Council Meeting Minutes
March 10, 2020

The regular meeting of the St. Matthews City Council was held on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. The meeting was called to order at 7:03 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                                               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

Gary Major – Resident
Pat Chapman – Resident
Kevin Wadle – Resident
Gary Vincent – Resident
Amy Heilman and son Miles Heilman
Josh Suiter – Chamber of St. Matthews
Kate Leitner – Manager of St. Matthews/Eline Branch
Unidentified Visitors


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 25, 2020 regular meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilmembers Clark and Weiter.

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


Gary Vincent, resident of St. Matthews asked for the city code enforcement officers to inspect a house on Marquette Drive. The owner has been remodeling the house for about 2 ½ years and it remains untidy. Mayor Tonini said someone from the Code Enforcement Department will inspect on Wednesday. Mr. Vincent also inquired about parameters for residents operating a business out of their home. Mayor Tonini said that would fall under the jurisdiction of Jack Ruf as a Code Enforcement Officer. Then Mr. Vincent inquired about pull-offs for resident to park an extra car. Mayor Tonini relayed there is an application process that is supervised by City Engineer Jim Birch. He will have Mr. Birch call Mr. Vincent on Wednesday. Lastly, Mr. Vincent inquired about the traffic lights on Shelbyville Road. Mayor Tonini reminded Mr. Vincent that traffic signals are controlled by the Kentucky State Department of Transportation and Louisville Metro but that he would have St. Matthews Public Kenan Stratman confirm the lights are appropriately synchronized.

Kate Leitner, Manager of the St. Matthews/Eline Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library, reviewed a summary of upcoming events. Saturday, March 14th at 2:00 p.m. there will be a Book Bingo event celebrating Women’s History Month featuring women authors and other notable women throughout history. Every month there is a movie discussion group that meets to discuss movies new and old. This month it will be held March 17th from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Wednesday, March 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Charles Arrington will be speaking about this history of Bowman Field Airport. Family Card Game time will be held Saturday, March 28 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This event is for all ages. Also, on March 28 and running through April 5 there will be a K & I Model Railway Display at the St. Matthews/Eline Branch Library that will be fun for all ages. These and other programs are scheduled for March of 2020.

Josh Suiter, Membership Director of the Chamber of St. Matthews informed those present he has been appointed to a seat on the Executive Board of the Kentucky State Chamber of Commerce starting March 24, 2020. It is good for St. Matthews to be represented on the state executive board. Additionally, the date for the business expo is July 9, 2020 at The Olmstead.

Resident Gary Major distributed an informational sheet regarding helpful tools for fire fighters and first responders to implement when communicating with autistic people.

Resident Kevin Wadle expressed concern about the condition of 3 houses on Massie Avenue that are supposed to be demolished to make room for a possible redevelopment. Attorney John Singler will contact Louisville Metro to verify where in the timeline the process is.



No discussion took place due to the topic being tabled.

ORDINANCE 19-10                     GOLF CART ALLOWANCE – Tabled

Attorney Singler distributed information to review for possible inclusion in a future St. Matthews ordinance.

MUNICIPAL ORDER 20-01           RDDDP 3930,3934,3936 – Tabled
                                                 MASSIE AVENUE

Further discussion was tabled for this meeting.

                                                 SUPPLEMENT TO CODE OF
                                                 ORDINANCES – 2nd Reading

Mr. Singler again summarized Ordinance 20-03 indicating it is acknowledgement of the ordinances approved in 2019 and that the codification changes St. Matthews code.

Councilmember Weiter made a motion to accept this as 2nd reading and approval of Ordinance 20-03. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Olson.

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



Mayor Tonini introduced mother Amy Heilman and her 4th grade son Miles Heilman who participated in the St. Baldrick’s fundraising event held last Sunday at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Ms. Heilman asked Miles to begin the story of their journey. Miles relayed he began fundraising for St. Baldrick’s beginning at age 6 in kindergarten. He has participated every year since at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School raising a total of $10,601 cumulatively. This year he challenged his mother to raise $5,000 and then she in turn challenged him to raise $5,000. Both had their heads shaved. Miles has earned the Squires of Hope designation due to his years of involvement with St. Baldrick’s.


Councilmember Bowling made a motion to approve the expenditures listed and have checks drawn on the city’s treasury in the total of $268,075.47. The motion was seconded by Councilmembers Nay and Weiter.

Upon Roll Call Vote: (8-0) the motion carried. Yes Votes: Councilmembers Clark, Holland, Weiter, Monohan, Bowling, Nay, Flynn and Olson. No Votes: None.


