CITY OF ST. MATTHEWS
Council Meeting Minutes
March 13, 2018
 
The regular meeting of the St. Matthews City Council was held on Tuesday, March 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 – absent
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 Officer
 
OTHER ATTENDEES
Patrick Chapman – Resident                                                  Matt Purdom – Resident                   
Frank Tonini – Resident
Gary Majors – Resident
Fred White – Resident
Dwayne Fleck – Resident
John Talbott – Attorney for St. Matthews Animal Clinic
Ann Richard – Land Design & Development for STM Animal Clinic
Josh Suiter – Chamber of St. Matthews
Kelly Brothers – Manager of the St. Matthews–Eline Library          
Andrew Klump – Member of the Audubon Park Council

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 February 27, 2018 meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilman Holland.
 
Upon Voice Vote: (7-0) the motion carried. 
 
PUBLIC COMMENTS
No one from the public choose to speak at this time.
 
PENDING BUSINESS
There was no pending business to discuss.
 
NEW BUSINESS
 
MUNICIPAL ORDER 18-06      RDDDP Bluegrass Automotive                   John Singler, Attorney
Mr. Singler summarized MO 18-06 indicating this is a minor change in parking. The change will involve striping in a different direction in the vicinity of the Range Rover and Jaguar buildings.  Should this request receive approval, it changes nothing in the binding elements. Councilman Nay made a motion to approve MO 18-06. The motion was seconded by Councilman Monohan. 
 
Upon Voice Vote: (7-0) the motion carried.
 
MUNICIPAL ORDER 18-07      Uniform Franchise Agreement                  John Singler, Attorney
Mr. Singler stated that technology updates’ regarding signal strength is requiring companies to invest in infrastructure and therefore the need to gain access to easements. Another uniform franchise agreement was completed recently for a different company. Each company needs their own Uniform Franchise Agreement. After additional discussion, Councilman Flynn made a motion to accept MO 18-07. The motion was seconded by Councilman Nay. 
 
Upon Voice Vote: (7-0) the motion carried.
 
ORDINANCE 18-01     Re-Zoning Request for 107,111R,                           John Singler, Attorney
                                    and 113 Fairfax Avenue       
The land is currently owned by Schardein and Swigert Properties with the intention of expanding the St. Matthews Animal Clinic relayed Mr. Singler. Attorney John Talbott, representing the owners of St. Matthews Animal Clinic, said that two vacant buildings originally built as homes but used for businesses for years would be removed. Landscaping is proposed on the Fairfax Avenue side of the property to soften the exposure. Ann Richard from LDD (representing St. Matthews Animal Clinic) interjected 9-feet of shrubbery and interior landscaping on parking lot islands are planned. Trees will run along the alley. Ms. Richard also indicated curbed sidewalks will remain and in response to Councilman Nay’s inquiry, curb cuts would be included on any new sidewalk construction. Councilman Wissing questioned about a need for a detention basin. Ms. Richard responded the land is already considered impervious and therefore a detention basin will not be needed. St. Matthews Planning and Zoning Officer Jack Ruf asked for clarification of an enclosed dog kennel. Mr. Talbott relayed he would confirm that detail and communicate back to the council. A question was asked about the location of the dumpster. It was learned the dumpster will be behind screening. Mr. Talbott further stated he will bring more pictures to the 2nd reading for visual verification of the plans. Councilman Monohan made a motion to accept this as 1st reading of Ordinance 18-01. The motion was seconded by Councilman Nay. 
 
Upon Voice Vote: (7-0) the motion carried.
 
RESOLUTION 18-01    Support of NBA/WNBA Team in Louisville                   Andrew Klump
Andrew Klump, council member on the City of Audubon City Park, addressed the council members asking for a resolution to be presented to the Louisville Metro Council members and Mayor Fischer to support having NBA/WNBA teams in Louisville. The presence of such teams to the area provides economic development power to the community. An investment group led by Dan Issel is developing a plan. St. Matthews resident Matt Purdom also spoke in favor of supporting Resolution 18-01 seeking NBA/WNBA teams in Louisville Metro. Councilman Nay made a motion to accept Resolution 18-01. The motion was seconded by Councilman Bowling. 
 
Upon Voice Vote: (7-0) the motion carried.
 
EXPENDITURES
Councilman Bowling made a motion to approve an emergency addition to the list of expenditures of $34,333.89. The payment is for supplies needed for the library expansion. The invoice was just received today and the list of bills was sent yesterday. The motion was seconded by Councilman Nay.
 
Upon Voice Vote: (7-0) the motion carried.
 
Councilman Bowling then made a motion to approve the expenditures listed ($224,634.00 plus $34,333.89 = $258,967.89) and have checks drawn on the city’s treasury in the total amount of $258,967.89. The motion was seconded by Councilman McKiernan.
 
Upon Roll Call Vote: (7-0) the motion carried. Yes Votes: Councilmen McKiernan, Holland, Monohan, Bowling, Nay, Wissing and Flynn. No Votes: None.
 
