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Governing Board Meeting
Kansas Association of Counties
June 15, 2007
AmericInn Hotel Meeting Room
President Dennis Peterson
called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. Board
members present were as follows:
Michele Abbott-Becker, Marion
County Emergency Management Director; Joe
Connor, Unified Government Health Department Administrator; Ted Ensley, Shawnee
County Commissioner; Shannon Francis, Seward County Commissioner; Steve Garten,
Barber County Commissioner; John Miller,
Norton County Commissioner; Terry David, Rice County EMS Director; Tom Winters,
Sedgwick County Commissioner; Dick Works, Allen County Commissioner; Gary Post,
Lyon County Appraiser; Dennis Peterson, Riley
County Noxious Weed Director; Larry McAulay, Johnson County Director of Legal
Services; Tom Wagner, Atchison County
Board members not
present: George Pogge, Jefferson County Road Superintendent; Sheila Biggs,
Dickinson County Commissioner.
Staff and others
present: Randall Allen, KAC Executive
Director; Judy Moler, KAC Legislative Services
Director and General Counsel.
President Dennis Peterson asked Commissioner Tom Wagner to
introduce the Honorable Marianne Estes, Mayor of Atchison, to give a welcome statement.
Commissioner Wagner welcomed the KAC Board to Atchison
County and then introduced Mayor
Estes, who welcomed the KAC Board to the Atchison
community and thanked the board for holding its meeting in Atchison.
She recited many reasons for which Atchison
citizens are proud of their community, including the many historic homes and
the childhood home of Amelia Earhart, famous American aviator.
Minutes for April 27,
2007. Steve Garten
moved, seconded by Larry McAulay to approve the minutes of the April 27, 2007
meeting as presented. Motion carried.
Approval of Bills and
Payroll for June 15, 2007. John
Miller, Finance Committee Chairman, indicated that the
committee had met prior to the meeting to review the invoices and there were no
flags or items of special concern. John
Miller moved, seconded by Tom Winters, to approve the bills and payroll dated June
15, 2007. Motion carried.
Approval of Monthly
Financial Report for April, 2007. Randall
presented the monthly financial report for April, 2007. He noted that revenues
for the first four months of 2007 exceeded revenues for the same period in 2006
by approximately $142,000 while 2007 expenditures exceeded 2006 expenditures
for the same four-month period by almost $48,000. The 2007 revenues include
$100,000 received from the Kansas Department of Transportation, of which $50,000
is for the Rural Road Engineer service initiated in March, 2007, and $50,000 is
for the Transportation Breakthrough Team of The Kansas Collaborative. The
expenditures report shows the beginning of expenses ($3,260.39 through April 30, 2007) for the Rural Road Engineer program, as
well as a draw-down of $30,000 for the Transportation Breakthough Team project
of KDOT. Shannon Francis
moved, seconded by Terry David, to
receive and place on the file the
Monthly Financial Report for April, 2007. Motion carried.
President’s Report. President
Dennis Peterson thanked Commissioner Tom Wagner for hosting the board meeting
in Atchison and for arranging the
tour and dinner the day preceding the meeting.
of Counties Report. Steve Garten, NACo representative, reminded the board
of the upcoming NACo Annual Conference in Richmond.
There was board discussion about the election of the next NACo 2nd
Vice President. Candidates include Teresa Altemus of Virginia
and Glen Whitley of Texas. Steve
indicated that he wanted to encourage Kansas counties to budget funds in their
2008 budgets to send county officials to the 2008 NACo Conference in Kansas
City, Missouri, and had written an article for the County Comment expressing
Update: Kiowa County and Greensburg Tornado Recovery. Terry David
gave an overview of his experiences immediately following the tornado in Greensburg. He felt that his experience of Kiowa
County and its residents underscored
the vital importance of NIMS training for county officials. He agreed to write an article for the July
County Comment emphasizing
Abbott-Becker said that the regional backup system for E-911
worked well in the Kiowa County
tornado and that it proved to be a very good investment. Steve Garten reported
that the $20,000 check for Kiowa County
from the KCCA was delivered to the Board of Kiowa County Commissioners.
of a Professional Services Agreement with GeoComm related to wireless E-911
deployment in certain Kansas counties. Judy presented a
proposal with GeoComm to visit the counties not yet ready to move to Phase II
in E-911 deployment. The fee, not to
exceed $12,000, will be paid by the E-911 training fund monies. Michele
Abbott Becker moved, Terry David
seconded to approve the professional services agreement with GeoComm. Motion carried.
