Council Meeting Minutes

May 8, 2018

The regular meeting of the St. Matthews City Council was held on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.  The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Rick Tonini.  The meeting was held at St. Matthews City Hall, 3940 Grandview Avenue.  The following people were present: 


Richard J. Tonini


Councilman Bernie Bowling

Councilman Frank Flynn

Councilman Tim Holland  

Councilman Shaun McKiernan

Councilman Mary Jo Nay

Councilman Stuart Monohan

Councilman Tony Weiter

Councilman Pat Wissing 


Susan Clark – City Clerk

John Singler – St. Matthews Attorney

Barry Wilkerson – St. Matthews Chief of Police

Jack Ruf – St. Matthews Planning and Zoning Officer


Paula McLemore – Resident                                                              Ann Richard – LD&D

Gary Major – Resident                                                                       Dr. Sean McGuire

Dwayne Fleck – Resident                                                                   

Mike Small – Resident                                                                                   

Josh Suiter – Chamber of St. Matthews                                            

Kelly Brothers – Manager of the Eline-St. Matthews Library                       

Cliff Ashburner – Representing Dr. Sean McGuire

Jeff O’Brien – Director of Develop Louisville

Joe Haberman – Louisville Metro Planning & Design

Deborah Bilitski – Waterfront Development Corporation


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE                       

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


A motion was made by Councilman Nay to approve the minutes from the April 24, 2018 meeting.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Monohan.

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

A motion was made by Councilman Nay to approve the minutes from the May 1, 2018 caucus meeting.

Upon Voice Vote:  (7-0) the motion carried. Councilman Weiter abstained from voting because he was not present.


Develop Louisville Director Jeff O’Brien stepped forward to address the council members regarding the status of the Louisville Metro 2040 Comprehensive Plan.  The fruition of 2 years’ worth of input from the community-at-large, elected officials, and business leaders are coming to the crescendo as the Louisville Metro 2040 Comprehensive Plan held a public hearing on April 16th. By Kentucky statute, there is a 90 day window for the governing legislative authority of Louisville Metro and 12 other municipalities in Jefferson County with zoning authority to approve the plan.  Mr. O’Brien further explained the 2040 Comprehensive Plan is the big-picture map that will be referenced for planning purposes.  This plan replaces Cornerstone 2020. 

Resident Gary Major asked the council who is responsible for the cemetery at Brown Park.  Mayor Tonini explained the land was donated to the city years ago and St. Matthews Public Works mows the grass etc.  Mr. Major relayed that there had been some discussion on social media that is needs some repairs.  Councilman Stuart Monohan, Chairman of the Parks Committee, said that discussion had already taken place about the need to address some issues with the cemetery wall.  Mayor Tonini said he would have St. Matthews Public Works Director Kenan Stratman make an assessment of action items for the plot for repair and maintenance.

Paula McLemore said a nearby house on Oxford Place has had a large dumpster in the driveway since November 2017.  Her son Griffin McLemore has been in contact with St. Matthews Code Enforcement Officer Jack Run on this issue.  Mr. Ruf said there are no time limits currently in the St. Matthews Ordinance regarding dumpsters.  Apparently the resident passed and the family is disposing of contents of the house.  It is believed that the dumpster has been emptied 4 times since November.  Mr. Ruf also interjected that he is working with Attorney John Singler to strengthen the ordinance addressing dumpsters and it will include a time-frame for drop-off and removal.  He is working towards having a draft prepared to the council members by May 22, 2018.    



There was no pending business on the night’s agenda.



Cliff Ashburner representing Dr. Sean McGuire, owner for Physicians Center for Beauty, came forward to address the council members.  Dr. McGuire has purchased the property at 224 Chenoweth Lane formerly known as Thorpe Interiors.  The area currently used for parking and the current green space will be flipped.  The current cinder block building in the rear of the property will be demolished. Landscaping will be planted along Elmwood.  Councilman Nay inquired about drainage.  Ann Richard from Land Development and Design and representing Dr. McGuire said a basic yard drain will be implemented but the drainage will follow its current pattern to a nearby vacant lot.  It was learned the dumpsters will be along the back alleyway.  Mr. Ashburner did request relief from Binding Element #4 to allow the applicant to apply for a demolition permit.  Binding element # 4(d) is redundant and does not appear to be needed.  Councilman Monohan made a motion to accept MO 18-11 removing demotion permit from binding element #4 and deleting 4(d).  The motion was seconded by Councilman Holland. 

