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Political Sign Regulations

Election season is upon us, and we understand the desire for candidates to post signs. If you are not aware, all signs are regulated by the City sign ordinance, including political signs. More communication is desirable during the election cycle, so that all citizens may freely express their viewpoints during the election campaigns, and therefore this ordinance allows increased opportunities for signs during these periods, without limiting content. At all times, any sign permitted under this regulation can carry any legal message, political or non-political, commercial or non-commercial.

Please be mindful of the following regulations:

  • It is unlawful to place a sign in the right-of-way of any public street or on any public property or building, except signs by an authorized governmental unit. No sign shall be attached to or painted on a telephone pole or power pole, or any tree, rock or other natural object.
  • It is unlawful to place a sign on any private property unless the owner has given permission to place such sign on such property.
  • No sign shall be located closer than ten (10) feet from the back of the curb of a public roadway, nor be located closer than ten (10) feet from the public right-of-way.
  • No sign shall be maintained within 15 feet of an intersection or otherwise placed in a location that limits sight distance.
  • The total surface area of signs placed on a residential property (zoned R-15, R-25, RMD and RHD) shall not exceed 6 square feet.
  • The total area of signs on property zoned OI, NC, CBD, GC, I-1 and I-2 is not limited from between qualification for elections until the final determination of all contests and issues resolved by such elections.

Signs that do not meet the requirements of the Sign Ordinance will be removed, and can be picked up by the candidate or their representative at City Hall.

Thank you for your assistance in keeping signs compliant with City Code.  If you have any questions please contact Barbara Schlageter, Assistant City Clerk.

Rotary 2017 Social Circle Fair Cancelled

Due to the carnival ride vendor’s failure to perform, the Rotary Club of Social Circle regrets that it has been forced to cancel the 2017 Social Circle Fair.  Unfortunately, it has been a challenge to procure rides for the past few years, and the carnival experts may be accurate in their explanation that “small-town fairs just don’t produce enough revenue to justify the set-up, and may well be a thing of the past”.

We sincerely apologize to our sponsors, vendors, entertainers, and the community.  The Rotary Club will continue to provide scholarships to graduating SCHS seniors and monthly Ferst Foundation books from birth to age 5 years to those preschoolers residing in our school district.  It is our plan to develop another major annual event that will bring our community together for fun and fellowship while raising funds for these worthwhile projects.  Please bear with us as we work through this process.

Please Keep Grass Clippings out of the Street

Lawn mowerWith all the rain the last few weeks, grass around the city is growing like — well — weeds. We appreciate residents mowing as they can between showers and clearing the grass clippings when they have finished. We do request that when you clean up after mowing that you also clean the clippings out of the streets. When grass clippings are left in the streets and the next rain comes, the clippings will be washed down the drain and can cause the storm drains to get clogged.

According to the University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, grasscycling, or leaving grass clippings on the lawn, not only acts as mulch to keep in the moisture when it gets hot and dry, they also serve as a natural fertilizer.

Code Compliance Update

The City of Social Circle Code Compliance Department would like to thank everyone for addressing their Code Compliance issues in a timely manner. We understand it has been raining this year and the grass grows back as quickly as you cut it, so thanks to everyone for keeping Social Circle looking good for our citizens and visitors.

Although many issues may be resolved within a matter of days, sometimes it may take up to 90 days to resolve in order to ensure proper notices are given and property owners have an opportunity to fix the code issues. Please look for future notices in the newsletter, on Facebook, and on our website.

Ordinances and Zoning

August Citizen Poll

Road Closed for Tree Removal August 5

South Cherokee Rd between Cannon and Spring Street will be closed on Saturday, August 5 starting at 8:00 am so that crews can remove a tree at 417 South Cherokee Rd. All work should be completed and the roads reopened by 3:00 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.

Vehicle through traffic will be routed down Cannon Drive and Spring Street.

