Council Meeting Minutes
November 26, 2019

The regular meeting of the St. Matthews City Council was held on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 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


Carrie Ritsert – St. Matthews Attorney
Eddie Jones – Major, St. Matthews Police Department
Jack Ruf – St. Matthews Planning and Zoning Officer
Susan Clark – St. Matthews City Clerk/Treasurer


Gary Major – Resident                                                         Officer Julie Cobaugh – SMPD
Patrick Chapman – Resident                                                Officer Chris Harr – SMPD
Anne Clark – Resident                                                         Officer Chuck Mann – SMPD
Christine Larson – Resident                                                 Major Eddie Jones – SMPD
Kate Leitner – St. Matthews/Eline Library                           Major Tony Cobaugh – SMPD
Jode Ballard – LC Community                                             Detective Mark Richardson – SMPD
Tanner Nichols – Attorney for LC Community
Matt Wolfe – Representing LC Community


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


A motion was made by Councilmember Nay to approve to the minutes from the November 12,

2019 regular meeting and November 19, 2019 caucus meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Weiter.

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


Kate Leitner, Manager of the St. Matthews/Eline Library stated the Art of Film Posters are on display thru Sunday, December 1, 2019. A ballerina from the Louisville Ballet will read a version of “The Nutcracker” on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Mrs. Claus will be at the library to greet children on December 10 at 7:00 p.m. The pre-school story time on Wednesday’s continues to be very popular at both the 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. scheduled times as well as baby story time held on Thursday’s at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Ms. Leitner went on to report comparative stats from October 2017 to October 2019 indicate circulation has increased but the door count as decreased slightly. The children’s story times had the highest number of attendees in the system even when the story times were moved off site during the renovation/building process

Gary Major, resident, mentioned Light-Up St. Matthews will be held Saturday, December 7 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.



No discussion took place due to the topic being tabled.

ORDINANCE 19-10                                              GOLF CART ALLOWANCE – Tabled

No discussion took place due to topic being tabled.

ORDINANCE 19-14                                             RDDDP 400 & 1000 MALLARD                   CARRIE RITSERT, ATTORNEY
                                                                         CREEK ROAD – 2nd Reading

Carrie Ritsert, attorney for the City of St. Matthews, summarized for 2nd reading Ordinance 19-14 mentioning the lighting parameters have been reduced as well as hours of alcohol sales and the acceptability of noise levels. Councilmember Nay asked for clarification regarding outdoor entertainment. Councilmember Bowling asked St. Matthews Planning and Zoning Officer Jack Ruf to verify previous binding elements were incorporated into the current plan. Mr. Jack Ruf affirmed that all applicable binding elements have been included such as items that affect Gaslight Square condominiums. Councilmember Monohan inquired about incorporating two different types of requests on the application in the ordinance. Mr. Ruf summarized Ordinance 19-14 confirming that one point of the ordinance is a request for rezoning the area around the clubhouse and the 2nd part of the ordinance is addressing the Revised Detailed District Development Plan due to the two separate lots on either side of Mallard Creek Road. Jode Ballard acknowledged it is responsibility of representatives of LC Community to be considerate to residents and respond accordingly. Councilmember Weiter made a motion to accept Ordinance 19-14. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Holland.

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


MUNICIPAL ORDER 19-17                            APPT of OFFICER JULIE COBAUGH                  C. RITSERT, ATTORNEY

Major Eddie Jones introduced Officer Julie Cobaugh to those present. Officer Cobaugh started her law enforcement career in 1995 working in the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. She joined the Jefferson County Police Department in 1997 and held various police positions during her tenure there. She retired from LMPD in 2015 and recently has been working part-time for the City of Prospect. Councilmember Monohan made a motion to accept MO 19-17. The motion was seconded by Councilmembers Clark and Weiter.

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

MUNICIPAL ORDER 19-18                            APPT of OFFICER PAUL “CHRIS” HARR            C. RITSERT, ATTORNEY

Major Jones shared Officer Harr’s career biography indicating he had worked with the Jefferson County Police Department and then LMPD over a span of 28 years. During that time, he was on the SWAT team, and became the team leader for the Sniper Unit as well as platoon leader for Adam District. He also is owner of Care Security Services and recently worked part-time for the City of Prospect. Officer Harr is married with children and grandchildren. Councilmember Monohan made a motion to accept MO 19-18. The motion was seconded by Councilmembers Weiter and Clark.

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

MUNICIPAL ORDER 19-19                           APPT of OFFICER CHARLES                               CARRIE RITSERT, ATTORNEY
                                                                 “CHUCK” MANN

Officer Mann worked with the Jefferson County Police Department and then LMPD retiring as a Lieutenant after serving for 21 years per Major Jones. Officer Mann is a graduate of Southern Police Institute and the University of Louisville. He also worked with the U of L Police Department. He is married with 4 children. Councilmember Monohan made a motion to accept MO 19-19. The motion was seconded by Councilmembers Clark and Weiter.

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


Councilmember Bowling made a motion to approve the expenditures listed and have checks drawn on the city’s treasury in the total of $411,546.98 The motion was seconded by Councilmembers Nay and Clark.

