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MINUTES

 KANSAS ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES

BOARD MEETING

May 17, 2002

KAC Conference Room, Topeka, Kansas

 

 

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 Administrator

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

 

Others present:

 

Randy Allen, KAC Executive Director

Judy Moler, KAC Legislative Services Director/General Counsel

Marla Flentje, KAC Education Director

Pam Hatfield, KAC Executive Assistant

 

INFORMAL SHARING

 

Board members shared information and news concerning their county and or region.  

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Kathy Peckman moved, seconded by Eileen Filbert, to approve the March 15, 2002 meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

 

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 issues.   

 

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 carried.

 

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 work areas.

 

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 12:10 p.m.

 

NACo REPORT

 

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. 

 

LEGISLATIVE SESSION UPDATE

 

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 were distributed.  

 

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. 

 

NACo Video

 

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 Pennsylvania following

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. 

 

 

                              Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

      _______________________

                                             Pam Hatfield, Executive Assistant

 

 

 

 

Approved:   _________________________________

                  Lonie Addis, Secretary

                  June 28, 2002