Road Repairs Scheduled for Tuesday April 11

During the day on Tuesday April 11, Overstreet Asphalt & Concrete company will be making repairs to several roads in town.

  • Clarke Ave
  • The entrance to the Elementary school
  • A section of Spring Street near Hill Rd
  • A section of Clover Dr

The repairs taking place on Clarke Ave and the entrance to the Elementary School will be timed to avoid interfering with before and after school traffic. All work should be completed between 8 am and 5 pm on Tuesday.

Leaf and Brush Pickup Delayed

Cherry BlossomsIt’s spring and we are sprucing up our yards. This creates piles of brush and debris for City Crews to pick up. The crews are still continuing their pickup schedule from fall, but are currently delayed as they wait on the delivery of a new leaf truck. There is only one crew working at this time and they are doing the best they can to keep up.

To make things easier for our crew, please do the following:

  • rake leaves to the curb or road
  • make piles no higher than three feet and six feet in diameter
  • place piles horizontally along the curb for timelier and easier pickup by city crews.
  • no trash, metals, brush etc. mixed in to prevent damage to the machinery.
  • limbs should be cut to no more than 7 feet in length
  • Bagged leaves will be picked up and transported to the cities leaf drop off area.

A load is approximately 8 feet by 8 feet by 4 feet.

Drought Level Dropped from 2 to 1 for Walton County

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has announced it will ease outdoor water use requirements in 86 counties. Improving drought conditions have resulted in 31 counties being upgraded from a Level 2 Drought Response to a Level 1 Drought Response, including Walton County.

“Winter rains have brought needed relief to much of the state, but Lake Lanier, the Chattahoochee River and smaller streams in the region have been slow to recover,” said EPD Director Richard Dunn.  “As a result, the Level 2 Drought Response will remain in place in the upper Chattahoochee River Basin, including most metropolitan Atlanta counties.”

The following activities are allowed under Level 1 Drought Responses:

  • Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf may be done at any time of day for 30 days after installation.
  • Irrigation of personal food gardens may be done at any time of day.
  • Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses may be done at any time of day and hand-watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container may be done at any time of day.
  • General landscape watering may be done after 4:00 p.m. and before 10:00 a.m. on the designated days.

More water conservation information is available at http://epd.georgia.gov/water-conservation.

Help Create a Downtown Square in Social Circle!

Downtown Square Concept ImagesWe have heard from the community how much they value the downtown and would love a downtown square for gatherings, farmers markets, and  more  festivals and events in our city center.  The Social Circle Downtown Development Authority has made this project their top priority to support the community  vision.  A concept plan has been developed, and a $100,000 USDA Rural Development grant identified to begin the creation of this downtown square.

Here is how you can help bring this vision to reality….

The USDA selection criteria will include an evaluation of broad community support for the project.  Support can be in the form of letters of support, donations and work in kind.

The DDA is currently seeking letters of support from the community, civic groups and businesses. If you can write a letter of support to the Social Circle DDA it would be greatly appreciated and will help support our efforts to secure the funding grant.

Letter of Support Guidelines

The deadline for the grant request is March 17th. Letters will be accepted through March 16th.

Please address the letters to the Social Circle Downtown Development Authority and drop off,  mail or email to City Hall.

Thank you for supporting this opportunity for our downtown. If you have questions please contact Adele Schirmer, Social Circle City Manager at 770-464-2380.

Code Compliance to Start April 1

With Spring coming, we appreciate how everyone is sprucing up their yards and homes. Starting April 1, the City Compliance Officer will be taking inventory of the City Code of Ordinance issues in town. Initially, the Code Compliance Officer will visit with citizens to let them know about ordinances they may not be aware of and to work with them to see what needs to be done to bring the issues up to code.

Contact Barbara Schlageter at (770) 464-6905 or BSchlageter@ socialcirclega.com for more information.

Please Don’t Flush “Flushable” Wipes

“Flushable” wipes are the new headache for wastewater treatment operations. Flushable wipes are made from high strength fibers that do not lose their strength and do not biodegrade fast enough to keep from clogging the pipes. The wipes get stuck on imperfections in the pipes and then other items get stuck which leads to clogs in sewer lines and malfunctions in sewer lift stations resulting in sewer spills.

This is not a problem to only Social Circle. Clogs from flusable wipes have been responsible for millions of dollars of damage to sewer systems in New York and London.

Please do not flush any kinds of wipes to help keep our sewer system running smoothly.

Chickens in Residential Districts

The City Council will discuss the keeping of chickens at their work session on March 21, 2017 at 5:30 pm.  This will be an opportunity for the Mayor and Council to discuss the input received to date and provide direction to the staff on whether to prepare an Ordinance for consideration. This topic has been considered by the Planning Commission, who recommended at their February meeting against allowing the keeping of chickens in residential districts, and also by the Historic Preservation Commission who recommended allowing the keeping of no more than two chickens in residential districts on lots at least ½ acre in size.

If the Council pursues an ordinance change to allow the keeping of chickens in a residential district, that ordinance would require a public hearing process  prior to a vote for adoption.

Social Circle Named Tree City USA for 15th Year

Social Circle is presented with a Tree USA FlagSocial Circle joined more than 3,400 Tree City USA communities by meeting the four core standards of sound urban forestry management: a tree board, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day celebration and proclamation.

Our Arbor Day celebration, sponsored by the Social Circle Garden Clubs, was held at Gunter Hall on February 16. Mayor Hal Dally issued an Arbor Day proclamation and the City was presented with a Tree City USA flag by the Georgia Department of Forestry.

We appreciate the dedication of the Garden Clubs, the volunteers who serve on the Tree Board, and residents who care for our Urban Forest, and beautify the City with their horticulture expertise.

“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Additionally, recognition brings resident together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.

For more information, visit http:/www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA

Explorer Post 708 Boot Drive

Social Circle Fire Department Explorer Post 708 Boot Drive Saturday Feb 25, 9AM - 1PMSocial Circle Fire Explorers will be at the red light in the center of town Saturday morning 2/25  from 9-1 doing a boot drive to raise funds for uniforms and equipment for their post. Come by and help fill the boot.

Fire Explorers is a program operated at the fire department in cooperation with the Boy Scouts of America. The program is open to male and female cadets age 14-21 to teach job skills associated with fire and medical emergency services.