Mayor Dally’s Wednesday Morning Update

Thank you for your overnight cooperation and continued patience.
City Hall is Open. The schools are closed.
The City Hall number 770-464-2380

Transit is running for essential services only. Call 770-464-2953
Georgia Power is assessing the damage and beginning repairs. They do not anticipate completion of restoration today. It may be several more days until power can be restored.
Shelters are set up at Corinth Missionary Baptist Church and Social Circle United Methodist Church. The Methodist Church will be open during the day and Corinth is set up to house people overnight.
The Salvation Army will be serving lunch and dinner today at the Methodist Church. Lunch will be served at noon. Dinner will be served at 5:00 pm. Meals will be carried to Corinth. The bus will carry residents to either location for shelter or food.
There is still plenty of water in the city, but please conserve water and use it for personal use. Wastewater is also OK.
Beware of spoiled food.
It is forecast to be 85 degrees tomorrow. Beware of hot homes and elderly residents or those who cannot tolerate heat.
We are working with the critical care facilities so they can plan to care for their residents.
Public works is collecting debris. You can carry your debris to the public works lot on Vine Street.
A reminder that since the stop light is out, please treat the intersection as a four-way stop.
Please partner with your neighbors who may not have access to internet to keep them up-to-date on developments.
We will do another update this afternoon.
Thank you for your continued patience.

****OVER NIGHT CURFEW ISSUED IN SOCIAL CIRCLE****

Conditions continue to deteriorate in the city. Trees are still falling and knocking out power lines. Georgia Power is not able to respond until daylight.

For this reason, Mayor Dally has issued a curfew effective immediately until 7:00 am Tuesday.

This means NO ONE should be on the streets until 7:00 am.

Social Circle Parkway is still open. However, North Cherokee, South Cherokee and East Hightower will be closed at the Parkway to all traffic except local residents.

Barricades are being placed across streets which are blocked by trees and power lines.

Thank you for your patience.

Police, Fire and Public Works crews are working throughout the night to monitor the situation and provide emergency response.

Even Tuesday morning, the streets will still be dangerous due to power lines and downed trees. Therefore, residents are advised to stay at home if possible.

Election Qualifying Results are In

Qualifying for the 2017 General and Special Elections ended at 4:3o pm today.

There were thirteen candidates qualified for six open positions on the Social Circle City Council and the Social Circle Schools Board of Education.

The 2017 General and Special Elections are scheduled for November 7, 2017. The last day to register to vote in this year’s elections is October 10, 2017. Early voting will be held October 16, 2017 – November 3, 2017.

Rotary Fair Update: It’s back on!

Good news for Social Circle!  Although the carnival ride vendor contracted for 2017 suffered a major health issue last month, he has assured the Rotary Club of Social Circle that he is equipped and ready to transport and set up the best rides this town has ever seen.

We regret the uncertainty recently cast upon the event, but are excited to be partnering with Carr Exposition to present the 14th Annual Social Circle Fair on the Social Circle Middle School/High School campus September 7 through September 10.

The bands are lined up, food vendors secured, and wristband tickets will go on sale in two weeks.  You may purchase your ticket for a $20.00 wristband by paying $15.00 in advance of the fair at Social Circle Ace, Bank of Social Circle, or Pinnacle Bank.

What a fun way to support your community and enjoy friends and fellowship!  There will be live entertainment and delicious fair food Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Remember that the proceeds from this event are used to provide scholarships to graduating SCHS seniors and monthly Ferst Foundation books to children from birth to 5 years old who reside in our school district. Rotary Club of Social Circle appreciates your patronage!

Political Sign Regulations

Election season is upon us, and we understand the desire for candidates to post signs. If you are not aware, all signs are regulated by the City sign ordinance, including political signs. More communication is desirable during the election cycle, so that all citizens may freely express their viewpoints during the election campaigns, and therefore this ordinance allows increased opportunities for signs during these periods, without limiting content. At all times, any sign permitted under this regulation can carry any legal message, political or non-political, commercial or non-commercial.

Please be mindful of the following regulations:

  • It is unlawful to place a sign in the right-of-way of any public street or on any public property or building, except signs by an authorized governmental unit. No sign shall be attached to or painted on a telephone pole or power pole, or any tree, rock or other natural object.
  • It is unlawful to place a sign on any private property unless the owner has given permission to place such sign on such property.
  • No sign shall be located closer than ten (10) feet from the back of the curb of a public roadway, nor be located closer than ten (10) feet from the public right-of-way.
  • No sign shall be maintained within 15 feet of an intersection or otherwise placed in a location that limits sight distance.
  • The total surface area of signs placed on a residential property (zoned R-15, R-25, RMD and RHD) shall not exceed 6 square feet.
  • The total area of signs on property zoned OI, NC, CBD, GC, I-1 and I-2 is not limited from between qualification for elections until the final determination of all contests and issues resolved by such elections.

