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Assessors Workshop
- August 28-31, 2017
- Lied Lodge, Nebraska City


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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.

roomresAnnual Conference Hotel Rooms Becoming Available
The 2017 NACO Annual Conference is scheduled for December 13 - 15 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney, Nebraska.  Hotel room reservations for the conference will be allowed to be made starting June 22 at 2:00 p.m. CDT.  The hotel properties that NACO has contracted with are the following;

Holiday Inn - (308) 237-5971
Comfort Inn - (308) 236-3400
LaQuinta Inn & Suites - (308) 237-4400
Fairfield Inn & Suites - (308) 236-4200
Hampton Inn - (308) 234-3400
Candlewood Suites - (308) 234-1100
Holiday Inn Express - (308) 234-8100

Room rates are as follows: Standard room types with two queen-size or one king-size bed - $109.95 per room, per night, plus tax. For hotels with suites (Holiday Inn, LaQuinta Inn, Fairfield Inn, Holiday Inn Express & Candlewood) the suite rate is $129.95 per night, plus tax.

Holiday Inn Express - (308) 234-8100   
Best Western Mid Nebraska Inn & Suites - (308) 234-2541
AmericInn - (308) 234-7800  
Country Inn & Suites - (308) 236-7500
Ramada Inn - (308) 237-3141
Counties may initially make reservations under one name when calling on June 22nd, however ALL reservations must have individual names on them by Tuesday, November 14th. Any reservation that does not have an individual's name on it by this date will automatically cancel and be made available for other callers.  
bridgematchlaunchGovernor Ricketts Launches County Bridge Match Program in Broken Bow
Governor Pete Ricketts (fourth from right) launches the County Bridge Match Program in Broken Bow to repair and replace old county bridges.

BROKEN BOW - On Tuesday, Governor Pete Ricketts, Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) Director Kyle Schneweis, and Custer County officials launched the state's County Bridge Match Program.  Created through the Transportation Innovation Act championed by the Governor, this program targets $40 million to repair and replace county bridges.  NDOR has selected 68 bridges for funding this year with additional projects to come.  Custer County is home to the first bridge receiving funding from the program.
For more information on the County Bridge Match Program, click here.
For more photos from yesterday's launch event, click here.

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scottsbluffhwysuptScotts Bluff County Hires New Highway Superintendent
Linda Grummert has been appointed to be the next county highway superintendent by the Scotts Bluff County Board of Commissioners and to be the first woman ever appointed to that position.

Since the retirement of the former superintendent Bob Bennett in May, Grummert has served as the interim superintendent.  She was appointed to the office on Monday, June 5 from a field of four applicants that all worked at the county roads department.  The Scotts Bluff county board's interview committee recommended Grummert for the position.

Grummert began her career in Webster County as the Assistant Highway Superintendent for fifteen years and also served as the Flood Plain Administrator in the county clerk's office.  She was then appointed to be the Highway Superintendent in Webster County and served in that position for seven years.  After moving to Gering last year from Webster County she served as Scotts Bluffs Assistant Highway Superintendent until this recent appointment. 

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proposedguidesProposed Practice Guidelines for Attorneys in Juvenile Court

On May 25, 2017, the Supreme Court Commission on Children in the Courts submitted proposed practice guidelines for attorneys in juvenile court pursuant to 2016 Neb. Laws, L.B. 894, now codified at Neb. Rev. Stat. ยง 43-272(5) (Reissue 2016). The Nebraska Supreme Court directed that the proposed practice guidelines be published for a public comment period.

The Nebraska Supreme Court invites interested persons to comment on the proposed practice guidelines.  Anyone desiring to comment on the proposed practice guidelines should do so in writing to the office of the Clerk of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, P.O. Box 98910, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-8910, or via e-mail to ashley.nolte@nebraska.gov, no later than July 5,2017.

The full text of the proposed amendments is available here, or a hard copy may be obtained from the office of the Clerk of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals upon request.

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schoolassocSchool Law and Juvenile Law Seminar Set For July 6
Intersection of School Law and Juvenile Law: An Interdisciplinary Approach

The Nebraska Council of School Attorneys and the Nebraska Bar Association are hosting a seminar on July 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the University of Nebraska College of Law located at 1875 North 42nd Street in Lincoln, Nebraska dealing with the above named disciplinary approach to youth intervention.

To review the program agenda and to obtain registration information for the event, click here.

custodialwkshpCounty Custodial Staff Workshop
The NACO Board of Directors in 2016 gave approval to develop a courthouse restoration and improvement project designed to educate courthouse maintenance staff and those responsible to keep county properties in good repair.   Jerry Berggren of Berggren Architects developed the idea after visiting several counties in the state and noted the need for custodial and maintenance staff and elected county board members to keep our historic keepsakes in top shape to preserve our heritage and remain functional into the future. A key component to honing and perfecting a suitable environment with building upkeep lies encompassed within the joint decision making of the staff completing the work and the county board members responsible for providing support through educational opportunities, financial backing, and a reflection of pride in the presentation of our county properties.

