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Public Community Meeting Regarding Water System Master Plan

The City will host a public forum on the Master Plan of improvements for the water system Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Community Room from 5 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 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.

City Council Recognizes Ace Apaches Archery Team and Eagle Scout

The Social Circle City Council recognized the Ace Apaches Archery team and Mason Lawrence at last night's regular meeting.

The Ace Apaches Archery team is made up of youth age seven and up and adults, age 21 and up. The team has had many members place in regional, state, and national events this year. Three of their team members have graduated high school and are currently attending college on archery scholarships.

Ace Apache Standings

Mason Lawrence was recognized for completing his Eagle Scout project, which was to replace the planters in downtown Social Circle. He and his team of volunteers worked over two weekends to remove the old planters and place new planters.

Registration Open for Citizen Academy 2019

The Social Circle Citizen’s Academy was created to give the residents and corporate citizens of Social Circle a chance to see, understand and interact with all aspects of your local government. Participants will learn about the structure of local government and how it relates to the State and Federal government. Elected officials, appointed advisory boards, and City staff will provide insight into the resources and programs offered by the City of Social Circle.

Participants will have the opportunity to delve into City finances, regulations, and the public processes associated with City government functions. Specifically, sessions will cover the structure of the City, the Comprehensive Plan and Codes and Ordinances, Municipal Court, Boards and Commissions, Public Works and Utilities, Finance Budget and Taxation, Public Safety and Transit, and Zoning, Permits and Code Enforcement. Classes will be a combination of lectures, tours, and interactive activities.

Participants in this program will meet from 6 pm to 8 pm at City Hall one day per month beginning in September through April, for eight (8) sessions. A mock Council meeting on a topic chosen by the class will be held on the last session.  A graduation ceremony will be held after the completion of the program at the regular May meeting of Mayor and Council.

Participation in the program is free. Applicants are required to be eighteen (18) 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.  A maximum of 10 applicants will be accepted into the program.

For more information please call Adele Schirmer at 770-464-6901 or e-mail at

Registration and Information


Community Meeting Regarding Subdivision on Memorial St. August 27

The City of Social Circle will hold a community meeting to hear public comment and for the public to ask questions of the applicant about the concept plan for a new subdivision on Memorial Street. All lots would have street access onto Memorial Street.

The meeting will be held August 27, 2019 from 7 PM to 8 PM at the Community Room, 138 East Hightower Trail.

Public input/comment is welcome. All persons having an interest in this application should be at the community meeting to voice their opinions.

Social Circle Election Qualifying this Week

Qualifying for the 2019 Social Circle City Elections started on Monday, August 19 and continues until Friday, August 23 at 4:30 PM. Anyone who wants to run for any of the offices will need to contact the City Clerk at 166 N Cherokee Road, Social Circle, Georgia before 4:30 PM on Friday, August 23, 2019 to file a Notice of Candidacy and pay a qualifying fee equal to 3% of the annual salary of the office sought. City Hall is open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm weekdays.

The qualifying fees for the offices up for reelection this year are:

City of Social Circle, Mayor: $216.00
City of Social Circle Council Member, District 2: $144.00
City of Social Circle Council Member, District 4: $144.00
Social Circle Schools Board of Education Member, District 1: $ 18.00
Social Circle Schools Board of Education Member, District 3: $ 18.00

City Council District Map

School Board District Map

Important Dates for this Election

Qualifying – August 19, 2019 thru August 23, 2019
Last Day to Register to Vote in the General Election – October 7, 2019
Advanced Voting – October 15, 2019 thru November 1, 2019
Election Day ‐ November 5, 2019

Advanced voting will open Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 8:00 am and will close at 4:30 pm on Friday, November 1, 2019. Advanced voting will be held at the Social Circle City Hall located at 166 N Cherokee Road, Social Circle Georgia during normal business hours (8:00 am - 4:30 pm) on weekdays.

Anyone who is not registered to vote and who desires to register to vote in the General Election may register to vote through the close of business on October 7, 2019.