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



Councilman Bowling made a motion to approve the expenditures listed and have checks drawn on the city’s treasury in the total amount of $ 209,779.80.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Nay.

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


  • Councilman Holland relayed he received quotes for waterproofing the basements of both houses owned by the City of St. Matthews on St. Matthews Avenue. The assessment of the house at 169 St. Matthews indicates only half of the basement needs to be waterproofed. The house at 179 St. Matthews Avenue apparently needs to have the entire house waterproofed.      
  • Councilman Weiter asked that an updated garbage ordinance be included with the dumpster ordinance. Mr. Ruf replied he is also developing an ordinance addressing garbage concerns and that it may or may not be included in the same ordinance.  Both issues will be available for council review very soon.
  • Councilman Bowling said the MRAP is undergoing updates. Costs associated with the MRAP will be shared equally with the City of Jeffersontown.  Chief Wilkerson is working on an updated employee handbook.
  • Councilman Nay mentioned the newsletters should be in homes now.


Mr. Singler had nothing further to report. 


Mayor Tonini had nothing further to report. 


Councilman Bowling made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Weiter. Upon Voice Vote:  (8-0) the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Susan Clark – City Clerk


Richard Tonini – Mayor

MAY 8, 2018      
counter-signed by the City Clerk authorizing payment of the below listed invoices:  
Alpha Card   Police – Panel Ribbon $212.39
AT&T    Comm. Center/City Hall – Phones $538.09
Benovation   All – Health Insurance Addendum $1,053.10
Central Business Systems   Admin. – Postage Machine Maintenance $863.00
CH20   City Hall – Maintenance on Water System $318.00
Charles Guelda & Sons   City Hall – Plumbing Problem $269.96
Clark & Riggs   Admin. – Newsletter Printing $1,936.00
Coca Cola Distributing   City Hall – Supplies  for Machine $518.25
Cross Chrsyler Jeep   Police – Oil Change $42.13
Galls   Police – Uniform Parts $4,340.59
Goodyear Auto   Police – Vehicle Repair $1,875.30
Home Depot   Works – Supplies and Materials $120.92
Kiesler’s Police Supply   Police – Annual Ammo Purchase $18,727.97
Lawrence and Associates   Wors – Curb and Gutters on Sears Ave. $16,938.75
Leads On-Line   Police – Annual Fee Investigative Tool $2,848.00
Lewis Seed Company   Works – Fescue $154.24
Louisville Gas & Electric   Works – Utilities for City $32,949.76
Louisville Tractor   Works – Tubing $11.76
Louisville Water Company   Works – Water   $199.21
Lowe’s   Works – Supplies and Materials $3,411.59
Magruder Heating & Air   Works – Rental House Repair $204.00
Miller Company   Police/Admin. – Copy Machine/Copies $8,853.70
Mini Mix   Works – Concrete $210.56
Mirazon Group   City Hall – Computer System  $2,061.25
Mobile Forensic Solutions   Police – Examination $225.00
MPC Promotions   Police – Uniform Parts $17.00
NAPA   Works – Supplies and Materials $715.43
Office Depot   Admin. – Copy Paper $83.97
PrintWorx   Admin. – Saint of STM Proclamations $175.00
RCS Communications   Police – Radio’s and Radion Repairs $7,666.36
Rumpke   Parks – Port-a-lets $91,545.31
S & D Coffee   Police – Coffee $154.01
Security Systems   Admin. – Repair on Panel $208.00
Sherwin Williams   Works – Paint $196.75
Singler & Ritsert   Admin. – Legal Services $4,417.20
Sirchie Fingerprinting   Police – Currency/Coin Bag $145.18
Spectrum   Police/Works – Monitoring $179.98
Thoroughbred Engineering   City Hall – Engineering for Expansion $2,545.00
Total Office Products   Police – Office Supplies $262.86
Verizon Wireless   All – Cell Phone Service $1,060.05
Welders Supply   Works – Compressed Air $32.40
Willis Klein   Works – Supplies and Materials $99.77
Library/City Hall      
Reimbursements and Payments      
Jost, Beth   Admin. – Newsletter $700.00
Tonini, Frank   Works – Reimbursement $642.02
Wilkerson, Barry   Police – Reimbursement for Power Strip $49.99
TOTAL     —————–