate passes St. Patrick's booze bill on second attempt
Savannah bars would get the green light to serve alcohol on Sunday afternoons that fall on St. Patrick’s Day under legislation passed by the Senate Monday night 32-18.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah considering taking over Truman Linear Park Trail
When Chatham County commissioners recently voted to transfer sponsorship of the Truman Linear Park Trail project to the city of Savannah, it was akin to the county throwing up its hands in exasperation.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Added security being considered at Savannah City Hall
The days of simply checking in at the front desk, sticking a name tag to your chest and walking into City Hall’s rotunda carefree may soon be over.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Volunteers, city team up to clean Savannah homeless camps
On Saturday morning, volunteers from local faith-based groups, churches and colleges teamed up with city workers and police in a city-coordinated effort to clean up two homeless camps.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City's finance leader Dick Evans retires after 32 years
Dick Evans has used the same Hewlett Packard calculator since he was hired in 1982 to run Savannah’s finance department.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Retired architect's River Street collection documents Savannah waterfront's transformation
Once the site of the Port of Savannah, the city’s waterfront was abandoned and deteriorated when the port moved upriver after World War II.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah fire marshals work to ready bars, restaurants for St. Patrick's Day
In just a few short weeks, downtown Savannah will be awash in green-clad, shouting revelers drinking who knows what in plastic cups.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Hutchinson Island de-annexation plans on hold
Chatham County’s plan to de-annex Hutchinson Island from the city of Savannah will have to wait until next year.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Mayor, aldermen call for revaluation of DeRenne project
Mayor Edna Jackson joined Aldermen Mary Ellen Sprague and Estella Shabazz on Tuesday night in pledging to address concerns about a component of the DeRenne Avenue traffic mitigation project.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Downtown Savannah lounge loses alcohol license following shooting
The city of Savannah temporarily suspended the alcohol license of Dosha Bar and Lounge on Tuesday evening following a shooting early Sunday morning.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Thunderbolt, Savannah mark Arbor Day
The city of Thunderbolt celebrated Georgia Arbor Day on Saturday with support from the Thunderbolt Tree Commission, Savannah Tree Foundation and Three Oaks Realty.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Vacation rental boom poses dilemma for Hostess City
Savannah may have earned the nickname “Hostess City”, but the question of who’s doing the hosting, where they live and what’s required of that host presents the city with a complex dilemma in light of a recent boom in vacation rental houses.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah bar bill vote expected next week
Local bar owners thirsty for answers are going to have to wait until next week.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah firefighters, police officer given medals of valor
Four Savannah firefighters went into a burning southside home in July to find two children trapped inside and bring them out of harm’s way.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah City Council takes on bees, chickens
In Thursday’s Savannah City Council workshop, a discussion of backyard chickens and urban beekeeping quickly turned to the downside of the urban homesteading movement.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah City Council wants studies on new Sand Gnats stadium
Despite some misgivings, the Savannah City Council agreed during a workshop Thursday to request proposals to study the feasibility of building a new stadium for the Savannah Sand Gnats.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah-Chatham police investigated nearly 2,400 hit-and-runs in 2013
Savannah-Chatham police were called to nearly 2,400 hit-and-runs in 2013.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah seeking new film office director
The city of Savannah is now advertising for a new film services director, almost five months after Jay Self was fired from the position.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Mayor lays out plans for city
Mayor Edna Jackson outlined four initiatives she said were key to Savannah’s future during her State of the City Address Tuesday night at the Civic Center, drawing a 100-plus crowd full of elected officials, community leaders, city staff and police officers to their feet at the 30-minute speech’s conclusion.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City rejects Waters Avenue shopping center proposals
The city of Savannah is going to have to remain a landlord for the time being after another setback in its bid to sell the shopping center at Waters Avenue and 36th Street.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Now in 5th year, Savannah curbside recycling needs push to grow
Chatham Crescent resident Mary Reiser was 84 when curbside recycling was introduced to Savannah five years ago. She had never been a recycler before. But she is now.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Convention center hotel behind Hutchinson Island push
Since the public was not invited to the county-funded $424 lunch at the Olde Pink House on Jan. 25, it was unclear to city officials, in addition to Chatham Commissioners, why Chairman Al Scott was requesting the removal of Hutchinson Island from the city’s jurisdiction.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah developer's role questioned following de-annexation push
The role of a well-known Savannah businessman and civic leader has come under question following Chatham County Chairman Al Scott’s attempt to de-annex Hutchinson Island from the city.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Interest wanes in stadium proposal
Some members of the Savannah City Council have lost their enthusiasm for a new baseball stadium, now that the owner of the Sand Gnats has entered into negotiations with Columbia, S.C., for a minor league team and stadium there.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Developer reveals details on Broughton Street plan
Mall developer Ben Carter revealed additional details Tuesday on his $72 million plan to return Broughton Street to its heyday as a shopping and dining mecca.
Source: Savannah Morning News

