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Governing Board Meeting Minutes
Kansas Association of Counties
January 25, 2008
Lower Level Conference Room
300 SW 8th
President Shannon Francis called the meeting to order at 10:05 am.
Board members present were as
Marion County Emergency Management Director; Terry David,
Rice County EMS Director; Joe Connor, Unified Government Health Department
Administrator; Gary Doane, Osborne County Commissioner; Steve Garten, Barber County Commissioner; Shannon
Francis, Seward County Commissioner; Tom Winters, Sedgwick County Commissioner;
Dick Works, Allen County Commissioner; George Pogge, Jefferson County Road
Superintendent; Mark Low, Finney County Appraiser; Dennis
Peterson, Riley County Noxious Weed Director; Dale Phillips,
Barton County Noxious Weed Director; Tom Wagner, Atchison County Commissioner;
and Sheila Biggs, Dickinson County Commissioner.
Board members absent
were: Larry McAulay, Johnson County Director of Legal Services.
Staff and others
present: Randall Allen, KAC
Executive Director; Judy Moler, KAC General
Counsel; Jamie Jones, KAC Legal Intern; Dennis Kriesel, KAC Senior Policy
Analyst; Cliff Mayo, Finney County Commissioner and KCCA President; Sarah
Meyer, KAC Conference/Meeting Planner.
The agenda was presented. No changes were needed. Terry
David moved, seconded by Steve
Garten, to accept the agenda as presented. Motion carried.
Minutes for December
13, 2007. Steve Garten moved, seconded by Tom Wagner ,
to approve the minutes of the December 13, 2007 meeting with the striking of an
incomplete sentence on page 5 of the minutes which read, “this issue may have
been different….”. Motion carried.
Approval of Bills and
Payroll for January 25, 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 Terry David, to approve the bills and payroll dated January
25, 2008. Motion carried.
Report for December, 2007. Randall
presented the report and answered questions. Terry David moved, seconded
by Michele Abbott-Becker, to receive
and place on file the December, 2007 Monthly Financial Report. Motion carried.
Briefing on the
Status of Kansas Airports. Martin Miller, President of the Kansas Airport
Association (KAA) and manager of the Great Bend
Municipal Airport, spoke to
the Board about the need for continued investment in
airports through the next Comprehensive Transportation Program (CTP). The 1999 CTP was the first time that airports
had shared in the revenue of the multi-year transportation program. The financial commitment was a relatively
small portion of the 1999 CTP, it paid huge dividends for the airports and the
communities they support. These
investments have paid off in aviation based emergency services and well as
economic development. Half of the states in this country spend more per capita
on aviation than does Kansas yet Kansas
ranks number one in the economic benefit of aviation and number seven in the
number of public use airports. The KAA
will prepare an article for the County Comment
in order than our counties can be kept aware of the importance of aviation in
the next CTP.
Legislative Report. Judy Moler distributed a list of the
nominees for the eighth (non-commissioner) position on the 2008 KAC Legislative
Policy Committee. One of the nominees
would be selected as the voting member. The nominees were: LeRoy Burk, Labette
County Appraiser, KCAA; Lisa Eickholt, Geary County Human Resource Director,
KCHRA; Delton Gilliland, Osage County Counselor, CCAK: John Kabus, Shawnee
County Noxious Weed Director, CWDAK; Craig Weinaug, Douglas County
Administrator, KCAA; and Kerry McCue, Ellis County Emergency Services Director,
KEMSA. Sheila Biggs moved, seconded by Gary Doane, to appoint Kerry McCue,
Ellis County, as the eighth voting member of the 2008 Legislative Policy
Judy made the Board aware of the following legislative
matters: 1) Hearings were held during
the past week on the status of wind energy in Kansas. Jamie Jones, KAC Legal Intern, prepared a
paper on the hearings which was distributed to the Board; 2) HB 2543 is a bill introduced last year by the
Kansas City Area Home Builders. The original language of the bill was
unconstitutional according to the AG.
Language was changed to call the unoccupied home, “inventory” of a
builder; 3) SB 444 introduced by Johnson County which would make personal
property in the amount of $1,500 or less, exempt; 4) legislation was introduced
by the KAC and League of Kansas Municipalities to specify that moneys that
cannot be attributed to a specific PSAP may be distributed to PSAPs for the
purposes allowed by statute. This will
meet an audit issue brought up by last year’s
wireless E 9-1-1
audit; and 5) County Government Day is February 12. An agenda was distributed. The Governor will be the opening speaker, and
all speakers are now confirmed.
Geo-Comm Proposal. Judy
distributed a proposal from GeoComm to provide technical assistance to counties
that cannot yet provide phase II services for E 9-1-1. Judy also distributed a map showing the status of
all Kansas counties in complying
with the wireless E-911 legislation. The progress shown on the map is based on
self-reporting. There was much
discussion about the proposal. Michele
Abbott-Becker said she would contact Embarq and AT&T to get an updated map. Michele Abbott-Becker moved, seconded by Terry
David, that the KAC enter into the agreement with that we also expect training
to occur on “next generation” technology, and for site visits to occur to
specific counties, as needed. Motion carried.
