CITY OF ST. MATTHEWS
Council Meeting Minutes
May 22, 2018
 
The regular meeting of the St. Matthews City Council was held on Tuesday, May 22, 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
Carrie Ritsert – St. Matthews Attorney
Jack Ruf – St. Matthews Planning and Zoning Officer
Officer George Jetter – St. Matthews Police Department
 
OTHER ATTENDEES
Gary Major – Resident                                                                      
Frank Tonini – Resident
Kelly Brothers – Manager of the St. Matthews-Eline Library                       
Jeff O’Brien – Director of Develop Louisville
 
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
The Pledge of Allegiance was accomplished followed by the roll call vote of attendance.
 
MINUTES
A motion was made by Councilman Nay to approve the minutes from the May 8, 2018 meeting.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Monohan.
 
Upon Voice Vote: (8-0) the motion carried. 
 
PUBLIC COMMENTS
Mayor Tonini took the opportunity to thank Officer George Jetter for his principal involvement in revamping the computer system at City Hall. Before becoming a sworn police officer, he was an IT professional for several years and developed expertise in security and functionality of technology. As a police officer, he understands the needs of users and therefore uniquely was positioned to begin discussions about redeveloping the system at St. Matthews City Hall. He was also responsible for revamping the IT system at another police department prior to employment with the St. Matthews Police Department. Appreciation was expressed for taking on extra duties in order to strengthen the system at St. Matthews. 
 
Kelly Brothers mentioned that concrete was poured today and progress is noticeable.
 
Gary Major asked to address the council members after items included in new business have been discussed regarding volunteer work for local cemeteries. Mayor Tonini approved his request.
 
PENDING BUSINESS
There was no pending business on the agenda.
 
NEW BUSINESS
 
ORDINANCE 18-04              APPROVAL OF THE 2040                   CARRIE RITSERT, ATTORNEY
                                                LOUISVILLE METRO
                                                COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
                                                1st Reading
A copy of Ordinance 18-04 was available for council members to review. Jeff O’Brien, Louisville Metro’s Director of this project, said Louisville Metro council members had their 1st reading recently. It is expected to be finalized at a June 2018 meeting.
 
Councilman Monohan made a motion to accept this as 1st reading of Ordinance 18-04. The motion was seconded by Councilman Nay.
 
Upon Voice Vote: (8-0) the motion carried.
 
ORDINANCE 18-05              CHANGEABLE IMAGE SIGN               CARRIE RITSERT, ATTORNEY
                                                REGULATIONS – 1st Reading                                   
Much research and discussions have taken place in order to formulate Ordinance 18-05 regarding the regulations of signs with changeable images. After reviewing the document, Councilman Weiter inquired about the reasoning for only allowing 50% of the sign to be illuminated when it is larger than 32 square feet. Mr. Ruf responded it is a way to help control the issue of brightness. Councilman Wissing inquired if the ordinance addresses nits (measuring tool for light) then why should there be a limit on space on the sign. Mr. Ruf suggested Mr. Singler might be able to better address that question. Councilman Monohan asked about the reasoning of using 150 feet and 350 feet in the ordinance as a measuring stick. Mr. Ruf said other municipalities have referenced such distances and there seems to be wisdom in the reasoning. Councilman Nay mentioned that in some areas the signs are turned off at night as a concession to residential neighborhoods. Councilman Bowling made a motion to accept this as 1st reading of Ordinance 18-05. The motion was seconded by Councilman Weiter. 
 
Upon Voice Vote: (8-0) the motion carried. 
 
MUNICIPAL ORDER 18-12       EXTENSION OF RUMPKE              CARRIE RITSERT, ATTORNEY
                                                      FOR 1-YEAR (2018-2019)
The contract for garbage, recycling and yard waste pick up was bid in 2016 and a 2-year contract was accepted. There was an allowance of a 1-year extension. St. Matthews attorney’s reviewed the contract and verified the extension is allowed. Councilman Weiter made a motion to accept MO 18-12. The motion was seconded by Councilman Holland.
 
Upon Voice Vote: (8-0) the motion carried.
 
PUBLIC COMMENTS ADDENDUM
At this time St. Matthews resident Gary Major stepped forward. Fellow residents have expressed their availability to help clean-up and maintain area cemeteries. Pictures were provided for council member review. Mayor Tonini expressed sincere appreciation for the community’s assistance and to work thru Kenan Stratman, St. Matthews Public Works Director, before any action is taken as there are plans in place for specific work already. Councilman Wissing mentioned cemeteries are protected by historic preservation standards and there are rules that apply. Further discussion took place regarding the Floyd’s Cemetery and the Parks Cemetery. The Burke’s Cemetery is maintained by NTS. Jack Ruf also interjected that no development can happen within 30 feet of a cemetery wall to protect possible unmarked graves. 
 