Report. Randall briefed the board on
the following topics:
County Government Institute workshops – a schedule of summer and fall workshops
prepared by Sarah Meyer was distributed. Additionally, a list of the 53 Leadership
Academy graduates (county
commissioners) from 2000 to the present was distributed. There has been a
decrease in the past two years in the number of graduating commissioners from
the Leadership Academy
and the KAC is trying to restore enthusiasm and participation in the program.
Randall pointed specifically to the Leadership
Academy workshop, County Government and the Law, which is
being offered in Wichita on July
indicated that planning for the 32nd Annual Conference in Wichita
is proceeding, and that to date, 21 vendors have purchased exhibition booth
space for the conference.
Employee Benefits Trust Board initial meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 28, 2007, immediately following the first
2008 Legislative Policy Committee meeting. Both meetings will be held at the
Smith, former KAC legal intern, has been hired as the Senior
Legislative Director, effective July 9,
2007, at an annual salary of $51,000. In addition to ensuring the
smooth transition of the legislative program upon Judy’s retirement in October,
2008, Mike will gain and retain the necessary insurance credentials (licenses)
to enable the KAC to receive premium revenue from United HealthCare and Delta
Dental of Kansas, through the Employee Benefits Trust programs.
has written a plan to market the KAC’s deferred compensation program
(administered by Nationwide Retirement Solutions) in consultation with Joyce
Hall, state NRS director and Lisa Cole,
Enterprise Services Director, National Association of Counties. The plan is at
NACo for final review. Development of a marketing plan is a condition of the
KAC receiving the royalty payments for marketing the program. These payments
total about $15,000 annually.
draft proposal has been sent to the McKesson Company, which sells medical
supplies to many county health departments, hospitals, and emergency medical
service departments, with the KAC
offering to market McKesson’s medical supplies to county entities (e.g. health
departments, ambulance services, county hospitals) in exchange for McKesson
paying the KAC 1% of receipts. The county entities would be able to purchase
medical supplies at a favorable cost, under the MMCAP contract negotiated by
several states, including Kansas.
As such, the agreement would allow counties to buy medical supplies at reduced
costs, while providing some revenue to the KAC for use by the Medical Supplies
Breakthrough Team of The Kansas Collaborative.
Director’s Vacation Plans. Randall indicated that he is going to take some time
off in the months of June and July and distributed a calendar summarizing the
time he plans to be away from the office.
Kansas Health Foundation intends to grant the KAC $50,000 for the purpose of
developing and holding a “summit” meeting of local health directors and county
commissioners to discuss functional consolidation among regions for local public
health services. Randall indicated that accreditation of health departments is
coming, and along with it, the presumption that federal funding may at some
point be tied to health department accreditation. He said that there are
currently no existing service design models for rural, less populous counties
to provide the 10 essential public health services to constituents on their own.
Kansas will be a leader in
development of such an approach.
has received word from the Mayor/CEO’s office in Wyandotte
County and Kansas
City, Kansas of a concern that
the 2008 annual conference of NACo is proceeding without much communication
with Johnson and Wyandotte counties
in the metropolitan Kansas City
area. He said that he has sent an email to a NACo staff person who reports to
NACo Executive Director Larry Naake about the concern, and will keep the board
informed of developments.
Affiliate/Associate Information Exchange.
Dennis Peterson announced
for Joe Connor (who had to leave early) that
the KALHD meeting is next week in Wichita.
Dennis said that the summer training conference for the County Weed Directors
Association of Kansas (CWDAK) is in mid-July in Butler
John Miller told the board
that Norton County
had been informed of a pending 22-25% premium increase for employee health
insurance from Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
Larry McAulay announced that the County Counselors
Association of Kansas (CCAK) would be holding its summer educational meeting in
Salina on June 29. Topics include
annexation law; conflict resolution with county employees; and changes in
Michele Abbott-Becker spoke
about the possibility of working with wireless cell phone companies to provide
free tower space for emergency services. She also said that we may need to take
a new look at mutual aid legislation due to the regionalization of services
which is occurring.
Steve Garten reported the possibility of developing a wind
energy project in Barber County.
Shannon Francis said that Seward
County is working to convene a
“council of governments” in Seward County,
similar to the model of Harvey County,
which was explained in some detail at the May meeting of the Kansas County
Commissioners Association (KCCA).
Gary Post said that the
state assessed valuation reports for the 2007 tax year are due out today.
Terry David told the Board
that the KEMSA mid-year meeting is August
16-19, 2007 at the Wichita Marriott. It is the intention of KEMSA to discuss
hiring a lobbyist at that meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:50
and General Counsel
Joe Connor, KAC Board
July 27, 2007