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Kansas Association of Counties
Governing Board Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
KAC Conference Room, 300 SW 8th Ave.
President Gene Merry called
the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. Board members present were as
Michele Abbott-Becker, Marion County Emergency Management/Homeland Security Director
Joe Connor, Unified
Government Health Department Administrator
Terry David, Rice County EMS Director
Ted Ensley, Shawnee County Commissioner
Shannon Francis, Seward County Commissioner
Steve Garten, Barber County Commissioner
Larry McAulay, Johnson County Director of Legal Services
Gene Merry, Coffey County Commissioner
Dennis Peterson, Riley County Noxious Weed Director
George Pogge, Jefferson County Road Superintendent
Gary Post, Lyon County Appraiser
Florence Whitebread, Geary County Commissioner
Tom Winters, Sedgwick County Commissioner
John Miller, Norton County
KAC staff and others present:
Randall Allen, KAC Executive Director
Judy Moler, KAC General
Counsel/Legislative Services Director
Rob Mahoney and Andy Carter, Haake Benefits Consulting Group, Overland Park
ADDITIONS/DELETIONS TO AGENDA
Florence Whitebread moved, seconded by Dennis
Peterson, to approve the meeting agenda as presented. Motion carried.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Joe Connor moved, seconded by Ted Ensley, to approve
the January 20, 2006, meeting minutes as
corrected, to reflect the April APCO meeting will be in Junction
City not Garden City. Motion carried.
APPROVAL OF BILLS AND PAYROLL
In the absence of Finance
Committee Chair, John
Miller, Tom Winters
gave the monthly report on the bills and payrolls for February 14, 2006. Commissioner Winters moved, seconded by
Terry David to approve the bills and payrolls for February 14, 2006. Motion
MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENT
Executive Director Allen
presented the Monthly Financial Report for January, 2006. Florence Whitebread moved,
seconded by Larry McAulay, to accept and place on file the Monthly Financial
Report for January, 2006. Motion carried.
PRESENTATION OF THE HEALTH INSURANCE POOL FEASIBILITY
Randall Allen introduced Rob Mahoney from the Haake Benefits Consulting Group. Haake has conducted the feasibility study for
the KAC to determine if the KAC should move forward in forming a health
insurance pool for county employees. The study was approved last fall at a cost
not to exceed $10,000, with $5,000 coming from KAC funds and the remaining
$5,000 split evenly between KCAMP and KWORCC.
Rob Mahoney gave a detailed presentation of the study findings.
Based on the findings, Haake recommended the following:
1) Initiate a discussion with
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas to determine if BC/BS would
interest in establishing a health pool for Kansas counties. If successful, this arrangement would
probably receive the greatest level of interest from KAC member counties.
Definite benefits would be the retention of desired networks and plan designs.
Possible benefits could be a negotiated “relaxed” medical underwriting for
smaller groups, introduction of a claim experience “modifier” for small groups,
and generally spreading the risk among a greater base which should achieve
efficiencies and produce greater rate stability.
2) Distribute a Request for Information (RFI) to
selected vendors including insurers and TPAs.
primary focus of the RFI would be network capabilities and desire to offer a
pooled arrangement. Ideally, this information would be captured in a manner
that would accommodate a comparison of BCBS/KS penetration by county throughout
Mahoney indicated that both
steps 1 and 2 would be done on behalf of the KAC for no additional cost to the
KAC. Tom Winters moved, seconded by Ted
Ensley to authorize the Haake Group to follow-up on the two recommendations
listed above. Motion carried. Ted
Ensley also asked Randall
Allen to follow-up with
the League of Kansas Municipalities to ascertain their interest in developing
AFFILIATE RELATIONS REPORT
recommendations for the committee. The Affiliate Relations Committee determined
its mission “to be the liaison between the KAC Board of Directors and the
affiliate/associate members and the Kansas County Officials Association.” The Committee offered several
1) be a spokesperson for bringing issues to the
board from the affiliate/associate members of
2) work with the conference committee to plan
presentations that affiliate/associate members
like to see at the KAC Annual Conference.
