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Water System Upgrade Update

Men WorkingOn Monday, June 3 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm crews will be connecting the new water lines to the existing water lines at Dogwood Drive and E Hightower Trail. Water will be off along Dogwood Drive from Holly Street, to Sycamore Street and along Holly Street and E Hightower Trail.

When the water is turned back on, it may be cloudy. It should clear up after you run it for a while.

Help Us Watch out for Snakes!

A snake skin spotted near a water meter when our meter reader was taking readings recently.

A snake skin spotted near a water meter when our meter reader was taking readings recently.

The weather has gotten warm and the snakes are out and about. The recent warm winter means more snakes, which may be hiding in bushes, pine straw or tall grass around your home and waiting for unsuspecting people, like our utility staff.

To decrease the chance of snake unexpected snake encounters, please keep the bushes and grass trimmed around the gas and water meters on your property and keep pine straw away from water meters. This makes it easier to get an accurate reading while avoiding the possibility of being surprised by a snake.

Water System Improvements Update

Men WorkingA bit of good news: The water system upgrades are almost completed! There are just a few more things to take care of.

Friday, May 24 – Crews will be tying in the water lines on N Forrest Ave starting about 9:00 am. The water should be off on N Forrest for about two hours. After the water is restored, there could be cloudy water. Let the water run for a while to clear it up.

Tuesday, May 28 – Crews will be tying in the water lines on E Hightower Tr at the bridge starting about 9:00 am. The water should be off for about four hours in the area between Oak Dr and E Hightower Trail and along Sycamore Ave. After the water is restored, there could be cloudy water. Let the water run for a while to clear it up.

Once the tie-ins are complete, the roads that have been torn up by the construction will be repaired. Please plan for extra time when you are traveling in the area to allow for lane closures. Also use caution for your safety and the safety of the workers.

The entire water system upgrade project should be completed by the end of the week.

SCPD Requests Help With Finding a Runaway Juvenile

[UPDATE 5/15/19 8:00 AM] – Rezaria has been found and is safe.

[ORIGINAL] – Rezaria Stillwell was last seen on May 13, 2019, at approximately 1200 hours. She is a 13-year-old black female and was last seen wearing light blue jeans, a black shirt with white sleeves and pink writing on it. Her hair is black in color and up in a bun. Stillwell is approximately 5 foot 3 and 130 pounds. She has a burn mark on her left arm and a mark in the middle of her forehead. Stillwell has pierced ears, but she does not wear earrings.

If contact is made with Rezaria Stillwell, please notify the Social Circle Police Department immediately.

Investigator Michael Jett
mjett@socialcirclega.com
770-464-2366
Walton County Non-Emergency Number: 770-464-0310

 

Social Circle Police Apprehend Burglary Suspect

On Thursday, May 2, 2019 at approximately 4:50 pm, the Social Circle Police Department was dispatched to an alarm call at 619 Dove Cove.  Officers arrived within minutes of the call and received information from neighbors that someone had closed a window on the front of the residence from the inside.  Officers set up a perimeter. They noticed a bag containing cereal was in the grass on the side of the residence. The homeowner was contacted via telephone and stated that the bag of cereal was in the bedroom and that no one should be at or in the residence.

Officers went to the unsecured window and began to give verbal commands for anyone in the residence to come out. After a few moments a male appeared from inside the residence and was taken into custody peacefully. Officers then entered the residence to find no one else inside.

The male was identified as LaJohn Darnell Pilcher, 23 years old of Social Circle. Pilcher had in his possession latex gloves, two women’s bracelets belonging to the victim and several other items from the residence.  He was charged with burglary. He also had outstanding warrants out of Athens for traffic-related offenses.

“We tell community all the time if you hear or see something, say something! This is a good example of how it works. We can make this a safer community by working together.”

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.