Council Meeting Minutes
September 11, 2018

The regular meeting of the St. Matthews City Council was held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.  The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m. by Mayor Rick 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 – Chief, St. Matthews Police Department
Jack Ruf – St. Matthews Planning and Zoning Officer

Gary Major – Resident
Don McCauley – Resident
Josh Suiter – Chamber of St. Matthews
Robert Orr – Resident
Ashley Jackson – Resident
Kelly Brothers – Manager, St. Matthews/Eline Library Branch
Kent Hall – Candidate for 7th District Louisville Metro Council
James Craig – 3rd District Candidate for JCPS Board
Unknown Attendees


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


A motion was made by Councilman Weiter to approve the minutes from the August 28, 2018 meeting.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Nay.

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


Christine Trudeau of Lake Terrace expressed lack of satisfaction with the dumpsters being overfilled at Westbury Apartments.  Mr. Ruf mentioned he had received a previous complaint on this issue.  Westbury Apartments deal directly with their trash hauler and the City of St. Matthews is not involved with their arrangements.  Pictures were distributed for verification of the condition.  Chief Wilkerson said he would have officers drive thru and Mayor Tonini said he would have Code Enforcement follow-up.

Alma Hardin of S. Hubbards Lane complained about possible renters moving in to 309 S. Hubbards Lane.  The home is owned by Oxford House and is intended to be occupied by recovering addicts.  Jack Ruf did obtain details about this situation and the home can be shared by up to 8 adults with possible children.  Currently Oxford House plans to house 7 men.  Ms. Hardin inquired about the sufficiency of the driveway for 7 adults. Mr. Ruf said the driveway can handle up to 4 vehicles maximum.  A representative of Oxford House said most of their residents do not drive and rely on public transportation.  John Singler, Attorney for the City of St. Matthews said the federal 1988 Fair Housing Law protects people in this situation.  Numerous challenges to the law have only upheld the law.  Councilman Monohan said he had a similar situation next door to his home for about 6-7 years and the residents presented no problems for his family or the neighborhood.  Another resident inquired if resident names are compared to a sex offender list.  It is unknown what criteria Oxford House uses to place residents.  Mr. Ruf said air b-n-b rules do not apply and they would be monitored following the rules and regulations of any other renter. 



Mayor Tonini reported the rainwater from the storm on Saturday night, September 8th breached the berm at the rear of the property on Trinity Hills Lane.  Neighbors have been invited to attend a meeting to be held September 19 to discuss water runoff in this neighborhood.  An open format will be observed and people can come and go as their schedule permits.    



Mayor Tonini read a proclamation honoring the achievements of the members of the St. Matthews Little League 12-year-old baseball team who had a District 2 Title win.  They were interviewed by ESPN and had an overall 12-2 record.  Mayor Tonini then presented each team member with a letter congratulating the individual. 


Mr.  Singler summarized MO 18-19 which would approve a grant request from the Louisville Metro Library for the new library addition.  Louisville Metro has $ 300,000 in a separate account which is going to the library addition.  The $ 700,000 is to be donated directly from Louisville Metro.  Councilman Monohan made a motion to accept MO 18-19.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Holland.   

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

 ORDINANCE 18-08                 2018 AD VALOREM TAX                        JOHN SINGER, ATTORNEY

                                                1st Reading

The tax rate for property tax must be set each fiscal year.  Additionally, councilmembers for the City of St. Matthews review and approval a possible discount.  The tax rate for the 2017-2018 fiscal year was 20 cents for every $100 of PVA asses value.  The discount was set at 45% to give people a chance to recover from the rather large property value hikes received by the Office of the Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator.  Councilman Monohan asked to see a comparison of revenue generated by corresponding discounts.  City Treasurer Susan Clark responded it would be made available tomorrow.  Councilman Weiter made a motion to approve a tax rate of 20 centers per every $100 of PVA assessed value with a corresponding

40 % discount if paid by October 31, 2018.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Bowling. 

Upon Voice Vote:  (7-0) the motion carried, and this completed the 1st reading of Ordinance 18-08.

