City ISO Rating Makes Large Improvement

The Social Circle Fire Department completed their Public Protection Classification (PPC) survey analyzing the structural fire suppression delivery system provided by the City. The rating improved from 4 to 2 since the last review, six years ago. The ISO PPC rating influences prices and coverages set by insurance companies on personal and commercial property insurance.

The classification review by the ISO representative focuses on three main areas:

1) Emergency communications (emergency dispatch center) (10%)

2) Water supply systems (the amount of water necessary for fire suppression) (40%)

3) The fire department itself (equipment, staffing, training, geographic distribution of fire companies, operational considerations, and community risk reduction) (50%)

ISO PPC scores range from 1 to 10 with 1 being the best rating. Approximately 20 Fire Departments in Georgia have achieved a 1 rating. A 2 rating places the City of Social Circle among the top 3% of Fire Departments evaluated nationwide. Locally, the Cities of Loganville and Covington have a 2 ISO rating, and the City of Monroe has an ISO rating of 3.

The recent 2.5% water utility rate increases on City water service supported the completion of over $2M in improvements to the water system over the last two years, which contributed significantly to this City-wide rating improvement. Additional improvements which contributed to the improved ISO rating include: Fire Safety programs which have been implemented recently, such as Fire Safety inspections; the construction of Fire Station 17 on Willow Springs Church Road, which reduced response time to the industrial sector of high risk buildings; new sprinkler systems in some of the large industrial buildings; the continuation of an in-city Fire Training facility, now located behind Station 17; the increase in fire staffing to four persons per shift. For information on how this rating may reduce your homeowners insurance cost, please contact your insurance agent. For further information about Fire Safety within the City, contact Chief Zaydel at 770-464-0621.

CDB Grant Public Hearing Scheduled for December 5

The City of Social Circle would like to invite you to a Public Hearing regarding the City’s application for a Community Development Block (CDB) Grant of up to $750,000.00. The City plans to use the grant funds to improve water and sewer systems in the Mill Village area. More specific details regarding the eligible activities, the estimated amount of funds proposed to be used for activities to benefit low- and moderate-income persons, and the rating system will be provided at a public hearing which will be held at the City of Social Circle Community Room on December 5, 2019 at 6:30 PM located at 138 E Hightower Street, Social Circle, GA 30025. The purpose of the hearing will be to obtain citizen input into the development of the application.

Donations being accepted for the Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade

Mayors Christmas MotorcadeThe City of Social Circle will be doing its part to make the holiday season special for residents of Georgia’s hospitals serving persons with developmental disabilities and behavioral health needs by participating in Mayor’s Christmas Motorcade program. The program, started by Georgia Municipal Association in 1959, relies on citizen participation to donate gifts for the patients, many of whom would not receive gifts or be recognized without this program. Donations will be accepted at City Hall. Items are needed by Dec 4.

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For more information, please contact Jenny Watt, jlwatt@socialcirclega.com.

Notice of Public Hearing: Community Development Block Grant project (CDBG)

The City of Social Circle is considering applying to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs for a Community Development Block Grant of up to $750,000.00. These funds must be used to primarily benefit low- and moderate-income persons.

The activities for which these funds may be used are in the areas of housing, public facilities, and economic development. More specific details regarding the eligible activities, plans to assist displaced persons (if any), the estimated amount of funds proposed to be used for activities to benefit low- and moderate-income persons, and the rating system will be provided at a public hearing which will be held on December 5, 2019 at 6:30 PM in the Public Meeting Room located at 138 E Hightower Trail, Social Circle, GA, 30025.

The purpose of the hearing will be to obtain citizen input into the development of the application and to review progress on previous CDBG grants (if applicable).

This project is covered under the requirements of Section 3 of the HUD Act of 1968, as amended and Section 3 Residents and Business Concerns are encouraged to apply. A list of job training locations available to low- and moderate-income residents will be provided.

The City of Social Circle also abides by the following laws as they pertain to HUD Assisted Projects: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Section 109 of the HCD Act of 1974, Title 1; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act); Section 104(b)(2) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended; Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA); and  the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968.

The City of Social Circle is committed to providing all persons with equal access to its services, programs, activities, education and employment regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, disability or age. For reasonable accommodation or if you need an alternative format or language, please contact Adele Schirmer at aSchirmer@socialcirclega.com or (770) 464-2380 or prior to December 5, 2019.

The City of Social Circle has reviewed the Department of Community Affair’s Analysis of Impediments and is providing the following link for review https://www.dca.ga.gov/sites/default/files/analysis of impediments 2016.pdf

Persons with hearing disabilities can contact the Georgia Relay Service, at 1-800-255-0056 (TDD) or 1-800-255-0135 (Voice) if they require assistance.

Social Circle 2020 CDBG PH Notice

Reception for Former Police Chief Oliver Scheduled for November 25

Police Chief Tyrone OliverThe community is invited to an informal reception for former Police Chief Tyrone Oliver on Monday, November 25th. Due to the timing of his appointment by the Governor to be the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, the citizens of Social Circle did not have an opportunity to express our appreciation for the significant progress that was made during his tenure.  Therefore, please make plans to drop in for our  Thank you for your work in Social Circle reception for Tyrone at the Welcome Center between 4 pm to 6 pm on Monday November 25th.

