The Social Circle Police Department Graduated Their First Citizen’s Police Academy Class

Social Circle Police Department Citizen Police Academy - Share Our Vision and Be Our VoiceThe City of Social Circle Police Department held a graduation ceremony and family lunch honoring the first Citizen’s Police Academy graduates on Saturday October 14, 2017. Participants in this program met for six (6) weeks on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the police department’s community room. The classes were a combination of lectures, demonstrations and interactive activities.

“We would like to congratulate the Social Circle Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy’s inaugural class for successfully completing this program.  It was an honor to have the opportunity to be able to provide this experience for our citizens,” Police Chief Tyrone Oliver said.

The Social Circle Citizen’s Police Academy was created to give our residents and corporate partners of Social Circle a chance to see, understand and interact with the inner workings of the Social Circle Police Department.  Participants learned about the available services, resources and programs offered by the department. More importantly, participants got a chance to meet and interact with the men and women who provide these services. This course covered the structure and overview of the police department, patrol functions, criminal investigations, judicial process, firearms training and use of force and use of force considerations.  Also during the program, participants were required to complete at least two (2) hours of police “ride-a-longs”.  The funds for the program were made possible through the Lions and the Lion-hearted Golf Tournament, which seeded the Lion-hearted fund.

“I would like to thank Lieutenant Randy Downs who did a phenomenal job spearheading this course and the entire police department staff for their participation.  This was truly a department-wide effort in making this a very successful partnership between the community and law enforcement,” Police Chief Tyrone Oliver said. This course will be offered twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.  Please check our website (socialcircelga.gov) and Facebook page (City of Social Circle, Georgia) for future class dates.

Citizen Police Academy Graduation

Pictured left to Right, Bottom row: Brenda Stewart, Rebecca Barnett, Thomas Carter, Cathy Rape, Addie Massey and Marty Burns

Back Row: Chief Tyrone Oliver, Lynn Pulliam, Investigator Bill Bowen, Millie Kozak, Daniel Kozak, David Keener, Andy Rape, Robert Posner, Investigator Michael Jett, James Corbett, Tyson Jackson, Lt. Randy Downs and Sgt. James Pilgrim.  (not Pictured Ray Martinez)

Citizen Firearm Class Scheduled

[UPDATE] – The class is full! Please check back for additional dates.

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

Date: Saturday, October 21, 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 rdowns@socialcirclega.com for more information.

The class size is limited to the first 15 applicants. All applications must be submitted no later than Tuesday, October 17,2017.

ISONOVA RTO Construction Update

ISONOVA is making excellent headway on their RTO installation.  The duct work and the concrete pad are complete, and the gas service and electrical conduit work are in place.  The RTO machinery was delayed a couple of weeks due to components affected by Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Houston.  The machinery should arrive within the next few weeks.  The project is still on schedule to be up and running before January 1.

At the City’s request, ISONOVA will be shutting down operations at 8 am on Saturday, until 2:30 pm for the Friendship Festival. We appreciate their efforts to ensure that the festival will be pleasant for all our visitors.

Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s Summer Burn Ban Lifted

Get a permit before you burn. It's fast, easy and free and it's the law.The summer ban on outdoor burning will end Saturday, September 30 in 54 Georgia counties, primarily in the northern half of the state. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division sets the restrictions annually, from May 1 to the end of September, to reduce emissions from ground level ozone that may jeopardize air quality.

Burn permits issued by the Georgia Forestry Commission are required for any outdoor burning in the state to help prevent wildfires and problems generated by smoke.

“The GFC will resume issuing burn permits as conditions allow, on a day to day basis,” said Frank Sorrells, Chief of Protection for the Georgia Forestry Commission.

Fire danger and smoke management considerations will be taken into account for counties that have been under the EPD burn ban since May 1, as it is in all Georgia locations, Sorrells said. The GFC recognizes the importance of prescribed burning for its many wildfire prevention and forest management benefits, and safety remains the top priority for those burns as well.

“We’re asking everyone to be extra cautious when doing any open burning, especially in the wake of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma, which left behind a lot of downed trees and vegetative debris,” said Sorrells. “Escaped debris burns remain the number one cause of wildfires in our state, and it may be necessary and wise to delay or postpone open burning if local conditions are unfavorable.” Sorrells said tools such as a shovel, water, and cell phone should always be on hand, that fires should never be left unattended, and a 911 call is always prudent when flames escape.

The 54 counties whose EPD summer burn bans have been lifted 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.

For specific information about conducting open burning, permitting requirements, and current fire conditions in your area, contact your county’s GFC office or visit GaTrees.org.

City-Wide Clean-up Saturday

Litter CritterThe kick-off for our fall 2017 city-wide cleanup will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. in the Community Room in the Social Circle Public Safety Building.  This will be the 22nd regular cleanup event.

Everyone is invited.  Wear your work clothes.  Biscuits and coffee will be provided. This is a great opportunity for folks to meet and greet their friends and  neighbors before setting out to beautify our city.

If you or your organization cannot make it Saturday but want to help, please come by the Welcome Center one day this week and check out grabbers and pick up gloves and trash bags. All we ask is that you return your grabber and let us know how many bags of trash you were able to pick up so that we can include it in our reports.