Polls will be open from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM on Election Day at 138 E. Hightower Trail, Social Circle
Georgia. If there is a need for a runoff election it will be held on December 3, 2019, at 138 E. Hightower Trail, Social Circle Georgia.

South Cherokee Bridge Update

The contractor on the South Cherokee Bridge replacement will be pouring concrete on the new bridge deck today.  Access to the bridge will be from South Cherokee for this work, so there should be no additional traffic restrictions beyond those already in place.  However, additional noise and activity will be apparent.

The bridge project is on schedule to be completed well prior to the contract completion date of November 30, 2019.

Technicians Flushing Hydrants Around the City

You may see technicians in different parts of the city this week flushing hydrants as part of their normal periodic maintenance of the water distribution system.  This will improve taste and odor throughout the system.  If you notice that your water has a slight tint to it, this is temporary  and will clear up.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Walton County Tax Assessor Appraiser Visitation Schedule

From the Tax Assessor’s Office:



In accordance with O.C.G.A 48-5-264.1, please be advised that the Walton County Appraisal Staff or Authorized Walton County Tax Assessor Representative may be visiting your property to review your parcel information concerning an appeal filed, return filed, construction of new improvements or additions, review of parcel, conservation use application, and personal property verification. This includes all residential, manufactured homes, commercial, industrial, and exempt properties.

The City of Social Circle properties will be visited from July 18, 2019 until October 31, 2019.

The Walton County Appraiser or Walton County Tax Assessor representative will have a photo identification badge and will be driving an appropriately marked vehicle. If there is any question about the identity of the appraiser or representative, do not hesitate to contact our office at 770 267-1352.

This appraiser or representative does not set values at the time of their visit and will only gather the necessary property information including exterior measurements, various coding, exterior photos, etc. The appraiser/representative will ask questions concerning the interior characteristics. Collecting this information does not normally require an interior inspection. Interior inspection and measuring would only be requested to properly gather the correct square footage. Answering any questions and complying with a request for interior inspection is purely voluntary on the home owners or occupants’ behalf. Otherwise, an estimate of interior measurements and characteristics will be done from outside the structure.

If you have any further questions, please call the Tax Assessor’s office at 770 267-1352.

SCPD Launches Get with the #9PMRoutine

The Social Circle Police Department is bringing the 9 p.m. Routine, an international crime prevention initiative, to Social Circle after a recent spree of entering autos that targeted unlocked vehicles in several local neighborhoods.

SCPD is recommending the following 9 p.m. Routine:

  1. Remove keys, wallets, cash, garage door openers and other valuable items from vehicles. Roll up windows and lock the doors.
  2. Bring in or secure all valuables in the yard.
  3. Close overhead garage doors and lock any outside garage doors.
  4. Close and lock doors on the house.
  5. Ensure all windows in the house are shut and locked.
  6. Turn on outside lights.
  7. Post that you’ve completed the #9PMRoutine on social media and tag #SCPD.

SCPD will be sharing 9 p.m. Routine reminders regularly on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to encourage all residents to Get with the 9 p.m. Routine to show potential criminals that you won’t tolerate property crime in your neighborhood.

Help spread the word using the hashtag #9PMRoutine and tagging #SCPD to let us know you’ve completed the routine.

The 9 p.m. Routine, created in 2017 by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office in Florida encourages residents to protect themselves from becoming victims of crime by locking and securing their homes, vehicles  and valuables every night at 9 p.m.

South Cherokee Road at Hickory Drive Closed Due to Bridge Construction

ARoad Works a part of the South Cherokee Road bridge replacement project, South Cherokee Road at Hickory drive will be closed from July 15 through September 16. Signs are posted to direct traffic down Memorial Drive to Lakewood Drive.

To meet current construction standards, the new bridge will be taller and wider than the existing bridge. To accommodate the new size, the road between the bridge just beyond Hickory Drive will be reconstructed.