SEDA, city moving on inventory tax issue
The Savannah Economic Development Authority on Tuesday updated its board on the progress of efforts to remove the inventory tax for companies located in Savannah and Pooler, a priority the organization set in September.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Broughton investment: Eye-opening proposal
Twenty years ago, you couldn’t find a sane developer to invest 75 cents in the future of Broughton Street, let alone $75 million.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Hundreds say goodbye to former Savannah Mayor Floyd Adams
The tears were diluted by laughter and songs of praise at St. James Catholic Church Friday morning. Hundreds of friends, family members, elected officials and community leaders said goodbye to former Savannah Mayor Floyd Adams Jr., in the wake of his death six days earlier at age 68.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah City Council supports ending inventory tax
A proposal by the Savannah Economic Development Authority to eliminate an inventory tax for manufacturers has received the support of city leaders.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah hosts local business owners meeting
Savannah business owners got a chance Tuesday night to hear how they can improve their chances of getting city contracts, during a meeting hosted by Mayor Edna Jackson at the Civic Center.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City Council being asked to eliminate Savannah's inventory tax
Representatives of the Savannah Economic Development Authority are scheduled to make their case for the elimination of the inventory tax charged to manufacturers during a Savannah City Council workshop Thursday morning.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Floyd Adams' legacy includes emphasis on blight, quality of life
It was really touching over the weekend to read so many heartfelt remembrances of Floyd Adams. For those of us who did not know him personally, the comments and stories have added new dimensions to his legacy.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Floyd Adams Jr.: The people's mayor
Former Savannah Mayor Floyd Adams Jr. didn’t relish the limelight during his eight years as the city’s top elected leader. It’s something that came with the territory.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah and Chatham County at odds over Recorder's Court costs
The last time the city of Savannah and Chatham County negotiated an operating cost agreement for Recorder’s Court, President John F. Kennedy had just taken the oath of office, Savannah College of Art and Design didn’t exist and 149,245 Savannah residents were counted in the 1960 census.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Hutchinson de-annexation proposal upended
On Saturday, Jan. 25, Chatham County Commission Chairman Al Scott met with most of the local state lawmakers at the Olde Pink House to discuss his legislative priorities, including the de-annexation of Hutchinson Island from the city of Savannah.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Community mourns death of former Mayor Floyd Adams
Community leaders and friends reflected upon the legacy of former Mayor Floyd Adams Jr. this weekend, upon news of his death at the age of 68.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Visit Savannah hangs new historic district banners
Effective this week, new banners designed by Visit Savannah and influenced by social media are hanging on lamp posts throughout the Historic District and on Hutchinson Island.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Plans To De-Annex Hutchinson Island From Savannah Are “In Limbo”
A proposal for Chatham County to take over Hutchinson Island from the City of Savannah is on hold until county and city officials can meet to discuss the idea.
Source: GPB News

