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• Tybee Island City Hall • PO box 2749 • 403 Butler Ave • Tybee Island, Ga 31328-2749 •
 • (912) 786-4573 • Fax: (912) 786-5737 •  
• Business Hours • M-F: 7:30am - 5pm •
• 2014 Holidays: • Nov 11 • Nov 27 - 28 • Dec 24 - 25 •


   The monthly CEMA emergency siren test is scheduled for noon today.

Mayor's Message

  Welcome to the City of Tybee Island’s public website. This site is intended to provide timely and accurate information to our citizens and other interested individuals. We have invested a lot of time and energy into the development of this site and are very proud of all that it has to offer.

One of the fundamental goals of government at every level is open and transparent governance. “Cityoftybee.org” affords the City the opportunity to make our municipal government even more accessible to its citizens. As always, if you cannot find an answer to your question or concern on-line, feel free to use the "Directory"  link to get in touch with someone at City Hall. And please be reminded that Mayor’s Night In takes place the second Tuesday of each month from 6 PM until 8 PM. Feel free to drop by and see me if you have some new ideas, a question, a complaint, or just want to stop by and chat. Thanks for visiting our new website!


Council Highlights

The City Council meeting agenda, minutes, and schedule of upcoming meetings can all be accessed from the navigation menu to the left. Move your cursor over the City Officials menu item, then as the choices pop up, move to City Council, and finally, select the items you'd like to view. You can also click the links below:


The Mayor and Council of Tybee Island are considering applicants for volunteer positions on committees and commissions as listed below. Click the associated link for more information about each position:
  • Beach Task Force: Several openings on the BTF remain to be filled for the upcoming term. Anyone seeking an appointment on the Beach Task Force should contact the City Clerk for more information and to apply.
  • Community Resource Committee: To serve three year terms (qualifications are listed in the full notice - click here). Please submit your resume to the City Clerk's office at City Hall - appointments will continue by Council until vacancies are filled.
  • Historic Preservation Commission: The Mayor and City Council of Tybee Island are considering applicants for the Tybee Island Historic Preservation Commission. Interested applicants should submit their resume to City Clerk Jan LeViner at City Hall. More information on these positions can be found on the HPC web page at http://www.cityoftybee.org/HistoricPreservationCommission.aspx.


Announcing: Meeting Videos Available for Online Viewing
 
For those of you without Comcast to view Council Meetings live, we now have Council Meetings via Video-on-Demand. Council Meetings will be uploaded to http://cityoftybee.pegcentral.com. As the uploading process can take several hours, we plan on having each meeting available the morning following - sorry, no live streaming! Planning Commission meetings will also be uploaded there, as well as selected content from our cable access broadcast schedule. If you have a favorite program you'd like to see in the VOD library, please drop us an email at feedback@cityoftybee.org.
 


Island News

CURRENT MOON

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Update on 8 inch Water Line & 12 inch Sewer Force Main Installation

The Water and Sewer Department has contracted with BRW Construction to replace water supply laterals on Jones and sewer force mains along Solomon and Van Horn. This work began May 5th and continues throughout the summer until the end of September. Street closures may occur during the day in the short sections of roadway where work is being performed; roads will be open to traffic in the evenings and on weekends. The approximate schedule of project milestones is indicated in the map on the left. To view a higher resolution, more-detailed version of the map, click anywhere on the map to the left and you'll be taken to a page with the high-resolution version.

9/29/14 - Project Total Cost $ 1,198,221.50
The Jones Ave., 8 inch water main will be laid up to 7th Street by the end of this week. The crews are tying in service laterals between 14th and 10th Streets on Jones Ave. They still have to tie in the east and west water lines on 13th, 12th, 11th, and 10th Streets before the section will be completed. They have been doing 4 blocks at a time, doing the pressure testing, chlorination, tying the service laterals, and tying in the East and West Water mains to the new 8 inch water main, then they can pave the road cuts. 