Signs that do not meet the requirements of the Sign Ordinance will be removed, and can be picked up by the candidate or their representative at City Hall.

Thank you for your assistance in keeping signs compliant with City Code.  If you have any questions please contact Barbara Schlageter, Assistant City Clerk.

Please Keep Grass Clippings out of the Street

Lawn mowerWith all the rain the last few weeks, grass around the city is growing like — well — weeds. We appreciate residents mowing as they can between showers and clearing the grass clippings when they have finished. We do request that when you clean up after mowing that you also clean the clippings out of the streets. When grass clippings are left in the streets and the next rain comes, the clippings will be washed down the drain and can cause the storm drains to get clogged.

According to the University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, grasscycling, or leaving grass clippings on the lawn, not only acts as mulch to keep in the moisture when it gets hot and dry, they also serve as a natural fertilizer.

Code Compliance Update

The City of Social Circle Code Compliance Department would like to thank everyone for addressing their Code Compliance issues in a timely manner. We understand it has been raining this year and the grass grows back as quickly as you cut it, so thanks to everyone for keeping Social Circle looking good for our citizens and visitors.

Although many issues may be resolved within a matter of days, sometimes it may take up to 90 days to resolve in order to ensure proper notices are given and property owners have an opportunity to fix the code issues. Please look for future notices in the newsletter, on Facebook, and on our website.

Ordinances and Zoning

Road Closed for Tree Removal August 5

South Cherokee Rd between Cannon and Spring Street will be closed on Saturday, August 5 starting at 8:00 am so that crews can remove a tree at 417 South Cherokee Rd. All work should be completed and the roads reopened by 3:00 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.

Vehicle through traffic will be routed down Cannon Drive and Spring Street.

Trucks coming from the north will be directed down Ronthor Road. Trucks coming from the south will be directed around bypass.

We urge all citizens to be courteous to Police and City Staff during this temporary road closure and drive with caution. Thank you!

Qualifying for General and Special Elections to begin August 21

The City of Social Circle will hold a General Election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 to elect Social Circle Council Members for Districts 1 and 3 and Social Circle City School Board Chairman and Members for Districts 2 and 4.  A special election will be held to fill a vacancy for Social Circle School Board District 1.

Anyone who wants to run for office will need to qualify in the office of the City Clerk, (City Hall is open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm weekdays) at 166 N Cherokee Road, Social Circle, Georgia beginning at 8:30 AM on Monday, August 21, 2017 and ending at 4:30 PM on Friday, August 25, 2017.  Anyone wishing to run for office will need to file a Notice of Candidacy and pay a qualifying fee equal to 3% of the annual salary of the office sought.  The qualifying fee for City of Social Circle Council Member District 1 and District 3 is $144.00.  The qualifying fee for Social Circle City School Board Chairman and Members District 2 and District 4 is $18.00.

If you have any question, please contact Susan Roper, Qualifying Officer.

City Seeking Comment and Input on Library Expansion Plans

 

A drawing showing the addition of 2281 sq ft to the existing W.H. Stanton Memorial Library

A drawing showing the addition of 2281 sq ft to the existing W.H. Stanton Memorial Library

An expansion to the Stanton Library in Social Circle is in the planning stages.  We are interested in your opinions and suggestions on how the Library can better meet the needs of the community.  Two design workshops are being held which are open to the public.  Just stop in anytime during the workshop to view the concepts and add your input.  There is no presentation planned and children are welcome.

Thursday August 17th , 2017 from 2 pm to 7 pm at the Stanton Library in Social Circle, 704 W. Hightower Road

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 from 2 pm to 7 pm at the Social Circle Community Room, 138 E. Hightower Road

The results of these workshops will be used to finalize the Library expansion concept plans and cost estimates.  State funding will be sought this year to augment the funds which are already allocated from the Uncle Remus Library system and the Social Circle 2012-2018 Special Purpose local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).  Help us complete these plans and bring this project to construction.

For more information contact City Manager Adele Schirmer, at 770-464-6901 or Library Manager Janet King at the Stanton Library.