Council Meeting Minutes
March 12, 2019

The regular meeting of the St. Matthews City Council was held on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. The meeting was called to order at 7:0 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                                       Councilmember Tony Weiter - absent

Susan Clark – City Clerk
John Singler – St. Matthews Attorney
Major Eddie Jones – St. Matthews Police Department
Jack Ruf – St. Matthews Planning and Zoning Officer
Kenan Stratman – St. Matthews Public Works Director
Elizabeth Austin – St. Matthews Communications Assistant

Gary Major – Resident                                                  Officer Billy Cundiff – St. Matthews PD
Leo Hauber – Resident                                                 Officer John Sanders – St. Matthews PD
Sue Finley – Resident                                                   Sgt. Eddie Parsons – St. Matthews PD
Clark Fenimore – Resident                                           Officer Mike Coty – St. Matthews PD
Don McCauley – Resident                                             Officer Brad Harris – St. Matthews PD
Ray Barrow – Resident                                                 Officer Charlies Robinson – St. Matthews PD
Carl Ratterman – Resident                                           Officer Vadim Dale – St. Matthews PD
Jason Tasman – Resident                                             Officer Chris Frisby – St. Matthews PD
Nick Pregliasco – Attorney                                           Major Tony Cobaugh – St. Matthews PD
Ivy Clinton – Carman Landscape                                   Josh Suiter – Chamber of St. Matthews
Tad Adams – Attorney                                                  Various Unnamed Attendees


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


A motion was made by Councilmember Nay approve the minutes from the February 26, 2019 meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Holland.

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


Mayor Tonini announced if any attendee wanted to address the council. Josh Suiter, Membership Director of Chamber of St. Matthews, said the Chamber is expected to be moving back to City Hall by April 1st. Melissa DeLuca will be joining the Chamber staff as an assistant.



Kenan Stratman said HDR Engineering is making a few tweaks to after researching additional options. The committee will be meeting soon to review options mostly related to making the drainage ditch wider instead of going deeper.


Mayor Tonini suspending further discussion on items listed in pending business and moved to items under New Business.


                                                       ST. MATTHEWS POLICE DEPT.

Major Jones introduced Officer Coty mentioning he is a US Navy veteran who also spent many years on patrol for Louisville Metro. He as served as a SWAT Instructor, spent time in Afghanistan fighting against the Taliban and was also in charge or protecting officials. He has been married to his wife Sherri for 30 years and they have 4 children.

                                                       ST. MATTHEWS POLICE DEPT.

Officer Dale moved to Louisville from his native Australia because it is his wife’s home town. Major Jones went on to say Officer Dale previously served as an officer with the Louisville Metro Police Department where he served on the SWAT team and fugitive search team. Additionally, he served as the Public Information Officer for Louisville Metro PD.

                                                        ST. MATTHEWS POLICE DEPT.

Officer Frisby is a native of West Liberty, Kentucky and has lived in Louisville Metro since 2005 said Major Jones. He previously served with the Louisville Metro Police Department on the Viper Unit as well as the Intelligence Task Force. He is married and is the father of two daughters.

                                                        ST. MATTHEWS POLICE DEPT.

Major Jones relayed Officer Harris is a 2nd generation police officer who served the community in this fashion for 28 years. He was on the SWAT team for 21 years and was also a Field Training Officer as well as a canine officer. Additionally, he served in the district narcotics unit and a sergeant. He is deeply committee to physical fitness and is an outdoorsman.

                                                        ST. MATTHEWS POLICE DEPARTMENT

Officer Robinson served in the 8th Division of the Louisville Metro Police Department and over the span of his has served all over the community. He also served as Commander of the Dive Team.

Councilmember Bowling made a motion to accept MO 19-04, 19-05, 19-07, 19-08, 19-09. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Holland.

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



No discussion on this ordinance took place

                                        2nd Reading

Mr. Singler summarized Ordinance 19-02 granting the closure of a section of Thompson Avenue that lies between 3434 Grandview Avenue and 3600 Thompson Avenue. After much discussion, Councilmember Monohan made a motion to accept Ordinance 19-02 amending it to the closure of all that section of Thompson Avenue except for the center 20 feet. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Flynn.

Upon Roll Call Vote: (4-3) the motion carried. Yes Votes: Councilmember Holland, Monohan, Bowling, Flynn, and Olson. No Votes: Councilmember Clark, Nay, and Olson.

