Council Meeting Minutes
May 28, 2019

The regular meeting of the St. Matthews City Council was held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Richard Tonini. 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 - absent                           Councilmember Mary Jo Nay
Councilmember Frank Flynn                                        Councilmember Amy Olson
Councilmember Tim Holland - absent                          Councilmember Tony Weiter

Carrie Ritsert – St. Matthews Attorney
Major Eddie Jones – St. Matthews Police Department

Gary Major – Resident
Fred White – Resident
Don McCauley – Resident
John Blim – Resident
Vince Vetter – Resident
Rob Carothers – Mayor of Maryhill Estates
Unnamed attendees


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


A motion was made by Councilmember Nay approve to the minutes from the May 14, 2019 meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Monohan.

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


Rob Carothers, Mayor of Maryhill Estates, inquired about the legality of Vivant sales people going door to door. Mayor Tonini relayed while it is best to take direction from your city attorney, the St. Matthews City Attorneys have relayed that federal courts have supported the 1st amendment rights of solicitors. Furthermore, unless a “No Solicitation” sign in placed on your property, the only action the City of St. Matthews can take is to require each solicitor to register with the city. City Clerk Susan Clark mentioned that only 4-5 Vivant people have registered with St. Matthews. Additionally, she relayed the Administration Office has been in contact with Vivant’s corporate office reminding them they cannot solicit business before 9:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m. per local ordinance. There is also no soliciting on Sunday’s in the City of St. Matthews or holidays.



Upon the request from two residents, John Blim and Vince Vetter, Mayor Tonini gave a summary update on the progress of the Trinity Hills ditch improvements. Engineers contracted by the City of St. Matthews have developed options for improving flooding in the Trinity Hills neighborhood. Until funding can be approved in the 2019-2020 budget on this project, no further progress can be made. The improvements are complicated and will likely take 2 budget cycles to complete.

ORDINANCE 19-06                             MAINTENANCE STANDARDS and            RICHARD TONINI, MAYOR
                                                       NUISANCE ORDINANCE

Mayor Tonini relayed Ordinance 19-06 was tabled and no discussion or action would be taken at the May 28, 2019 council meeting.


ORDINANCE 19-07                             2019-2020 BUDGET                             CARRIE RITSERT, ATTORNEY

Attorney Ritsert summarized Ordinance 19-07 by title only and relayed it is ready for 1st reading. The budget appears to be a balanced budget. Mayor Tonini reminded the councilmembers of the extra expense imposed by the Kentucky Retirement Systems. The old City Hall on Thierman Lane needs a new roof and it will be very expensive to replace correctly instead of patching. Remodeling of the St. Matthews Community Center will be delayed for 1 additional budget cycle. Improvements to the Trinity Hills ditch are included in this budget. The purchase of a bucket truck for the Public Works Department is also included. Councilmember Nay made a motion to accept this as 1st reading of Ordinance 19-07. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Weiter.

Upon Voice Vote: (6-0) the motion carried, and the first reading of Ordinance 19-07 was accomplished.


Councilmember Bowling made a motion to approve the expenditures listed and have checks drawn on the city’s treasury in the total of $478,516.37. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Nay.

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


· Councilmember Monohan said the improvements to Brown Park should be completed by June 12th.
· Councilmember Weiter commented the improvements are looking good at Brown Park.
· Councilmember Nay said items are being reviewed for possible inclusion in the July edition of the St. Matthews magazine.
· Councilmember Flynn relayed property and casualty insurance numbers for insurance policy renewal are being compiled as well as health insurance renewal numbers.


Ms. Ritsert had no additional report at that time.


Mayor Tonini reported diseased trees along Bowling Blvd. have been removed and other trees planted. Visually, Bowling Blvd. should be look better in a few years. Mallard Crossing Apartment complex, now known as LC, held a neighborhood meeting regarding changes they are proposing.


Councilmember Weiter made a motion to suspend the regular meeting and convene into Executive Session to discuss litigation. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Nay.

Upon Voice Vote (6-0) the motion passed, and the regular meeting was suspended at 7:44 p.m.


At 8:22 p.m. Councilmember Weiter made a motion to adjourn from Executive Session and reconvene into regular session. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bowling.

Upon Voice Vote: (6-0) the motion passed, and Executive Session concluded, and the regular session reconvened at 8:22 p.m.

It was noted no action was taken during the Executive Session.


Councilmember Bowling made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Olson.

Upon Voice Vote: (6-0) the motion carried, and the meeting adjourned at 8:22 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Clark, City Clerk
Richard Tonini, Mayor

counter-signed by the City Clerk authorizing payment of the below listed invoices:
Anderson Sales & Service   Works – Supplies and Materials $411.66
AT&T   City Hall/Comm. Center – Phones $882.85
B & K Printing, LLC   Police – 3 Sets of Business Cards $100.00
Belnick, Inc.   Police – Chairs/Tables for Training Room $3,338.35
BMS, LLC   All – Insurance Addendum $664.50
Charles Guelda & Sons Plumbing   Works – Rental Home Repair $1,650.80
Clifford Distributing   Works – Supplies and Materials $1,034.95
E-Z Construction   Brown Park – Park Improvements $67,516.96
Frank Otte Nursery   Works – Flowers $2,130.14
Hall Contracting of Kentucky   MAPS – Cold Patch for Pot Holes $199.50
Hartlage Fence Company   Works – Fence at Works Compound $2,104.00
Hunter-Knepshied Co.   Brown Park – Restroom Bldg. $56,533.05
Johnson Control   Comm. Center – Inspection $76.32
Kentucky League of Cities   Admin. – ABC Training for Jack Ruf $275.00
Lexus Nexus   Police – Investigative Tool $117.00
LG&E   Works – Street Lights/Electric $1,661.26
Louisville Water   Works – Water $7,528.73
Miller Company   Police – Copy Machine Charge $35.62
Mirazon   Admin. – Computer Upgrades $13,095.75
NAPA Auto   Works – Supplies & Materials $175.43
Nixon Power   Works – Generator Maintanence $583.00
Oxmoor Ford   Works – Part $12.38
Plumbers Supply   Works – Supplies & Materials $208.72
Print Tex USA   Police – Unform Shirts $113.00
RCS Communications   Police – Radio’s and Service $1,812.11
S & D Coffee   Police – Coffee $101.54
S & J Lighting   Works – Bulbs $47.70
Saf-ti-co   MAPS – Street Signs $93.82
Singler & Ritsert   Admin. – City Attorney Fees $5,049.50
Sparkle Brite   All – Vehicle Wash $216.00
St. Matthews Exterminating   Comm. Center – Pest Control $85.00
Staples   Admin. – Office Supplies $322.55
Library City Hall      
Sullivan & Cozart   Works – Library/City Hall Project $154,816.25
ASI Signage   Works – Library/City Hall Project $14,567.25
Best Blind & Shade   Works – Library/City Hall Project $19,013.00
C.I.M., Inc.   Works – Library/City Hall Project $33,600.00
GraybaR   Works – Library/City Hall Project $54,183.29
KV Flooring   Works – Library/City Hall Project $5,727.78
Valcom   Works – Library/City Hall Project $19,437.00
Willis Klein Commercial   Works – Library/City Hall Project $8,594.78
Reimbursements and Payments      
Kaufman, L. Wayne   Police – Canince Maintenance Expense $96.49
May, Jeff   Police – CID Clothing Allowance $280.83
Ruf, Jack   Admin. – Reimubursement $22.51
TOTAL     $478,516.37