· Councilmember Monohan inquired if the new restroom at Community Park faired well during the winter months. Mayor Tonini said there had been no problems with pipes. Councilmember Weiter suggested the city order larger toilet paper rolls for the bathrooms.
· Councilmember Bowling mentioned a program for light duty work is being explored for all employees in the event there is a Workers Compensation claim. In the past, light duty work was not an option. One another note, Chief Wilkerson is heading a task force with other area Police Departments to reduce shoplifting.
· Councilmember Nay reported the streetlight on Bowling Blvd. has been repaired. A fence line along Ten Pin Lane has some trash that needs to be cleaned-up. She also asked that the Public Works Department make regular rounds to ensure homeless are not setting up camps. Additionally, there are potholes in the state roadway to the entrance of the Watterson Expressway from Harris Place. The road is not in good shape. Mayor Tonini relayed St. Matthews Public Works Director Kenan Stratman has been in contact with the Kentucky State Department of Transportation regarding the repaving of that area of road. He has been assured it is on the list to be repaved. Councilmember Nay then noted that the lights were out at the KIA Store recently. Resident Gary Major mentioned there had been an auto accident that most certainly was the cause of the power outage. Lastly, pan handlers continue to post themselves around Oxmoor Mall and around the Watterson Expressway exits.
· Councilmember Flynn brought up the square footage requirements for the number of people who live in single-family residences. It has been communicated that in some of these group homes it appears the number of people living in the homes would exceed the amount allowed calculating the square footage.
· Councilmember Olson mentioned artwork created by Gerald Kaufman is in the front entrance hallway of City Hall. Mr. Kaufman will be invited to attend a future City Council Meeting.


Mr. Singler had no additional comments.


Mayor Tonini discussed the possibility of adding hand sanitizer dispensers by entrances to City Hall and the Police Department. Councilmember Flynn inquired how frequently the dispensers are serviced. Mayor Tonini will confirm with the company. Councilmember Holland suggested an article about hygiene is included in the next article of the newsletter.


Councilmember Flynn made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Weiter.

Upon Voice Vote: (8-0) the motion carried, and the meeting adjourned at 8:07 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Clark, City Clerk
Richard Tonini, Mayor

MARCH 10, 2020      
counter-signed by the City Clerk authorizing payment of the below listed invoices:
American Legal Publishing   Admin. – Annual Codification Process $665.55 
American Planning Association   Admin. – Annual Dues Jack Ruf $234.20 
Anderson’s Sales and Service   Work – Supplies and Materials $315.68 
AT&T   City Hall/Comm. Center – Phones $830.28 
Bachman Auto Group   Works – Vehicle Repair $1,893.75 
Baptist Health Occupational Medicine   Works – Routine Testing $424.00 
Bob Hook Chevrolet   Police – Vehicle Repair $1,306.79 
Chamber of St. Matthews   Admin. – Program Support $18,500.00 
Charles Guelda & Sons Plumbing   City Hall/Comm Center/Rental-Repairs $942.50 
Coca Cola Refreshments   Admin. – Cokes for Machine $203.00 
Craig & Landreth   Police – Police Vehicle $26,757.88 
Criss Cross Directories   Police – Investigative Tool $528.00 
Cundiff Electric   Rental Property – Electrical Repair $1,767.97 
Delta Dental of KY   All – Dental Insurance $5,016.82 
FBINAA Kentucky Chapter   Police – Dues for Office Doyle $200.00 
Galls   Police – Uniforms $151.47 
Goodyear   Police – Vehicle Repair $2,023.79 
Grainger   Works – Grab Hook $4.51 
Guardian Insurance Company   All – Life/Long/Short Term Insurance $8,406.56 
Home Depot   Works – Supplies and Materials $297.09 
KEMI   All – Workers Compensation $14,791.63 
Kenworth of Louisville   Works – Transmission Repair $584.64 
KY Protection Cabinet   Admin. – Annual Elevator Inspection $100.00 
Leonard Brush & Chemical Co.   Works/Comm. Center – Supplies $577.58 
Louisville Gas & Electric   Works – Electric/Street Lights $33,630.57 
Lowe’s   Police – Supplies and Materials $262.25 
Marlin Business Bank   Admin. – Copy Machine Rental $136.00 
Mirazon   Admin. – Computer Maintanance $2,824.00 
Napa Auto Parts   Works – Supplies and Materials $749.08 
Natural Products   Works – Fill Dirt $174.00 
Nugent Sand Company   Works – Stone $456.87 
Office Depot   Admin. – Office Supplies $135.26 
PNC Bank   All – Supplies and Materials $1,630.57 
Quadient   Admin. – Postage Machine Meter $251.85 
RCS Communications   Police – Radio’s and Connectivity $358.00 
Rumpke   Works/Warwick Park – Garbage/Portalets $92,674.80 
Saf-Ti-Co   Works – Street Sign $2,974.60 
Security Systems   Works – Monitoring $74.00 
Senior Care Experts   Admin. – Program Support $9,000.00 
Singler & Ritsert   Admin. – City Attorney Fees $6,609.00 
Sirchie Finger Print Laboratories   Police – Evidence Envelopes $349.70 
St. Matthews Area Ministries   Admin. – Program Support $4,375.00 
St. Matthews Exterminating   Comm. Center – Pest Control $85.00 
Total Office Products   Police – Office Supplies $342.20 
Total Truck Parts   Works – Strobe Replacement $186.98 
Welders Supply   Works – Compressed Air $33.48 
Willis Klein   Works – Service $185.50 
Library City Hall    
Sullivan Cozart, Inc.   Works – Hold – Out $24,053.07 
Reimbursements and Payments    
TOTAL   $268,075.47