Council Meeting Minutes
December 11, 2018

The regular meeting of the St. Matthews City Council was held on Tuesday, December 11, 2018.  The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Richard Tonini.  The meeting was held at St. Matthews Community Center, 310 Ten Pin Lane.  The following people were present:

Richard J. Tonini

Councilman Bernie Bowling                                                                Councilman Mary Jo Nay
Councilman Frank Flynn                                                                     Councilman Stuart Monohan
Councilman Tim Holland                                                                    Councilman Tony Weiter
Councilman Shaun McKiernan                                                             Councilman Pat Wissing

Susan Clark – City Clerk
John Singler – St. Matthews Attorney
Chief Barry Wilkerson – St. Matthews Police Department
Jack Ruf – St. Matthews Planning and Zoning Officer
Kenan Stratman – St. Matthews Public Works Director

Gary Major – Resident                                                                       Fred White – Resident
Amy Olson – Resident and Councilman Elect                                      Ben Northrup – Resident
Cathi Clark – Resident and Councilman Elect                                     Marcus Edwards
Carolyn Clark – Resident                                                                  Jim & Anne Birch
Kelly Brothers – St. Matthews/Eline Library Manager                         Mary Kay Monohan – Resident
Members of Boy Scout Troop #319 (St. Leonard’s)                             Ashley McKiernan – Resident
Mike Small                                                                                       Ray Barrow – Resident
Mr. and Mrs. Don McCauley – Residents                                             Mark & Gabrielle Olson – Residents
Michelle Lawson – Resident                                                              Various unidentified attendees
Taylor Jackson and son – Residents


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


A motion was made by Councilman Nay to approve the minutes from the November 27, 2018 meeting.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Monohan.

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


Ben Northup of N. Church Way inquired about the progress of the exit/entrance ramp from I-64 westbound to 264 Westbound.  It is causing major traffic congestion and delays.  Mayor Tonini informed Mr. Northup that interstate highways are under the jurisdiction of state government and no details about the planning or implementation have been shared with the City of St. Matthews.  Kenan Stratman, St. Matthews Public Works Director suggested Mr. Northup contact the District 5 office of the State Transportation Department located on Westport Road by Westport Middle School.    

Marcus Edward of Trinity Lane (just outside of St. Matthews City limits) asked why there was not a police officer at the gate of Trinity home games.  He learned it is up to Trinity High School to make those arrangements.  Mr. Edwards also thought the students crossing in front of Trinity High School on Shelbyville Road were not crossing in safe conditions.  Again, he learned it is up to Trinity officials to make arrangements with off duty sworn Jefferson County officers.  The St. Matthews Police Department will provide back-up when needed.

Michelle Lawson of Kentucky Avenue is concerned about the protection of pets and animals who do not have adequate protection and food in the winter months.  She has learned National advocacy groups suggest working with local government agencies to pass ordinances regarding animal protection laws.  Councilman Nay relayed Louisville Metro is the government agency that has the authority to enforce county wide animal laws.  City Attorney John Singler reinforced Councilman Nay’s recommendation to contact Louisville Metro on this issue.

Mayor Tonini introduced members of Boy Scout Troop #319 who are working on their Citizenship in the Community merit badge. 



Mayor Tonini relayed HDR Engineering is due to have a list of recommendations ready by Friday of this week for committee review in the coming weeks.  Trinity Hills resident Don McCauley expressed appreciation again to the council members for attempting to find resolutions to drainage problems in this neighborhood.    


                                                                   EXCISE TAX COLLECTION DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

Mr. Singler summarized the history behind the need for this legislation. In 2005 the Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation removing the authority of cities to collect franchise fees from cable and telecommunications providers and imposed a centrally collected excise tax on providers.  On June 15, 2017, the Kentucky Supreme Court overturned that legislation and affirmed the Kentucky Constitution allows cities to collect franchise fees directly from cable and telecommunications providers.  Passage of MO 18-27 would initiate the process of revoking the participation in the Commonwealth’s Multi-Channel Video Programming and Communications Services Tax distribution system.  It also asks the Department of Revenue to instruct all the City’s eligible franchisees to make required franchise payments effective April 19, 2019.  Councilman Weiter made a motion to accept MO 18-27.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Holland and Nay.

