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ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES
President Rod Broberg called
the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. Those board members present were as follows:
Lonie Addis, Labette County
Mike Billinger, Ellis County
Joe Brunk, Sedgwick County Weed Director
Rodney Broberg, Saline County Appraiser
Wade Dixon, Greeley County Counselor
Linda Fincham, Marshall
County Register of Deeds
Russ Frey, Riley County
Dean Kruse, Norton County
Paula Phillips, Douglas County
Emergency Management Director
Randy Rogers, Coffey County Sheriff
Ron Sitts, Edwards County Public
Nancy Weeks, Haskell County Treasurer
Those board members not
Frances Garcia, Reno County
Bobby Heitschmidt, Ellsworth County
Bill Linde, Woodson County
Kathy Peckman, Miami County Clerk
Others present were:
Randy Allen, KAC Executive
Glenda Cheatum, Secretary, Dixon Law Firm
Linda Firner, Greeley County Clerk
Marla Flentje, KAC Education Director
Diane Gentry, Greeley County
Marjorie Hornbaker, Greeley County
Judy Moler, KAC Legislative Services Director/General Counsel
Lisa Robertson, Greeley County Register of
Greeley County Commissioner Marjorie Hornbaker welcomed
the KAC Board to Greeley County and thanked them for coming. She told a little
about the communities (Tribune and Horace) in Greeley County and invited the
board to look around and become more familiar with places in the county. Rod Broberg
thanked the Commissioners, other elected officials, and staff persons for the
hospitality extended to the KAC Board and staff during their stay in Greeley County.
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES
Russ Frey noted a discrepancy on the time the February
meeting started. The time was corrected. Russ Frey moved, seconded by Nancy
Weeks to approve the minutes of February 7 (as corrected) as well as the
minutes for the meetings on March 16 and April 24, 2001. Motion approved.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS
Guests at the meeting,
including various Greeley County officials, were introduced.
Russ Frey asked to make some
comments about the Justice and Public Safety Committee during the NACo report. Marla Flentje,
Education Director, asked to present her report early in the meeting so she
could travel to Garden City to convene a regional dialogue on the Local
Environmental Protection Program.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS COMMITTEE REPORT
Marla Flentje, staff to the Awards and Recognitions Committee,
presented a report on a meeting she had previouslyt with Kathy Peckman,
committee member. Marla indicated that two other persons were appointed to the
committee earlier in the year. Riley Winkler, former Gray County Commissioner,
has resigned from the board, however, and Frances Garcia was unable to meet
with Kathy and Marla because of her ankle injury. Additionally, Kathy Peckman
was unable to be at the board meeting in Tribune due to a previous commitment.
As such, Marla presented the draft report to the board. She explained that
action would be requested at the June 22 board meeting.
The committee recommendations
are as follows:
Provide for recognition of
service upon completion of 8,16, 24, 32, 40, and 48 years of service
(currently, service recognitions are given at only 8, 16, 24, and 48 year
Institute a policy as to which
awards are conferred at the annual awards banquet at the KAC Annual Conference,
with the following recognized at the annual conference banquet:
Any KAC/KOC Past Presidents
KAC Service Certificates (based
on years of service)
Any recipient of certificates of
achievement earned in any of the
programs offered by the Kansas County Government Institute
Awards bestowed by any outside
organizations on individual county governments in Kansas
Recognitions conferred by KAC
affiliate/associate organizations to their
members be given at the Monday afternoon affiliate and associate
Initiate two new annual awards
to honor accomplishments of one or more Kansas counties. The proposed new award programs are:
Courthouse Improvement Award (to
include county facilities
and not just courthouses proper)
Leadership in Intergovernmental
was considerable discussion about whether the highest awards of KAC
and associates should be given at the KAC Annual Awards Banquet or by the
respective affiliate/associate groups at their meetings. There was also
discussion about instituting a "Friend of County Government Award"
that might be given only in special or rare circumstances with no obligation to
give it on an annual basis.
topic of awards and recognitions will be on the June 22, 2001 board agenda
action. President Broberg requested that board members give consideration to
topic in the next few weeks, and come to the June meeting prepared to make some
decisions in this regard.
