Savannah officials, neighborhood leaders meet to discuss clean-up efforts

Savannah officials, neighborhood leaders meet to discuss clean-up efforts

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah leaders are reaching out to your neighborhood leaders, easing concerns and answering questions regarding the Hurricane Matthew recovery effort.

From information regarding trash and yard waste pick-up to deliveries of donated meals, neighborhood association presidents from across Savannah are getting up to speed on what the city is working on to get life back to normal. Representatives from more than a dozen neighborhoods attended the meeting.

Questions centered on tree cleanup, insurance coverage, crime and scammer awareness and leaders gave updates on the current number of power and cable provider outages. Each neighborhood president left written questions and comments to help city officials better center their efforts.

Gene Prevatt, Sanitation Bureau Chief for the City of Savannah fielded numerous questions about waste and debris pickup. Prevatt said while workers are making progress everyday, he anticipates the mission period to last several months. Prevatt added there's roughly 400,000 yards of debris to be picked up city-wide.

During that time, the sanitation department will make three passes city-wide to collect debris, with the first pass beginning sometime next week. Prevatt said the collections will run on a modified holiday schedule, which means pick-up will be a day later than scheduled.

Residents need to bring yard waste and garbage to the normal collection spot on the right of way. If there are any questions, city officials urge you to call 311.

"I think we can take a lot away from this meeting and take it back to the community and give it to our community, either in satellite meetings or have mass meetings and give all the information at one time. But I think by engaging all the neighborhood association presidents, you're really giving them a seat at the table, and you're giving them a voice," said Detric Leggett, with the Waters Avenue-Live Oak Neighborhood Association.

Savannah City officials say they will be getting business vetting information for contractors wanting to do repairs around your home up on the city's website Thursday.

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