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MINUTES

 KANSAS ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES

BOARD MEETING

January 18, 2002

KAC Conference Room, Topeka, Kansas

 

 

President Russ Frey called the meeting to order at 10:30 a.m.  Those board members present were as follows:

 

Board Members present:

 

Lonie Addis, Labette County Commissioner

Clark Allemang, Butler County Appraiser

Mike Billinger, Ellis County Treasurer

Joe Brunk, Sedgwick County Weed Director

Rodney Broberg, Saline County Appraiser

Jerry Davis, Finney County Commissioner

Wade Dixon, Greeley County Counselor

Eileen Filbert, Jefferson County Health Department Administrator

Linda Fincham, Marshall County Register of Deeds

Russ Frey, Riley County Commissioner

Frances Garcia, Reno County Commissioner

Bobby Heitschmidt, Ellsworth County Commissioner

Dean Kruse, Norton County Commissioner

Bill Linde, Woodson County Commissioner

Kathy Peckman, Miami County Clerk

Paula Phillips, Douglas County Emergency Management Director

Randy Rogers, Coffey County Sheriff

Ron Sitts, Edwards County Public Works Director

 

Others present:

 

Randy Allen, KAC Executive Director

Marla Flentje, KAC Education Director

Judy Moler, KAC Legislative Services Director/General Counsel

 

AGENDA REVIEW

 

The legislative session update was moved to the top of the agenda to accommodate Judy Moler’s schedule.  The item concerning KAC insurance coverage was deferred to a future meeting because information from the insurance provider was not available. 

 

LEGISLATIVE SESSION UPDATE

 

Judy Moler briefly reviewed recent KAC testimony on issues related to corrections and funeral assistance.  She announced that surveys to determine county interest in state health insurance participation have been mailed and urged all counties to complete the surveys.  The schedule for County Government Day on February 12, 2002, was announced and the first 2002 Legislative Bulletin was distributed.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Frances Garcia moved, seconded by Paula Phillips, to approve the December 13, 2001 meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

 

WELCOME TO NEW BOARD MEMBERS

 

Eileen Filbert, Jefferson County Health Department Administrator, and Clark Allemang, Butler County Appraiser, were welcomed to the KAC Governing Board.  Eileen fills a new position on the KAC Board, representing the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments.  Clark fills the position for the Kansas County Appraisers Association, previously filled by Rod Broberg who remains on the board as Past President.

 

FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORT

 

Treasurer Mike Billinger moved, seconded by Bobby Heitschmidt, to approve the bills and payrolls for January, 2002.  Motion carried.  Frances Garcia moved, seconded by Randy Rogers, to approve and place the monthly financial report for November, 2001, on file.  Motion carried.

 

PRESIDENT’S REMARKS AND APPOINTMENTS

 

President Frey presented the board a copy of a letter from the Board of Chautauqua County Commissioners informing the KAC that due to budget shortfalls, the county would not be renewing its KAC membership.

 

President Frey presented for the board’s consideration a white paper addressing one of the KAC’s strategic goals, that of helping county governments in “anticipating and managing change.”  He proposes a process that: 1) assists county leaders in identifying the future of counties and changes that will need to take place to manage that future; and 2) develops a new KAC strategic plan to that helps counties manage change.  President Frey emphasized there is not one single future for all 105 counties, but the futures for Kansas counties will be different as each adapts to change in its economic, social and governmental environment.

 

President Frey proposes to initiate the process with a KAC Town Meeting in September, 2002, structured to generate dialogue and ideas from KAC members on the future of county government.  Participation in the Town Meeting would be by invitation to assure a balanced representation of county interests. Randy Allen emphasized that the present economic and political climate is forcing a look at numerous options that will allow counties to continue to meet their basic obligations to citizens.  He emphasized the dialogue will occur; the only question is whether it will occur with and among counties, or outside of counties.  Board members agreed by consensus that President Frey and staff should proceed with planning for the dialogue.