Berggren felt that a strong tie with the Nebraska community colleges would help to enhance the project ideas of education, geographic diversity and support from the community college program development staff. The Northeast Nebraska Community College was the first to sponsor and present ideas at the Spring NACO District meeting to county board members. The work continues in this endeavor to host a fall custodial workshop through the Southeast Community College in Beatrice in October. Other community college sites will be considered for future meetings.

The working group at this time is seeking input from county board members and custodial and maintenance staff to determine what type of training and education is most pertinent and beneficial for everyone involved. The one-day workshop will seek up to 25 two-person registrations. One registrant will be the maintenance/custodial staff person and the other would be the county board member chosen to attend who would take a lead role in educating the other board members of the significance of the maintenance role in building upkeep.  October 5, 2017 is the projected workshop date.  Further details will follow in future editions of this newsletter.

NACO is looking for topics of interest from county board members and county maintenance staff to determine educational presentations at the one-day workshop. After a general session, part of the day will be for staff education, part of the day will be for the education of the county board members and the day will conclude with a joint courthouse tour to review the lessons learned and to further the camaraderie of the attendees to develop relationships with other counties and their processes.

If you have a topic of interest that you would like to see on the workshop agenda please email LeRoy Janssen or give him a call at 402-434-6225 Ext. 221.

 mipsbytesMIPS Bytes

Many MIPS Bytes articles have addressed taking care of your PC by keeping it up-to-date, running security scans, and
  maintenance software.  Now let's discuss keeping the PC's hardware in top shape with regular cleaning.  Why worry about a clean PC? A PC runs cooler (better) with proper airflow and ultimately will run longer.  Debris buildup in an intake fan can cause the fan to slow down or stop moving completely.  Dust   can then build up on components forcing them to overheat.  Once components overheat they slow down   to reduce temperature output while decreasing   performance.  Even mechanical components like a mouse and keyboard benefit from cleaning.  They may not overheat, but food or other items may get lodged into them preventing the parts from moving properly.  
To clean a PC, first turn off the PC and discharge any static electricity by touching a conductive grounded material.  Once grounded, proceed to unplug the power from the PC and any other attached peripherals such as the monitor and USB devices.  Take the PC to a well-ventilated area as dust will fly.  Open the case and spray out the tower with canned air.  Don't use a vacuum as this will introduce a static charge around the components.  Use a pen or pencil to prevent the fans from spinning while blowing out the dust.  The compressed air can   spin the fans faster than they are rated for and may cause damage.  After using the canned air to spray out any loose particles, a microfiber cloth can be used to wipe off any remaining dust.  Don't use a paper towel as it will leave fibers behind.  Close the case, attach the   peripherals including power, turn on the PC, and you're all done.   
Most people keep their PC on the floor where it can gather dust, hair, food, and other debris.  In 20 minutes or less your PC can look and run as good as new.  Regular cleaning every 3 to 6 months will prevent component issues and prolong the life of your PC.  Keeping the PC running at maximum performance means you're getting more done as well.

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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. 

The NACO Directory is 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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NACoNews From NACo

FCC takes swing at local control
By Mary Ann Barton 
June 12, 2017

FCC proposes stripping local governments of siting authority

In the race toward small cell and fifth-generation wireless or "5G," which allows greater connectivity at higher speeds on communication devices, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering whether to pre-empt local government regulations when it comes to siting antennas and other infrastructure in public rights of way such as power poles, street lamps and traffic signals.

The FCC on April 20 opened a proceeding to identify and address "unnecessary regulatory barriers to wireless infrastructure deployment." The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) begins "an examination of how state and local processes affect the speed and cost of infrastructure deployment." In the FCC's Notice of Inquiry (NOI), also adopted April 20, the agency asks for comment on two provisions of the Communications Act, Sections 253 and 332, that acknowledge the importance of state and location regulation but "also protect against regulations that impose barriers to entry or are otherwise unreasonable."

The FCC is seeking input on where the agency should "use its preemption authority to prevent the enforcement of state and local laws that inhibit broadband deployment."

To read the entire article, click here.

websNACo Webinars
Keeping Counties Moving: Innovations in Infrastructure, Goods Movement and Vehicle Technologies

June 21, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm CDT 
Contact: Jenna Moran
(202) 942-4224

Join us on this interactive webinar to learn how counties are improving transportation systems by working within and across mega-regions to leverage technological innovations. Transportation experts will discuss national trends and current county projects in regional planning & autonomous and connected vehicle research, development and deployment.  This discussion will provide county elected officials and staff members a clearer picture of where the field of transportation is heading in the face of rapidly evolving freight infrastructure and vehicle technologies.