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

Public Community Meeting Regarding Wastewater System Master Plan

The City will host a public forum on the Master Plan of improvements for the Wastewater system Monday, October 7, 2019 at the Community Room from 4 pm to 7 pm.  Infrastructure condition has long been a concern of our residents and businesses and affects the long-term economic vitality of the City. A master plan of needed improvements was completed, and is available online at https://socialcirclega.gov/documents/sewerage-system-master-plan/ for review.  Anyone who would like information on this plan, to view the projects recommended in the plan and their cost and anticipated timing, and ask questions of the engineers is welcome to attend this forum. Participants may drop in at any time during the forum, it will be informal with displays and opportunity for one on one discussions.

Public Community Meeting Regarding Water System Master Plan

The City will host a public forum on the Master Plan of improvements for the water system Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Community Room from 5 pm to 7 pm.  Infrastructure condition has long been a concern of our residents and businesses and affects the long-term economic vitality of the City. A master plan of needed improvements was completed and is available online at https://socialcirclega.gov/documents/water-master-plan/ for review.  Anyone who would like information on this plan, to view the projects recommended in the plan and their cost and anticipated timing and ask questions of the engineers is welcome to attend this forum.  Participants may drop in at any time during the forum, it will be informal with displays and opportunity for one on one discussions.

City Council Recognizes Ace Apaches Archery Team and Eagle Scout

The Social Circle City Council recognized the Ace Apaches Archery team and Mason Lawrence at last night's regular meeting.

The Ace Apaches Archery team is made up of youth age seven and up and adults, age 21 and up. The team has had many members place in regional, state, and national events this year. Three of their team members have graduated high school and are currently attending college on archery scholarships.

Ace Apache Standings

Mason Lawrence was recognized for completing his Eagle Scout project, which was to replace the planters in downtown Social Circle. He and his team of volunteers worked over two weekends to remove the old planters and place new planters.

Registration Open for Citizen Academy 2019

The Social Circle Citizen’s Academy was created to give the residents and corporate citizens of Social Circle a chance to see, understand and interact with all aspects of your local government. Participants will learn about the structure of local government and how it relates to the State and Federal government. Elected officials, appointed advisory boards, and City staff will provide insight into the resources and programs offered by the City of Social Circle.

Participants will have the opportunity to delve into City finances, regulations, and the public processes associated with City government functions. Specifically, sessions will cover the structure of the City, the Comprehensive Plan and Codes and Ordinances, Municipal Court, Boards and Commissions, Public Works and Utilities, Finance Budget and Taxation, Public Safety and Transit, and Zoning, Permits and Code Enforcement. Classes will be a combination of lectures, tours, and interactive activities.

Participants in this program will meet from 6 pm to 8 pm at City Hall one day per month beginning in September through April, for eight (8) sessions. A mock Council meeting on a topic chosen by the class will be held on the last session.  A graduation ceremony will be held after the completion of the program at the regular May meeting of Mayor and Council.

Participation in the program is free. Applicants are required to be eighteen (18) 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.  A maximum of 10 applicants will be accepted into the program.

For more information please call Adele Schirmer at 770-464-6901 or e-mail at aschirmer@socialcirclega.com.

Registration and Information

 

Community Meeting Regarding Subdivision on Memorial St. August 27

The City of Social Circle will hold a community meeting to hear public comment and for the public to ask questions of the applicant about the concept plan for a new subdivision on Memorial Street. All lots would have street access onto Memorial Street.

The meeting will be held August 27, 2019 from 7 PM to 8 PM at the Community Room, 138 East Hightower Trail.

Public input/comment is welcome. All persons having an interest in this application should be at the community meeting to voice their opinions.

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.

Walton County Tax Assessor Appraiser Visitation Schedule

From the Tax Assessor’s Office:

APPRAISER VISITATION SCHEDULE

NOTICE TO WALTON COUNTY PROPERTY OWNERS AND OCCUPANTS

In accordance with O.C.G.A 48-5-264.1, please be advised that the Walton County Appraisal Staff or Authorized Walton County Tax Assessor Representative may be visiting your property to review your parcel information concerning an appeal filed, return filed, construction of new improvements or additions, review of parcel, conservation use application, and personal property verification. This includes all residential, manufactured homes, commercial, industrial, and exempt properties.

The City of Social Circle properties will be visited from July 18, 2019 until October 31, 2019.

The Walton County Appraiser or Walton County Tax Assessor representative will have a photo identification badge and will be driving an appropriately marked vehicle. If there is any question about the identity of the appraiser or representative, do not hesitate to contact our office at 770 267-1352.

This appraiser or representative does not set values at the time of their visit and will only gather the necessary property information including exterior measurements, various coding, exterior photos, etc. The appraiser/representative will ask questions concerning the interior characteristics. Collecting this information does not normally require an interior inspection. Interior inspection and measuring would only be requested to properly gather the correct square footage. Answering any questions and complying with a request for interior inspection is purely voluntary on the home owners or occupants’ behalf. Otherwise, an estimate of interior measurements and characteristics will be done from outside the structure.

If you have any further questions, please call the Tax Assessor’s office at 770 267-1352.

Social Circle Census Committee Needs You!

Complete Count Committees US CensusThe Social Circle Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census needs you! The first meeting will be July 12, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the City Hall Conference Room. This meeting will feature a workshop about the program presented by our census representative. We need people from all over the community to serve on the committee. If you would like to be a part of this important program, please contact Barbara Schlageter, bschlageter@socialcirclega.com, 770-464-6905.

Why is this important?

Every 10 years, we count every resident in the United States. The census counts our population and households which provides the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy. Social Circle will receive $2300 a year for 10 years for each person in our City who is counted during the census.

The 2020 Census provides an opportunity for everyone to be counted. Community involvement plays a key role in developing partners to educate and motivate residents to participate in the 2020 Census. By participating on the Complete Count Committees (CCC) program you can help create awareness in your community.

You can play an important role in the 2020 Census:

  • Utilize your local knowledge, influence, and resources to educate our citizens and promote the census through locally based, targeted outreach efforts.
  • Coordinate cooperative efforts between our community and the Census Bureau.
  • Help the Census Bureau get a complete count in 2020 through partnerships with local governments and community organizations.

WHO?

Tribal, state, and local governments work together with partners to form CCCs to promote and encourage response to the 2020 Census in their communities. Community-based organizations also establish CCCs that reach out to their constituents.

WHAT?

A CCC is comprised of a broad spectrum of government and community leaders from education, business, healthcare, and other community organizations. These trusted voices develop and implement a 2020 Census awareness campaign based upon their knowledge of the local community to encourage a response.

WHEN?

The formation of CCCs is happening NOW! Leaders are identifying budget resources and establishing local work
plans. In 2020, they will implement the plans and lead their communities to a successful census count.

WHY?

The primary goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place.

Community influencers create localized messaging that resonates with the population in their area. They are trusted
voices and are best suited to mobilize community resources in an efficient manner.

HOW?

It’s up to all of us! CCCs know the best way to reach the community and raise awareness. Some activities could include:

  • Holding CCC kickoff meetings with media briefings.
  • Participating in Census rallies or parades.
  • Coordinating Census unity youth forums.
  • Hosting Interfaith breakfasts and weekend events.
  • Encouraging the use of Statistics in Schools classroom resources.
  • Incorporating census information in newsletters, social media posts, podcasts, mailings, and websites.
  • Helping recruit census workers when jobs become available.