March 24 Update from Mayor and Council Regarding Coronavirus


Social Circle Georgia City LogoThe Social Circle Mayor and City Council held an emergency called meeting last night to consider additional actions in response to the COVID-19 situation.

An ordinance was adopted, that will expire at noon on April 6, that will allow business and necessary activity to continue, and will help protect our citizens and prevent the spread of the virus. There are currently no reported cases in Walton County, and we’d like to take actions that help keep it that way.

The following provisions were adopted:

  1. A Public Health State of Emergency was declared due to COVID-19. This allows the City to seek and to accept federal and state aid.
  2. City Council, boards and commissions can meet by teleconference. We will publicize meetings on Facebook and our website and provide a way for the public to listen in live. The next scheduled meeting is the Downtown Development Authority on April 9 at 10 am.
  3. Dining, consumption of alcohol and entertainment in Bars and Restaurants is prohibited until noon on April 6, unless this ordinance is extended. These businesses can sell food for delivery, pick-up, take-away and to go. Restaurants licensed to sell beer and wine may sell unopened containers of beer and wine with food orders during this period.
  4. Gyms and exercise centers are ordered to close.
  5. All other businesses and industries can continue to operate as long as they establish operating rules that follow CDC best practices; i.e. maintain six feet of separation between all persons at all times.
  6. Assemblies of more than 10 people are prohibited. This does not apply to employers with more than 10 employees as long as they follow the CDC guidelines, which include the physical separation.
  7. There will be no utility cut-offs this month so that citizens can follow CDC recommendations of hand washing.
  8. All residents are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines. These guidelines are to protect you as well as to prevent the spread to others. (https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf )

The full text of the ordinance can be seen at https://socialcirclega.gov/documents/an-emergency-ordinance-declaring-a-state-of-emergency-in-the-city-of-social-circle/

Thank you for your compliance with these items and taking actions to maximize the potential for you and your friends and family to stay healthy.

Please be aware of COVID-19 related scams that are beginning to spread faster than the virus. They may contact you by phone, email or even show up at your door. Never give out your Social Security Number, or any other private information to someone you do not know and did not contact first.

Finally, many are stepping up to help during this anxious period. We appreciate your kindness, the generous supportive volunteer spirit that is throughout this community.   Please see the Community Resources link at https://socialcirclega.gov/local-resources/.

If you have suggestions for needs to be met, please send a comment.

Please continue to monitor official Local, State, and Federal sources for continuing information, provided below:

City Updates - https://socialcirclega.gov/city-covid-19-resources/
Walton County Updates - https://www.waltoncountyga.gov/
Georgia DPH Updates - https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus
CDC Updates – http://coronavirus.gov


Election Sign Guidelines


Election season is upon us, and we understand the desire for candidates and residents to post signs. However, signs are not allowed in the Right of Way.  If your candidate's sign is on the side of the sidewalk closest to the road, it is probably in the Right of Way. Please place your candidate's sign on the house side of the side walk, or on roads without sidewalks please place your candidate's sign on the house side of the utility pole line or house side of the ditch in some cases.

Starting on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, we will remove signs from the Right of Way. If your sign is removed and you would like to come pick it up, signs will be placed behind City Hall to the right of the back steps, or you may call Barbara Schlageter at 770-464-6905 and she can let you know if we have your signs.


Memorial Drive Development Update


If you’ve been down Memorial Drive between Forrest Ave and the high school, you may have noticed that the underbrush has been cleared on the left side of the road. The property owner has been doing the work. No permit is required from the City for the work. At this time, no development has been approved for this property.

For additional information, please contact Barbara Schlageter, 770-464-6905, bschlageter@socialcirclega.com.


Public Neighborhood Information Meeting April 11 [CANCELED]

Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail[Update: 4/10/19 3:15 pm] The Jubilee rezoning application has been withdrawn. The meeting has been cancelled.

The Jubilee PUD as approved by Social Circle in 2002 contemplated a “traditional village” with a variety of housing types, including multi family, townhomes and cottages. There were three phases to the Jubilee PUD.

