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 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:


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 .

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.(  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
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, 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

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 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.


Mosquito Spraying to Start April 25

It’s that time of year again! With the mild winter and the rain we’ve had, mosquito season is off to an early start.

The City will start their mosquito spraying schedule Tuesday April 25.  City crews will spray every Tuesday and Thursday (weather permitting) from 4 pm to 8 pm. through the summer months.

Please call City Hall (770-464-2380) with any questions or concerns.

Leaf and Yard Debris Pickup Update

Due to necessary repairs and replacement on equipment, the city is down one leaf and yard debris pickup crew.  We are working on getting items picked up as quickly as possible with one crew.

Our new equipment and repairs should be completed by mid-May and the City will have two crews to catch up on leaf and yard pickups.

In addition, if you see the leaf truck drive by and not pick up your pile of debris they will be back; they are emptying their truck.

We thank you for your understanding and patience.