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ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES BOARD MEETING
Wednesday, February 7, 2001
KAC Office, 6206 SW 9th
Terrace, Topeka, KS
Vice President, Russ Frey
called the meeting to order at 1:35
p.m. Board members present were as
Board members present:
Lonie A. Addis, Labette County
Mike Billinger, Ellis
Rodney Broberg, Saline County Appraiser
Joe Brunk, Sedgwick County Weed
Wade M. Dixon, Greeley County
Linda Fincham, Marshall
County Register of Deeds
Russ Frey, Riley County
Bobby C. Heitschmidt, Ellsworth County
Dean Kruse, Norton County
Kathy Peckman, Miami County Clerk
Randy Rogers, Coffey County Sheriff
Ron Sitts, Edwards County
Public Works Director
Nancy Weeks, Haskell County Treasurer
Riley Winkler, Gray County
Board Members not
Frances Garcia, Reno County
Paula Phillips, Douglas County
Emergency Management Director
William (Bill) Linde, Woodson County
Others present were:
Randy Allen, KAC Executive
Marla Flentje, KAC Education Director
Judy Moler, KAC Legislative Services Director/General Counsel
Pam Hatfield, KAC Executive
Edie Snethen, Executive Director, KALHD
Vice President Russ Frey
asked if there were amendments or corrections to the January 17, 2001
board meeting minutes. There were none.
Randy Rogers moved, seconded by Bobby Heitschmidt, to
approve January 17, 2001 meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Vice President Russ Frey is
presiding over the meeting until President Rod Broberg arrives. Currently he
is at the State House preparing to testify.
Russ introduced Edie Snethen,
Executive Director, KALHD, who spoke briefly to the board. Edie has been
Executive Director since September, 2000. KALHD is currently renting
office space from the KAC in their Topeka office. Edie expressed her goals for KALHD,
including; 1) establishing standards for use state wide, 2) increasing communication
across the state between her office and Local Health Departments as well as the
counties they serve, and 3) work force development. Edie is eager to form a
strong relationship and partnership with the KAC as well as the Kansas Health
Foundation. KALHD have submitted their request to become an Affiliate
member of the KAC, a decision that will be taken before the members who attend
the Annual Conference in November, 2001.
President Rod Broberg,
returned from his meeting downtown, and resumed the roll of leading the
Russ Frey asked to be
placed at #6, #D to the agenda, for some thoughts he wished to express.
#6, #C is not ready for
discussion, Randy Allen asked that it be dropped from the agenda.
Chairperson Nancy Weeks reviewed the list of bills and payments submitted for
approval. Nancy indicated that the bills and invoices had been
examined by the Finance Committee at its earlier meeting and that the Finance
Committee recommended approval of the bills as submitted.
Nancy Weeks moved, seconded by Russ Frey to approve the
bills and payrolls as submitted. Motion carried.
Nancy Weeks reviewed the
2000 Financial Report that Randy Allen provided. She called attention to the
Associations' close of budgeted revenue of 103.3%, while 102.0% of the budgeted
appropriations were spent. As such, revenues exceeded expenditures by almost
$9,000 in 2000. By comparison, revenues in 2000 were 10.4% than in 1999, and
expenditures were 4.1% higher.
Randy Allen added that we
have significantly rebounded comparing December 2000 to December 1999. February 1, 2001
closing balance is $136,614.38.
Nancy Weeks moved, seconded by Russ Frey to accept and
place on file the December Financial Report as submitted. Motion carried.
Randy Allen announced that
the Compensation Surveys were ready to be mailed out to Human Resource
Directors and Clerks this week. Last year, 90+ counties responded to the
surveys, which included information regarding positions, benefits, costs, etc.
All the report information was compiled by Austin Peters and printed up by our
office. All information was placed in binders and mailed out to all counties.
Education Director, Marla Flentje
announced that #2 ESS class has on-line registrations, which are going well.
The Manhattan class is currently full, with a waiting list. All
other classes with the exception of Garden City are filling up well.
The Intro to Commissioners
Job currently has 110 enrolled. This class will take place on Thursday and
Friday of next week in Wichita Approximately 75-80% of the class is made up of
new commissioners. Marla announced that 1/3 of those who enrolled in the
Clerk's school have never been in government before. This was an excellent
opportunity to teach them about County Government in the 1 1/2 day orientation.
Randy Allen attended Leadership
Greeley County and checked out our lodging in Horrace for our May
meeting. The meeting was well attended. He has also been named to the
Environmental Protection Grant Committee by the Water Authority. They will
look at funding, etc for the LEPP (Local Environment Protection Program).
Randy will be updating the personnel policies and procedures for the KAC
staff. A current copy of the policy will be mailed out to board members for
review, and revision. He is also working on the chapters for the County
Lonie Addis, NACo
Representative, handed out data containing a listing of counties that currently
are not members of NACo. He will be visiting with the counties to try and sway
them to join. He is trying to gain more members to NACo that would enable Kansas to
obtain another NACo rep for the board. Lonie thought that one of the main
focuses would be election, election, election (laws). Kathy Peckman added that
she thought re-districting would also become a hot topic this year.
County Government Day was
well attended, and Judy thanked board members for coming downtown this
9-1-1 will be debated on the house floor tomorrow.
HB 2034 we will be
supporting with the amendment.
Testimonies from Randy
Allen and Judy Moler were handed out.
Russ Frey expressed his
thoughts about the day. He was especially proud of the KAC with the thank you
from Secretary of Agriculture regarding the Noxious Weed Bill. He explained
that it was through such collaboration and building of coalitions, that such
work can be accomplished. It is his thought that state government is in
trouble with funding the budget, and that everyone, across the state is in the
same position. He feels that the KAC has a real opportunity to become a leader
in building a coalition with the state and also at a national level. With
vision to long range, Russ feels that we should take advantage of opportunities
presented to the KAC and in conjunction with the League.
Riley Winkler, Gray County
Commissioner announced that effective March 15, 2000,
he would be resigning his position as commissioner and board member with the
KAC. A letter regarding such will be mailed to President Rod Broberg.
Russ Frey moved, Bobby Heitschmidt
seconded, that the meeting be adjourned. Motion carried.
With no further business on
the agenda, the meeting was adjourned at 2:40
Hatfield, Executive Assistant
Approved by KAC Board:
Wade Dixon, KAC Secretary
March 16, 2001