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KANSAS ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES

GOVERNING BOARD

 

MINUTES OF JANUARY 23, 2009 MEETING

TOPEKA, KANSAS

 

 

Attendance

 

Board Members Present:  Michele Abbott-Becker, Marion County Emergency Management  Director; Sheila Biggs, Dickinson County Commissioner; Joe Connor, Unified Government Health Department Administrator; Terry David, Rice County EMS Director; Jack Frick, Scott County Commissioner; R. Steve Garten, Barber County Commissioner; Mark Low, Finney County Appraiser; Larry McAulay, Johnson County Director of Legal Services; JR McMahon II, Miami County Director of Public Works; John Miller, Norton County Commissioner; Tim Norton, Sedgwick County Commissioner; Dale Phillips, Barton County Noxious Weed Director; Dennis Peterson, Riley County Noxious Weed Director; Tom Wagner, Atchison County Commissioner; Dick Works, Allen County Commissioner.

 

Board Members Absent:  None.

 

Others Present:  Randall Allen, KAC Executive Director; Melissa Wangemann, KAC General Counsel.

  

Proceedings

 

Joe Connor called the meeting to order at 10:05 a.m.    

 

President Connor introduced Jack Frick and welcomed him to the KAC governing board.

 

Tim Norton moved and Sheila Biggs seconded a motion to approve the December minutes with two amendments offered by Joe Connor.  The motion passed.

 

Dick Works explained that the Finance Committee had reviewed the bills and payroll as of January 23, 2009.  Terry David moved and Tom Wagner seconded a motion to approve the report and file it for the audit. 

 

Randall Allen presented the monthly financial report for November 2008 and the current bank account balances.  Steve Garten moved and Dennis Peterson seconded a motion to accept and file the report.

 

Melissa Wangemann and Randall Allen presented the legislative report.  Randall Allen was asked to put together a list of 11 budget items that will affect counties and distribute the information.

 

President Connor moved into discussion on strategic planning.  Some discussion was had on the Bylaws, and President Connor appointed Melissa Wangemann, Larry McAulay, Terry David, Tom Wagner  and  Dennis Peterson to the 2009 bylaws review committee.  President Connor will also sit on the committee.  President Connor and Melissa Wangemann will start the project by formulating a calendar and process.

 

Sarah Meyer discussed issues that arose during the 2008 conference and how those issues will be addressed at the 2009 conference.  There was much discussion on the issue of affiliate/associate groups attending their group meetings without paying registration for KAC?s annual conference.  Sarah will discuss the concerns with the affiliate/associate groups and consider the possibility of monitoring badges at meetings and meals; she will provide a report to the governing board at a later date.

 

Randall Allen presented his report.  He said 58 counties had paid their dues for the 2009 calendar year.  Randall Allen said that KAC has received dues from 64 counties for the road engineer program, and we need 11 more counties to fully fund the program.   He also mentioned that The Collaborative submitted its application for the second phase of consideration for the Innovations in American Government  award from the JFK School of Government.   

 

President Connor presented his report and talked about his trip to Washington D.C.

 

Steve Garten presented the NACo report and discussed the upcoming legislative conference hosted by the National Association of Counties (NACo). 

 

Mark Low presented a report for the affiliate group, Kansas County Appraisers Association, and discussed the Constitutional Amendment that they are proposing during the 2009 session.

 

Randall Allen presented the Secretariat Agreement between KAC and the KCCA along with the Partnership Agreement between KAC and KCCA on the educational workshops.  Larry McAulay suggested changes to the Secretariat Agreement, which were added to the draft.  Larry McAulay moved and Dennis Peterson seconded a motion to approve the agreement as modified, subject to approval by the KCCA governing board.   The motion included approval of the Partnership Agreement. The motion passed.

 

Shelley gave a report for the affiliate group Kansas Emergency Management Association and discussed the Homeland Security grants.

 

John Miller reminded the board that the EBT meeting would follow the KAC govern board meeting.

 

Tim Norton provided the KCCA report and discussed the issue of health care costs as an ongoing  concern.

 

JR McMahon provided an affiliate report for Kansas County Highway Association.

 

Jack Frick provided an affiliate report for

 

Terry David gave a report for the affiliate group Kansas Emergency Medical Services Association.   Dale Phillips gave an affiliate report for County Weed Directors of Kansas Association. Their conference is the first week of March.

 

Joe Connor gave a report from the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments. 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 1:44 p.m.

 

Minutes prepared by Melissa Wangemann

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Michele Abbott-Becker, Secretary