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Virtual Meet & Greet with New Police Chief Scheduled

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Join us on Facebook on Monday, May 4 at 1:30 pm for a Virtual Meet & Greet to get to know our new police chief, Will Brinkley.

If you have questions for Chief Brinkley, please email them to City Manager, Adele Schirmer, aschirmer@socialcirclega.com or call (770) 464-6901.

After May 4, you can call the police department at (770) 464-2366 to schedule an appointment to talk with Chief Brinkley.

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Fire Department ISO Class 2 Rating Goes into Effect Today

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The City of Social Circle is proud to announce that the Fire Department has received an ISO (Insurance Services Office) Class 2 public protection classification, effective May 1, 2020.

ISO is a third party independent agency that evaluates the fire department, water department and communications systems. It rates the results on a national scale from one to ten (one being the best and highest). According to ISO, its Public Protection Classification Program (PPC) plays an important role in the underwriting process with insurance companies. Most U.S. insurers report that the PPC information is used in their decision-making process when deciding what business to cover, what coverages to offer or prices to charge for personal or commercial property insurance. With a communities Class 2 rating, many insurance providers give a discount on annual insurance premiums for residences and businesses. Residents and business owners should check with your insurance companies to see how this new classification affects you.

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Summer Burn Ban Starts Today

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Georgia EPD Open Burning Ban Begins May 1, 2020 for dozens of Georgia Counties. Beginning May 1 and ending September 30, EPD’s open burning ban will be in effect for many Georgia counties, including Walton.

The open burning ban is not new. It began in 1996 in the metro Atlanta area and expanded to include other Georgia counties in subsequent years. The open burning ban prohibits citizens and business from burning yard and land-clearing debris. This rule is in addition to the year-round state ban on the burning of household garbage. People, particularly children, are more apt to be outdoors during May through September. It is during this time that ozone and particle pollution are generally higher than the other parts of the year. Some actions, such as campfires and agricultural activities, are exempt from this ban.

If you have questions, please contact firechief@socialcirclega.gov.

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Local Business Makes PPE Donation

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Mannington Mills’ facility in Madison, Georgia, has been making more than just floors these days. In collaboration with Klöckner Pentaplast, the entire site is engaged in making and assembling protective face masks to donate to healthcare and law enforcement around the country. Today Donna Parker with Mannington Mills donated 20 face shields to protect our staff.

We thank you for your generous donation!

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City of Social Circle Special COVID-19 Emergency Payment Agreement

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Social Circle Georgia City LogoFor the safety of our residents and community, to assure you can continue to practice the recommended hand washing and hygiene necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to help those who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mayor and City Council have authorized the following:

  • Service cut-off is suspended in April.
  • Administrative and late fees that would have been applied at the April utility bill due date have been waived.
  • A special payment plan is available to all City utility customers who have past due balances as of April 28, 2020.
    • This payment plan will allow you to stretch the repayment of your past due balance over a period of up to nine months.
    • You must complete the enclosed special COVID-19 emergency payment plan application and bring to City Hall by May 21.
    • All payments made under the agreement must be made before the monthly due date starting with the May due date or services will be cut off.

If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Fricks, Finance Director at (770) 464-6925.

We are proud to serve you, our citizens.

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City Budget Document Wins Award for Third Year

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The City of Social Circle received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program from The Government Finance Officers Associate (GFOA) for their 2019-2020 budget document. This is the third year in a row that the City has been recognized for this award.

GFOA established the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program (Budget Awards Program) in 1984 to encourage and assist state and local governments to prepare budget documents of the very highest quality that reflect both the guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the GFOA’s best practices on budgeting and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal.

Documents submitted to the Budget Awards Program are reviewed by selected members of the GFOA professional staff and by outside reviewers with experience in public-sector budgeting.

Thank you to Jennifer Fricks, Finance Director, Jenny Watt, Communications and Susan Roper, City Clerk for their work in creating our budget document.

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