Social Circle Residents Can Help Low-income Georgians Stay Warm This Winter

Heating Energy Assistance Team

Each year, thousands of low-income Georgians struggle to pay their heating bills. Too many people in our community have to choose between staying warm and paying for other necessities.  The good news is the City of Social Circle is partnering with the Heating Energy Assistance Team (HEAT), Inc., a nonprofit organization that is Georgia’s oldest statewide fuel fund.

Since 1983, HEAT has provided more than $23 million for energy assistance to nearly 100,000 households. Funds are distributed by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services through community action agencies serving each county. In Walton and surrounding counties, $90,400 was distributed to 264 households for energy assistance last winter. However, the need continues to be much greater than the funds available.

Your tax-deductible gift to HEAT will help an elderly couple living on a fixed income, or a single parent caring for small children or a family whose primary bread winner lost a job. With the help of generous citizens contributing to HEAT, low-income Georgians are able to receive the energy assistance they need.

How Can I Help?

  • Online – Visit https://heatga.org/donate-now to donate online.
  • By mail – Make your donation (check or money order) payable to HEAT and mail to…

HEAT
P.O. Box 451008
Atlanta, GA  31145

For more information, call HEAT at 678-406-0212 or visit heatga.org.

Make Christmas Brighter This Year for Social Circle Kids

City of Social Circle Fire Department Secret SantaThe City of Social Circle Fire Department is gearing up to for their annual Secret Santa program and they need your help!

You can help by donating cash (checks payable to Social Circle Secret Santa), donating new toys or volunteering to help stuff Santa’s sacks to prepare for delivery. Monetary donations can be dropped off at the Fire Department or at Pinnacle Bank. Donations of new toys may be dropped off at any time all year long at the Social Circle Fire Department. Thanks to generous donations, they have plenty of Barbie dolls and Matchbox cars.

Parents and Teachers: Applications are available at SC Primary & Elementary Schools and Fire Stations. Eligible families must live in Social Circle with S.C. street address (No P.O. Box on form). Children must be 12 years and younger. Return forms to the Fire Department or the schools no later than Friday, November 3.

Water Department Installs New Flocculators

The City of Social Circle Water Treatment Department installed two new vertical flocculators at the water plant this week. Replacing the existing flocculators was identified as a priority in the rehabilitation and major maintenance needs at the water plant last fiscal year. The old horizontal flocculators were aged, becoming more unreliable and required more maintenance. The new flocculators will improve water quality, reduce chemical costs and allow for a greater treatment capacity in the process if needed in the future.

Flocculators are used in the process of the treatment of water from the Alcovy River to prepare it for delivery to City water customers. Flocculation, a mixing process in the water treatment process, facilitates the aggregation of particles in the water into larger clusters that then precipitate out.  Following study, replacement of the horizontal flocculators with vertical flocculators was recommended and approved by the State Regulators.

For more information, contact Barry Parsons, Public Works and Water Resources Director.

 

City Welcomes Newest Police Department Member

Meet Charlie! Social Circle Police Department’s newest member

K9 Officer CharlieCharlie was excited to meet his new team and especially his new partner, Officer Chad Hunt on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.  Charlie has already joined Office Hunt on his rounds. The pair will complete training together over the next few weeks before Charlie can be fully utilized on patrol.

Charlie is a 4 year old Belgian Malinois that is highly trained in narcotics detection.  Charlie has served oversees in the Republic of Georgia most of his career, but looks forward serving with the Social Circle Police Department. “He’s very social and has settled in well.” said Officer Chad Hunt

Charlie was donated to the Social Circle Police Department with the facilitation of the State Department and City of Covington Police Department.  Expenses associated with Charlie’s upkeep and equipment were paid for through asset forfeiture and donations.

“Charlie will be a tremendous asset to the city of Social Circle as we continue to make this community a better place to live, work and play. “said Police Chief Tyrone Oliver.

 

Officer Hunt and Charlie Office Hunt plays with Charlie

The Social Circle Police Department Graduated Their First Citizen’s Police Academy Class

Social Circle Police Department Citizen Police Academy - Share Our Vision and Be Our VoiceThe City of Social Circle Police Department held a graduation ceremony and family lunch honoring the first Citizen’s Police Academy graduates on Saturday October 14, 2017. Participants in this program met for six (6) weeks on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the police department’s community room. The classes were a combination of lectures, demonstrations and interactive activities.

“We would like to congratulate the Social Circle Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy’s inaugural class for successfully completing this program.  It was an honor to have the opportunity to be able to provide this experience for our citizens,” Police Chief Tyrone Oliver said.

