Council Meeting Minutes
January 22, 2019

The regular meeting of the St. Matthews City Council was held on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. 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

Councilmember Bernie Bowling                          Councilmember Stuart Monohan – absent
Councilmember Cathi Clark – absent                   Councilmember Mary Jo Nay
Councilmember Frank Flynn                               Councilmember Amy Olson
Councilmember Tim Holland                              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
Jack Ruf – St. Matthews Planning and Zoning Officer

Gary Major – Resident
Kelly Brothers – St. Matthews/Eline Library Manager
Mike Small
Sue Finley – Resident
John Bollinger – Resident
Jason Sams
Laura Hagedorn & Son – Residents
Don Lawson – Auditor
Nancy Stearman – CPA, St. Matthews Consultant


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 January 8, 2019 meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Weiter.

Upon Voice Vote: (6-0) the motion carried.


Sue Finley of Kennison Avenue asked for an update on the proposed Massie Avenue condo development. Mayor Tonini explained when the materials are received from the Louisville Metro Planning Commission, it will be placed on the St. Matthews City Council agenda. St. Matthews Planning and Zoning Officer Jack Ruf said the plans were received at approximately 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22nd. It will likely be on the February 12, 2019 council agenda.

Laura Hagedorn of Winchester Road relayed that while driving around with her 16-year-old son recently she has noticed roads do not seem to have vibrant striping in both white and yellow paint. St. Matthews Public Works Director Kenan Stratman said that most of the roads other than residential streets in this area are the responsibility of Louisville Metro and/or the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He suggested Mrs. Hagedorn call Metro Call 311 and place a request. It could be if enough people call, Louisville Metro and/or the Commonwealth of Kentucky might move this item on a higher priority list. A person can follow the progress with a 311 Louisville Metro app or via a website.

Kelly Brothers, manager of the St. Matthews/Eline Branch of the Free Louisville Public Library said Friends of the Library are hosting a Café Louie meeting this Saturday at the St. Matthews Community Center. Elected officials will be answering questions from the audience. It is free and open to the public. The time is from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.



Kenan Stratman relayed engineers with HDR are researching answers to questions posed from a recent report issued. When the responses are received, options will be discussed at further length.



Don Lawson of Stephens and Lawson, CPA’s reviewed the results from the 2017-2018 audit. As expected, there were no finding of mishandling of any city funds. The city is in an excellent financial position and the council members are good stewards of the public’s money. The library is not considered an asset on this report because it is unfinished. Once completed, it will be listed as an asset. The unfunded pension liability created by the Commonwealth of Kentucky not paying their required amounts for years must be included on each individual agency audit report that participates in the Kentucky Retirement System. The unfairness of this liability will likely be in the court system for years. Mr. Lawson said councilmembers can call him if they have any questions. Councilmember Bowling made a motion to accept the 2017-2018 audit. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Nay.

Upon Vote: (6-0) the motion carried.

ORDINANCE 19-02                                     THOMPSON AVENUE           CARRIE RITSERT, ATTORNEY
                                                                 ROAD CLOSURE – 1st reading

Jason Sams spoke on behalf of John Bollinger, property owner of 3434 Grandview Avenue. The applicant is requesting closure of the right-of-way of Thompson Avenue between 3434 Grandview Avenue and 3600 Grandview Avenue. A driveway was paved on the right-of-way and has been used by the occupants of the properties for years. However, the land technically should not have been paved without the approval of the City of St. Matthews. Councilmember Bowling made a motion to accept this as 1st reading of Ordinance 19-02. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Nay.

Upon Voice Vote: (6-0) the motion carried. The second reading for final approval or denial will be considered at the February 12, 2019 council meeting.


Councilember Bowling made a motion to approve the expenditures listed and have checks drawn on the city’s treasury in the total of $846,117.44. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Nay.

Upon Roll Call Vote: (6-0) the motion carried. Yes Votes: Councilmembers Holland, Weiter, Bowling, Nay, Flynn and Olson. No Votes: None


* Councilmember Bowling said interviews for (4) open officer positions with the St. Matthews Police Department will take place on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.
* Councilmember Nay mentioned the newsletter will go to the printer on Friday for arrival in homes by early February.


Ms. Ritsert had no formal report.


Mayor Tonini reported he and Kenan Stratman met with contractors to review inadequacies that are to be addressed. The tile floors on ground level will be repaired and metal panels will be replaced for continuity. Additionally, Kenan Stratman said some money has been saved from different sources and the savings will be applied to change orders. Currently, it appears the project will run an estimated $100,000 overage out of a $9,900,000 budget. The library staff should be able to gain access around March 15 but it will take several weeks to shelve books and to address many other details before a grand opening can be scheduled. The parking lot on the west side of the building will be paved soon along with the Meridian access entrance.

