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Kansas Association of Counties
Governing Board Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
KAC Conference Room, 300 SW 8th Ave.
President Gene Merry called
the meeting to order at 1:35 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
Ted Ensley, Shawnee County Commissioner
Shannon Francis, Seward
Steve Garten, Barber County
Gene Merry, Coffey County Commissioner
John Miller, Norton County Commissioner
Peterson, Riley County Noxious Weed Director
George Pogge, Jefferson County
Gary Post, Lyon County Appraiser
Whitebread, Geary County Commissioner
Sedgwick County Commissioner
Larry McAulay, Johnson County Director of Legal Services
KAC staff and others present:
Randall Allen, KAC Executive Director
Judy Moler, KAC General
Counsel/Legislative Services Director
Rob Mahoney, Haake Benefits, Overland Park
ADDITIONS/DELETIONS TO AGENDA
Florence Whitebread moved,
seconded by Dennis Peterson to approve
the meeting agenda as presented. Motion
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
It was pointed out that the March minutes said the
meeting was called to order to 10:00 pm rather than
John Miller moved,
seconded by Tom Winters, to approve the March 17, 2006, meeting minutes as
amended. Motion carried.
APPROVAL OF BILLS AND PAYROLL
, John Miller, Tom Winters gave the monthly report on the bills and
payrolls for February 14, 2006. Michele Abbott-Becker moved, seconded by Ted Ensley, to approve
the bills and payrolls for March 17, 2006. Motion carried.
MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENT
Executive Director Allen
presented the Monthly Financial Report for February, 2006. Tom
Winters moved, seconded by Steve Garten, to accept and place on file the
Monthly Financial Report for February, 2006. Motion carried. Tom Winters indicated that he still
hears occasional comments that would suggest the KAC is in financial difficulty
when, in fact, we came through 2005 in good shape and even showed some gains in
our cash position. He suggested that Randall write an article for the County
Comment to dispel the negative rumors about our financial condition,
and tell people that the KAC’s financial house is in
LEGISLATIVE SESSION BRIEFING
Randall Allen and Judy Moler briefed the KAC Board on the status of
several significant legislative issues. They included: eminent domain; jail
hospitalization costs, and pegging them to the Medicaid rates; the banking bill
(passed); the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) fee legislation; the exotic
animals regulation bill; among others. After the session goes to first
adjournment, Randall and Judy will be out in the state at various district and
regional meetings, providing legislative briefings.
Steve Garten, with comments
from Gene Merry, Tom Winters, and others, presented the NACo
report. Steve reported on the recent NACo Legislative
Conference, at which a number of county officials attended in Washington,
D.C. He reported on the congressional
breakfast hosted by the KAC, and said that 5 of 6 of our delegation members
attended. Issues discussed included funding of the CDBG program; the new
Medicare drug program (and possible delays in its implementa-
tion); and federal budget concerns. The attendees reflected on the
better-than-average speakers at the conference and gave special kudos to a
workshop on reducing recidivism rates among jail inmates, with a gentleman from
Hennepin County, MN discussing a program for inmates leaving jail being placed
in a program to train and develop craftspersons. The
program in Minnesota involves both men and women and has seen the recidivism
rate for the population reduced dramatically.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Randall reported the
1) To date, 95 counties have paid
their 2006 dues to the KAC. The only county that was a member in 2005 that has
to date not renewed is Ottawa County.
2) To date, the only affiliate/associate
organization that has not paid their dues is the Kansas Emergency Management
Association (KEMA). There is not a problem here, and the check is forthcoming.
3) The 2006 Compensation Survey of 55+ positions
common to county governments in Kansas is now done and the results are online
at the KAC’s website. The survey work was done under
a contract by the Austin Peters Group.
4) Allen requested approval of a 2006
Secretariat Agreement and separate 2006 Partnership Agreement between the KAC
an the Kansas County Commissioners Association (KCCA); and a 2006 Secretariat
Agreement between the KAC and the County Counselors Association of Kansas
Shannon Francis moved, seconded by Florence
Whitebread, to approve the 2006 Secretariat Agreement and
Partnership Agreement between the KAC and the KCCA. Motion carried.
Larry McAulay moved, seconded by Shannon
Francis, to approve the 2006 Secretariat Agreement between the KAC and the
CCAK. Motion carried.
5) Allen briefed the board on a report of
Wireless E-911 receipts through the December, 2005 billing cycle, as prepared
by Dennis Kriesel, KAC staff.
Actual PSAP payments for 2005 were $3,824,185.31, or $373,990.90 above
projections. Most of the increase was due to the increased compliance
experienced in the second half of 2005.
Kriesel reported that remittances for 99.3% of all cell phones reported
in Kansas had been received from the wireless companies.
AFFILIATE RELATIONS REPORT
Board members were asked to
report on issues pertinent to their respective affiliate organizations. Reports
were as follows:
Larry McAulay, CCAK: No report, except that long-time Johnson
Services Director, Ted McFarland, recently suffered two broken legs below the
George Pogge, KCHA: No report, except to say that the KCHA annual
conference will be held in
May in Junction City.
Shannon Francis, SW
Commissioner: No report.
Terry David, KEMSA: The KEMSA conference is in May. Recently, 80
persons attended a very
EMS Legal Issues workshop in Wichita. Terry spoke about
their group submitting legislative testimony opposing SB 546 which requires
emergency medical services to provide data to the State Board of EMS. While
KEMSA is not opposed to data collection, they are strongly opposed to fines
($250 - $1,000 per occurrence) for failure to report. He said that the fines
language had been removed from the bill. He said that the group is particularly
disturbed about data collection requirements when, after eight years of
requiring trauma data to be sent to KDHE, data still are not available.
Ted Ensley, NE Commissioner:
Shawnee County recently renewed its NACo
membership on a
vote. He said there was some interest in
pursuing the NACo prescription drug card.
KEMA: The KEMA board has met and wants
to provide assistance in
the annual KAC conference, perhaps on the subject of the regional efforts and
how the monies are divided. Another
subject which needs more training and information is on NIMS and incident
command compliance, and who needs to be NIMS certified. Michele said that a simple test is that if a
person is cited in the Emergency Response Plan in any capacity, then they need
to have NIMS training. If they are not cited, then NIMS training is probably
Tom Winters, SC
Commissioner: Tom said that Sedgwick
County residents using the NACo
drug card had experienced savings of about 17% so far, and that over $100,000
in savings has been achieved already.
Commissioner: Florence reported that a
dental health care program
to Geary County’s Federally Qualified Health Care Facility (FQHCF)
would be operating sometime in November, in a new building being constructed.
She said that in the interim, a few dentists have agreed to provide pro bono
services to residents so that at least some needs can
Steve Garten, NACo Representative:
no additional report other than the NACo
Gary Post, KCAA: Gary reported that Butler County has not yet appointed a county appraiser
the Property Valuation Division (PVD) is providing staff support and other
assistance in the interim. There are 3 candidates interviewing for the
position. Gary said that the preliminary ratio study has been
released to county appraisers. The results: 26 of 105 counties are out of
compliance on residential properties and 41 of 105 counties are out of
compliance on commercial properties.
Peterson, CWDAK: Dennis reported on the potential liability
facing counties and their
if employees are not adequately protected when applying chemicals on weeds. He
said that counties would be well-served to provide adequate uniforms to meet
the standards applicable to each chemical but if not, they need to at least
advise their employees of such requirements so that they comply with the
law. Randall indicated that this would
be a good topic for a future article in the County Comment.
The meeting was adjourned at
April 26, 2006