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Governing Board Meeting Minutes
Kansas Association of Counties
May 23, 2008
Cottage House Hotel
Council Grove, Kansas
President Shannon Francis called the meeting to order at 9:00
a.m. Board members present were as
Marion County Emergency Management Director; Joe Connor, Unified Government
Health Department Administrator; Steve Garten, Barber County Commissioner; Shannon
Francis, Seward County Commissioner; Tom Winters, Sedgwick County Commissioner;
Dick Works, Allen County Commissioner; J.R. McMahon, Miami County Highway
Director; Dennis Peterson, Riley County
Noxious Weed Director; Tom Wagner, Atchison County Commissioner; Sheila Biggs,
Dickinson County Commissioner; and Larry McAulay,
Johnson County Director of Legal Services.
Board members absent
were: Terry David, Rice County EMS
Director; Mark Low, Finney County Appraiser; Gary Doane, Osborne County
Commissioner; Dale Phillips, Barton County Noxious Weed Director.
Staff and others
Allen, KAC Executive Director; Judy Moler,
KAC General Counsel; Morris County Commissioners Darrell Miller and F.J.
Commissioner F.J. Revere welcomed the board to Morris
The agenda was presented and adopted by consensus.
Minutes for March 13,
2008. Tom Winters moved,
seconded by Steve Garten, to approve the minutes of the March 13, 2008 meeting as
presented. Motion carried.
Approval of Bills and
Payrolls for May 23, 2008. Tom Winters, Finance Committee Chairman,
indicated that the Finance Committee met prior to the meeting to review the
invoices and there were no items of special concern. Tom
Winters moved, seconded by Dick
Works, to approve the bills and payroll dated May 23, 2008. Motion carried.
Report for April, 2008. The
Executive Director reviewed the report with the board. Tom Winters moved, seconded by Sheila Biggs, to receive and place on
file the Monthly Financial Report for April, 2008. Motion carried.
KAC Business Partners
Program. Randall distributed a draft
copy of the new brochure marketing the Business Partners Program. The board
suggested that staff contact the various affiliate and associate members to
acquire their vendor lists so that they can also be contacted.
Briefing. Judy briefed the board on the results and outcomes of the 2008
legislative session. The Legislative Summary is available at the KAC website.
House Bill 2217, omnibus local government bill, allowed for dissolution of
townships and requiring the electronic filing of budgets (beginning in 2009),
passed. The Kansas Open Meetings Act was amended in a favorable manner,
removing the “majority of a quorum” to read “majority” of the body. The bill adds definition to what constitutes
a serial meeting and suspends the $500 fine for KOMA violation for one
year. Finally, as of July 1, BOTA
becomes “COTA” – the Court of Tax Appeals – with four hearing officers rather
than the current three.
Request from Sedgwick County for filing of Amicus Brief. The County Counselors Association of
Kansas has recommended to the KAC Board that we file an amicus brief,
especially to support Sedgwick County
in their protection of the discretionary function afforded counties. This is
important in many policy areas that counties address. Larry McAulay moved, seconded by Michele Abbott-Becker, to file an amicus brief by outside
counsel on behalf of the KAC, with expenditure up to $5,000. Motion carried.
Executive Director’s Report. Randall distributed a summary of the late
Winter/Early Spring Regional Suppers held at seven sites around Kansas.
Joan Wagnon and staff from the Kansas
Department of Revenue spoke at all of the suppers. Based on the financial
summary of the meetings, Randall recommended that we charge a $25 per person
registration fee for future regional suppers. He also recommended that we
procure some portable sound equipment to take to meetings such as the regional
suppers, since some venues do not have such equipment in place. The board
agreed with both recommenda-
tions and gave its consent to implement both suggestions.
Randall briefed the board on the status of recruiting and selecting a successor
to Judy for the Legislative Services Director and General Counsel position. He
said that the application period closes on May 27, and then interviews would be
scheduled, first with him and then with a committee including some of the board
members. Randall then updated the board concerning planning for the 33rd
Annual KAC Conference, and distributed a marketing brochure for the Exhibition
Sharing. Below is a summary of the
various topics discussed during the affiliate/associate reports:
Sheila Biggs talked about the Flint Hills Resource
Conservation Council, which is meeting in Junction City
on August 6. It includes counties, cities, and school districts. Judy asked
Sheila to write an article for the County Comment.
J.R. McMahon said that the Kansas County Highway Association
annual conference in Manhattan was
extremely successful and that it had Darryl Lutz’ imprint all over it. He spoke
to the Bridge Task Force’s work and about the possibility that the State would
withhold funds from counties not completing their inspections.
Tom Wagner said that Atchison
County has 326 bridges and that the
bridge inspection process is a concern for his county.
Joe Connor talked about the introduction in the Senate
Ways and Means Committee of the bill for
additional money to address the problem of low birth weight babies. He said
that the committee was receptive to the idea and he hopes to re-introduce next
year. He said that Kansas is on
the national stage in terms of our work in preparing for accreditation and
functional regionalization. Several grants have been received by KALHD to
assist with this process. There will be a reduction in preparedness money
because pandemic flu funding is going away this year.
Larry McAulay announced
that the CCAK will be having its midyear meeting in Abilene
on June 27, 2008.
Steve Garten said the groundbreaking for a large wind farm
in Barber County
will be on June 19.
Michele Abbott-Becker said
that other regions are now interested in replicating what the south central
region for homeland security has done with GIS.
At the KEMA Board meeting, there was discussion of a shake-up in the top
positions at the Kansas Division of Emergency Management and Adjutant General’s
office. KDOT has opened up the ability
to use tower space and buy radios through its purchasing program.
Tom Winters announced that Butler County Commissioner Will
Carpenter is running for the State Senate.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:50
Sheila Biggs, KAC
July 13, 2008