****OVER NIGHT CURFEW ISSUED IN SOCIAL CIRCLE****

Conditions continue to deteriorate in the city. Trees are still falling and knocking out power lines. Georgia Power is not able to respond until daylight.

For this reason, Mayor Dally has issued a curfew effective immediately until 7:00 am Tuesday.

This means NO ONE should be on the streets until 7:00 am.

Social Circle Parkway is still open. However, North Cherokee, South Cherokee and East Hightower will be closed at the Parkway to all traffic except local residents.

Barricades are being placed across streets which are blocked by trees and power lines.

Thank you for your patience.

Police, Fire and Public Works crews are working throughout the night to monitor the situation and provide emergency response.

Even Tuesday morning, the streets will still be dangerous due to power lines and downed trees. Therefore, residents are advised to stay at home if possible.

Election Qualifying Results are In

Qualifying for the 2017 General and Special Elections ended at 4:3o pm today.

There were thirteen candidates qualified for six open positions on the Social Circle City Council and the Social Circle Schools Board of Education.

The 2017 General and Special Elections are scheduled for November 7, 2017. The last day to register to vote in this year’s elections is October 10, 2017. Early voting will be held October 16, 2017 – November 3, 2017.

Rotary Fair Update: It’s back on!

Good news for Social Circle!  Although the carnival ride vendor contracted for 2017 suffered a major health issue last month, he has assured the Rotary Club of Social Circle that he is equipped and ready to transport and set up the best rides this town has ever seen.

We regret the uncertainty recently cast upon the event, but are excited to be partnering with Carr Exposition to present the 14th Annual Social Circle Fair on the Social Circle Middle School/High School campus September 7 through September 10.

The bands are lined up, food vendors secured, and wristband tickets will go on sale in two weeks.  You may purchase your ticket for a $20.00 wristband by paying $15.00 in advance of the fair at Social Circle Ace, Bank of Social Circle, or Pinnacle Bank.

What a fun way to support your community and enjoy friends and fellowship!  There will be live entertainment and delicious fair food Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Remember that the proceeds from this event are used to provide scholarships to graduating SCHS seniors and monthly Ferst Foundation books to children from birth to 5 years old who reside in our school district. Rotary Club of Social Circle appreciates your patronage!

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.