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MINUTES

KANSAS 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 follows:

 

Board members present:

 

Lonie A. Addis, Labette County Commissioner

Mike Billinger, Ellis County Treasurer

Rodney Broberg, Saline County Appraiser

Joe Brunk, Sedgwick County Weed Director

Wade M. Dixon, Greeley County Attorney/County Counselor

Linda Fincham, Marshall County Register of Deeds

Russ Frey, Riley County Commissioner

Bobby C. Heitschmidt, Ellsworth County Commissioner

Dean Kruse, Norton County Commissioner

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 Commissioner

 

Board Members not present

 

Frances Garcia, Reno County Commissioner

Paula Phillips, Douglas County Emergency Management Director

William (Bill) Linde, Woodson County Commissioner

 

Others present were:

 

Randy Allen, KAC Executive Director

Marla Flentje, KAC Education Director

Judy Moler, KAC Legislative Services Director/General Counsel

Pam Hatfield, KAC Executive Assistant

Edie Snethen, Executive Director, KALHD

 

Approval of Minutes

 

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.

 

Announcements

 

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 meeting.

 

Meeting Agenda Additions/Corrections

 

 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.

 

Finance Committee Report

 

Finance Committee 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.

 

Executive Director's Report

 

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 Report

 

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 Commissioners DeskBooks. 

 

 

 

NACo Report

 

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.   

 

 

2001 Legislative Session Update

 

County Government Day was well attended, and Judy thanked board members for coming downtown this morning. 

 

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.   

 

 

Comments

 

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 p.m.

 

 

                                                                        Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

                                                                        ___________________________

                                                                        Pam Hatfield, Executive Assistant

 

 

Approved by KAC Board:

 

 

 

_____________________________

Wade Dixon, KAC Secretary

March 16, 2001