March 16 Update from the Mayor Regarding Coronavirus

Mayor KeenerAs your City continues to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we want to pass on some good advice from Bruce Williamson, Georgia House Representative from District 115 , “Governor Kemp is fighting to keep Georgia safe, but appropriately points out that we, the public, are key to the successful mitigation of this serious health pandemic.”

Our City continues to monitor the situations and will continue to provide essential services while minimizing the risk to residents.

  • The City has set up a web page with links to resources and all our updates in one place. (https://socialcirclega.gov/city-covid-19-resources/)
  • If you have any business with the City, please call (770) 464-2380 before going to City Hall. The front windows are closed. You can pay utility bills through the drop-box and the drive-thru window will be attended during normal business hours every day at least through the end of March.
  • The Welcome Center is closed until further notice. You can reach them at (770) 464-1866.
  • Social Circle Transit will continue to provide services, with limitations on passenger loads to avoid close contact between passengers. Please call (770) 464-2953 to schedule your ride at least 24-hours in advance.
  • City public works and public safety services are continuing as usual.
  • Early voting has been halted and the March 24 election is postponed until May 19.
  • The City Council Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, will still be held. You can view the agenda online (https://socialcirclecityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=2008), and the meeting will be streamed live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cityofsocialcirclegeorgia/. There are a number of public hearings on the agenda. If you wish to make comments but prefer not to attend the meeting in person, you may submit your comment in writing at the City Hall drive-thru or email CityCouncilPHC@socialcirclega.com by noon on March 17. Those comments will be presented to council during the meeting and will be made part of the record.
  • If you were scheduled for a court date for this Wednesday, March 18, you will receive a letter about the status of your case. Many cases are rescheduled to April and May, but there will be some cases heard as scheduled this Wednesday. Please call the Court Clerk at 770-464-6904 if you have questions or do not receive a letter.

The latest update from the Georgia DPH says there are currently 121 reported cases of COVID-19 in Georgia, none reported in Walton County and there has been one death in the state.

The Georgia DPH and the CDC are recommending “Social Distancing” to help prevent the spread of the virus. From the CDC website:

Social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.

Please continue to monitor official Local, State, and Federal sources for continuing information, provided below:

Walton County Updates - https://www.waltoncountyga.gov/

Georgia DPH Updates - https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus

CDC Updates – http://coronovirus.gov

 

 

 

 

March 15 Update from the Mayor Regarding Coronavirus

Mayor KeenerOn Friday, President Trump declared a national emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Governor Kemp declared a public health state of emergency on Saturday morning. Both of these will give our Federal and State governments powers to continue to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to treat those who are infected. There are currently 99 reported cases of COVID-19 in Georgia, none reported in Walton County and there has been one death in the state.

Our City continues to monitor the situations and will continue to provide essential services while minimizing the risk to residents.

  • If you have any business with the City, please call (770) 464-2380 before going to City Hall. The front windows will be closed. You can pay utility bills through the drop-box and the drive-thru window will be attended during normal business hours every day at least through the end of March.
  • The W. H. Stanton Memorial Library announced on Friday that they will be closed beginning today until further notice. Their online resources are still available and if you need access to Wi-Fi, you can access it from the parking lot. The password is library.
  • The Social Circle Senior Center announced on Friday that they will be closing starting Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. They will provide shelf-stable and frozen meals to the seniors, for pick up on Monday, March 16.
  • Social Circle Transit will continue to provide services, with limitations on passenger loads to avoid close contact between passengers.
  • The Georgia Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, announced that early voting for the March 24 election has been halted and the election is being moved to May 19, the date of Georgia’s other primary elections. This does include our local election for the District 3 City Council position. All votes that have already been cast will be counted for the May 19 election.
  • The City Council Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, will still be held. You can view the agenda online (https://socialcirclecityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=2008), and the meeting will be streamed live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cityofsocialcirclegeorgia/. There are a number of public hearings on the agenda. If you wish to make comments but prefer not to attend the meeting in person, you may submit your comment in writing at the City Hall drive-thru or email CityCouncilPHC@socialcirclega.com by noon on March 17. Those comments will be presented to council during the meeting and will be made part of the record.

The Georgia Department says that the best way to prevent contracting this virus is to avoid being exposed. They make the following recommendations to prevent the spread of coronavirus:

  • Protect yourself and those that you visit:
    • Clean your hands often
    • Avoid close contact with people
    • Avoid large gatherings
  • Protect others:
    • Stay home if sick
    • Cover coughs and sneezes
    • Wear a facemask if sick
    • Clean and disinfect often

Please continue to monitor official State and Federal sources for continuing information, provided below:

Walton County Updates - https://www.waltoncountyga.gov/
Georgia DPH Updates - https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus
CDC Updates – http://coronovirus.gov

 

 

New Voting Process in Place for Early Voting

The process for voting has changed this year. We want to give you an idea of what to expect if you are planning to vote during Early Voting. Because there is a local election on the ballot, early voting is taking place at City Hall from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday until March 20.

When you arrive at City Hall, voting is in the room to the right. Make sure you have a valid ID and wait until you are called. You will hand your ID to the election official at the desk. She will use the information on your ID to look you up in the voter registration list online.