Mayor Tonini passed around a thank you note from the Zachary Taylor Post for assistance with the new flag pole and veteran memorial garden.


Councilmember Weiter made a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Holland. Upon Voice Vote: (6-0) the motion carried, and the meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Susan Clark, City Clerk
Richard Tonini, Mayor

JANUARY 22, 2019      
counter-signed by the City Clerk authorizing payment of the below listed invoices:
Alex TG’s Alterations   Police – Uniform Alterations $364.00
AT&T   City Hall/Comm. Center – Phones $295.84
Auto Plus   Works – Supplies $119.54
Bachman Chevrolet   Police – Vehicle Repair $46.19
Baptist Health Occupational Medicine   Police/Works – Testing & Physicals $1,212.32
Bill Collins Ford   Police – Vehicle Repair $569.17
BMS, LLC   All – Health Insurance Addendum $323.25
Brightside   Works – Brightside Work $2,500.00
Charles Guelda and Sons Plumbing   City Hall – Sink Auger $150.00
Citation Equipment   Works – Supplies and Materials $60.25
Clifford Distributing   Works – Supplies $610.25
Computer Projects, Inc.   All – Messenger License Agreement $171.60
Crown Trophy   Police – Placque $85.00
Environmental Concerns, Inc.   City Hall – Air Monitoring & Site Inspec. $3,720.00
Ferguson   Works – Ball Valve $15.73
Forensic Medical Services   Police – Consultant Fee $3,000.00
Freedom Dodge   Police – 5 Police Dodge Durango’s $144,815.00
Hall Contracting (MAPS)   Works – Asphalt Cold Patch $115.20
HDR   Works – Primose Street Improvements $3,112.62
Home Depot   Works – Supplies and Materials $119.29
Johnson Controls   Comm. Center – Fire Extinguisher Insp. $1,180.00
KEMI   All – Workers Comp Fee $11,101.68
Lawson Products   Works – Supplies $263.21
Louisville Water Company   Works – Water $1,790.19
Lowe’s   Works – Supplies and Materials $328.35
Marlin Business Bank   Admin. – Copy Machine Rental Fee $250.99
Metropolitan Sewer District   Brown Park – Sewer Extension Charge $1,886.40
Miller Company   Police – Copy Machine Charge $173.94
Mirazon   Admin. – Computer Upgrades $26,646.57
Mobile Forensic Solutions   Police – Forensic Examinations $337.00
MPC Uniform and Tactical Supply   Police – Uniform Part $20.00
Napa Auto Parts   Works – Supplies $516.98
Norse Tactical – Hidden Valley   Police – Annual Range Fees $5,200.00
RCS Communications   Police – Radio Transmission/Graphics $291.00
Rogers Group   Works – Stone $1,813.02
S & D Coffee   Police – Coffee $90.95
Security Systems   Works/Police – Monitoring $74.00
Sparkle Brite III   Police – Vehicle Wash $152.00
Spectrum   Police/Works – Security Monitoring $333.83
The Courier-Journal   Admin. – Legal Notice Ad $352.72
Tony’s Wrecker Service (Forfeiture)   Police/Works – Towing $725.00
Total Office Products   Police – Office Supplies $166.97
Trans Union   Police – Investigative Tool $267.45
Valvoline   Police/Works – Oil Changes $550.71
Verizon   All/Police – Cell Phones and MDT’s $5,185.51
Watch Guard Video   Police – Cameras for Vehicles $19,076.00
Water Resources, LLC   Brown Park – Inspection Report $352.18
Welders Supply   Works – Compressed Air $33.48
Willis Klein   Works – Lock $64.52
Library/City Hall      
Sullivan & Cozart   Works – Library/City Hall Project $286,915.93
Foundation Building Materials   Works – Library/City Hall Project $11,857.50
Graybar   Works – Library/City Hall Project $86,559.81
KV Flooring   Works – Library/City Hall Project $11,857.50
Louisville Lumber   Works – Library/City Hall Project $69,092.10
Nexgen Building Supply   Works – Library/City Hall Project $29,278.34
Plumbers Supply Company   Works – Library/City Hall Project $5,864.27
Valcom Enterprises   Works – Library/City Hall Project $92,661.09
Willis Klein Commercial   Works – Library/City Hall Project $11,401.00
TOTAL     $846,117.44