Chatham pushing for de-annexation of Hutchinson Island
Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, said Monday he plans to submit legislation to de-annex Hutchinson Island property from the city of Savannah, at the request of Chatham County Chairman Al Scott.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah Opens Georgia's First Bike Share Program
Savannah has become the first community in Georgia to offer a public bike sharing program.
Source: GPB News

Savannah Transit Officials Push Streetcar
Parts of downtown Atlanta are being torn up as the city builds a $100 million streetcar line. Metro officials say the trolley will be good for business. But it's not the only Georgia city looking to "clang clang" into its future.
Source: GPB News

Council rebukes DeRenne plan
Like the traffic on the road for which it’s named, Project DeRenne is taking a slow, arduous journey towards completion.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Bill introduced to allow Savannah bars to sell booze on St. Patricks Day on a Sunday
Bars in Savannah would be allowed to sell alcohol when St. Patrick’s Day weekend includes a Sunday if a bill read the first time Wednesday becomes law and the Savannah City Council agrees.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Columbia considering Savannah Sand Gnats' owner's stadium proposal
The owner of the Savannah Sand Gnats minor league baseball team is determined to get a new stadium, whether it is here or in another city.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City attorney: No local options for Sunday bar operations
Savannah City Attorney Brooks Stillwell said he was unable to find any local ordinances that would allow bars to sell alcohol on Sundays after reviewing the matter at the City Council’s direction.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City construction permits set record in 2013
With permitted construction projects totaling more than $342 million, the city of Savannah broke its all-time record for total building permit valuations in 2013, city engineer Julie McLean told the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce’s Smart Lunch group Tuesday.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah Fire's arson unit investigates dozens of cases yearly
Most days, Fred Anderson and Ronald Harmon’s fire department uniform shirts stay clean. But when they get called to the soot-filled scene of a smoldering fire to investigate the blaze’s origins, that can change pretty quickly.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah-Chatham police received more than 600,000 calls in 2013
The Communications Division of the Savannah-Chatham police department in 2013 processed 628,055 calls, with approximately 47 percent placed through Emergency-911.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City Council to get update on findings of historic vaults study
The Savannah City Council is scheduled to get an update this morning on the findings of an archaeological investigation of the Cluskey Embankment Stores along Factors Walk.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Chattanooga mayor talks development, crime reduction at Savannah business luncheon
A midsize southern city with a bustling waterfront, historic downtown, strategic transportation routes and high poverty — Chattanooga, Tenn., it would seem, shares a fair bit in common with Savannah.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Marshes of Skidaway donates toy bears to police
Residents and staff of the Marshes of Skidaway on Monday donated about 100 new, hand-decorated bears to Savannah-Chatham police to be distributed to children affected by crime.
Source: Savannah Morning News

The Wormhole bar locked in noise dispute with city, neighbors
Local dive bar and live music venue The Wormhole is locked in a noise dispute with the city, highlighting tensions that often exist between residents and businesses in mixed-use neighborhoods.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Kay Jewelers donates bears to Savannah police
Kay Jewelers today donated some 40 Christmas bears to the Savannah-Chatham metro police department to help officers while they are dealing with children caught up in unfortunate circumstances.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Prepared To Leave The City, Savannah Sand Gnats Ask For New Baseball Stadium
The Atlanta Braves have decided to leave the city of Atlanta for a new stadium in suburban Cobb County. But they might not be the only Georgia baseball team to pull up stakes.
Source: GPB News

New lighting installed in Savannah's Wright Square
New lighting was installed Tuesday to improve the illumination of the historic monuments in Wright Square at Bull and State streets.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah bike share program set to begin in January
Beginning in January, Chatham Area Transit will launch its pilot bike-share program that will allow the short-term rental of bicycles.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah council considers Sunday bar operation
The Savannah City Council is considering allowing bars to operate seven days a week.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah-Chatham police bring Christmas cheer to families in need
Christmas this year for the Allen family of Savannah appeared bleak until hope arrived Monday in the form of Savannah-Chatham police officers.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah targets tour companies for non-payment
Savannah officials are cracking down on unpaid and under-reported preservation fees paid by tour companies, in an attempt to reduce late payments and restore lost sales tax revenue.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah-Chatham police, McGruff the Crime Dog bring presents to kids at hospital
A few Savannah-Chatham police officers and McGruff the Crime Dog spent Wednesday evening delivering presents to children likely to spend the holidays in the hospital.
Source: Savannah Morning News