Once your voter registration has been confirmed, a form is printed that contains your voter registration information. You will be given the page to sign.

Your page will look something like this:

The form says “Application for Official Absentee Ballot. Early voting is considered an extension of absentee voting.

Because this is a presidential election year and a presidential preference primary, you will be asked to select a political party for your ballot. Your ballot will only contain candidates for that party and any local elections.

Choose how you will be voting, sign your name and return the form to the election official.

Democratic Sample Ballot:

Republican Sample Ballot:

Note: Unless you live in Social Circle District 3, there are no options on the Non-Partisan Ballot.

The election official will enter information in the tablet and activate the card you will insert into the voting machine. When the card is ready, she will hand you the card to take to the voting machine.

Take your card to one of the voting machines and enter it into the slot at the bottom.

Follow the instructions on the screen to cast your vote. When you are finished, you will review your selections and print your ballot.

The ballot will print on the printer next to the voting screen.

Remove your card and grab your printed ballot.

Your ballot will look something like this.

You will take your ballot to the scanner. Your ballot is not cast until it has been entered into the scanner. Do not fold or damage the page in any way.

You can enter it face up or face down. The screen on the scanner will show that the ballot has been accepted.

The actual election day is March 24. Voting will take place at the Community Room from 7:00 am - 7:00 pm. The voting process will be similar.

Early Voting Starts Monday

Vote at City HallEarly voting starts Monday, March 2 at City Hall from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. This is for the Social Circle City Council District 3 Special Election and the Presidential Preference Primary.

You can vote at City Hall Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. The last day for early voting will be Friday, March 20.

Regular voting will be Tuesday, March 24 from 7:00 am - 7:00 pm at the Community Room.

Election Sign Guidelines

Election season is upon us, and we understand the desire for candidates and residents to post signs. However, signs are not allowed in the Right of Way.  If your candidate's sign is on the side of the sidewalk closest to the road, it is probably in the Right of Way. Please place your candidate's sign on the house side of the side walk, or on roads without sidewalks please place your candidate's sign on the house side of the utility pole line or house side of the ditch in some cases.

Starting on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, we will remove signs from the Right of Way. If your sign is removed and you would like to come pick it up, signs will be placed behind City Hall to the right of the back steps, or you may call Barbara Schlageter at 770-464-6905 and she can let you know if we have your signs.

2019 Election Qualifying Results

Election Qualifying Results

The following people have qualified for the 2019 General Election scheduled for November 5, 2019.

Mayor

Hal W. Dally, Incumbent
261 St. Andrews Court
Social Circle, GA 30025

David Keener
183 Heritage Park
Social Circle, GA  30025

City Council

Council District 2                             

Tyson Jackson, Incumbent
726 E Hightower Trail
Social Circle, GA 30025

Council District 4                             

Joseph Stevens Shelton, Incumbent
266 Richmond Drive
Social Circle, GA 30025

John J. Perpall, IV
178 Laurel Lane
Social Circle, GA 30025

Ann M. Overbeck
341 W. Hightower Trail
Social Circle, GA 30025

School Board

School District 1                              

Tonia Lumpkin
406 Sweetgum Street
Social Circle, GA 30025

Michael Atlee O'Conor, Jr.
315 S Cherokee Road
Social Circle, GA 30025

School District 3                              

Patrick Dally, Incumbent
398 Branham Circle
Social Circle, GA 30025

Stephen Lee Trantham
173 St. Andrews Court
Social Circle, GA 30025

Social Circle Election Qualifying this Week

Qualifying for the 2019 Social Circle City Elections started on Monday, August 19 and continues until Friday, August 23 at 4:30 PM. Anyone who wants to run for any of the offices will need to contact the City Clerk at 166 N Cherokee Road, Social Circle, Georgia before 4:30 PM on Friday, August 23, 2019 to file a Notice of Candidacy and pay a qualifying fee equal to 3% of the annual salary of the office sought. City Hall is open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm weekdays.

The qualifying fees for the offices up for reelection this year are:

City of Social Circle, Mayor: $216.00
City of Social Circle Council Member, District 2: $144.00
City of Social Circle Council Member, District 4: $144.00
Social Circle Schools Board of Education Member, District 1: $ 18.00
Social Circle Schools Board of Education Member, District 3: $ 18.00

City Council District Map

School Board District Map

Important Dates for this Election

Qualifying – August 19, 2019 thru August 23, 2019
Last Day to Register to Vote in the General Election – October 7, 2019
Advanced Voting – October 15, 2019 thru November 1, 2019
Election Day ‐ November 5, 2019

Advanced voting will open Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 8:00 am and will close at 4:30 pm on Friday, November 1, 2019. Advanced voting will be held at the Social Circle City Hall located at 166 N Cherokee Road, Social Circle Georgia during normal business hours (8:00 am - 4:30 pm) on weekdays.

Anyone who is not registered to vote and who desires to register to vote in the General Election may register to vote through the close of business on October 7, 2019.

Polls will be open from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM on Election Day at 138 E. Hightower Trail, Social Circle
Georgia. If there is a need for a runoff election it will be held on December 3, 2019, at 138 E. Hightower Trail, Social Circle Georgia.