Road Closure Dec 5, 9-4

Georgia Power will close South Cherokee Rd at the bridge tomorrow (12/5) from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm for utility work related to the bridge replacement project. The road will only be closed for the one day and there will be temporary detours posted to direct traffic around the closure. Passenger vehicles will be able to access the downtown area.
 
We will post the detour locations and routes later today.
 
For questions or concerns, please call City Manager, Adele Schirmer at 770-464-6901 or by email, aschirmer@socialcirclega.com

Make Christmas Brighter This Year for Social Circle Kids

City of Social Circle Fire Department Secret SantaThe City of Social Circle Fire Department is gearing up to for their annual Secret Santa program and they need your help!

You can help by donating cash (checks payable to Social Circle Secret Santa), donating new toys or volunteering to help stuff Santa’s sacks to prepare for delivery. Monetary donations can be dropped off at the Fire Department or at Pinnacle Bank. Donations of new toys may be dropped off at any time all year long at the Social Circle Fire Department.

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 the Police Department and the Welcome Center. Items are needed by Dec 5.

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

Opportunities for Giving Locally

Social Circle City Hall Thanksgiving Food Drive

Join in the 2018 Social Circle City Hall Thanksgiving Food Drive to help families in need. Bring your donations between October 15 – November 16, 2018. Drop them off in the box located at City Hall.

Requested items include: Rice, pasta and sauces; canned fruits and vegetables; canned meats; peanut butter and jelly; baking products; any non-perishable items.

 

 

City of Social Circle Fire Department Secret SantaFire Department’s Secret Santa

Please support the Social Circle Fire Department’s Secret Santa by donating money (checks payable to Social Circle Secret Santa) or new toys.

Drop off new toys any time all year long at SC Fire Department. You can take monetary donations to the Fire Department or to Pinnacle Bank.

 

 

 

Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade

The Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade program relies on citizen participation to donate gifts for the patients of the state’s hospitals serving persons with developmental disabilities and behavioral health. Donations will be accepted at the Welcome Center. For more information, see our web page.

Register Now for Social Circle Citizen Academy!

Want to learn more about the City? ‘

This is an interactive program that focuses on educating citizens about the City’s governmental operations. Elected officials and City staff will host unique and informative sessions designed to give a hands on inside look into City operations. You will learn about the City Advisory Committees and Commissions and get an inside look of the City Budget development process.

The class will meet the first Tuesday each month from November through May from 6 to 8 pm in the Community Room.

If you are interested in this program please complete the application. The program will be limited to 20 participants, and is anticipated to be offered annually.

For more information please contact Adele Schirmer, City Manager, aschirmer@socialcirclega.com, 770-464-6901.

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EPD’s Summer Burn Ban Lifted

Outdoor burning will again be permitted beginning October 1 in 54 Georgia counties where restrictions have been in place since May. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division issues the burn ban annually to help reduce emissions from ground level ozone that may jeopardize air quality, mostly in north Georgia.

Burn permits issued by the Georgia Forestry Commission are required for any outdoor burning in the state to help prevent wildfires and problems generated by smoke. They may be
obtained at GaTrees.org or by calling 1-877-O-K-2-BURN.

“The GFC will resume issuing burn permits on a day to day basis in counties that have been under the EPD ban all summer,” said Frank Sorrells, Chief of Protection for the Georgia Forestry Commission. “We’ll be following our normal fire danger and smoke management procedures.”

Sorrells said many areas of the state are currently experiencing dry conditions, causing grasses and vegetation to burn readily. Rainfall in the next few weeks will be critical to reduce the threats of wildfire as we move into the fall and winter months, he said. The Georgia Forestry Commission also promotes prescribed burning for the many wildfire prevention and forest management benefits it provides.

“Safety is our top concern,” said Sorrells, “and we’re asking everyone to be extra cautious when doing open burning of any kind.” According to Sorrells, escaped debris burns are the number one cause of wildfires in our state, and it may be necessary and wise to delay or postpone open burning if local conditions are unfavorable. The GFC advises burners to always keep tools on hand, such as water, a shovel and a cell phone. Never hesitate to call 911, and never leave your fire unattended.

For more information, contact:
Wendy Burnett
478.365.6233
wburnett@gfc.state.ga.us

The 54 counties whose EPD summer burn bans have been lifted are: Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Columbia, Coweta, Crawford, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gordon, Gwinnett, Hall, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Lumpkin, Madison, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Peach, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Putnam, Richmond, Rockdale, Spalding, Troup, Twiggs, Upson, Walker and Walton.

For specific information about conducting open burning, permitting requirements and current fire conditions in your area, contact your county’s GFC office or visit GaTrees.org.

Solarize Newton-Morgan Invites You to Their Launch Event

Solarize Newton-Morgan invites to you to attend their Launch Event on Thursday, September 6 at 7:00 PM at the Georgia Wildlife Federation at 11600 Hazelbrand Rd NE, Covington, GA 30014.

The Launch Event is an opportunity for folks to hear more about how solar works, meet the installers, and find out more about solar equipment options. There will be an opportunity for folks to ask questions about the program and to see why now is a great time to consider solar energy for their home or business. You can visit the official Solarize Newton-Morgan website for more information about the Solarize Newton-Morgan campaign and sign up for a free solar analysis for a home or business.

Sustainable Newton is partnering with the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority, Oxford College Farm, Madison-Morgan Conservancy, Solar CrowdSource, Georgia Interfaith Power and Light, and Environment Georgia to launch a solar photovoltaic group purchasing program. The purpose of the program is to help homeowners, businesses and nonprofits in Newton and Morgan Counties save on the cost of solar through bulk purchasing. Similar programs have been successfully completed in Savannah, Athens and Dunwoody, and have recently been launched in Atlanta and Carrollton.

The steering committee recently received proposals from three Georgia solar installers. We selected Alternative Energy Southeast (AES) because of their commitment to providing low cost solar as well as promoting community engagement and education. In addition, AES has agreed to donate 1% of gross sales to a pro bono solar installation project for a local nonprofit.

https://www.solarcrowdsource.com/campaign/newton/

Newton-Morgan | SOLAR CrowdSource

www.solarcrowdsource.com

Interested in going solar? Want to save money and have the support of experts in installing the right system for you? Working together, we can make Newton and Morgan counties leaders in solar energy.

Fire Chief Zaydel Recognized by City Council

The Social Circle City Council recognized Fire Chief Ken Zaydel for his election as Secretary/Treasurer of the statewide Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs (GFAC). The election took place last Saturday at the 2018 Georgia Fire Service Conference held in Dalton, Georgia. Chief Zaydel had served as one of the nine District Vice Presidents before running for the executive committee.

“We are pleased to have Chief Zaydel taking on this leadership position, on the GAFC Executive Board,” said GAFC Newly Elected President, Chief Wasdin, Hazlehurst – Jeff Davis County Fire Department. “Zaydel is respected by his colleagues, and I’m sure he’ll provide great leadership to the membership.”

Chief Zaydel has served as the Fire Chief for the City of Social Circle since November of 2012.

Dating back to 1952 and based in GMA’s Atlanta office, GAFC works to advance fire services in Georgia and represents more than 800 chief fire officers statewide.