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Re: “Maven Makers: Have 3D printer, will travel

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Posted by janny watson on 10/15/2018 at 1:03 AM

Re: “Ardsley in Motion: ‘Resident-driven’ research

Mr. Bennet,
I work for a Georgia company that specializes in the removal of trip and fall hazards. We work for cities,counties, HOA's, parks, schools and private industry to repair the vertical displacements in sidewalks. We do not demo and replace or use grinders. Our patented process guarantees ADA compliance on our repairs at a fraction of the cost. For instance-my average repair is $47!

I would like to speak with you and the board, I know we can help.

Regards,

Jim Bright
Georgia Safe Sidewalks
Jim@gasafesidewalks.com
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Posted by Jim bright on 10/12/2018 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Time for a full school audit

Complete audit, rollback of Levetts' salary and elimination of all her extras, review of non-teaching "support" positions, renovation of existing structures instead of replacement, neighborhood K-12 schools so 4 million in busing costs can be chopped, etc. It isn't that difficult, or shouldn't be. May I also suggest that board members look in their Funk and Wagnalls for definitions of recess and break? While they are at it, they can look up the definition of "synonym" also. It's a third grade concept.

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Posted by Beth Kinstler on 10/10/2018 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Time for a full school audit

I have never seen or read any census taken by this school board regarding enrollment numbers. What does board member Julie Wade base her information on about the decrease? I trust that she and fellow board Michael Johnson realize that Chatham County is competing with 158 counties along with other states for teachers and staff members. Of course one of the local television stations could feature a segment showing teachers and staff members getting public assistance to make ends meet or a teacher and a student working after hours at Wal-Mart. Nobody was bugging out when Superintendent Lockamany got cost of living increases every time his contract was renewed. What options was board member Wade going to use had she known the summer tax increase wouldn't all come in time? Would the school board have: bake sales, yard sales and car washes to make up the shortage? Not likely however they have maxed out on the property tax angle. Time for both school board and the legislators in Atlanta to get creative on funding public schools.

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Posted by Ivan B. Cohen on 10/10/2018 at 1:18 AM

Re: “Editor's Note: What's important to you?

LEAVE THE CIVIC CENTER BE! Keep the MLK Arena it has been the hub for a lot of Savannah high school graduations for decades. (Tompkins High School Class of 1981)

Keep it because of the Circus, concert events are big here in Savannah. That's just my two-cents in the matter.

Posted by kenjen on 10/04/2018 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Edminster responds to Starland Village piece

Clinton is a good leader and took the lead when no one else did. None of us are perfect and no one's hands are shiny clean. We just need a more enlightened development philosophy that is inclusive of scale, demographics and long range investment in the whole community...as it currently exists along the Bull Street Corridor. And we need to go back to a legal process on projects that simply goes through the approval process step by careful step.

Is is too late to expect that?

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Posted by ChaseAnderson on 10/01/2018 at 10:23 AM

Re: “The Starland Village Files: Part Two

To clarify, Dan, I don't represent The Creative Coast (I rent out office space from them). Also, they're not a news organization, so I don't really understand what role they'd have in any sort of 'investigation.'

Posted by Carl V. Lewis on 09/29/2018 at 5:30 AM

Re: “Editor's Note: Oops! Arena may not have been approved by voters twice

arena is a complete waste of money. Gee wow I will go to a couple concerts a year. Well not even, maybe not considering where and how it is located and no planning involved. More importantly I'd rather see the $ go to education, crime prevention and outreach, quality of life, and maintaining what we already HAVE built because this new monstrosity will be an albatross on tax payers every year... indefinitely.. maybe there is hope yet to squash this boondoggle! I wish!

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Posted by SavannahStyle on 09/26/2018 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Westside Arena: The parking puzzle

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Posted by SavannahAmbitions on 09/26/2018 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Enki Research’s Chuck Watson talks weather, emergency management — and Euro models

The VNA will be welcoming Chuck Watson at our November 13 meeting at The Mansion on Forsyth Park - meeting starts at 6 p.m.... we are very much looking forward to learning more about him and Enki Research!

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Posted by Andrée Pilotte Patterson on 09/26/2018 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Oops! Arena may not have been approved by voters twice

Jim,
I think more research is required. I believe each municipality and the County were required to submit a list of requested projects prior to the SPLOST vote. While those lists did not appear on the ballot, they were made public and each gov't was legally required to abide by that list. I know the arena was at the top of Savannah's list. As to "repurposing" funds, that vote was necessary to return unspent tax money to the residents. Pipemaker Canal was in my district. Technology changed the need to spend the money for the purpose approved.
"Repurposing" was the required legal language to return sales tax money to residents as a rebate on their property tax bills.
TONY CENTER

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Posted by Tony Center on 09/25/2018 at 11:29 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Oops! Arena may not have been approved by voters twice

Thanks Jim and Connect for covering this, it's more than an anomaly. We need a major fresh start with details and transparency for splost and esplost. Candidates that make such a call will get votes.