Trucks coming from the north will be directed down Ronthor Road. Trucks coming from the south will be directed around bypass.

We urge all citizens to be courteous to Police and City Staff during this temporary road closure and drive with caution. Thank you!

Qualifying for General and Special Elections to begin August 21

The City of Social Circle will hold a General Election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 to elect Social Circle Council Members for Districts 1 and 3 and Social Circle City School Board Chairman and Members for Districts 2 and 4.  A special election will be held to fill a vacancy for Social Circle School Board District 1.

Anyone who wants to run for office will need to qualify in the office of the City Clerk, (City Hall is open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm weekdays) at 166 N Cherokee Road, Social Circle, Georgia beginning at 8:30 AM on Monday, August 21, 2017 and ending at 4:30 PM on Friday, August 25, 2017.  Anyone wishing to run for office will need to file a Notice of Candidacy and pay a qualifying fee equal to 3% of the annual salary of the office sought.  The qualifying fee for City of Social Circle Council Member District 1 and District 3 is $144.00.  The qualifying fee for Social Circle City School Board Chairman and Members District 2 and District 4 is $18.00.

If you have any question, please contact Susan Roper, Qualifying Officer.

City Seeking Comment and Input on Library Expansion Plans

 

A drawing showing the addition of 2281 sq ft to the existing W.H. Stanton Memorial Library

A drawing showing the addition of 2281 sq ft to the existing W.H. Stanton Memorial Library

An expansion to the Stanton Library in Social Circle is in the planning stages.  We are interested in your opinions and suggestions on how the Library can better meet the needs of the community.  Two design workshops are being held which are open to the public.  Just stop in anytime during the workshop to view the concepts and add your input.  There is no presentation planned and children are welcome.

Thursday August 17th , 2017 from 2 pm to 7 pm at the Stanton Library in Social Circle, 704 W. Hightower Road

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 from 2 pm to 7 pm at the Social Circle Community Room, 138 E. Hightower Road

The results of these workshops will be used to finalize the Library expansion concept plans and cost estimates.  State funding will be sought this year to augment the funds which are already allocated from the Uncle Remus Library system and the Social Circle 2012-2018 Special Purpose local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).  Help us complete these plans and bring this project to construction.

For more information contact City Manager Adele Schirmer, at 770-464-6901 or Library Manager Janet King at the Stanton Library.

Citizen Police Academy Registration Opens Today

Social Circle Police Department Citizen Police Academy - Share Our Vision and Be Our VoiceThe Social Circle Police Department will be taking applications for the Citizen Police Academy beginning Monday, July 17, 2017. The last day for registration will be Friday, August 11, 2017. The class is limited to 12 students.

The six-week course will start Tuesday, September 5 and end on October 14. Class will be held in the evenings from 6:00 – 8:30 pm.

Applicants are required to be twenty-one (21) years of age and must provide their own transportation to and from training. Acceptance into the program is subject to review of the applicant’s background, including a criminal history inquiry.

There is no charge for the course.

For more information please call Lt. Randy Downs at 770-464-2366 or e-mail at rdowns@socialcirclega.com.

Citizen Police Academy Information

Application

Anonymous Tips Lead to Arrest

On Friday, July 14, 2017 at approximately 6:00am, the Social Circle Police Department along with members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT) executed a search warrant at 464 Ronthor Drive Social Circle, GA. in reference to a narcotics investigation.

The Social Circle Police Department received several anonymous complaints/tips at this address in reference to suspected drug sales.  We conducted an investigation which led to the search warrant being executed this morning.

Investigators located a quantity of marijuana and two firearms.  One of the firearms had an altered serial number.

23 year old Mikail Anthony Walker of 464 Ronthor Drive Social Circle, GA was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and criminal use of an article with an altered serial number.

We encourage citizens to continue to report any suspicious or illegal activity. See it, Hear it, Report it! You can remain anonymous. You can email tips@socialcirclega.com.