The Social Circle Citizen’s Police Academy was created to give our residents and corporate partners of Social Circle a chance to see, understand and interact with the inner workings of the Social Circle Police Department.  Participants learned about the available services, resources and programs offered by the department. More importantly, participants got a chance to meet and interact with the men and women who provide these services. This course covered the structure and overview of the police department, patrol functions, criminal investigations, judicial process, firearms training and use of force and use of force considerations.  Also during the program, participants were required to complete at least two (2) hours of police “ride-a-longs”.  The funds for the program were made possible through the Lions and the Lion-hearted Golf Tournament, which seeded the Lion-hearted fund.

“I would like to thank Lieutenant Randy Downs who did a phenomenal job spearheading this course and the entire police department staff for their participation.  This was truly a department-wide effort in making this a very successful partnership between the community and law enforcement,” Police Chief Tyrone Oliver said. This course will be offered twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.  Please check our website (socialcircelga.gov) and Facebook page (City of Social Circle, Georgia) for future class dates.

Citizen Police Academy Graduation

Pictured left to Right, Bottom row: Brenda Stewart, Rebecca Barnett, Thomas Carter, Cathy Rape, Addie Massey and Marty Burns

Back Row: Chief Tyrone Oliver, Lynn Pulliam, Investigator Bill Bowen, Millie Kozak, Daniel Kozak, David Keener, Andy Rape, Robert Posner, Investigator Michael Jett, James Corbett, Tyson Jackson, Lt. Randy Downs and Sgt. James Pilgrim.  (not Pictured Ray Martinez)

ISONOVA RTO Construction Update

ISONOVA is making excellent headway on their RTO installation.  The duct work and the concrete pad are complete, and the gas service and electrical conduit work are in place.  The RTO machinery was delayed a couple of weeks due to components affected by Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Houston.  The machinery should arrive within the next few weeks.  The project is still on schedule to be up and running before January 1.

At the City’s request, ISONOVA will be shutting down operations at 8 am on Saturday, until 2:30 pm for the Friendship Festival. We appreciate their efforts to ensure that the festival will be pleasant for all our visitors.

Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s Summer Burn Ban Lifted

Get a permit before you burn. It's fast, easy and free and it's the law.The summer ban on outdoor burning will end Saturday, September 30 in 54 Georgia counties, primarily in the northern half of the state. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division sets the restrictions annually, from May 1 to the end of September, to reduce emissions from ground level ozone that may jeopardize air quality.

Burn permits issued by the Georgia Forestry Commission are required for any outdoor burning in the state to help prevent wildfires and problems generated by smoke.

“The GFC will resume issuing burn permits as conditions allow, on a day to day basis,” said Frank Sorrells, Chief of Protection for the Georgia Forestry Commission.

Fire danger and smoke management considerations will be taken into account for counties that have been under the EPD burn ban since May 1, as it is in all Georgia locations, Sorrells said. The GFC recognizes the importance of prescribed burning for its many wildfire prevention and forest management benefits, and safety remains the top priority for those burns as well.

“We’re asking everyone to be extra cautious when doing any open burning, especially in the wake of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma, which left behind a lot of downed trees and vegetative debris,” said Sorrells. “Escaped debris burns remain the number one cause of wildfires in our state, and it may be necessary and wise to delay or postpone open burning if local conditions are unfavorable.” Sorrells said tools such as a shovel, water, and cell phone should always be on hand, that fires should never be left unattended, and a 911 call is always prudent when flames escape.

The 54 counties whose EPD summer burn bans have been lifted are: Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Columbia, Coweta, Crawford, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gordon, Gwinnett, Hall, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Lumpkin, Madison, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Peach, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Putnam, Richmond, Rockdale, Spalding, Troup, Twiggs, Upson, Walker and Walton.

For specific information about conducting open burning, permitting requirements, and current fire conditions in your area, contact your county’s GFC office or visit GaTrees.org.

City-Wide Clean-up Saturday

Litter CritterThe kick-off for our fall 2017 city-wide cleanup will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. in the Community Room in the Social Circle Public Safety Building.  This will be the 22nd regular cleanup event.

Everyone is invited.  Wear your work clothes.  Biscuits and coffee will be provided. This is a great opportunity for folks to meet and greet their friends and  neighbors before setting out to beautify our city.

If you or your organization cannot make it Saturday but want to help, please come by the Welcome Center one day this week and check out grabbers and pick up gloves and trash bags. All we ask is that you return your grabber and let us know how many bags of trash you were able to pick up so that we can include it in our reports.

See our map of Street Assignments. If you are not a member of a group that works on a specific area, feel free to choose an unassigned location.

Every year since 2007 residents of Social Circle meet to clean up our City on the Saturday before Easter Saturday and on the Saturday before our annual Friendship Festival.  Over the years we’ve had great support from Social Circle churches, businesses, civic groups, school and youth groups, neighborhood associations, and many others who continue to make this a successful event.

If your organization would like to adopt a street, please contact us at the Welcome Center (770-464-1866) or email AroundTheWell@SocialCircleGA.com.

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