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Posted by John Mcmasters on 09/25/2018 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Oops! Arena may not have been approved by voters twice

Seems our city wants to act like bigshots spending $140mil to build this thing while behind closed doors they still do their dirty little one horse town deals. Selling off city properties for cheap at the same time they raise our taxes every year, I have no trust left in this council.

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Posted by dan w on 09/25/2018 at 1:43 PM

Re: “The Starland Village Files: Part Two

The Bull Street Corridor needs enlightened leadership but it seems there are a few players who want it for all for themselves, people who dont know or care to know our history together, painful as it was and still is. People who are possessed by greed. Nothing new.

Is it really more to do with a creative whitewashing of a culturally diverse section of Bull Street? I wonder. But I hold out a faint hope that this is not the case and that wise leadership will prevail.

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Posted by ChaseAnderson on 09/22/2018 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Roy Minter selected as new Savannah Police Chief

I agree nobody working for the COS knows what the f*** they are doing except for how to suck big salaries from its treasury. The Manager (from SoFL) and New PC (Texas) "whats his name" makes $200,000.00/yr. both worked a while in (near) communities which experienced mass shootings: Santa Fe, TX, Parkland, FL and Aurora, CO. The COSPC will make $170,000.00 plus extras.

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Posted by John Barroll on 09/21/2018 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Editor's Note: When ‘drunk donkeys’ attack

I saw Jamie being harassed and bullied on Facebook for 2 days before she got fed up. I don't blame her. I was tired of it too. What has been going on since is downright harrassment. People should be ashamed of themselves. What many have said about her is far worse than anything she said. I hope none of you ever has a daughter who faces this kind of hate. I'm Team Jamie.

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Posted by Marguerite Dismukes Fischer on 09/20/2018 at 6:36 PM

Re: “Edminster responds to Starland Village piece

No-ones objecting to increased density, sustainable building or any of uses - its a question of the scale, integratation with historic/residential areas and the way the developer is subverting the legal planning process.
People should take a look at the Montgomery St project currently going thru the Mid-City design review process to see an example of thoughtfull approach to denser mixed-use development in a historic district.

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Posted by dan w on 09/20/2018 at 5:05 PM

Re: “The Starland Village Files: Part Two

The co-opting of neighborhood association leaders and others is a long standing practice here. Heck, round election time you can buy many preachers for almost any issue or candidate. This is nothing new. Leadership of the Curtis Cooper Health Care Center sold a whole block on York Street for $1.2 million the same year that Drayton Towers sold for $9 million.

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Posted by John Mcmasters on 09/20/2018 at 2:34 PM

Re: “The Starland Village Files: Part Two

I think it is ridiculous that out of all the wrong things about the Starland Village project that Mr. Edminster warranted a mention. For me, it obscures the critical facts in the article - the city continues to arbitrarily make exceptions to their zoning ordinances and isn't doing due diligence on designs and other bidders. I may not agree completely with Mr. Edminster's views on this project. However, Mr. Edminster has shown unquestionable authentic leadership and commitment to the betterment of the Thomas Square Neighborhood. Pick another villain. Thanks Clinton!

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Posted by iamevieviolet on 09/20/2018 at 1:29 PM

Re: “The Starland Village Files: Part One

Hi Sarinaya...my understanding is that your case is a now legal matter...

I posted my earlier comments hastily and frankly wish I could have deleted them later since I am not privy to the specifics of Development plans for Bull Street. But thats social media. Once posted its out there.

I only mentioned your isolated issue once to contrast the under enforcement of larger scale violations and the over enforcement of smaller ones. But its not unique to Savannah and has nothing to do with current development of Starland.


I would have been more on point...in responding to a different article about noise to have contrasted the enthusiastic citing of your individual noise issue with the profound under enforcement of that exact same ordinance and group of related noise and tour ordinances in the landmark district. What is needed is a balanced system of compliance across the board, thats all.

But Im confident that city leaders will eventually figure that out and realize the huge revenue streams that are generated through enforcing all noise ordinance violations ...particularly vehicular noise and tour noise violations which are rarely if ever enforced.

Im confident that one day it will get sorted out one way or the other.

Posted by ChaseAnderson on 09/20/2018 at 1:12 PM

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