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ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES BOARD MEETING
Thursday May 18, 2000
Kansas Association of Counties Office,
6202 SW 9th Terrace, Topeka, KS
President Don Hanson called
the meeting to order at 9:06 a.m. Board members present were as follows:
Rodney Broberg, Saline County Appraiser
Joe Brunk, Sedgwick County Weed
Wade M. Dixon, Greeley County
Russ Frey, Riley County
Frances Garcia, Reno County
Donald Hanson, Ellsworth County
Dean Kruse, Norton County
William (Bill) Linde, Woodson County
Darryl Lutz, Butler County Engineer
Linda Peterson, Marion
Sara Ullmann, Johnson County Register
Nancy Weeks, Haskell County Treasurer
Riley Winkler, Gray County
Board members not
Paula Phillips, Douglas County
Emergency Management Director
Randy Rogers, Coffey County Sheriff
Linda Schreppel, Labette County Clerk
Others present were:
Randy Allen, KAC Executive
Judy Moler, KAC Legislative Services Director/General Counsel
Pam Hatfield, KAC Executive
The KAC Governing Board had
a shortened agenda today. A planning retreat is scheduled to begin at
approximately 9:30 a.m. Joe Aistrup, Director, Docking Institute
of Public Affairs at
Fort Hays State University will be the moderator.
President Don Hanson asked
if there were questions or corrections on the April 14, 2000 board meeting
minutes. There were none.
Russ Frey moved, seconded by Frances Garcia to approve the
April 14, 2000 meeting minutes. Motion carried.
There were no meeting
agenda additions/corrections noted.
It was mentioned how well
the KCCA conference went, and that thanks to the KAC staff were in order,
especially Michelle Works, who did much of the “behind the scenes” work.
Chairperson Nancy Weeks reviewed the list of bills and payments submitted for
approval. The total amount of bills/payrolls was $44,800.37. 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. There were no
unusually high bills this month that required special attention.
Nancy Weeks moved, seconded by Frances Garcia to approve
the bills as submitted. Motion carried.
Nancy Weeks called the
board's attention to the Monthly Financial Reports for March 2000, She called
to the boards attention the fact that at the end of the first quarter of the
year 2000, the Association has received 56.8% of its budgeted 2000 revenues,
while expending 21.3% of the budgeted appropriations. She also called for
attention of the review, that the KAC’s cash position declined slightly during
March 2000 from the prior month, as monthly expenses exceeded revenues. It is
noted, however, that costs are under control and revenues are being received at
an acceptable and predictable pace.
Nancy Weeks moved, seconded by Dean Kruse to accept and
place on file the March 2000 Monthly Financial Report as submitted. Motion
Executive Director Randy
Allen reported that he had received a letter from Linda Schreppel, Labette
County Clerk, indicating that she was resigning from the KAC Governing Board.
President Don Hanson passed Linda's letter around the room for board members to
The Kansas County Clerks
and Election Officials Association met in Wichita two weeks ago and nominated Kathy Peckman of Miami County as
Linda’s replacement. We are expecting a formal letter announcing the new
Sara Ullmann reported that
at the Register of Deeds annual meeting, Linda Fincham, Register of Deeds, Marshall County was
selected to replace Sara on the board as of December, 2000 .
Randy Allen informed the
board that a donation of $50 was made to the Fort Larned National Historic Site
in appreciation of the use of the Commanding Officer’s Quarters at our April,
2000 board meeting. A thank you acknowledgment has been received from the
The KAC Office in Topeka has
begun a pilot program with Office Depot. Through NACo, county offices are able
to purchase office supplies at a much reduced price. With the KAC endorsement,
a small percentage of the purchase prices throughout the state will benefit the
Kendra Grubbs, new
half-time KAC employee, introduced to the board. Kudo’s to her for all her
hard work in developing the database to document attendance and participation
in the KAC's education programs. It was announced that Kendra had an
appointment with staff of the Information Network of Kansas to discuss web page
maintenance and training. Kendra is the
for the KAC's web page.
At the recent spring
meeting of the Kansas County Commissioners Conference, a code of ethics was
adopted. The adoption follows a period of drafting the redrafting the statement
leadership of the KCCA Executive
Committee and its President, Commissioner Lonie Addis.
The Harris News Service is
planning a news article in its newspapers concerning the new ethics
It has been requested that
a letter be sent to both Congressman Moore and Congressman Moran regarding
their support for the KAC's and NACo's position on internet sales taxes. Both
congressmen recently cast three votes in support of the counties' position.
Russ Frey moved, seconded by Riley Winkler to send letters
of appreciation to Congressmen Moore and Moran for their support of KAC's
position on internet commerce. Motion carried.
Randy Allen requested
that board members provide information regarding any associate or affiliate or
district/regional meetings to the KAC offices by either phone or e-mail. We are
trying to publish events we are aware of on the KAC Calendar of
Events on our webpage.
Randy indicated that he
has been in contact with the Kansas Health Foundation which has communicated an
interest in working with the KAC to finance a Community Health Fellowship
Position at the KAC to
help build greater capacity to address public health issues. Randy indicated
that the Health Foundation defines "health" broadly. Randy indicated
that the grant funds of up to $150,000 would be available for 2-3 years and
that there would be no formal expectation that the KAC assume the costs of the
fellowship position at the end of the grant period. Randy further noted that
the KAC could assume a partial share of the cost of the fellowship from almost
beginning if it were our
desire to extend the life of the KHF grant funds.
Russ Frey noted that this
would be a natural area of strategic alliance for the KAC, and that we should
look at the long range good that this would do. Wade Dixon asked if we have
looked into options or alternative methods to match the funds in the future, in
an effort to possible extend the term limits of the grant.
Randy indicated that the
Health Foundation will be inviting our application for grant funds, with a
target date of initiating the fellowship between July 1, 2000 and January 1, 2001. With
no funds to match this year (2000), we will have to start planning with next
year's budget. Discussion concerning any legislative lobbying activity
associated with the position ensued. Grant funds cannot be used for the purpose
of lobbying. However, if the KAC paid a portion of the salary for the position,
the portion of time financed by the KAC could be devoted to lobbying activity.
Russ Fry suggested that
this position be looked at within the long range planning of education rather
than as a lobbying position.
Wade Dixon moved, seconded by Russ Frey to authorize the
Executive Director to submit a grant application to the Kansas Health
Foundation for a community health fellowship program. Motion carried.
Randy reminded the board
that Kansas Association of Local Health
Departments (KALHD) is an associate member of the KAC. There have
been some changes recently within the leadership of the KALHD. A
representative of KALHD has requested a meeting with Randy concerning the
possibility of the KAC sub-leasing office space to KALHD for
its staff person or for providing secretariat services. Randy will advise the
board concerning the outcome of the meeting at
the June 29, 2000 board
With no further business,
President Don Hanson adjourned the meeting at 9:53 a.m.
Hatfield, Executive Assistant
Approved by KAC Board:
Darryl Lutz, KAC Secretary
June 29, 2000