ORDINACE 19-03                REZONING of 3930, 3934,                        JOHN SINGLER, ATTORNEY
                                         3936 MASSIE AVENUE –
                                         2nd Reading

Mr. Singler summarized Ordinance 19-03 requesting rezoning of 3930, 3934, 3934 Massie Avenue from R-4 to R-6 zoning. The purpose of the rezoning request is for the development of 12-unit condominiums. Nick Pregliasco, attorney for the developers, started the discussion with a power point presentation of the property. Mr. Pregliasco acknowledged drainage issues with the properties and present options to mitigate those problems. Typically, solutions are suggested to have a neutral affect meaning the mitigation lessens the impact to the area and addresses the issues so that there will be no additional negative affect. The drainage solutions for this property are believed to improve drainage for these properties. Ivy Clinton, of Carman Engineering, said an underground honeycomb detention design will capture and hold water releasing it in a controlled amount. The design is robust enough to handle rain amounts typical for 50 year storms. The pipe carrying water from the property was snaked with a camera and it is considered in good shape. The pipe is a mixture in separate sections of pvc, concrete, and terra cotta. The largest portion is in terra cotta with mild cracking. Resident Mary Burkhart expressed concern about the condition of the terra cotta piping. Councilmember Nay ask where the water from the downspouts would be directed. Ivy Clinton responded all water is directed to the underground detention system. Councilmember Holland inquired about the impact for residents in Trinity Hills. He learned the impact would be basically neutral. Nearby resident Leo Hauber expressed his concerns about the density of project, the impact of additional asphalt lessening the surface area that water can be absorbed, the stability of the terra cotta pipe, and the number of additional vehicles the development would bring. Tad Adams, attorney representing Jason Tasman, also spoke of a potential increase of drainage issues for his client including the close distance of the last end unit of the condo complex to his client’s residence. Additionally, banks prefer drainage systems in place for 100-year storms, not 50-year storms. Mr. Tasman says he likens the development to someone placing a brick on a sponge displacing the water in all directions. St. Matthews Public Works Director Kenan Stratman believes that all engineering models indicate drainage will improve with the implementation of the underground detention system. Resident Sue Finley believes a 6-foot screen is not adequate and there could be an impact on neighbors. Attorney Singler reminded those present the issue on the table is a request for rezoning. A construction plan must be submitted and approved or denied by the St. Matthews City Engineer. Discussion continued concerning the density of the project and Nick Pregliasco relayed the developer is willing to scale back the density to an overall amount of 2,500 feet. Councilmember Nay asked if the soil has been tested and Ivy Clinton a scientific test has not been completed. Councilmember Clark inquired about parking for the resident. It was learned that each unit will have a 2-car garage with 2 additional parking spaces in the front. An unidentified man asked how the mechanism that the water is to be released from the detention center. Ms. Clinton educated those present that XXXX spins continuously while also removing debris that is present. It does not have electrical component. There are man hole lids on site for periodic inspection. Clark Fenimore inquired about the elevation and it was learned there is a 3 ½ deep elevation differential from the front of the property to the rear of the property. Councilmember Monohan made a motion to accept Ordinance 19-03 with the reduction of 2,500 square feet for the overall project and a 15-foot XXXXXXXX for 3933 Kennison Court. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Flynn.

Upon Roll Call Vote: (4-2) the motion carried. Yes Votes: Councilmember Monohan, Bowling, Flynn, and Olson. No Votes: Councilmember Clark, and Nay. Abstain: Councilmember Holland.

ORDINANCE 19-04               UPDATING CHAPTER 1115                       JOHN SINGLER, ATTORNEY
                                           REGARDING INSURANCE COMPANY FEES
                                           2nd Reading

As noted in the news, Mr. Singler reiterated Louisville Metro city officials are discussing changing the tax rate assigned to insurance policies. Unless the City of St. Matthews (STM) changes the current rate to match Louisville Metro, any change made by Louisville Metro would transfer additional funds to that entity instead of St. Matthews. Previously, St. Matthews city officials were not interested in changing the St. Matthews current rate of 5%. However, if Louisville Metro councilmembers approve an increase, residents are going to affected regardless if the City of St. Matthews approves a match or not. For STM residents to receive a more direct benefit, Ordinance 19-04 has been proposed to keep potential revenue in St. Matthews. If Louisville Metro does not approve the change, then the insurance tax for St. Matthews residents will remain at 5%. Councilmember Bowling made a motion to accept this as 2nd reading and approve for passage Ordinance 19-04. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Nay.

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


Councilmember Bowling made a motion to approve the expenditures listed and have checks drawn on the city’s treasury in the total of $ 234,947.75. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Nay.