“It Can Wait!”, Don’t Drive Distracted

Hey, Social Circle, “Are you texting while driving, maybe speeding in a school zone? If so, put it down and slow down!” Social Circle Police will be out monitoring traffic in our schools zones starting today.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines distracted driving on its website as “any activity that diverts attention from driving.” Activities can include texting while driving, eating and adjusting the navigation system, according to the website. Additionally, texting is the most alarming distraction. Since sending or reading a text can take up to five seconds, according to NHTSA, people driving at 55 miles per hour can drive the length of an entire football field without watching the road.

The safety of the motoring public and our children are of extreme importance. Let’s all work together to make our roadways safe in Social Circle!

SCPD Offers Halloween Safety Tips

SCPD Halloween Safety Tips

With all the excitement of Halloween, Police Chief, Jeff Fuesting, wanted to take a moment to remind residents of a few Halloween safety tips to ensure a safe and fun evening for the entire family.

Halloween is an exciting time for children, but they can be vulnerable to injury on this night. The men and women of the Social Circle Police Department strive to partner with our residents to provide the children of Social Circle the safest possible environment.

Halloween will be celebrated on October 31. The Downtown Merchants will have trick-or-treating from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm. The police will on-hand throughout the evening ensuring the safety of the trick-or-treaters.

Georgia EPD Declares Level 1 Drought Response, Calls For Water Conservation

Worsening drought conditions throughout most of the state have prompted a Level 1 Drought Response declaration from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD).  This means public water utilities in 103 counties will be required to begin a public information campaign to help citizens better understand drought, its impact on water supplies and the need for water conservation.

According to the federal government’s U.S. Drought Monitor, https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?GA the drought has affected the entire state with conditions ranging from abnormally dry to extreme drought.    As a result, most of the counties in Georgia must follow the Level 1 Drought Response requirements.

“This serves as a reminder for all Georgians to use water wisely,” said EPD Director Richard Dunn.  “It also gives public water systems an opportunity to educate their customers on the importance of water conservation.”

To determine the appropriate level of drought response, EPD considers several factors including precipitation, stream flows, groundwater, reservoir levels, short-term climate predictions and soil moisture.  EPD monitors and produces publicly available reports on these conditions on a monthly basis.

“The current flash drought we are in is primarily agricultural, but it can also affect water supply,” said state climatologist Bill Murphey.  “It came on quickly due to the intense daytime heating, lack of rainfall and sudden decrease in soil moisture we experienced in September.”

The public information campaign under a Level 1 Drought Response requires water utilities to circulate drought and water conservation information in one or more of the following: newspaper advertisements, water bill inserts, website homepages, social media and notices posted in public libraries.

The public information campaign will be required in the following counties: Appling, Athens-Clarke, Bacon, Baldwin, Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Bleckley, Brooks, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Butts, Carroll, Charlton, Chatham, Cherokee, Clayton, Clinch, Cobb, Coweta, Crawford, Crisp, Dawson, Decatur, Dekalb, Dooly, Douglas, Echols, Effingham, Fannin, Fayette, Forsyth, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Grady, Greene, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Hancock, Haralson, Harris, Heard, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Lamar, Laurens, Lee, Liberty, Long, Lowndes, Lumpkin, Macon, Marion, McIntosh, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Murray, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Peach, Pickens, Pierce, Pike, Polk, Pulaski, Putnam, Rabun, Rockdale, Schley, Screven, Seminole, Spalding, Stephens, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Thomas, Tift, Towns, Troop, Turner, Twiggs, Union, Upson, Walton, Ware, Washington, Wayne, White, Wilkinson and Worth counties.

In addition, the outdoor water use schedule required under the Water Stewardship Act of 2010 remains in place.  It limits outdoor water use year-round to the hours between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.  There are several exceptions to this limitation listed at https://epd.georgia.gov/watershed-protection-branch/water-conservation.

For example, the following activities may be done at any time of day under a Level 1 Drought Response:

  • Irrigation of personal food gardens may be done at any time of day;
  • Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf may be done at any time of day for 30 days after installation;
  • Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses may be done at any time of day; and
  • Hand watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container may be done at any time of day.

Public water systems may not impose restrictions on outdoor watering that are different from state requirements unless they obtain a variance from EPD. Currently, the City of Griffin and Coweta County have received variances for a Level 2 response, which restricts outdoor watering to two days a week.

EPD maintains a web page to keep the public informed regarding drought indicators, current variances,  and EPD actions regarding drought: https://epd.georgia.gov/about-us/watershed-protection-branch/drought-management.  Water conservation information is available at https://epd.georgia.gov/watershed-protection-branch/water-conservation.

Burn Ban Lifted; Permits Required

The temporary ban on all outdoor burning ends today. Georgia Forestry will begin issuing burn permits starting today on a day-by-day basis depending on weather conditions. Burn permits are required for outdoor burning of natural vegetation such as hand piled leafs and limbs and can be obtained at 877-OK2-BURN or online at gatrees.org. Permits must be obtained prior to burning.

Campfires and cooking fires are exempt and do not require a permit.