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KANSAS ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES
MINUTES OF JANUARY
23, 2009 MEETING
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
Board Members Absent:
Others Present: Randall
Allen, KAC Executive Director; Melissa Wangemann, KAC General Counsel.
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
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
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
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
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
The meeting was adjourned at 1:44
Minutes prepared by Melissa Wangemann
Michele Abbott-Becker, Secretary