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ST. MATTHEWS – The town of St. Matthews will hold a renewed Purple Martin Festival this year, Mayor Helen Peterson announced at the February town council meeting.

The event is scheduled for April 6, with the parade starting at 10 a.m. Festivities will include bands, artwork, a golf tournament, the Lollipop Girls, a car show and various vendors.

More information will be available closer to the start date, she said.

• Town Administrator Milton Pope announced that there would be a Community Needs Assessment Meeting with the Lower Savannah Council of Governments to consider grants on Feb. 19, followed by a Nuisance and Abatement Public Hearing and a Garbage and Refuse Public Hearing.

Pope said the need for a sewer extension will require a grant application. Also, the Town of St. Matthews website is in the planning stages in coordination with the state, he said. The site will allow citizens to pay monthly bills and traffic tickets by the end of this month using the special software. He said the software will require a one-time cost of $3,749.18 and a recurring cost of $695.

• Mindy Spires-Miller, public sector account manager with Waste Management, discussed the town’s upcoming sanitation contract with her company. She brought a waste disposal container that will be used for home trash collections.

• St. Matthews Police Department reported 128 calls, for the month, including 95 traffic tickets, two burglaries, one larceny, two shoplifting calls with arrests, two EMS assists, one assist to Calhoun County Sheriff's Office and one assist to the Department of Social Services.

• St. Matthews Fire Department reported 14 total fire calls, including five building fires, one vehicle fire, one brush fire, four motor vehicle accidents, and four fire alarms.

• Council went into executive session to consider a personnel issue and the pending sanitation contract.

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