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MINUTES

 KANSAS ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES

BOARD MEETING

February 12, 2002

KAC Conference Room, Topeka, Kansas

 

 

President Russ Frey called the meeting to order at 1:09 p.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

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

Randy Rogers, Coffey County Sheriff

Ron Sitts, Edwards County Public Works Director

 

Board Members not present:

 

Joe Brunk, Sedgwick County Weed Director

Paula Phillips, Douglas County Emergency Management Director

 

 

Others present:

 

Randy Allen, KAC Executive Director

Judy Moler, KAC Legislative Services Director/General Counsel

Marla Flentje, KAC Education Director

Pam Hatfield, KAC Executive Assistant

Kendra Maikori, KAC Administrative Assistant

Lee Mattix, Montgomery County Commissioner

Steve Wanamaker, Charlton Manley Insurance

INTRODUCTIONS

 

Kendra Maikori, Wichita office Administrative Assistant; Lee Mattix, Montgomery County Commissioner; and Steve Wanamaker, Charlton Manley Insurance, were all introduced to the board.  Kendra will be helping Marla with a presentation later in the meeting regarding the 2001 Kansas County Government Institute, Lee Mattix is in town for the Kansas County Government Day activities, and Steve Wanamaker will be addressing the governing board with regard to the Association's insurance coverage. 

 

INFORMAL SHARING

 

Board members took turns sharing the latest news in their county or region. 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Ron Sitts moved, seconded by Kathy Peckman, to approve the January 18, 2001 meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

 

AGENDA REVIEW

 

Eileen Filbert asked that an update to the Public Health Fellow be given.  Randy Allen said that he would address it during his Executive Directors' Report. 

 

FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORT

 

Treasurer Mike Billinger reported that the Finance Committee had reviewed the bills and payroll dated February 12, 2002, and that there were no outstanding bills worthy of special mention.  Kathy Peckman moved, seconded by Randy Rogers, to approve the report of bills and payrolls dated February 12, 2002. Motion carried.  Mike Billinger moved, seconded by Frances Garcia, to approve and place the monthly financial report for December 2001, on file.  Motion carried.

 

BRIEFING AND REVIEW: ASSOCIATION INSURANCE COVERAGE, 2002

 

Steve Wanamaker, Charlton Manley Insurance reviewed the Summary of Insurance documents that were included in the board packets.  Discussion ensued regarding the adequacy of transit coverage for the Association's laptop computers (Randy, Judy, Marla), and also the adequacy of coverage for the replacement data projector which is being purchased for the Education Program based in Wichita. It was agreed that Mr. Wanamaker will meet with Randy Allen to amend our current insurance coverage to ensure that our office technology equipment is adequately insured.

 

Rod Broberg moved, seconded by Bobby Heitschmidt to receive and place the insurance report on file.  Motion carried. 

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT

 

Randy thanked board members for attending the County Government Day activities this morning.  Events were held at the Capitol Plaza Hotel this year, and Randy indicated that the speakers were very substantive in content. Thanks were given to Judy and Michelle for their hard work in setting up and executing the day's events. 

 

A tough legislative session lies ahead, and Randy encouraged the board to think  strategically as we move forward in the session. 

 

Randy reported that the following counties have not (as of February 12) paid their 2002 KAC dues: Decatur, Pratt, Cherokee, Wyandotte, and Chautauqua. Chautauqua County earlier indicated that it would not be joining the Association in 2002. 

 

The 2002 Kansas County Officials Directory was taken to the printer last week,

following Randy's final review and approval. They are estimated to be back and ready to mail out within two weeks.  Two complimentary copies will be mailed to each county, and additional copies will be available for sale.

 

In regards to the Public Health Fellow, Randy is preparing to call for interviews.  There were a total of six applicants, all very well qualified. 

 

NACo REPORT

 

Lonie Addis, NACo Representative, handed out information regarding NACo Legislative Affairs Department's Budget.  He also showed the board the NACo Membership Guide that he received when he attended the most recent NACo

Board meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Lonie asked Randy and President Russ Frey, to review the notebook, and possibly copy information for board distribution.  Lonie requested permission to attend, and his trip paid for to attend the W.I.R. (Western Interstate Regional) Conference, to be held in Billings, Montana, May 22 - 24, 2002. Again this year, the NACo Board will be meeting at the WIR conference. 

 

Wade Dixon moved, seconded by Linda Fincham to grant Lonie Addis, NACo Representative, permission to attend and have expenses paid for the W.I.R. Conference, held in Billings, Montana, May 22-24, 2002.  Motion carried.

 

 

 

 

 

LEGISLATIVE SESSION UPDATE

 

Judy Moler reported that the Open Meetings Bill (SB 529, requiring tape recording of all executive sessions) would be heard tomorrow.  The Association will strongly oppose the measure. Additionally, the hearing on SB 469 (county participation in state health insurance program) will also be held tomorrow. Randy advised that it is

becoming more and more likely that counties will be able to opt-in to the state's

health insurance programs, with coverage effective on or after January 1, 2003.

 

Randy Allen referred the board to their board packets, which included copies of the various testimonies that he and Judy have presented in behalf of the Association.  Randy asked for a show of hands of which board members would be attending the hearing on HB 2337 (KACIR Bill) that afternoon at the Capitol. (Kathy Peckman, Jerry Davis, Russ Frey and Mike Billinger all attended).

 

Board members Dean Kruse and Randy Rogers left the meeting at 2:30 p.m.

 

At 2:30 p.m., the board recessed to allow equipment to be set-up. The meeting resumed at 2:40 p.m.

 

2001 ANNUAL REPORT OF KANSAS COUNTY GOVERNMENT INSTITUTE

 

Marla Flentje, Education Director, presented the 2001 Annual Report of the Kansas County Government Institute (power point presentation). Data collected and compiled by Kendra Maikori were presented concerning Institute services, highlights, locations of classes, and the level of county participation. The report

Summarized programs and participation in the three ongoing education programs:

Leadership Academy for County Commissioners; Effective Supervisory Skills; and Excellence in Customer Service, as well as the Association's customized programs tailored to individual counties' or affiliate/associate groups' needs.

 

There being no further business, President Russ Frey adjourned the meeting at 3:06 p.m. 

 

                              Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

      _______________________

                                             Pam Hatfield, Executive Assistant

 

Approved:   _________________________________

                  Lonie Addis, Secretary

                  March 15, 2002