Council Meeting Minutes
August 27, 2019

The regular meeting of the St. Matthews City Council was held on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. The meeting was held at St. Matthews City Hall, 3940 Grandview Avenue. The following people were present:

Richard J. Tonini

Councilmember Bernie Bowling                                           Councilmember Stuart Monohan
Councilmember Cathi Clark                                                 Councilmember Mary Jo Nay
Councilmember Frank Flynn                                                Councilmember Amy Olson
Councilmember Tim Holland                                               Councilmember Tony Weiter

Carrie Ritsert – St. Matthews Attorney
Barry Wilkerson – Chief of Police
Jack Ruf – St. Matthews Planning and Zoning Officer

Gary Major – Resident
Kevin Garvey - Resident


The Pledge of Allegiance was accomplished followed by the roll call vote of attendance.


A motion was made by Councilmember Nay to approve to the minutes from the August 13, 2019 meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Weiter.

Upon Voice Vote: (8-0) the motion carried.


Kevin Garvey, resident of St. Matthews, asked the council to address cars parking on the street in front of their houses on Leland Avenue. The parked cars are hindering a clean traffic flow during a busy period when parents are dropping off their children at Holy Trinity School. Chief Wilkerson and Mr. Garvey communicated on this subject and will continue to work towards a solution.



No discussion took place due to the topic being tabled.

ORDINANCE 19-06                                           MAINTENANCE STANDARDS  - Tabled
                                                                     and NUISANCE ORDINANCE 

No discussion took place due topic being tabled.


ORDINANCE 19-10                                          GOLF CART ALLOWANCE                                 CARRIE RITSERT, ATTORNEY

1st reading

Attorney Carrie Ritsert summarized Ordinance 19-10 setting parameters for citizen use of golf carts on public roads in the community. Issues were raised such as which streets golf carts would be allowed, qualifications of drivers for golf carts and would this ordinance include scooters. Gary Major, resident of St. Matthews mentioned that golf cart drivers and passengers will not fare well if a driver of a car does not abide by the law and stop at stop signs. Safety will be a top concern. Councilmember Bowling asked that staff check with the Sheriff’s Office to verify what is needed for a vehicle to pass inspection. Jack Ruf interjected that Code Enforcement Officers should not be allowed to issue tickets because it is specifically prohibited from issuing citations to vehicles. Councilmember Nay asked that Chief Wilkerson review the proposed ordinance for a comprehensive assessment. Councilmember Holland mentioned there is a barrier of entry due to the expense of the golf cart. Ms. Ritsert said she will provide a copy for review of the Louisville Metro ordinance on golf carts as well as any law regulated by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Councilmember Flynn made a motion to accept this as 1st reading of Ordinance 19-10. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Monohan.

Upon Voice Vote : (8-0) the motion passed as 1st Reading of Ordinance 19-10.

ORDINANCE 19-11                                         FINANCIAL INVESTMENTS ALLOWANCE              CARRIE RITSERT, ATTORNEY

1st Reading

The General Assembly changed the law regarding how cities can invest money and this ordinance addresses options allowed. If helpful, Mayor Tonini said representatives from PNC are willing to make a presentation. Passage of this ordinance does not require any action to be taken it only gives the option of investing with the Kentucky League of Cities which offers some additional advantages. Councilmember Weiter made a motion to accept this as 1st reading of Ordinance 19-11. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bowling.

Upon Voice Vote: (8-0) the motion passed as 1st Reading of Ordinance 19-11.


Due to the annual Kentucky League of Cities Conference to be held in Covington, Kentucky September 24 – 27, 2019 Councilmember Weiter made a motion to cancel the September 24, 2019 council meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Olson and Bowling.

Upon Voice Vote: (8-0) the motion carried.


Councilmember Weiter made a motion to approve the expenditures listed pending an acceptable answer to flooring invoices and have checks drawn on the city’s treasury in the total of $182,421.41. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Nay. Councilmember Flynn questioned the invoices listed from KV Flooring and Valcom. Until a satisfactory answer can be ascertained, he requested these invoices not be approved or paid.

Upon Roll Call Vote: (8-0) the motion carried. Yes Votes: Councilmembers Clark, Holland, Weiter, Monohan, Bowling, Nay, Flynn, and Olson. No Votes: None


· Councilmember Clark relayed members of the Insurance Committee have met and are gathering information to consider for the insurance renewal that comes up starting October 1, 2019.
· Councilmember Holland mentioned new stairs have been built leading up the press box at Community Park. Additionally, one renter has expressed his intent to vacate so the search for another renter will begin shortly.
· Councilmember Weiter inquired about the drainage fee charged by MSD for the former cities that were annexed into St. Matthews. Mayor Tonini will follow-up with St. Matthews Public Works Director Kenan Stratman and have him give a report at the next council meeting.
· Councilmember Monohan asked that issues with the upkeep of Community Park and communication with the Little League be run thru the Parks Committee.
· Councilmember Bowling stated Chief Wilkerson will hold testing for 3 additional sergeants so that every shift has a regular sergeant and no acting sergeants. On another subject, the annual KLEPF audit was conducted last week and the KLEPF report indicated the City of St. Matthews and the Police Department were 100% in compliance and were running a model agency.
· Councilmember Nay said the next newsletter should be in homes prior to the end of October.
· Councilmember Flynn relayed specifications for next year’s insurance are being reviewed for consideration.
· Councilmember Olson reported a portion of the new furniture for City Hall will be delivered on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.


