Public Hearing Scheduled for February 18 Regarding Update to Community Work Program

The City of Social Circle will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 6:30 pm at the Social Circle Community Room, 138 East Hightower Trail, Social Circle, GA 30025.

Updates are needed to the Community Work Program identified in the City of Social Circle Comprehensive Plan starting on page 35. In order to apply for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the Short-Term Work Program needs to specifically identify the project for which Federal funding is being requested. The CDBG funds will be used to improve infrastructure in Mill Village and Marco Estates areas. The cost estimates for the project and the map identifying the work to be done are available for review.

The purpose of this hearing is to brief the community on the contents of the proposed updates, provide an opportunity for residents to make final suggestions, additions or revisions, and to notify the community of when the plan will be submitted to the Regional Commission and Department of Community Affairs for review. In order for the Council to amend the Comprehensive Plan, Council is required to post a public notice and to hold a public hearing.

Comments will be received at the above public hearing, or may be submitted in writing prior to Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. to the Social Circle City Manager, Adele Schirmer.  She is located at the City Hall, 166 N Cherokee Road, Social Circle, GA 30025.

All community members are invited to attend the public hearing. Persons with special needs relating to disability access or foreign language should contact Adele Schirmer with the City of Social Circle at (770) 464 – 2380 prior to the meeting for necessary accommodations. Persons with hearing disabilities may contact the Georgia Relay Service at (TDD) 1-800-255-0056 or (Voice) 1-800-255-0135.

Social Circle Middle/High School Placed on Soft Lock Down

Today at approximately 12:54 pm., the SCHS administration and a Social Circle Police School Resource Officer were made aware of a suspicious person walking near the retention pond on campus at the high school.  Immediately, the District took proactive measures and communicated with the SRO officer and the Social Circle Police.  As a safety precaution, both the high school and middle school were placed in a soft lock down during the investigation.  All students and staff at SCMHS are safe.

Social Circle Police and school officials investigated, and the suspicious person was identified as a landscaper authorized to be on school property.

The safety of students and staff is our number one goal at Social Circle School District.  We thank all entities for working together for the safety of our children.

Teen Leadership Academy Starts Feb 12

The Social Circle Police Department will host their first Teen Leadership Academy starting Wednesday, February 12.

The classes will be held at the Social Circle High School Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00 pm for eight weeks.

Registration is open to students in grades 8 -12.

Participants will get hands-on experience with the daily activities of the police officers and get to role-play as police officers, prosecutors and judges.

To sign up, complete the registration form and return to SCPD School Resource Officer, Michael Jett.

For more information, contact Officer Jett or Chief Fuesting at 770-464-2366.

Contractors Working on Sycamore Street Friday

Contractors will be working on Sycamore Street on Friday, December 13. They will repair a storm water pipe in front of the old Goodfellas restaurant. One lane will be closed while the repairs are in progress.

[UPDATE 12/16/19] Due to the rain on Friday, the work has been rescheduled to Tuesday, December 17 after the rain predicted for that day clears out.

If you have any questions, please contact Jay Link, (770) 464-3781, jlink@socialcirclega.com,

City ISO Rating Makes Large Improvement

The Social Circle Fire Department completed their Public Protection Classification (PPC) survey analyzing the structural fire suppression delivery system provided by the City. The rating improved from 4 to 2 since the last review, six years ago. The ISO PPC rating influences prices and coverages set by insurance companies on personal and commercial property insurance.

The classification review by the ISO representative focuses on three main areas:

1) Emergency communications (emergency dispatch center) (10%)

2) Water supply systems (the amount of water necessary for fire suppression) (40%)

3) The fire department itself (equipment, staffing, training, geographic distribution of fire companies, operational considerations, and community risk reduction) (50%)

ISO PPC scores range from 1 to 10 with 1 being the best rating. Approximately 20 Fire Departments in Georgia have achieved a 1 rating. A 2 rating places the City of Social Circle among the top 3% of Fire Departments evaluated nationwide. Locally, the Cities of Loganville and Covington have a 2 ISO rating, and the City of Monroe has an ISO rating of 3.

The recent 2.5% water utility rate increases on City water service supported the completion of over $2M in improvements to the water system over the last two years, which contributed significantly to this City-wide rating improvement. Additional improvements which contributed to the improved ISO rating include: Fire Safety programs which have been implemented recently, such as Fire Safety inspections; the construction of Fire Station 17 on Willow Springs Church Road, which reduced response time to the industrial sector of high risk buildings; new sprinkler systems in some of the large industrial buildings; the continuation of an in-city Fire Training facility, now located behind Station 17; the increase in fire staffing to four persons per shift. For information on how this rating may reduce your homeowners insurance cost, please contact your insurance agent. For further information about Fire Safety within the City, contact Chief Zaydel at 770-464-0621.

