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Police Department Holds Inaugural Awards Banquet

The Social Circle Police Department held their inaugural awards banquet, Tuesday, March 12 at Church at the Grove in Social Circle. The program featured the Social Circle High School JROTC presenting the colors, Ms. Olivia Adams singing the National Anthem, Pastor Dwayne Jones giving the invocation and Stephen Lundquist as guest speaker.

The awards portion of the evening started with presenting each of the members of the department with a certificate honoring their completed years of service. The staff of the SCPD have a combined 186 years of service:

Officer Austin Wynne – 2 years of Service
Officer Jack Treadwell – 2 years of Service
Officer Devin Williams – 4 years of Service
Officer Ian Caldwell – 7 years of Service
Investigator Michael Jett – 8 years of Service
Officer Robert Orr – 8 years of Service
Officer Jerry James – 10 years of Service
Officer Jacob Rice – 10 years of Service
Sgt. Samantha Rose – 10 years of Service
TAC Operator/Administrator, Kathy Esque – 12 years of Service
Investigator Bill Bowen – 15 years of Service
Sgt. Chad Hunt – 16 years of Service
Officer Terrell Thomas – 18 years of Service
Sgt. James Pilgrim – 20 years of Service
Lt. Randy Downs – 24 years of Service
Chief Tyrone Oliver – 20 years of Service

Rookie of the Year: Austin Wynne. The Rookie of the Year award is presented to the person who has been P.O.S.T. certified less than 2 and ½ years, who best exemplifies the qualities, characteristics and the effectiveness of a new officer and one who distinguishes himself by a great degree of meritorious service of achievement.

Top Gun Award: Investigator Michael Jett. The Top Gun award is presented to the person with the highest cumulative score in at least 2 qualification rounds.

Humanitarian Service Award: Investigator Bill Bowen. The Humanitarian Service Award is presented to the person who has made a positive impact in our community, who has promoted human welfare and reform, who has diligently pursued promoting humanistic values in one person’s life or in the lives of several people.

Meritorious Service Award: Officers Devin Williams and Jack Treadwell. The Meritorious Service Award is granted to any employee for an outstanding act where there was a threat of serious bodily injury. This award is also awarded for outstanding investigative performance or criminal apprehension.

Medal of Valor: Sgt. Chad Hunt. The Medal of Valor is presented for acts of courage and strength of mind, in face of danger to protect life.

Chief’s Commendation Award: Sgt. Samantha Rose. The Chief’s Commendation is granted to any employee for an outstanding act or achievement, which brings credit to the agency and involves performance above and beyond that which is required for the employee’s basic assignment.

Employee of the Year: Kathy Esque. The Employee of the Year is voted on by everyone in the agency and presented to an employee who best exemplifies the qualities, characteristics and overall effectiveness of an agency employee and must be an accumulation of accomplishments throughout the year.  To be considered for this award, an employee must have:

  • Performed above and beyond their normal call of duty in their service to the agency.
  • Earned the recognition of his/her superiors for outstanding service to the agency.

 

Utility Work Update

As a part of the water line upgrades in town, contractors will be installing water pipe on East Hightower starting on Monday, March 25, depending on the weather. They will spend the approximately a month working from the Police Station to the Hump Bridge just past Poplar. There may be times when one lane will be closed while they are working. Crews will be directing traffic as needed.

Work is scheduled this week to repair East Hightower by Pinnacle Bank.

Crews will be working around the Pump & Go at the corner of West Hightower and North Cherokee, possibly starting next week while school is out.

Crews will be working at West Hightower and North Forest starting the last part of April.

We appreciate everyone driving cautiously in the area for everyone’s safety.

Crews Planting Trees Downtown March 21

On March 21 between 8:00 am and 11:00 am, City Workers and our Arborist, Creenan Mills, will be planting trees to replace the Crepe Myrtles that were cut down late last year. They will be working on East and West Hightower near the Welcome Center and Coffee shop. Crews will be directing traffic in the area.
 
Please exercise caution when driving in the area for everyone’s safety.

Gas Utility Workers’ Day is March 18

This is the fourth year in which Gas Utility Workers’ Day has been officially celebrated across the country. This day of recognition is a time when communities such as ours give recognition to the employees who provide one of their most valuable assets—their natural gas utility.