ORDINANCE 18-09                 CHAPTER 92 REVISION OF                 JOHN SINGLER, ATTORNEY

                                                CONNECTION to STREETS and SIDEWALKS – 1ST            Reading

The purpose of this ordinance is to update Chapter 92 regarding regulations for connection streets and sidewalks.  Councilman Monohan made a motion to accept this as first reading of Ordinance 18-09.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Weiter.

Upon Voice Vote:  (7-0) the motion carried, and this completed the requirement for 1st reading.


Councilman Bowling made a motion to approve the expenditures listed and have checks drawn on the city’s treasury in the total of $ 153,300.09.  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 the property at 169 St. Matthews Avenue is currently available. The driveways of both rental houses will be paved in the coming weeks.
  • Councilman Bowling mentioned the 911 Dispatch office is schedule to move to their new location on or about September 21st. The Police Department will be hiring 2 new part time dispatchers and 1 full-time dispatcher. 
  • Councilman Nay interjected the deadline to have information to her for the fall newsletters is Friday, September 14, 2018. A recommendation will be forthcoming for a part-time person to hire to aid with communication projects.
  • Councilman Flynn will set an insurance committee meeting for some time soon.


 Mr. Singler had nothing to report.      


Mayor Tonini said the Kentucky League of Cities annual conference will be next week in Louisville.     


Councilman Weiter made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Monohan.

Upon Voice Vote: (7-0) the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 8:17 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Clark, City Clerk

Richard J. Tonini, Mayor

SEPTEMER 11, 2018      
counter-signed by the City Clerk authorizing payment of the below listed invoices:  
Atco International   Works – Soap $174.60
B & K Printing   Police – Business Cards $75.00
Best Stamp Company   Admin. – Endorsement Stamps $39.05
Bound Tree Medical   Police – Narcan Spray $1,288.10
Chapman Heating and Cooling   Works – Rental Home Repairs $188.10
Coco Cola Refreshments   City Hall – Cola Machine Drinks $722.00
Earth First   Works – Top Soil $200.00
Galls   Police – Uniform Parts $2,390.28
Home Depot   Works – Supplies and Materials $221.42
Jefferson County League of Cities   Admin. – Annual Dues $1,000.00
JR Hoe & Sons   Works – Drainage Grates $452.00
Kentucky Emergency  Services Conference   Police – Training for J. Newman $100.00
Kiesler’s Police Supply, Inc.   Police – Supplies $1,035.60
Louisville Gas & Electric   Works – Electric for City $29,366.94
Lowe’s   Works – Supplies and Materials $1,250.00
Marlin Business Bank   Admin. – Copy Machine Rental $136.00
Miller Company   Admin./Police – Copy Machine Charge $200.08
Mirazon   Admin. – Computer Upgrade Expenses $3,138.75
Office Depot   Admin. – Office Supplies $120.97
Pep Boys   Works – radar machine $62.41
PNC Bank   All – Credit Card Charges $3,789.03
RCS Communications   Police – Radio and Radio Repair $291.00
RSL Enterprises ( Forfeiture Account)   Police – Forfeiture Analysis $1,382.50
Rumpke   Works – Garbage and Portalets $94,390.34
Singler & Ritsert   Admin. – August 2018 Invoice $3,321.30
Southern Police Institute   Police – Investigation Training for 2 $2,590.00
Sprigler Door Service   Works – Door Repair $469.50
Trans Union   Police – Investigative Tool $236.95
Treez   Works – Tree Removal after Storm $1,700.00
TruGreen   Brown Park – Treatment $163.00
Valvoline   All – Vehicle Maintenance $544.38
Willis Klein   Works – Supplies and Materials $843.68
Library/City Hall      
Sullivan & Cozart   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
Willis Klein   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
Valcom Enterprises   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
Thermal Equipment Sales, Inc.   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
The Window & Door Center   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
Precision Wall Systems   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
Plumbers Supply Company   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
Graybar   Works – Library/City Hall Project  
Studio Kremer Architects   Works – Library/City Hall Project $2,397.60
Reimbursements and Payments      
Mapid, Mario   Police – National Night Out Expense $132.00
May, Jeff   Police – Reimbursement for Cuff Case $63.94
Smith, Jonathan   Police – CID Allowance $585.53
Tonini, Frank   Works – Reimbursement $238.04
TOTAL     —————