SCAD students tackle Savannah's linear park and streetcar projects
Two Savannah College of Art and Design graduate students have tackled a couple of Savannah and Chatham County projects with an idea they think could become a county-wide model.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City hears business group's recommendations
The city of Savannah needs to do a better job of ensuring contractors are hiring minority- and women-owned business that are actually qualified for the job, according to a committee established by the city to help foster economic development.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah City Council open to new stadium
Savannah City Council members said Thursday they would like to further consider a proposal by the Sand Gnats’ minor league baseball team owner for a new multi-use stadium.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah developer plans townhomes for East Liberty
A local developer plans to build seven luxury townhomes with carriage houses at the end of East Liberty Street, a project that just cleared a major hurdle with Savannah’s Historic District Board of Review.
Source: Savannah Morning News

W.W. Law Foundation gives collection to city of Savannah
The W.W. Law Foundation board on Wednesday unanimously agreed to send the late civil rights icon’s collection of documents and other material to the city of Savannah as caretaker if the city accepts ownership with specific conditions for its care.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah wellness initiative showing mixed results
The city of Savannah recently celebrated the efforts of more than 140 employees who participated in Healthy Savannah’s 10-week LEAN Challenge.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah City Council not ready to hop on streetcar plan
A majority of the Savannah City Council is not ready to get behind Chatham Area Transit’s plan for funding a downtown streetcar system.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah aims to cut in half the number of uninsured children
The National League of Cities has selected Savannah as one of 12 cities that will receive technical assistance and grant funding to conduct a six-month planning process to increase access to health insurance coverage for children and families.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Sand Gnats to pitch new stadium to City Council
The owner of the Savannah Sand Gnats is seeking city support for a multi-use stadium at the stalled Savannah River Landing site.
Source: Savannah Morning News

CAT to present streetcar plan Monday
Chatham Area Transit officials will present the Savannah City Council with a plan for a downtown streetcar system during a called meeting late Monday afternoon.
Source: Savannah Morning News

DeRenne plan concerns Hampstead homeowners
The Savannah City Council is grappling with how to live up to assurances made more than three years ago to garner support for DeRenne Avenue improvements.
Source: Savannah Morning News

$182M funding plan includes $2.7 for Civic Center
Now that Savannah residents have approved $120 million for a new arena, city officials have to figure out what to do with the existing facility.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah planning internet expansion
The city of Savannah intends to improve its online connectivity for computers, phones and video into newly developed areas as Savannah’s population center shifts westward.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Low recycling rates vex Savannah City Council
The Savannah City Council is pressing for increased promotional efforts to boost participation in the city’s residential recycling program after learning only 35-40 percent of households are taking part almost five years after the service began.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah-Chatham police officers honored
Wearing civilian clothes, Gary Kaspar moved left across the stage next to Interim Savannah-Chatham Police Chief Julie Tolbert on Monday morning, placing sky blue-ribboned Life Saving Medals around the necks of three officers. When he got to the fourth officer, Norman Harvey, who received a Letter of Recognition, the two hugged.
Source: Savannah Morning News

CAT director defends lobbying efforts
Chatham Area Transit Executive Director Chad Reese on Tuesday defended his recent actions to lobby the city’s elected officials for approval of a streetcar funding plan.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah city officials propose flat tax, increased utility rates, along with pay raises
The Savannah City Council will start considering today a temporary fix to anticipated revenue shortfalls for 2014 — considered in the proposed budget report a "transition year" before a permanent solution is needed.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City Council to consider museum party policy
The Savannah City Council will consider an ordinance change today that would allow historic house museums to hold events such as parties and weddings after postponing the decision on Oct. 31.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah considering increased scrutiny of vehicle usage, purchases
Savannah officials are revaluating policies regarding the usage and purchasing of vehicles as a way to cut costs and reflect true department needs.
Source: Savannah Morning News

