CITY OF ST. MATTHEWS
Council Meeting Minutes
February 13, 2018
 
The regular meeting of the St. Matthews City Council was held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.  The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Rick Tonini. The meeting was held at St. Matthews City Hall, 3940 Grandview Avenue. The following people were present:
 
MAYOR
Richard J. Tonini
 
CITY COUNCIL
Councilman Bernie Bowling
Councilman Frank Flynn
Councilman Tim Holland
Councilman Shaun McKiernan
Councilman Mary Jo Nay
Councilman Stuart Monohan
Councilman Tony Weiter
Councilman Pat Wissing
 
OTHER OFFICIALS
Susan Clark – City Clerk
John Singler – St. Matthews Attorney
Barry Wilkerson – St. Matthews Chief of Police
Jack Ruf – St. Matthews Planning and Zoning
 
OTHER ATTENDEES
Patrick Chapman – Resident                                     
Frank Tonini – Resident
Nick, Ann, and Ryan Schade – Residents
Ray Barrow – Resident
Kelly Brothers – Manager of the Eline Library         
Kent Hall – Candidate for Louisville Metro Council District #7
 
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
The Pledge of Allegiance was accomplished following the roll call vote of attendance.
 
MINUTES
A motion was made by Councilman Nay to approve the minutes from the January 23, 2018 meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilman Weiter.
 
Upon Voice Vote: (8-0) the motion carried. 
 
PUBLIC COMMENTS
No one from the public chose to speak at this time.
 
PENDING BUSINESS
There was no pending business to discuss.
 
SUSPEND REGULAR MEETING FOR PUBLIC HEARING
Councilman Nay made a motion to suspend the regular council meeting and convene into a public hearing regarding the tax bond request for a library at Walden School. The motion was seconded by Councilman Weiter. 
 
Upon Voice Vote: (8-0) the motion carried. The regular meeting suspended at 7:02 a.m. and the public hearing began.
 
Mike Herrington, an attorney with Stites & Harbison representing Walden School, explained a small portion of this bond request will pay off a previous tax bond request originating in 2002.  The majority of this request will be used for building a new school library. Mayor Tonini interjected that is a popular action item in St. Matthews at this time. No one from the public choose to speak to this issue. That being the case, Councilman Weiter made a motion to adjourn from the public hearing. The motion was seconded by Councilman Monohan.
 
Upon Voice Vote: (8-0) the motion carried and the public hearing ended and the regular council meeting reconvened at 7:04 p.m.
 
Councilman Nay made a motion to reconvene into regular session. The motion was seconded by Councilman Bowling. 
 
Upon Voice Vote: (8-0) the motion carried and the meeting reconvened at 7:04 p.m.
 
NEW BUSINESS
 
MUNICIPAL ORDER 18-04      WALDEN SCHOOL TAX                            JOHN SINGLER, ATTORNEY
                                                      BOND REQUEST 
 
John Singler summarized Municipal Order 18-04 indicating this request is to authorize the issuance of Industrial Revenue Bonds in the amount of $1,300,000 on a capital project at Walden School located within the City of St. Matthews. A small portion of this project will pay off a bond issued in 2002, and the majority of this project will be for the building of a new school library. Councilman Monohan made a motion to accept MO 18-04. The motion was seconded by Councilman Nay. 
 
Upon Voice Vote: (8-0) the motion carried.   
 
MUNICIPAL ORDER 18-05      CHARTER FRANCHISE AGREEMENT    JOHN SINGLER, ATTORNEY
Mr. Singler summarized Municipal Order 18-05 explaining this is a 10-year extension of the existing franchise agreement that was on a month-to-month term. The City of St. Matthews has been operating on a month-to-month basis as have all suburban cities. The agreement is a basic, standard 10-year agreement for all cities within Jefferson County. Variations will be found in the percentage of return to each city. Specific to St. Matthews is the requirement to have a store front location within St. Matthews City limits for the next 3 years. An objection was made by representatives of Charter Communications for an amount of time more substantial than a 3 year commitment. Moving beyond 3 years, language is included in this side-agreement that a store-front is located within reasonable distance to the members of this community. 
 
Mr. Singler further explained the state is allowed to collect 5.4% of revenues so that unless the City charged up to the maximum amount of 5%, the balance would not stay in the city, but would go to the state. Councilman Monohan made a motion to accept MO 18-05 with 5% of the revenue collected coming back to the City of St. Matthews along with the side-agreement mandating a store front is to be located in this city for the next 3 years and within the community for the following 7 years should Charter decide to close the St. Matthews location.  The motion was seconded by Councilman McKiernan.
 
Upon Voice Vote: (8-0) the motion carried.
 
EXPENDITURES
Councilman Bowling made a motion to approve the expenditures listed and have checks drawn on the city’s treasury in the total amount of $346,010.52. The motion was seconded by Councilman Weiter.
 
Upon Roll Call Vote: (8-0) the motion carried. Yes Votes: Councilmen McKiernan, Holland, Weiter, Monohan, Bowling, Nay, Wissing and Flynn. No Votes: None.
 
COMMITTEE REPORTS

  • Councilman McKiernan mentioned that he has been pleased by the responsiveness of Terry Ridgeway and Chief Wilkerson in resolving two issues he reported.
  • Councilman Holland relayed that he and Councilman Weiter worked on details related to the rental property the city owns. Two of the three current renters are moving and are expected to vacate the premises by March 1st. The resident who is staying has signed a 1-year lease and a walk-thru will be scheduled within 14 days.  The other two rental houses will be refreshed before new tenants are sought. Discussion has taken place regarding the 4th rental location, as well as ideas related to the Community Center itself.
  • Councilman Bowling stated Chief Wilkerson is reviewing and updating policies and procedures for the police department ensuring the whole department is in top shape.
  • Councilman Nay informed those present that the newsletter is in the mail and will be delivered to homes this week.

