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ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES
May 17, 2002
President Russ Frey called the meeting to order at 10:13 a.m. 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
Joe Brunk, Sedgwick County Weed Director
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
Dean Kruse, Norton County Commissioner
Kathy Peckman, Miami County Clerk
Paula Phillips, Douglas County Emergency Management Director
Ron Sitts, Edwards County Public Works Director
Board Members not present:
Bobby Heitschmidt, Ellsworth County Commissioner
Frances Garcia, Reno County Commissioner
Bill Linde, Woodson County Commissioner
Randy Rogers, Coffey County Sheriff
Randy Allen, KAC Executive Director
Judy Moler, KAC Legislative Services Director/General
Marla Flentje, KAC Education Director
Pam Hatfield, KAC Executive Assistant
Board members shared information and news concerning their
county and or region.
Randy Allen introduced Dennis Kriesel, our new Public Health
Policy Fellow, to the KAC Board. Dennis comes to the KAC with great
credentials and experience. His position is largely funded through a grant from
the Kansas Health Foundation. His work will be to increase the capacity of the
KAC and counties to plan for and respond to health and environmental
ADDITIONS/DELETIONS TO THE AGENDA
Kathy Peckman reqeuested an opportunity to discuss pending
federal elections legislation. President Frey indicated that she could speak
following agenda item number 8.
FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORT
Treasurer Mike Billinger reported that the Finance Committee
had reviewed the bills and payroll dated May 17, 2002, and that there were no
outstanding bills worthy of special mention. Mike Billinger moved, seconded
by Dean Kruse, to approve the report of bills and payrolls dated May 17, 2002.
Motion carried. Wade Dixon moved, seconded by Linda Fincham, to approve and
place the Monthly Financial reports of February and March, 2002. Motion
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT
Executive Director Randy Allen advised the board of
scheduling conflicts in October which necessitate rescheduling the October
board meeting. The revised date of the October Governing Board meeting will be
Friday, October 11, 2002 (in Topeka) instead of the Friday, October 18th
date is suggested. The rescheduling is necessary so that board members can
attend the Southwest Kansas County Officials meeting in Syracuse, scheduled on
the 18th. President Russ Frey, and Commissioner Lonie Addis will
attend the meeting in Hamilton County. Randy will be in South Dakota,
attending the National Council of County Association Executives (his peer
meeting) from October 16 - 19.
Kathy Peckman moved, Ron Sitts seconded, that the October
Governing Board meeting be rescheduled to October 11, 2002, so that board
members have an opportunity to attend the SW Kansas County Officials Meeting on
October 18, 2002. Motion carried.
Randy advised the board that the phone system has been
replaced in the Topeka office. The "old" system was purchased
October 1, 1988. The new system, including voice mail, was installed May 13,
2002. Randy announced that installation was complete, as was training on the
new system for all staff.
Randy reviewed with the board various dates of events that
he and other staff members participated in over the course of the past several
months, and several that are up and coming.
Randy mentioned again, the hiring of Dennis Kriesel, and
pointed out to the board some of the facility changes that have taken place in
regard to this new position.
For purposes of sound separation, a glass door has been
installed off the main hallway so that photocopier noise can be separated from
Randy requested travel authorization for KAC President Russ
Frey, NACo Repre-
sentative Lonie Addis, and Legal Services Director/General
Counsel Judy Moler to attend the 67th Annual National Association of
Counties Conference July 12 - 17, 2002 in New Orleans, LA. Randy indicated
that even though funds were budgeted for him and Marla Flentje to attend the
conference, neither would attend as funds could be better used elsewhere.
Kathy Peckman moved, Rob Broberg seconded, to authorize
President Russ Frey, Lonie Addis and Judy Moler to travel to and attend the
NACo Conference in New Orleans, July 12 - 17, 2002. Motion carried.
The meeting recessed at 11:34 a.m. for lunch, and resumed at
Lonie Addis distributed information regarding nominations
for the 2002-2003 NACo Policy Steering Committees. Board members received a
form that interested persons are to complete and return to him. Lonie also
distributed a sheet listing all current NACo Policy Steering Committee members
from Kansas. There are a total of 16 committee members from Kansas. Lonie
reminded the board that he will not be attending the Board of Directors meeting
that will be held in Montana. He announced that he would be writing a letter
expressing Kansas' support and endorsement of Bill Hansel of Oregon, for the
position of 2nd Vice President of NACo.
Judy Moler was elated to announce that the legislature has
gone home - following its passage of the budget. She was pleased to tell the
board that HB 2337, creating the Kansas Advisory Council on Intergovernmental
Relations, had passed as well.
A "Financial/Budget Timing" task force meeting was
held at the KAC office yesterday (May 16), in conjunction with representatives
of the League of Kansas Municipalities.
Judy informed the board that the KAC's good friend,
Representative Gerry Ray, had recently experienced some serious heart
problems. She requested that flowers be sent to Representative Ray from the
KAC, expressing our "speedy recovery". Rep. Ray chairs the House
Local Government Committee.
Rod Broberg moved, Paula Phillips seconded, that flowers
be sent to Representative Gerry Ray. Motion carried.
There was much discussion regarding questions that
could/should be asked during gubernatorial candidate forums to be held this
summer and fall. Randy indicated that an upcoming County Comment article
would focus on questions to address candidates for Kansas Governor.
The kickoff meeting of the 2003 KAC Legislative Platform
Committee meeting is scheduled for July 9, 2002 in Topeka.
KANSAS COUNTY GOVERNMENT INSTITUTE
The 1st Quarter 2002 (January-March) Education
Program Activity Report was distributed to KAC Governing Board members.
Information regarding new workshops as well as customized training for various
counties, as well as evaluation summaries of all workshops in the first quarter
Marla was pleased at the positive comments she has received
regarding the Kansas County Commissioners Association conference held last week
in Wichita. Highlights at the event were Duncan Campbell, from Homeland
Security Director Tom Ridge's office in Washington, DC.; Greg Gardner, the
Adjutant General of the State of Kansas; and Mike Hayden, former Governor of
the State of Kansas and current Secretary of Wildlife and Parks. A media/political
panel including newspaper and academic personalities surveyed the political and
election season in Kansas and was especially lively and educating. It was
suggested that this panel be continued at the KAC Conference in the future.
PERFORMANCE EVALUATION COMMITTEE
Wade Dixon, chairman of the committee told the board that
his committee has not met yet, but would like some input from the board. His
committee; Lonie Addis, Paula Phillips, Eileen Filbert and Russ Frey would like
ideas for improvement on and in the process of the evaluation. He is concerned
that there is no point of reference within the evaluation instrument as it is
written currently. He asked if they should evaluate the instrument or change
the reference. Rod Broberg offered that the committee should look at the
document and make the decision to change or make revisions to the forum as they
(the committee) deem appropriate.
Wade announced that the committee would be meeting
immediately following the board meeting today.
Federal / State Elections
Kathy Peckman, Miami County Clerk, distributed an
information sheet comparing two versions of federal election reform legislation
(i.e. HR 3295 and S 565). She
compared and contrasted the House and Senate versions and
pointed out several provisions to be wary of.
Randy played a video tape produced by NACo, consisting of
interviews with emergency management, police, fire, medical and others who were
first on the scene in New York City, Arlington County, Virginia, and
the attacks on September 11, and who played an integral part
in saving lives.
There being no further business, President Russ Frey adjourned the
meeting at 1:32 p.m.
Lonie Addis, Secretary
June 28, 2002