Library Renovation Coming to Social Circle Starting this Summer

The Georgia State Assembly approved funds that will allow the W. H. Stanton Memorial Library expansion project to move forward. The City’s SPLOST funds from 2012-2018 totaling $500,000 along with the approved state funding have made this project possible. We are grateful to Representative Bruce Williamson, Senator Burt Jones, and Governor Deal for their support. The City is also grateful for the assistance of library Board Members, the Mayor and City Council, and active community residents including Wayne McMillan, Dr. Allen, and many others.

Images of the proposed library expansion


IRS Phone Call Scam Reports on the Rise

It’s tax season and scammers are continuing to prey on people’s fear of the IRS and paying taxes. Citizens are reporting calls coming from Lake Charles, LA from the phone number 337-516-0542 claiming to be with the IRS and demanding payment for taxes that are owed and threatening to send the local police department to arrest them if they don’t.

If you receive a call like this, just hang up.

The IRS will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that taxes be paid without giving the taxpayer the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

For taxpayers who don’t owe taxes or don’t think they do:

  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
  • Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. Alternatively, call 800-366-4484.
  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

For those who owe taxes or think they do:

  • Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help.

Stay alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure. Tax scams can happen any time of year, not just at tax time. For more, visit “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts” on IRS.gov. 

How to know it’s really the IRS calling or knocking on your door

Utility Bill Format Changes

We apologize for the confusion that the appearance of the new bills may have caused. Next month’s statement will have the City of Social Circle identified on the return address and the statement will be changed to make it easier to read.

The image to the right is a sample of what next month’s utility bill will look like. The portion at the bottom shows the return address that will show through the window on the envelope clearly identifying The City of Social Circle. (Click on the image to see a larger version.)

We appreciate your patience and your comments on the new bills as we transition to our new system.

All utility bills were mailed on Tuesday, March 13.

Utility Bill Update

In order to ensure the accuracy of the bills as we send them out on the new system for the first time, we delayed sending out this month’s utility bills on the schedule we originally published. We do regret any inconvenience the delay may have caused and to allow you time to pay this month’s bill, we have extended a grace period between the due date of March 29th and the assessment of late fees on April 3rd. Late fees will be applied at the close of business on April 3rd.

The bill format is also in an interim stage. Next month you will notice a significant change in the look of the bill which is designed to make it easier to read and to compare with your usage history.

The new financial software and utility billing system will move Social Circle forward with technology and open up new opportunities for us to serve you better.

Thank you for your patience. Please feel free to call us at 770-464-2380 should you have any questions or concerns.

IsoNova Update

IsoNova RTO InstallationThe RTO installation was completed on schedule and is currently in operation. Hopefully, you have noticed a significant improvement in the odor generated by the IsoNova plant. The RTO works by burning off the particulate matter generated by their processes. The heat of the furnace affects how much matter is burned and the amount of smell generated and adjustments may need to be made under various weather conditions, like temperature and humidity. IsoNova will be monitoring conditions and making adjustments as needed.

If you notice a smell, please contact the City Manager, Adele Schirmer, aschirmer@socialcirclega.com, 770-464-6901.

Spring Citizen Police Academy Registration Open

Social Circle Police Department Citizen Police Academy - Share Our Vision and Be Our VoiceThe Social Circle Police Department will hold their first Citizen Police Academy (CPA) starting in April 3. The CPA will meet one evening a week for five weeks and then one Saturday and will give citizens a hands-on look at the daily activities of our police officers. Applicants are required to be twenty-one (21) 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. There is no charge for the course.

For more information, please contact Lt. Randy Downs at 770-464-2366 or e-mail at rdowns@socialcirclega.com

Application

Citizen Police Academy

Citizen Firearm Class Scheduled for Mar 3

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

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
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 Thursday, February 22, 2018.