3) continue with the affiliate member reports at
the KAC Board meeting with the possibility of
expanding to include commissioner district reports.
4) encourage the affiliate/associate members to
participate as non-voting members on the
5) encourage greater participation from all
affiliate/associate members at the KAC Annual
6) encourage participation from all
affiliate/associate members in the KAC education program.
7) be a liaison between the KAC and the KCOA.
This would include: inviting KCOA to the
annual board meeting in December; dual sponsorship of County Government Day;
invite members of KCOA to the KAC Annual Conference; and propose a joint annual
conference in the future.
Shannon Francis moved, seconded by Florence Whitebread
to adopt the recommendations of the Affiliate Relations Committee. Motion carried. President Gene
Merry thanked the members of the committee for their work. Members included Dennis Peterson, chairman; Gary Post, Joe Connor; Terry David; George Pogge; and Michele Abbott-Becker.
Randall and Judy spoke of
several pending bills that are of importance to county government. Testimony on some of these bills has been
posted on the KAC website. The
consolidation bill is on Senate General Orders and set to be debated this
week. The Machinery and Equipment Exemption
bill is on House General Orders with the amended language providing for a
“slider” that makes up county losses for the next 5 years with a gradual
decrease each year. The City of
Tribune/Greeley County unification bill is to be heard this afternoon.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Executive Director Allen
indicated that 2006 county dues notices were mailed out along with a cover
letter from President Merry. As of January 19, 38 counties had remitted their 2006 dues totaling
$143,916.35. He asked that board members keep him informed as counties make
their decisions about membership. In particular, he wants to know whether
non-member counties have rejoined or whether any county needs more information
on which to make their decision about membership.
Randall indicated that the
annual Compensation Study was underway with the Austin Peters Group acting as
contractor to the KAC. He urged counties which had not yet responded to the
survey to do so as soon as possible. Randall briefed the committee on the
status of The Kansas Collaborative and the activities of the four Breakthrough
KAC AFFILIATE/ASSOCIATE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
Board members representing
the non-commissioner affiliate organizations shared information with the
board. Information included the
Michele Abbott-Becker (KEMA):
Clarification is being sought concerning the use of E-911 wireless funds and
the data which have been purchased with these funds, and whether or not the
data can be shared for other county purposes (e.g. appraiser’s functions, other
GIS functions. For it not to be allowed would seem to be a contradiction of the
goals of the Kansas Collaborative.
Larry McAulay (CCAK): The CCAK’s mid-year meeting is in Salina in June. Larry
attended a hearing on SB 353, concerning counties’ ability to maintain a
website and grant free access to certain court records. Larry is looking for a win-win situation for
counties and the Kansas Supreme Court. The Office of Judicial Administration is
clearly looking for revenues to support court operations.
George Pogge (KCHA): The
KCHA’s annual conference is May 9-10, 2006 in Junction City. He anticipates that a presentation about the Kansas
Collaborative and the Transportation Breakthrough Team will be conducted on May
9. George mentioned the recent signing of a KCHA/KDOT memorandum of
understanding for the Road Scholar program.
Terry David (KEMSA): Terry mentioned that KEMSA was concerned
about the reporting of wage and salary data for various EMS
service personnel throughout Kansas. He said that some services run 12-hour shifts while
others are 24-hour shifts and that we needed to make sure we are reporting
compensation accurately. The KEMSA is
holding a March 4 workshop, Legal Aspects of EMS, in Wichita.
Gary Post (KCAA):
Agriculture values for 2006 are now out. Dryland cultivated land and pasture
values are down rather dramatically. The KCAA is working on the legislation to
restore the 5-member (currently 3-member) BOTA board during this legislative
Joe Connor (KALHD): The KAHLD has hired a full time Assistant
Executive Director to work with Edie Snethen. He said that the regionalization
issues involving bioterrorism are still brewing, as the bioterrorism regions do
not always conform to other boundaries.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:30 p.m.
March 17, 2006