COMMITTEE REPORTS
 

  • Councilman Holland relayed that the rental property at 179 St. Matthews Avenue is now empty. Repairs are extensive and will be completed as soon as possible. The rental property at 169 St. Matthews Avenue is expected to be vacant soon. A walk-thru will take place to inspect that property when vacated.
  • Councilman Monohan stated a Parks Committee meeting was held on Tuesday, March 6. Members of the committee met with representatives of the St. Matthews Little League to discuss the practicality of sharing ball fields with the Trinity High School baseball teams. Additionally, a review of items, some budgeted and some not, were discussed. Councilman Monohan also requested a representative of the City of St. Matthews take action on the dumpster along Westport Road. It is unsightly and should not be located on the side of the road.  Jack Ruf will follow-up on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. 
  • Councilman Bowling mentioned the police department has purchased a military vehicle called a MRAP to use in emergency matters. Additionally, he invited the council members to attend the Jefferson County League of Cities meeting to on held Thursday, March 15. The purpose of the meeting is to review Louisville Metro’s Planning Commission’s 2040 plan, the updated version of the Comprehensive Plan.

 
CITY ATTORNEY’S REPORT
Attorney Singler said the litigation with Beverage Warehouse is briefed and ready for Summary Judgement. This will serve as the last opportunity for a judge to dismiss before litigation can take place.
 
MAYOR’S REPORT
Mayor Rick Tonini mentioned the apartment at the Community Center is vacated and ready for occupancy. The Kentucky League of Cities is asking council members to contact their legislators regarding HB322 which would mandate court costs to be paid by cities should an appeal be turned down. The issue of parking tickets has been discussed by Mr. Singler and Mr. Ruf. Mr. Ruf is asking the council members to consider if there should be a progressive fine policy in place for repeat offenders. No decision was made at that time.
 
ADJOURNMENT
Councilman Monohan made a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilman Wissing. Upon Voice Vote: (7-0) the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.
 
Respectfully submitted,         
                                                                                                                                                           
Susan Clark – City Clerk
 
Richard Tonini – Mayor

MARCH 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:
AT&T    City Hall – Telephone Service $688.55
Baptist Health Occupational Medicine   Police – Routine Random Drug Testing $209.00
Beck PC   Police – Computer Repair $882.50
Benovation   All – Health Insurance Supplement $1,052.60
CDW – Government   Police – Microsoft Licenses for MDT’s $3,632.10
Charles Guelda & Sons   Library – Stopped-Up Line $135.00
Cincinnati Bell   City Hall – Phone Maintenance $1,152.82
Coco-Cola Bottling   City Hall – Coke Machine $531.00
Delta Dental   All – Dental Insurance $4,981.44
Entemann-Rovin Company   Police – Dome Badges $699.90
Galls   Police – Uniforms $2,164.29
Goodyear Auto   Police/Admin. – Vehicle Repair $1,139.71
Harris Forms   Admin. – Checks Printed $374.35
HDS White Cap Construction Supply   Works – Rolled Step Shovel $80.97
KEMI   All – Worker’s Comp Insurance $18,350.83
Leonard Brush and Sons   Works – Supplies $326.82
Lewis Seed Company   Works – Fescue $166.99
LG&E   Works – Lights/Electricity for City $36,247.96
Louisville Tractor, Inc.   Works – Supplies     $200.74
Lowe’s   Works – Supplies and Materials $647.21
Marlin Business Bank   Admin. – Copy Machine Rental $136.00
Medley’s Auto   Works – Vehicle Repair $101.95
Metropolitan Compounds   Works  – De-greaser & 4 Seasons Guard $970.50
Miller Company   Admin/Police – Copy Machine Charges $1,853.24
Morton Salt   Works – Salt $19,821.03
Napa Auto Parts   Works – Supplies $421.90
Natural Products   Works – Fill Rock Dirt $50.00
Neill-La Valle Supply Company   Works – Wall Tubing $238.00
NeoPost USA   Admin. – Postage Machine Maintenance $251.85
Nixon Power   City Hall – Generator  Maintenance $318.00
PNC Bank   All – Supplies and Materials/Credit Card $2,661.13
RCS Communications   Police – Radio Charges $20,665.70
Rogers Group   Works – Graded Aggregate $127.47
Rumpke   Parks/Works – Port-a-Lets & Refuse  $91,304.01
Security Systems Inc.   Works/Police – Monitoring $74.00
Singler & Ritsert   Admin. – City Attorney Fees $4,088.40
Spectrum   Police/Admin. – Internet & Monitoring $490.19
Staples   Admin. – Office Supplies $160.56
Sunbelt Rentals   Works – Manlift Rental $1,620.22
Thoroughbred Engineering   Parks – Brown Park Restroom Planning $2,545.00
Tonini Church Supply   Works – American Flags $428.25
Tony’s Wrecker Service   Police – Towing $280.00
Total Office Products   Police – Office Supplies $387.88
Verizon Wireless   All – Cell Phones $1,012.25
       
Emergency Add-On      
GridWorx – Bldg. Materials – Library Account   Works – Library Bldg. Supplies $34,333.89
       
Reimbursements and Payments      
Belcher, Thomas   Old City Hall – Expenses for Repairs $394.89
Jetter, George   Police – Reimbursement $55.43
Tonini, Frank   Works – Reimbursement for Expenses $386.18
Vaughn & Smith   Old City Hall – Reimbursement $125.19
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TOTAL     $258,967.89