CITY OF ST. MATTHEWS
SPECIAL VIRTUAL Council Meeting Minutes
December 22, 2020

A special meeting of the St. Matthews City Council was held VIRTUALLY on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. The following people were present:

MAYOR
Richard J. Tonini

CITY COUNCIL
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

OTHER OFFICIALS
John Singler – St. Matthews City Attorney
Susan Clark – St. Matthews City Clerk/Treasurer
Jack Ruf – St. Matthews Planning & Zoning Officer
Sean Arms – St. Matthews IT Director
Chief Barry Wilkerson – St. Matthews Police Department
Jim Birch – St. Matthews City Engineer
Kenan Stratman – St. Matthews Public Works Director

OTHER ATTENDEES
No other attendees were identified

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

MINUTES

A motion was made by Councilmember Nay to approve the minutes from the December 8, 2020 special council meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Weiter.

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

PUBLIC COMMENTS

No one had any comments to add due to special meeting status.

NEW BUSINESS

MUNICIPAL ORDER 20-17           REFUND DUE TO COVID-19                   RICHARD TONINI, MAYOR
                                                 CIRCUMSTANCES RELATED TO
                                                 SINGLE SERVE ALCOHOL BEVERAGE LICENSES

Due to state mandated shutdowns and heavy restrictions restaurants and bars have endured the last 9 months due to the covid-19 pandemic, it is proposed with Municipal Order 20-17 that the City of St. Matthews refund alcohol beverage license fees collected in October of 2020 for businesses with single-serve alcohol beverage licenses. For comparison purposes, Louisville Metro is allowing fees paid in 2020 to be credited as payment for 2021 so their relief really does not come until the fall of 2021. The City of Jeffersontown is refunding Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) license fees for immediate relief. In October, St. Matthews Councilmember Flynn was the first to suggest that relief be given to businesses that had suffered heavy restrictions. After sufficient time for the current laws to be followed mandating the city collected ABC fees, it appears now is an optimum time to discuss refunds per Councilmember Mary Jo Nay. Jack Ruf, Alcohol Beverage License Administrator added that some nail salons and hair salons also have ABC licenses. In an effort to help local businesses during this difficult time, Councilmember Bowling made a motion to accept MO 20-17 refunding the annual alcohol license fee. This does not include package liquor stores as they have not suffered the burden of restrictions to the same degree as restaurants and bars. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Weiter.

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

MUNICIPAL ORDER 20-18           LIMITED PAY INCREASE                        RICHARD TONINI, MAYOR
                                                 FOR EMPLOYEE RETENTION

Because covid-19 has created an environment of uncertainty in many areas including revenue, a cost-of-living increase was not included in the current fiscal year budget. A review of income reveals receipts allow for a limited adjustment to the wages for City employees who were on the payroll July 1, 2020. Mayor Tonini is asked the council to consider granting a 1 time 2% increase with a single payment from their base salary. The increase is not permanent. Councilmember Nay made to a motion to accept 20-18. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Olson.

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

ADJOURNMENT

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

Upon Voice Vote: (8-0) the motion carried, and the meeting adjourned at 5:21 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Clark, City Clerk
Richard Tonini, Mayor