 
CITY ATTORNEY’S REPORT
Attorney Singler expressed he continues to review city ordinances for needed revisions and is also keeping track of litigation.   
 
MAYOR’S REPORT
Mayor Rick Tonini informed the council members Trinity High School is again pursuing the discussion of locating their home baseball field at the Community Center Park. Trinity has offered to pay for half the expense of updating a ballfield to meet competitive high school regulations. Representatives from Trinity are asking for the city to pay the other half, plus carry the expenses in totality for upkeep of the field. The city also paid for this land, so the cost of the project is not 50/50. Further discussions will need to take place regarding the amount of time the field is used by Trinity High School teams, how much time the St. Matthews Little League would be allowed to use the field, and how much time the general public would be allowed to enjoy the field.  
 
Mayor Tonini then mentioned the 2018 Kentucky General Assembly is discussing the underfunded pension crisis and a bill is to be introduced soon. 
 
Councilman Nay asked Mayor Tonini specifics regarding the amount of time dumpsters are allowed in driveways when remodeling is taking place. A definitive time limit should be implemented so that neighbors are not looking at a dumpster for an indefinite amount of time.  Mr. Singler interjected he has access to ordinances from other cities on this type of situation for review and possible implementation in St. Matthews.
 
ADJOURNMENT
Councilman Nay made a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilman Bowling.
 
Upon Voice Vote: (8-0) the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at8:03 p.m. 
 
Respectfully submitted,         
                                                                                                           
_________________________________
Susan Clark – City Clerk
 
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Richard Tonini – Mayor

FEBRUARY 13, 2018      
BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE MAYOR DRAW WARRANTS on the City Treasury,  
counter-signed by the City Clerk authorizing payment of the below listed invoices:  
Aamco Center   Works – Vehicle Repair $718.64
Alpha Card   Police – Supplies $106.00
Anthem Insurance Company   All – Health Insurance $79,481.17
AT&T    City Hall – Telephone Service $654.87
B & K Printing   Police – Business Cards $25.00
Beck PC   Police – Computer Repair $425.00
Bob Hook Chevrolet   Police – Vehicle Repairs $1,838.35
Brown Sprinkler System   Comm. Center – Repair Leak $899.21
Charles Guelda & Sons   City Hall – Unplugged Line $290.00
Coca Cola   City Hall – Coke Machine $249.00
Delta Dental   All – Dental Insurance $4,814.70
Ferguson Waterworks   Works – Grate $368.48
Galls   Police – Uniforms $1,986.75
Geoghegan Roofing   Works – Rental Property Roof Repair $1,827.00
Goodyear Auto   Police – Vehicle Repairs $947.17
Guardian Insurance Company   All – Life Insurance $7,166.10
Home Depot   Works – Supplies and Materials $111.35
J R Hoe & Sons   Works – Frame and Gate $169.00
J. Edinger & Sons   Works – Recalibrate and Couplers $265.10
KEMI   All – Worker’s Comp Insurance $13,350.83
Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police   Police – 3 Membership Dues $285.00
Lexus Nexus   Police – Investigative Tool $121.00
LG&E   Works – Lights/Electricity for City $66,452.54
Louisville Water Company   Works – Water $1,985.45
Lowe’s   Works – Supplies and Materials $507.77
Manning Equipment   Works – Nighthawk Light Assembly $400.00
Miller Company   Admin/Police – Copy Machine Charges $96.70
MST Awards   Admin. – Name tags $24.75
NAPA Auto Parts   Works – Supplies and Materials $1,167.10
Office Depot   Police – White Boards/Large Battery $472.88
Pep Boys   Works – Materials $29.70
PNC Bank   All – Supplies and Materials/Credit Card $5,570.18
RCS Communications   Police – Radio Charges $324.50
Rumpke   Works – Port-a-lets/Garbage Collection $91,304.01
Sam’s Club   Admin. – Annual Membership Dues $45.00
Security Systems Inc.   Works/Police – Monitoring $74.00
Singler & Ritsert   Admin. – City Attorney Fees $3,494.20
Spectrum   Police/Works – Monitoring $179.98
St. Matthews Fire Protection District   Police – SRT Medic Use $1,500.00
Sterling Thompson Company   Admin. – Insurance $48.87
Studio Kremer   Works – Police Office Interiors Re-Do $10,342.50
Tactical Armor Group   Police – Point Blank Carriers $11,920.45
Total Office Products   Police – Office Supplies $895.43
Total Truck Parts   Works – Supplies $347.31
Verizon Wireless   All – Cell Phones $1,040.60
Watch Guard Video   Police – Outfit Police Vehicles $19,076.00
Welders Supply   Works – Compressed Air $32.24
Wex Bank/Thornton’s   All – Fuel for Vehicles $11,339.18
Willis Klein   Works – Key Materials $81.78
YRC Freight   Police – New Vehicle Supplies $167.00
       
Reimbursements and Payments      
Jost, Beth   Admin. – Newsletter $700.00
Meyer, Jeremy   Police – Reimbursement/Range Fees $69.00
Tonini, Frank   Works – Reimbursement for Expenses $221.68
      ——————
TOTAL     $346,010.52