May 5, 2017                                                                                     NACO E-Line Archive  

Upcoming Events

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County Board of Equalization & Budget Workshop
May 31, 2017
- Holiday Inn, Kearney

County Board Workshop
June 1-2, 2017
- Holiday Inn, Kearney
Agenda  Registration

Clerks of the District Court Summer Workshop
June 7-8, 2017
North Platte

Treasurers Workshop
- June 13-15, 2017
- South Sioux City

Highway Superintendents, Surveyors & Engineers Summer Workshop
- June 13-15, 2017
- Hotel Grand, Grand Island
Dues Notice

  Clerks, Register of Deeds & Election Commissioners Summer Workshop
June 14-16, 2017
Quality Inn, Grand Island
Agenda Registration

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


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cbbandequalizationCounty Board Budget and Board of Equalization Workshop Planned
The 2017 County Board Budget and Board of Equalization Workshop has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 31st.  In an attempt to maximize travel savings for officials attending the County Board Workshop on June 1 and 2, the Budget and Equalization Workshop will be held the previous day at the same location.  Both events will be held at the Holiday Inn in Kearney.  The Budget and Board of Equalization Workshop will be held starting at 10:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. on May 31.

There is a separate registration for each event.  The County Board Budget and Board of Equalization is one registration and the County Board Workshop is another registration if you plan to attend both events.

Larry Dix, NACO Executive Director and Deann Haeffner, Deputy State Auditor will fill the morning session with an introduction and will address the budgeting process, pitfalls to be aware of and how to properly monitor the budget against misuse.  The afternoon will be dedicated to the Board of Equalization process.  The first session will deal with the basics of assessment and valuation.  Ruth Sorensen, Nebraska's Property Tax Administrator will address the group and three Tax Equalization and Review Commissioners have been invited to share their insights and to answer questions of the audience.

The workshop agendas and registration are available on the NACO website.

cbwregCounty Board Workshop Registration is Open
The 2017 County Board Workshop registration is open and will remain open for another two weeks.  The workshop will be held at the Holiday Inn in Kearney following the County Budget and Board of Equalization Workshop on May 31.  On the opening day of the County Board Workshop on June 1, Melanie Whittamore-Mantzois, an attorney from Wolfe, Snowden, Hurd, Luers and Ahl, L.L.P., will address employment law issues pertinent to hiring and retention of county workers to begin the morning.  Nebraska Tourism Director, John Ricks will be introduced to the attendees and Nebraska Attorney General, Doug Peterson will speak about opioid use and abuse and about human trafficking in the state.

After lunch four breakout sessions will include topics about open meetings laws, media relations, abandoned cemeteries, and NACO 101.  The sessions will alternate throughout the afternoon.

On Friday morning NACO Executive Director, Larry Dix will address the 2017 legislative session concerning bills that were introduced, passed, considered, and possibly needing reconsideration for the 2018 session.  Next; David Ptak, Hastings City Attorney will address planning and zoning issues concerning counties and cities in Nebraska. Closing out the morning; Kyle Schneweis, Director of the Nebraska Department of Roads will address the next funding cycle of the bridge match program instituted last year.

To review the agenda and to register for this county board workshop click here.

scholarships2017 NACO Scholarships Awarded
Twelve children of county officials and employees have been selected to receive $1,000 NACO scholarships to assist with college expenses for the 2016-17 school year. The recipients and their home counties are:
Tom Bonham, Sarpy County; Shauna Coburn, Sheridan County; Hannah Fleischer, Adams County; Emily Flint, Custer County; Baylee Goff, Lancaster County; Morgan Konen, Adams County; William Reiter, Butler County; Andrew Schmidt, Cedar County; Whitney Steckel, Loup County; Holden Vavricek, Polk County; Brielle Weverka, Furnas County; and Luke Witte, Lancaster County.
A special scholarship, the first annual Ronda L. Dix Memorial Scholarship, was awarded to Ann Nordby of Holt County.
For pictures and a brief history about each recipient, click here.

highwaytrainingCounty Highway Superintendent Licensing Training Updated
Training for candidates interested in taking the exam for licensure as a County Highway and/or City Street Superintendent in Nebraska has been updated, effective beginning with the October 6 exam.

