Fire Department ISO Class 2 Rating Goes into Effect Today

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The City of Social Circle is proud to announce that the Fire Department has received an ISO (Insurance Services Office) Class 2 public protection classification, effective May 1, 2020.

ISO is a third party independent agency that evaluates the fire department, water department and communications systems. It rates the results on a national scale from one to ten (one being the best and highest). According to ISO, its Public Protection Classification Program (PPC) plays an important role in the underwriting process with insurance companies. Most U.S. insurers report that the PPC information is used in their decision-making process when deciding what business to cover, what coverages to offer or prices to charge for personal or commercial property insurance. With a communities Class 2 rating, many insurance providers give a discount on annual insurance premiums for residences and businesses. Residents and business owners should check with your insurance companies to see how this new classification affects you.

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City of Social Circle Special COVID-19 Emergency Payment Agreement

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Social Circle Georgia City LogoFor the safety of our residents and community, to assure you can continue to practice the recommended hand washing and hygiene necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to help those who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mayor and City Council have authorized the following:

  • Service cut-off is suspended in April.
  • Administrative and late fees that would have been applied at the April utility bill due date have been waived.
  • A special payment plan is available to all City utility customers who have past due balances as of April 28, 2020.
    • This payment plan will allow you to stretch the repayment of your past due balance over a period of up to nine months.
    • You must complete the enclosed special COVID-19 emergency payment plan application and bring to City Hall by May 21.
    • All payments made under the agreement must be made before the monthly due date starting with the May due date or services will be cut off.

If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Fricks, Finance Director at (770) 464-6925.

We are proud to serve you, our citizens.

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City Budget Document Wins Award for Third Year

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The City of Social Circle received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program from The Government Finance Officers Associate (GFOA) for their 2019-2020 budget document. This is the third year in a row that the City has been recognized for this award.

GFOA established the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program (Budget Awards Program) in 1984 to encourage and assist state and local governments to prepare budget documents of the very highest quality that reflect both the guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the GFOA’s best practices on budgeting and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal.

Documents submitted to the Budget Awards Program are reviewed by selected members of the GFOA professional staff and by outside reviewers with experience in public-sector budgeting.

Thank you to Jennifer Fricks, Finance Director, Jenny Watt, Communications and Susan Roper, City Clerk for their work in creating our budget document.

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Social Circle Ranked 24th Safest City in Georgia

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Social Circle was ranked by Safewise, a pioneer in unbiased home security reviews, as the 24th safest city in Georgia. Their 2020 report of The 50 Safest Cities in Georgia, uses FBI crime report statistics from 2018 and population data to calculate the number of violent crimes and property crimes per 1,000 residents. The ranking makes Social Circle the safest city in Walton County as the only other city in Walton County that appears on the list is Loganville, with a ranking of 31.

In 2019 Social Circle was ranked as the 25th safest city in Georgia.

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City Announces Will Brinkley as New Police Chief

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Uniform Patrol Bureau | Athens-Clarke County, GA - Official WebsiteWill Brinkley has accepted the position of Social Circle Chief of Police. He will begin work on May 4, 2020.

Will Brinkley has over 30 years of law enforcement experience, beginning with the City of Madison Georgia Police Department in 1989, and most recently as a Captain in the Athens Clarke County Police Department, where he served for 25 years rising from Police Officer through the ranks to Captain.

Will Brinkley is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute and holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. The Southern Police Institute is a division of the Department of Criminal Justice, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Louisville. It is an advanced education and training institute whose mission is to enhance the professional development of law enforcement practitioners by providing educational and career development programs that are designed to challenge and to prepare law enforcement practitioners for the demands of today and tomorrow. The Southern Police Institute consistently is ranked among the top law enforcement educational and training schools in the nation.

A strong proponent and practitioner of community oriented policing, Will Brinkley, throughout his career, has invested in relationships with his coworkers, his staff, and all segments of his community. His breadth of experience ranges from Patrol to Special Operations, School Resource, and community-oriented policing. He has been recognized for Meritorious Community Service and Leadership Ability, improving communication between Public Housing and the Police Department, Community Policing and facilitating projects which decreased criminal activity and enhanced quality of life.

Will Brinkley is a member of the Southern Police Institute Alumni Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

Described by his professional references as a genuine, transparent, person of integrity who respects people and achieves success by building long term positive relationships, he has led officers and shift supervisors through their many stages of training being attentive to their questions while putting the needs of the citizens as a top priority.

Will Brinkley believes in leading by example, and putting service before self.

We look forward to the opportunity for our citizens to get to know Chief Brinkley, and we will be making arrangements for those meetings as is possible while following the Executive Orders and Health Department guidance during this COVID-19 pandemic. The City will broadcast a Facebook live meet and greet program on May 4th, and individual appointments may be scheduled after May 4 by contacting the Police Department.

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City Hall Closed Through April 28

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Starting today, City Hall will no longer be accepting payments through the drive-thru. This is for the safety of everyone in the community, as well as, to allow our employees who may have been exposed to the virus to quarantine for 14 days. We appreciate your understanding as we all work through this trying time together.

Payments can still be dropped off at City Hall in the drop box and will be processed as soon as City Hall resumes its regular operations on April 29th. We encourage you to make payments online at our website (https://socialcirclega.gov/payment-options/) or over the phone at 1-877-840-5562. Your account information can be found on your bill or you can send an email including your name and address to Jennifer Fricks, Finance Director at jfricks@socialcirclega.com to receive your account information via email.

More information will be released regarding last day to pay past due balances, and due date for current balances.

If you need permits, please contact Barbara Schlageter at bschlageter@socialcirclega.com or by phone at (770) 464-6905.

If you have questions or need information on any other City business, please contact City Hall at (770) 464-2380.

We will all get through this together, as a community.

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March 27 Update from Mayor and Council Regarding Coronavirus

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Social Circle Georgia City LogoAs of noon today, there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Walton County. This means that no one who lives in Walton County has tested positive for COVID-19. This does not mean that we are safe from being exposed or that we should be any less careful. Every county bordering Walton County does have confirmed cases. Experts know that people can be contagious even before they start showing symptoms. Please continue follow CDC and Presidential guidelines for safe practices to continue to protect our entire population from the threat.

  • Stay home except for necessary trips.
  • If you or someone in your household are sick, stay home.
  • Practice social distancing when you are out.
  • Practice good hygiene.

We appreciate our residents and businesses for making the best of the situation. Keep posting pictures of your Chalk the City project and the bears you’ve found on the Bear Hunt! See the Downtown Social Circle, Ga Facebook page for details. Look for the Social Circle schools Honk & Wave Parade on April 3 at 5:30 pm. Details and maps on the Social Circle City Schools Facebook page.

Some recent changes to be aware of:

  • Governor Kemp has ordered that schools stay closed until at least April 24. Social Circle City Schools will continue to deliver meals to students, except for the week of spring break (April 6 – 10).
  • All local restaurants have discontinued on-premise dining, including any patio or sidewalk seating, but you can get food to-go. Please call the restaurants about placing to-go orders.

You can follow us for updates on the following social media platforms:

Twitter - @socialcirclegov
Instagram – cityofsocialcircle
Facebook – cityofsocialcirclegeorgia

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

City Updates - https://socialcirclega.gov/city-covid-19-resources/
Walton County Updates - https://www.waltoncountyga.gov/
Georgia DPH Updates - https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus
CDC Updates – http://coronavirus.gov

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