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Memorial Drive Development Update

If you’ve been down Memorial Drive between Forrest Ave and the high school, you may have noticed that the underbrush has been cleared on the left side of the road. The property owner has been doing the work. No permit is required from the City for the work. At this time, no development has been approved for this property.

For additional information, please contact Barbara Schlageter, 770-464-6905, bschlageter@socialcirclega.com.

Public Hearing Scheduled for February 18 Regarding Update to Community Work Program

The City of Social Circle will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 6:30 pm at the Social Circle Community Room, 138 East Hightower Trail, Social Circle, GA 30025.

Updates are needed to the Community Work Program identified in the City of Social Circle Comprehensive Plan starting on page 35. In order to apply for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the Short-Term Work Program needs to specifically identify the project for which Federal funding is being requested. The CDBG funds will be used to improve infrastructure in Mill Village and Marco Estates areas. The cost estimates for the project and the map identifying the work to be done are available for review.

The purpose of this hearing is to brief the community on the contents of the proposed updates, provide an opportunity for residents to make final suggestions, additions or revisions, and to notify the community of when the plan will be submitted to the Regional Commission and Department of Community Affairs for review. In order for the Council to amend the Comprehensive Plan, Council is required to post a public notice and to hold a public hearing.

Comments will be received at the above public hearing, or may be submitted in writing prior to Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. to the Social Circle City Manager, Adele Schirmer.  She is located at the City Hall, 166 N Cherokee Road, Social Circle, GA 30025.

All community members are invited to attend the public hearing. Persons with special needs relating to disability access or foreign language should contact Adele Schirmer with the City of Social Circle at (770) 464 – 2380 prior to the meeting for necessary accommodations. Persons with hearing disabilities may contact the Georgia Relay Service at (TDD) 1-800-255-0056 or (Voice) 1-800-255-0135.

Georgia Power Trimming Trees

TreeYou may have noticed tree trimming under and near the power lines around town.  Georgia Power is currently performing routine tree trimming in Social Circle.  Trimming takes place within a 30’ easement (15’ on either side of the power line) and occurs approximately every three years.  Trimming is performed to not only maintain reliable power, but, more importantly, for safety. Trees can become energized if allowed to grow into the power lines.

For more information: https://www.georgiapower.com/community/environment/trees-and-right-of-way/residential-vegetationmanagement.html (information provided by Sherry Lizotte, Georgia Power Company, Forestry and Right of Way Services)

Comments Requested on Sidewalk/Trails Master Plan

Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

This is a draft sidewalk and trail master plan, for which we would like to obtain comments from the public prior to Planning Commission and Council work sessions, and final action.

The purpose of this plan is to layout a long term vision for sidewalks and trails, that can be implemented over time through development projects, grants, or projects.  This Master Plan does not set forth funding nor a schedule for any sidewalks or trails, nor does it encumber any  private property.  Any projects that cross private property could not be constructed unless and until an easement or right of way was dedicated for that purpose.  It is helpful to have such a Master Plan in place so that as development projects are proposed, allowance can be made for the sidewalks and trails as part of those proposals.

For more information or questions, please contact Barbara Schlageter, bschlageter@socialcirclega.com, 770464-6905.

Comments are welcomed and requested by January 31 , and will be used to continue the development of this Master Plan to a form and vision that is reflective of the community values and warrants consideration by the Mayor and City Council.

Bring One for the Chipper, Jan 1-31

Bring One for the ChipperOnce you have finished enjoying your Christmas tree, recycle it!

Bring it to the parking lot behind the Police Station and we will turn the tree into mulch that will be used for playgrounds, local government beautification projects, and individual yards.

Drop your tree off anytime through January 31st.

Bring One for the Chipper is Georgia’s annual Christmas tree recycling program. Each year, Keep Georgia Beautiful works with private sponsors to organize the recycling event. These statewide sponsors included The Home Depot, The Davey Tree Expert Company, Georgia Forestry Commission and WXIA-TV. Numerous local sponsors and volunteers also make contributions and provide in-kind services across the state.

The Chipper program involves hundreds of Georgia communities and thousands of volunteers. Since its inception, the program  has recycled an estimated 6 million Christmas trees.

Social Circle Middle/High School Placed on Soft Lock Down

Today at approximately 12:54 pm., the SCHS administration and a Social Circle Police School Resource Officer were made aware of a suspicious person walking near the retention pond on campus at the high school.  Immediately, the District took proactive measures and communicated with the SRO officer and the Social Circle Police.  As a safety precaution, both the high school and middle school were placed in a soft lock down during the investigation.  All students and staff at SCMHS are safe.

Social Circle Police and school officials investigated, and the suspicious person was identified as a landscaper authorized to be on school property.

The safety of students and staff is our number one goal at Social Circle School District.  We thank all entities for working together for the safety of our children.

Teen Leadership Academy Starts Feb 12

The Social Circle Police Department will host their first Teen Leadership Academy starting Wednesday, February 12.

The classes will be held at the Social Circle High School Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00 pm for eight weeks.

Registration is open to students in grades 8 -12.

Participants will get hands-on experience with the daily activities of the police officers and get to role-play as police officers, prosecutors and judges.

To sign up, complete the registration form and return to SCPD School Resource Officer, Michael Jett.

For more information, contact Officer Jett or Chief Fuesting at 770-464-2366.