JUNE 9, 2022, 12:00 p.m. - WORKSHOP and CITY MANAGER'S BRIEFING
OF THE MAYOR AND ALDERMEN
The work session and City Manager’s briefing was held at 12:03 p.m. Mayor Johnson recognized Alderman Purtee to offer a prayer.
PRESENT: Mayor Van R. Johnson, II, Presiding
Alderwoman Kesha Gibson-Carter, At-Large, Post 1
Alderwoman Alicia Miller Blakely, At-Large, Post 2
Alderwoman Bernetta B. Lanier, District 1
Alderman Detric Leggett, District 2
Alderwoman Linda Wilder-Bryan, District 3
Alderman Nick Palumbo, District 4, Vice-Chairman
Alderwoman Dr. Estella Edwards Shabazz, District 5, Mayor Pro-Tem
Alderman Kurtis Purtee, District 6
City Manager Joseph A. Melder
Chief of Staff, Daphanie Williams
City Attorney Bates Lovett
Clerk of Council Mark Massey
Deputy Clerk of Council Margaret Fox
|Workshop Agenda Items|
|1. Summer Crime and Violence Reduction Initiatives.|
|Youth Violence Reduction Strategy - Council Presentation - FINAL.pdf|
Mayor Johnson opened the meeting by giving a brief outline of the United States Conference of Mayors he recently attended. The mayors across the nation are facing the issue of gun violence and discussions occurred to try and resolve the rising incidents. Todays workshop is dedicated to looking at and committing all available efforts to address the entire scope of curtailing violence in Savannah.
City Manager Melder was introduced by Mayor Johnson. He gave a brief synopsis of the presentation, discussed local violence issues, the police department vacancy rate, along with strategies and changes to improve coverage to reduce violence. The PowerPoint presentation was presented by City Manager Melder, Chief Community Services Director Taffanye Young, Office of Neighborhood and Safety Engagement (ONSE) Director John Bush, and Chief of Police Roy Minter.
Chief Young started the presentation by giving an updated progress report from a January model. Director John Bush discussed youth safety, programs, and violence reduction plan as structured by the ONSE office. Chief Minter shared the initiatives to reduce violence in the city, and Police Chaplin Bishop Ferrell modeled the new uniform designed for the 'Clergy Response Team' that assists the police department during emergency situations/incidents.
Following the presentation Mayor and Council asked questions and discussed the following matters concerning the information provided in the presentation:
Alderwoman Miller Blakely expressed concerns with the Southside lacking resources. She asked if the traumatized youth in Yamacraw Village received any assistance after the fatality of one of the youth, and she asked how many employees work in the ONSE office. City Manager Melder indicated the ONSE office does work in Yamacraw Village with the youth and they currently have three staff members.
Mayor Johnson announced, during the past 60 days, city staff has marketed summer fun programs on savannahga.gov/summerfun, as well as emerge scholarships for citizens seeking assistance with childcare and food on www.savannahga.gov/emergescholarships.
Mayor Johnson indicated the meeting had a hard stop, but Council can recommend a workshop to continue any further discussions/questions on violence reduction or to move forward on an ordinance.
Mayor Johnson announced Council will reconvene at 2:15 p.m.
The PowerPoint presentation is available and on file in the Clerk of Council's office.
Mayor Johnson adjourned the Workshop at 1:52 p.m.
A video recording of the workshop can be found by copying and inserting the link below in your url:
Mark Massey, Clerk of Council
Date Minutes Approved: June 23, 2022