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Sept. 16, 2011SAVANNAH, MO | By: Wayman
City leaders in Savannah have voted to opt out of the state's "Dream" program.
Savannah was chosen as a handful of communities for the program, which lends technical, planning, and grant assistance to smaller communities to help develop their downtowns. Savannah has been concerned for some time there may be expenses associated with participating in the program, and is undergoing budget reviews and cost-cutting measures to save money and reduce the city debt. At the recent council meeting members voted unanimously to remove Savannah from the state program. Also at the meeting the Savannah Police Department expressed interest to set specific fines for parking violations instead of having the municipal court judge deciding fine amounts. An ordinance is expected at the next meeting. The city also approved Williams Recycling out of Maryville as the new trash carrier in Savannah for a flat rate of $8 per month with no additional charges for recycling pick up.