Kansas Water Congress Report. Dennis Kriesel, Senior Policy Analyst,
provided a summary of the Kansas Water Congress’ winter meeting held in Topeka
on January 14, 2008. The
KAC is a member of the Kansas Water Congress, by previous action of the KAC
Board. Dennis described the decisions reached regarding Intensive Groundwater Use
Control Areas (IGUCAs) and the remaining controversies on the issue. Other summarized topics concerned the Water
Right Transition Assistance Program (WTAP), the use of damage funds from Colorado’s
overuse of Kansas water, the
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), and Kansas’
water shortage in federal reservoirs.
President’s Report. Shannon
reported on the recent meeting of all state association executive directors and
presidents sponsored by the National Council of County Association Executives
(NCCAE) in Washington, D.C.
Shannon and Randall attended the meeting
on January 9-11, 2008. The
purpose of the meeting is to familiarize state presidents and executive
directors with NACo and NACo’s program and services, including its legislative
activity. Shannon commented on the dinner speaker at the
National Press Club. His name was Rich Karlgaard, Publisher of Forbes Magazine.
Mr. Karlgaard spoke about the accelerating rate of change in the U.S.
economy, and how much more quickly a company can now drive its fortunes “off a
cliff” than in the past. He also spoke about the importance of stable,
consistent, predictable state and local government, and also how important it
is for all levels of government to be transparent in their policymaking and business
affairs. Shannon also mentioned that the group heard HUD
Secretary Alphonso Jackson, USDA Undersecretary Thomas Dorr, and others at the
White House (Executive Office
Building). He said it was a good,
informative meeting. Shannon said that based on the meeting,
he intended to spend more time searching the NACo website to find possible
grant programs available to counties.
Report. Randall told the board that
the staff wants to accelerate planning for the 33rd Annual
Conference (2008) in Wichita even
more this year, so as to more aggressively market the conference. As such, he
asked Sarah Meyer, Conference/Meeting Planner, to review a document with
suggested changes to the 33rd Annual Conference, with the board so
that the board could give feedback about such changes. The suggested changes to
the upcoming, 2008 annual conference are as follows:
November 16, 2008:
Workshop participants will be provided a lunch (boxed?)
Exhibition will be open from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon and evening.
Refreshments will be provided in the afternoon and dinner will be a part of the
Exhibition, with plenty of seating. There will be door prizes and
“games” throughout the exhibition, in contrast to distributing door prizes at
the awards luncheon.
will work with the hotel to serve complimentary wine at the Exhibition
reception instead of the Awards luncheon.
exhibition will end on Sunday evening, with no hours on Monday. Sarah checked
this with 3-4 vendors who “applauded” this approach.
exhibition will be in the Bob Brown Arena, on the same level as the Hyatt
Regency. This eliminates the “up and down” of the promenade level.
KAC will no longer purchase door prizes
opening plenary session will begin at 8:00
with David Rabiner, keynote speaker
dance is discontinued.
November 17, 2008:
thing in the morning – a second plenary session with David Rabiner, with a
County Counselors Association’s CLE session will be held at the Hyatt.
will be a “big-thinkers” session for people who do not have an affiliate or
associate meeting to go to, or who don’t want to go to the one they have
will have a different room setup for the Legislative Policy Committee review
with the committee seated on a raised platform facing the audience.
November 18, 2008:
to scheduling the “Getaway Weekend to Tim-Buck-Two,” the KAC staff will secure
a legal opinion or feedback from the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office
about its legality. If the District Attorney’s office says that it is legal,
the KAC staff will work to acquire a sponsorship for the drawing.
There was considerable board discussion concerning the
changes to the annual conference. There was consensus for the staff to proceed
to plan the 2008 annual conference to include the changes outlined above.
Sarah Meyer briefed the board about the staff recommendation
to engage the services of David Rabiner of Portland,
Oregon to deliver the keynote address at
the opening general session as well as to speak at the Monday morning plenary
session. Sarah said that she had spoken with several of her peers at the recent
Midwest state association staff retreat in Chicago,
and that they reported very positive results from having David at their state
association annual conferences.
Sheila Biggs moved,
seconded by Mark Low to accept the staff recommendation to engage David Rabiner
for our 2008 KAC Annual Conference, at a cost of $5,000 plus travel expenses. Motion carried.
Randall introduced Jamie Jones, new Legal Intern, who had
joined the meeting. A copy of Jamie’s resume was provided to the board. Jamie
is a third-year law student at Washburn
Randall reported on a recent meeting with Rob Mahoney of
Haake Benefits, broker for the KAC’s Employee Benefits Trust (KAC-EBT), in
which both agreed on a strategy for growing the EBT during 2008 and 2009. The
three strategies are 1) to offer several “unbundled” services to counties (such
as preparation of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a county to bid health and
dental insurance coverage, or analysis of such proposals, so that there is
value to a county (and revenues to the trust) even if the county does not
insure its employees under the trust; 2) to continue to encourage United
Healthcare to expand its provider network; and 3) to explore the opportunity
for the KAC-EBT to partner with an additional insurer that has contracts with
some of the provider networks (e.g. Stormont-Vail/Cotton O’Neil Clinics in
northeast Kansas) that UHC does not currently contract with (nor is it likely
that they will contract with in the near future).