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


· Councilmember Weiter inquired about the possession of the old street signs when new street signs have been erected. Mayor Tonini relayed the following process has been defined. An article will appear in a future St. Matthews newsletter informing interested parties that if they would like take possession of an old street sign to call City Hall and express that desire. Public Works Director Kenan Stratman will collect those names for a period of time. That period of time has not yet been undetermined. A date will be selected for the drawing for each street sign. All interested parties will have their name placed in a pot and one winner for each street sign will be randomly selected. The process of replacing all residential street signs will have to be completed before this system can be set in place. The time frame to complete the installation of all new street signs could take 1 to 2 years. Councilmember Weiter also inquired if the new houses proposed to be built on Sherrin Avenue must abide by subdivision deed restrictions. St. Matthews Planning and Zoning Officer Jack Ruf referred the question to John Singler who was not present.
· Councilmember Bowling stated part-time officers have started. Three juveniles have been arrested in connection to rifling thru cars and it was all thanks to a citizen who called in reporting suspicious activity. A plan for holiday traffic has been formulated and will be implemented this week. The St. Matthews Police Department is lead on a Toys for Tots campaign that will culminate with a motorcycle ride on December 1st.
· Councilmember Nay mentioned she is working with representatives from the Reach Alert system to show “St. Matthews” on call ID’s instead of a random number. This way residents who choose to receive a phone call will know it is information being passed along and not miss the message instead of the message going to voice mail.


Ms. Ritsert had no additional comments at that time.


Mayor Tonini had no additional comments at that time.


Councilmember Bowling 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 7:53 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Clark, City Clerk
Richard Tonini, Mayor

NOVEMBER 26, 2019      
counter-signed by the City Clerk authorizing payment of the below listed invoices:
A Plus Paper Shredding   Police – Proper Record Disposal $89.00
Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield   All – Health Insurance $143,310.90
APCO International   Police – Annual Renewal (L. Richardson) $94.00
AT&T   City Hall/Comm. Center – Phones $1,370.31
B & K Printing   Police – Citation Books $482.15
Bachman Auto Group   Police – Repair Work $1,165.01
Baptist Health Occupational Medicine   Police/Works – Testing/Vaccinations $4,404.20
Batteries Plus   Police – Batteries $19.99
BMS, LLC   All – Health Ins. Administrative Fee $350.25
Bound Tree Medical   Police – Supplies $243.60
BUDS Police Supply (Forfeiture Funds)   Police – 5 Vortex Razor and Tikka Tac $16,800.00
Center for Education & Employment Law   Police – Annual Renewal $159.00
Clifford Distributing   Works – Supplies and Materials $698.58
Earth First   Works – Midnight Mulch $720.00
Flynn Brothers   Works – Cold Patch $113.30
Foxy Manufacturing   Works – Rakes $483.56
Galls   Police – Uniform/Parts $896.85
Insight Public Sector   Police – MDT Connectivity Annual Fee $1,061.52
Johnson Controls   Comm. Center – Inspections (2) $640.40
Kiesler’s Police Supply, Inc.   Police – Rifle Supplies (Forfeiture) $5,057.94
KIPDA Clerk’s Assocation   Admin. – Meeting for Mayor and Clerk $60.00
Lexis Nexis   Police – Investigative Fee $117.50
LG&E   Works – Street Lights $2,143.72
Louisville Armory   Police – Range Rental Fee $24.00
Louisville Metro EMS   Police – CPR Certification $72.00
Louisville Water Company   Works – Water $3555.52
Metropolitan Compounds   Works – Deicer Case $545.57
Miller Company   Admin/Police – Copy Machine Charge $156.22
Natural Products   Works – Fill Dirt $87.00
Nugent Sand Company   Works – Stone $656.44
PNC Bank   All – Supplies and Materials $4,627.12
RCS Communications   Police – Radio Part $288.35
Saf-Ti-Co   Police – Cones (Forfeiture Funds) $1,098.00
Security Pro’s   Works – City Hall Monitoring $1,161.89
Security Systems   Police/Works – Monitoring $74.00
Spalding Companies   Admin. – Frames for Proclamations $823.17
Spectrum   Police/Works – Monitoring $254.97
St. Matthews Exterminating   Comm. Center – Pest Control $85.00
Staples   Admin. – Office Supplies $235.52
Stephens & Lawson, PSC   Admin. – Administrative Work $1,687.50
The Courier-Journal   Admin. – Annual Delivery Fee $406.50
Tony’s Wrecker Service   Police/Works – Towing $1,150.00
Total Office Products   Police – Office Supplies $344.84
Total Truck Parts   Works – Grease Cap Kit $35.89
Triump Contracting Company   Works – Primrose Improvements $203,665.75
TruGreen   Brown Park – Lawn Maintenance $163.00
Verizon   All – Cell Phones/MDT’s $2,655.86
Victoria’s Catering   Admin. – Event $6,177.26
Visco   Police – 2 Vehicle Kits $350.30
Welder’s Supply   Works – Compressed Air $33.48
Library City Hall      
Reimbursements and Payments      
Bowling, Kevin   Police – Polygraph Test $125.00
Bratcher, Mark   Police – Polygraph Test $125.00
Glauber, Stephen   Police – Polygraph Test $125.00
Richardson, Mark   Police – CID Uniforms $275.05
Sanders, John   Police – Reimbursement – Rife Stand $75.00
TOTAL     $411,546.98