Council Meeting Minutes
February 26, 2019

The regular meeting of the St. Matthews City Council was held on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. The meeting was called to order at 7:02 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

Councilmember Bernie Bowling                          Councilmember Stuart Monohan
Councilmember Cathi Clark                                Councilmember Mary Jo Nay
Councilmember Frank Flynn                               Councilmember Amy Olson
Councilmember Tim Holland - absent                 Councilmember Tony Weiter
Susan Clark – City Clerk
Carrie Ritsert – St. Matthews Attorney
Chief Barry Wilkerson – St. Matthews Police Department
Kenan Stratman – St. Matthews Public Works Director

Gary Major – Resident                                        Kelly Brothers – St. Matthews/Eline Library Manager
Sue Finley – Resident                                         Clark Fenimore – Resident
Don McCauley – Resident                                    Nick, Anne, and Ryan Schade – Residents
Romeo Mariano - Resident                                  David Nicholson – Circuit Clerk
Angie McCoy – Deputy, Circuit Clerk’s Office       Various Unnamed Attendees


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


A motion was made by Councilmember Monohan to approve the minutes from the February 12, 2019 meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Nay.

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


Mayor Tonini welcomed David Nicholson, Jefferson County Circuit Clerk, to speak about the changes in drivers licenses that are coming to the citizens of Kentucky this year. Mr. Nicholson went on to inform those present Kentuckians will have a choice between 2 different types of licenses when they next renew. One will be a regular driver’s license just like what is currently in use. The cost of this type of license will be $21.50 and will be good for 4 years. The second option type is called Confident ID. A Confident ID driver’s license can be utilized for domestic airplane travel as well as access to most government properties such as The White House and Fort Knox for example. It will also serve as an ID for domestic airplane travel. The cost will be $45.00 for the 8-year duration of the license. It will require additional forms of proof of residency and citizenship. Each person will be required to bring 2 pieces of mail which lists them at their current street address. Examples would be an utility bill, water bill or cable bill. There will be a requirement to submit a social security card or a current W-2 listing your name, and address. A birth certificate or passport may also be used. The program does not have a specific date of implementation, but it will likely be late March or early April of 2019. Each person will be given a temporary license at the branch and the permanent driver’s license will be received in the mail within 5-10 days of the visit. For additional information Mr. Nicholson suggested visiting <>. Councilmember Nay relayed the Woman’s Club of St. Matthews is hosting a community meeting to learn more about these changes on April 11 at the St. Matthews Community Center at 6:30 p.m.

Sue Finley expressed displeasure of being unaware Ordinance 19-03 was not going to be discussed tonight until she appeared at the meeting. Mayor Tonini reminded those present to check the website before each meeting or call City Hall to inquire. He mentioned this at the last council meeting knowing this could be useful information.

Mr. Romeo Mariano representing Surrey Place Condominiums wanted to address the council regarding a proposed zoning change for specific addresses on Massie Avenue. Mayor Tonini relayed no discussion could take place on this issue for legal and ethical reasons.



Kenan Stratman said a meeting will be held Wednesday, February 27, 2019 with neighbors and HDR Engineering to review options.

ORDINANCE 19-01 Change of Location of St. Matthews City Council Meetings – Tabled
ORDINANCE 19-02 Thompson Avenue Road Closure – Tabled
ORDINANCE 19-03 Rezoning 3930, 3934, 3936 Massie Avenue – Tabled
ORDINANCE 19-04 Updating Chapter 115 Regarding Fees to Insurance Companies – Tabled



City Attorney Carrie Ritsert summarized MO 19-02 indicating approval allows the used playground equipment to be donated to a community in need in Belize. Mayor Tonini said the equipment was offered to other local organizations and each declined. The owner of E-Z Construction Ed Davis, who was awarded the contract for the Brown Park upgrades, was going to be responsible for hauling it away and considered scrap metal. However, he found a way through Hand-in-Hand Ministries for the playground equipment to be utilized for a community much in need. A donor from Texas is going to pay for the shipping costs. E-Z Construction will send a foreman to Belize to direct the (re)assembly with local tradesmen. Councilmember Weiter made a motion to accept MO 19-02. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Nay.

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


Councilmember Bowling made a motion to approve the expenditures listed and have checks drawn on the city’s treasury in the total of $ 635,113.12. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Nay.

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


* Councilmember Nay said newsletters have been delivered. Again, the Woman’s Club of St. Matthews is hosting a community educational meeting on Thursday, April 11th at the St. Matthews Community Center. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Additionally, Senior Care Experts will have a shredding event on May 11, 2019 at 145 Thierman Lane.


Ms. Ritsert relayed language is being finalized for Ordinance 19-04 regarding percentage of insurance tax that will coincide with Louisville Metro. Mayor Tonini reiterated that this is being addressed only because Louisville Metro is attempting to make a change. Councilmembers Monohan and Weiter both relayed St. Matthews City Councilmembers are attempting to keep resident’s revenue in the City of St. Matthews. If Louisville Metro approves their ordinance, all residents will receive an increase throughout Louisville Metro. The passage of a similar ordinance in St. Matthews allows the funds generated to stay in St. Matthews instead of going to Louisville Metro.


