Council Meeting Minutes
January 8, 2019

The regular meeting of the St. Matthews City Council was held on Tuesday, January 8, 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                                                                                      Councilmember Mary Jo Nay
Councilmember Frank Flynn                                                                                     Councilmember Amy Olson
Councilmember Tim Holland                                                                                    Councilmember Tony Weiter

Susan Clark – City Clerk
John Singler – St. Matthews Attorney
Chief Barry Wilkerson – St. Matthews Police Department
Kenan Stratman – St. Matthews Public Works Director

Gary Major – Resident                                                                                              Terri Steinrock – Resident
Carolyn Clark – Resident                                                                                           Leo Hauber – Resident
Kelly Brothers – St. Matthews/Eline Library Manager                                                 Jason Tasman – Resident
Don McCauley – Resident                                                                                          Josh Suiter – Chamber of STM
Taylor Jackson and son – Residents                                                                           Mike Small
Clark Fenimore – Resident                                                                                        Various Unidentified People
Sue Finley – Resident


Mayor Tonini asked for a moment of silence to honor the passing of St. Matthews Detective Jeremy Meyer from cancer and Louisville Metro Detective Dede Mengedoht from an accident.


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 December 11, 2018 meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Weiter.

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


Sue Finley of Kennison Avenue read a prepared statement regarding the potential development of 12 condominium units on Massie Avenue. Her property is adjacent to part of the proposed development and most of her concerns center around potential drainage problems. A petition of 20 signatures have been collected from neighbors indicating their concerns about drainage. The issue is in part centers around a 18-inch pipe and the stress of carrying water away from the property with the addition of 12 more residential units. Mayor Tonini explained St. Matthews Planning and Zoning Officer Jack Ruf has not received any materials from discussions or actions taken by the Louisville Metro Planning Commission. St. Matthews Public Works Director Kenan Stratman relayed he has met with representatives of MSD at the location regarding this project. In engineering theory from information gleaned from MSD representatives, drainage could improve due to advancements included in the project. In decades past MSD has not been as diligent about drainage impact from developments but that changed several years ago. Again, representatives of the City of St. Matthews have not received official transcripts from meetings held by Louisville Metro. Attorney John Singler said that any technical issues related to this project should only be discussed in public meetings. Don McCauley, resident of Trinity Hills Subdivision, is concerned that the viability of the 18-inch pipe and the impact of properties downstream. Kenan Stratman said it is possible the development will create improvements downstream. Resident Terri Steinrock of Kennison Avenue also expressed concern about drainage and traffic from the development. Mr. Stratman explained that an underground water tank will be installed that will hold water and release at a measured rate. Leo Hauber said that common sense should be part of the equation when reviewing the plans which in his opinion the Trinity Hills neighborhood problem should be addressed before condos are considered. Jason Tasman, property owner on Kennison Court stated his yard is swampy at times and is concerned about how surface water will be displaced. Councilmember Holland expressed appreciation to the residents for bringing their concerns to the councilmembers at this time. People who live in the area bring valuable information to the table when discussions officially commence. Taylor Jackson, resident of Trinity Hills subdivision, informed the residents concerned about the protentional development of condos on Massie Avenue the city council members and Kenan Stratman have been responsive to concerns of Trinity Hills residents and receptive to making improvements.



Mayor Tonini relayed HDR Engineering has completed their study and the next step is for committee members to meet and discuss. Don McCauley, Trinity Hills neighborhood representative, said he had read the suggestions and found the study to be comprehensive and calls for action. He is available any day the council members are available.


ORDINANCE 19-01                                               LOCATION OF ST. MATTHEWS                 JOHN SINGLER, ATTORNEY
                                                                           CITY COUNCIL MEETING CHANGE
                                                                           TO ST. MATTHEWS CITY HALL – 1st reading

Mr. Singler summarized Ordinance 19-01 indicating the council meetings will be moved back to City Hall upon completion of the renovations of City Hall. The change requires an ordinance which is turns requires 2 readings. The 2nd reading will likely be held when a firm date has been identified, mostly likely in February of 2019. Councilmember Weiter made a motion to introduce and accept as 1st reading Ordinance 19-01. The motion was seconded by Councilmembers Holland and Nay.

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

MUNICIPAL ORDER 19-01                                     APPOINTMENT OF MAYOR                       JOHN SINGLER, ATTORNEY
                                                                           PRO-TEM BERNARD BOWLING, JR.

Mr. Singler explained that by officially naming Councilmember Bernie Bowling, Jr as Mayor Pro-Tem, the temporary appointment at specific council meetings when Mayor Tonini is out of town will no longer be necessary. Councilmember Nay made a motion to accept MO 19-01. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Holland.

Upon Voice 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 $ 455,148.35. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Nay.

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


* Councilmember Holland informed those present the house at 169 St. Matthews Avenue has been rented.
* Councilmember Nay said the newsletter is being written and should be in homes by early February. The website is being updated with 2019 information.
* Councilmember Bowling relayed interviews for both full-time and part-time officer positions will begin in about 2 weeks. There are currently 3 positions open. The police have been practicing on an active shooter simulator provided by the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC). St. Matthews Police will be training other suburban police departments as well.


Mr. Singler had no formal report.


