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ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES
6202 SW 9th Terrace, Topeka,
President Rob Broberg called
the meeting to order at 9:37 a.m. Those board members present were as follows:
Lonie Addis, Labette County Commissioner
Mike Billinger, Ellis County
Rodney Broberg, Saline County Appraiser
Joe Brunk, Sedgwick County Weed Director
Jerry Davis, Finney County
Wade Dixon, Greeley County Counselor
Linda Fincham, Marshall
County Register of Deeds
Russ Frey, Riley County
Frances Garcia, Reno County
Bobby Heitschmidt, Ellsworth County
Dean Kruse, Norton County
Bill Linde, Woodson County
Kathy Peckman, Miami County Clerk
Paula Phillips, Douglas County
Emergency Management Director
Randy Rogers, Coffey County Sheriff
Ron Sitts, Edwards County Public
Nancy Weeks, Haskell County Treasurer
Others present at some or
all of the meeting were:
Randy Allen, KAC Executive
Judy Moler, KAC General Counsel
Michelle Works, KAC
Approval of the
The minutes have not been
reviewed by the Executive Director, and are not available for approval at this
Russ Frey asked to add an
item to the agenda after #7.
Reports and Recommendations
Finance Committee Chairman
Nancy Weeks presented the bills and payrolls dated October 12, 2001, as earlier
reviewed by the Finance Committee, for approval.
Nancy Weeks moved, seconded
by Russ Frey, to approve the bills and payrolls as submitted. Motion carried.
monthly Financial Report is not complete for review and approval at this time.
Nancy indicated that there was a balance
of $258,407.85 in the bank account. There is a Certificate of Deposit due in
Lonie Addis moved, seconded
by Russ Frey for the board to recess into executive session, for a period of 10
minutes for consultation with the KAC General Counsel and to include Executive
Director Randy Allen. Motion carried. Time was 9:37 a.m.
meeting resumed in open session at 9:37 a.m.
Wade Dixon moved, seconded by Russ Frey that the Kansas Association of Counties
issue a check in the amount of $5,000.00 to Judith Seymour Walker and John L.
Hampton for the purpose of the discharge of the pending lawsuit and any
subsequent suits that might be brought by Ms. Walker against the Kansas
Association of Counties. Motion carried.
Frey noted that the Executive Director Evaluation Committee had previously
submitted to the board the performance goals and objectives of Executive
Director, Randy Allen for the 2001-2002 year. Russ asked that the board approve
the document, bringing closure to the Executive Director's performance
Russ Frey moved, seconded
by Nancy Weeks, to execute and approve the performance goals and objectives as
submitted by Randy Allen, Executive Director. Motion carried.
Request for Affiliate
Membership Status in KAC from Kansas Association of Local Health Departments
presented the board with a copy of the letter submitted by the Kansas
Association of Local Health Departments, received on January 25, 2001. KALHD is seeking affiliate status with the Kansas Association of
Counties. The KALHD is currently an Associate member
of KAC. There was discussion as to the direction the KAC is heading in the near
and distant future. The policy regarding the changing of such status involves an
amendment to the bylaws, and the action must pass a vote at the Annual
Conference by the KAC member counties.
Russ Frey moved, seconded
by Wade Dixon to recommend to the full membership that the Kansas
Association of Local Health Departments (KALHD) be recognized as an affiliate member of KAC, and
that the necessary bylaws changes be submitted to the membership for action at
the 26th Annual Conference. Motion carried. Lonie Addis and Nancy Weeks
voted in opposition.
Broberg asked permission of the board to address the Geographic Information
Systems degree program affiliated with Kansas State University, Salina. He asked permission to write a
letter on behalf of the KAC to KSU asking for reconsideration in the projected
loss of the program and its impact to county governments.
Kathy Peckman moved,
seconded by Ron Sitts to allow President Rod Broberg to write a letter to Kansas State University
expressing concern about the University's planned discontinuation of the GIS
curriculum on their Salina campus. Motion carried.
Conference Status Report
Works showed the Board postcards that have been prepared to be mailed to individuals
who have not yet registered for the Annual Conference in Wichita. There is still time to get in on
the "early bird" registration, and this is indicated on the card.
Registrations are coming in slowly, and she asked board members to go back to
their counties and encourage others to participate.
Booth registration for the Exhibition Hall is slower, and board members were
asked to see Michelle following the meeting if they have any other vendors that
might be interested in showing their wares at our conference.
Addis was pleased to report that Clay and Ford counties are the newest Kansas counties to join NACo. Lonie will
be sending out information to the commissioners of non-participating counties
about NACo, in the form of a brochure that NACo has recently produced. In the
2002 Kansas County Officials Directory, member counties will be
highlighted with the NACo logo, and print indicating "Member County". The hope is to encourage more widespread
2002 Legislative Policy
Platform Development Report
reported that the video uplink went well. The platform committee will meet one
last time before the Annual Conference.
Allen announced the new KAC website address:
address has been registered for 10 years.
announced that the Health Foundation grant proposal has been filed. The budget
format was revised in response to the Foundation's initial review of the
proposal. The grant proposal will go before their committee next week, and
following approval, the contract should be arriving shortly. The full amount
for the grant $150,000 will be sent in total after grant is approved.
will be in Lake Tahoe next week to attend the annual conference of the National
Council of County Association Executives (NCCAE) - a group of persons who do in
other states what Randy does for the Kansas Association of Counties.
attended the 2001 Telepower Conference held at Fort Hays State University. He reported that the conference
was excellent while expressing disappointment that only nine county officials
and Judy recently attended the Northeast Kansas County Officials meeting in Topeka, where Lt. Gov Gary Sherrer spoke.
There was good discussion and good messages heard. Randy, along with Lonie
Addis, Wade Dixon, and Nancy Weeks, attended the
Southwest Kansas Officials meeting in Greeley County. Publisher/political analyst
Martin Hawver spoke to an attentive audience and got rave reviews. KAC Board
members present commented enthusiastically about the speaker and his message.
and Associate members are asked to give Pam the dates and times of their
meetings for 2002, so that our master calendar can be as inclusive as possible.
Discussion ensued concerning dates of education classes that we establish for
2002. Board feedback about scheduling meetings was as follows: 1) the last day
of any month is bad; and 2) the first Friday following an election is
bad for commissioners and county clerks/election officials. Staff was urged to
take these constraints into consideration when setting future workshop dates.
Paula Phillips moved,
seconded by Linda Fincham to adjourn the meeting 1:55 p.m. Motion carried.
Pamela J. Hatfield,
Approved by the KAC Board:
Wade Dixon, KAC Secretary
November 18, 2001