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• Tybee Island City Hall •
 • PO Box 2749 • 403 Butler Ave • Tybee Island, Ga 31328 • (912)786-4573 •

• Business Hours • M-F: 8am - 5pm •
• 2015 Holidays: • May 25 • July 3 • Sept 7 • Nov 11 • Nov 26-27 • Dec 24-25 •


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.
 
Deep Water Well Project Status Update
At the March 26th Council Meeting, Andrew Morris from GEFA (Georgia Environmental Finance Authority), presented current details of Tybee's project to create a deep well to draw water from beneath the Floridan Aquifer to help reduce risk of salt-water intrusion into the aquifer as well as to reduce or eliminate Tybee's reliance on water from Savannah's supply, as mandated by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. The presentation can be found at http://www.cityoftybee.org/Assets/Files/CityCouncil/20150326_WRD_MorrisCoastalWell.pdf. The full video is on our VOD site at http://cityoftybee.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=de3c3b78b24396aee15f4ca274b19bb4 at 0:13:37, if you would like to hear the speaker while you review this content.


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. Anyone seeking an appointment on the Beach Task Force should contact the City Clerk for more information and to apply.


Island News

CURRENT MOON

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

 
 
  




Jones Avenue Resurfacing project begins April 28th and ends April 29th 
The Jones Avenue resurfacing project will be starting this Monday on April 27, 2015 and completed on Wednesday evening, April 29, 2015. The contractor will also install cross-walks on Jones Avenue later this season at 4th, 8th and 15th Streets.

The reason for the paving delay was due to concerns with how this main north/south road would hold up with the level of traffic it has with the traditional overlay process. Based on this concern, the city council adopted an ordinance prohibiting vehicles over 2 axles from traveling on Jones Avenue from 2nd Avenue to Chatham.

In addition, the contractor was asked to provide the city with alternative methods of paving. The contractor provided this information based on the results of GDOT paving alternative tests trials in rural roads with limited road bases. The alternative provided was within the city’s budget for the project and promises the community more years of road surface life. This proposed alternative was approved officially at the April 23rd City Council meeting as a change to the original contractor costs.

Thanks for everyone’s patience regarding this major infrastructure improvement on the island.

Military Training Exercises to take place 8:30-10:30 PM on Tuesday, April 28th
April 23, 2015

1st Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment

Mayor Jason Buelterman
City of Tybee Island
PO Box 2749
403 Butler Avenue
Tybee Island, GA. 31328

Residents of Tybee Island,
 
The purpose of this letter is to inform you that members of the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment will be conducting training in the Tybee Island Lighthouse with two Apache helicopters flying over the Tybee Island airspace on 28 April, 2015 from 2030 to 2230. The aircraft will attempt mitigate noise disturbance to residents by maintaining a distance outside of audible Signature. During the exercise, there is no planned interaction with civilian personnel. Unit personnel and supporting elements will conduct movement in civilian vehicles and wear civilian clothes. No weapons of any kind will be involved in the training event. The low visibility nature of the exercise will display minimal military signature and will limit exposure to the civilian population as much as possible.

We have briefed the following individuals on our training plans: The City Manager. the Tybee Island Police Department, and the Tybee Island Fire Department. All of these department leaders are fully supportive of our training event.

I appreciate the support that Tybee has provided to the U.S. Army and this training event. I look forward to a safe and successful training event and to working with your city in the future.

Sincerely,
Christopher E. Brawley
Major, U.S. Army
Operations Officer, 1st Ranger Battalion


Traffic interruption at night on south of Hwy 80/First Street thru May 1st
The replacement of the force main #7 was mobilized beginning on Sunday, April 12th, for work during week nights (10 pm to 6 am). Lewis and Miller will be closed for scheduled work on those streets; basically, any homes, streets or businesses between Campbell and Jones on the south side of Highway 80 can expect to be blocked off from Highway 80 at some point during the period from April 12th up to as late as May 1st. This time will also include testing of the pipe, connections to the existing utilities, and the replacement of sidewalks. 
 
Water and Sewer have notified impacted businesses, and only one is open at night – The Quarter, which will close the business when affected.
The first bore will start in the area of the Post Office’s parking lot.
 
Fire/Rescue and the Police Departments are being notified of temporary intersection closures for pipe preparation at night at Lewis and Miller. There will be appropriate no through traffic signage provided by the contractor, and the parking lane on the south side of Hwy 80 in the work area will be temporarily barreled off for worker safety at night. If need be, the contractor can move the pipe staging for any fire emergency that needs access to those roads on both sides.


Jones Avenue Being Repaved
 
The exact date isn’t yet known, but with completion of the water supply line replacement, Jones Avenue will be repaved during the second week of April, which should complete within a day, although cross-walk stamping will take about a week. The cross-walks will be done similar to those on Hwy 80. DPW will notify the community when the date is set via the web, Channel 7, automated Citizen Alert notification, Twitter, and Facebook. If you live on Jones, be sure to check these sources so you can plan your daily business as needed!

City of Tybee Island Maps and Apps
   

The City of Tybee Island has been working with the Coastal Regional Commission for several years on providing Geographic Information System data as maps usable by the public. You can use these maps, available by clicking the title link above, to explore details of Tybee's buildings, roads, trees, and other geographic features of the island. The various types of content and usage of the maps in each section is very straightforward and easy to use. Certain data, such as water supply lines and sewers, are considered confidential for public safety reasons. If you require access to this information, please contact City staff in the Planning and Zoning Department for your specific needs. If you have questions or feedback about content, organization, or use of this facility, please let us know at feedback@cityoftybee.org. Happy exploring!



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!



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.
To view any RFP, click this WebLink , then select Finance > RFPs and the year of interest. Open RFPs are in the folder named for the year of request.


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:

ITB #2015-664 - LMIG ROAD RESURFACING
Click link above to download PDF version of this invitation to bid.
BIDS ARE TO BE RETURNED NO LATER THAN: MAY 15, 2015 AT 10:00AM.
BIDS WILL BE OPENED ON MAY 15 AT 11:00AM AT CITY HALL.
ALL RESPONDENTS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.
A PREBID MEETING WILL BE HELD FRIDAY MAY 8, AT 11:00 A.M. AT 403 BUTLER AVE (CITY HALL) TO DISCUSS SPECIFICS.
RESPONDENTS ARE INVITED BUT NOT REQUIRED TO ATTEND.


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