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Brush Collection Update

Leaf and brush crews are working to get debris from tropical storm Irma picked up and hauled off as quickly as possible. They are currently working in the area of Hickory Drive, Joseph Lane and Wildwood Drive. Tomorrow they will be working in Marco estates on Friday and North and South Cherokee Rd and West Hightower Trail on Saturday.

On Monday crews will return to their normal leaf and brush schedule.

  • Monday: north of East Hightower Road and east of North Cherokee Road. This includes the neighborhoods around Oak Drive, Holly Street.
  • Tuesday: west of North Cherokee Road and north of West Hightower Trail and Alcova Drive. This includes the neighborhoods of Park Place, Heritage Park, Corby Creek, Windsong, Jubliee and Laurel Oaks.
  •  Wednesday: south of Alcova Drive and West Hightower Trail and west of South Cherokee Road. This includes the neighborhoods of Azalea Farms, St. Andrews, Squirrel Words, Marco Estates and along Lakewood Drive, Wildwood Drive, Hickory Drive and Joseph Lane.
  • Thursday: east of South Cherokee Road and south of East Hightower Trail. This includes the neighborhoods of Dove Landing, Bear Cub Path and the neighborhoods along Cannon Drive, Spring Street, and Birch Street.
  • Friday: properties along North and South Cherokee and West Hightower.

Because of the large amount of debris, crews may not be able to pick up all the debris in their scheduled area on that day. They will attempt to return to those areas after completing pickups on other days.

If you would like to haul away your own debris, you may bring it to the laydown area by the Public Works office at 771 Vine Street Monday through Friday 7:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Shire, Social Circle Fire Partner on Valuable Training for Mutual Benefit

Shire and the Social Circle Fire Department have formed a partnership that’s providing safety support for Shire’s operations while providing the fire department with tens of thousands of dollars of specialized training and equipment that will have broader impact across the community.

The two organizations are participating in joint hazmat (hazardous materials) and confined space entry training programs that are providing needed skillsets to Shire employees and Social Circle firefighters. The confined space entry, referred to more generally as technical rescue, training in particular is a rare skillset that’s generally only found in major metro fire departments.

“We found an opportunity to improve the rescue portion of our confined space entry program. In Los Angeles, there’s a fire station three blocks away from our facility with technical rescue capabilities. We didn’t have that here,” said Jeffry Carter, who specializes in emergency response with Shire’s Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) department at the Georgia facility.

Shire has dozens of large vessels that are used in its manufacturing process, and while employees don’t commonly enter these vessels, they are required to do so periodically. Safety protocols stipulate rescue personnel should be on hand whenever a confined space entry is made by an employee.

A former firefighter and paramedic, Carter said he’s only seen this type of joint partnership at one other company in his career.

“Our EHS leadership told us to think outside of the box and find an effective and cost efficient solution,” Carter said. “It’s really cool that we’re not only able to implement an improvement for our site but also for the community.”

Before this training, the nearest department with technical rescue capabilities was in DeKalb County.

“When we’re done with the training, everyone in the department will have confined space training. To be honest, that’s almost unheard of, especially with a department our size,” Social Circle Fire Chief Ken Zaydel said. “We have public works employees in the city that make confined space entries, and we have other industries that do the same things and will benefit from this training.”

The training is being led by Eddie Sisco, who offers the specialized training through his Alabama-based company, Emergency Response Services. He has a specially designed rig and equipment that allows him to simulate various confined space entry scenarios.

While industries are a common client, Sisco said he’s seen numerous situations in communities where firefighters and others have had to use technical training to rescue people, whether it’s a contractor falling into a water tank during sandblasting or tourists and residents getting trapped while exploring caves. He agreed that it’s pretty rare to see these type of public-private partnerships, but he’s encouraged by it.

“It’s good to work with a group that wants to participate and that is looking forward to doing it. They’ve lined up to participate,” Sisco said. “They are ready to protect the facility and the community, and both sides will benefit greatly from it.”

The training consists of lots of rope work, including tying different kinds of knots and using pulley systems to create a mechanical advantage to safely lower and lift people out of small entry areas and move them horizontally through spaces, as well as proper harnessing and learning how to safely move an incapacitated person. Air monitoring is also a critical skill as rescue personnel need to understand the environment they’re entering as it could contain dangerous levels of chemicals.

Zaydel said his team already had some rope training, but this more advanced training takes the department’s capabilities to a whole new level. Some local,practical examples of confined space entry are when Georgia Power employees enter confined space vaults in the city and when public works employees work in manholes, stormwater drains and pits at the water plant.

