Council Meeting Minutes
November 13, 2018

The regular meeting of the St. Matthews City Council was held on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.  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

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 – absent 

Susan Clark – City Clerk
John Singler – St. Matthews Attorney
Chief Barry Wilkerson – St. Matthews Police Department
Kenan Stratman – St. Matthews Director of Public Works
Judi Kassebaum – St. Matthews Business License and Occupational Tax Specialist

Gary Major – Resident                                              
Don McCauley – Resident
Amy Olson – Resident and Councilman Elect
Cathi Clark – Resident and Councilman Elect
Kelly Brothers – St. Matthews/Eline Library Manager


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 October 23, 2018 meeting.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Monohan.

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


Mayor Tonini thanked the members of the City Hall Administration Staff for working under difficult circumstances during the building remodel. 

Dan Lane, Executive Director of Dominion Senior Living, announced there will be a grand opening soon and are currently accepting resident applications.  The address is 6000 Hunting Road in the City of Northfield.  Northfield is located at Kentucky State Road 42 and the Watterson Expressway. 

Mayor Tonini introduced Ms. Amy Olson and Ms. Cathi Clark who were elected as councilmembers on November 8, 2018.  Their term of office will begin on January 1, 2019. 

Mark Heidinger, a resident of Winchester Road, asked for continued assistance with speeding.  Busses have been documented going 40-50 miles per hour by the St. Matthews Police.  He is willing to have a permanent speed limit sign placed in his yard.  Mayor Tonini said he will have the flashing speed trailer placed at that location to remind people to slow down as a temporary way to address speeding.  The smart trailer is effective in reminding people they are going over the speed limit.  Mr. Heidinger also asked for someone to review drainage issues in the dip in the road.  During sudden heavy rains events, water pools.



Mayor Tonini relayed there will be a committee meeting regarding this matter on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.  in the 2nd floor conference room at City Hall.  A final draft is expected to be available in December. 



                                    BUSINESS LICENSES AND OCCUPATIONAL TAX                         1st Reading

Mr. Singler began the discussion relaying the document before the councilmembers updates an ordinance that originated in the 1950’s.  It is an attempt to simplify and seek clarity on a topic that has many individual circumstances.  It also needs to follow modern law.  A policy document was created to deal with individual issues as they arise.  Criteria was developed to make determinations of applicability going forward.  Judi Kassebaum, St. Matthews Business License and Occupational Specialist reminded those present business license renewals reminders are mailed in January of each year. 

Councilman Weiter made a motion to accept this and introduction and 1st reading of Ordinance 18-10.  The motion was 2nd by Councilman Nay. 

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



The employees of the St. Matthews Public Works Department accomplish a variety of tasks including leaf pick-up, snow removal, grass cutting, storm debris clean-up, landscaping and general maintenance of the parks and city owned building.  Currently, the department is down 4 employees.  Two employees are on Worker’s Comp, one employee recently retired, and another employee resigned after accepting another position.  Being down 4 employees during leaf pick-up season is problematic and the city wants to do the best job possible for residents during this time.  Terry Ridgeway, Supervisor of the Public Works Department, recommended the son of his cousin who is looking for temporary work.   Mayor Tonini previously suggested this scenario go before the members of the Ethics Committee for their recommendation.  After their review, all 3 members concurred that this is acceptable within current guidelines for temporary employment but that it should be approved by members of the city council.  Councilman Monohan made a motion to accept MO 18-25.  His motion was seconded by Councilman Bowling and Weiter.

Upon Voice Vote:  (7-0) 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 of $ 653,371.81.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Nay. 

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


  • Councilman Holland mentioned a person who indicated interest in renting the house at 169 St. Matthews Avenue backed out of the agreement. He has some other ideas on recruiting additional candidates.
  • Councilman Monohan said the bid prices for the Brown Park playground and park improvements came back much higher than expected. The plan is to wait until the spring of 2018 and renegotiate. The baseball stadium is progressing.  It should be completed by March of 2018.  Mayor Tonini relayed he would like come sort of covering blocking the view of the Public Works yard. 
  • Councilman Bowling mentioned that the St. Matthews 911 Police Dispatch office was moved with no problems. The number of applications received for 1 opening as a police officer was 47.  Of those applications, 33 will be interviewed between December 26th and December 28th.  A high-end car thief was apprehended by the St. Matthews Police Department.  Approval was given to order 5 Dodge Durango’s because the Ford Explorers will not be ready until 2020.  There will be savings of about $4,500 per vehicle by going with the Durango’s.


Mr. Singler had nothing additional to report.          


Mayor Tonini relayed acquisition of property for use as a right-of-way on Primrose is taking place.  There is no definitive timeline for the purchase of the property.  The tenant of the rental property at 201 Thierman Lane is requesting a new floor and ceiling panels.  The flat roof has drainage problems and will need to be remedied before a new ceiling is installed.  John Singler will review the lease before the city commits to repairs. Volunteers from half-way houses will be utilized during leaf season.  A city vehicle was purchased from the state contract.  A very nice letter was received from a resident thanking the city council members for all the services supplied to the residents and business owners.


