CITY OF ST. MATTHEWS
Council Meeting Minutes
September 28, 2021

A meeting of the St. Matthews City Council was held in-person on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. The following people were present:

MAYOR
Richard J. Tonini

CITY COUNCIL
Councilmember Bernie Bowling – absent                              Councilmember Stuart Monohan
Councilmember Cathi Clark – absent                                    Councilmember Mary Jo Nay
Councilmember Frank Flynn                                                Councilmember Amy Olson
Councilmember Tim Holland                                               Councilmember Tony Weiter

OTHER OFFICIALS
Carrie Ritsert – St. Matthews City Attorney
Barry Wilkerson – Chief – St. Matthews Police Department
Susan Clark – St. Matthews City Clerk/Treasurer

OTHER ATTENDEES
Pat Chapman – Resident
Gary Major – Resident
Josh Suiter – Chamber of St. Matthews
Elizabeth Cleary – Chamber of St. Matthews

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

MINUTES

A motion was made by Councilmember Nay to approve the minutes from the September 14, 2021 council meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Olson.

Upon Voice Vote: (5-0) the motion carried. Councilmember Weiter abstained from voting due to having been absent from the meeting.

ADJOURN FROM REGULAR MEETING

Councilmember Weiter made a motion to adjourn from the regular meeting to commence with the public hearing. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Nay.

Upon Voice Vote: (6-0) the motion carried, and the regular meeting adjourned at 7:03 p.m.

CONVENE INTO PUBLIC HEARING ON 2021-2022 AD VALOREM TAX

Councilmember Monohan made a motion to convene into the public hearing for the purposes of discussing the 2021-2022 St. Matthews Ad Valorem Tax. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Nay.

Upon Voice Vote: (6-0) the motion carried, and the meeting began at 7:04 p.m.

Mayor Tonini began the discussion by reviewing circumstances. The Jefferson County Office of the Property Valuation Administrator (PVA) planned to complete reassessments of properties in the St. Matthews area in the Spring of 2020. Due to the arrival of covid-19, the reassessments were delayed until Spring of 2021. Property owners were notified by the Office of the PVA if there was any change in value to a specific property. Mayor Tonini went on to say in the past the City of St. Matthews has approved a tax rate of 20 cents per $100 of assessed value on the property as assessed by the Jefferson County PVA. If the St. Matthews tax bill was paid in the month of October, the property owner was eligible for a 40% discount. The tax bill moves to face value during the months of November and December. Starting January 1 of the following year, penalties and interest are added to the face value. Keeping the tax rate the same as last year could possibility increase revenue slightly in the 1% or less range due to the increase of property values. Discussion followed regarding the benefits of the discount to property owners. Councilmember Flynn brought up the possibility of adding a graduated discount in the months of November and December. For logistical reasons, it is not possible to implement for this fiscal year but may be considered in the future. No one from the public choose to speak to the matter of the Ad Valorem Tax rate. Councilmember Weiter made a motion to adjourn from the Ad Valorem Public Hearing. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Nay.

Upon Voice Vote: (6-0) the motion carried, and the public hearing adjourned at 7:15 p.m.

RECONVENE INTO REGULAR MEETING

Councilmember Nay made a motion to reconvene into the regular meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Weiter.

Upon Voice Vote: (6-0) the motion carried, and the regular meeting reconvened at 7:15 p.m.

PUBLIC MEETING COMMENTS

Elizabeth Cleary with the Chamber of St. Matthews gave an update on the Halloween in Brown Park event scheduled for October 23rd. Sponsorships are not coming in as quickly this year as in past years probably due to covid-19. On another matter, attendance increased at the most recent movie night. Goosebumps is schedule to play on October 15th. Additionally, Ms. Cleary has been asked to make a presentation to other Chamber organizations on remaining flexible while implanting events.

Resident Gary Major asked St. Matthews Public Works Director Kenan Stratman to work with Louisville Metro to have cross bars painted in the newly paved Louisville Metro streets around Baptist Hospital and Brown Park.

PENDING BUSINESS

DISCUSSION ON TRINITY HILLS SUBDIVISION DRAINAGE ISSUE

Mayor Tonini stated there are no new developments on this project.

ORDINANCE 21-06                     RESET OF HOURS FOR CERTAIN ESTABLISHMENTS – TABLED

ORDINANCE 21-07                     2021-2022 FY AD VALOREM TAX         CARRIE RITSERT, ATTORNEY
                                                 2nd Reading

Ms. Ritsert summarized Ordinance 21-07 which would set the tax rate for the 2021-2022 fiscal year budget. Councilmember Nay made a motion to accept this as 2nd reading and to set the tax rate at 20 cents per every $100 of PVA assessed value with a discount of 40% if paid in the month of October. The tax bill moves to face value for the months of November and December with penalties and interest starting January 1, 2022. Councilmembers Olson and Weiter seconded the motion.

