NOVEMBER 21, 2023, 12:00 noon - WORKSHOP and CITY MANAGER'S BRIEFING
OF THE MAYOR AND ALDERMEN
The work session and City Manager’s briefing was held at 12:02 p.m. Mayor Johnson recognized Alderman Purtee to offer a prayer.
Mayor Van R. Johnson, II, Presiding
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
Alderwoman Kesha Gibson-Carter, At-Large, Post 1
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. City of Savannah's 2024 State Legislative Agenda
|2024 State Legislative Agenda pp.pdf
City Manager Melder indicated the City had the most successful legislative session last year due to the hard work of Council, the City Lobbists, and Director of Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs Joe Shearouse.
The 2024 State Legislative Agenda was formulated by City Council. Joe Shearouse gave the presentation followed by questions and comments from Council Members:
The PowerPoint presentation is on file and available for viewing in the Clerk of Council's office.
|2. FY2024 Budget Retreat Follow Up Discussion
City Manager Melder thanked City Council for participating in the budget retreat on Tuesday, November 14, 2023. The Parking Lot items were appreciated and will be addressed. Feedback is open for City Council Members as well as the public.
The City Manager' Office, the Office of Management & Budget, and the Finance Department are available for any questions, comments or concerns from Council Members.
There will be two (2) public hearings on the Budget with the first hearing today at 2:00 p.m. for citizen comments.
|3. City Manager's Update
City Manager Melder reviewed the Regular City Council Meeting Agenda with updates/changes:
Alderwoman Miller Blakely asked City Manager Melder, in Item #31 what will be the use of the building. City Manager Melder answered for ITS team for hardware storage and workspace.
Alderwoman Wilder-Bryan expressed concern for the City having a cap on suit amounts. City Manager Melder indicated this will be accomplished through tort reform legislation.
Alderwoman Wilder-Bryan asked for the Savannah-Chatham Day in Atlanta. Mayor Johnson indicated the information will be sent to Council Members. (possibly, Wednesday/Thursday, January 31 and February 1, 2024).
Alderwoman Miller Blakely asked, under the budget funded priority capital request what is the status of the Broughton Street project. City Manager Melder indicated Broughton Street has maintenance items that will be on-going. Landscaping/plantings will be completed when permitted. Alderman Leggett stated additional landscaping/planting will take place after the ground has settled to alleviate any future problems.
Alderwoman Wilder-Bryan expressed interest in a program for storing household items for evicted tenants. She would like to continue dialogue with the City Attorney, Joe Shearouse and the Sheriff's department to see if a program can be established.
Mayor Johnson stated Savannah-Chatham Day in Atlanta will be Wednesday/Thursday, January 31, and February 1, 2024, in Atlanta (the week after GMA). An event on Wednesday evening and the roundtable on Thursday with maybe a breakfast. Council Members will be informed as arrangements are finalized.
Mayor Johnson adjourned the Workshop at 1:06 p.m.
The video recordings of the Regular Meeting can be found by copying and inserting the link below in your url:
Mark Massey, Clerk of Council
Date Minutes Approved: December 7, 2023