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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!

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.