The #6 12 inch Sewer Force Main Replacement is laid from Jones Ave. down Solomon Ave. to Polk Street and down Polk Street to the WWTP where they have stopped just outside of the plant area. The crew has moved back up to Solomon and Jones to complete the section on Jones just up to Hwy 80 where they will stop and cap the line for pressure testing. The directional drill under Hwy 80 at Jones Ave intersection will start on the week of October 13, 2014 right after Pirates Fest. The directional drill will take at least 2 weeks, maybe less as long as they don’t have any problems. We will have both sides of Jones Ave closed at the Hwy 80 or First Street traffic light.

The 65 foot diameter sludge digester is in the design phase. Total cost to be $750,000.00 with completion in 2015.

The #7 sewer force main is also in the design phase with a total cost of $429,375.00. Completion in 2015.
- George Reese Director Water/Sewer Dept.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Please Participate in Solar Power Interest Survey
The City of Tybee is investigating whether to pursue a bulk purchase program for residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The program would allow interested homeowners to make an informed purchase and negotiate a volume discount for a limited time. Please help us determine the community's level of interest in this opportunity by taking just a few minutes for an online survey.
 
If you are interested in more information about residential solar PV power, here are a few educational links:
 
Taking this survey, whether you are interested in participating in a discount program or not, will not commit you to any purchase nor future action. The Community Resource Committee is simply trying to gauge whether there might be enough interest to justify pursuing the program.
 
The committee looks forward to hearing from you!
 
We hope to hear from everyone by October 1st, an extended deadline. Click the link below to go to the survey.


Domestic Abuse Resources and Assistance

Many on Tybee Island knew Lauren Brown and have made their condolences to the Brown family. If you wish to contribute to the family, the city has received inquiries of how to make donations on behalf of the children of Lauren Brown. An account has been set up at First Chatham Bank for the children, Brayden and Phoenix Smart. Donation deposits can be made at any of the First Chatham branches. Also, checks can be mailed to First Chatham Bank, ATTN: Cheryl Clay, 111 Barnard Street, Savannah, 31401. Friend Katherine Schubert has set up an online fund for donations which also will provide financial support for Lauren’s children. Make donations to this fund at http://www.gofundme.com/a2hc90.

To help victims of domestic abuse, we provide the information below. We will try to keep this information up-to-date over time and move it to our “Useful Links” page in its own section.

 

Be aware that ALL the resources listed below recommend that if your abusing partner monitors your computer usage, be sure to use computers at the library or another home. Even if you don’t wish to leave your relationship, if your partner hurts you or threatens to hurt you or those you care about, you BOTH need help. Domestic violence and abuse is never okay, never excusable. Do not hesitate to pursue assistance from any of these organizations. If you suspect abuse of a friend or a family member, please review these resources as well, to learn how you can provide the most effective help.

 

Also note that while there does currently exist a National Domestic Violence Registry, some of the links given on that web page lead to hacked web sites. Until we can confirm that those sites have been cleaned up or the links removed, we will not post the link in this resource list.

 

A.A.R.D.V.A.R.C. - An Abuse, Rape, and Domestic Violence Aid and Resource Collection

This comprehensive site is for victims of violence, their families and friends, and the agencies and programs which serve them, both public and private. The goal of this website is to assist efforts to aid and support those trying to remove themselves from abusive situations and build healthier, stronger lives. For individuals, they hope to provide general educational and reference material as well as a comprehensive nationwide directory of services for "one stop shopping".

Web only: http://www.aardvarc.org/dv/states/gadv.shtml

 

Feminist Majority Foundation

Listing of additional abuse help and resources

Web only: http://www.feminist.org/911/crisis.html

 

Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Address: 114 New Street, Suite B; Decatur, GA 30030

Phone: (800) 334-2836

Web: http://gcadv.org/

 

Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault

Web only: http://gnesa.org/

 

Interfaith Hospitality Network 
Provides shelter for homeless families.
Phone: 912-790-9446
Address: 24 East 41st St.; Savannah, GA 31401

Web: http://www.ihnsav.org/

 

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Phone: 800-799-7233 (SAFE)

Web: http://www.thehotline.org/

 

Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire 

Offers outstanding programs on many topics, including bullying, self-defense classes for women and much more.

