Political Sign Regulations

Election season is upon us, and we understand the desire for candidates to post signs. If you are not aware, all signs are regulated by the City sign ordinance, including political signs. More communication is desirable during the election cycle, so that all citizens may freely express their viewpoints during the election campaigns, and therefore this ordinance allows increased opportunities for signs during these periods, without limiting content. At all times, any sign permitted under this regulation can carry any legal message, political or non-political, commercial or non-commercial.

Please be mindful of the following regulations:

  • It is unlawful to place a sign in the right-of-way of any public street or on any public property or building, except signs by an authorized governmental unit. No sign shall be attached to or painted on a telephone pole or power pole, or any tree, rock or other natural object.
  • It is unlawful to place a sign on any private property unless the owner has given permission to place such sign on such property.
  • No sign shall be located closer than ten (10) feet from the back of the curb of a public roadway, nor be located closer than ten (10) feet from the public right-of-way.
  • No sign shall be maintained within 15 feet of an intersection or otherwise placed in a location that limits sight distance.
  • The total surface area of signs placed on a residential property (zoned R-15, R-25, RMD and RHD) shall not exceed 6 square feet.
  • The total area of signs on property zoned OI, NC, CBD, GC, I-1 and I-2 is not limited from between qualification for elections until the final determination of all contests and issues resolved by such elections.

Signs that do not meet the requirements of the Sign Ordinance will be removed, and can be picked up by the candidate or their representative at City Hall.

Thank you for your assistance in keeping signs compliant with City Code.  If you have any questions please contact Barbara Schlageter, Assistant City Clerk.

Please Keep Grass Clippings out of the Street

Lawn mowerWith all the rain the last few weeks, grass around the city is growing like — well — weeds. We appreciate residents mowing as they can between showers and clearing the grass clippings when they have finished. We do request that when you clean up after mowing that you also clean the clippings out of the streets. When grass clippings are left in the streets and the next rain comes, the clippings will be washed down the drain and can cause the storm drains to get clogged.

According to the University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, grasscycling, or leaving grass clippings on the lawn, not only acts as mulch to keep in the moisture when it gets hot and dry, they also serve as a natural fertilizer.

Code Compliance Update

The City of Social Circle Code Compliance Department would like to thank everyone for addressing their Code Compliance issues in a timely manner. We understand it has been raining this year and the grass grows back as quickly as you cut it, so thanks to everyone for keeping Social Circle looking good for our citizens and visitors.

Although many issues may be resolved within a matter of days, sometimes it may take up to 90 days to resolve in order to ensure proper notices are given and property owners have an opportunity to fix the code issues. Please look for future notices in the newsletter, on Facebook, and on our website.

Ordinances and Zoning

Road Closed for Tree Removal August 5

South Cherokee Rd between Cannon and Spring Street will be closed on Saturday, August 5 starting at 8:00 am so that crews can remove a tree at 417 South Cherokee Rd. All work should be completed and the roads reopened by 3:00 pm.

The following map shows where the road blocks will be located (orange) and routes that should be taken to get around the road closures.

Vehicle through traffic will be routed down Cannon Drive and Spring Street.

Trucks coming from the north will be directed down Ronthor Road. Trucks coming from the south will be directed around bypass.

We urge all citizens to be courteous to Police and City Staff during this temporary road closure and drive with caution. Thank you!

Qualifying for General and Special Elections to begin August 21

The City of Social Circle will hold a General Election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 to elect Social Circle Council Members for Districts 1 and 3 and Social Circle City School Board Chairman and Members for Districts 2 and 4.  A special election will be held to fill a vacancy for Social Circle School Board District 1.

Anyone who wants to run for office will need to qualify in the office of the City Clerk, (City Hall is open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm weekdays) at 166 N Cherokee Road, Social Circle, Georgia beginning at 8:30 AM on Monday, August 21, 2017 and ending at 4:30 PM on Friday, August 25, 2017.  Anyone wishing to run for office will need to file a Notice of Candidacy and pay a qualifying fee equal to 3% of the annual salary of the office sought.  The qualifying fee for City of Social Circle Council Member District 1 and District 3 is $144.00.  The qualifying fee for Social Circle City School Board Chairman and Members District 2 and District 4 is $18.00.

If you have any question, please contact Susan Roper, Qualifying Officer.

Citizen Police Academy Registration Opens Today

Social Circle Police Department Citizen Police Academy - Share Our Vision and Be Our VoiceThe Social Circle Police Department will be taking applications for the Citizen Police Academy beginning Monday, July 17, 2017. The last day for registration will be Friday, August 11, 2017. The class is limited to 12 students.

The six-week course will start Tuesday, September 5 and end on October 14. Class will be held in the evenings from 6:00 – 8:30 pm.

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 call Lt. Randy Downs at 770-464-2366 or e-mail at rdowns@socialcirclega.com.

Citizen Police Academy Information

Application

Anonymous Tips Lead to Arrest

On Friday, July 14, 2017 at approximately 6:00am, the Social Circle Police Department along with members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT) executed a search warrant at 464 Ronthor Drive Social Circle, GA. in reference to a narcotics investigation.

The Social Circle Police Department received several anonymous complaints/tips at this address in reference to suspected drug sales.  We conducted an investigation which led to the search warrant being executed this morning.

Investigators located a quantity of marijuana and two firearms.  One of the firearms had an altered serial number.

23 year old Mikail Anthony Walker of 464 Ronthor Drive Social Circle, GA was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and criminal use of an article with an altered serial number.

We encourage citizens to continue to report any suspicious or illegal activity. See it, Hear it, Report it! You can remain anonymous. You can email tips@socialcirclega.com.

Leaf and Brush Collection Update

The city has acquired a new leaf and brush truck to improve services and will be back on your normal schedule for leaf and brush pickup in the same week starting Monday the 19th of June, 2017.

We want to thank the public for being very patient while we repaired and acquired new equipment to improve your service delivery.  Staff have been working very hard to get back on schedule and provide you the best service possible for leaf, grass clippings, and brush removal.

To better serve you we want to work as a team with the public to ensure services are provided in a timely manner and equipment is in top working order.  The following are some tips for ensuring our crews provide the best serve possible:

  1. Do not put trash such as rocks, metal, dirt, and any item they may damage the blades on the leaf and brush machine.  These items can cause equipment failure and costly repairs preventing the crews from providing quality service to you.
  2. Separate leaf piles from brush piles and keep limbs to approximately 4 inches or less in diameter.
  3. Crews will normally spend 15 minutes on a leaf or brush pile. If they spend longer than that then the piles are too big causing the crews to get behind delaying service to other citizens. However, they can spend 15 minutes each week on a large pile until it is gone.
  4. If you see our trucks pass your pile of leaves and brush without picking it up, their trucks are full and need to be emptied. They will return to finish your piles.  However, if they miss your pile by mistake then call City Hall and request pick up.
  5. If you forget to put your pile of leaves and brush next to the road on your scheduled pickup day crews will pick it up the following week on your scheduled day of pickup.
  6. If you see a hang tag on your pile of leaves or brush, then there is a reason for them not picking up your pile. Please read the tag and take the appropriate actions.  Once that is complete call City Hall for pickup or wait until your next scheduled pickup day.
  7. There will be times when your leaf and brush pickup may be delayed due to equipment failure and weather. However, we will make every effort to pick them up in a timely manner.

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