One Street Residential is proposing a Zoning Amendment to the Phase II area of the Jubilee PUD to eliminate 50 Single Family lots and 20 Townhome units and replace them with 66 duplex units (33 buildings), and 4 single family units, each restricted to seniors 55 and older.

A Public Neighborhood Information meeting will be held on April 11, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Middle School Activity Center located at 154 Alcova Drive. This Public Information meeting is an opportunity for any interested party to obtain information about the zoning amendment prior to the public hearing process and consideration of the application by the Planning Commission and City Council.

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Please Get a Permit If …

FacebooktwitterlinkedinmailLawn mowerSpring has sprung in Social Circle and residents are working on their yards. We appreciate all the hard work that goes into making our town look good. If your spring sprucing up includes adding storage buildings, fences, or additions to your house, you will need to get a permit for the work.

To find out what permits are needed, please contact Barbara Schlageter, bschlageter@socialcirclega.com, 770-464-6905.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Regarding Pool Guidelines

FacebooktwitterlinkedinmailRelaxing in a pool is a great way to beat the heat of the summer.  In order to address pool safety, there are building code and zoning requirements related to pools.  Many are not aware that permits are required for outdoor pools.  These requirements have been in place for years, however the City of Social Circle has only been administering the building permits within the City since July 2015.  Prior to that time, Walton County provided that service.

Please be aware that permits are required for new pool installations, both above ground and below ground.  If your pool was built or installed after July 2015 and there was no permit obtained, you will need to come to City Hall and obtain your pool permit.

There is not a fee for an above ground pool with no structure surrounding it.  A barrier is required.

If you build a deck around the above ground pool you would need a minimum permit fee of $100.00 for the structure/deck.

The purpose of the barrier is to provide significant restricted access and reliable entry points to a pool so that children cannot gain access unless an adult provides such access.  The barrier can be the wall of the pool itself if 48 inches tall. If the pool is lower than 48 inches, please remover the ladder off the pool when no one is home.  The City of Social Circle’s main concern is the safety of pool access for all adults and children.

Inground pools do have a pool permit fee of $300.00 includes electrical and plumbing.  An inground pool does require a permanent fence, wall, building wall or combination. Permanent means “not being able to be removed, lifted or relocated without the use of a tool.

If your pool was installed prior to July 2015, and you would like the City to review it we will do that at no charge.  Otherwise, no action is needed.  The City will respond to any complaints or concerns that are received relative to Code compliance and advise the property owner if there are any issues to be addressed.

The City of Social Circle hopes this helps in any confusion of the pool requirements posted in the newsletter, but if you have questions please contact Barbara Schlageter at 770-464-6905 or bschalgeter@socialcirclega.com.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Code Compliance to Start April 1

FacebooktwitterlinkedinmailWith Spring coming, we appreciate how everyone is sprucing up their yards and homes. Starting April 1, the City Compliance Officer will be taking inventory of the City Code of Ordinance issues in town. Initially, the Code Compliance Officer will visit with citizens to let them know about ordinances they may not be aware of and to work with them to see what needs to be done to bring the issues up to code.

Contact Barbara Schlageter at (770) 464-6905 or BSchlageter@ socialcirclega.com for more information.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Chickens in Residential Districts

FacebooktwitterlinkedinmailThe City Council will discuss the keeping of chickens at their work session on March 21, 2017 at 5:30 pm.  This will be an opportunity for the Mayor and Council to discuss the input received to date and provide direction to the staff on whether to prepare an Ordinance for consideration. This topic has been considered by the Planning Commission, who recommended at their February meeting against allowing the keeping of chickens in residential districts, and also by the Historic Preservation Commission who recommended allowing the keeping of no more than two chickens in residential districts on lots at least ½ acre in size.

If the Council pursues an ordinance change to allow the keeping of chickens in a residential district, that ordinance would require a public hearing process  prior to a vote for adoption.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail