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Association of Counties
November 23, 2003
Board members present were as follows:
Lonie Addis, Labette County Commissioner
Mike Billinger, Ellis County Treasurer
Rod Broberg, Saline County Appraiser
John Calhoon, Atchison County Sheriff
Jerry Davis, Finney County Commissioner
Wade Dixon, Greeley County Counselor
Ted Ensley, Shawnee County Commissioner
Eileen Filbert, Jefferson County Health Department
Linda Fincham, Marshall County Register of Deeds
Frances Garcia, Reno County Commissioner
Dean Kruse, Norton County Commissioner
Gene Merry, Coffey County Commissioner
Paula Phillips, Douglas County Emergency Management Director
Kathy Peckman, Miami County Clerk
Florence Whitebread, Geary County Commissioner
Board members absent due to illness were as follows:
Joe Brunk, Sedgwick County Noxious Weed Director
Ron Sitts, Edwards County Public Works Director
Randall Allen, KAC Executive Director
Marla Flentje, KAC Education Director
Judy Moler, KAC Legislative Services Director/General
Michelle Brown, Conference Planner
Dennis Kriesel, Public Health Policy Fellow
Kendra Maikori, Administrative Assistant
Shelley Sterbenz, Administrative Assistant
Scott Kenefake, Legal Intern
Florence Whitehead moved to accept the Meeting Agenda as
presented. Jerry Davis seconded. Motion carried. Paula Phillips moved to
approve the Consent Agenda; Rod Broberg seconded; Motion carried.
Approval of Minutes – June 27, 2003
Request for Out of State Travel Authorization:
President and Executive Director to attend the annual NCCAE
Presidents/Executive Directors meeting in Washington, D.C. on January 7-9, 2004
President, NACo Representative, Executive Director, and General
Counsel/Legislative Services Director to attend the NACo Legislative Conference
in Washington, D.C. on February 28 – March 3, 2004.
Staff Report: Marla Flentje presented the Third
Quarter, 2003 Kansas County Government Institute Report.
Executive Management Series Focuses on Employment Mediation –
there were 33 people from a wide array of counties that completed the seminar.
County Commissioners Learn About Land Use Planning – 21
commissioners attended the workshop.
Supervisors Learn Skills for Enhancing Employee Performance – 77
Knock Your Socks Off Service in County Government – 12 attendees.
Everything You Wanted to Know About County Government But Were
Afraid to Ask – 28 participants.
Customized Professional Development for Sedgwick County Continues
Elk County Strategic Planning
Reno County Managers Learn About Conflict Management – 30
Reelection to the IPMA-HR Board of Directors – Marla was once
again elected to serve a one-year term as board secretary of the Kansas Chapter
of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources.
Marla advised that more email service would be utilized with
fewer brochures to save money on postage. She also presented the surveys from
some of the above classes.
Randall Allen presented the annual conference overview and
instructions for the KAC Executive Board.
Judy Moler reviewed the protocols for adopting KAC’s 2004
Legislative Policy Statement.
Randall confirmed the meeting date for the annual
reorganizational meeting (Thursday, December 28, 2003 at noon in the KAC offices) and the joint meeting with the Board of the League of Kansas Municipalities
December 18-19, 2003 at the Capital Plaza. Also, new board members will be
meeting earlier on Thursday before the regular noon board meeting.
Randall also presented a suggested meeting schedule for 2004
to be adopted at the December meeting. It was suggested that there be two
out-of-town meetings instead of one.
The 2004 Operating Budget Proposal was presented for
discussion and finalization at the December meeting. Ted Ensley asked that
NACo be contacted for comparisons to our demographics. Mrs. Colleen Landkamer
suggested KAC consult with NACo’s Research division. Randall advised that
revenues are down and measures are being taken to control costs, especially in
the Education department. Ted asked that we show where the fees are used. We
need to define what we are about, promote ourselves. Ted advised again that
the board agenda should be about policy, not small details. President Dixon
also said we are all in this together and agreed we need to show more of
President Dixon reported on a recent meeting of the Kansas
Advisory Council on Intergovernmental Relations. Cities, schools, counties,
state legislators agree that we have a consensus on similar issues and
questions on structure as printed in the statutes. He said we are all talking
about the same things.
Judy Moler advised that the Legislative Interim Committees
are working on 1) the collection of sales taxes on motor Vehicles and it has
been recommended that there be a shift from the dealers to the county
treasurers, 2) streamlined sales tax, 3) Property tax on senior housing, 4)
local sales tax uniformity, 5) Property tax on storm damage, 6) KORA – Kansas
Open Records Act is in Representative Vickrey’s committee again, 7) 911 excise
tax, with the possibility that Harvey County may implement a tax, 8) CDDO’s
(Community Developmental Disability Organization) is on-going, and 9) one judge
per county is still an issue.
President Dixon adjourned the meeting at 11:41 a.m.
Kathy Peckman, KAC Board Secretary