Nebraska Association of County Officials

1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
Save The Date For Annual Conference Rooms!!
Thursday, July 18
10:00 AM CDT

The above date and time will be when room reservations will open for the annual conference in Kearney. The conference will be held at the Younes Conference Center on December 11 - 13, 2019. More details will follow in future E-line publications.
NACo Offers High Performance Program
With Scholarships Available
NACo is offering a 12-week online leadership program with content provided by industry leading executives. The curriculum provides best practices in leadership, organizational development and change management, negotiation and collaboration, effective business communication, and how to deliver increased value from high performance county management. Take a look at the program agenda by clicking here .

Contact Candace Meredith at NACO to learn more about a scholarship opportunity to attend the August 2019 session.
Transportation Providers
Seeking Award Nominations
The Nebraska Association of Transportation Providers are seeking nominations for their awards ceremony to honor transit managers and others who support public transit. The awards will be presented at the September Annual Meeting. Nominations are being sought by county and public officials alike. There are five categories for consideration in your nominations. The categories include; Rookie Manager of the Year, Public Transit Manager of the Year, Pioneer, Friend of Transit and In Appreciation For Retirees.

The nomination form can be found here . The application deadline is August 9.
Nebraska Children's Commission
Seeking to Fill Current Vacancies
The Nebraska Children's Commission has a current vacancy for the role of a Juvenile Court County Attorney, however it is not likely that it will be filled before all membership terms expire June 30th. Now that LB600 has passed, the Children's Commission will continue and new members are being sought to fill vacancies beginning July 1st. The roles are not as specified as current legislation so in order to get a wide span of child welfare and juvenile justice systems stakeholders, having juvenile court representation on the Commission would be greatly beneficial.
The Children's Commission provided this article to supply membership and application information to one or more county attorneys who do Juvenile Court work in greater Nebraska. The Children's Commission membership information is available here . The Commission meets quarterly and membership terms are for two years. To learn more about the Nebraska Children's Commission, please visit their website
Grant Writing Workshop
Omaha Police Department and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Omaha, July 15-16, 2019. This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines. Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.

Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.

They are excited to offer our members and staff a special tuition rate of $425 which includes everything: two days of terrific instruction, workbook, and access to their Alumni Forum that's packed full of tools, helpful discussions and more than 200 sample grant proposals. Please use discount code " NEASSN " to receive this $30 discount off full price at registration. 

Multi-enrollment discounts and discounts for Grant Writing USA returning alumni are also available. Tuition payment is not required at the time of enrollment.

Tammy Pitts
at Grant Writing USA
888.435.7281 toll free

Miranda Vaughan
Omaha Police Department

More than 10,000 agencies across North America have turned to Grant Writing USA for grant writing and grant management training.
Supreme Court Rules Against Local Governments
In a 5-4 opinion in Knick v. Township of Scott the Supreme Court held that a property owner may proceed directly to federal court with a takings claim. In Knick the Court overturned Williamson County Regional Planning Commission v. Hamilton Bank of Johnson City  (1985), which held that before a takings claim may be brought in federal court, a property owner must first seek just compensation under state law in state court. The Township of Scott adopted an ordinance requiring cemeteries, whether located on public or private land, to be open and accessible to the public during the day. Code enforcement could enter any property to determine the “existence and location” of a cemetery. The Constitution’s Takings Clause states that “private property [shall not] be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Rose Mary Knick sued the county in federal (rather than state) court claiming the ordinance was invalid per the Takings Clause after code enforcement went onto her property without a warrant looking for (and finding) a cemetery not open to the public during the day. In an opinion written by Chief Justice Roberts the Court held that the state-litigation requirement of Williamson County is overruled. The Court reasoned the Takings Clause doesn’t say: “Nor shall private property be taken for public use, without an available procedure that will result in compensation .” The majority of the Justices were willing to overturn precedent in this case because Williamson County wasn’t just “wrong.” “Its reasoning was exceptionally ill founded and conflicted with much of our takings jurisprudence.”

The information contained in the article was compiled by Lisa Soronen, at the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) an organization which files amicus curiae briefs in support of state and local governments in the U.S. Supreme Court, conducts moot courts for attorneys arguing before the Supreme Court, and provides other assistance to State and local governments in connection with Supreme Court litigation.  For more information about this organization, click here .
Supreme Court Rules Peace Cross May Stay
The Bladensburg Peace Cross may stay the Supreme Court ruled in a 7-2 decision in American Legion v. American Humanist Association .

