Nebraska Association of County Officials

1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
August 10, 2018 | www.nacone.org | NACO E-Line Archive
Caring For Our Courthouses Workshop
The second Caring For Our Courthouses Custodial Workshop is being planned for 2018. The workshop will be held in the Panhandle District this year. It will be held at the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center in Alliance on October 4. The luncheon keynote speaker will be Bonnie McDonald, Executive Director of Landmarks Illinois . She is from Chicago and has led the organization that has provided 47 years of advocacy for historic preservation and has for 25 years granted 9 Richard H. Driehaus preservation awards annually to people and organizations that save places throughout Illinois and show how restoration has a positive impact on communities, the environment and the people.

The format for this year's workshop will be the same as last year. One county board member and one person from the county custodial staff will be given first priority for registration. Registration will be posted on the NACO website when the agenda is finalized.
A promotional video provided by Berggren Architects was created from the first workshop. It can be viewed above.
Climate and Water
Institute of Excellence Offering
Nebraska’s communities are increasingly faced with extreme weather conditions, worries about water, and a changing climate. These events can have large impacts on a community economically, through lost tax revenue; physically, when infrastructure is damaged; and socially, with decreased visitors and population. Government officials have to handle these issues that are becoming progressively complex.
 
Faculty from Nebraska Extension, the National Drought Mitigation Center, and the UNL School of Natural Resources are partnering to deliver a day-long Climate and Water Institute of Excellence for government officials/employees and other key community leaders and decision-makers on Friday, September 7 in Lincoln.

More information may be found here .

Cost of the workshop is $60 and the registration deadline is August 31, 2018. To start the online registration process or to review the agenda click here .
Legislature Schedules
Interim Study Hearings
In preparation for the 2019 legislative session, the Legislature’s standing committees are beginning to schedule hearings on interim study resolutions. The resolutions are introduced during the session to examine new ideas for legislation and to dig deeper into issues raised by previously introduced bills. Public hearings are held on some of the priority issues selected by each legislative committee, including the topics that are of interest to counties. County officials are encouraged to attend the hearings and provide testimony. Unlike hearings during the legislative session, testifiers do not need to take a position in support or opposition to the issue, but are simply asked to provide input. Some of the hearings will be live-streamed through the Legislature's website.
 
The complete interim study schedule is available here or each month's hearings can be found on the Legislature's calendar .
Legal Line
County Board Meeting Procedures
 
As summer winds down, we all try to squeeze in a few more days of sun and fun.
 
Throughout the summer, the NACO office has received questions about county board meeting procedures when officials are absent. Here are four of the most commonly asked questions and answers.
 
Q: If one member of a three-commissioner board is absent and the votes of the two remaining members are split, how is the issue decided?
 
A: When only two of three commissioners are present and voting on an issue and cannot reach an agreement, Neb.Rev.Stat. §23-155 requires a delay until the next meeting so that a majority of the board can make the decision. It states, “When two only of the commissioners of the board shall attend, and shall be divided on any question, the decision thereof shall be deferred until the next meeting of the board, and then the matter shall be decided by a majority of the board.”
 
In township counties, decisions are made by a majority of supervisors present. Section 23-277 states, “A majority of all the supervisors elected in any county shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and all questions which shall arise at meetings shall be determined by the votes of a majority of the supervisors present, except in cases otherwise provided for.”
 
This section was amended in 2014 to require a majority, rather than two-thirds, of the elected supervisors to constitute a quorum.

Q: In the above scenario, what happens if one of the commissioners makes a motion but the only other member present does not second it?
 
A: According to Robert’s Rules of Order , a motion and second are needed before an issue is open to debate. If the motion is not seconded, it will die for lack of a second. Because there is no statutory requirement for county boards to follow Robert’s , some county boards choose to apply a somewhat less rigorous style of parliamentary procedure. Regardless of the meeting style, all meetings are subject to the Open Meetings Act in §84-1408 through §84-1414.
  
Q: How many board members constitute a supermajority for purposes of voting on the budget?
 
A: A December 2017 Attorney General’s opinion concludes that for purposes of approving the additional one percent of budget authority in Neb.Rev.Stat. §13-519, an affirmative vote of 75 percent of the members of the governing body constituting a quorum is required. The opinion was issued in response to a request from the State Auditor to define whether the phrase “governing body” in §13-519 refers to the entire elected body or only those members present for the required vote.
 
The full text of the opinion is available here
 
A summary of the opinion is attached .
 
Q: Neither the county clerk nor deputy will be able to attend the county board meeting. Can someone else take the minutes?
 
A: Section 23-1302 provides that if the county clerk or deputy is unable to be present for any proceeding of the county board, the clerk may appoint a designee to record the proceedings.
 
Likewise, §77-1501 provides for the county clerk, deputy or designee pursuant to §23-1302 to attend meetings of the county board of equalization and make a record of the proceedings.
County Government Day PowerPoint
The PowerPoint presentation is available electronically at no charge (sent via e-mail) for use by counties during their annual County Government Day. The PowerPoint provides a comprehensive look at county government functions in the State of Nebraska and can be customized by each county. CD's are also available for $10.00 each to cover processing, shipping and handling. To request the County Government Day PowerPoint electronically, please e-mail your request to larrydix@nacone.org .

The CD order form is available here .
2017 County Board Handbook Supplements
2017 County Board Handbook Supplements Are Still Available

The 2017 County Board Handbook is currently undergoing an upgrade and will become available later in the year. The handbook itself, is no longer being distributed by NACO.

The 2017 Supplement to the County Board Handbook is available for $25.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling. The order form is available on the NACO website or by clicking here .

If you are interested in purchasing a supplement please contact Deb Spira or call her at (402) 434-5660 ext. 232.
News from NACo

Several senators July 25 questioned the race to install the 5G network in large urban areas as rural America continues to languish without high-speed broadband.
NACo Webinars
Addressing Health, Hunger, and Poverty: County Approaches to SNAP
Aug. 22, 2018
11:00 pm – 12:00 pm CDT
Contact: Michelle Price
(202) 942-4267

Millions of people across the United States experience hunger on a daily basis. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) aims to serve as a domestic hunger safety net, and is the nation’s largest program for reducing hunger. By partnering with multiple state agencies and community organizations, this federal program is able to provide nutrition assistance and education to many low- income individuals and families.

Join us on August 22, to learn more about how counties are using SNAP to address poverty and increase access to nutritious healthy foods in their communities. This webinar will feature an overview of the SNAP program, and will highlight county examples of work being done on SNAP through county agencies, and local county partnerships.
Assessors Workshop
August 19 - 23, 2018
Ramada Midtown Conference Center
Grand Island
Institute of Excellence
Climate & Water Workshop
September 7, 2018
Lancaster County Extension Office
444 Cherrycreek Road, Lincoln
Central District Meeting
Ramada Inn, Kearney
September 20, 2018
Northeast District Meeting
Benedictine Center, Schuyler
September 21, 2018
Panhandle District Meeting
Prairie Winds Community Center, Bridgeport
September 26, 2018
West Central District Meeting
Sandhills Convention Center & Quality Inn & Suites, North Platte
September 27, 2018
Caring For Courthouses Custodial Workshop
Knight Museum
Alliance
October 4, 2018
NACO Legislative Conference
Community Center
Ainsworth
October 11, 2018
Southeast District Meeting
Career Academy
Lincoln
October 15, 2018
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Nebraska Association of County Officials
1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
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