Randall further reported on the status of counties’ 2008
membership in the KAC. As of January
23, 2008, 61 counties had paid their 2008 dues, totaling
of Counties Report. Steve Garten,
urged the board to register early for the NACo Annual
Conference to be held in Kansas City
in July. He said that the conference registration would be opening up in early
with County Counselors Association. Randall presented an agreement for 2008 services to
the County Counselors Association of Kansas, at an amount identical to last
year’s agreement ($7,000). Dennis
Peterson moved, seconded by George Pogge, to approve the agreement and
authorize the Executive Director to sign.
Request to approve
scholarship program for emergency communications personnel, funded by wireless
E-911 funds (deferred from December 13, 2007 meeting). Michele
Abbott-Becker presented her idea to provide scholarships for dispatchers in
various PSAPs in Kansas to help
them attend dispatching classes at locations providing such curriculum,
including Hutchinson and Garden City Community Colleges. The board had a
thorough discussion about the idea, asking 1) whether the intent is to provide
scholarships to persons who are already dispatchers in county/city PSAPs or to
persons who want to be dispatchers in PSAPs;
2) what the current student loads are in the colleges (Hutchinson,
Garden City, possibly others) which teach this curriculum and whether they have
excess capacity to accept more students; 3) what the maximum amount of
scholarship would be, per student; and 4) how the funds would be administered,
i.e. through the colleges, or by the KAC/League, joint administrators of the
wireless E-911 funds. An additional
question is whether the wireless E-911 funds are statutorily eligible to be
used for this purpose (i.e. scholarships).
Terry David moved, seconded by
Michele Abbott-Becker, to express interest in the idea but not take action
before bringing back more information (including answers to the listed
questions) to the KAC Board at a later time. Motion carried.
authorization for the KAC to administer a South Central Kansas Homeland Security Regional Council Grant
(as fiscal agent for The Kansas Collaborative). Randall
presented a draft contract between the Kansas Collaborative (KAC, fiscal agent)
and the South Central Homeland Security Regional Council (Marion
County, fiscal agent) for the
Kansas Collaborative to administer a $48,900 grant. The source of funds is the
U.S. Homeland Security Department, which passes monies to the Kansas Highway
Patrol, fiscal agent for funds passed to the State of Kansas.
The South Central Kansas Homeland
Security Regional Council is/will be the recipient of the $48,900 grant, and
the Kansas Collaborative (KAC, fiscal agent) would administer the grant. The grant
is a short-term project, ending in May, 2008. The KAC would retain, as fiscal
agent for The Kansas Collaborative, 5% of the total grant, or $2,445.
Terry David moved,
seconded by Gary Doane, to approve the contract for the Kansas Collaborative to
administer the $48,900 grant, with 5% of the grant funds retained by the KAC,
fiscal agent. Motion carried.
Reports. Below is a summary of the
various topics discussed during the affiliate/associate reports:
Mark Low, representing county appraisers: Mark talked about 1) counties’ costs which
are required to allow their new Orion CAMA system to interface with other
county software; 2) the possibility of the Appraisers Association doing
something with the oil and gas guide, which currently undervalues equipment; 3)
the current threshold under which low-producing oil wells are exempt from
taxation; and 4) a bill, expected the following week, to address underground
natural gas storage, which affects 17 counties.
Gary Doane, representing northwest Kansas,
talked about the E-waste coalition of potentially 15 counties in
northwest/north central Kansas.
The coalition is working on interlocal agreements and the necessary financial
commitments to launch the project.
He asked for ideas and suggestions for planning the “little
KAC” meeting in Colby in April, 2008.
Michele Abbott-Becker, representing emergency managers,
talked about the possibility of a workshop to educate counties on what they
should do to be able to recoup losses from FEMA after disasters.
George Pogge, representing highway officials, said that the
KCHA Annual Conference is May 6-7, 2009
in Manhattan, and that Randall and
Judy are scheduled for a presentation on the morning of May 7.
Dale Phillips, representing weed directors, talked about the
CWDAK annual conference the first week of March in Hutchinson.
Joe Connor thanked the board for its commitment to the low
birth weight initiative brought by KALHD and said that he had heard many
positive comments about the legislative proposal. He talked about the concept
of functional regionalization of public health and said that a summit conference
e was being discussed for the future, perhaps in September.
Cliff Mayo, Finney County Commissioner, KCCA President, and
guest at the meeting, spoke about the cooperative discussions that his county
was having with Ford and Seward counties in southwest Kansas.
The January 25,
2008 KAC Legislative Bulletin was distributed prior to adjournment of
the meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 2:00
Counsel/Legislative Services Director
Sheila Biggs, KAC
February 11, 2008