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Important Message about Natural Gas Safety

Natural gas, America’s most popular home heating fuel, is increasingly popular for use by homeowners, schools, businesses, factories, and electric power-generation plants because it is efficient, clean, reliable and a relative bargain compared to alternative energy sources. In our community, City of Social Circle provides natural gas to more than 1100 customers through a network of underground distribution lines. Main gas lines, typically 2-inch in diameter, branch into household service lines which are typically half-inch to three-quarter inch in diameter and buried 12- to 18-inches below the surface.

To protect you and others in the community; federal and state government, along with your utility provider have made your safety a high priority. Any time you dig or move earth in any way, you are required to “Call Before You Dig” 48 hours before beginning any digging. When you call 811, they will contact utility owners who will locate all buried utility lines on your property, so you can safely dig and prevent a potentially hazardous condition. Failure to use the 811 system is a known cause of pipeline accidents. Calling before you dig can prevent a costly or even deadly mistake. For more information, see www.Georgia811.com, socialcirclega.gov or call City Hall at 770-464-2380.

Natural gas is a colorless, odorless gas. A chemical that smells like rotten eggs is added to help detect a possible leak. Some of the signs of a gas leak include seeing bubbling water, hearing a hissing, or blowing sound from a pipeline or appliance, dead or discolored vegetation in an otherwise green area, dirt or dust blowing from the ground, or the smell of rotten eggs. If you smell gas, or just think you might be smelling gas, leave the area immediately and call your local gas provider at 770-464-2380 or 911 from a neighboring home or business. Never turn on or off switches or use a flashlight or phone in the presence of the gas smell, because an electric spark could ignite the gas, causing an explosion. Do your part to familiarize yourself and your family with these natural gas safety tips and continue to enjoy the value, comfort, and benefits of America’s cleanest, most efficient energy source!

This message was brought to you by City of Social Circle as a public service. To learn more about our natural gas service and the benefits of natural gas, call 770-464-2380.

City Hall closed for Thanksgiving Nov. 24 & 25

City Hall will close for the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 24 and 25. Trash service for Thanksgiving week is as follows: Tuesday’s route will run as usual. Thursday’s route will run on Friday. Friday’s route will run on Saturday. Recycling will be picked up on Friday. Be safe and enjoy the company of friends and family!

Public Hearing for CDBG grant Nov. 9

The City of Social Circle, with the assistance of Allen-Smith Consulting, will hold a public hearing on November 9, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. in the Community Room, 138 E. Hightower Trail (behind the police department) to discuss the approval activities of the City’s 2022 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The City was recently awarded a $1 million grant to improve sewer infrastructure in the Marco Estates area.

Social Circle receives $1 million grant for sewer improvements

The City of Social Circle has been awarded a $1 million 2022 Community Development Block Grant to improve sewer infrastructure in the Marco Estates area.

“We are honored to have received this award,” Mayor David Keener said. “This grant will ensure our residents receive the quality of life they deserve by allowing us to provide improved services.”

The city applied for the CDBG grant through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. The federally funded CDBG program assists low- to moderate-income residents through development projects and infrastructure improvements, according to dca.ga.gov. To qualify for a CDBG grant, cities like Social Circle must have timely audits and complete comprehensive plans, as well as demonstrating an urgent necessity for the proposed community rehabilitation project.

The City’s consultant, Allen Smith Consulting of Monroe, and the City’s engineering firm, Turnipseed Engineering, assisted City officials in preparing the grant award application in September 2021. The CDBG awards were announced on Sept. 23, and the City will officially receive the grant on Oct. 26.

The scope of the project will include portions of S. Cherokee Road, Marco Drive, Paige Court, Colette Lane and Wildwood Drive. The project is still in the design phase.

The City, its engineer and ASC will meet with representatives from DCA in November to set a timeline for the project.

SCFD flushing hydrants through Oct. 14

The Social Circle Fire Department will flush fire hydrants within the Social Circle city limits from Oct. 4 through Oct. 14. Flushing will be conducted on weekdays only.

Please be aware flushing can cause the water to be dirty. It may be necessary to run your water for several minutes until it clears up. This controlled procedure is vital to the general maintenance of the City’s water distribution system. It ensures adequate water flow is available to fire fighters, residents and businesses. Hydrant flushing also improves water quality by clearing iron and other mineral deposits from the water mains.

Friendship Festival rescheduled for Oct. 29

Predicted adverse weather conditions from Hurricane Ian sparked concern for the 28th annual Friendship Festival originally set for Oct. 1. Therefore, the festival was rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in Downtown Social Circle. For more information contact Downtown Director Amber McKibben at amckibben@socialcirclega.gov.

Dumpster Day is this weekend

City residents can dispose of bulk waste on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A City worker will be on hand to assist. The dumpster will be placed in the Public Works yard at Vine Circle off E. Hightower Trail. Refrigerators and paint will NOT be accepted. Bring a copy of your current utility bill or driver’s license as proof of residency.

Slow down, crews repairing sidewalks

Please be aware that flaggers will be directing traffic Sept. 20-22, along S. Cherokee Road for sidewalk and driveway repair. The contractor for a sewer improvement project is pouring concrete to replace sidewalks and driveways that had to be dismantled in preparation for the infrastructure upgrades.

Friendly reminder about September utility bills

Just a reminder to our customers that utility bills will soon be due. The last day to pay past due balances is Sept. 26, by 4:30 p.m. The cut-off date for past due amounts is Sept. 27. The due date for current balances is Sept. 29. On Sept. 30, late fees will be applied.