Mayor Tonini asked Kenan Stratman to give an update on improvements to Brown Park. Mr. Stratman said the contract has been awarded to E-Z Construction and must be completed by mid-June. Mayor Tonini mentioned the park will not close to walkers but the pavilion and playground will be unavailable during construction. Improvements include expansion of the playground area, a new pavilion, and a permanent bathroom structure.

Mr. Stratman went on to say the baseball stadium should be completed by March. A prefab press box will be installed soon.

Chief Wilkerson said the community is pulling together and several fundraisers will be held in the coming months to support the family of St. Matthews Police Detective Jeremy Meyer. His recent passing left a widow and one child. Information will be forthcoming and will be posted on the St. Matthews website.

Mayor Tonini relayed the East Entrance of City Hall is now open. The West Entrance is currently undergoing renovations.


Councilmember Weiter made a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Nay. Upon Voice Vote: (7-0) the motion carried, and the meeting adjourned at 7:58 p.m.

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

JANUARY 8, 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:
301 Interactive Marketing   Admin. – Website Hosting $360.00
A+ Paper Shredding   Police – Document Destruction $49.00
AAMCO   Works – Vehicle Repair $804.68
APCO   Police – Annual Dues for L. Richardson $92.00
AT&T   City Hall/Comm. Center – Phones $1,693.61
Auto Plus   Works – Supplies $30.38
B & K Printing   Admin. – Business Cards $292.88
Baptist Health Occupational Medicine   Works – Routine Testing $77.00
BMS, LLC   All – Health Insurance Addendum $327.75
Bob Hook Chevrolet   Police – Vehicle Repair/Maintenance $1,942.25
Carmen Landscape Architects   Brown Park – Design Work $11,600.00
Charles Guelda & Sons Plumbing   Rental House – Plugges Line $655.00
Coca Cola   City Hall – Vending Machine Supplies $191.00
Core & Main   Baseball Stadium – Drain Pipe $12,421.18
Cross Jeep Chrysler   Police – Vehicle Repair $1,096.31
Delta Denta   All – Dental Insurance $4,620.92
Flynn Construction Services   Admin. – Baseball Field $58,836.52
Galls   Police – Uniforms $283.17
Goodyear   Police – Vehicle Repairs $1,400.95
Guardian Insurance Company   All – Life/Long/Short/Term Insurance $7,743.38
HDR   Works – Primose Street Improvements $1,155.00
J R Hoe & Sons   Works – Frame and Grates $856.00
Johnson Controls   Comm. Center – Fire Extinguisher Insp. $952.80
Kentucky League of Cities Trust   Admin. – Quarterly Unemployment Tax $557.20
Kentucky Municipal Clerks Association   Admin. – City Clerk Annual Dues $45.00
KIPDA Clerks Association   Admin. – Annual Dues $15.00
Leonard Brush & Chemical   Works – Supplies $536.41
Lexis Nexis   Police – Investigative Tool $116.50
LG&E   Works – Gas & Electric $30,114.98
Louisville Gas & Electric   Works – Electric for City $29,952.30
Louisville Tractor   Works – Carburetor $249.11
Metropolitan Compounds, Inc.   Works – Stain Compound $504.95
Miller Company   Admin. – Copy Machine Charge $108.95
Mirazon   Admin. – Computer Upgrades $19,745.93
MST Awards   Admin. – (2) Plaques $189.60
Municipal Equipment, Inc.   Works – Repairs on Boom Pump $828.99
Natural Products   Works – Fill Dirt $75.00
PNC Bank   All – Supplies and Materials $8,601.70
Progressive Microtechnology, Inc.   Police – Zebra Resin Ribbon $99.56
RCS Communications   Police – Radio Transmission/Graphics $5,165.62
Redwing Ecological Services   Comm. Park – Stream Restoration $2,500.00
Rogers Group   Baseball Stadium – Stone $49,905.62
Rumpke   Works/Parks – Garbage and Portalets $94,268.02
S & D Coffee   Police – Coffee $247.11
Saf-Ti-Co   Works – Street Sign $37.98
Singler & Ritsert   Admin. – Legal Fees $3,057.40
Sirchie Finger Printing Laboratories   Police – Evidence Materials $93.18
Smith International Truck Center (Forfeiture)   Police – Wiper Assembly $64.40
Sparkle Brite III   Police – Vehicle Wash $160.00
Spectrum   City Hall – Internet and Cable $153.95
St. Matthews Exterminating   Comm. Center – Pest Control $170.00
Staples   Admin. – Office Supplies $154.97
Stationers   Police – Police Pads $123.29
Studio Kremer   Works – Architectural Work for Library $7,786.80
The Courier-Journal   Admin. – Legal Notice Ad $261.51
Tony’s Wrecker Service   Police/Works – Towing $435.00
Total Office Products   Police – Office Supplies $780.89
TruGreen   Brown Park – Treatment $163.00
United Healthcare   All – Health Insurance $73,915.74
Valvoline   All – Oil Changes $289.22
Verizon   Police – MDT Connectivity $1,560.45
Wex Bank   All – Fuel for Vehicles $14,567.75
Library/City Hall      
Sullivan & Cozart   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
Foundation Building Materials   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
Graybar   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
Louisville Lumber   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
Plumbers Supply Company   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
Valcom Enterprises   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
Willis Klein Commerical   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
Reimbursements and Payments      
McCarly, Aaron   Works – Reimbursement $63.49
TOTAL     $455,148.35