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Kansas Association of Counties
Governing Board Meeting Minutes
KAC Conference Room
6206 SW 9th Terrace
Topeka, Kansas 66615
Ted Ensley called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.
Board members present were as follows:
Addis, Labette County Commissioner
Billinger, Ellis County Treasurer
Calhoon, Atchison County Sheriff
Davis, Finney County Commissioner
McGinn, Sedgwick County Commissioner
Dixon, Greeley County Counselor
Ensley, Shawnee County Commissioner
Filbert, Jefferson County Health Department Administrator
Linda Fincham, Marshall County Register of Deeds
Merry, Coffey County Commissioner
Miller, Norton County Commissioner
Peckman, Miami County Clerk
Peterson, Riley County Noxious Weed Director
Post, Lyon County Appraiser
Saldan, Johnson County Deputy Counselor
Sitts, Edwards County Public Works Director
Geary County Commissioner
KAC Board Member Not Present:
Messamore, Sherman County Emergency Management Director
KAC staff present:
KAC Executive Director
Moler, KAC Legislative Services Director/General Counsel
APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA
Kathy Peckman, seconded by Florence Whitebread, to approve
the August 13, 2004 Consent Agenda, including the June 25, 2004 meeting minutes
and the Report of Bills and Payrolls dated August 13, 2004. Motion carried.
APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL
Treasurer Mike Billinger moved, seconded by Kathy Peckman, to approve the Monthly
Financial Report for the periods ending May 31 and June 30, 2004. Motion carried.
PROPOSED BYLAWS AMENDMENT
Commissioner Jerry Carson, Labette County, was already present,
presentation of a proposed amendment to the KAC Bylaws, as recommended by the
Kansas County Commissioners Association, was advanced on the agenda. Commissioner Carson informed the board of the
proposed bylaw amendment (attached to minutes). The board discussed the
proposed amendment and asked questions of Commissioner Carson. In order for the
bylaws amendment to be discussed and voted on at the KAC Business Meeting, November
22, 2004 at
the Annual Conference, 21 counties must pass a resolution asking for it to be
voted upon. There were many questions and concerns, but the KAC Board took no
position at this time.
KDOT CONTRACTS WITH COUNTIES
Larry Emig, KDOT Director of Local Projects, brought to the Board
updated contracts that will be circulated to the counties between KDOT and the
Bureau of Local Projects, dealing with the five-year plans. These contracts have not been updated since
the 1970’s. A task force that included
county commissioners (Gene Merry, Lonie Addis and Ken
Meier) as well as county highway officials reviewed and had input into the new
article will be written and published in the County Comment in September. After that time, the contracts will be sent
2005 LEGISLATIVE POLICY PROCESS UPDATE
Moler reported that the recent August Primary Election produced many changes in legislators and with county
commissioners. This will change the landscape for the next legislative year.
checks for the period July 1 – July 31, 2004 have begun to come in to the KAC
office from the wireless companies and are due by Monday, August 16. The CBIZ contract for software development is
on schedule and should allow us to know where to remit the checks to PSAPs by September 15.
The KAC Legislative
Policy Committee will have its final meeting on August 20,
2004. After that time, the platform will be
prepared in draft form and sent to all counties.
Kenefake has taken a job as Advocacy Director for the American Heart
Association. His last day with the KAC will
be August 30, 2004.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES
Addis briefed the board on the recent NACo Annual Conference
He provided the board with a schedule of events that he attended at the
Addis asked for authorization for him to attend the next NACo
Board meeting in Lake County, Illinois.
Mickey Billinger moved, seconded
by Jerry Davis, to authorize travel expenses for Lonie
Addis to attend the NACo Board meeting in Lake County, Illinois in December, 2004.
DISCUSSION OF GROUP HEALTH
Randall indicated that he had been working with an insurance
broker, The Bukaty Agency, to secure quotations for
group employee health insurance coverage for KAC employees. The KAC’s current group health insurance coverage is through
the Principal Financial Group. Randall said that he was still awaiting
receipt of the premium quotations and asked that this matter be deferred until
the September meeting, at which time he would present quotations and ask for
the board to consider changing insurers as of October
KANSAS HEALTH FOUNDATION GRANT APPLICATION
Randall briefed the board on contact he had with the Kansas
Health Foundation in Wichita concerning a follow-on grant to the initial
$150,000 grant from the Foundation to finance the KAC’s
Public Health Policy Fellowship. The initial grant has largely financed the
program, including Public Health Policy Fellow Dennis Kriesel’s salary and benefits the past
couple years. The Foundation has responded by inviting the Association to apply
for a $60,000 grant.
