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ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES
MINUTES OF NOVEMBER 16, 2008 MEETING
HYATT REGENCY HOTEL, WICHITA, KS
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; Gary Doane, Osborne
County Commissioner; Shannon Francis, Seward 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; Dale Phillips, Barton County Noxious Weed Director; Dennis
Peterson, Riley County Noxious Weed Director; Tom Wagner, Atchison County
Commissioner; Tom Winters, Sedgwick County Commissioner; Dick Works, Allen
Others Present: Randall
Allen, KAC Executive Director; Melissa Wangemann, KAC General Counsel; Dennis
Kriesel, KAC Sr. Policy Analyst; Cliff Mayo, Finney County Commissioner; John
Miller, Wallace County Commissioner; Burt Burrows, Wade Sunderman, Michelle
Escobedo, and Wendie Arnold, Nationwide Retirement Solutions; Andrew
Goldschmidt, National Association of Counties.
Shannon Francis called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.
Tom Winters, Chairman, Board of Sedgwick County Commissioners,
welcomed the KAC Board to Sedgwick County
and explained some of the new building initiatives in the county.
Shannon Francis welcomed John Miller, Wallace County Commissioner
and Cliff Mayo, Finney County Commissioner, as guests at the Board meeting.
Terry David moved and Steve Garten seconded approval of the
minutes from the October 24th and November 6th
meetings. The minutes were approved.
Tom Winters explained that the Finance Committee had
reviewed the bills and payroll as of November
16, 2008. Tom Winter moved
and Mark Low seconded a motion to approve the Finance Committee Report. The motion passed.
Randall Allen briefed the Board on the annual conference and
noted several events occurring during the conference.
Melissa Wangemann explained the Legislative Policy Statement
Andrew Goldschmidt from the National Association of Counties
greeted the Board and discussed NACo?s legislative accomplishments and
initiatives at the federal level.
Burt Burrows, Program Director for Nationwide Retirement
Solutions, greeted the Board, introduce staff from Nationwide, and discussed
the Nationwide deferred compensation program services available to counties.
Melissa Wangemann presented an engagement letter from the
CPA firm of Summers, Spencer and Callison for the E911 audit. Michele Abbott-Becker moved and Dennis
Peterson seconded the motion to accept the engagement letter as presented. The motion passed.
Melissa Wangemann presented a written proposal on distributing
the monthly newsletter, the County Comment,
by electronic mail. Tom Winters moved
and Sheila Biggs seconded a motion to accept the recommendation of KAC staff to
offer KAC members the choice of electronic or paper versions of the County Comment. The motion included requiring a subscription
fee of $15 for the paper version of the newsletter to cover the costs of
production. The change will be effective with the January, 2009 issue. The motion
Randall Allen presented the revised, recommended 2009 KAC
budget of $894,425, following up on a preliminary draft of the 2009 KAC Budget discussed
with the Board at the November 6, 2008
conference call meeting. Randall briefed the board on the changes to the budget
from the previous, initial draft. Changes reflected discussions during the November 6, 2008 conference call
Larry McAulay presented information on a revised cost
estimate(s) for an online legal reference service which he and Melissa had
researched since the previous meeting. While there are several options, it was
felt that a $3,000 budget for this service would be adequate to secure a
reasonable level of service. $3,600 was included in the revised 2009 budget as
presented by Randall.
Tom Winters moved, seconded by Terry David, to adopt the
2009 KAC budget of $894,425 as amended to reflect a reduction of $460 in the
Subscriptions and Dues account ($5,750, rather than $6,200) and an increase of
$460 in the Contingency Reserve account ($16,910, rather than $16,450). The motion passed.
KAC President Shannon Francis urged the board to enjoy the
conference, thank our exhibitors and sponsors for their participation, and be
prompt in meeting at various times when the full board?s participation is
The meeting was adjourned at 12:07
Minutes prepared by Melissa Wangemann and Randall Allen.
Minutes approved on December
11, 2008 by the Governing Board.
Sheila Biggs, Secretary