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

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.(https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611716#/login)  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
Sweetgum
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 GaTrees.org, 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 GaTrees.org.

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 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, May 16,2017.