Lonie Addis moved, seconded by Kathy Peckman, to authorize the
Executive Director to submit a grant application to the Kansas Health
Foundation in the amount of $60,000 to partially finance the Public Health
Policy Fellowship for the period January 1, 2005 and thereafter. Motion carried.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Director briefed the board on several items, as follows:
is no change in the status of the Kansas Human Rights Commission case,
Pamela J. Hatfield
v. the Kansas Association of Counties. A response was
filed some time ago, and the Commission has not notified the Association of any
finding or other action since that time.
2) Randall indicated that he had met
recently with KDHE Secretary Bremby to discuss the
disagreement that the Association and KDHE had over the open records status of
documents relating to the feedlot composting program; to discuss possible 2005
legislative issues of common interest, including strategies for improving
immunization rates in Kansas and legislation to modernize archaic statutes
dealing with quarantine; and to discuss plans for improving communications
between KDHE and county officials.
3) Randall indicated that he made recently
met with consultants for the Kansas Board of Regents concerning community
college out-district tuition and Extension service
programs at KSU. He explained that the KAC’s
Legislative Policy Committee had recently had a lively discussion about pressing
harder to eliminate community college out-district tuition. The Higher
Education Reform Act had contemplated a dial-down of the out-district tuition
program (25% each year, from $24 to $18 to $12 to $6, and then zero) but that
state budget constraints had stopped implementation in the middle – with the
rate holding at $12. It is the feeling
of the KAC’s 2005 legislative policy committee that
it is time for the state to step-up and fund the Higher Education Reform
package adopted by the Legislature a few years ago, and thereby eliminate
out-district tuition paid by counties.
Counties with community colleges within their borders are most
concerned, however, that the out-district tuition program not go away if the State
fails to pick up its share. Otherwise, property taxpayers in counties with
community colleges will have an even higher tax burden. These concerns were
conveyed to the consultants.
second issue had to do with the Extension Service, and the growing feeling that
its mission is creeping, and that counties are being asked to finance a greater
share of the program cost, especially in light of budget reductions through
KSU. The concern is that counties are being asked to assume a greater share of
the cost, when many county commissioners do not understand the rationale for
funding Extension programs in the first place.
Commisssioner McGinn related her experience in
Sedgwick County, saying that in their situation,
they were tired of being asked for more money from the Extension Service and
would rather that the Extension Service re-prioritize
the monies that the County provides. In other words, counties should not have
to assume the budget cuts made by the State through KSU. These thoughts were conveyed to the
consultants to the Regents.
4) Randall asked the Board to consider
endorsing the creation of a new organization – the Kansas Jail Association –
which is in its inception. The Kansas
Jail Association’s purpose is to facilitate networking and education among
detention facility professionals in county jails across Kansas, by offering educational programs
and sharing information to persons responsible for jail operations. Randall explained that the Kansas
Sheriffs Association has encouraged development of the Kansas Jail
Association. Randall requested permission for the KAC
to help the Jail Association get started by promoting it and recommending it to
member counties. The board agreed, and Randall said that an article would appear
in an upcoming issue of the County Comment.
Randall said that field work on the 2003 audit was completed, and
that auditors would be presenting the audit report at the September
meeting of the Board in Topeka.
Randall indicated that the Kansas Department of Transportation
(KDOT) had inquired as to the Association’s position if KDOT were to collapse
the management of the modal programs (aviation, mass transit/bus, and rail)
into one unit in KDOT, rather than continue to maintain three separate units
within KDOT’s organizational structure. Allen indicated
that he saw no reason to oppose such a reorganization,
as it made sense. Board members agreed that Allen should communicate support
for such reorganization to Secretary Miller at KDOT.
further business, the meeting was adjourned at 12:14 p.m.
Judy A. Moler, Legislative Services Director/General
Carolyn McGinn, Board Secretary
September 10, 2004