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Kansas Association of Counties
Governing Board Meeting Minutes
Friday, June 26, 2006
Conference Room B, Holiday Inn Express
Kansas City, Kansas
President Gene Merry called
the meeting to order at 9:05 p.m. Board members present were as
Joe Connor, Unified
Government Health Department Administrator
Ted Ensley, Shawnee County Commissioner
Larry McAulay, Johnson County Director of Legal Services
Gene Merry, Coffey County Commissioner
Dennis Peterson, Riley County Noxious Weed Director
Gary Post, Lyon County Appraiser
Florence Whitebread, Geary County Commissioner
Tom Winters, Sedgwick County Commissioner
Michele Abbott-Becker, Marion County Emergency Management/Homeland Security Director
Terry David, Rice County EMS Director
Shannon Francis, Seward County Commissioner
Steve Garten, Barber County Commissioner
John Miller, Norton County
George Pogge, Jefferson County Road Superintendent
KAC staff and others present:
Randall Allen, KAC Executive
Judy Moler, KAC General
Counsel/Legislative Services Director
Mike Hammond, Executive Director, Association of Community Mental
Health Centers of Kansas
Dave Johnson, CEO, Bert Nash
Community Mental Health Center (Lawrence)
Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas
Edie Snethen, Executive Director, Kansas Association of Local Health Departments
TeamTech, Inc., on behalf of The Kansas Collaborative
WELCOME TO WYANDOTTE COUNTY AND KCK
Mayor Joe Reardon of the
Unified Government of Wyandotte County/KCK welcomed the KAC Board. He spoke of tourism and economic development
that has occurred in Wyandotte County since the consolidation. He explained the use of tax
increment financing (Star bonds) and also shared future plans for the
ADDITIONS/DELETIONS TO AGENDA
moved, seconded by Larry McAulay to approve the meeting agenda as
presented. Motion carried.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Dennis Peterson moved,
seconded by Tom Winters, to approve the April 26, 2006, meeting minutes. Motion carried.
APPROVAL OF BILLS AND PAYROLL
Tom Winters indicated that
he, Ted Ensley, and Gene Merry had reviewed the report of bills and
payrolls dated April 26, 2006 earlier that morning and found them to be in order. Tom Winters moved, seconded by Florence
Whitebread, to approve the bills and payrolls for June 16, 2006 as
submitted. Motion carried.
MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENT
Executive Director Allen
presented the Monthly Financial Report for May, 2006. Tom Winters moved, seconded by Larry McAulay, to
accept and place on file the Monthly Financial Report for May, 2006. Motion
FOCUS SESSION: THE KANSAS
TeamTech, Inc., gave an update about the work of the Kansas Collaborative,
including the four breakthrough teams:
1) GIS; 2) Transportation; 3) Community Capacity-Building Pilot (Harvey County), and 4) Medical Costs for Jail Inmates and Juvenile
Offenders. Highlights of her presentation were as follows:
1) The KAC and TeamTech worked to get the Phase
II grant proposal for GIS to Jim Hollingsworth
and the Information Network of Kansas prior to the June 1, 2006 deadline. The second phase grant request is for
$100,000. The INK Board is expected to consider all grant applications and
award grants in late July or August. The final of six GIS Outreach workshops
was held recently in Chanute, and the response of counties and cities to the
GIS initiative has been very strong. The conversation about how to work
together to get and share data is well underway.
2) The Community-Capacity Building (CCB) Team is
reformulating its goals, intentions, and work plans. On June 20, 2006, Randall,
Kathleen and Joel will be meeting with Harvey County Commission Chair Marge
Roberson, Health Department Administrator Rita Flickinger, County Administrator
Craig Simons, the Mayor and Vice Mayor of the City of Newton, and John Waltner, Special Projects Director of Harvey County, to hear
their comments and receive their guidance about the best way to proceed in
Harvey County. This will result in a revised charter proposal for the CCB
3) The Transportation
Breakthrough Team is waiting KDOT to provide information on the overlay projects
KDOT is doing throughout the State in both 2006 and 2007. This is going to be
posted to a website as soon as possible so local entities can better plan and
coordinate projects (and hopefully save more money).
4) There have been several
presentations and rounds of meetings across Kansas to educate sheriffs, commissioners, jail
administrators, and others about the new legislation capping the charges for
hospitalization of jail inmates and juvenile offenders to the Medicaid rate.
The law is effective July 1, 2006. The key message is that there is a way for counties to have their
medical bills reviewed under a contract that the Kansas Department of
Corrections has with Correct Care Solutions (CCS) and that no county should
decline participation in the newfound savings because they fear an
President Merry distributed
copies of a report from a state-county team that has been working on county
engineers and engineering services in Kansas. Gene has been participating on this committee. Gene
asked that the board endorse the white paper on county engineers and ask that
the Transportation Breakthrough Team review the proposal and make its
recommendation. Gene Merry moved, seconded by Ted Ensley, to endorse
the white paper findings on county engineers and county engineering services,
and refer it to the Transportation Breakthrough Team for its consideration and
comments. Motion carried.
LOCAL IMPACT OF NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH TRENDS
Edie Snethen, Executive Director, KALHD, briefed the Governing
Board. KALHD is working with the Local Health Departments on health department
accreditation. This is a push from the
federal government and accreditation will ultimately be required for
funding. Since Kansas has so many rural areas, different ideas for regional
accreditation are being explored. Kansas is ahead of the game as the health departments
establishing regions for bio-terrorism monies.
