Fire Hydrant Testing Starts April 20

The Social Circle Fire Department will begin flow testing fire hydrants starting Thursday April 20th. Testing will run through the end of May. Fire Crews will test between the hours of 8am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

The fire hydrant flow testing will affect streets in all areas of the city. 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.

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.

Important Message from the City about Natural Gas Safety

Natural gas, America’s most popular home heating fuel, is increasingly popular for use by homeowners, schools, businesses, factories and electric power-generation plants because it is efficient, clean, reliable and a relative bargain compared to alternative energy sources. In our community, the City of Social Circle provides natural gas to more than 1100 customers through a network of underground distribution lines.

Main gas lines, typically 2-inch in diameter, branch into household service lines which are typically half-inch to three-quarter-inch in diameter and buried 12- to 18-inches below the surface. To protect you and others in the community; federal and state government, along with your utility provider have made your safety a high priority. Any time you dig or move earth in any way, you are required to “Call Before You Dig” 48 hours before beginning any digging. When you call 811, they will contact utility owners who will locate all buried utility lines on your property, so you can safely dig and prevent a potentially hazardous condition. Failure to use the 811 system is a known cause of pipeline accidents. Calling before you dig can prevent a costly or even deadly mistake. For more information, see www.Georgia811.com, socialcirclega.gov or call City Hall at 770-464-2380.

Natural gas is a colorless, odorless gas. A chemical that smells like rotten eggs is added to help detect a possible leak. Some of the signs of a gas leak include seeing bubbling water, hearing a hissing or blowing sound from a pipeline or appliance, dead or discolored vegetation in an otherwise green area, dirt or dust blowing from the ground, or the smell of rotten eggs. If you smell gas, or just think you might be smelling gas, leave the area immediately and call your local gas provider at 770-464-2380 or 911 from a neighboring home or business. Never turn on or off switches or use a flashlight or phone in the presence of the gas smell, because an electric spark could ignite the gas, causing an explosion.

Do your part to familiarize yourself and your family with these natural gas safety tips and continue to enjoy the value, comfort and benefits of America’s cleanest, most efficient energy source!

This message is brought to you by City of Social Circle as a public service. To learn more about our natural gas service and the benefits of natural gas, call 770-464-2380.

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.

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.

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.

Water Plant Improvements Temporarily Cause Discolored Water

Due to some major improvements at the Water Plant customers may experience some discolored water coming from their faucets. After the work was complete at the Water Plant City Workers flushed the main water line and stirred up some sediment in the pipes.

The water is safe and this is a temporary condition that will clear up by the end of the day.

Grant Money Funds Turn-out Gear for Fire Department

The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) awarded the City of Social Circle a check in the amount of $5200 for the purchase turn-out gear for the fire department.

The GMA Safety and Liability Management Grant program was introduced in 2000 to provide a financial incentive to assist members in improving their employee safety and general public liability loss control efforts through training and the purchase of equipment or services. Since the inception of the program, over 130 cities have received grant money through the program, over 500 grants were approved totaling nearly $1.5 million to fund items such as bulletproof vests, training videos, confined space entry equipment, reflective safety vests, fire department turnout gear and police department in-vehicle video systems. These grant funds have helped leverage the purchase of over $2.6 million in this type of equipment training.

Eileen Thomas, marketing field services representative with GMA who presented the check, said, “This program allows each city to stretch their budget dollars and provide a safer work environment for their employees.”

The Safety and Liability Management Grant program is made available to members of GMA’s property and liability insurance program (the Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency) and GMA’s workers’ compensation insurance program (GMA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurance fund).

Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, on-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to its over 500 member cities.

The Fire Department also used a grant from the Walton County Healthcare Foundation to purchase the Jaws of Life.

Rains Provide Some Relief

Although the recent rains have put a significant dent in the current drought by filling our reservoirs and streams, the State of Georgia has not issued an official update to the current drought conditions. We will remain in Level II Drought Response.

The recent heavy rains are creating some water-related issues within the City that you can help with.

Help Keep Storm Drains Clear

During heavy rain events, ditches and storm drains become full, and sometimes will cause localized flooding of roads and yards.  This can be caused by a lot of rain in a very short time, or debris such as leaves and brush being washed into the drainage system causing it to clog.  The city makes every effort to keep problem areas clear and clean of debris.  We are in the process of improving some problem areas by increasing pipe size and removing built up sediment in ditches.  However, citizens can help by keeping their ditch lines and driveway culverts clear of debris.

A special note: Please keep away from culverts or storm drains especially during heavy rain events.  Water is a powerful force and can easily sweep anyone off their feet, especially a small child.

Keep Sewer Clean-out Covers In Place

It is important for every residence in the city to ensure that the cover on their sewer clean-out is in place. This keeps rain from entering the sanitary sewer system and causing unnecessary costs related to the treatment of rain water.

Golf Cart Ordinance Amended

On January 17, 2017, the Social Circle City Council adopted the amended golf cart ordinance. This ordinance allows motorized carts, aka golf carts, to be operated on city streets with speed limits not to exceed 35 mph.

If you own a golf cart and wish to operate it on public roadways, the golf cart must be registered with the city and must meet all safety requirements defined in the ordinance. Registration packets can be picked up at the police department Monday- Friday between 8:30 am-5:00 pm or downloaded from our web site. If you have any questions, please call the police department at 770-464-2366.