In late 1918, residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland, decided to erect a memorial to honor soldiers from the county who died in World War I. The monument, completed in 1925, is a 32-foot tall Latin cross that sits on a large pedestal. Among other things, it contains a plaque listing the names of 49 local men who died in the war. Over the years, memorials honoring the veterans of other conflicts have been added to the surrounding area. In 1961, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission acquired the Cross and the land it is on in order to preserve it and address traffic-safety concerns. The American Humanist Association sued the Commission claiming the Cross’s presence on public land and the Commission’s maintenance of it violates the Establishment Clause. The Supreme Court disagreed. Significantly, the Court stated that “retaining established, religiously expressive monuments, symbols, and practices is quite different from erecting or adopting new ones. The passage of time gives rise to a strong presumption of constitutionality.” According to Justice Alito, the Bladensburg Cross doesn’t violate the constitutional because it “carries special significance in commemorating World War I.” “[I]mage of the simple wooden crosses that originally marked the graves of American soldiers killed in the war, the cross became a symbol of their sacrifice, and the design of the Bladensburg Cross must be understood in light of that background.” Second, “with the passage of time” the cross “has acquired historical importance.” “It reminds the people of Bladensburg and surrounding areas of the deeds of their predecessors and of the sacrifices they made in a war fought in the name of democracy.” Third, the monument didn’t “deliberately disrespect[] area soldiers who perished in World War I” as no evidence indicates Jewish soldiers were excluded. Finally, according to the majority, “it is surely relevant that the monument commemorates the death of particular individuals.” While the Court acknowledged that the cross “is undoubtedly a Christian symbol,” it opined “that fact should not blind us to everything else that the Bladensburg Cross has come to represent.”
The information contained in the article was compiled by Lisa Soronen, at the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) an organization which files amicus curiae briefs in support of state and local governments in the U.S. Supreme Court, conducts moot courts for attorneys arguing before the Supreme Court, and provides other assistance to State and local governments in connection with Supreme Court litigation.  For more information about this organization, click here .
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Data Backups
We have all heard the stories; some people might have had first hand experience with this. You arrive at work one morning and you turn on your computer and you are greeted with a dreaded message. On your screen, it simply shows “No boot device detected”. You turn off your PC and try it again. Same message. Your operating system had a bad update and was corrupted and now your data is gone. This article will discuss the different types of data backups and the good and the bad of both as well as other tips for data backups and what you can do to prevent loss of data.

There are two main types of ways to backup your information on your computer and those two types have multiple ways of how it handles backing up data. One way is an image backup, which takes your hard drive and copies it exactly as it sits currently. The other way is called a file-level approach, which just backups the files specified and nothing else. Both have their plusses and minuses but both are important when it comes to making sure your data is backed up.

Image backups are a more complete type of data backup, they backup your whole hard drive in its current configuration. Image backups is what we recommend if you are looking into a backup solution. One of the downsides of this type is that it uses quite a bit of storage space, since it is saving your whole hard drive. Some operating systems can be upwards of 50 GB or more by themselves, and that is not including any personal data or programs. The major upside to this type is that it allows you to restore your computer to how it was exactly when the backup ran. This prevents you from having to install programs or setup any user profiles. There are numerous companies/software vendors that offer an image style backup. On the other hand, if trying to manage lots of data is a problem or it is not necessary to backup the entire computer there is always a file-level style approach.

A file-level approach just backs up the files that are specified, and nothing else. I.e. emails, spreadsheets, documents, images, etc. Windows 10 currently has that functionality built right into the operating system and there are other programs that can handle this as well. One of the big upsides of this type of backup is that it does not require large amounts of storage to backup the data, since its only grabbing what is specified, but the downside of this type is that you will have to reinstall your operating system, your programs as well as setup your user settings.

With either type of backup it is always a good idea to keep multiple different storage devices that you are using to back up on. Not only will this give you more space to put your backups, but it will also give you the opportunity to keep some backups off-site. Keeping backups stored in an off-site location is highly recommended. One of the biggest reasons to do this is if something were to happen to both the computer and the drive the computer was backing up to, like a large electrical surge, you would still have a backup to restore to.

While the message on your screen might have been dreaded at first, you have been backing up your computer. You check backups on another computer to make sure everything is still there, and it is. You let out a sigh of relief and restored your image from the backup. After only being without a computer for a little bit you get back to work where you left off yesterday when the backup was ran.
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 .
News from NACo
NACo Webinars
SLLC Supreme Court Review
Jul. 23, 2019
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CDT
Contact: Lisa Soronen

The census citizenship question case and the Maryland and North Carolina partisan gerrymandering cases are expected to be the blockbusters of the current Supreme Court term for states and local governments. Join Judith Vale, Senior Assistant Solicitor General at the Office of the New York State Attorney General, who co-wrote the State of New York’s brief in the census case and Paul Hughes, Mayer Brown, who argued an agency deference case and co-wrote Maryland’s brief in one of the partisan gerrymandering cases, in a discussion of these cases and other cases of interest to states and local governments on topics including: religious displays on public property, takings, alcohol regulation, and employment.
Annual Conference Room Reservation Date
July 18, 2019
10:00 a.m.

Assessors Workshop
August 26 - 29, 2019
Gering Civic Center, Gering
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Nebraska Association of County Officials
1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
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