Photos from the Bicentennial Flag Ceremonies in Social Circle


2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of Walton County. The year-long festivities will begin January 30 at the Historic Courthouse in Monroe, where the mayors of the cities of Between, Good Hope, Jersey, Loganville, Monroe, Social Circle, and Walnut Grove will present a new Walton County flag to Walton County Chairman Kevin Little and the Walton County Board of Commissioners. In the days leading up to the event, the flag will be flown in each of the cities in the county starting with Loganville on Tuesday, January 23.

On Saturday, the flag arrived from Jersey and was handed off to Council Members Keener and Price close to the Social Circle city limit on West Hightower Trail. The flag traveled by golf cart to the Fire Department Training Center on on the corner of Clegg Farm Road and West Hightower Trail where the flag was handed off to Council Member Jackson who arrived to the location by horse. Mayor Dally commented at the ceremonies at City Hall how these two modes of transportation, golf cart and horse, represented the past and present modes of transportation through town.

The SCHS JROTC lead the procession into town to City Hall where the flag was presented to Mayor Dally. Mayor Dally presented the flag to members of the American Legion 332. A member of the JROTC lowered the flag so the American Legion could attach the Bicentennial Flag and then raised it again.

Mayor Dally addressed those gathered for the event and then the SCHS Band played the National Anthem to close the ceremonies.

On Sunday, Mayor Dally welcomed those who were gathered. A member of the SCHS JROTC lowered the flag. The members of the American Legion removed the flag and attached it to a pole. The flag was presented to Mayor Dally. Those gathered boarded City buses or rode in their own vehicles down Holly Street to meet with the train provided by the Great Walton Railroad. Mayor Dally handed the flag to Council Member Shelton who attached the flag to the front of the train. There were two cabooses behind the engine to carry any passengers who wanted to make the ride to Pleasant Valley.

When the train arrived at Pleasant Valley, it was met by a tractor driven by to Kenneth and Cindy Little. The tractor carried the flag the final leg to Good Hope. Mayor Dally commented on how the train and tractor were two vehicles that helped to grow Social Circle.

The flag will leave Good Hope at 11:10 Tuesday and travel to the Monroe city limits. It will arrive at the Monroe Visitors Center/Museum at 11:25, then continue on to the Monroe Arts Center, Walton Tribune, Peyton Pettus, Side Street Boutique, and, finally, City Hall, where it will be presented to the Monroe Mayor, Council, and City Administrator at 11:40 a.m. The proclamation will be presented and the flag will be hung from a city utility truck. At 5:40 p.m. that evening, the JROTC will march the flag down Broad Street to the Historic Courthouse for the Bicentennial Celebration Kickoff.

Social Circle Welcomes New Bicentennial Flag in Two Ceremonies this Weekend

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of Walton County. The year-long festivities will begin January 30 at the Historic Courthouse in Monroe, where the mayors of the cities of Between, Good Hope, Jersey, Loganville, Monroe, Social Circle, and Walnut Grove will present a new Walton County flag to Walton County Chairman Kevin Little and the Walton County Board of Commissioners. In the days leading up to the event, the flag will be flown in each of the cities in the county starting with Loganville on Tuesday, January 23.

Social Circle will welcome the flag on Saturday, January 27 at 11:00 at a ceremony at City Hall as the flag is raised on the flag pole. The flag will travel from Jersey to Social Circle where it will fly until Sunday afternoon at which time there will be another ceremony as the flag is lowered in preparation for its trip to Good Hope by train.

Please join us for these historic events!

For more information on the Walton Bicentennial celebrations planned throughout the year, please visit:

http://www.walton200.com/ 

Winter Weather Update From Chief Oliver

City Hall is closed today. Court is cancelled as is the transit system. The City is operating with essential personnel only. Emergency services are available. The police department has been covered by calls for accidents, falls and slips all morning. Please stay in doors if possible so we can respond to emergencies.

If you have questions regarding the roads, please call the Police Department at 770-464-2366.

At this time there are no road closures but the roads are extremely dangerous. The stop sign is down at the by-pass and East Hightower. DOT has been notified. Be safe. Stay warm.