Code Compliance to Start April 1

With Spring coming, we appreciate how everyone is sprucing up their yards and homes. Starting April 1, the City Compliance Officer will be taking inventory of the City Code of Ordinance issues in town. Initially, the Code Compliance Officer will visit with citizens to let them know about ordinances they may not be aware of and to work with them to see what needs to be done to bring the issues up to code.

Contact Barbara Schlageter at (770) 464-6905 or BSchlageter@ socialcirclega.com for more information.

Please Don’t Flush “Flushable” Wipes

“Flushable” wipes are the new headache for wastewater treatment operations. Flushable wipes are made from high strength fibers that do not lose their strength and do not biodegrade fast enough to keep from clogging the pipes. The wipes get stuck on imperfections in the pipes and then other items get stuck which leads to clogs in sewer lines and malfunctions in sewer lift stations resulting in sewer spills.

This is not a problem to only Social Circle. Clogs from flusable wipes have been responsible for millions of dollars of damage to sewer systems in New York and London.

Please do not flush any kinds of wipes to help keep our sewer system running smoothly.

Chickens in Residential Districts

The City Council will discuss the keeping of chickens at their work session on March 21, 2017 at 5:30 pm.  This will be an opportunity for the Mayor and Council to discuss the input received to date and provide direction to the staff on whether to prepare an Ordinance for consideration. This topic has been considered by the Planning Commission, who recommended at their February meeting against allowing the keeping of chickens in residential districts, and also by the Historic Preservation Commission who recommended allowing the keeping of no more than two chickens in residential districts on lots at least ½ acre in size.

If the Council pursues an ordinance change to allow the keeping of chickens in a residential district, that ordinance would require a public hearing process  prior to a vote for adoption.

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.

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.