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 $124,688.33. The motion was seconded by Councilman Nay.
 
Upon Roll Call Vote: (8-0) the motion carried. Yes Votes: Councilmen McKiernan, Weiter, Holland, Monohan, Bowling, Nay, Wissing, and Flynn. No Votes: None.
 
COMMITTEE REPORTS

  • Councilman Holland relayed work is to commence this week on waterproofing the rental houses on St. Matthews Avenue.     
  • Councilman Weiter said he believes he saw a coyote in Draut Park while walking today. Coyotes are known to be in the Louisville Metro area.
  • Councilman Monohan stated that Mr. Stratman continues to work on plans for a permanent bathroom at Brown Park. He further stated that he would like to see the City Council members address on-street parking regulations because there are instances where emergency vehicles are not able to pass thru. Impassable streets can create a life or death situation for a person in need.
  • Councilman Bowling verbalized that the 1st reading of the 2018-2019 budget will be held at the June 12, 2018 meeting. A draft has been included in the materials distributed tonight.
  • Councilman Nay disclosed the Woman’s Club of St. Matthews issued scholarships to 5 area students totaling $17,500.

CITY ATTORNEY’S REPORT
Ms. Ritsert had nothing further to report. 
 
MAYOR’S REPORT
Mayor Tonini announced the resignation of Major David Beyer. Major Beyer will be returning to private law practice dealing with high profile cases. Major Beyer was very helpful during the transition between police chiefs. It is possible another officer position may be coming open.  Additionally, after reaching out to a Ticket-To-Ride representative, Mayor Tonini received encouraging news that a surplus van may be donated to the City of St. Matthews to transport workers to various job sites in the Public Works Department.
 
ADJOURNMENT
Councilman Weiter made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Nay. Upon Voice Vote: (8-0) the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 7:52 p.m.
 
Respectfully submitted,         
                                                                                                                                               
Susan Clark – City Clerk
 
Richard Tonini – Mayor

MAY 22, 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:
A+ Paper Shredding   Police – Document Destruction $157.00
Aamco   Works – Vehicle Repair $198.45
Anthem Insurance   All – Health Insurance $81,132.67
AT&T    Comm. Center/City Hall – Phones $302.90
Bachman Chevrolet   Police – Vehicle Repair $1,000.00
Cincinnati Bell   City Hall – Maintenance Plan $280.92
Citation Equipment, Inc.   Works – Sandblast Kit $164.24
Delta Dental   All – Dental Insurance $4,871.03
Earth First   Works – Mulch $2,886.00
Huber Auto   Works – Tires $299.50
Kentucky League of Cities   Admin. – Clerk Academy $350.00
Kentucky Shakespeare   Admin. – Community Event $1,500.00
Kitchen Re-Stylers   Works – Counters on Rental House $720.00
Lexis Nexus   Police – Investigative Tool $117.00
Louisville Water Company   Works – Water   $6,521.16
Marlin Business Systems   Admin. – Copy Machine Rental $136.00
Miller Company   Police – Copies $218.87
Mirazon   Admin. – Computer Re-Working $2,061.25
Moreno Express   Admin. – Newsletter Processing $2,039.11
Natural Products   Works – Fill Rock $50.00
Nugent Sand   Works – Sand   $391.10
PB Electronics   Police – Radar/Antenna’s $745.00
Progressive Technology   Police – Zebra Resin Ribbon $99.02
Ray Woosley & Son Roofing   Works – Rental Home Deposit for Roof $5,995.00
Sirchie Fingerprinting   Police – White Block Bags $61.97
Site One   Works – Pansy’s and Trees $949.05
Sparkle Brite III   All – Vehicle Wash $360.00
Spectrum   City Hall – Internet $153.95
St. Matthews Exterminating   Comm. Center – Pest Control $85.00
The Courier-Journal   Admin. – Legal Notices $653.32
Total Office Products   Police – Office Supplies $336.93
Treez   Works – Tree Removal $2,125.00
Verizon Wireless   Police – MDT’s Connectivity $1,560.41
Wilson Equipment   Works – Cyliner Repair on Backhoe $5,058.46
Windstream Communications   Admin. – Telephone Service $718.22
       
Reimbursements & Payments      
Tonini, Frank   Works – Reimbursement $389.80
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TOTAL     $124,688.33