“Everything builds off of rope rescue, all technical rescue, confined space, structural collapse, trench rescue, it all builds off the rope side. Knowing how to set up systems and knots and build off of that is a core skill set,” Zaydel said. “This training and trailer we have now gives us huge capabilities to be able to assist Shire, our other industries and the 4,500 residents we serve.”

Firefighters will also be able to earn some additional money by using their expertise for side jobs. For example, Shire will hire firefighters to be on standby for confined space rescue whenever the plant has a shutdown – a scheduled period where manufacturing stops and regular maintenance is performed throughout the plant.

For Shire, the training is another piece of the puzzle for the company’s Emergency Response Team, a cross-functional team of employees who are receiving in-depth training on confined space rescue, hazmat, CPR/First Aid and other skills and are ready to respond to any event that could happen at the facility.

“When we train people to become subject matter experts in these areas, we create an environment and culture of safety. We know the potential dangers, we know how to prevent incidents and injuries, and hopefully we never have to use any of this training,” Jason Pertoso, Shire’s EHS Director at the Georgia facility, said. “But if we do, we know that our public safety partners will be ready.”

Rebates for Old Appliances

gas stoveThe Social Circle gas department wants you to round up your old appliances in exchange for new natural gas appliances. The Rebate Rally is a special natural gas appliance event, held by natural gas providers across the state of Georgia each year. Local governments, water heater manufacturers, local contractors, and local businesses have partnered together to promote the understanding of natural gas appliance savings, benefits and efficiencies. Social Circle is participating in the 2017 Rebate Rally Campaign throughout the months of September and October. Promotions include a $400 rebate on natural gas tankless water heaters, a $200 rebate on a natural gas tank water heater, $50 rebate on natural gas stove, lights or logs. The City of Social Circle offers 0% interest financing on the purchase and installation cost of natural gas water heaters, stoves and dryers. Qualified residential customers can obtain an application from City Hall. For more information, contact Robbie Groves at 770-464-2380, rgroves@socialcirclega.com or RebateRally.com.

Mayor Dally’s Friday Morning Update

Good morning!

The majority of the City has power. There were only 91 customers as of 8:00 pm last night without power. Georgia Power will be in town again today. Hopefully, by 5:00 pm this evening everyone will have power. If you still do not have power, it could be a problem between the main lines and your house. You will need to call the Georgia Power number and let them know your power is out.

The Mayor commented that when he rode around town on Tuesday morning he could not have imagined that the town would be in as great a shape as it is by Friday morning. All the City crews have worked very hard and all the citizens have helped and complied with what we have asked you to do and helped your neighbors. The recovery has been even quicker than Georgia Power thought. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the quick recovery.

The shelters will no longer be open. The Salvation Army will not be serving lunch.

Thank you to the Red Cross for providing cots for the overnight shelter.

The brush crews, assisted by the City of Loganville, are out collecting brush. It may take more than a month to collect all the brush around town. So, do not be concerned if the brush is in your yard for a few days. If you do see them collecting brush on your street and you see them leave without collecting yours, the crews are most likely leaving to dump the truck and they will return.

The City Employees have worked diligently to get the services back on line. The water treatment plant and the waste water treatment plant are both back online. All the schools have power and school is back in session today. Things look better and are returning to normal.

Fire Chief Ken Zaydel cautions those who are still without power to make sure there is nothing on the stove and that the stove is turned off so that when power is restored nothing burns. There have been several incidents this week as the power was restored.

City Hall and the Transit are running on a normal schedule today. If you have questions, please call City Hall at 770-464-2380. If you need a ride, please call the transit number, 770-464-2953.

There was no loss of life, no injuries that we know of an only three structures that sustained damage

We will do a final update at 5:00 this evening.

Stay safe, help your neighbors and thank you for your patience.

Mayor Dally’s Wednesday Evening Update

Please continue to check on your neighbors.

Georgia Power has crew here from West Virginia. They have made great progress. We have power all up and down North Cherokee.  They are working on West Hightower and should be able to get to Oak Street and Wildwood in the next day or so.

City crews are moving debris as quickly as the power crews ground and clear the lines.

Beware of spoiled food. Trash trucks will be running, but are a day behind their normal schedule.  If your food has been at room temperature, please throw it out. Contact your insurance company as the loss of the food may be covered under your homeowner’s policy.

The temperatures will be in the mid 80’s tomorrow. Please check on your neighbors and make sure they are doing OK.  We will have shelters open at Social Circle United Methodist Church and Corinth Missionary Baptist Church. Overnight shelter is available at Corinth Church. The Salvation Army is serving lunch and dinner at the Methodist Church. Lunch is at noon. Dinner is at 5:00. Meals are being carried to Corinth from the Methodist Church. Transit will operate until 8:00 pm for transport to the shelters.

