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Participants needed for Georgia Initiative for Community Housing Stakeholder’s Group

Child's drawing of houseGeorgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) helps communities improve their quality of life and economic vitality through the development of locally-based housing and revitalization strategies. This is achieved through technical assistance, collaboration, and facilitation. Examples of initiatives that have been undertaken by communities as a result of their participation in GICH include targeting a distressed neighborhood for revitalization, developing multi-family tax credit apartments, and obtaining CDBG and CHIP grants for housing counseling, down payment assistance and sewer/water infrastructure improvements. For more information, contact City Manager, Adele Schirmer aschirmer@socialcirclega.com. If you are interested in participating in a Stakeholders Group to work on City Housing and Neighborhood issues, please let us know by the end of June.

For more information on the GICH initiative: http://www.fcs.uga.edu/fhce/gich

 

IsoNova Technologies LLC Breaks Ground on Odor Control Equipment

IsoNova Technologies LLC and the City of Social Circle are pleased to announce approval of construction and installation of a Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer at the company’s Social Circle facility, a multimillion dollar project that will clean its plant emissions of particulate matter.

The City applauds ISONOVA’s commitment to the City to implement this project and we look forward to its completion and the resolution of this longstanding community concern.  The ground breaking ceremony was held May 24, 2017 at 5:30 PM at Isonova Technologies LLC, 1022 E Hightower Trail.

City of Social Circle Press Release

IsoNova Press Release

Water to be turned off for hydrant repair

On Thursday, May 18, water will be turned off to the following addresses on S Cherokee Rd while City Crews replace a fire hydrant at Cherokee Rd and Cannon Drive.

304 S Cherokee Rd
379 S Cherokee Rd
399 S Cherokee Rd
392 S Cherokee Rd
415 S Cherokee Rd
434 S Cherokee Rd
452 S Cherokee Rd
462 S Cherokee Rd

The water should be from about 9:00 am – 2:00 pm .

Municipal Clerks Week, May 7 – 13

Susan Roper, City ClerkMunicipal Clerks Week ProclamationIn observance of Municipal Clerks Week, the City of Social Circle wishes to recognize our City Clerk, Susan Roper, for all she does to keep things at the City running smoothly.

Thank you, Susan, for all you do! We couldn’t do all we do without you!

The International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC), a professional non-profit association with 14,500 members comprised of City, Town, Township, Village, Borough, Deputy and County Clerks throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries, announces its 48th Annual Municipal Clerks Week—May 7 through May 13, 2017. This event features a week-long series of activities aimed at increasing the public’s awareness of Municipal Clerks and the vital services they provide for local government and the community.

IIMC has sponsored Municipal Clerks Week since 1969. In 1984 and in 1994, Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, respectively, signed a Proclamation officially declaring Municipal Clerks Week the first full week of May and recognizing the essential role Municipal Clerks play in local government. During this week, Municipal Clerks throughout the world will host open houses and tours of the Municipal Clerk’s office, visit local schools and participate in other various events.

“The true worth of the Municipal and Deputy Clerk is often not realized,” said IIMC President Vincent Buttiglieri, MMC, and Municipal Clerk for the Township of Ocean, New Jersey. “But Clerks perform some of the principal functions of the democratic process.” “One of the most important responsibilities Clerks administer is advising their municipality’s council of the legislative restrictions that apply to the ordinances and resolutions they wish to enact,” said Buttiglieri.

Municipal and Deputy Clerks’ main function is to serve as the council’s foundation. Other duties include, but are not limited to, preparing agendas, taking minutes, maintaining ordinance and resolutions files, keeping the municipality’s historical records, processing permits and serving as the clearinghouse for information about the local government.

They also record the actions of the various commissions and committees appointed by the council. Many serve as financial officers or treasurers and, in small municipalities, may act as chief administrative officers. Another important responsibility is administering part or all of the local election functions.

“The public often takes the administration of an election for granted,” stated Buttiglieri. “In reality, it takes Municipal Clerks months to organize and prepare this key element in the democratic process which must be done correctly for the whole system to work.”

One of local government’s oldest positions is the Municipal Clerk. Their duties have expanded over the years and, today, modern technology assists them with their increasing responsibilities. To stay abreast of new computer applications, records management and other relevant information, many Municipal and Deputy Clerks return to the classroom to increase their knowledge of these issues, learn new material and sharpen old skills.

“Because some elements of government are constantly changing, Clerks must stay current of changes so they can advise their council and inform their community,” said Buttiglieri. “As the focus of each level of government changes, Clerks must also adapt.”

Founded in 1947, IIMC is a professional nonprofit association with more than 14,500 members throughout North America and 15 other countries, representing municipalities with populations of 1,000 to more than 8 million. IIMC prepares its membership to meet the challenge of the diverse role of the Municipal Clerk by providing services and continuing educational development opportunities in 46 permanent college-and university-based learning centers. IIMC offers Municipal and Deputy Clerks a Certified Municipal Clerk Program (CMC), a Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) Program and other opportunities to benefit members and the government entities they serve. A 26-member Board of Directors governs IIMC.

