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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.

Golf Cart Ordinance Amended

On January 17, 2017, the Social Circle City Council adopted the amended golf cart ordinance. This ordinance allows motorized carts, aka golf carts, to be operated on city streets with speed limits not to exceed 35 mph.

If you own a golf cart and wish to operate it on public roadways, the golf cart must be registered with the city and must meet all safety requirements defined in the ordinance. Registration packets can be picked up at the police department Monday- Friday between 8:30 am-5:00 pm or downloaded from our web site. If you have any questions, please call the police department at 770-464-2366.

South Walton Villas Apartments Accepting Applications

The South Walton Villas Apartments is currently accepting applications for available one and two bedroom units. Rent is based on income ranging from $425 to $605. Apartments have central heat and air, are cable ready, carpeted, energy efficient, handicap accessible and adaptable.

The apartment complex is federally funded and assisted by RD-USDA and is designed to provide housing for low-income families and individuals. Equal Housing Opportunity.

For more information please contact:

South Walton Villas
500 Spring Street
Social Circle, GA 30025
(770) 464-3581 or (678) 873-9539
TDD#: 1-800-255-0056

Office Hours:

Tuesday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Social Circle City Schools Receive AdvancED Accreditation

AdvancED, the largest community of education professionals in the world, is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of Pre-K-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. With more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation, AdvancED’s goal isn’t to certify that schools are good enough, but to help schools improve.

The accreditation process includes collecting student performance data, creating a quality improvement plan, and demonstration of compliance with AdvancED, government and partnership requirements. An external review provides the school system with findings on Powerful Practices, Opportunities for Improvement, and Improvement Priorities.

The accreditation is valid for five years.

For a list of the Social Circle City Schools scores, please see their website:

http://www.socialcircleschools.com/Content2/20220

Coffee With a Cop

The Social Circle Police Department will be hosting a Coffee with a Cop each month to give citizens a chance to meet the officers of the Social Circle Police Department. There will be no formal agenda for the meetings, so drop in when you can to discuss concerns, ask questions and get to know your police officers.

The Coffee with a Cop for February will be held at Ford’s Restaurant from 7:00 am – 9:00 am Wednesday, February 1.

The Coffee with a Cop for March will be held March 8 at Butcher Block. Check back for times.

Two Trucks Filled with Donations Headed to South Georgia

"We are blown away by the generosity of the residents and businesses in Social Circle," Fire Chief Ken Zaydel said as he prepared to leave for south Georgia with the items that were donated over the last few days.

Members of the Social Circle Fire Department got to see first-hand the damage done by a record number of tornadoes across south Georgia as they assisted with emergency response. Their desire to do more prompted a request of the community for donations. Donations filled a truck and a trailer.

Several full-time and volunteer members of the Fire Department will drive a truck donated by Vend-A-Matic and the Fire Department's trailer to take the items to those who were affected by the tornadoes last weekend.

We thank the City for their generosity.