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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.

High Fire Danger Impacts Outdoor Burning

Though burning leaf piles and campfires are hallmarks of fall, Georgia's current drought is impacting decisions to burn outdoors. The Georgia Forestry Commission is urging everyone to follow established procedures and exercise extreme caution when using fire outside.

"There's a five step fire danger system used nationally, and right now Georgia is in the four and five categories, indicating very high fire danger," said Georgia Forestry Commission Chief of Protection Frank Sorrells. "The decision to burn must be made on specific weather criteria in each location, and because safety is always our top concern, burn permitting may be restricted based on the fire danger forecast."

Burn permits issued by the Georgia Forestry Commission are required for any outdoor burning in the state to help prevent wildfires and problems generated by smoke. In 54 counties, primarily in north Georgia, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division sets annual summer burning restrictions to reduce emissions from ground level ozone that may jeopardize air quality. Those restrictions are set to be lifted on Tuesday, October 1.

"The GFC will resume issuing burn permits on a day to day basis, following our established fire danger and smoke management procedures, in those counties which have been under the EPD Burn Ban since May first," said Sorrells. “We recognize the importance of and promote prescribed burning for the many wildfire prevention, forest management and agriculture benefits it provides. However, right now we're asking everyone to be extremely vigilant when doing any open burning, including burning yard debris.”

Wildfire activity is on the rise statewide, according to Sorrells. Over the past three months, Georgia Forestry Commission wildland firefighters have responded to 41 percent more fires than its previous five-year average. Sorrells said escaped debris burns are the number one cause of wildfires in our state, and it may be necessary and wise to delay or postpone open burning if local conditions are unfavorable. The GFC recommends those who burn keep tools on hand such as water, a shovel and a cell phone.

"Never hesitate to call 911, and never leave your fire unattended” Sorrells said.

The 54 counties whose EPD summer burn bans are being lifted 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.

For specific information about conducting open burning, permitting requirements and current fire conditions in your area, contact your county's GFC office or visit GaTrees.org.

Post Office Park to Close for Updates

The park next to the post office will be closed on Thursday, September 12 so that City crews and volunteers can make some improvements to the park. City crews will be working during the day to remove the old mulch and edging from the play area.

Volunteers are needed to come to the park at 6:00 pm to help install new borders and spread new rubberized mulch for the play area.

Contact Barry Parsons, Public Works Director, bparsons@socialcirclega.com, 770-464-6912 for more information.

2019 Election Qualifying Results

Election Qualifying Results

The following people have qualified for the 2019 General Election scheduled for November 5, 2019.

Mayor

Hal W. Dally, Incumbent
261 St. Andrews Court
Social Circle, GA 30025

David Keener
183 Heritage Park
Social Circle, GA  30025

City Council

Council District 2                             

Tyson Jackson, Incumbent
726 E Hightower Trail
Social Circle, GA 30025

Council District 4                             

Joseph Stevens Shelton, Incumbent
266 Richmond Drive
Social Circle, GA 30025

John J. Perpall, IV
178 Laurel Lane
Social Circle, GA 30025

Ann M. Overbeck
341 W. Hightower Trail
Social Circle, GA 30025

School Board

School District 1                              

Tonia Lumpkin
406 Sweetgum Street
Social Circle, GA 30025

Michael Atlee O'Conor, Jr.
315 S Cherokee Road
Social Circle, GA 30025

School District 3                              

Patrick Dally, Incumbent
398 Branham Circle
Social Circle, GA 30025

Stephen Lee Trantham
173 St. Andrews Court
Social Circle, GA 30025

Public Community Meeting Regarding Wastewater System Master Plan

The City will host a public forum on the Master Plan of improvements for the Wastewater system Monday, October 7, 2019 at the Community Room from 4 pm to 7 pm.  Infrastructure condition has long been a concern of our residents and businesses and affects the long-term economic vitality of the City. A master plan of needed improvements was completed, and is available online at https://socialcirclega.gov/documents/sewerage-system-master-plan/ for review.  Anyone who would like information on this plan, to view the projects recommended in the plan and their cost and anticipated timing, and ask questions of the engineers is welcome to attend this forum. Participants may drop in at any time during the forum, it will be informal with displays and opportunity for one on one discussions.