Web: http://www.rccsav.org/

Phone: (912) 233-3000

Address is confidential, for clients only.

 

The Salvation Army 
Provides shelter, food and clothing for the area's homeless population (women, children and men.)
Phone: 912-352-8366
Address: 3100 Montgomery St. Savannah, GA 31403

Web: http://www.salvationarmy-georgia.org/

 

SAFE (Savannah Area Family Emergency) Shelter (Domestic Violence) 
Provides emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and a 24 hour crisis line. Offers individual counseling, support groups, referral services, legal advocacy, and preventive education.
Phone: 912-629-8888
Web: http://safeshelter.org/

Address is confidential, for clients only.

 

ShelterListings.org

Web only: http://www.shelterlistings.org/city/savannah-ga.html

Savannah, GA list of housing resources uncovered: Homeless Shelters, Supportive Housing, Halfway Housing, Transitional Housing, Day Shelters, Low Income Housing, Residential Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centers.

 

Social Apostolate
Provides food and other assistance for area homeless (women and men)
Phone: 912-233-1877
Address: 502 East Liberty St Savannah GA 31401

Web: http://socialapostolate.org/

 

Union Mission: Magdalene Project 
Emergency Shelter provides immediate temporary housing for those in the most need. The emergency shelter targets homeless men and women with children. Emergency shelter stay is a 90 day program and is designed to offer immediate relief from having citizens live on the street, in their cars, in abandoned houses, underneath bridges or other places not meant for human habitation.
Phone: 912-236-7423

Address: 525 E. 34th Street

Web: http://www.unionmission.org/

 

Wesley Community Center

Promotes the economic, educational and spiritual growth of women, children and youth. Provides recreational and educational programs, day care for children, and support groups for women and families in crisis.
Phone: 912-236-4226
Address: 1601 Drayton St.; Savannah GA 31401

Web: http://www.wesleyctrs-savh.org/

Additional resources can be found on the nomore.org web site, at http://nomore.org/need-immediate-help/.


 The Beach is a Fun Place, But You Still Need to be Aware of Conditions!
 
The beach is a fun way to spend the day when the weather is warm. However, being safe at the beach depends on YOU! Be aware of your surroundings, of conditions in the water, of the commands of the lifeguards, and of the signs and flags put there to help protect you!
  • Warning flags give a quick look at current conditions in the water.
  • Venturing out on the sand bar south of Tybee toward Little Tybee is fraught with danger, both for you and for the rescue time that will come to get you! Please do not go out on the sand bar.
  • On the north end, the large ships passing through the Savannah River channel have significant wakes that are dangerous for small children and that will wash up on the shore to carry your belongings away! Please stay well back from the immediate water line when you set up on this beach.
  • Rip tides may occur on windy days with a lot of wave action. Watch for areas that look frothy or smoother than the nearby waters, as they may represent a rip. Remember, do not try to swim toward shore in a rip current, but swim parallel to the shore until you are free from the rip, then turn toward land.
  • Tybee beach cross-overs are tested for nearby water quality weekly; if problems are found, that area will be tested daily. Water quality signage is posted at each crossover! Please review these signs before you go over to the beach! 

Click one of the thumbnails below to view the full size picture.

 
 
 


HURRICANE SEASON IS HERE...ARE YOU READY?
Hurricane Season begins June 1st and officially ends November 30th. Hurricane preparedness is key to survival and orderly management under emergency conditions. Your advanced preparation can help you and your neighbors through a hurricane. Before any storm arrives, be sure to check out Tybee's Emergency Management Information, and keep handy the number for the CEMA Information Line, (912) 201-4500; CEMA also has a joint weather hotline with WTOC at (912) 644-8811. Note that the City's web-site is hosted elsewhere in the country so that, even if a potential disaster strikes here, the web will remain available for communications, and this web site will provide information updates whenever they become available. Emergency and evacuation instructions will be given as needed here and on the local cable access Channel 7 on Comcast.
 
