September 8, 2017                                      NACO E-Line Archive

Upcoming Events

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Southeast District Meeting
-September 14, 2017
-Camp Carol Joy Holling, Ashland

Register of Deeds Workshop
-September 15, 2017
-Holiday Inn -  Kearney
Northeast District Meeting
-September 15, 2017
-Ramada, Columbus

Central District Meeting
-September 21, 2017
-Holiday Inn, Kearney

Panhandle District Meeting
-September 27, 2017
-Prairie Winds Community Center, Bridgeport

West Central District Meeting
-September 28, 2017
-Quality Inn, Ogallala

Sheriffs Association Annual Conference
-October 1-4, 2017
-Younes Conference Center
Agenda | Registration
Maintenance Exchange - Caring for County Courthouses
- October 5, 2017
-Southeast Community -College - Beatrice
Agenda | Registration

NACO Legislative Conference
-October 12, 2017
Wildcat Hills Nature Center, Gering
Agenda | Registration 


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legconf12th Annual NACO Legislative Conference 
Don't miss a view like this! 
Attend the 12th Annual NACO Legislative Conference on October 12
The NACO Board of Directors last year approved a motion to allow the past NACO President to select a spot for the October Legislative Conference in their own district.  This year, Past President, Robert Post chose the Wildcat Hills Nature Center as the location.  It will be held on October 12. 
The Wildcat Hills Nature Center is located 8 miles south of Gering on Highway 71 and is where the above scene was photographed.  A state park pass is required for admission to the recreation area that accompanies the Nature Center.  If your vehicle does not have a park pass, indicate that you are with the NACO Legislative meeting being held and NACO will cover the cost of the one day pass for you.
The NACO Board of Directors felt this was a unique way of exploring Nebraska as we travel from NACO district to NACO district for this annual one-day conference.  The Wildcat Hills Recreation Area can be previewed by clicking here for more local information. 
Many counties will be interested in the release of the information for setting county official's salaries in 2018 and throughout the four year term that it coincides with.  Two local area state senators are scheduled to be in attendance and to give their views of the 2017 Legislature and the work it will take to make 2018 a successful legislative year.  NACO Executive Director, Larry Dix will also inform the county officials in attendance about the need to properly select, present and provide follow through for effective testimony as bills are introduced in the 2018 legislature.  The afternoon will conclude with a discussion of the 2018 NACO legislative platform and priorities that the NACO Board will adopt at the conclusion of the day's activities.  The full agenda is available here.
Past President Post encourages the early securing of lodging because of other events in the area that could fill the area hotel offerings.  A non-official listing of hotels in the Scottsbluff and Gering area can be seen here.  If housing is not available in Scottsbluff and Gering one might check at other hotels within driving distance on the day of the conference.  They are located in Kimball and Sidney.  The hotels mentioned are only for a guide and include no endorsements for their venue.
Registration for the Legislative Conference can be accomplished by clicking here.
custodialwkshpCounty Custodial Staff Workshop
Registration is now open on the NACO website!
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 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. 

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.

The agenda for the October 5 event is available here. Registration is available by clicking here.

interimhrngsLegislature Schedules Interim Study Hearings
Although the 2018 legislative session won't begin until January, senators and staff are working on new legislation during the interim. Resolutions proposing interim studies are offered 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.
September 15
Judiciary Committee
State Capitol, Room 1113
9:30 AM
LR114 (Judiciary Committee) Interim study to examine Nebraska's statutes relating to geriatric or compassionate release laws for elderly inmates
LR191 (Ebke) Interim study to examine possible legislative reforms to Nebraska's mandatory minimum sentencing laws
LR198 (Pansing Brooks) Interim study to examine the impact of incarceration on children in Nebraska
LR221 (Hansen) Interim study to examine possible reforms to Nebraska's sentencing laws to accommodate an option of deferred judgment probation
September 22
Appropriations Committee
State Capitol, Room 1003
1:00 PM
LR209 (Stinner) Interim study to examine the volatility of Nebraska's revenue portfolio to determine a set of evidence-based savings targets for the Cash Reserve Fund
LR210 (Stinner) Interim study to examine fiscal distress among local political subdivisions in Nebraska and how the Legislature could establish an early warning system to identify and respond to such fiscal distress
September 29
Urban Affairs Committee
Hall County Extension Office, College Park, 3180 W. Highway 34, Grand Island
1:30 PM
LR138 (Crawford) Interim study to examine the tools, mechanisms, and funding sources available to municipalities to provide for condemnation or demolition of vacant and abandoned buildings
LR60 (Urban Affairs Committee) Interim study to examine issues related to the use of tax-increment financing
October 6
Urban Affairs Committee
State Capitol, Room 1510
1:30 PM
LR81 (Wayne) Interim study to examine the adoption and enforcement of state fire codes
LR60 (Urban Affairs Committee) Interim study to examine issues related to the use of tax-increment financing
October 20
Judiciary Committee
State Capitol, Room 1113
9:30 AM
LR172 (Wishart) Interim study to review recruitment and retention efforts that are currently or could potentially be undertaken by the Dept. of Correctional Services
LR173 (Wishart) Interim study to review the work detail and work release efforts at the community corrections centers
1:30 PM
LR196 (Ebke) Interim study to track the progress of the Dept. of Correctional Services and to ensure the intentions set forth by the Legislature are being complied with and carried out. This is a Joint Hearing with the LR 127 Committee