In the past, candidates could attend a three-day pre-exam workshop one month prior to taking the six-hour exam. The new format requires them to attend four separate one-day classes on various topics related to the job/license if they plan to attend the pre-exam workshop. The pre-exam workshop will then be reduced to two days to review the courses completed along with other training provided.

The licensure exam will now be one week after the two-day workshop "review" instead of waiting 30 days. Candidates are allowed to take the exam without attending the workshop if they desire.

Courses required in advance of taking the pre-exam workshop include:
1)   C onstruction Math & Plan Reading
2)    Superintendent 101 Basics and Test Prep Skills
3)    Classification and Standards Course
4)    One And Six and SSAR Course

These four one day courses will be provided in advance of future pre-exam workshops in both Lincoln and Ogallala to help prepare candidates for exams starting with the next exam on October 6. Others interested in taking any of these courses are encouraged to register, provided seats are available after exam candidates register.

Licensure exams are held twice a year at the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) headquarters in Lincoln. More information about the exams, as well as videos and PowerPoint presentations created by NDOR Boards-Liaison Services staff working with the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, can be found 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.

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Software Updates

Let's face it, software updates can be a pain. It seems like every time you log in to your computer there is always some software that needs your attention to perform an update, and who wants to take time out of the day to update software instead of getting down to business? The important thing to remember is that updates are a good thing. Updates can be released to fix problems, add new features, improve performance, provide added security, or even to address community feedback.

There are all sorts of ways a company can issue an update and all software companies address the need for updates a little bit differently, but from a user's perspective, they can all be boiled down to a couple different methods. The first is sort of a hands-off, or automatic approach. The software gets updated in the background, doesn't ask anything from you, and there are limited or no interruptions. As an example: if you own an android smartphone, you may have been notified that some apps were updated while your phone was charging. Nice!

Companies may opt to get your consent before applying an update, which is another method and more of a hands-on affair. There are several reasons as to why this could be. An example might be if the software product is used by a group of people, rather than just yourself, it allows you to make sure everybody is ready to apply the update. Additionally, an update may require confirmation if there will be interruption of other services or a restart of the system. These kinds of updates will typically notify the user by presenting some kind of confirmation message, a notification message, or possibly send you an email letting you know an update is available. These notifications can sometimes show you what has been changed in this newest release so you know what to expect and, more importantly, how to start the update process.
Regardless of the update method, updates are a necessary process we all participate in. To get the most out of the software you like to use, it's always worthwhile to communicate with your software providers and voice your concerns and suggestions. Who knows, this could lead to added functionality you always dreamed of being right at your fingertips the next time you sign in.

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 .

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
Counties Left In The Dark When 911 Fails
County first responders to FCC, cell companies: Tell us when 911 goes out
By Mary Ann Barton  
Apr. 28, 2017
The Federal Communications Commission is investigating an AT&T 911 outage March 8 that left counties across 13 states scrambling to get the word out to residents and deal with emergencies after the company failed to notify local governments or its customers in a timely manner.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai spoke with the company's CEO the night of the outage and said he stressed to him the "urgent need to restore service and to communicate with first responders, as well as AT&T customers, about the status of operations."
To read the article in its entirety, click here
websNACo Webinars

All Health Is Local: Update on Federal Health Reform Efforts  

and Why It Matters to Counties

May. 15, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT 

(202) 942-4275

Counties invest over $80 billion annually in local health systems, serving as payers, providers and administrators of health services and stewards of local taxpayers. President Trump and the 115th Congress have made health reform a top priority. Join this webinar to learn about the status of current efforts, outlook for the future, and potential impacts to counties.