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

MUNICIPAL ORDER 18-28                             REAPPOINTMENT OF JOE BUDDELL                     JOHN SINGLER, ATTORNEY
                                                                   TO ST. MATTHEWS ETHICS BOARD

Mayor Tonini explained that the City of St. Matthews has an Ethics Board with members who have rotating year appointments.  The previous appointment of Joe Buddell expires on December 31, 2018.  Passage of MO 18-28 appoints Mr. Buddell to be a member of the Board until December 31, 2020.  Councilman Nay made a motion to accept MO 18-28.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Monohan.

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

MUNICIPAL ORDER 18-29                            RECOMMENDATION FOR                                       JOHN SINGLER, ATTORNEY
                                                                  BROWN PARK IMPROVEMENTS 

Parks Committee Chairman Councilman Stuart Monohan said a sharp look at the budget for improvements at Brown Park was revised to lower the cost down to a more reasonable number.  Construction projects in Louisville Metro are plentiful right now so construction costs are high.  The Parks Committee recommends accepting the bid of E-Z Construction for $611,000 worth of improvements which include permanent bathrooms and an expanded playground area.    Councilman Monohan formalized the process by making a motion to accept Municipal Order 18-29.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Weiter. 

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


By ordinance the members of the St. Matthews City Council meet at 7:00 p.m. each 2nd and 4th Tuesday in the calendar year.  This year the 4th Tuesday in December falls on Christmas Day.  Councilman Bowling made a motion to cancel the 4th Tuesday meeting.  The motion was seconded by Councilman McKiernan and Nay.

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


Mayor Tonini presented out going Councilman Patrick Wissing with a plaque for his many years of service to the community.  Councilman Wissing was an asset in part due to his expansive knowledge of quality construction best practices and associated costs.  His business acumen was always appreciated.  Councilman Wissing accepted the plaque and thanked those present for the honor or serving.


Mayor Tonini present out going Councilman Shaun McKiernan with a plaque for serving the citizens and community of St. Matthews for the past 2 years.  Councilman McKiernan was appointed in early 2017 after the passing of long-time Councilman Martha Schade.  Councilman McKiernan was immediately active in legislative matters and served the community well. 


At that time, individuals elected on November 6, 2018 at the time of the General Election moved forward to be sworn-in.  The names are as follows: 

Mayor – Richard Tonini (4-year term 2019-2022)

Councilmembers:  Bernard Bowing, Jr.  (all 2-year terms)
                            Cathi Clark
                            Frank Flynn
                            Tim Holland
                            Stuart Monohan
                            Mary Jo Nay
                            Amy Olson
                            Tony Weiter
The Oath was administered by City Clerk and Notary Susan Clark.  Oaths were signed for a permanent record.  Terms will begin on January 1, 2019 and be in effect until December 31, 2020.


Councilman Bowling made a motion to approve the expenditures listed and have checks drawn on the city’s treasury in the total of $ 923,915.30.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Nay. 

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


  • Councilman Nay mentioned requests that articles for the next letter will be forthcoming to make an early spring deadline.
  • Councilman Holland has asked Public Works Supervisor Terry Ridgeway to complete specific tasks for a house that is for rent.
  • Councilman Bowling said the Police Committee will interview 10 candidates for 2 open positions to be filled in the next month.  The STM Police Department received a Community Traffic Gold Award from AAA to implanting safety initiatives.    
  • Councilman Monahan reiterated improvements to Brown Park are moving forward.  Voll Field is ahead of schedule.    


Mr. Singler said he has no formal report but was available for questions.  None were presented at the time.

Mayor Tonini said a very nice thank you note was received from representatives of Gaslight Condo thanking Code Enforcement Officer Daryl Cleary for keeping Sherburn Lane nice looking. 

