March 18, 2005

Kansas Association of Counties

Governing Board Meeting Minutes

March 18, 2005

Kansas Association of Counties Conference Room

300 SW 10th Street

Topeka, Kansas 66603


President Gene Merry called the meeting to order at 10:00 a. m. Board members present were as follows:


Lonie Addis, Labette County Commissioner

Ted Ensley, Shawnee County Commissioner

Eileen Filbert, Jefferson County Health Department Administrator

Shannon Francis, Seward County Commissioner

Gene Merry, Coffey County Commissioner

John Miller, Norton County Commissioner

Alvin Perez, Republic County Highway Administrator

Dennis Peterson, Riley County Noxious Weed Director

Gary Post, Lyon County Appraiser

Nicholas Saldan, Johnson County Deputy Counselor

Florence Whitebread, Geary County Commissioner

Tom Winters, Sedgwick, Sedgwick County Commissioner


Members absent:

Mary Messamore, Sherman County Emergency Management Director


Guests: Jerry Carson, Labette County Commissioner, KCCA President

             Joel Wright, TeamTech, Inc.


KAC staff present:


Randall Allen, KAC Executive Director

Judy Moler, KAC Legislative Services Director/General Counsel

Dennis Kriesel, Public Health Fellow


President Merry asked to shift some items on the agenda around so that we could accommodate persons attending the meeting for specific agenda items.  


February 15, 2005 Minutes Approval


The draft February 15, 2005 board meeting minutes were reviewed. Florence Whitebread moved, seconded by John Miller to approve the February 15, 2005 minutes. Motion carried.  




Finance Committee Report


Treasurer John Miller presented the bills and payrolls dated March 17, 2005. Florence Whitebread moved, seconded by Dennis Peterson, to approve the bills and payrolls dated March 17, 2005. Motion carried.


Recommendation Letter for Marla Flentje


A recommendation letter was circulated that was written in support of Marla Flentje as requested by the Board. Language was amended to reflect that “budget issues have led us to make this change in offering our education program.” Dennis Peterson moved, seconded by Tom Winters, to accept the letter as amended and authorize it to be mailed. Motion carried.


Prescription Drug Work Group Status and Plans for “Road Show”


Executive Director Allen and Joel Wright, Team Tech, gave an update on plans to have a “Road Show” at several regional locations around Kansas in April and May, to inform county constituents of opportunities for savings in prescription drugs as well as for the purpose of engaging the membership in dialogue about other opportunities for breakthrough groups and identifying new leadership for the future.  


KAC and Team Tech announced grants received from foundations and other outside groups to finance processes to “break through” barriers and organizational silos at the state and local levels, in the same or at least similar way to what was done with prescription drug costs as well as to help underwrite the Road Show.


Executive Session, pursuant to K.S.A. 75-4319 (2) to consult with attorneys for the body which are deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship and (1) to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel.


A motion was made by Lonie Addis, seconded by Florence Whitebread, to dissolve into executive session for the above subject for fifteen minutes. Roll call vote. Motion carried. After fifteen minutes, the body returned to open meeting. No action pursuant to the executive session was taken.


Executive Director’s Report


Dennis Kriesel, KAC Public Health Policy Fellow, presented and explained the report on E-911 remittances for the December, 2004 billing cycle.


Randall Allen reviewed the current status of 2005 county membership dues, with comments about each of the counties which had not paid as of the meeting date and the likelihood that they would pay their dues. As of February 14, 2005, 28 counties had not yet remitted their 2005 KAC dues, while 77 counties had remitted their dues. From the standpoint of prior year comparisons, receipts did not vary substantially to date from prior years.


Randall reviewed a schedule of workshops in the Kansas County Government Institute for 2005, including the Leadership Academy for County Commissioners, the Effective Supervisory Skills certificate program, and the Excellence in Customer Service certificate program. Florence Whitebread moved, seconded by Tom Winters, to approve the schedule of 2005 workshops as presented. Motion carried.


Randall briefed the KAC board on the status of the secretariat agreement with the Kansas County Counselors Association. He distributed a copy a secretariat and support services agreement. Nick Saldan moved, seconded by Tom Winters, to approve the secretariat and support services agreement with the County Counselors Association of Kansas. Motion carried.


Report of KAC Affiliates and Associates


The board took a few minutes to allow board members to report on concerns and information from their organizations.


NACo Report


Lonie Addis gave a report on the NACo Legislative Conference and the PILT (payment in lieu of taxes) program. Tom Winters moved and Dennis Peterson seconded that the KAC reimburse Lonie Addis for his expenses to attend the Annual NACo Conference in Hawaii in July, 2005 and pay for ½ of President Gene Merry’s expenses. (Staff will not attend). Motion carried.


2005 Legislative Briefing


Randall and Judy reported on legislative hearings and 2005 legislation that is moving through the process.


The meeting was adjourned at 12:24 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,




Judy Moler, General Counsel


Approved: __________________________

                   Florence Whitebread, Board Secretary