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Reception for Former Police Chief Oliver Scheduled for November 25

Police Chief Tyrone OliverThe community is invited to an informal reception for former Police Chief Tyrone Oliver on Monday, November 25th. Due to the timing of his appointment by the Governor to be the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, the citizens of Social Circle did not have an opportunity to express our appreciation for the significant progress that was made during his tenure.  Therefore, please make plans to drop in for our  Thank you for your work in Social Circle reception for Tyrone at the Welcome Center between 4 pm to 6 pm on Monday November 25th.

“It Can Wait!”, Don’t Drive Distracted

Hey, Social Circle, “Are you texting while driving, maybe speeding in a school zone? If so, put it down and slow down!” Social Circle Police will be out monitoring traffic in our schools zones starting today.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines distracted driving on its website as “any activity that diverts attention from driving.” Activities can include texting while driving, eating and adjusting the navigation system, according to the website. Additionally, texting is the most alarming distraction. Since sending or reading a text can take up to five seconds, according to NHTSA, people driving at 55 miles per hour can drive the length of an entire football field without watching the road.

The safety of the motoring public and our children are of extreme importance. Let’s all work together to make our roadways safe in Social Circle!

SCPD Offers Halloween Safety Tips

SCPD Halloween Safety Tips

With all the excitement of Halloween, Police Chief, Jeff Fuesting, wanted to take a moment to remind residents of a few Halloween safety tips to ensure a safe and fun evening for the entire family.

Halloween is an exciting time for children, but they can be vulnerable to injury on this night. The men and women of the Social Circle Police Department strive to partner with our residents to provide the children of Social Circle the safest possible environment.

Halloween will be celebrated on October 31. The Downtown Merchants will have trick-or-treating from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm. The police will on-hand throughout the evening ensuring the safety of the trick-or-treaters.

Georgia EPD Declares Level 1 Drought Response, Calls For Water Conservation

Worsening drought conditions throughout most of the state have prompted a Level 1 Drought Response declaration from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD).  This means public water utilities in 103 counties will be required to begin a public information campaign to help citizens better understand drought, its impact on water supplies and the need for water conservation.

According to the federal government’s U.S. Drought Monitor, https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?GA the drought has affected the entire state with conditions ranging from abnormally dry to extreme drought.    As a result, most of the counties in Georgia must follow the Level 1 Drought Response requirements.

“This serves as a reminder for all Georgians to use water wisely,” said EPD Director Richard Dunn.  “It also gives public water systems an opportunity to educate their customers on the importance of water conservation.”

To determine the appropriate level of drought response, EPD considers several factors including precipitation, stream flows, groundwater, reservoir levels, short-term climate predictions and soil moisture.  EPD monitors and produces publicly available reports on these conditions on a monthly basis.

“The current flash drought we are in is primarily agricultural, but it can also affect water supply,” said state climatologist Bill Murphey.  “It came on quickly due to the intense daytime heating, lack of rainfall and sudden decrease in soil moisture we experienced in September.”

The public information campaign under a Level 1 Drought Response requires water utilities to circulate drought and water conservation information in one or more of the following: newspaper advertisements, water bill inserts, website homepages, social media and notices posted in public libraries.

The public information campaign will be required in the following counties: Appling, Athens-Clarke, Bacon, Baldwin, Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Bleckley, Brooks, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Butts, Carroll, Charlton, Chatham, Cherokee, Clayton, Clinch, Cobb, Coweta, Crawford, Crisp, Dawson, Decatur, Dekalb, Dooly, Douglas, Echols, Effingham, Fannin, Fayette, Forsyth, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Grady, Greene, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Hancock, Haralson, Harris, Heard, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Lamar, Laurens, Lee, Liberty, Long, Lowndes, Lumpkin, Macon, Marion, McIntosh, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Murray, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Peach, Pickens, Pierce, Pike, Polk, Pulaski, Putnam, Rabun, Rockdale, Schley, Screven, Seminole, Spalding, Stephens, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Thomas, Tift, Towns, Troop, Turner, Twiggs, Union, Upson, Walton, Ware, Washington, Wayne, White, Wilkinson and Worth counties.

In addition, the outdoor water use schedule required under the Water Stewardship Act of 2010 remains in place.  It limits outdoor water use year-round to the hours between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.  There are several exceptions to this limitation listed at https://epd.georgia.gov/watershed-protection-branch/water-conservation.

For example, the following activities may be done at any time of day under a Level 1 Drought Response:

  • Irrigation of personal food gardens may be done at any time of day;
  • Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf may be done at any time of day for 30 days after installation;
  • Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses may be done at any time of day; and
  • Hand watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container may be done at any time of day.

Public water systems may not impose restrictions on outdoor watering that are different from state requirements unless they obtain a variance from EPD. Currently, the City of Griffin and Coweta County have received variances for a Level 2 response, which restricts outdoor watering to two days a week.

EPD maintains a web page to keep the public informed regarding drought indicators, current variances,  and EPD actions regarding drought: https://epd.georgia.gov/about-us/watershed-protection-branch/drought-management.  Water conservation information is available at https://epd.georgia.gov/watershed-protection-branch/water-conservation.

Burn Ban Lifted; Permits Required

The temporary ban on all outdoor burning ends today. Georgia Forestry will begin issuing burn permits starting today on a day-by-day basis depending on weather conditions. Burn permits are required for outdoor burning of natural vegetation such as hand piled leafs and limbs and can be obtained at 877-OK2-BURN or online at gatrees.org. Permits must be obtained prior to burning.

Campfires and cooking fires are exempt and do not require a permit.

Road Patching and Paving Update

Road WorkAlcova Drive from Newton County Line to Azalea Farms Road will be deep patched and paved starting the 14th Of October. In addition, deep patching and paving will also start on Branham Circle and part of Gabriel Way.
 
Tentatively, Walton County will be finished with all paving by the 25th of October depending on their workload.
 
If you have any questions regarding the crews please call David Adcock at 678-727-3525.

Bridge opening update

Bridge open to pedestrian traffic onlyThe South Cherokee Bridge is open to pedestrian traffic only at this time.

The Ribbon Cutting for the bridge will be held at 4:00 pm Sunday, October 6.

The bridge will be reopened to vehicle traffic at 8:00 am Monday, October 7.

Temporary Ban on All Outdoor Burning

In response to recent dry weather and drought conditions, the Social Circle Fire Department has instituted a temporary ban inside the city limits on outdoor burning. Beginning October 2, leaves, pine straw, and other yard debris may not be burned until the ban is lifted. The ban is expected to be lifted once significant rainfall is received. Notification will be sent out when burning may resume. The GA Forestry Commission has temporarily stopped issuing burn permits in Walton County until further notice. This ban includes ALL burning, including burning exempted from burn permits such as bonfires.