We appreciate everyone picking up the debris and piling it at the edge of the street as requested. The City looks great. It may sit there a while until our crews are able to get around and pick it up. Please only take woody debris to the laydown site at Public Works on Vine Street. If there is any metal debris mixed in, it could harm a city worker or mess up the equipment.

Please share this information with your neighbors as some people do not have access to the internet.

We wish to thank Georgia power. This is the largest catastrophe they have had to deal with in the history of the company.

State Representative Bruce Williamson commended the City on their response and communication. He serves 6 cities in Walton County and Social Circle was by far the most damaged.

Some roads will continue to be closed tonight. Be aware of them as you travel around the city. There will not be a curfew tonight, but do remain at home unless you have to be out.

Schools are closed tomorrow. The schools will evaluate the situation tomorrow afternoon and make a decision about Friday.

The City water supply is in good shape. Please continue to conserve water. If you do not have water, there is a hose available behind the Police station that you can use to fill your containers. Please bring your own containers.

We appreciate everyone working together. Please let us know how we can assist.

We will have updates tomorrow morning at 9:30 am and 5:00 pm.

Thank you for your continued patience.

 

Mayor Dally’s Wednesday Morning Update

Thank you for your overnight cooperation and continued patience.
City Hall is Open. The schools are closed.
The City Hall number 770-464-2380

Transit is running for essential services only. Call 770-464-2953
Georgia Power is assessing the damage and beginning repairs. They do not anticipate completion of restoration today. It may be several more days until power can be restored.
Shelters are set up at Corinth Missionary Baptist Church and Social Circle United Methodist Church. The Methodist Church will be open during the day and Corinth is set up to house people overnight.
The Salvation Army will be serving lunch and dinner today at the Methodist Church. Lunch will be served at noon. Dinner will be served at 5:00 pm. Meals will be carried to Corinth. The bus will carry residents to either location for shelter or food.
There is still plenty of water in the city, but please conserve water and use it for personal use. Wastewater is also OK.
Beware of spoiled food.
It is forecast to be 85 degrees tomorrow. Beware of hot homes and elderly residents or those who cannot tolerate heat.
We are working with the critical care facilities so they can plan to care for their residents.
Public works is collecting debris. You can carry your debris to the public works lot on Vine Street.
A reminder that since the stop light is out, please treat the intersection as a four-way stop.
Please partner with your neighbors who may not have access to internet to keep them up-to-date on developments.
We will do another update this afternoon.
Thank you for your continued patience.

****OVER NIGHT CURFEW ISSUED IN SOCIAL CIRCLE****

Conditions continue to deteriorate in the city. Trees are still falling and knocking out power lines. Georgia Power is not able to respond until daylight.

For this reason, Mayor Dally has issued a curfew effective immediately until 7:00 am Tuesday.

This means NO ONE should be on the streets until 7:00 am.

Social Circle Parkway is still open. However, North Cherokee, South Cherokee and East Hightower will be closed at the Parkway to all traffic except local residents.

Barricades are being placed across streets which are blocked by trees and power lines.

Thank you for your patience.

Police, Fire and Public Works crews are working throughout the night to monitor the situation and provide emergency response.

Even Tuesday morning, the streets will still be dangerous due to power lines and downed trees. Therefore, residents are advised to stay at home if possible.

Election Qualifying Results are In

Qualifying for the 2017 General and Special Elections ended at 4:3o pm today.

There were thirteen candidates qualified for six open positions on the Social Circle City Council and the Social Circle Schools Board of Education.

The 2017 General and Special Elections are scheduled for November 7, 2017. The last day to register to vote in this year’s elections is October 10, 2017. Early voting will be held October 16, 2017 – November 3, 2017.

Rotary Fair Update: It’s back on!

Good news for Social Circle!  Although the carnival ride vendor contracted for 2017 suffered a major health issue last month, he has assured the Rotary Club of Social Circle that he is equipped and ready to transport and set up the best rides this town has ever seen.

We regret the uncertainty recently cast upon the event, but are excited to be partnering with Carr Exposition to present the 14th Annual Social Circle Fair on the Social Circle Middle School/High School campus September 7 through September 10.

The bands are lined up, food vendors secured, and wristband tickets will go on sale in two weeks.  You may purchase your ticket for a $20.00 wristband by paying $15.00 in advance of the fair at Social Circle Ace, Bank of Social Circle, or Pinnacle Bank.

What a fun way to support your community and enjoy friends and fellowship!  There will be live entertainment and delicious fair food Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Remember that the proceeds from this event are used to provide scholarships to graduating SCHS seniors and monthly Ferst Foundation books to children from birth to 5 years old who reside in our school district. Rotary Club of Social Circle appreciates your patronage!