The City of Savannah Happenings Around the City

Neighborhood and Community Services

After a series of neighborhood input meetings, the City’s Sustainability Department in concert with East Savannah resident Teresa Reynolds has established a one-of-a- kind tool share program, or as Eastsiders affectionately call it, “The Lawncare Library.” With the assistance of grant support provided by The Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund, a lawn and garden care tool shed filled with every type of lawn care tool imaginable is now available for East Side residents to check out for upkeep and beautification purposes. Reynolds keeps the toolshed in her backyard, and participants sign the tools out and back in once they finish using them.

Economic Development

The Economic Development Department continues its COVID-19 small business outreach campaign. Since the start of the campaign, the team has called over 2,000 businesses to offer assistance with recovery loans, education, minority and women owned certification, and incentives. Initial findings from more than 750 businesses show that, due to the pandemic, 65.2 percent of local businesses expect a significant reduction in revenue and 86.8 percent report a minimal to significant reduction in staff. The Department will continue to contact businesses and offer assistance over the coming months.

Infrastructure

Facilities Maintenance Department is ordering, fabricating and installing shields at all customer service counters to protect staff and the public. These barriers are typically constructed of glass, plexiglass, vinyl or plastic, and create partitions that buffer and block air flow between spaces and people. Similar partitions are also being planned to provide better separation and air flow protection between staff working at densely configured cubicles and workstations in large, shared spaces.

Public Safety

Fire: Christopher Robinson Sr, Christopher Robinson Jr, and Will Robinson – There are two brothers in the department, and now one of their sons. They were born and raised in Savannah and have served their community all their adult life. Christopher Robinson Sr. has been with SFD well over 30 years. His brother Will Robinson has been with SFD over 20 years. The department hired Christopher Robinson Jr. last year.

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