 

Siren Testing Starts 5/3

The City will be conducting audible testing of the emergency response sirens at 10:00 am  on the first Wednesday of every month. The alarms will sound and then announce that it is a test.

The tests will not happen if there is possibility of bad weather to avoid confusion.

The fire department will only activate the tornado sirens if an immediate threat exists to the City or South Walton County. Tornado warnings normally occur with little or no warning. If you hear the tornado sirens during a storm take shelter immediately.

Citizens are also encouraged to sign up for the Everbridge Public Notification System on the Walton County Government website.(https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611716#/login)  This system allows you to receive emergency warning messages via cell phone, email, and home phone.

Fire Hydrant Testing – May 2

The fire department will be testing the following fire hydrants today (5/2/17).

579- 5023 East Hightower Trail
Holly Street
Oak Drive
Sweetgum
Poplar Ave
Spruce Street
N Dogwood Ave
Jones Drive
Laurel Street
Misty Lane
Pine Circle Ct.
King Street
Spring Street
Sycamore Street

The water may be cloudy or discolored after they have finished. Let the water run for a few minutes and it will clear up.

North Georgia Burn Ban Boosts Air Quality

A ban on outdoor burning begins May 1 in 54 Georgia counties, primarily in the northern half of the state. The Georgia Forestry Commission works with the state Environmental Protection Division annually to remind people that during the hot summer months, ground level ozone increases, which can negatively impact air quality and people’s health. Burning yard and land clearing debris may produce smoke and particulate matter that are linked to lung and heart disease in humans.

“From May through September, we all enjoy being outdoors,” said Frank Sorrells, Chief of Protection for the Georgia Forestry Commission. “Open burning is limited during these months to help improve air quality and reduce the risk of wildfire.”

Sorrells said Georgia’s ongoing drought has contributed to increased wildfire activity, and above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall are predicted for the next couple of months, especially in the southern and coastal regions. While campfires don’t fall under the burn ban, everyone is urged to be extremely cautious when doing any type of outdoor cooking or tending to campfires.

The burn ban will be in effect from May 1 – September 30, 2017. The 54 Georgia counties affected 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.

Residents in Georgia counties not included in the annual burn ban will continue to be required to secure a burn permit from the Georgia Forestry Commission before conducting any outside burning, including prescribed burning. Permits can be requested online at GaTrees.org, or by calling 1-888-OK2-BURN. If conditions are safe for burning, permits will be automatically granted.

“We encourage everyone to become familiar with what types of open burning are allowed in their area,” said Sorrells. “The Georgia Forestry Commission will be closely monitoring weather and fire activity to keep Georgians and their property safe.”

For more information about annual summer burn restrictions, burn permits and services of the Georgia Forestry Commission, visit GaTrees.org.

Leaf and Brush Collection Schedule

To clear the piles of brush, grass, and leaves that have accumulated due to recent weather and city equipment challenges the city will start the following brush and leaf pick up schedule immediately.  The goal of this change is to increase the efficiency of the pickup and enable the entire scheduled area to be cleared of the pickup material on its scheduled day each week.  The routes and days will not change; however, the crews will concentrate on brush or leaves only during each week:

From April 24th through April 28th crews will be picking up brush only

From May 1st through May 5th crews will be picking up leaves only

From May 8th through May 12th crews will be picking up brush only

From May 15th through May 19th crews will be picking up leaves only

From May 22nd through May 26th crews will be picking up brush only

From May 29th through June 2nd crews will be picking up leaves only

The regular pickup days will remain the same.  If an area is not completed in a scheduled day, the crew will begin at the point they left off on the next scheduled day for that area.  A new truck has been purchased and added to the fleet to enable simultaneous pickups of leaves and brush in each scheduled area to resume approximately late May.

Citizens can assist in the efficiency of the collection by assuring that brush is piled separately from leaves and grass, and that no trash is in the piles. Also, please do not bag leaves and debris.

Citizen Firearm Class Scheduled

The Social Circle Police Department has announced the date for their next Citizen Firearm Class.

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Community Room

This class is designed for those individuals that want to become familiar with how to properly use a firearm. This course will include classroom and range instruction. This course will also provide the legal and lawful explanation of the use of force.

Please contact Lt. Randy Downs at rdowns@socialcirclega.com for more information.

The class size is limited to the first 15 applicants. All applications must be submitted no later than Tuesday, May 16,2017.

 

Fire Hydrant Testing – April 25

The fire department will be testing the following fire hydrants today (4/25/17).

420 W Hightower Trail
478 W Hightower Trail
Highway 11 & Lipscomb Rd
Highway 11 & McGarity Rd
145 Highway 11
161 Highway 11
Jackson Ct
702 Jackson Ct & Ragan Ct
738 Jackson Ct
1030 Justin Ct
Lindsey Way & Morrow Dr
531 Lindsey Way
588 Lindsey Way
Maple St
503 Meadows Ln
563 Meadows Ln
635 Meadows Ln
685 Meadows Ln
728 Meadows Ln
1131 Morrow Dr
1219 Morrow Dr
1262 Morrow Dr