Fire Department ISO Class 2 Rating Goes into Effect Today

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The City of Social Circle is proud to announce that the Fire Department has received an ISO (Insurance Services Office) Class 2 public protection classification, effective May 1, 2020.

ISO is a third party independent agency that evaluates the fire department, water department and communications systems. It rates the results on a national scale from one to ten (one being the best and highest). According to ISO, its Public Protection Classification Program (PPC) plays an important role in the underwriting process with insurance companies. Most U.S. insurers report that the PPC information is used in their decision-making process when deciding what business to cover, what coverages to offer or prices to charge for personal or commercial property insurance. With a communities Class 2 rating, many insurance providers give a discount on annual insurance premiums for residences and businesses. Residents and business owners should check with your insurance companies to see how this new classification affects you.

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Summer Burn Ban Starts Today

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Georgia EPD Open Burning Ban Begins May 1, 2020 for dozens of Georgia Counties. Beginning May 1 and ending September 30, EPD’s open burning ban will be in effect for many Georgia counties, including Walton.

The open burning ban is not new. It began in 1996 in the metro Atlanta area and expanded to include other Georgia counties in subsequent years. The open burning ban prohibits citizens and business from burning yard and land-clearing debris. This rule is in addition to the year-round state ban on the burning of household garbage. People, particularly children, are more apt to be outdoors during May through September. It is during this time that ozone and particle pollution are generally higher than the other parts of the year. Some actions, such as campfires and agricultural activities, are exempt from this ban.

If you have questions, please contact firechief@socialcirclega.gov.

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Local Business Makes PPE Donation

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Mannington Mills’ facility in Madison, Georgia, has been making more than just floors these days. In collaboration with Klöckner Pentaplast, the entire site is engaged in making and assembling protective face masks to donate to healthcare and law enforcement around the country. Today Donna Parker with Mannington Mills donated 20 face shields to protect our staff.

We thank you for your generous donation!

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City of Social Circle Special COVID-19 Emergency Payment Agreement

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Social Circle Georgia City LogoFor the safety of our residents and community, to assure you can continue to practice the recommended hand washing and hygiene necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to help those who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mayor and City Council have authorized the following:

  • Service cut-off is suspended in April.
  • Administrative and late fees that would have been applied at the April utility bill due date have been waived.
  • A special payment plan is available to all City utility customers who have past due balances as of April 28, 2020.
    • This payment plan will allow you to stretch the repayment of your past due balance over a period of up to nine months.
    • You must complete the enclosed special COVID-19 emergency payment plan application and bring to City Hall by May 21.
    • All payments made under the agreement must be made before the monthly due date starting with the May due date or services will be cut off.

If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Fricks, Finance Director at (770) 464-6925.

We are proud to serve you, our citizens.

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Social Circle Ranked 24th Safest City in Georgia

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Social Circle was ranked by Safewise, a pioneer in unbiased home security reviews, as the 24th safest city in Georgia. Their 2020 report of The 50 Safest Cities in Georgia, uses FBI crime report statistics from 2018 and population data to calculate the number of violent crimes and property crimes per 1,000 residents. The ranking makes Social Circle the safest city in Walton County as the only other city in Walton County that appears on the list is Loganville, with a ranking of 31.

In 2019 Social Circle was ranked as the 25th safest city in Georgia.

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City Announces Will Brinkley as New Police Chief

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Uniform Patrol Bureau | Athens-Clarke County, GA - Official WebsiteWill Brinkley has accepted the position of Social Circle Chief of Police. He will begin work on May 4, 2020.

Will Brinkley has over 30 years of law enforcement experience, beginning with the City of Madison Georgia Police Department in 1989, and most recently as a Captain in the Athens Clarke County Police Department, where he served for 25 years rising from Police Officer through the ranks to Captain.

Will Brinkley is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute and holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. The Southern Police Institute is a division of the Department of Criminal Justice, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Louisville. It is an advanced education and training institute whose mission is to enhance the professional development of law enforcement practitioners by providing educational and career development programs that are designed to challenge and to prepare law enforcement practitioners for the demands of today and tomorrow. The Southern Police Institute consistently is ranked among the top law enforcement educational and training schools in the nation.