CAT seeks council support for streetcar-funding plan
Chatham Area Transit’s plan to garner the support for a streetcar system funding plan before the year’s end appears to have been derailed, due to concerns of the City Council and staff.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Taxi-rate increase, cab limits proposed for Savannah
Passengers will be paying more, but they will also have control of the thermostat under new rules being considered for taxi operations in Savannah.
Source: Savannah Morning News

SPLOST vote to kickstart arena, drainage projects
For residents, the significance of Oct. 1, 2014, will likely be missed as they continue paying a 7-percent sales tax rate without interruption.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City seeks public input for new vehicle rules
The city of Savannah is seeking input from the residents regarding a proposed ordinance that will regulate the use of low-speed vehicles and motorized carts, with at least one business expected to be impacted by proposed changes.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah seeks $190 million from SPLOST
Chatham County residents approved the first 1 percent sales tax for capital improvement projects on June 11, 1985. Since then, voters have extended the special purpose local option sales tax six times to pay for roads, drainage improvements, cultural centers and recreational facilities.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City earns upgraded credit rating
Following the economic downturn and subsequent reduced revenue, the city of Savannah managed to recently get kudos from one of the nation’s top credit agencies.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah fire department lays out plan to meet new national requirements
The Savannah Fire Department has developed a plan to meet new national standards that went into effect July 1, with an estimated $41 million price tag.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City Council awards storm debris collection contract
The Savannah City Council ended up awarding a storm debris collection contract to the recommended firm Thursday, after delaying a vote three times.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Storm debris removal contract contested, despite lower cost
The Savannah City Council today will again consider awarding a storm debris removal contract that has been delayed due to a preference some aldermen have for a higher priced firm over the recommended contractor.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah to develop open government policy, provide more documents online
Savannah’s public information office is moving forward with a plan to develop an open government policy and provide more documents on its website, following concerns about communications breakdowns between city, police and fire department staff.
Source: Savannah Morning News

County chairman, Savannah mayor push SPLOST at NAACP meeting
Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson and Chatham County Commission Chairman Al Scott touted the special purpose local option sales tax Sunday during an NAACP meeting at St. John Baptist Church on Hartridge Street.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah alcohol rule contradictions questioned
Contradictions surrounding the city of Savannah’s rules governing the sale of alcohol are under question, as the city develops a new ordinance and new business models are proposed.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Neighbors in Savannah's Baldwin Park air concerns about drainage project
A petition launched Oct. 1 by two residents of the 800 block of East 40th, Dennis Baker and Steve Cleaveland, garnered 80 signatures initially opposing the about $1.8 million Baldwin Park Drainage Improvement Project that aims to place a drainage relief line underneath East 40th Street next year.
Source: Savannah Morning News

SEDA seeks SPLOST funds to lure businesses
The Savannah Economic Development Authority stands to receive up to $30 million if voters extend the 1 percent special purpose local option sales tax on Nov. 5.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah renames Windsor Forest park
One Savannah park was dedicated Monday, and another was renamed.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City officials look to SPLOST for DeRenne improvements
The upcoming sales tax referendum on Nov. 5 could be the headache helper commuters are looking for by providing about $11.8 million for improvements to DeRenne Avenue to alleviate congestion, according to city officials.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Officer, K-9 partner work to tackle Savannah crime
Savannah-Chatham Police Officer Chris Tucker and his K-9 partner, Flash, have both had their share of the spotlight. They’ve both been injured on the job, involved in high-profile cases and recognized for their efforts.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah city manager shows quiet leadership
Several headlines in the Savannah Morning News during the past month have focused on the departure of two high-profile city officials.
Source: Savannah Morning News