CEMA and the City have voice warning sirens that announce emergencies as they arise, so there will be no confusion as to what a siren signal actually means. Instead of one centrally located siren, there are four announcement systems distributed on the Island. (See diagram.) This system is tested near noon on the first Wednesday each month. (This test will be foregone if severe weather conditions occur at the time of the test.)
 
If you are warned to seek shelter in an emergency, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CURRENT SHELTER, such as your home or room - the safe site locations shown in the picture - Battery Brumby, the Tybee Gym, and the Ocean Plaza meeting rooms - are safe sites intended for beach goers and visitors without any other place of refuge. In the event of an evacuation order, you would only then be expected to leave your home and depart the island!
If you have not yet registered for the Citizen Alert notifications, now is a great time to do so! You will be notified of emergencies, as well as less urgent events if you so request. Click the icon to go to the registration page.


Flooding, Flood Insurance, Flood-related Building Requirements, and Emergency Planning for Tybee Homeowners
Tybee's Emergency Management Coordinator, along with the rest of the City team, strives to keep everyone informed of all the necessary information to be prepared for a flood or storm-surge on the island as well as requirements related to the purchase of flood insurance, permitting for flood-defensive construction, and emergency planning for residents and businesses on the island. There are many different resources that address the several possible types of flooding, of flood preparation, disaster mitigation, and insurance options, which means each home and business owner must review these various resources to determine what kinds of issues and mitigation plans may affect them. Please review the following documents and web sites for more information on these subjects:

If you have questions or suggestions to make this information more readily available and understandable, please let us know your ideas by dropping us an email at feedback@cityoftybee.org, or stop by the TEMA or City Hall offices.



Lights Out for Turtles
Nesting season runs May 1 - Oct 31
2014 Nest Count for
Tybee & Little Tybee
2014 Hatched
Tybee Nests

18 & 7

17

You can find a map showing the location of current nests at seaturtle.org's Sea Turtle Nest Monitoring System, and you can track some of the turtles found injured, nursed to health and released by Georgia's Sea Turtle Center on their satellite tracking page. Visit the Sea Turtle Project Facebook page for most recent updates.
 
Tybee is a nesting area for two endangered turtle species and one "unusual" species. Loggerhead and leatherback turtles are endangered and like to nest in the sand found along the beaches of Tybee and Little Tybee Islands. Diamondback terrapins  are on the protected species list; their nesting areas are on the north end and cause them to try to cross Route 80. While Tybee used to see hundreds of sea turtle nests each year, an excellent year now may see no more than a dozen. Disturbing the nests or harassing any of these species is against the law! Their nests are marked when found to stop people from accidentally trampling eggs or hatchlings. Please keep clear! Hatchlings will head to bright light when they dig out from the sand, which should be toward the sun or moon rising over the ocean. However, street, deck, and home lights may be bright enough to attract them in the wrong direction. During nesting season nights, please turn off or shield lights that might be seen from the beach, and avoid flashlights or flash photography on the beach. Your discarded plastic bags, soda can rings, and cigarette butts, as well as other trash not properly disposed of, can harm turtles and other wildlife - please clean up all your items and trash from the beach! Trash containers are located at every dune crossover for your use. Please drive carefully on the north end to avoid harming any turtles that may be crossing the road.


Doing Business with the City

To apply to be on the City's approved vendor list, please download, complete and return the Vendor Application Form. Any currently open RFPs will be displayed below.

The City of Tybee Island has the following RFPs out for bid. Click the RFP number to access each request, or click here to see them all:

RFP #2014-653 Multi-space Parking Meters and Related Software
PREBID MEETING WILL BE HELD OCTOBER 14, 2014 AT 10:30am
BIDS ARE TO BE RETURNED NO LATER THAN: OCTOBER 28, 2014 AT 10:00AM
BIDS WILL BE OPENED ON OCTOBER 28, 2014 AT 11:00AM AT CITY HALL


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