“It Can Wait!”, Don’t Drive Distracted

Hey, Social Circle, “Are you texting while driving, maybe speeding in a school zone? If so, put it down and slow down!” Social Circle Police will be out monitoring traffic in our schools zones starting today.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines distracted driving on its website as “any activity that diverts attention from driving.” Activities can include texting while driving, eating and adjusting the navigation system, according to the website. Additionally, texting is the most alarming distraction. Since sending or reading a text can take up to five seconds, according to NHTSA, people driving at 55 miles per hour can drive the length of an entire football field without watching the road.

The safety of the motoring public and our children are of extreme importance. Let’s all work together to make our roadways safe in Social Circle!

SCPD Offers Halloween Safety Tips

SCPD Halloween Safety Tips

With all the excitement of Halloween, Police Chief, Jeff Fuesting, wanted to take a moment to remind residents of a few Halloween safety tips to ensure a safe and fun evening for the entire family.

Halloween is an exciting time for children, but they can be vulnerable to injury on this night. The men and women of the Social Circle Police Department strive to partner with our residents to provide the children of Social Circle the safest possible environment.

Halloween will be celebrated on October 31. The Downtown Merchants will have trick-or-treating from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm. The police will on-hand throughout the evening ensuring the safety of the trick-or-treaters.

Georgia EPD Declares Level 1 Drought Response, Calls For Water Conservation

Worsening drought conditions throughout most of the state have prompted a Level 1 Drought Response declaration from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD).  This means public water utilities in 103 counties will be required to begin a public information campaign to help citizens better understand drought, its impact on water supplies and the need for water conservation.

According to the federal government’s U.S. Drought Monitor, https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?GA the drought has affected the entire state with conditions ranging from abnormally dry to extreme drought.    As a result, most of the counties in Georgia must follow the Level 1 Drought Response requirements.

“This serves as a reminder for all Georgians to use water wisely,” said EPD Director Richard Dunn.  “It also gives public water systems an opportunity to educate their customers on the importance of water conservation.”

To determine the appropriate level of drought response, EPD considers several factors including precipitation, stream flows, groundwater, reservoir levels, short-term climate predictions and soil moisture.  EPD monitors and produces publicly available reports on these conditions on a monthly basis.

“The current flash drought we are in is primarily agricultural, but it can also affect water supply,” said state climatologist Bill Murphey.  “It came on quickly due to the intense daytime heating, lack of rainfall and sudden decrease in soil moisture we experienced in September.”

The public information campaign under a Level 1 Drought Response requires water utilities to circulate drought and water conservation information in one or more of the following: newspaper advertisements, water bill inserts, website homepages, social media and notices posted in public libraries.

The public information campaign will be required in the following counties: Appling, Athens-Clarke, Bacon, Baldwin, Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Bleckley, Brooks, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Butts, Carroll, Charlton, Chatham, Cherokee, Clayton, Clinch, Cobb, Coweta, Crawford, Crisp, Dawson, Decatur, Dekalb, Dooly, Douglas, Echols, Effingham, Fannin, Fayette, Forsyth, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Grady, Greene, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Hancock, Haralson, Harris, Heard, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Lamar, Laurens, Lee, Liberty, Long, Lowndes, Lumpkin, Macon, Marion, McIntosh, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Murray, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Peach, Pickens, Pierce, Pike, Polk, Pulaski, Putnam, Rabun, Rockdale, Schley, Screven, Seminole, Spalding, Stephens, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Thomas, Tift, Towns, Troop, Turner, Twiggs, Union, Upson, Walton, Ware, Washington, Wayne, White, Wilkinson and Worth counties.

In addition, the outdoor water use schedule required under the Water Stewardship Act of 2010 remains in place.  It limits outdoor water use year-round to the hours between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.  There are several exceptions to this limitation listed at https://epd.georgia.gov/watershed-protection-branch/water-conservation.

For example, the following activities may be done at any time of day under a Level 1 Drought Response:

  • Irrigation of personal food gardens may be done at any time of day;
  • Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf may be done at any time of day for 30 days after installation;
  • 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.

Public water systems may not impose restrictions on outdoor watering that are different from state requirements unless they obtain a variance from EPD. Currently, the City of Griffin and Coweta County have received variances for a Level 2 response, which restricts outdoor watering to two days a week.

EPD maintains a web page to keep the public informed regarding drought indicators, current variances,  and EPD actions regarding drought: https://epd.georgia.gov/about-us/watershed-protection-branch/drought-management.  Water conservation information is available at https://epd.georgia.gov/watershed-protection-branch/water-conservation.