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.

Coffee With a Cop

The Social Circle Police Department will be hosting a Coffee with a Cop each month to give citizens a chance to meet the officers of the Social Circle Police Department. There will be no formal agenda for the meetings, so drop in when you can to discuss concerns, ask questions and get to know your police officers.

The Coffee with a Cop for February will be held at Ford’s Restaurant from 7:00 am – 9:00 am Wednesday, February 1.

The Coffee with a Cop for March will be held March 8 at Butcher Block. Check back for times.

Two Trucks Filled with Donations Headed to South Georgia

"We are blown away by the generosity of the residents and businesses in Social Circle," Fire Chief Ken Zaydel said as he prepared to leave for south Georgia with the items that were donated over the last few days.

Members of the Social Circle Fire Department got to see first-hand the damage done by a record number of tornadoes across south Georgia as they assisted with emergency response. Their desire to do more prompted a request of the community for donations. Donations filled a truck and a trailer.

Several full-time and volunteer members of the Fire Department will drive a truck donated by Vend-A-Matic and the Fire Department's trailer to take the items to those who were affected by the tornadoes last weekend.

We thank the City for their generosity.


Hydrant Repair Will Mean Short Water Outage

Water will be off in Squirrel Woods and Branham Circle on January 26th starting at 10:00 am while City crews repair a leaking fire hydrant.  Water should be restored by no later than 1:00 pm.

If you experience cloudy water, let it run for a few minutes and it will clear up.

Fire Department Helping South Georgia Tornado Victims

The Social Circle Fire Department is accepting donations to help south Georgia and support the people affected by the tornadoes.
We are accepting donations in the form of water, food (canned and boxed items), toiletries, baby items (formula, bottles, diapers), batteries, flashlights, blankets, jackets, caps, inflatable mattresses, sleeping bags, clothes for all ages (new or like new condition).
Please bring your donations to the Fire Station through Friday January 27th.
Please call the Fire Department at 770-464-0621 or email firechief@socialcirclega.com for more information.

Reminder: Calls for Service

The Social Circle Police Department would like to remind you that calls for service are not dispatched through the Police Department’s main line. Walton County 911 is our dispatch provider. If you need an officer to respond to any emergency situation call 911 immediately.

For non-emergencies call Walton County Dispatch at 770-464-0310.

You are encouraged to call the police department’s main line (770-464-2366) during normal business hours for questions or concerns relating to police matters, obtaining copies of reports, and all other administrative matters etc.

Social Circle Ranked as 25th on list of 50 Safest Cities in Georgia

Social Circle was ranked by Safewise, a pioneer in unbiased home security reviews, as the 25th safest city in Georgia. Their 2017 report of The 50 Safest Cities in Georgia, released this week, uses FBI crime report statistics from 2015 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 32.

In 2016 Social Circle was ranked as the 36th safest city in Georgia.

25th Safest City in Georgia

Volunteer Firefighters Sought

Are you interested in helping your community?

The Social Circle Fire Department is looking for volunteer firefighters. The department offers free training, pay per call, and enrollment in Ga. Firefighters Pension Fund.

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter there will be an organizational meeting on March 13, 2017, at 7 pm, at the Fire Station. Completed applications can be dropped off at the Fire Station or brought with you to the meeting.

To be eligible to be a volunteer firefighter you must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, complete background check (no felonies within 10 years), and maintain a valid Ga. driver’s license.

For more information, contact Chief Ken Zaydel at 770-464-0621.

Mapping of water and sewer distribution system

Recently the City of Social Circle hired a professional consulting firm to perform an analysis, locate, and identify all of our major water pipes, valves, fire hydrants, sewer mains, and manholes located throughout the city. The firm is using a geographical information system (GIS) that will allow staff and engineers to analyze each of our systems electronically, looking at virtual maps to evaluate the best solution for problem areas. These efforts will allow the city to provide improved services to the citizens saving time, money, and will allow future upgrades to these systems be performed more effectively and efficiently. You may have noticed pink survey tape on many of our hydrants, valves, and manholes
throughout the city. This tape allows easy identification for the GIS mapping team to locate each hydrant and put them on the map.

For more information contact Barry Parsons, Water Resources Director at 770- 464-2380