Nebraska Association of County Officials

1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
Nebraska Delegation Attends NACo Conference
Several Nebraska county officials and their spouses attended the NACo annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee this last week. Pictured above is the Nebraska delegation who were dinner guests of Mike Boden of Aetna Insurance on the General Jackson Showboat.
MIPS Staff Provides Community Service
Annually, Matt Talbot provides more than 100,000 meals to Lincoln's working poor and homeless. Food pantries are also available for those who do not have enough food at home Matt Talbot is blessed with an army of over 900 volunteers each month who serve their agency and enjoy the benefits of "nourishing and empowering one another in a spirit of dignity and love" by performing key roles in the daily operations. 
 
On Tuesday evening, July 24 the MIPS staff went to the Matt Talbot Kitchen and assisted in serving a meal to those in need. Pictured above are Matt Thieman, Gary Smith, David Dobson, Joe Powers, Nich Smith, Mike Szatko and Casey Halstead.

Larry Dix was also there and commented, “This was a very humbling experience and points out that we all need to do our part to help those who are less fortunate or in a difficult time in their lives. I appreciate the MIPS team taking personal time to serve meals and in a very small way help those in need.”
Eight Free Roadway Safety Workshops
Todd Morrison from the Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) has announced that eight free one-half day roadway safety workshops will be held July 31 to August 3 at the Little Priest College in Winnebago, Nebraska. TTAP brings transportation training directly to you. This highly interactive training combines lecture with group discussions and practical exercises.

The target audience for the workshops would be anyone in Safety, Transportation, Roads, Law Enforcement, Education or anyone desiring to save lives.

Workshops will last for four hours each. You can register for all eight or you can choose any that would apply to your needs.

Click here to review the topics provided in each session or call Todd Morrison at 270-404-4870. Registration may also be completed from the agenda description link noted.

Although, the workshops have been designed with the tribes in mind, the ideas and concepts taught about roadway safety apply to any public road and would be valuable to a county commissioner, county engineer, road foreman, member of the county road crew, or anyone with a desire to reduce injuries and fatalities on our roads. All of which are encouraged to attend.  
 
The material will be supported with work experiences from the instructor, Todd Morrison. He worked for over twenty years with the Kentucky Department of Highways and has spent the last ten years working with counties and cities to reduce crashes through numerous state Local Technical Assistance Programs (LTAPs).

The location of the training will be at the Little Priest Tribal College, North Campus Classroom, 601 East College Drive, Winnebago, Nebraska.
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 .
MIPS Bytes
Storage: Solid State VS. Hard Drive

As the price for storage continues to drop and the different styles of storage have become more readily available, more and more people have been asking what is the difference between the styles of drives and which one should they get when ordering new PCs? There are currently two main styles of drives that can be used for storage. There is the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and the Solid-State Drive (SSD). There is even a third style that has seen some popularity in recent years, called the Solid-State Hybrid Drive (SSHD), which is a combination of the two styles. But what drive should be used? It all depends on what the PC will be used for and what how much of a budget is available.
              
The Hard Disk Drive has been in use in computers for many years now and is the most common type of drive found in computers. It consists of an array of platters or disks that spin and a read head that moves across the platters to be able to read and write data. It is a very cheap solution for large amounts of storage. It is also reliable when it comes to archiving data, Solid State drives tend to start losing data after a few years when powered off. It is reliable drive but is known for failures due to the moving parts, which is one of its downfalls. Another downfall of a Hard Drive is that is reads and writes data much slower than the Solid-State. This is because it has to spin up the drives and move that reader head to the correct location. Sometimes it even takes a few tries to find it. Along that same thought, if there are fragmented files (a file can be broken up into pieces when written to the drive) and the drive is trying to read a file, it has to search to find all the pieces and put it back together. This happens quickly, but there is still a noticeable delay. On the other hand, there is the Solid-State drive, which has its own positives and negatives.
               
The Solid-State Drive, as the name might imply, has no moving parts and is becoming more prevalent in modern PCs as the price per Gigabyte has been dropping steadily over the past several years. This drive consists of integrated circuit assemblies to store data. Its main benefit compared to a Hard Drive is that it can read and write data faster. Since there are no moving parts and not having to rely on platters or a moving reader head, it can come in a variety of sizes and shapes. The most common (and cheaper) size is the 2.5 inch drive. Another benefit of not having mechanical parts, is that it allows for extremely quick startup and read and write times. One of the biggest downfalls of the drive is that the price per Gigabyte is much higher compared to Hard Drives. Another downfall, but that has been greatly reduced in recent years, is that the Solid-State sectors only have a limited number of read and writes before the drives fails. This is corrected by a controller that manages where everything gets written to, called wear-leveling, which allows the drive to function for many years under normal use. Let’s do a quick comparison of two drives made by the same company. One Solid-State, one Hard Drive
               
The Drives I am looking at are a 1 Terabyte, Western Digital Blue drive. At the time of writing the Solid-State costs around $250 and the Hard Drive costs around $70. That’s a big difference for the same amount of storage. But there are many differences besides the price. This Solid-State is rated to have up to 500 Terabytes written to it before failure and has read and write speeds up to 530MB/s. Where as the Hard Drive has read and write speeds that are much slower. Most of the time you will never reach the full speed of your Solid-State, but the difference is there. But choosing between the drives all comes down to what the computer will be used for. If the PC will be used for server/file sharing based use, Hard Drives are highly recommended. Several drives can be purchased and mirrored to help with data redundancy and still be fairly cheap comparatively. If the budget is tight, Hard Drives are also recommended. If data will be stagnant or if it is for a normal PC under normal use, the Solid-State is recommended, to help with productivity and keep wait times low.
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
NACo executive team (l-r): Second Vice President Gary Moore, Boone County, Ky. judge/executive; First Vice President Mary Ann Borgeson, Douglas County, Neb. commissioner; President Greg Cox, San Diego County, Calif. supervisor, Immediate Past President Roy Charles Brooks, Tarrant County, Texas commissioner. Photo by Jessica Yurinko
San Diego County, Calif. Supervisor Greg Cox was sworn in July 16 as NACo president, taking the helm of the new 2018-2019 executive team, during NACo’s Annual Business Meeting in Davidson County/Nashville, Tenn.

Click on the photo to learn more about the items of interest at the national conference.
NACo Webinars
Stepping Up Four Key Measures #2: Shortening the Length of Stay in Jail for People with Mental Illnesses
Aug. 2, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm CDT
Contact; Nastassia Walsh
(202) 942-4289

Part of the Stepping Up framework encourages counties to focus their efforts on impacting one or more of “Four Key Measures” for people with mental illnesses: jail bookings, jail length of stay, connections to treatment and recidivism. Join Stepping Up for the second webinar in the Four Key Measures series, which will provide strategies for shortening the length of stay in jail for people with mental illnesses and describe key data points to collect and analyze to track this measure of success. Previous webinars in this series are available on the Stepping Up toolkit.
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
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Sincerely,

Nebraska Association of County Officials
1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
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