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Kansas Association of Counties

Governing Board Meeting

February 11, 2003

6206 SW 9th Terrace, Topeka, KS

KAC Conference Room


President Wade Dixon called the meeting to order at 1:32 p.m. Board members present were as follows:


Lonie Addis, Labette County Commissioner

Rod Broberg, Saline County Appraiser

Joe Brunk, Sedgwick County Noxious Weed Director

John Calhoon, Atchison County Sheriff

Jerry Davis, Finney County Commissioner

Wade Dixon, Greeley County Counselor/Attorney

Ted Ensley, Shawnee County Commissioner

Eileen Filbert, Jefferson County Health Department Administrator

Linda Fincham, Marshall County Register of Deeds

Gene Merry, Coffey County Commissioner

Kathy Peckman, Miami County Clerk

Ron Sitts, Edwards County Public Works Director

Paula Phillips, Douglas County Emergency Management Director

Florence Whitebread, Geary County Commissioner

Jerry Davis, Finney County Commissioner


Others present:


Randy Allen, KAC Executive Director

Judy Moler, KAC Legislative Services Director/General Counsel


Members absent:


Dean Kruse, Norton County Commissioner

Mike Billinger, Ellis County Treasurer

Clark Allemang, Butler County Appraiser


Approval of Minutes 

Kathy Peckman moved, seconded by Jerry Davis, to approve the January 24, 2003 minutes as corrected. Motion carried.


Additions/deletions to the meeting agenda 

No items were added or deleted from the meeting agenda as distributed.


Finance Committee Report 

Gene Merry presented the Finance Committee Report, in the absence of Chairman Mike Billinger, who was required to be away from the meeting at the Capitol to testify on a bill. 


Kathy Peckman moved, seconded by Ron Sitts, to approve the bills and payrolls as presented and reviewed by the Finance Committee prior to the meeting.  Motion carried.


Old Business 

Executive Director Allen reported on the progress made in conjunction with selling the minivan. The Shawnee County Purchasing Department has listed it for sale on the Shawnee County website, and is accepting bids until February 19, 2003. A minimum bid of $9,500 has been stipulated. After the bids are opened, we will be notified as to who submitted the highest bid, and the van can then be sold.  Mr. Allen also presented the 2003 Kansas County Commissioner Deskbook to each board member, and indicated that distribution of the document began at the recently held “Introduction to the Commissioner’s Job” in Wichita on February 6-7, 2003.  The board discussed the sequence of working on a new Strategic Plan, and decided that it would be best to initiate the process following the Board Retreat which will be held in conjunction with the board meeting in April, 2003.  President Dixon briefed board members on the progress of the Performance Evaluation Committee.  


The KAC’s newest Legal Intern, Scott Kenefake, was introduced to the board.  Scott has completed his J.D. degree from Washburn University and is studying for the upcoming bar exam.


Strategic Planning Agenda

Executive Director Allen presented his monthly report. He briefed the board on the status of 2003 county membership dues received to date; 2) the progress of the 2003 Compensation Survey data collection efforts; 3) the recent cancellation of a joint marketing agreement for the drug/alcohol testing service by the Mental Health Consortium and the impact on future KAC budgets; and 4) his progress toward accomplishing his stated performance goals.  The Executive Director presented draft 2003 secretariat agreements for the KAC to provide secretariat services for the Kansas County Commissioners Association (KCCA) and the County Counselors Association of Kansas (CCAK). Allen explained that the KCCA Executive Committee had approved the secretariat agreement as amended to reflect the preparation and printing of a new pictorial directory of county commissioners again in 2003, to be ready for distribution in time for the KCCA’s Annual Conference in Wichita in May.


Rod Broberg moved, seconded by Paula Phillips, to approve the 2003 secretariat services agreement with the KCCA, as

amended. Motion carried.


Paula Phillips moved, seconded by Linda Fincham, to approve the 2003 secretariat services agreement with the CCAK, as presented. Motion carried.


Dennis Kriesel, KAC Public Health Fellow, presented the recently printed KAC Research Report on the status of public health services in Kansas to the board. He briefed the report on the findings in the report and what they mean for counties and for Kansans.    


NACo Report

Lonie Addis briefed the board on the upcoming NACo Legislative Conference to be held later in February and early March in Washington, D.C. He also distributed copies of the NACo Bylaws.  Randall asked for board approval to nominate Johnson County Commissioner Susie Wolf to the NACo Transportation Policy Steering Committee.


Lonie Addis moved, seconded by Frances Garcia, to approve the nomination and submit it to NACo for processing and review. Motion carried.


Litigation and 2003 Legislative Session Update 

Judy Moler announced that there had been no developments concerning the Association’s legal action against the State of Kansas in conjunction with local governments’ revenue transfers.  She and Executive Director Allen briefed the board on the status of all significant pending legislation affecting counties.


Kansas County Government Institute 2003 Annual Report 

Education Director Marla Flentje presented the 2003 Annual Report of the Kansas County Government Institute, including data on participation by counties and types of county officials last year.



With no further business, President Wade Dixon adjourned the meeting at 3:45 p.m.



                                                                                                                        Respectfully submitted,






                                                                                                                        Randall Allen, Executive Director





Approved :_______________________________

                        Kathy Peckman, Secretary

                        March 14, 2003