Council Meeting Minutes
February 25, 2020

The regular meeting of the St. Matthews City Council was held on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. 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 - Absent                                      Councilmember Amy Olson
Councilmember Tim Holland                                                   Councilmember Tony Weiter
John Singler - St. Matthews City Attorney
Barry Wilkerson – Major, St. Matthews Police Department
Susan Clark – St. Matthews City Clerk/Treasurer
Kenan Stratman – St. Matthews Director of Public Works

Gary Major – Resident
Pat Chapman – Resident
Carolyn Clark – Resident
Kevin Wadle - Resident
Kate Leitner – Manager of St. Matthews/Eline Branch
Nick Pregliasco – Attorney
Unidentified Visitor


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


A motion was made by Councilmember Nay to approve the minutes from the February 11, 2020 regular meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilmembers Clark and Weiter.

Upon Voice Vote: (7-0) the motion carried.

A motion was made by Councilmember Clark to approve the minutes from the February 18, 2020 caucus meeting requesting a revision adding that she was included in the meeting via conference call. The motion was 2nd by Councilmember Nay.

Upon Voice Vote: (7-0) the motion carried.


Kate Leitner, St. Matthews/Eline Library Branch Manager reviewed a list of activities scheduled for the branch. The list began with the announcement of Café Louie which will be held Saturday, February 29 at 9:00 a.m. The same afternoon at 2:00 p.m. a program called “Leap into Leap Year” will be held followed by “How to Recycle Right”. On March 10 at 2:30 p.m. a program called “Mental Health 101 A Community Conversation” will be held.



No discussion took place due to the topic being tabled.


A brief discussion commenced that this topic will be placed back on the agenda soon for review and decision.


MUNICIPAL ORDER 20-01                       RDDDP 3930,3934,3936          JOHN SINGLER, ATTORNEY 
                                                             MASSIE AVENUE

Attorney Singler started the discussion giving a brief summary of the municipal order. Nick Pregliasco, attorney for the developer, contends the revised building plan will be of the same high quality. Binding elements require that any proposed changes are submitted to the council for review. Members of the council would like to see more detail in the proposed plan. Discussion took place regarding the replacement of an 18-inch underground pipe. A question about obtaining an easement arose and the complicated process to obtain same. More questions arose about the closed pipe detention system. More detail was requested on this issue as well. It was understood the binding elements require the gutters to be tied to the detention system. The development plan must show on its face that the additional drainage commitments contained in the binding elements are able to handle a 50-year storm event. Discussion followed regarding the dedication of the drainage easement on the east side of the property. Council members requested more details on the amount of through-drainage that would be directed to its detention system. Nick Pregliasco, speaking on behalf of the developer, agreed to a binding element stating the plan is to approve a condominium development and no other multi-family use would be allowed without the prior review and approval of the City of St. Matthews. Councilmember Bowling made a motion to defer a vote on Municipal Order 20-01 until which time additional details can be reviewed. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Monohan.

Upon Voice Vote: (7-0) the motion passed to defer a vote on Municipal Order 20-01. The topic will be placed on a subsequent St. Matthews City Council agenda for determination of passage or declination of action.

ORDINANCE 20-03                                  ENACTING AND ADOPTING       JOHN SINGLER, ATTORNEY
                                                              SUPPLEMENT TO CODE OF 
                                                              ORDINANCES – 1st Reading

Mr. Singler summarized Ordinance 20-03 indicating it is acknowledgement of the codification of ordinances approved in 2019 and that it changes St. Matthews code. Councilmember Nay made a motion to accept this as 1st reading of Ordinance 20-03. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bowling.

Upon Voice Vote: (7-0) the motion carried for approval of 1st reading of Ordinance 20-03.


Councilmember Bowling made a motion to approve the expenditures listed and have checks drawn on the city’s treasury in the total of $99,187.33. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Weiter.

Upon Roll Call Vote: (7-0) the motion carried. Yes Votes: Councilmembers Clark, Holland, Weiter, Monohan, Bowling, Nay, and Olson. No Votes: None.


· Councilmember Monohan deferred to Public Works Director Kenan Stratman for a review of activity regarding the parks. Mr. Stratman relayed he is working with the US Corp of Engineers for the classification of wetlands for Draut Park. He continues to work on drainage improvements for the Trinity Hills subdivision.
· Councilmember Nay complained about a streetlight that is out in the median of Bowling Blvd. City Clerk Susan Clark will contact LG&E regarding this problem.


Mr. Singler had no additional comments.


Mayor Tonini mentioned he attended a meeting at Independence Bank regarding the beautification of Breckenridge Lane to St. Matthews Avenue. Louis Straub, President of independence Bank is interested in planting more trees in the area.

Mayor Tonini then explained the necessity of closing the St. Matthews/Eline branch recently. A collar on a pipe caused a sewer problem when necessitated that the library be closed temporarily. Serve Pro was called in to disinfect the library.

Mayor Tonini then asked the councilmembers to consider replacing 36 MDT’s for the police cars. Mobile Data Terminals (MDT’s) are in every police car and are the computers used by the officers to research bench warrants, histories, and verifications. The options are to lease for 3-years at a cost of $141,000 or a 5-year lease would be $159,730. The Police Forfeiture Account can be used to cover the cost of the equipment. Councilmember Monohan made a motion to tentatively approve the purchase or lease of the MDT’s up to $159,730. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Nay.

Upon Roll Call Vote: (7-0) the motion carried. Yes Votes: Councilmembers Clark, Holland, Weiter, Monohan, Bowling, Nay, and Olson. No Votes: None.


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

Upon Voice Vote: (7-0) the motion carried, and the meeting adjourned at 8:22 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Clark, City Clerk
Richard Tonini, Mayor

FEBRUARY 25, 2020      
counter-signed by the City Clerk authorizing payment of the below listed invoices:
American Legal Publishing   Admin. – Annual Codification $2,508.00 
Anthem   All – Health Insurance     $72,222.06 
AT&T   City Hall/Comm. Center – Phones $1,083.69 
Baptist Health Occupational Medicine   Police/Works – Random Drug Testing $425.44 
Harris Computer Systems   Admin. – Check Printing Fee $315.78 
Kentucky Municipal Clerks Association   Admin. – Spring Conference $200.00 
Kiesler’s Police Supply   Police – Training Ammunition $181.35 
Ky Dept of Tourism   Police – Lodging for Chief’s Conference $475.70 
Lexus Nexus   Police – Investigative Tool $114.00 
Louisville Gas & Electric   Works – Electric/Street Lights $1,250.26 
Manning Equipment   Police – Nerf Bars for Police Cars $530.00 
MPI Printing   Police – Copy Machine Charges $174.41 
Oxmoor Ford   Works – Vehicle Repair $1,726.75 
Saf-Ti-Co   Works – Signs $353.16 
Security Systems   Police/Works – Monitoring $74.00 
Spectrum   Works – Internet $165.54 
Staples   Admin. – Office Supplies $95.35 
Total Office Products   Police – Office Supplies $79.56 
Towne Post Network, Inc.   Admin. – Magazine Space $850.00 
Verizon Wireless   All – Cell Phones & MDT Connectivity $2,674.14 
Wex Bank   All – Fuel for Vehicles $13,188.14 
Library City Hall    
Reimbursements and Payments    
Napier, Eddie   Police – CID Clothing Allowance $500.00 
TOTAL   $99,187.33