KANSAS COUNTY GOVERNMENT INSTITUTE REPORT
Marla presented the
Quarterly Report for the Kansas County Government Institute, the KAC's
education programs. Marla informed the board that she was facilitating regional
dialogues for the Local Environmental Protection Program (LEPP) study currently
underway under the auspices of the Kansas Water Authority. The Water Authority
will be paying the KAC $5,000 for professional services related to the KAC's
facilitation of the regional dialogues.
Marla indicated that
on-line registration for educational offerings is now available. The KAC is
also considering posting job notices on the KAC's website.
Finance Committee Chairman Nancy Weeks presented the
Bills and Payrolls dated May 23, 2001 for approval.
Nancy Weeks moved, seconded by Russ Frey, to approve the
board approve the bills and payrolls as submitted, and as previously reviewed
by the Finance Committee. Motion carried.
Nancy asked the board to review the monthly financial
reports for the months of January, February and March, 2001.
Nancy Weeks moved, seconded by Russ Frey to receive and
place on file the Monthly Financial Reports for January, February, March of
2001, including the Monthly Reports of Cash Receipts and Disbursements and the
Monthly Budget Status Reports. Motion carried.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Executive Director Randy Allen reported on the following
recent activities at the KAC offices:
Local Environmental Protection Program Study Committee is
Underway. Randy was appointed by
the Water Authority as a member of the study committee. After the five
regional dialogues around Kansas, the study committee will reassemble and make
its recommendations and observations in a report to the Kansas Water Authority.
Association's 2001 Compensation Survey, summarized, analyzed,
and prepared by the Austin
Peters Group, contractor to the KAC, has been mailed to all counties. One copy
was provided on a complimentary basis to all counties - either to the county
clerk or the human resource director in counties with such position.
indicated that he is teaching three sections of Financial Management, a
workshop in the Leadership Academy for County Commissioners program. The third
and final such workshop is on May 31 in Lawrence.
indicated that -- with the legislative session and heavy travel schedule
largely behind us -- the serious work of planning the Association's Annual
Conference would soon begin.
Randy reported that the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Wichita had
responded to the KAC's request for compensation concerning the hotel
reservation debacle suffered at the Hyatt's hand. The written response from the hotel was essentially an apology, but
there was no offer of monetary compensation. Joe Pisciotte, Wichita City
Councilman, has contacted the KAC office to fully understand the situation and
is turning up the heat on the Hyatt. The City of Wichita
has a significant financial stake in the Hyatt Regency Wichita Hotel.
2001 LEGISLATIVE REPORT
Randy and Judy reported
on the successes and failures of the 2001 Legislative Session.
The KAC's 2002
Legislative Platform Committee will have its first meeting in early July.
Randy and Judy are reviewing the protocols for reforming the Legislative
Platform Committee as well as the protocols for resolving intra-organizational
Lonie Addis announced
that he will seek a full term as NACo representative. As of this meeting no
other county official had announced his/her intention to run. Ballots will be
mailed to NACo member counties after June 1st. If Lonie is elected,
he will work on retention and recruitment of NACo member counties in Kansas.
Russ Frey reported that
he is one of 10 invited to take part in a Task Force meeting prior to the NACo
annual meeting in July. The Task Force will hammer out NACo’s position on the
Local Law Enforcement Grants from the federal government to local governments.
At 11:36 a.m., Lonie Addis moved that the Board recess
into executive session for 30 minutes for the purpose of discussion of
non-elected personnel. The closed session was requested to protect the privacy
and confidentiality of non-elected personnel at the Kansas Association of
Counties. Persons included in the executive session were members of the KAC
Governing Board and the KAC Executive Director, Randy Allen. The motion was
seconded by Wade Dixon. Motion carried.
The Executive Session was
concluded at 12:06 pm. No action was taken.
Nancy Weeks moved, seconded by Paula Phillips, that the
board meeting be adjourned. Motion carried. The
meeting was adjourned at 12:15 p.m.
Judith A. Moler
Counsel/Legislative Services Director
Approved by the KAC Board:
Wade Dixon, KAC Secretary
June 22, 2001