Upon Voice Vote: (6-0) the motion carried.

EXPENDITURES

Councilmember Nay made a motion to approve the expenditures listed and have checks drawn on the city’s treasury in the total of $290,444.28. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Weiter.

Upon Roll Call Vote: (6-0) the motion carried. Yes Votes: Councilmembers Flynn, Holland, Monohan, Nay, Olson, and Weiter. No Votes: None.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

· Councilmember Holland relayed the rental house on St. Matthews Avenue has been leased by a schoolteacher.
· Councilmember Monohan has set a Parks Committee meeting for Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall.
· Councilmember Flynn brought up reported speeding on Winchester Road. Part of Winchester is in Louisville Metro and part is in St. Matthews. Speed humps and solar radar detectors were discussed.

CITY ATTORNEY’S REPORT

· Ms. Ritsert mentioned about 80 businesses have been contacted about delinquent Business Licenses and submission of Occupational Tax quarterly reporting. That number is up from years past.

MAYOR’S REPORT

Mayor Tonini reported the elevator at City Hall is nearing completion. The cab has been installed. A sprinkler system in the shaft must be installed as well.

ADJOURNMENT

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

Upon Voice Vote: (6-0) the motion carried, and the meeting adjourned at 7:49 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Clark, City Clerk
Richard Tonini, Mayor

SEPTEMBER 28, 2021
BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE MAYOR DRAW WARRANTS on the City Treasury,
counter-signed by the City Clerk authorizing payment of the below listed invoices:
American Legal Publishing Corp   Admin. – Annual Dues for On-Line $350.00 
Anderson’s Sale & Service   Works – Supplies and Materials $230.90 
AT&T   City Hall/Comm. Center – Phones $1,323.96 
ATCO   Works – Herbicide $1,848.00 
Auxiant   All – Health Insurance (2 months) $226,339.11 
Cintas   Works – Supplies and Materials $1,224.38 
Clifford Distributing   Works – Supplies and Materials $330.07 
Coca-Cola Distributing   Admin. – Coke Machine Drinks $546.07 
Dean Dorton   Admin. – Partial Audit Fee $5,000.00 
Delta Dental of Ky.    All – Dental Insurance $4,901.42 
Derby City Pressure Wash   Comm. Center – Clean Exhaust System $134.25 
Evident   Police – Evidence Pouches $328.21 
Galls   Police – Uniform Components $349.99 
Gulf States Distributors   Police – Training Equipment $2,900.00 
Harris Computer Systems   Admin. – Check Printing Fee $179.35 
Johnson Controls   Works – City Hall A/C $417.00 
Legal & Liability Risk Management Institute   Police – Training (1) $150.00 
Leonard Brush & Chemical Co.   Works – Supplies and Materials $173.61 
Lexis Nexis   Police – Investigative Tool $113.00 
Louisville Water Company   Works – Water $1,642.16 
Miller Company   Police – Copy Machine Charge $38.94 
Mission BBQ   Works – Retirement Lunch 2 Employees $253.80 
Mobile Forensic Solutions   Police – Investigative Tool $160.00 
Natural Products   Works – Fill Dirt $348.00 
RCS Communications   Police – Radio’s $67.00 
Saf-Ti-Co   Works – Signs $14,260.38 
Security Pro’s   Works – Monitoring $1,215.56 
Sherwin Williams   Works – Paint $46.82 
Sign-A-Rama   Works – Signage $82.00 
Sparkle Brite   All – Vehicle Wash $274.00 
Spectrum   Works – Monitoring $165.52 
Staples   Admin. – Office Supplies $94.25 
Sweep All, Inc.   Works – Street Cleaning $1,800.00 
The Courier-Journal   Admin. – Legal Ad’s $170.30 
T-Mobile USA Inc.   Police – Investigative Work $210.00 
Total Office Supplies   Police – Office Supplies $427.07 
Trans Union   Police – Investigative Tool $732.30 
Tree Care, Inc.   Comm. Center Park – Tree Trimming $1,696.00 
Verizon   All – Cell Phones and MDT’s $2,535.31 
Voiance   Police – Interperatation Consult $7.50 
Welder’s Supply   Works – Compressed Air $38.67 
Wex Bank   All – Fuel for Vehicles $16,968.11 
Willis Klein   Works – Supplies and Materials $144.71 
Reimbursements and Payments    
Cundiff, Billy   Police – Reimbursement for Printer $200.00 
Cushman, Larry   Police – Reimbursement SWAT supply $26.56 
TOTAL   $290,444.28