Eline Branch/St. Matthews Library manager Kelly Brothers said the staff are looking forward to the spring opening of the library.  Once construction is complete, it will take about a month to shelve books and have the library ready for the grand opening. 


Councilman Weiter made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Nay.  Upon Voice Vote: (7-0) the motion carried, and the meeting adjourned at 7:36 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Susan Clark, City Clerk
Richard Tonini, Mayor 
DECEMBER 11, 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   Works – Vehicle Repair $777.00
All Occasions Rental   Admin. – Rental Supplies $844.81
Anthem   Police – Health Insurance Final $1,513.91
AT&T   City Hall/Comm. Center – Phones $760.33
B & K Printing   Admin. – Business Cards $94.80
Bob Hook Chevrolet   Police – Vehicle Repairs $5,987.61
Chamber of St. Matthews   Admin. – Program Support $18,500.00
Charles Guelda & Sons Plumbing   Rental – Repair $276.25
Cincinnati Bell   City Hall – Release Voice Mails $240.00
Criss Cross Directories   Police – Investigative Tool $528.00
Galls   Police – Uniforms $283.17
Goodyear   Police – Vehicle Repairs $2,652.99
Guardian Insurance Company   All – Life/Long/Short Insurance $7,650.14
HDR   Works – Trinity Hills Plan $5,744.76
Home Depot   Works – Supplies and Materials $426.05
KEMI   All – Workers Comp Invoice $11,101.68
Kentucky League of Cities   Admin. – Insurance and Annual Dues $5,493.26
LG&E   Works – Gas & Electric $28,510.86
Louisville Water Company   Works – Water and Fire Hydrant $857.81
Lowe’s   Works – Supplies and Materials $315.79
Lynn Imaging   Brown Park – Project Summary $456.68
Marlin Business Bank   Admin. – Copy Machine Rental $136.00
Miller Company   Admin. – Copy Machine Charge $1,174.47
Municipal Revenue Solutions   Admin. – Consulting Fee $9,605.00
NAPA   Works – Supplies and Materials $194.53
Neill-LaVielle   Works – Supplies $524.37
NeoPost   Works – Maintenance $251.85
Nugent Sand   Works – Sand $555.11
Office Depot   Admin. – Office Supplies $56.14
Plehn’s Bakery   Admin. – Goods $2,279.16
PNC Bank   All – Supplies and Materials $3,535.09
RCS Communications   Police – Battery Packs and Service $963.50
Rumpke   Parks – Portalets $94,268.02
Security Systems, Inc.   Police/Works – Security at Garages $74.00
Senior Care Experts   Admin. – Program Support $9,000.00
Singler & Ritsert   Admin. – City Attorney Fees $3,225.10
Spectrum   Police/Works – Security at Garages $179.98
St. Matthews Area Ministries   Admin. – Program Support $4,375.00
Total Office Products   Police – Office Supplies $38.99
Verizon   All – Cell Phones $1,147.73
Victoria’s Catering   Admin. – Final Invoice $1,940.18
Welders Supply   Works – Compressed Air $32.40
Willis Klein (Forfeiture Account)   Police – Lock $49.71
Library/City Hall      
Sullivan & Cozart   Works – Library/City Hall Project $367,319.80
C.I.M., Inc.   Works – Library/City Hall Project $45,320.00
Foundation Building Materials   Works – Library/City Hall Project $1,785.04
Graybar   Works – Library/City Hall Project $12,083.71
Louisville Lumber   Works – Library/City Hall Project $72,448.22
Plumbers Supply Company   Works – Library/City Hall Project $8,025.63
Valcom Enterprises   Works – Library/City Hall Project $160,088.12
Willis Klein Commerical   Works – Library/City Hall Project $29,965.36
Reimbursements and Payments      
Austin, Elizabeth   Admin. – Name Tag Reimbursement $207.20
Holland Tim   Admin. – Reimbursement for Ad $49.99
TOTAL     $923,915.30