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Yard Sale Maps are Available!

You can view the Interactive Map, download the Printable Map and Address List and print it yourself or stop by the Welcome Center to pick up a copy.

Some things to be aware of:

  • The Yard Sale will be rain or shine. Some locations may choose not to participate due to the weather.
  • Each location will set their own hours.
  • Locations may decide not to participate.
  • There may be locations that are not on the list.

City-Wide Yard Sale

Annual Northern Georgia Burn Ban Begins May 1

Get a permit before you burn. It's fast and free and it's the law.Georgia’s annual ban on outdoor burning begins May 1 in 54 counties, mostly in the northern half of the state. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) puts the restrictions in place during the summer months, when increases in ground level ozone may create health risks.

“From May 1 until September 30, open burning of yard and land-clearing debris is prohibited in some counties where particulate matter pollutants and chemicals from smoke are more likely to combine with emissions from vehicles and industrial activities,” said Frank Sorrells, Chief of Protection for the Georgia Forestry Commission. “Our agencies closely monitor air quality, weather conditions and open burning for the safety of all Georgians.”

The 54 counties affected by the ban are: Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Columbia, Coweta, Crawford, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gordon, Gwinnett, Hall, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Lumpkin, Madison, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Peach, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Putnam, Richmond, Rockdale, Spalding, Troup, Twiggs, Upson, Walker and Walton.

May through September is the time of year when people are more likely to be outdoors. Higher levels of ground-level ozone and particle pollution levels are recognized to contribute to human health concerns and issues.

Residents in Georgia counties not included in the annual burn ban, or wishing to conduct open burning that is exempt from the burn ban in some counties, will continue to be required to get a burn permit from the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) before burning outdoors. Permits can be secured online at GaTrees.org, by calling 1-877-OK2-BURN or contacting their county GFC office.

For more information about the summer burn ban and services of the Georgia Forestry Commission, visit GaTrees.org and https://epd.georgia.gov/air/summer-open-burning-ban.

Utilities cut off? Here’s what to do

To better serve you, we now have an after-hours number you can call if you believe your City of Social Circle Utilities were cut off by mistake.

Please call 770-464-6938 and leave a message with your name, phone number, account number and address and someone will get back with you to confirm your payment was made in time and make arrangements for your utilities to be restored.

If you paid by credit card online or over the phone, please call City Hall at 770-464-2380 during normal business hours (8:00 am – 4:30 pm M – F), so that we may generate a service order to have your utilities restored.

Payments made after 4:30 pm on cut-off days will be credited to your account the next day and an order made to restore your utilities at that time.

Please Report Cloudy Water

Due to the recent work on our water distribution system, some areas may experience cloudy water. This is caused by the change in direction of flow and fluctuations in pressure in the distribution system. Our technicians are systematically flushing the system to mitigate the cloudy water. Please call the city for any cloudy water complaints. This will help our technicians to identify the areas that require flushing. The water will clear up quickly and is safe to drink.

City Budget Document Wins Award

The City of Social Circle received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program from The Government Finance Officers Associate (GFOA) for their 2018-2019 budget document. This is the second year in a row that the City has been recognized for this award. 

GFOA established the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program (Budget Awards Program) in 1984 to encourage and assist state and local governments to prepare budget documents of the very highest quality that reflect both the guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the GFOA’s best practices on budgeting and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal.

Documents submitted to the Budget Awards Program are reviewed by selected members of the GFOA professional staff and by outside reviewers with experience in public-sector budgeting. 

Thank you to Jennifer Fricks, Finance Director, Jenny Watt, Marketing and Susan Roper, City Clerk for their work in creating our budget document.

Public Meeting on Suggestions for Sidewalks and Trails

The Planning Commission and City Staff will be hosting a public input meeting on Monday night, April 22 from 3 pm to 6 pm at the Community Room to seek suggestions on where sidewalks and trails are desired in Social Circle.

This is a drop in format, so that interested participants can come anytime within this time frame that is convenient for them.  This input meeting will be the start of a master plan for City wide sidewalks and trails, that can then be constructed over time through grants, development projects, and capital projects.  The purpose of the input meeting is to identify desired routes, and priorities.

In addition, if your neighborhood association, club, or civic group would like to have a meeting and provide input, we will provide you maps and questionnaires that can be returned anytime during the month of May.

The draft master plan will be presented to the public again at a later Planning Commission meeting for comment prior to final adoption. For information please call Adele Schirmer, City Manager at 770-464-6901, or email aschirmer@socialcirclega.com.

SCPD taking back unwanted prescription drugs April 27 at Police Station

On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Social Circle Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Social Circle Police Department at 138 East Hightower Trail. (Sites cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last fall Americans turned in nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 16 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 11 million pounds—nearly 5,500 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 27 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com.