Council Meeting Minutes
September 10, 2019

The regular meeting of the St. Matthews City Council was held on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. The meeting was called to order at 7:01 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

John Singler – St. Matthews Attorney
Barry Wilkerson – Chief of Police
Jack Ruf – St. Matthews Planning and Zoning Officer

Fred White – Resident
Chris Braun – Resident of Maryhill Estates
Elizabeth Cleary – Chamber of St. Matthews


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 August 27, 2019 meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Clark.

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


Chris Braun, resident of Maryhill Estates, inquired about the use of golf carts in the City of St. Matthews. Mayor Tonini informed Mr. Braun 1st reading of a low speed vehicle ordinance was accomplished at the last meeting. Questions arose that need to be addressed and discussion was tabled for the September 10, 2019 meeting. Resident Fred White asked if the proposed ordinance also covered scooters. Attorney John Singler responded the ordinance addresses low speed vehicles that meet certain standards. The ordinance would address machines that match that criteria. Mr. Braun mentioned that he is generally agrees with the regulations placed by Louisville Metro except for night time driving. He believes golf carts with headlights and brake lights should be allowed on residential streets. Councilmember Holland said there likely will be restrictions for golf cart use on more heavily traveled roads for safety reasons.

Elizabeth Cleary, Chamber of St. Matthews, relayed progress is being made on the Halloween in Brown Park event to be held October 26th. Also, preliminary action is happening for Light Up St. Matthews to be held Saturday, December 7th.



No discussion took place due to the topic being tabled.

ORDINANCE 19-06                                      MAINTENANCE STANDARDS and NUISANCE ORDINANCE – Tabled

No discussion took place due topic being tabled.

ORDINANCE 19-10                                      GOLF CART ALLOWANCE – Tabled

No discussion took place due to topic being tabled other than in public comments.

ORDINANCE 19-11                                      FINANCIAL INVESTMENTS          JOHN SINGLER, ATTORNEY
                                                                            ALLOWANCE- 2nd Reading

Mr. Singler read by summary Ordinance 19-11 adopting a financial investment policy which allows the city to enter into the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) investment trust pool as well as other financial arrangements should the decision be made. Councilmember Nay made a motion to accept this as 2nd reading and approval of Ordinance 19-11. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Holland and Bowling.

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


ORDINANCE 19-12                                      2019-2020 AD VALOREM           JOHN SINGLER, ATTORNEY
                                                                  TAX RATE- 1st Reading

Mr. Singler summarized Ordinance 19-12 indicating the compensating rate of .20 cents per $100 of PVA assessed value does not require a hearing due to the numbers being equal. Councilmember Bowling made a motion to introduce and accept this as 1st reading of Ordinance 19-12 with a rate of .20 cents per $100 of PVA assed value of each property and include a 40% discount if paid by October 31, 2019. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Holland.

Upon Voice Vote: (8-0) the motion carried. The 2nd reading will be at a special meeting to be held September 18, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.


Councilmember Bowling made a motion to approve the expenditures listed and have checks drawn on the city’s treasury in the total of $317,981.43 The motion was seconded by Councilmen Weiter. It was noted a duplicate entry to LG&E was included on the list of bills and should be removed.

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


· Councilmember Clark mentioned the Insurance Committee has been working on health insurance quotes for the next renewal period.
· Councilmember Bowling said the test for sergeants is being developed. The Police Department will be hiring 4 additional part-time officers. A couple of officers are out on medical leave. There will be an event, Coffee with the Cops, at McDonalds in the Best Buy Center on October 2. Additionally, there will be a Crime Prevention Session with the St. Matthews Police Department at the Mall St. Matthews on October 3, 4, 5, 2019. Two arrests have been made related to recent car break-ins. A person was arrested for stealing packages from front porches.
· Councilmember Nay relayed Independence Bank will be having an event on September 11 at 10:00 a.m. related to the time capsule that will not be opened for 100 years.
· Councilmember Flynn stated Anthem Insurance did return with a competitive health insurance premium quote matching the current monthly amount invoiced by United Healthcare. The Insurance Committee will meet to finalize the recommendation.
· Councilmember Olson articulated most of the furniture ordered has been delivered. The Community Meeting rooms have furniture as well as the 2 conference rooms.


