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KANSAS ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES
MINUTES OF MARCH 13,
Board Members Present: Michele Abbott, 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
Others Present: Randall
Allen, KAC Executive Director; Melissa Wangemann, KAC General Counsel. Brenda Flanagan, CPA at Summers, Spencer and
Callison, appeared for the presentation of the audit on E911.
President Connor called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.
Tim Norton moved and Dennis
Peterson seconded a motion to approve the agenda and the minutes. The motion passed.
Dick Works explained that
the Finance Committee had reviewed the bills and payroll as of March 13, 2009. Dick Works
moved and Tom Wagner seconded a motion to approve the report and file it for
the audit. The motion passed.
President Connor gave his report.
Steve Garten gave the NACo report, Those attending the NACo annual meeting in Washington
D.C. earlier in the week discussed the
meeting and legislative breakfast hosted for the Kansas
Randall Allen briefed the Board on the process of selecting
the next NACo representative.
Melissa Wangemann gave a brief report on the review of the
bylaws. Dennis Peterson asked for an
update on the bylaws discussion-- Melissa Wangemann said she would provide that
for him. Jack Frick
wanted to emphasize efficiency in government as part of our mission statement.
Melissa Wangemann and Randall Allen presented the legislative
report. Melissa discussed E911 and the
opposition that has arisen from the League of Kansas Municipalities. Melissa explained that she and Kim Winn from
LKM would be discussing the bill with Chairman Carl Holmes next week. Melissa explained that the Medicaid bill had
failed due to its fiscal impact ($5 m) and questions raised on whether the bill
would actually fulfill its purpose. SRS
proposed a pilot program to work on the issue, possibly with Sedgwick
County. Randall talked about the
consolidation bills and there was general discussion about the consolidation
Brenda Flanagan presented the E911 audit. She explained that, although the receipts and
disbursements were higher in 2008 than 2007, the administrative fee to LKM and
KAC was lower in 2008 because of timing -- some of the receipts came in 2007,
but were paid out in 2008.
Randall Allen gave the executive director report. He gave a report on membership dues,
explaining that seven counties have not paid dues. He explained that 91 counties have paid dues
for the local road engineer program. He
discussed the wind farm conferences. He discussed the KAC accounts with
Citizens Bank & Trust and called for Board approval of a corporate
resolution authorizing signatories to the account, and an application for
e-banking. Terry David moved and Tim
Norton seconded a motion to authorize these actions. The motion passed. Randall also discussed the salary survey that
KAC has provided in the past. He asked
for a motion to approve $7,000 for hiring Austin Peters to assemble the
information. Dale Phillips moved and Dick
Works seconded the motion to approve the expenditure. The motion passed.
Senator Chris Steineger joined the group to discuss his
legislative proposal on consolidation.
The Board meeting recessed for lunch at 12:05 p.m. The Board reconvened its meeting at 12:40 p.m.
Individual board members shared issues from their counties
for general discussion. Steve Garten
discussed wind energy developments in his area.
Tom Wagner said the biggest issue for his county right now is the
stimulus package; they are waiting to hear if they receive some KDOT monies for
programs. JR McMahon also discussed KDOT
projects and federal funding for programs.
Tim Norton discussed flood levy certification. He said that Sedgwick
County was the first county to
certify their levy. The federal
government remapped the Sedgwick County
flood plain, which would require flood insurance for the residents in that
area. He also discussed health care
accreditation for federal funding, and noted that Sedgwick
County is also working on issues
relating to maintaining the KU Medical Research Department in Wichita,
which provides about 70% of doctors to western Kansas.
John Miller reported that Norton
County will sign an agreement with
Rob Mahoney for health insurance for 2010. Mahoney is also talking to Decatur
and Meade counties.
Dale Phillips noted that the weed directors will be hosting
a meeting in March. Dennis Peterson explained the 40 hour course that is
required for noxious weed directors.
Michele Abbott explained that the state match of 20% for
emergency management was not provided and therefore overall funding has been
Jack Frick mentioned that
the wind farm conference went well. He also
mentioned that his county is waiting on stimulus monies, too.
Dick Works, on personal privilege, said that NBC News was in
his town filming his brother for their Monday night program.
Joe Connor said that the state match for preparedness
programs was denied to KDHE. This money
is used to hire personnel for local health departments. Joe Connor and Melissa Wangemann discussed
sending a legislative bulletin on this issue to assist with the KDHE budget
The meeting was adjourned at 1:00
Minutes prepared by Melissa Wangemann
Michele Abbott-Becker, Secretary