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


* Councilmember Clark said she was asked to serve on the Insurance Committee by Chairperson Flynn. Mayor Tonini made the appointment official.
* Councilmember Monohan said visual progress is being made on the updates to Brown Park. The baseball field at Community Park will likely hold their first game in April. The members of the Parks Committee will meet sometime soon regarding projects for the 2019-2010 budget.
* Councilmember Bowling reminded everyone of the fundraiser for the family of Detective Jeremy Meyer who passed way in January. The fundraiser will be held March 22 in Shepherdsville. As noted in the meeting, 5 new officers have been hired which means more officers on the streets to patrol.
* Councilmember Nay said the city will occupy a page in the new St. Matthews magazine which is due for publication in May of 2019 and each month following.


Upon inquiry from Mayor Tonini, Mr. Singler said the garbage bid will be mailed this week for possible consideration of assignment at the April 9th council meeting.


Mayor Tonini had no other comments at this time.


Councilmember Flynn made a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Clark. Upon Voice Vote: (7-0) the motion carried, and the meeting adjourned at 10:09 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Susan Clark, City Clerk
Richard Tonini, Mayor
MARCH 12, 2019    
counter-signed by the City Clerk authorizing payment of the below listed invoices:    
Alpha Card   Police – 500 PVC Cards $58.24
Anderson’s Sales & Service, Inc.   Works – Supplies & Materials $1,660.85
AT&T   Comm. Center/City Hall – Service $320.09
Auto Plus   Works – Supplies $33.20
B & K Printing   Admin. – Business Cards $42.00
Baptist Health Occupational Medicine   Works – Routine Drug Testing $111.00
Bill Collins Ford   Police – Vehicle Repair $269.68
Bob Hook Chevrolet   Police – Vehicle Repairs $4,697.45
Chapman Heating and Cooling   Works – Repairs $1,466.71
Charles Guelda & Sons Plumbing   Works – Rental Home Repair $896.89
Delta Dental of KY   All – Dental Insurance $4,622.43
Fitzsimmons Awnings   Police – Rear Seat Covers for Vehicles $2,000.00
Goodyear Auto   Police – Vehicle Repair $219.26
Gulf States   Police – Tasers $3,249.00
Hall Contracting of KY, Inc.   MAPS – Ashphalt Patch $484.05
Harris Forms   Admin. – Print Check Fee $315.78
HDR Engineering   Works – Primrose Improvements $217.00
Home Depot   Works – Supplies and Materials $524.73
Huber Tire   Works – Tires $488.00
Johnson Controls   Comm. Center – Service/Inspection fee $2,171.34
JR Hoe & Sons, Inc.   Works – Frame and Grate $398.00
KEMI   All – Workers Comp Invoice $10,485.25
Louisville Gas & Electric   Works – Streetlights/Electric $31,269.88
Louisville Water   Works – Water $14.56
Marlin Business Bank   Admin. – Copy Machine Rental Fee $136.00
Miller Company   Police – Copy Machine Charge $120.10
Mirazon   Admin. – Computer Upgrades $14,310.00
Motorola   Police – Hand Radio’s $22,852.90
Napa Auto Parts   Works – Supplies and Materials $678.21
Neill-Lavielle   Police – Evidence Room Supplies $198.73
NeoPost USA, Inc.   Admin. – Postage Machine Charge $251.85
Norse Tactical – Hidden Valley   Police – Range Fees $200.00
Office Depot   Police – Supplies $127.30
Old Dominion Brush   Works – Impeller Repair $1,190.99
Pipe Eyes   Works – Video Inspection-Kennison Ave $1,470.00
PNC Bank   All – Credit Card Charges $3,028.96
RCS Communications   Police – Radio Fees $1,623.00
Rumpke   Parks – Portalets $94,337.02
S & D Coffee   Police – Coffee $111.75
Singler and Ritsert   Admin. – City Attorney Fees $3,325.50
Sirchie Fingerprinting   Police – Caution Tape $194.78
Spalding Companies   Admin. – Frames for Proclamations $495.80
Sparkle Brite II   Police – Vehicle Wash $224.00
Spectrum   City Hall – Service and Surveillence $337.50
St. Matthews Fire Protection District   Police – Training Time $7,320.00
Studio Kremer   Library/City Hall – Architectural Services $2,408.40
The Courier Journal   Admin. – Publication of Audit $12,432.24
Tony’s Wrecker Service   Police – Towing ($500 Seized Funds) $951.99
Total Office Products   Police – Office Supplies $192.30
Valvoline   Police/Works – Vehicle Maintenance $369.07
Library/City Hall      
Sullivan & Cozart   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
KV Flooring   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
Louisville Lumber   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
Nexgen Building Supply   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
Reading Rock   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
The Window and Door Center   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
Reimbursements and Payments      
Mahaffey, Dan   Police – Evidence Room Supplies $43.97
TOTAL     $234,947.75