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ST. MATTHEWS -- A citizen at St. Matthews Town Council’s August meeting said she was concerned about a lack of police patrolling her neighborhood.

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Doris Henderson said she would like to see more of a police presence in the area where she lives.

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Police Chief Michael Smalls that the force was covering the town with the number of officers that they have. He said one factor for safety is to “lock your doors,” including motor vehicles. He said that many young criminals are taking advantage of unlocked doors.

He also said he will be holding “Coffee and Biscuits with the Chief” at Hardee’s restaurant in St. Matthews from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27. He said he would like to see a good attendance.

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• Town Administrator Milton Pope said the audit for fiscal year 2016-2017 is in progress. They are still reconciling it, he said.

Also, first reading of the fiscal year 2019-2020 budget was approved by name only.

Pope said the town has a partnership with Disabilities and Special Needs Board and the agreement requires a fee of $10,000 per year.

He reported that the sales tax appeal lawsuit was thrown out and has been appealed. Also, the town lab certifications have been received with a passing grade.

Pope stated that the parking of large trucks around the town needs to be addressed. At the present time, many are being parked illegally and a policy needs to be determined by council, he said.

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He also said that many of the Christmas snowflake decorations are in disrepair and need to be replaced, so a decision needs to be made on whether to replace them.

  • Glynna Fogle and Freedom Spradley were appointed to the town of St, Matthews Planning Commission. The other members are Cheron Wright, Vice Chair; Brent Crenshaw; and Janice Crossland.

• Council unanimously approved contacting the Lower Savannah Council of Governments to explore the possibility of grant availability.

• Citizen Edward Hartzog, the new owner of the dental offices previously known as Lake Dentistry and Thomson Dentistry, said the phone numbers of the offices remain the same and that St. Matthews Dentistry can be contacted by those numbers.

• In the police report, there were 95 calls for the month of July, including 42 traffic tickets, one motor vehicle accident, three larcenies; three brush fires, two shoplifting calls and two assists to the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office.

• In the fire report, there were 28 fire calls, including five building fires, three brush fires and nine motor vehicle accidents.

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• Council went voted to enter closed executive session to discuss personnel matters. Upon return to open session, council voted to adjourn.

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