Councilman Weiter made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Nay.  Upon Voice Vote: (7-0) the motion carried, and the meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Clark, City Clerk

Richard Tonini, Mayor

NOVEMBER 13, 2018      
counter-signed by the City Clerk authorizing payment of the below listed invoices:  
A Plus Paper Shredding   Admin. – Paper Destruction $415.00
AAMCO   Works – Vehicle Repair $570.55
All State Ford   Works – Repair $141.03
American Legion Post – Zachary Taylor   Admin. – Grant Funding Request $1,000.00
ASHE Derby City   Works – Annual Dues for Stratman $45.00
AT&T   City Hall/Comm. Center – Phones $756.74
Baumann Paper Company   Works – Canliners $2,497.04
Bill Collins Ford   Police – Vehicle Repairs $404.32
Bob Hook Chevrolet   Police – Vehicle Repairs $3,632.82
Christmas Done Bright   Brown Park – Decorations $13,028.00
Cincinnati Bell Inc.   Admin. – Maintenance Contract $280.92
Citation Equipment, Inc.   Works – Parts $15.60
Coca Cola Distributors   City Hall – Soda Machine Drinks $381.25
Core & Main   Stadium – Drainage Piping $2,215.18
Dukes A & W   Works – Hydraulic Auger Motor $267.78
Foxy Manufacturing Inc.   Works – Industrial Rakes (24) $484.61
Frank Otte Nursery   Brown Park  – Chrysantemums $35.70
Geoghegan Roofing Corporation   Rental – Chimney Cap for 179 St. Matt $562.00
Goodyear   Police – Vehicle Repairs $1,872.83
Guardian Insurance Company   All – Life/Long/Short Insurance $7,854.75
Home Depot   Works – Supplies $36.44
Jefferson County League of Cities   Admin. – Annual Meeting Invoice $495.00
Jefferson County PVA   Admin. – Tax Assessment Invoice $50,000.00
JR Hoe and Sons, Inc.   Works – Grate and Frame $476.00
KEMI   All – Worker’s Comp Invoice $11,101.68
Kentucky Municipal Clerk’s Association   Admin. – Diploma for City Clerk $100.00
Kentucky Shakespeare   Admin. – Program for Community $1,500.00
KIPDA Clerk’s Assocation   Admin. – Annual Luncheon Meeting $33.00
KY League of Cities Insurance Services   Police – Add vehicle to Ins. Pool $62.40
Leonard Brush and Company   Comm. Center – Supplies and Materials $929.84
LG&E   Works – Gas and Electric $675.11
Louisville Gas & Electric   Works – Streetlights/Electric $29,155.33
Louisville Tractor   Works – Supplies and Materials $334.75
Louisville Water Company   Works – Water and Fire Hydrant $7,937.35
Lowe’s   Works – Supplies $1,420.49
Marlin Business Bank   Admin. – Copy Machine Charge $136.00
Miller Company   Admin./Police –  Copy Machine Charge $481.46
Mirazon   Admin. – Computer Upgrades $55,312.46
MST Awards   Admin. – Name Plates for Attorneys $16.00
Musco Sports Lighting   Admin. – Grant Funding Request $229,900.00
Napa Auto Parts   Works – Supplies and Materials $716.61
Office Depost   Admin./Police – Office Supplies $760.40
PNC Bank   All – Credit Card Charges $4,298.69
RCS Communications   Police – Dispatch Radio Move $1,908.50
Rumpke   Works/Parks – Garbage and Portalets $94,240.34
S & J Lighting   Works – Supplies $69.84
Saf-Ti-Co   Works – Signs and Cones $500.35
Security Systems, Inc.   Works/Police – Monitoring $74.00
Singler & Ritsert   Admin. – City Attorney Fees $3,707.40
Spectrum Business   Works/Police – Monitoring $179.98
Studio Kremer Architects   Library – Architect Invoice $6,150.60
Sweep All, Inc.   Works – Street Cleaning $712.50
The Courier-Journal   Admin. – Annual Subscription $411.14
Tony’s Wrecker Service   Police – Towing $306.00
Total Office Products   Police – Office Supplies $186.93
Trans Union   Police – Investigative Tool $232.45
Treez   Works – Tree Trimming $200.00
United Healthcare   All – Health Insurance    $94,222.46
Verizon   All – Service $1,697.13
Welders Supply   Works – Compressed Air $33.48
Wex Bank   All – Fuel for Vehicles $15,138.44
Wilson Equipment   Works – Service on Hoe $1,017.37
Windstream   City Hall – Telephone Charge $15.87
Library/City Hall      
Foundation Building Materials   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
Graybar   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
KV Flooring, Inc.   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
Plumbers Supply Company   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
Precision Wall Systems   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
Sullivan & Cozart   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
Valcom Enterprises   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
Willis Klein   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
Reimbursements and Payments      
Jones, Eddie   Police – Reimbursement for Notary Seal $26.90
TOTAL     $653,371.81