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ST. MATTHEWS -- St. Matthews Town Council at its August meeting approved final second reading of an agreement to purchase three public safety vehicles and associated equipment at a cost of $46,520. Unanimous approval came following a public hearing on the expenditure.

Also during the meeting, Town Administrator Milton Pope reported three bids had been submitted for garbage collection service. His request to discuss the bids in executive session was approved by council.

In other business:

  • The administrator recommended Capital Projects Sales Tax collections start in July 2019. He said the sales tax will be collected for the next seven to eight years. 
  • Pope reported the fiscal year 2015-16 audit report is expected to be presented at the September council meeting, bringing the town up to date on its outstanding audits.
  • The administrator reported town and county officials are continuing to negotiate with an unnamed grocery store to replace Bi-Lo. He said a couple of stores are considering the possibility.
  • The Young Saints Youth League submitted the paperwork for a $500 contribution from the town, it was reported.
  • Mayor Hellen Carson-Peterson said she would be attending the "National Night Out" event.
  • It was announced that the town will participate in the Set-Off Debt program through the Municipal Association of South Carolina to collect bad debts.
  • The town is seeking a commercial driver to fill in when needed, it was reported.
  • Pope said business license fee enforcement will continue.
  • The administrator provided an update on the town's participation in the S.C. Retirement System, noting that employees' costs will increase.
  • It was reported the police department investigated three motor vehicle accidents, one assault, two burglaries and three larcenies last month. The department provided one EMS assist, two Calhoun County Sheriff's Office assists and issued 81 traffic tickets in July.
  • The fire department reported one brush fire and three fire alarms last month and responded to two calls in town and 22 outside the town limits.

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