 

Board member Bill Linde left at 1:00 p.m.

 

President Frey announced he has been authorized to make appointments to the KAC/League sponsored Homeland Security Task Force and will be seeking nominations from affiliate and associate members    He also appointed new members to the board’s CEO Performance Evaluation Committee as follows:  Wade Dixon, chair; Paula Phillips; Lonie Addis; Eileen Filbert and Russ Frey, ex-officio member.

 

STAFF REPORTS

 

Randy Allen reported that invoices for membership dues were sent to all counties the first week in January, 2002, and questionnaires for the KAC’s 2002 Compensation Survey will be sent to all counties by the end of the month.  He informed the board that KAC staff participated along with staff from the Kansas League of Municipalities, in sexual harassment recognition and awareness training in January.

 

Randy presented for board consideration an invitation from the Coalition for Health Care Access to join in its efforts to support an increase in the state cigarette tax, with funds to be used to support a broad array of human services, including some services provided by county governments.  Lonie Addis moved, seconded by Paula Phillips to authorize the Executive Director to sign an agreement to become a member of the Coalition for Health Care Access.  Motion carried.

 

Randy raised for future discussion the question as to whether in a time of state revenue shortages, counties should continue to press for full funding of demand transfers without also supporting some type of increase in state revenues necessary to finance the transfers. The board reached no decision, but agreed to continue discussion at its February meeting.

 

Marla Flentje reported that she and Kendra Grubbs have completed their move to larger offices with much improved storage space in the same building where they were previously located.   She reviewed upcoming workshops for the Leadership Academy for County Commissioners and Effective Supervisory Skills certificate programs and identified three customized projects she’ll be performing in the next several weeks:  facilitating a retreat for the Sumner County Economic Development Commission; providing a workshop for citizen board members in Stevens County; and facilitating the Wichita Assembly on Offender Reconnection in the Community.

 

NACo REPORT

 

Lonie Addis provided a brief report informing the board he expects to have a NACo membership list available for the board next month.  He also advised that NACo is experiencing a budget deficit and considering how to make budget cuts.  The KAC’s Congressional Breakfast at the NACo Legislative Conference will be held at the Washington Hilton at 8:00 a.m. on March 5, 2002.

 

 

2002 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

 

Randy Allen presented for the board’s review an annual conference policy statement for the 2002 Annual Conference, scheduled in Wichita for November 17-19, 2002.   The revised policy proposes that conference activities begin on Sunday morning with the KAC Governing Board meeting, followed by pre-conference workshops on Sunday afternoon and a full day of general session and workshop education programs throughout Monday.  The annual business meeting will be held late on Monday afternoon, followed by the Annual Awards Banquet and Dance on Monday evening.  The conference will end with the President’s Unity Breakfast on Tuesday morning, and affiliate/associate meetings will be held on Tuesday.  The board discussed the policy statement and also brainstormed conference themes.  Paula Phillips moved, seconded by Lonie Addis, to adopt the 2002 Annual Conference Policy Statement as presented.  Motion carried.

 

Board member Frances Garcia left at 2:05 p.m.

 

Board member Eileen Filbert left at 2:05 p.m.

 

SECRETARIAT AGREEMENTS

 

Proposed secretariat agreements with the Kansas County Commissioners Association and the Kansas County Counselors Association were presented for board consideration.  Kathy Peckman moved, seconded by Ron Sitts, to approve KAC agreements with the Kansas County Commissioners Association and the Kansas County Counselors Association,.

Motion carried.

 

With no further business, Randy Rogers moved, seconded by Bobby Heitschmidt, to adjourn the meeting at 2:37 p.m.  Motion carried.

 

                                                             Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

 

_______________________

                                             Marla Flentje

         KAC Education Director

 

Approved:   _________________________________

                    Lonie Addis, Secretary

                    February 11, 2002