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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Citizen Firearm Class Scheduled for March 14

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This class is full!

The Social Circle Police Department has announced the date for their next Citizen Firearm Class.

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Community Room

This class is designed for those individuals that want to become familiar with how to properly use a firearm. This course will include classroom and range instruction. This course will also provide the legal and lawful explanation of the use of force.

Please contact Officer Randy Downs at rdowns@socialcirclega.com for more information.

The class size is limited to the first 15 applicants. All applications must be submitted no later than Friday, February 28, 2020.

https://socialcirclega.gov/services/police/citizen-firearm-class/

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Public Hearing Scheduled for February 18 Regarding Update to Community Work Program

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The City of Social Circle will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 6:30 pm at the Social Circle Community Room, 138 East Hightower Trail, Social Circle, GA 30025.

Updates are needed to the Community Work Program identified in the City of Social Circle Comprehensive Plan starting on page 35. In order to apply for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the Short-Term Work Program needs to specifically identify the project for which Federal funding is being requested. The CDBG funds will be used to improve infrastructure in Mill Village and Marco Estates areas. The cost estimates for the project and the map identifying the work to be done are available for review.

The purpose of this hearing is to brief the community on the contents of the proposed updates, provide an opportunity for residents to make final suggestions, additions or revisions, and to notify the community of when the plan will be submitted to the Regional Commission and Department of Community Affairs for review. In order for the Council to amend the Comprehensive Plan, Council is required to post a public notice and to hold a public hearing.

Comments will be received at the above public hearing, or may be submitted in writing prior to Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. to the Social Circle City Manager, Adele Schirmer.  She is located at the City Hall, 166 N Cherokee Road, Social Circle, GA 30025.

All community members are invited to attend the public hearing. Persons with special needs relating to disability access or foreign language should contact Adele Schirmer with the City of Social Circle at (770) 464 – 2380 prior to the meeting for necessary accommodations. Persons with hearing disabilities may contact the Georgia Relay Service at (TDD) 1-800-255-0056 or (Voice) 1-800-255-0135.

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Bring One for the Chipper, Jan 1-31

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Bring One for the ChipperOnce you have finished enjoying your Christmas tree, recycle it!

Bring it to the parking lot behind the Police Station and we will turn the tree into mulch that will be used for playgrounds, local government beautification projects, and individual yards.

Drop your tree off anytime through January 31st.

Bring One for the Chipper is Georgia’s annual Christmas tree recycling program. Each year, Keep Georgia Beautiful works with private sponsors to organize the recycling event. These statewide sponsors included The Home Depot, The Davey Tree Expert Company, Georgia Forestry Commission and WXIA-TV. Numerous local sponsors and volunteers also make contributions and provide in-kind services across the state.

The Chipper program involves hundreds of Georgia communities and thousands of volunteers. Since its inception, the program  has recycled an estimated 6 million Christmas trees.

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Public Community Meeting Regarding Wastewater System Master Plan

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The City will host a public forum on the Master Plan of improvements for the Wastewater system Monday, October 7, 2019 at the Community Room from 4 pm to 7 pm.  Infrastructure condition has long been a concern of our residents and businesses and affects the long-term economic vitality of the City. A master plan of needed improvements was completed, and is available online at https://socialcirclega.gov/documents/sewerage-system-master-plan/ for review.  Anyone who would like information on this plan, to view the projects recommended in the plan and their cost and anticipated timing, and ask questions of the engineers is welcome to attend this forum. Participants may drop in at any time during the forum, it will be informal with displays and opportunity for one on one discussions.

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Public Community Meeting Regarding Water System Master Plan

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The City will host a public forum on the Master Plan of improvements for the water system Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Community Room from 5 pm to 7 pm.  Infrastructure condition has long been a concern of our residents and businesses and affects the long-term economic vitality of the City. A master plan of needed improvements was completed and is available online at https://socialcirclega.gov/documents/water-master-plan/ for review.  Anyone who would like information on this plan, to view the projects recommended in the plan and their cost and anticipated timing and ask questions of the engineers is welcome to attend this forum.  Participants may drop in at any time during the forum, it will be informal with displays and opportunity for one on one discussions.

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Registration Open for Citizen Academy 2019

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The Social Circle Citizen’s Academy was created to give the residents and corporate citizens of Social Circle a chance to see, understand and interact with all aspects of your local government. Participants will learn about the structure of local government and how it relates to the State and Federal government. Elected officials, appointed advisory boards, and City staff will provide insight into the resources and programs offered by the City of Social Circle.

Participants will have the opportunity to delve into City finances, regulations, and the public processes associated with City government functions. Specifically, sessions will cover the structure of the City, the Comprehensive Plan and Codes and Ordinances, Municipal Court, Boards and Commissions, Public Works and Utilities, Finance Budget and Taxation, Public Safety and Transit, and Zoning, Permits and Code Enforcement. Classes will be a combination of lectures, tours, and interactive activities.

Participants in this program will meet from 6 pm to 8 pm at City Hall one day per month beginning in September through April, for eight (8) sessions. A mock Council meeting on a topic chosen by the class will be held on the last session.  A graduation ceremony will be held after the completion of the program at the regular May meeting of Mayor and Council.

Participation in the program is free. Applicants are required to be eighteen (18) 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.  A maximum of 10 applicants will be accepted into the program.

For more information please call Adele Schirmer at 770-464-6901 or e-mail at aschirmer@socialcirclega.com.

Registration and Information

 

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Community Meeting Regarding Subdivision on Memorial St. August 27

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The City of Social Circle will hold a community meeting to hear public comment and for the public to ask questions of the applicant about the concept plan for a new subdivision on Memorial Street. All lots would have street access onto Memorial Street.

The meeting will be held August 27, 2019 from 7 PM to 8 PM at the Community Room, 138 East Hightower Trail.

Public input/comment is welcome. All persons having an interest in this application should be at the community meeting to voice their opinions.

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Social Circle Election Qualifying this Week

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Qualifying for the 2019 Social Circle City Elections started on Monday, August 19 and continues until Friday, August 23 at 4:30 PM. Anyone who wants to run for any of the offices will need to contact the City Clerk at 166 N Cherokee Road, Social Circle, Georgia before 4:30 PM on Friday, August 23, 2019 to file a Notice of Candidacy and pay a qualifying fee equal to 3% of the annual salary of the office sought. City Hall is open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm weekdays.

The qualifying fees for the offices up for reelection this year are:

City of Social Circle, Mayor: $216.00
City of Social Circle Council Member, District 2: $144.00
City of Social Circle Council Member, District 4: $144.00
Social Circle Schools Board of Education Member, District 1: $ 18.00
Social Circle Schools Board of Education Member, District 3: $ 18.00

City Council District Map

School Board District Map

Important Dates for this Election

Qualifying – August 19, 2019 thru August 23, 2019
Last Day to Register to Vote in the General Election – October 7, 2019
Advanced Voting – October 15, 2019 thru November 1, 2019
Election Day ‐ November 5, 2019

Advanced voting will open Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 8:00 am and will close at 4:30 pm on Friday, November 1, 2019. Advanced voting will be held at the Social Circle City Hall located at 166 N Cherokee Road, Social Circle Georgia during normal business hours (8:00 am - 4:30 pm) on weekdays.

Anyone who is not registered to vote and who desires to register to vote in the General Election may register to vote through the close of business on October 7, 2019.

Polls will be open from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM on Election Day at 138 E. Hightower Trail, Social Circle
Georgia. If there is a need for a runoff election it will be held on December 3, 2019, at 138 E. Hightower Trail, Social Circle Georgia.

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