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mipsbytesMIPS Bytes 
Since I upgraded my computer to Windows 10, I have had issues accessing files on my USB Mass Storage Devices (specifically changing or deleting files that existed on the device prior to me upgrading to Windows 10).  I am able to open the files, but when I go to save or delete them, I receive a File Access Denied warning stating that I must provide administrator permission to delete or save this file.  The frustrating part is the fact that when I set up my computer, my account has administrator rights.  So, why am I being asked to provide administrator permissions?
The most common answers to the situation, is that 1. Ownership to the file/folder has changed, or 2. You don't have the appropriate permissions.  When upgrading from a previous operating system or even using the same USB device on a second computer, chances are some of the account information may have changed.  Therefore, you may no longer have ownership to the file or folder.  Permissions are simply rules that determine if you can access or change files and folders.  For this article, I'm going to concentrate on permissions.  Depending on what operating system you are using (Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10), the steps may be slightly different.  I'm going to assume you are using Windows 10.  To make changes, you must be logged in with an Administrative level account.
In Windows 10, right-click on the file or folder you are having issues with and then click Properties.  Then select the "Security" tab.  Under the "Group or user names" section, click on the line that starts with "Users" followed by (the computer name\Users) to see what permissions you have.  To open a file, you need to have the Read or Read & Execute Permission.  To modify a file, you need to have the Modify or Write Permission.  To change the permissions, click on Edit.  Then from the Permissions screen, again click on the line that starts with "Users" followed by (the computer name\Users).  Finally, select the check boxes to allow the permissions you need and Apply the changes.
As always, talk with your IT staff first before making changes to a PC for the office.

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  2017 County Board  Handbook and Revision s
Newly Revised -- 2017 County Board Handbook and Related Revisions are Now Available

The cost for a current handbook, including legislative information from the 2017 session, is $80.00/book plus $18.00 shipping and handling per book. 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 complete handbook or a supplement  please contact Deb Eberly or call her at (402) 434-5660 ext. 232.
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NACoNews From NACo
Photo courtesy of NACo
Under the leadership of NACo President Roy Charles Brooks, NACo is embarking on an initiative in 2017 and 2018 that focuses on the critical role counties play in breaking multi-generational cycles of poverty, especially with our children.

More than 43 million people, or 13 percent of the U.S. population, live below the poverty line. Poverty plagues children more than any other age group. Nearly one in five children lives in poverty. A majority of counties have poverty rates between 20 and 58 percent for school-age children.

The effects of poverty can be long-lasting. Adverse childhood experiences go hand in hand with poverty and can impact infants for the rest of their lives.

To read the entire article and to see how you can help, click here.

websNACo Webinars
Maximizing Impact in Communities through Outcomes-Oriented Contracting

Sep. 21, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Contact: Kathy Rowings
(202) 942-4279
Outcomes-based contracting strives to effectively deploy resources and provide services to individuals and communities by tying payments to measurable, data-driven performance standards. Join NACo for this webinar to learn how Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc., and several counties have made the shift to results-oriented contracting and improved outcomes in areas such as workforce development, child welfare and criminal justice.