Mr. Singler said adopting Ordinance 19-11 allows the city to comply with state law by creating an investment policy.


Mayor Tonini mentioned he has been in talks with Code Enforcement Officer Jack Ruf about creating a Code Enforcement Board so that the City of St. Matthews has more involvement and control over complaints. This would tie in with the nuisance ordinance which is currently pending. Mayor Tonini further went on to add that bids are being accepted for improvements to Primrose Road and the replacement of the roof at the old City Hall on Thierman Lane. On another subject, Louisville Metro has painted the stop bars at the intersection of Bowling Blvd, Browns Lane, and S. Hubbards Lane. Also, 2 slightly used leaf vacs were purchased to increase the number of back-ups that could be need when leaf season is in full gear. Lastly, Mayor Tonini directed the councilmembers to sign and return the Open Records acknowledgement forms to City Clerk Susan Clark. Councilmember Bowling said Louisville Metro needs to look into restriping Kresge Way and Bowling Blvd.


Councilmember Monohan made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Nay and Weiter.

Upon Voice Vote: (8-0) the motion carried, and the meeting adjourned at 7:49 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Clark, City Clerk
Richard Tonini, Mayor

SEPTEMBER 10, 2019      
counter-signed by the City Clerk authorizing payment of the below listed invoices:
AT&T   City Hall/Comm. Center – Phones $728.97
Baptist Health Occupational Medicine   Works – Random Drug Testing $84.00
Coco-Cola   Admin. – Drinks for Machine $220.25
Cudiff Electric   Brown Park – Emergency Call Station $195.00
Golden West Industrial Supply   Police – Flashlights $312.88
Guardian Insurance Company   All – Life/Long/Short Term Insurance $4,096.97
Hall Contracting (MAPS)   Works – Street Resurfacing $130,048.10
Home Depot   Works – Supplies and Materials $577.54
J R Hoe & Sons   Works – Grate & Frame $174.00
KEMI   All – Workers Comp Invoice $14,666.96
L & W Supply Construction   Works – Supplies & Materials $51.64
LG&E   Works – Electric $31,754.74
Louisville Metro EMS (Forfeiture Funds)   Police – Instructor Training $900.00
Louisville Water Company   Works – Water $286.05
Lowe’s   Works – Suppies and Materials $1,328.26
Marlin Business Bank   Admin. – Copy Machine Rental $136.00
Miller Company   Admin/Police – Copy Machine Charge $242.31
Miracle Recreation   Brown Park – Playground Equipment $1,835.88
Mirazon   Admin. – Microsoft Maintenance Fee $2,670.44
Natural Products   Works – Fill-In Dirt $377.00
NeoPost USA, Inc.   Admin. – Post Machine Charge $251.85
Quality Inn   Police – Training Expense $286.00
RCS Communications   Police – Radio’s/Repairs $425.00
Rumpke   Works/Brown Park – Portalet/Garbage $92,889.76
Security Pro’s   City Hall/Brown Park – Monitoring $8,860.65
Singler & Ritsert   Admin. – City Attorney Fees $4,093.00
Spectrum   City Hall/Works – Monitoring $104.99
St. Matthews Fire Protected District   Police – SRT Training Expenses $4,125.00
TruGreen   Browns Park – Maintenance $163.00
Watch Guard   Police – Vehicle Maintenance $220.00
Wex Bank   All – Fuel for Vehicles $15,679.21
Library City Hall      
Reimbursements and Payments      
Hageman, Rick   Police – CID Clothing Allowance $161.98
Robinson, Charles   Police – Training Reimbursement $34.00
TOTAL     $317,981.43