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Nebraska Planning & Zoning Conference
   - March 8-10, 2017
     Younes Center
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Central District

 - March 16, 2017
   Holiday Inn, Kearney

Northeast District
 - March 17, 2017
   Northeast Community               College, Norfolk

Panhandle District
 - March 22, 2017
   Gering Civic Center

West Central District
 - March 23, 2017
   Ogallala Quality Inn

Southeast District
 - March 24, 2017
   Mahoney State Park

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AssocMembersAssociate and Sustaining Members

NACO Associate and Sustaining Members enable NACO to enhance its continuing education programs for county officials across the state. Visit NACO's complete associate and sustaining membership list here.

scholarship2017Scholarship Applications Available for 2017 Graduates
Nebraska high school seniors who are the children, stepchildren, or under the legal guardianship of county officials or employees are encouraged to apply for one of twelve $1,000.00 NACO scholarships.  In addition to the twelve NACO scholarships, a special award, the Ronda Dix Memorial Scholarship, may be awarded to an applicant planning a career in nursing, physical therapy, or other medical field.  Additional information and the application form can be found on the front page of the NACO website.  The scholarship application deadline is March 1, 2017.  To access the application from this article, click here.

legallineLegal Line
Editor's Note: Legal Line is a feature that will periodically appear in NACO E-Line. This edition has been prepared by Beth Ferrell of the NACO legal staff. Legal Line is not intended to serve as legal advice. Rather, it is published to alert readers to court decisions and legal or advisory matters important to county government. For a specific opinion on how the information contained in this article or that which will be discussed in future issues relates to your county, consult your county attorney or personal counsel.

Public records disposition letter
The City of Omaha was not obligated to create documents which did not otherwise already exist in order to respond to a request for public records pursuant to a January disposition letter from the Attorney General. The letter cited Neb.Rev.Stat. §84-712, which provides, "(e) This section shall not be construed to require a public body or custodian of a public record to produce or generate any public record in a new or different form or format modified from that of the original public record."
The letter was written in response to a request for "clarifications/explanations" to a proposed contract between the City of Omaha and the Nebraska Humane Society. The contract had been in effect since 1919, with routine renewals every three years. The city provided a number of requested documents but did not provide a copy of the city-prescribed accounting system for records and accounts, certain progress reports, and other documents because they did not exist. The documents were referenced in the contracts and it was the position of the requestor that they should be made available. The disposition letter determined that under §84-712, the city was under no obligation to create the documents to fulfill a public records request.
Previous Attorney General's opinions have interpreted public records statutes to mean that agencies are not required to create abstracts or lists in response to public records requests. Production of such lists is at the discretion of the custodian of the record.
The letter is posted on the Attorney General's website, along with disposition letters dating back to 2010. The link to this letter can be found here
The complete list of disposition letters since 2010 is available here.
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codirectory2017-2018 Directory of County Officials
NACO's 2017-2018 Directory of County Officials is a valuable resource that not only gives you names, addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers and e-mail addresses of every county official in the state, but includes a listing of county board meeting days, NACO districts, county seats, NACO officers and directors, affiliate officers and NACO staff.  In January, county clerks for each county will receive one complimentary printed copy of the directory intended for use by all offices in their courthouse. 

The NACO Directory will also still be available in electronic format by selecting the "Directory of County Officials" icon on the NACO webpage.  The electronic version is updated on a regular basis and contains the changes that occur between printings of the hard copies.
A printed directory is available for $19.00 if non-taxable and $20.00 if taxable.

Countygovernementdaycd  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.

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County_Board_Handbook_2012  2016 County Board  Handbook and Revision s
The 2016 County Board Handbook and related revisions are now available.

The cost for a current handbook, including legislative information from the 2016 session, is $80.00/book plus $18.00 shipping and handling per book. The 2016 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 complete handbook or a supplement  please contact
Deb Eberly by email or call her at (402) 434-5660 ext. 232.
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The National Association of Counties (NACo) Counties Futures Lab brings together leading national experts to examine and forecast the trends, innovations and promises of county government with an eye toward positioning America's county leaders for success.
Focusing primarily on pressing county governance and management issues - and grounded in analytics, data and knowledge sharing - the Lab builds on the NACo Research Department's existing products and delivers research studies, reports and other actionable intelligence to a variety of venues in collaboration with corporate, academic and philanthropic thought leaders to promote the county government of the future.


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Becoming an Employer of Choice: Benefits Best Practices for Counties

Mar. 9, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST 
Contact: Linda Langston (202) 942-4231 llangston@naco.org

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