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KANSAS ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES
MINUTES OF MAY 22,
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;,
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.
Absent: Larry McAulay, Johnson
County Director of Legal Services; Dick
Works, Allen County Commissioner.
Others Present: Randall
Allen, KAC Executive Director; Melissa Wangemann, KAC General Counsel; Burt Burrows and Wende Arnold, Nationwide
Retirement Solutions, for the presentation on the NACo Nationwide deferred
President Connor called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m.
Marsha Ewy, Commissioner from Hodgeman
County welcomed the Board. Sheriff Ron Ridley from Hodgeman
County also appeared and Randall
Allen introduced him. Randall also recognized
Lea Ann Seiler from the Hodgeman County Economic Development Department.
Mark Low moved and Tim Norton
seconded a motion to approve the agenda.
The motion passed.
Tim Norton moved and
Steve Garten second a motion to approve
the minutes with an amendment reflecting that Sheila Biggs
was not in attendance at the March meeting. The motion passed.
Steve Garten recommended that the Finance Committee postpone
its motion to approve bills and payroll until the next Board meeting due to
errors on the bill and payroll reports that needed corrections.
Randall Allen gave the financial report. Dennis Peterson moved and Jack Frick seconded
a motion to adopt and file the report. The motion passed.
Burt Burrows and Wende Arnold gave a report on the NACo
deferred compensation program. Randall Allen emphasized that this program helps
finance the budget of KAC.
Randall Allen briefed the Board on the process of selecting
the next NACo representative and noted the two candidates; Tim
Norton (Sedgwick County)
and Duane Patrick (McPherson County).
Steve Garten gave the NACo report, and discussed the
upcoming annual conference in Nashville
in July. He noted that NACo does a good job monitoring federal
Melissa Wangemann reviewed the bylaws draft with the Board,
explaining the edits made by the study committee. There
was discussion on: 1) whether to allow more than one Governing Board member
from each county; 2) whether the NACo representative should serve a longer
term; 3) whether the responsibilities clause should include the statement that
KAC assists in preserving duties and powers of all elected and appointed
officials; and 4) how to align the affiliate members on the Governing Board to
equalize the expiration of terms of office.
On the first issue the Board decided to keep the current language; on
the second issue, the Board decided to extend the NACo reps term for three
terms; on the third issue, the language will be deleted in order to preserve
local control and the ability to consolidate or alter government structure; on
the fourth issue, Melissa Wangemann will rewrite the provision to accommodate
new affiliate groups that join KAC.
Melissa Wangemann and Randall Allen presented the legislative
report. Randall emphasized that KAC
should keep to two priority statements this year: budget and E911. The Board
discussed E911 at length.
Randall Allen gave the executive director report. He gave a report on membership dues,
explaining that 104 counties have paid dues.
He discussed the County Government
and Wind Farm conferences hosted by KAC throughout Kansas. He explained the progress on the compensation
study, and presented a draft preferred provider agreement with KCAMP. Michele Abbott moved and Jack Frick seconded a
motion to approve the contract for the keynote speaker for the KAC annual
conference. The motion passed.
Individual board members shared issues from their counties
for general discussion:
John Miller reported that Norton
County signed an agreement with Rob
Mahoney for consultation on health insurance for 2010.
Michele Abbott said commissioners who attended the Intro to Commissioner?s Job said they
wanted more info on EMS.
She noted that Homeland Security equipment and capabilities will be on
display at the Kansas Coliseum in June.
Terry David noted this week was EMS
week. Terry David thanked Melissa
Wangemann for her work on KEMSA legislation.
Tim Norton noted that the
KCCA conference occurred this last month and it went well.
JR McMahon discussed federal funding and noted that KDOT?s
loss of state money might affect the receipt of federal funds.
Sheila Biggs gave an update
on the Orion product used in the appraiser?s office.
Mark Low talked about the Kansas County Appraisers Association
annual conference in June. The Flint
will be presenting on June 10. Mark
emphasized that KAC needs to concentrate on taxes and budget next year.
Jack Frick said that his
county appraiser is still using the old system until the glitches in Orion are
The meeting was adjourned at 12:35
Minutes prepared by Melissa Wangemann
Michele Abbott, Secretary