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.

Citizen Police Academy Registration Opens Today

Social Circle Police Department Citizen Police Academy - Share Our Vision and Be Our VoiceThe Social Circle Police Department will be taking applications for the Citizen Police Academy beginning Monday, July 17, 2017. The last day for registration will be Friday, August 11, 2017. The class is limited to 12 students.

The six-week course will start Tuesday, September 5 and end on October 14. Class will be held in the evenings from 6:00 – 8:30 pm.

Applicants are required to be twenty-one (21) 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.

There is no charge for the course.

For more information please call Lt. Randy Downs at 770-464-2366 or e-mail at rdowns@socialcirclega.com.

Citizen Police Academy Information

Application

Anonymous Tips Lead to Arrest

On Friday, July 14, 2017 at approximately 6:00am, the Social Circle Police Department along with members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT) executed a search warrant at 464 Ronthor Drive Social Circle, GA. in reference to a narcotics investigation.

The Social Circle Police Department received several anonymous complaints/tips at this address in reference to suspected drug sales.  We conducted an investigation which led to the search warrant being executed this morning.

Investigators located a quantity of marijuana and two firearms.  One of the firearms had an altered serial number.

23 year old Mikail Anthony Walker of 464 Ronthor Drive Social Circle, GA was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and criminal use of an article with an altered serial number.

We encourage citizens to continue to report any suspicious or illegal activity. See it, Hear it, Report it! You can remain anonymous. You can email tips@socialcirclega.com.

Water Line Repairs Scheduled for 7/13

Water line repairs will start on Thursday, July 13 on West Hightower Trail at approximately 9:00am.  The first repair will be in front of the Elementary School and the second repair will be at 586 West Hightower Trail.  Residents in those areas may experience temporary water outages throughout the day.  Crews expect to complete the repairs by 4:00 pm.  There will be one lane traffic in those areas and the City is asking that the public slow down during repairs and be courteous and mindful of our traffic control flaggers and the safety of our City crews.

Call City Hall (770-464-2380) if there are questions or concerns.

Regarding Pool Guidelines

Relaxing in a pool is a great way to beat the heat of the summer.  In order to address pool safety, there are building code and zoning requirements related to pools.  Many are not aware that permits are required for outdoor pools.  These requirements have been in place for years, however the City of Social Circle has only been administering the building permits within the City since July 2015.  Prior to that time, Walton County provided that service.

Please be aware that permits are required for new pool installations, both above ground and below ground.  If your pool was built or installed after July 2015 and there was no permit obtained, you will need to come to City Hall and obtain your pool permit.

There is not a fee for an above ground pool with no structure surrounding it.  A barrier is required.

If you build a deck around the above ground pool you would need a minimum permit fee of $100.00 for the structure/deck.

The purpose of the barrier is to provide significant restricted access and reliable entry points to a pool so that children cannot gain access unless an adult provides such access.  The barrier can be the wall of the pool itself if 48 inches tall. If the pool is lower than 48 inches, please remover the ladder off the pool when no one is home.  The City of Social Circle’s main concern is the safety of pool access for all adults and children.

Inground pools do have a pool permit fee of $300.00 includes electrical and plumbing.  An inground pool does require a permanent fence, wall, building wall or combination. Permanent means “not being able to be removed, lifted or relocated without the use of a tool.

If your pool was installed prior to July 2015, and you would like the City to review it we will do that at no charge.  Otherwise, no action is needed.  The City will respond to any complaints or concerns that are received relative to Code compliance and advise the property owner if there are any issues to be addressed.

The City of Social Circle hopes this helps in any confusion of the pool requirements posted in the newsletter, but if you have questions please contact Barbara Schlageter at 770-464-6905 or bschalgeter@socialcirclega.com.