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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: • Dec 24 - 25 •
City Offices will close for the Thanksgiving holiday
beginning at noon Wednesday, November 26, and all day November 27 - 28



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:


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.
 
The Single-Use Plastic Bag seminar was recorded, and the video is also at PEG Central, called "BagIt". It is also to be broadcast on Channel 7 at the following times: Tuesdays, at 5AM and 3:30PM;  Wednesdays, at 7:30AM and 1PM; Saturdays at 6AM and 2:30PM. The recording is just over 1:42 in length.


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.
  • Tree Board: Council is looking for participants to help update and rewrite the current tree ordinance, 52A-2014 Article 7, within 60 days (by December 5th, approximately.) The Mayor and City Council will accept applications for two vacancies for the proposed Tree Board. Among the current recommendations is the establishment of a permanent Tree Board; if this recommendation is accepted in the rewrite and approved by Council, these members would serve full terms, one for two years, and one for three years. Please submit a letter of interest and resume to Jan LeViner, Clerk of Council, by noon on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.


Island News

CURRENT MOON

Want to know the latest conditions? Check out these surf and ocean links:

 
 
 
  




Updated Beach Renourishment Project Schedule Posted
The Army Corps of Engineers has provided an updated schedule for the beach renourishment project. Click the link in this article's title (above) to go to the map with numbered sections of the beach and the associated estimated date of renourishment for each section. The schedule will be subject to adjustment based on weather or other issues that may have unpredictable impact, but this will give you an idea of when to expect each section of beach to be worked on. This schedule last updated on November 7th. 

Beach Renourishment Project Officially Under Way!

The sand renourishment project is currently scheduled to run from now until Jan 1st, 2015. Visit our project page for a beach map and dates that each section of the beach is expected to be closed: http://www.cityoftybee.org/2014RenourishmentSchedule.aspx. Most of the beaches will be open while the project is under way. Completed sections will have exceptionally wide beaches, especially at low tide. There are currently no sections with no sand beach as there were back in the 2008/2009 project, so except where closed, the beach should be great.


 
 
 
Dripping your faucets to avoid freezing? An expensive, last resort!
This will cost you! A dripping faucet can use just over 1000 GALLONS A DAY, as we can see here at City Hall based on the automated meter reading system! That's an extra $6 per day for water and sewer at Tybee's current water and sewer rates. For just $2, you can buy a foam faucet cover for the faucet. $2 more will buy you 6' of foam insulation. $30 buys an electric heating element to wrap around your pipes. You can save even more by wrapping your pipes with bubble wrap or newspaper and duct tape that you may have just lying around. Save yourself some money and protect your pipes properly!
 
(Note that we checked at Lowe's, Home Depot, and Ace Hardware last winter - they do not stock the electric heating elements locally, although you can purchase the foam insulation. You can order the electric elements online or have them special ordered from your favorite hardware store!)
Don't believe us? Stop by the Cashier's Desk to pick up a drip rate measuring kit. Within just a few seconds, you can determine how much water is being lost by a drip, whether one you've set on purpose or a faucet in need of repair. You'll be amazed!
   


Domestic Abuse Resources and Assistance

Many on Tybee Island knew Lauren Brown and have made their condolences known 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.
 
If you suspect a friend is the victim of abuse, these suggestions are from http://www.helpguide.org/, an excellent resource for friends and victims of spousal or child abuse:
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Speak up if you suspect domestic violence or abuse.
If you suspect that someone you know is being abused, speak up! If you’re hesitating—telling yourself that it’s none of your business, you might be wrong, or the person might not want to talk about it—keep in mind that expressing your concern will let the person know that you care and may even save his or her life. 
Do: Don’t:
- Ask if something is wrong
- Wait for him or her to come to you           
- Express concern
- Judge or blame
- Listen and validate
- Pressure him or her
- Offer help
- Give advice
- Support his or her decisions             
- Place conditions on your support

- Adapted from: NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence


Talk to the person in private and let him or her know that you’re concerned. Point out the things you’ve noticed that make you worried. Tell the person that you’re there, whenever he or she feels ready to talk. Reassure the person that you’ll keep whatever is said between the two of you, and let him or her know that you’ll help in any way you can.

Remember, abusers are very good at controlling and manipulating their victims. People who have been emotionally abused or battered are depressed, drained, scared, ashamed, and confused. They need help to get out, yet they’ve often been isolated from their family and friends. By picking up on the warning signs and offering support, you can help them escape an abusive situation and begin healing.
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An excellent review of some of the reasons an abused person can't break out of their abusive relationship, and some good direction on how to provide support to help is in the blog article at: http://www.damemagazine.com/2014/10/29/why-i-didnt-tell-you-he-was-beating-me. Before the first physical abuse occurs, there's usually some brain-washing to keep the victim stuck in place!

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 or might do so, 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/.


  Beware of Telephone Scams!
Reputable companies do not make unsolicited phone calls. Multiple reports of telephone scams reach the TIPD every month. If you get an unexpected phone call, even if they seem to be calling from a company that you normally do business with, start out with a healthy dose of skepticism! Do NOT, under any circumstances, give the caller any of your confidential information! If they called you, they should have all the information about you already. They do not need you to tell them your name, your phone number, or any identifying information. If you feel the call is legitimate, and they insist on more information before proceeding, ask for their phone number so you can call them back – and then ONLY call them if the number they gave you matches the phone number you already have for that business! Seemingly harmless information, like the security cues you use for your online access, can be pieced together by phone scammers who may ultimately steal your bank account or your identity! Never send cash in order to get more cash in return. That simply will not happen! Signing up for an ongoing service that you might even like to have can lead to heartache, as the most disreputable companies will simply steal your credit card number and spend your money. The least disreputable ones may deliver a service that does not meet your expectations, but you may find it impossible to cancel! There are as many online and telephone scams in play as the lively imaginations of the scammers can create. Do not part with your private information or your hard-earned cash because someone pressures you to do so! 

In particular, if someone asks you to give them money now in exchange for more money later, it is most certainly a scam! Don't do it. At least talk it over with someone else before parting with your cash!

To make sure you haven’t fallen victim to a scam, it is important to check your bank, credit, and billing statements every month. Even a small charge that you don’t recognize could be a test by a criminal before using your credit card or banking information prior to making a major purchase. While banks and credit card companies offer some fraud protection, it is only for a limited time after you receive a statement. If you don’t call to report a problem right away, you could be liable!

The Federal Trade Commission has detailed advice about detecting and avoiding telephone scams at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-phone-scams. Please take a few minutes to review this information now and possibly save yourself a lot of time, money, and grief later!



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.



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:

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