See our map of Street Assignments. If you are not a member of a group that works on a specific area, feel free to choose an unassigned location.

Every year since 2007 residents of Social Circle meet to clean up our City on the Saturday before Easter Saturday and on the Saturday before our annual Friendship Festival.  Over the years we’ve had great support from Social Circle churches, businesses, civic groups, school and youth groups, neighborhood associations, and many others who continue to make this a successful event.

If your organization would like to adopt a street, please contact us at the Welcome Center (770-464-1866) or email AroundTheWell@SocialCircleGA.com.

Event Details

Brush Collection Update

Leaf and brush crews are working to get debris from tropical storm Irma picked up and hauled off as quickly as possible. They are currently working in the area of Hickory Drive, Joseph Lane and Wildwood Drive. Tomorrow they will be working in Marco estates on Friday and North and South Cherokee Rd and West Hightower Trail on Saturday.

On Monday crews will return to their normal leaf and brush schedule.

  • Monday: north of East Hightower Road and east of North Cherokee Road. This includes the neighborhoods around Oak Drive, Holly Street.
  • Tuesday: west of North Cherokee Road and north of West Hightower Trail and Alcova Drive. This includes the neighborhoods of Park Place, Heritage Park, Corby Creek, Windsong, Jubliee and Laurel Oaks.
  •  Wednesday: south of Alcova Drive and West Hightower Trail and west of South Cherokee Road. This includes the neighborhoods of Azalea Farms, St. Andrews, Squirrel Words, Marco Estates and along Lakewood Drive, Wildwood Drive, Hickory Drive and Joseph Lane.
  • Thursday: east of South Cherokee Road and south of East Hightower Trail. This includes the neighborhoods of Dove Landing, Bear Cub Path and the neighborhoods along Cannon Drive, Spring Street, and Birch Street.
  • Friday: properties along North and South Cherokee and West Hightower.

Because of the large amount of debris, crews may not be able to pick up all the debris in their scheduled area on that day. They will attempt to return to those areas after completing pickups on other days.

If you would like to haul away your own debris, you may bring it to the laydown area by the Public Works office at 771 Vine Street Monday through Friday 7:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Rebates for Old Appliances

gas stoveThe Social Circle gas department wants you to round up your old appliances in exchange for new natural gas appliances. The Rebate Rally is a special natural gas appliance event, held by natural gas providers across the state of Georgia each year. Local governments, water heater manufacturers, local contractors, and local businesses have partnered together to promote the understanding of natural gas appliance savings, benefits and efficiencies. Social Circle is participating in the 2017 Rebate Rally Campaign throughout the months of September and October. Promotions include a $400 rebate on natural gas tankless water heaters, a $200 rebate on a natural gas tank water heater, $50 rebate on natural gas stove, lights or logs. The City of Social Circle offers 0% interest financing on the purchase and installation cost of natural gas water heaters, stoves and dryers. Qualified residential customers can obtain an application from City Hall. For more information, contact Robbie Groves at 770-464-2380, rgroves@socialcirclega.com or RebateRally.com.

Mayor Dally’s Wednesday Evening Update

Please continue to check on your neighbors.

Georgia Power has crew here from West Virginia. They have made great progress. We have power all up and down North Cherokee.  They are working on West Hightower and should be able to get to Oak Street and Wildwood in the next day or so.

City crews are moving debris as quickly as the power crews ground and clear the lines.

Beware of spoiled food. Trash trucks will be running, but are a day behind their normal schedule.  If your food has been at room temperature, please throw it out. Contact your insurance company as the loss of the food may be covered under your homeowner’s policy.

The temperatures will be in the mid 80’s tomorrow. Please check on your neighbors and make sure they are doing OK.  We will have shelters open at Social Circle United Methodist Church and Corinth Missionary Baptist Church. Overnight shelter is available at Corinth Church. The Salvation Army is serving lunch and dinner at the Methodist Church. Lunch is at noon. Dinner is at 5:00. Meals are being carried to Corinth from the Methodist Church. Transit will operate until 8:00 pm for transport to the shelters.

We appreciate everyone picking up the debris and piling it at the edge of the street as requested. The City looks great. It may sit there a while until our crews are able to get around and pick it up. Please only take woody debris to the laydown site at Public Works on Vine Street. If there is any metal debris mixed in, it could harm a city worker or mess up the equipment.

Please share this information with your neighbors as some people do not have access to the internet.

We wish to thank Georgia power. This is the largest catastrophe they have had to deal with in the history of the company.

State Representative Bruce Williamson commended the City on their response and communication. He serves 6 cities in Walton County and Social Circle was by far the most damaged.

Some roads will continue to be closed tonight. Be aware of them as you travel around the city. There will not be a curfew tonight, but do remain at home unless you have to be out.

Schools are closed tomorrow. The schools will evaluate the situation tomorrow afternoon and make a decision about Friday.

The City water supply is in good shape. Please continue to conserve water. If you do not have water, there is a hose available behind the Police station that you can use to fill your containers. Please bring your own containers.

We appreciate everyone working together. Please let us know how we can assist.

We will have updates tomorrow morning at 9:30 am and 5:00 pm.

Thank you for your continued patience.