A strong proponent and practitioner of community oriented policing, Will Brinkley, throughout his career, has invested in relationships with his coworkers, his staff, and all segments of his community. His breadth of experience ranges from Patrol to Special Operations, School Resource, and community-oriented policing. He has been recognized for Meritorious Community Service and Leadership Ability, improving communication between Public Housing and the Police Department, Community Policing and facilitating projects which decreased criminal activity and enhanced quality of life.

Will Brinkley is a member of the Southern Police Institute Alumni Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

Described by his professional references as a genuine, transparent, person of integrity who respects people and achieves success by building long term positive relationships, he has led officers and shift supervisors through their many stages of training being attentive to their questions while putting the needs of the citizens as a top priority.

Will Brinkley believes in leading by example, and putting service before self.

We look forward to the opportunity for our citizens to get to know Chief Brinkley, and we will be making arrangements for those meetings as is possible while following the Executive Orders and Health Department guidance during this COVID-19 pandemic. The City will broadcast a Facebook live meet and greet program on May 4th, and individual appointments may be scheduled after May 4 by contacting the Police Department.

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City Hall Closed Through April 28

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Starting today, City Hall will no longer be accepting payments through the drive-thru. This is for the safety of everyone in the community, as well as, to allow our employees who may have been exposed to the virus to quarantine for 14 days. We appreciate your understanding as we all work through this trying time together.

Payments can still be dropped off at City Hall in the drop box and will be processed as soon as City Hall resumes its regular operations on April 29th. We encourage you to make payments online at our website (https://socialcirclega.gov/payment-options/) or over the phone at 1-877-840-5562. Your account information can be found on your bill or you can send an email including your name and address to Jennifer Fricks, Finance Director at jfricks@socialcirclega.com to receive your account information via email.

More information will be released regarding last day to pay past due balances, and due date for current balances.

If you need permits, please contact Barbara Schlageter at bschlageter@socialcirclega.com or by phone at (770) 464-6905.

If you have questions or need information on any other City business, please contact City Hall at (770) 464-2380.

We will all get through this together, as a community.

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March 15 Update from the Mayor Regarding Coronavirus

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Mayor KeenerOn Friday, President Trump declared a national emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Governor Kemp declared a public health state of emergency on Saturday morning. Both of these will give our Federal and State governments powers to continue to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to treat those who are infected. There are currently 99 reported cases of COVID-19 in Georgia, none reported in Walton County and there has been one death in the state.

Our City continues to monitor the situations and will continue to provide essential services while minimizing the risk to residents.

  • If you have any business with the City, please call (770) 464-2380 before going to City Hall. The front windows will be closed. You can pay utility bills through the drop-box and the drive-thru window will be attended during normal business hours every day at least through the end of March.
  • The W. H. Stanton Memorial Library announced on Friday that they will be closed beginning today until further notice. Their online resources are still available and if you need access to Wi-Fi, you can access it from the parking lot. The password is library.
  • The Social Circle Senior Center announced on Friday that they will be closing starting Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. They will provide shelf-stable and frozen meals to the seniors, for pick up on Monday, March 16.
  • Social Circle Transit will continue to provide services, with limitations on passenger loads to avoid close contact between passengers.
  • The Georgia Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, announced that early voting for the March 24 election has been halted and the election is being moved to May 19, the date of Georgia’s other primary elections. This does include our local election for the District 3 City Council position. All votes that have already been cast will be counted for the May 19 election.
  • The City Council Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, will still be held. You can view the agenda online (https://socialcirclecityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=2008), and the meeting will be streamed live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cityofsocialcirclegeorgia/. There are a number of public hearings on the agenda. If you wish to make comments but prefer not to attend the meeting in person, you may submit your comment in writing at the City Hall drive-thru or email CityCouncilPHC@socialcirclega.com by noon on March 17. Those comments will be presented to council during the meeting and will be made part of the record.

The Georgia Department says that the best way to prevent contracting this virus is to avoid being exposed. They make the following recommendations to prevent the spread of coronavirus:

  • Protect yourself and those that you visit:
    • Clean your hands often
    • Avoid close contact with people
    • Avoid large gatherings
  • Protect others:
    • Stay home if sick
    • Cover coughs and sneezes
    • Wear a facemask if sick
    • Clean and disinfect often

Please continue to monitor official State and Federal sources for continuing information, provided below:

Walton County Updates - https://www.waltoncountyga.gov/
Georgia DPH Updates - https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus
CDC Updates – http://coronovirus.gov

 

 

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