FOCUS SESSION: THE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE DELIVERY
Dave Johnson discussed the
dilemma presented by the developments in Miami County with its mental health center. There, the mental health center may be taken
over by Kaw Valley as the provider.
Kaw Valley has no previous experience in the delivery of mental
health services. It is a concern for the
Association and could cause distance from the county itself. Also of concern is the lack of funding from
the state. When the state hospitals were
closed, money was to follow the clients to the community. This has not happened. The result is waiting lists, mentally ill in
jail and a lack of services.
There was discussion of these
issues by board members. It was
suggested that the mental health directors need to work closer with county
commissioners so that they are aware of the problems such as Miami County. This dialogue needs to be continuous and not just
one that occurs in a crisis.
LEGISLATIVE SESSION BRIEFING AND PLANS FOR THE 2007
Judy Moler and Randall updated
the Board on the conclusion of the 2006 legislative session, including the
status of the Machinery and Equipment property tax exemption legislation which
was recently signed by the Governor. They described the mitigation provisions
that were included in the legislation to mitigate to the extent possible the
shift of the property tax burden to residential and agricultural property
owners. Other major developments of the
2006 Legislature affecting counties included 1) passage of HB 2893, capping jail
hospitalization costs and pegging them to the Medicaid rates; 2) the passage of
exotic animals regulation; 3) the holding back of any TABOR or TABOR-like legislation;
4) the final sunset of community college out-district tuition; and 5) the
passage of banking legislation that had been sought for so long.
Judy then explained the
process for preparing the draft 2007 legislative policy statement for
consideration by the membership at the KAC Annual Conference in November. She
explained that the KAC Legislative Policy Committee is set to meet on June 27.
Presenters at the first session will include Joan Wagnon, Secretary of Revenue; Trevor Wolford and Rebecca
Crotty, Board of Tax Appeals; and Bill Bider, Bureau of Waste Management,
Interim studies have not been
set yet; however, there will be a study on the definition of “blight” as it
relates to eminent domain.
In the absence of Steve
Garten, there was no formal NACo report. Randall indicated that Andrew Goldschmidt of NACo had informed him that several counties in
Kansas (Ellis, Nemaha, Ness, Rice, Sumner, Wichita) had cancelled their NACo
membership this year and that one (Thomas) had already indicated that it would
not renew for next year. Randall said this is very troubling, especially in
light of the work that has gone on to bring additional benefits (GIS software,
prescription drug program) to counties.
A strategy for retaining NACo members is needed.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Randall reported on the
following issues and entertained board discussion and consideration on the
1) Randall distributed a tentative schedule of
workshops for the Kansas County Government Institute for the remainder of 2006.
2) Health Insurance Project: The Haake Group has received nearly enough
returned data from counties to be able to develop an RFP to send to the market
and ask for rates from various providers. There are still a few days for
counties to respond to the survey and some targeted phone calls are being made
to boost the response rate.
3) Randall presented a draft, recommended marketing
agreement and royalty agreement with the National Association of Counties and
NACo’s Financial Service Corporation (FSC) for continuation of the KAC’s
exclusive endorsement of the deferred compensation program of NACo as administered
by Nationwide Retirement Solutions. He recommended that the Association
continue sponsorship at this time, at the partnership level of sponsorship.
There is a 90-day out clause in the contract should the KAC desire to pursue a
different deferred compensation provider. Florence
Whitebread moved, seconded by Gary Post, to approve the royalty and marketing
agreements for the deferred compensation program with the National Association
of Counties at the partnership level of sponsorship and authorize the Executive
Director to sign the agreements. Motion carried.
AFFILIATE RELATIONS REPORT
Board members briefly reported
on issues pertinent to their respective affiliate organizations.
Larry McAulay (CCAK):
The CCAK is holding its CLE meeting in Salina on June 22. 40+ persons are
registered to attend. He suggested that
the KAC should offer a clearinghouse service on information concerning
implementation of the new conceal-carry law in Kansas. He said that information about best practices,
posting of notices, how applications can and should be processed, and other
ideas could be shared via the KAC network.
Gary Post (Appraisers): Gary indicated that Wilson, Harper and Finney counties are still recruiting
county appraisers. He made the board aware of the letter that the Board of
Russell County Commissioners had recently sent to the Governor raising their
concerns about the Board of Tax Appeals (BOTA).
He informed the board of the recent meeting which he, Meade County
Appraiser Mark Low, and Randall had with Troy Findley, Chief of Staff to
Governor Kathleen Sebelius, to urge the Governor to correct the slow processing
time that is being experienced in getting certain decisions handed down by the
BOTA. The delays have huge impact on taxpayers and local governments, and used
the example of the natural gas storage decisions which was held up for eleven
months and how its impact extends to school districts and counties in many
Joe Connor (KALHD): Joe thanked the Board for
coming to Wyandotte County for its meeting.
Dennis Peterson (CWDAK): Dennis indicated that the County Weed
Directors’ summer state meeting is in Salina in July, and that there would be recertification
training as well as field trips for participants. He said that the CWDAK is the
accredited sponsor for recertification of chemical application operators, and
that this was a significant development that their association had been working
on for quite some time.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:57 p.m.
July 21, 2006