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ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES
February 12, 2002
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
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
Randy Allen, KAC Executive Director
Judy Moler, KAC Legislative Services Director/General
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
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.
Board members took turns sharing the latest news in their
county or region.
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'
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,
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
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
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.
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
health insurance programs, with coverage effective on or after January
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
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
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
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
There being no further business, President Russ Frey adjourned the
meeting at 3:06 p.m.
Pam Hatfield, Executive Assistant
Lonie Addis, Secretary
March 15, 2002