Police Department Offers Extra Patrols

If you have plans to travel during the holidays, you can request that the Police Department keep an eye on your residence while you are away. Complete the Extra Patrol Request Form and email it to toliver@socialcirclega.com or bring the completed form by the Police Department. The police officers will include your residence in their rounds during the day and evening shifts. For questions, please email  toliver@socialcirclega.com or call the Police Department at (770) 464-2366.

Sewer Line Upgrades to begin November 13

The City of Social Circle executed a contract on 10/31/17 with Site Engineering of Atlanta to replace the existing sewer lines in 3 locations: South Forest Avenue, Tower Road, and Spring Street. Specific areas involved are:

  • Residences between 246 and 302 South Forest Avenue – project work will be located on the right of way in the front yards of the homes.
  • Residences between 856 and 896 Tower Road – project work will be located in the back yards of the residences beside the railroad right of way.
  • 353 Spring Street residence – project work will be located behind the residence at 353 Spring Street.

The scope of the project is to replace the line, install new manholes, and reconnect any laterals from homes in the areas. The total amount of line to be installed is 1,543 feet of 8” PVC pipe with 4 new manholes installed and 8 reconnections.

The preliminary schedule is to begin the project on November 13, 2017 and complete within 90 days (February 1, 2018). The purpose of these sewer projects is a first step of reduction of inflow / infiltration throughout the city’s collection lines and thus making the collection system a more efficient utility for the city’s current and future needs.

Should you have any questions or comments, please call Barry Parsons at bparsons@socialcirclega.com, 770-464-2380 or Jay Link at jlink@socialcirclega.com, 770-464-3781.

Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles

This recall involves two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers: plastic handle fire extinguishers and push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers. The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

Consumers should immediately contact Kidde to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and for instructions on returning the recalled unit, as it may not work properly in a fire emergency. The fire extinguishers involved were sold by Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, The Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other online retailers for between $12 and $50 and for about $200 for model XL 5MR. These fire extinguishers were also sold with commercial trucks, recreational vehicles, personal watercraft and boats.

For more information and how to identify the models involved in the recall, please visit https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/kidde-recalls-fire-extinguishers-with-plastic-handles-due-to-failure-to-discharge-and

Fall Hydrant Testing Schedule

The Fire Department will start fall hydrant testing from October 31 – November 10, 2017. Fire Crews will test hydrants Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. The following is a list of streets effected by the testing.

Marco Drive
New Alcovy Road
Tower Road
Ronthor Drive
Rose Lane
Richmond Drive
Rouge Road
Saint Andrews Court
Tanyard Road
Towne Circle
Vine Circle
Walnut Drive
Walton Court
Walton Road
Willow Drive
Willow Springs Church Road
Windsong Circle
Windsong Road
Wildflower Road
Windsong Lane
Wildwood Road

During flow testing you may experience discolored water caused by the opening of the fire hydrants. If you experience discolored water you can clear it by opening a faucet and letting it run until the water clears.

Social Circle Residents Can Help Low-income Georgians Stay Warm This Winter

Heating Energy Assistance Team

Each year, thousands of low-income Georgians struggle to pay their heating bills. Too many people in our community have to choose between staying warm and paying for other necessities.  The good news is the City of Social Circle is partnering with the Heating Energy Assistance Team (HEAT), Inc., a nonprofit organization that is Georgia’s oldest statewide fuel fund.

Since 1983, HEAT has provided more than $23 million for energy assistance to nearly 100,000 households. Funds are distributed by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services through community action agencies serving each county. In Walton and surrounding counties, $90,400 was distributed to 264 households for energy assistance last winter. However, the need continues to be much greater than the funds available.

Your tax-deductible gift to HEAT will help an elderly couple living on a fixed income, or a single parent caring for small children or a family whose primary bread winner lost a job. With the help of generous citizens contributing to HEAT, low-income Georgians are able to receive the energy assistance they need.

How Can I Help?

  • Online – Visit https://heatga.org/donate-now to donate online.
  • By mail – Make your donation (check or money order) payable to HEAT and mail to…

HEAT
P.O. Box 451008
Atlanta, GA  31145

For more information, call HEAT at 678-406-0212 or visit heatga.org.

Make Christmas Brighter This Year for Social Circle Kids

City of Social Circle Fire Department Secret SantaThe City of Social Circle Fire Department is gearing up to for their annual Secret Santa program and they need your help!

You can help by donating cash (checks payable to Social Circle Secret Santa), donating new toys or volunteering to help stuff Santa’s sacks to prepare for delivery. Monetary donations can be dropped off at the Fire Department or at Pinnacle Bank. Donations of new toys may be dropped off at any time all year long at the Social Circle Fire Department. Thanks to generous donations, they have plenty of Barbie dolls and Matchbox cars.

Parents and Teachers: Applications are available at SC Primary & Elementary Schools and Fire Stations. Eligible families must live in Social Circle with S.C. street address (No P.O. Box on form). Children must be 12 years and younger. Return forms to the Fire Department or the schools no later than Friday, November 3.

Water Department Installs New Flocculators

The City of Social Circle Water Treatment Department installed two new vertical flocculators at the water plant this week. Replacing the existing flocculators was identified as a priority in the rehabilitation and major maintenance needs at the water plant last fiscal year. The old horizontal flocculators were aged, becoming more unreliable and required more maintenance. The new flocculators will improve water quality, reduce chemical costs and allow for a greater treatment capacity in the process if needed in the future.

Flocculators are used in the process of the treatment of water from the Alcovy River to prepare it for delivery to City water customers. Flocculation, a mixing process in the water treatment process, facilitates the aggregation of particles in the water into larger clusters that then precipitate out.  Following study, replacement of the horizontal flocculators with vertical flocculators was recommended and approved by the State Regulators.

For more information, contact Barry Parsons, Public Works and Water Resources Director.

 

City Welcomes Newest Police Department Member

Meet Charlie! Social Circle Police Department’s newest member

K9 Officer CharlieCharlie was excited to meet his new team and especially his new partner, Officer Chad Hunt on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.  Charlie has already joined Office Hunt on his rounds. The pair will complete training together over the next few weeks before Charlie can be fully utilized on patrol.

Charlie is a 4 year old Belgian Malinois that is highly trained in narcotics detection.  Charlie has served oversees in the Republic of Georgia most of his career, but looks forward serving with the Social Circle Police Department. “He’s very social and has settled in well.” said Officer Chad Hunt

Charlie was donated to the Social Circle Police Department with the facilitation of the State Department and City of Covington Police Department.  Expenses associated with Charlie’s upkeep and equipment were paid for through asset forfeiture and donations.

“Charlie will be a tremendous asset to the city of Social Circle as we continue to make this community a better place to live, work and play. “said Police Chief Tyrone Oliver.

 

Officer Hunt and Charlie Office Hunt plays with Charlie

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.