Ms. Ritsert mentioned the deadline for the opposing side to file an appeal to the Kentucky Supreme Court is Thursday, August 29, 2019 regarding the waste collection 109 Board.


Mayor Tonini reviewed a pending list of action items for the next fiscal year. It included a new HVAC system for the concession stand at Community Park. It has not worked properly since it was installed 6-7 years ago. Councilmember Flynn said we should never use the company that installed it again and certainly not to purchase another system from them to replace this one. Councilmember Monohan asked that Jim Birch and Kenan Stratman have new stop bars painted each time a new street sign is installed. Councilmember Nay inquired about the status of naming the community rooms at City Hall. There has been no movement on this issue. She also added the doors to City Hall need to have an electronic button for use by people in wheelchairs.


Councilmember Weiter made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Nay.

Upon Voice Vote: (8-0) the motion carried, and the meeting adjourned at 8:12 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Clark, City Clerk
Richard Tonini, Mayor

AUGUST 27, 2019      
counter-signed by the City Clerk authorizing payment of the below listed invoices:
Accostical Audio Designs   Comm. Center – Speaker System Repair $1,270.42
AD Plus   Admin. – Shirts $63.80
AT&T   City Hall/Comm. Center – Phones $1,548.18
Auto Plus   Works – Supplies $55.87
Bachman Auto Group   Police – Vehicle Repair $1,131.96
Baptist Health Occupational Medicine   Police – Testing and Phyiscals $844.88
BMS, LLC   All – Health Insurance Administration $363.75
Bob Hook Chevrolet, Inc.   Police – Vehicle Repair $2,226.69
Cudiff Electric   Brown Park – Troubleshoot Phone $195.00
Delta Dental   All – Dental Insurance $4,707.34
Detectachem   Police – Supplies $48.90
Earth First of Kentuckiana   Works – Top Soil $240.00
Ferguson   Works – Piping $470.85
FunMaster   Police – Police Night Out Bouncie $400.00
HDR Engineering   Works – Primrose Engineering Expense $1,139.25
J R Hoe & Sons   Works – Grate & Frame $348.00
JMAR Technologies, Inc.   Police – Radar Recorder w/ Laptop $3,835.00
KY Tactical Officers Association   Police – Dues $225.00
Law Enforcement Targets, Inc.   Police – Supplies $466.00
Lewis Seed Company   Works – Fertilizer $80.12
Lexus Nexus   Police – Investigative Tool $116.50
LG&E   Works – Electric $1,864.04
Linear Services   Works – Supplies $1,300.00
Midwest Sprinkler Corporation   Comm. Center – Inspection & Repair $430.00
Miller Company   Police – Copy Machine Expense $36.56
Nancy J. Stearman, CPA   Admin. – CPA Consultant $5,455.00
National Tactical Officers Association   Police – Dues $150.00
Nugent Sand   Works – Sand $259.37
OC Rugged   Police – Laptop $1,704.00
Open Range   Police – 46 Tourniquets $1,196.00
Rumpke   Works – Cans for Street Festival $327.50
Security Pro’s   City Hall/Brown Park – Monitoring $2,180.11
Sparkle Brite   Police – Vehicle Wash $288.00
Spectrum   City Hall/Works – Monitoring $270.23
St. Matthews Exterminating   Comm. Center – Pest Control $170.00
Staples   Admin. – Office Supplies $74.53
Sterling Thompson   Admin. – Bonding Renewal $3,054.00
Sweep All   Works – Street Cleaning $1,400.00
The Courier-Journal   Admin. – Legal Notices $1,223.56
Tony’s Wrecker Service   Police – Towing $65.00
Total Office Products   Police – Office Supplies $55.94
Towne Post Network, Inc.   Admin. – STM Magazine Space $850.00
Trackimo LLC   Police – Tracker Devise $199.95
TransUnion   Police – Investigative Tool $180.70
Treez   Work – Tree Trimming $3,000.00
United Healthcare   All – Health Insurance $76,467.81
Verizon   All – Phones and MDT’s $2,705.65
Welder’s Supply   Works – Compressed Air $33.48
Willis Klein   Works – Supplies $36.07
Library City Hall      
KV Flooring   Library/Ciy Hall – Flooring $7,516.45
Valcom Enterprises   Library/City Hall – Flooring $49,654.85
Reimbursements and Payments      
Kaufman, L. Wayne   Police – Drug Dog Expense $96.49
Mapid, Mario   Police – STMPD Die Cast Cars $154.00
Parson, Ed   Police – Reimbursement for Resource $244.61
TOTAL     $182,421.41