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Kansas Association of Counties

Governing Board Meeting

November 23, 2003

Redbud Room

Sheraton Overland Park Hotel

Overland Park


President Wade Dixon called the meeting to order at 9:00 am.  Guests to the meeting were John Miller, Wallace County Commissioner and Patrick Sherman, pre-conference workshop presenter from Phoenix, Arizona. Johnson County Board of Commissioners Chairman Annabeth Surbaugh welcomed the board and all KAC attendees to Johnson County and the KAC annual conference. She stressed the importance, interdependence and cooperation of all rural and urban counties in Kansas.  Chairman Surbaugh introduced our special guest Colleen Landkamer, Commissioner of Blue Earth County, Minnesota and 2nd Vice President, of the National Association of Counties.  Mrs. Landkamer advised of NACo’s Legislative Conference February 27th – March 2nd at the Washington Hilton and the Annual Conference in Phoenix from July 16th to July 21st.  She also advised all counties of the ability to access volume pricing through NACo’s U.S. Communities program. 


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 Administrator

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



Others present:


Randall Allen, KAC Executive Director

Marla Flentje, KAC Education Director

Judy Moler, KAC Legislative Services Director/General Counsel

Michelle Brown, Conference Planner

Dennis Kriesel, Public Health Policy Fellow

Kendra Maikori, Administrative Assistant

Shelley Sterbenz, Administrative Assistant

Scott Kenefake, Legal Intern


Approval of the Consent Agenda


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:

1.                        President and Executive Director to attend the annual NCCAE Presidents/Executive Directors meeting in Washington, D.C. on January 7-9, 2004

2.                        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 people attended.

·        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 attendees.

·        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 ourselves.  


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