May 2012  
NACS Annual Meeting

 

 2012-13 NACS Officers: (left to right) Bob Wigglesworth, Immediate Past President; Reid Demman, President; Ron Whitehead, President-Elect and Chuck Pearson, Vice President/Secretary/Treasurer

 

The National Association of County Surveyors held their Annual Board Meeting and Annual Business Meeting on March 27, 2012.

 

Special thank you to Warren Ward who gave a presentation during the meeting on the Four Corners Legacy.

 

The 2012-13 Board of Directors will take office on July 1st and are as follows:

 

Officers 

Reid Demman, President

Ron Whitehead, President-Elect

Chuck Pearson, Vice President/Secretary/Treasurer

Bob Wigglesworth, Immediate Past President  

Directors
Rick Dreist

Gail Oliver

 Marvin Myers

Ron Torrence

Click Here to Download Contact Information for NACS Board of Directors 

 

 

NSPS Report

By: Warren Ward

 

The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) met May 4-6, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Various committee meetings took place on May 4, the NSPS Board of Governors met on May 5, and the NSPS Board of Directors met on May 6. I attended all three days as the NSPS Governor for the Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado, and Chair of the Government Practice Committee.

 

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April 20, 2012 

  • House Energy & Commerce Committee to Mark Up "Reconciliation" Bill: Medicaid Cuts on the Table - Action Needed!  
  • Agriculture Committees Near Completion of Farm Bill - Action Needed!  
  • Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2013 T-HUD FY 2013 Appropriations Bill with CDBG Increase!  
  • Ways and Means Committee Votes to Eliminate the Social Services Block Grant  
  • House Agriculture Committee Votes to Cut Funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program  
  • House and Senate Move on Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Bills  
  • House Passes Transportation Extension Bill - Conference Next  
  • Environmental Amendments Within the House Transportation Bill  
  • House Education and Workforce Committee Holds Hearing on Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012 (HR 4297)  
  • Department of Labor Releases Training and Employment Notice (TEN) No. 38-11 on the Benefits of Collaboration between State/Local Workforce Investment Boards and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program  
  • The IRS and Department of Treasury Issue Notice of Intent to Release Guidance on Normal Retirement Age (NRA) Rules for Governmental Plans  
  • House Passes Bill Restricting Executive Use of the Antiquities Act  
  • Senate Finance Committee to Explore Federal Tax Reform's Impact on State and Local Governments  
  • Large Urban County Caucus Holds 2012 Fly-In in Nation's Capital

 

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Inside This Issue
 
NACS Annual Meeting

NSPS Report

NACS Hires AMS

NACO Legislative Update

ACSM Government Affairs

Featured Website - Ford County

LightSquared Overview

 
NACS Hires AMS

 

The NACS Board of Directors is pleased to announce that steps have been taken to reinvigorate the Association. In order to fulfill the Board's vision of a more active and energized association, we have engaged the services of Dorothy Calegari, Association Management Services (AMS). AMS will work with the NACS Board of Directors to develop new member benefits and launch a new website. We are excited and look forward to what the future holds for NACS.

 

We need your help! Is there a member benefit or resource you would like NACS to provide? Do you have a resource you would like to share with the membership? Do you have an article that would benefit other members? Let us know! Email: NACS@CountySurveyors.org

 

 
Resources
 

This month's featured website

Ford County
Ford County is comprised of 30 Townships, each of these Townships has separate pages for Section Corner and Surveys, G.L.O. Plats, Road Records and Permanent Surveys.  There are 8 communities in Ford County that are represented with Community Maps that reference and are linked to Subdivision Plats, Section Corner Ties and Land Surveys.  The largest of these communities is Dodge City, whose City Map is broken down into 21 Standard Sections. he website contains more than 3,700 files and is over 1.3 GB's in size.  Section Corner Reference Reports and Land Surveys are added to the site shortly after they are filed in the County Surveyor's Office.

 

 http://www.fordcounty.net/adminserv/surveyor/ 



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LightSquared Overview

By: Reid Demman

 

FCC gave LightSquared preliminary approval for the combination 4G LTE and satellite hybrid national broadband network.

 

GPS manufacturers and users (including the Department of Defense) raised serious issues regarding use of the L-Band satellite spectrum because of interference with GPS devices. LightSquared said they could fix the problem.

 

Late February -- FCC suspended approval for LightSquared satellite component due to NTIA's report that GPS interference had not been solved and that a fix was not on the horizon. They could proceed with the terrestrial 4G LTE roll-out.

 

February 28th -- LightSquared CEO quits. Sanjiv Ahuja quits over disagreements with LightSquared Board of Directors

 

Late February -- 45% of LightSquared employees are laid off.

 

March 16th -- Sprint bails on agreement with LightSquared pays $65 million in breakup fees.

 

LightSquared has hired two "high powered" Washington lawyers to argue that he FCC was arbitrary and capricious and did not meet the Administrative Procedures Act requirements. No action has been taken.

 

Phillip Falcone's Harbinger Capital Partners once had $26 billion to spend on the project, but are now down to $4 billion and are burning through money very quickly. It is not clear whether they can survive. Falcone has also hired former Senators to help lobby the issue.

 

May 14th - Wall Street Journal reports that LightSquared has filed for Chapter 11.

 

NACo has not taken a position in this matter because the FCC action moots any policy position.


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