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

Students Volunteer for Cemetery Preservation

Students from the Social Circle High School Math Club spent several hours Saturday morning at the Social Circle City Cemetery working on the headstones to help preserve them. The students were lead by Mr. Trantham, SCHS teacher and member of the Cemetery Committee, and assisted by City staff. The process started with wetting the headstones then spraying a chemical on the headstones that will kill the lichens and other growth that gets into the stones and cause them to break apart. After the chemical was sprayed, the stones were scrubbed to help remove the growth and then sprayed with water to rinse away the growth and dirt. The final step was to spray the chemical on the stones to help prevent further growth.

The students were able to complete about two rows of headstones Saturday morning.

Help the Library Grow

Our town is quickly outgrowing our library and they are working on plans to expand, but they need your help. A State Capital Outlay Grant is needed to complete funding for the project.

The expansion plans include adding space for more library materials, making the library more accessible, and renovating for technology use by patrons.

You can help by sending emails or letters of support to our representatives.

Georgia House Representative
Bruce Williamson
bruce.williamson@house.ga.gov
PO Box 430
Monroe GA 30655

Georgia Senator
Burt Jones
burt.jones@senate.ga.gov
407 E Second Street
Jackson, GA  30233

South Walton Villas Apartments Accepting Applications

The South Walton Villas Apartments is currently accepting applications for available one and two bedroom units. Rent is based on income ranging from $425 to $605. Apartments have central heat and air, are cable ready, carpeted, energy efficient, handicap accessible and adaptable.

The apartment complex is federally funded and assisted by RD-USDA and is designed to provide housing for low-income families and individuals. Equal Housing Opportunity.

For more information please contact:

South Walton Villas
500 Spring Street
Social Circle, GA 30025
(770) 464-3581 or (678) 873-9539
TDD#: 1-800-255-0056

Office Hours:

Tuesday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Social Circle City Schools Receive AdvancED Accreditation

AdvancED, the largest community of education professionals in the world, is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of Pre-K-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. With more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation, AdvancED’s goal isn’t to certify that schools are good enough, but to help schools improve.

The accreditation process includes collecting student performance data, creating a quality improvement plan, and demonstration of compliance with AdvancED, government and partnership requirements. An external review provides the school system with findings on Powerful Practices, Opportunities for Improvement, and Improvement Priorities.

The accreditation is valid for five years.

For a list of the Social Circle City Schools scores, please see their website:

http://www.socialcircleschools.com/Content2/20220