The official Gas Utility Workers’ Day is March 18 because that is the date of the New London, Texas school explosion in 1937 that led to the widespread odorization of natural gas and an increased emphasis on safety. Safety is a vital aspect to natural gas distribution and the employees of distribution companies endeavor to make natural gas delivery as safe as possible.

This annual nationwide event is intended to build public awareness about the hard work done by the employees of natural gas utilities. On this day, we will also educate residents on the environmental, safety and cost benefits of using clean, reliable and affordable natural gas. Our customers recognize the need to access reliable, affordable, safe energy and depend on the service of natural gas utility employees for that need.  This year, our natural gas utility workers accomplished:

The City of Social Circle looks forward to continuing to bring safe, reliable natural gas into your homes and businesses.  We also hope you join us in supporting natural gas as a premier energy source for our country.  As the cleanest burning fossil fuel, natural gas can help us achieve energy security and build a more competitive economy.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of natural gas and how your natural gas system works, please contact us at 770-464-2380.

South Cherokee Bridge Construction Update

Artist rendering of the new South Cherokee bridge

Artist rendering of the new South Cherokee bridge

The replacement of the bridge over the railroad tracks on South Cherokee is on schedule to be completed in October or November this year. The old bridge has been completely torn out and crews are preparing the earthwork and forms for supports for the new bridge.

The bridge is being replaced because it was structurally unsound. The new bridge is being built to current DOT specifications and will be taller and wider. There will be sidewalks and a decorative wrought iron fence on both sides.

For questions on the bridge construction, please contact Public Works Director, Barry Parsons. 770-464-6912, bparsons@socialcirclega.com.

Road Closed for Utility Construction

Road WorkIndustrial Blvd between the By-pass and Malcom Drive will be closed on Thursday, March 14, during the day for contractors to run pipe across the road. The road should only be closed for that one day.

[UPDATE 3/12 4:45pm] Crews were able to get enough done today so they are ready to close the road on 3/13 instead of 3/14, as originally posted.

[UPDATE: 3/13 11:15 am] The crews ran into some difficulty this morning and will have to delay closing the road until tomorrow (3/14) as originally scheduled.

Ribbon Cutting for the Burks Park Basketball Court Held Saturday

This basketball court is one more improvement in this neighborhood park to better serve the residents of the area.

All great communities happen with involvement by many people. Council member Tyson Jackson pursued this neighborhood park with vision and tireless advocacy. The Mayor and City Council allocated funds for the conversion of this area to a Community Park, with playground, basketball courts, and more to come. The Social Circle Kiwanis Club took on the improvement of Burk Park as a community service project. The Walton County Healthcare Foundation provided grant funds to purchase the basketball goals. The staff of the City Public Works Department and Police Department invested time and care in this park. Area residents are supervising and using this park , and helping to keep it clean and safe.

This community effort and involvement is another example of why we tag Social Circle as Georgia’s Greatest Little Town.


Water Line Upgrade Construction Updates

Starting at 9:00 am on March 6, 2019 contractors and City Staff will be connecting the new waterline on North Cherokee.  Crews will shut down the water to make this necessary connection.  Houses affected will be 346, 353, 362, 375, and 378 on North Cherokee.  The installation will take about 4 hours to complete.

Starting at 9:00 am on March 16, 2019, contractors and City Staff will install new valves and making connections to our new waterline on West Hightower Road and Clark Street.  Crews will keep one lane open on West Hightower , however , Clark Street will be closed until the work is completed.  Areas that may be affected by water outages are downtown, West Hightower, and East Hightower past the Fire Department.  We will minimize outages as much as possible.  Once we get the critical connections in place we can provide water to citizens affected.  Work will last most of the day.

Citizen Police Academy Registration Open

Social Circle Police Department Citizen Police Academy - Share Our Vision and Be Our VoiceThe Social Circle Police Department will hold their next Citizen Police Academy (CPA) starting in April 10, 2019. The CPA will meet one evening a week for five weeks and then one Saturday. This course will give citizens a hands-on look at the daily activities of our police officers. Applicants are required to be twenty-one (21) 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. There is no charge for the course.

For more information, please contact Lt. Randy Downs at 770-464-2366 or e-mail at rdowns@socialcirclega.com

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