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Social Circle Named Tree City USA for 15th Year

Social Circle is presented with a Tree USA FlagSocial Circle joined more than 3,400 Tree City USA communities by meeting the four core standards of sound urban forestry management: a tree board, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day celebration and proclamation.

Our Arbor Day celebration, sponsored by the Social Circle Garden Clubs, was held at Gunter Hall on February 16. Mayor Hal Dally issued an Arbor Day proclamation and the City was presented with a Tree City USA flag by the Georgia Department of Forestry.

We appreciate the dedication of the Garden Clubs, the volunteers who serve on the Tree Board, and residents who care for our Urban Forest, and beautify the City with their horticulture expertise.

“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Additionally, recognition brings resident together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.

For more information, visit http:/www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA

Explorer Post 708 Boot Drive

Social Circle Fire Department Explorer Post 708 Boot Drive Saturday Feb 25, 9AM - 1PMSocial Circle Fire Explorers will be at the red light in the center of town Saturday morning 2/25  from 9-1 doing a boot drive to raise funds for uniforms and equipment for their post. Come by and help fill the boot.

Fire Explorers is a program operated at the fire department in cooperation with the Boy Scouts of America. The program is open to male and female cadets age 14-21 to teach job skills associated with fire and medical emergency services.

Road Closed Monday 2/27 for Tree Removal

North Cherokee Road between Holly Street and Oak Street will be closed on Monday, February 27, starting at 8:00 am so that trees in front of the Blue Willow Inn can be removed. Roads should be open again by 4:00 pm.

The following map shows where the road blocks will be located (orange) and routes that should be taken to get around the road closures.

Cars can take East Hightower Trail or Holly Street to Dogwood Ave and return via Oak Drive.

Trucks will be redirected down Ronthor Rd to Fairplay Dr to the Bypass. Trucks with deliveries in town will need to go to the south end of Cherokee to reach downtown.

A tree expert has looked at the trees and considers them to be in poor health and are a hazard.

Girl Scouts Receive Approval for Bronze Award Project

The Junior Girl Scouts of Troop 10133 Social Circle presented to the City Council a proposal for their Bronze Award project, a Little Free Library to be placed in the park next to the post office. The Little Free Library would allow anyone to take a book and leave a book and will be available for anyone of any age. The program (littlefreelibrary.org) helps to promote literacy for children by making it easy to get books.

The girls plan to purchase a kit for an Amish style library. The kit includes all they need to build the library and a set of books to get them started. They will purchase the supplies they need for the post from Social Circle Ace Hardware.

Council approved their request unanimously.

They plan to have the Little Free Library in place before the end of the school year.

 

Girl Scouts Present Bronze Award Project Proposal

Road Closed Monday 2/20 for Tree Removal

South Cherokee Road between Spring Street and the Bypass will be closed on Monday, February 20, starting at 8:00 am so that trees near the entrance to Marco Estates can be removed. Roads should be open again by 4:00 pm.

The following map shows where the road blocks will be located (orange) and routes that should be taken to get around the road closures.

Water Plant Improvements Temporarily Cause Discolored Water

Due to some major improvements at the Water Plant customers may experience some discolored water coming from their faucets. After the work was complete at the Water Plant City Workers flushed the main water line and stirred up some sediment in the pipes.

The water is safe and this is a temporary condition that will clear up by the end of the day.

Students Volunteer for Cemetery Preservation

Students from the Social Circle High School Math Club spent several hours Saturday morning at the Social Circle City Cemetery working on the headstones to help preserve them. The students were lead by Mr. Trantham, SCHS teacher and member of the Cemetery Committee, and assisted by City staff. The process started with wetting the headstones then spraying a chemical on the headstones that will kill the lichens and other growth that gets into the stones and cause them to break apart. After the chemical was sprayed, the stones were scrubbed to help remove the growth and then sprayed with water to rinse away the growth and dirt. The final step was to spray the chemical on the stones to help prevent further growth.

The students were able to complete about two rows of headstones Saturday morning.

Grant Money Funds Turn-out Gear for Fire Department

The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) awarded the City of Social Circle a check in the amount of $5200 for the purchase turn-out gear for the fire department.

The GMA Safety and Liability Management Grant program was introduced in 2000 to provide a financial incentive to assist members in improving their employee safety and general public liability loss control efforts through training and the purchase of equipment or services. Since the inception of the program, over 130 cities have received grant money through the program, over 500 grants were approved totaling nearly $1.5 million to fund items such as bulletproof vests, training videos, confined space entry equipment, reflective safety vests, fire department turnout gear and police department in-vehicle video systems. These grant funds have helped leverage the purchase of over $2.6 million in this type of equipment training.

Eileen Thomas, marketing field services representative with GMA who presented the check, said, “This program allows each city to stretch their budget dollars and provide a safer work environment for their employees.”

The Safety and Liability Management Grant program is made available to members of GMA’s property and liability insurance program (the Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency) and GMA’s workers’ compensation insurance program (GMA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurance fund).

Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, on-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to its over 500 member cities.

The Fire Department also used a grant from the Walton County Healthcare Foundation to purchase the Jaws of Life.

Help the Library Grow

Our town is quickly outgrowing our library and they are working on plans to expand, but they need your help. A State Capital Outlay Grant is needed to complete funding for the project.

The expansion plans include adding space for more library materials, making the library more accessible, and renovating for technology use by patrons.

You can help by sending emails or letters of support to our representatives.

Georgia House Representative
Bruce Williamson
bruce.williamson@house.ga.gov
PO Box 430
Monroe GA 30655

Georgia Senator
Burt Jones
burt.jones@senate.ga.gov
407 E Second Street
Jackson, GA  30233

Rains Provide Some Relief

Although the recent rains have put a significant dent in the current drought by filling our reservoirs and streams, the State of Georgia has not issued an official update to the current drought conditions. We will remain in Level II Drought Response.

The recent heavy rains are creating some water-related issues within the City that you can help with.

Help Keep Storm Drains Clear

During heavy rain events, ditches and storm drains become full, and sometimes will cause localized flooding of roads and yards.  This can be caused by a lot of rain in a very short time, or debris such as leaves and brush being washed into the drainage system causing it to clog.  The city makes every effort to keep problem areas clear and clean of debris.  We are in the process of improving some problem areas by increasing pipe size and removing built up sediment in ditches.  However, citizens can help by keeping their ditch lines and driveway culverts clear of debris.

A special note: Please keep away from culverts or storm drains especially during heavy rain events.  Water is a powerful force and can easily sweep anyone off their feet, especially a small child.

Keep Sewer Clean-out Covers In Place

It is important for every residence in the city to ensure that the cover on their sewer clean-out is in place. This keeps rain from entering the sanitary sewer system and causing unnecessary costs related to the treatment of rain water.