Mayor Tonini asked the council members their thoughts about naming the new baseball stadium. Councilmember Monohan said he is comfortable keeping the name Voll Field and members Clark, Weiter, Nay, Flynn, and Bowling agreed. Resident Gary Major said maybe the city could place a plaque honoring Ray Voll, who the field was named after initially, somewhere in the stadium. Councilmember Weiter asked if the St. Matthews Little League was being given the same space for sponsorship signs and the reply was affirmative.

Mayor Tonini went on to say the library staff now has access to the building. Shelving went up yesterday. The Grand Opening is set for May 9th.

The expected completion date for the Brown Park improvements is June 3rd. The design elements are being finalized and E-Z Construction has mobilized on site.

The Louisville Water Company is tearing up Fairfax Avenue to repair a main water pipe. City representatives have asked that it be completed by the time of the library grand opening on May 9th.

The garbage bid will be sent shortly for service to begin July 1st.


Councilmember Weiter made a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Flynn. Upon Voice Vote: (7-0) the motion carried, and the meeting adjourned at 7:59 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Clark, City Clerk 
Richard Tonini, Mayor

FEBRUARY 26, 2019

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:

American Legal Publishing Admin. – Annual Codification $2,193.00 
AT&T City Hall/Comm. Center – Phones $1,949.97 
Bluegrass Municipal Clerks Association Admin. – Spring Training for S. Clark $225.00 
B&K Printing Police – Printing $601.63 
Best One Giant Tires Works – Tire $223.50 
BMS, LLC All – Health Insurance Addendum $232.25 
Citation Equipment Works – Supplies and Materials $105.74 
Clark & Riggs Admin. – Newsletter Printing $2,119.00 
Global Equipment Company, Inc. Police – Shelving $3,188.90 
Guardian Insurance Company All – Life/Long/Short Term Ins. $7,499.36 
Hunter Knepsheild Company Brown Park – Restroom Building $56,533.05 
Miller Company Admin. – Copy Machine Charge $402.89 
KY Association of Chiefs of Police Police – Dues Cobaugh/Jones $190.00 
Kentucky Derby Festival Admin. – Community Program Support $6,500.00 
Lewis Seed Company Works – Fescue $80.12 
Lexus Nexus Police – Investigative Tool $111.00 
Louisville Gas & Electric Works – Electric for City Hall $1,434.76 
Motorola Solutions, Inc. Police – Police Car Radio’s $4,707.87 
Nixon Power City Hall – Monthly Maintenance $318.00 
Mirazon Admin. – Computer Upgrades $4,279.56 
Narc Force (Forfeiture Funds) Police – Search Warren Training $885.00 
MPC Uniform and Tactical Supply Police – Dress Uniform Hats $345.00 
Moreno Express Admin. – Newsletter Production $2,013.68 
Office Depot Admin. – Supplies and Materials $55.09 
Pep Boys Works – Supplies and Mt $178.54 
Sirchie Fingerprinting Police – Cleaner $54.98 
Rebco, Inc. Police – Evidence Room Supplies $185.90 
Security Systems Works/Police – Monitoring $74.00 
Sparkle Brite III Police – Vehicle Wash $128.00 
Spectrum City Hall – Internet $153.95 
Staples Admin. – Office Supplies $378.01 
St. Matthews Exterminating Comm. Center – Pest Control $85.00 
Thomson Reuters Police – Criminal Law Book $641.09 
Total Office Products Police – Office Supplies $270.97 
UPS Freight Police – Delivery of Shelves $568.51 
Valvoline Police/Works – Oil Changes $882.06 
Watch Guard Video Police – Remote System for Camera’s $1,500.00 
Verizon All – Cell Phones anad MDT’s $2,924.45 
United Healthcare All – Health Insurance    $75,192.36 
Wex Bank All – Fuel for Vehicles $11,653.15 
Library/City Hall    
Sullivan & Cozart Works – Library/City Hall Project $286,592.60 
KV Flooring Works – Library/City Hall Project $14,859.45 
Louisville Lumber Works – Library/City Hall Project $47,894.71 
Nexgen Building Supply Works – Library/City Hall Project $29,424.80 
Reading Rock Works – Library/City Hall Project $45,282.50 
The Window and Door Center Works – Library/City Hall Project $18,400.00 
Reimbursements and Payments    
Browning, Jessie (Forfeiture Funds) Police – New Officer Training $500.00 
Hackel, John Police – Evidence Training Expense $488.80 
Kaufman, L. Wayne Police – Canine Expense $92.09 
Richardson, Mark Police – CID Clothing Allowance $285.64 
Smith, Jonathan Police – CID Clothing Allowance $127.19 
TOTAL   $635,013.12