July 15, 2011                                                            NACO E-Line Archive 

Upcoming Events

Portland, Oregon

July 15-19, 2011


2011 North American Manure Expo


July 20, 2011


Wireless E911 PSAP Funding Audit Documentation Workshop


July 27, 2011


Assessors Workshop


August 30-September 2, 2011


Northeast District Meeting


September 16, 2011


Southeast District Meeting

Mahoney Park

September 22, 2011


Central District Meeting

Grand Island

September 15, 2011


Jail as Part of County Government

University of Nebraska - Kearney

September 27-29, 2011 


Panhandle District Meeting


September 28, 2011


West Central District Meeting

North Platte

September 29, 2011


Register of Deeds Workshop


October 12, 2011


Legislative Conference


October 13, 2011


NWCA Fall Training


October 25-26, 2011


NACO Annual Conference


December 14-16, 2011










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In This Issue

ConferenceConference Matters 
The NACO 2011 Annual Conference will be held in Kearney on December 14-16 at the Younes Conference Center.  Even though the opening session of the conference is not until Wednesday afternoon, affiliate groups will be able to plan pre-conference and post-conference sessions if they feel additional time is needed. 
All affiliate groups' presidents were provided with planning material and they are now busy planning their sessions for conference.  If you have ideas for sessions that you feel would be beneficial to your group, you are encouraged to contact the president of your affiliate group with this information.


Many county officials have contacted the NACO office requesting information about lodging for the 2011 NACO Annual Conference.  This year, lodging requests should be made by telephone.  A list of hotels that NACO has contracted with for the conference, along with the reservation phone number and rates follows this article.  You will be able to contact the hotel by phone only at the numbers listed.  No faxed or on-line reservations will be accepted by any of the contracted hotels for the conference.  You will not be able to make reservations for the conference at any of the contracted hotels until 10:00 a.m. central standard time on September 8, 2011.  Please do not attempt to make reservations prior to this date and time as all requests made prior to this date and time will be denied.
Conference attendees should be aware that the Younes Conference Center is a meeting facility only.  There are no hotel rooms in this facility.  All of the hotels that NACO has contracted with are either within walking distance to the conference center or reachable using the shuttle that will be provided.
Conference attendees should also be aware that the reservation date, time and policies established for the NACO Conference are hotel policies.  NACO does not oversee these policies.  Any questions, concerns, issues or comments regarding lodging policies should be directed to the respective hotel.
Lodging requests will be fulfilled on a first come, first served basis.  All hotel reservations must have a name by no later than November 15, 2011.  If you have made reservations prior to this date without placing names on the reservations, you will be contacted by the respective hotel for the name(s) for reservations you have made.  If no name is added to the reservation(s) by this time, the reservation will be cancelled.  The cut-off date for changes or cancellations at any one of the contracted hotels is November 29, 2011.  Changes or cancellations made after this date will be penalized the first night's lodging.  Again this year NACO is requesting that all counties strive to be as accurate as possible with their requests so that all lodging requests can be accommodated.
Hotel                                 Rates                                          Contact #
Wingate Inn                     $89.95 / Suites $149.95          308-237-4400
Hampton Inn                   $89.95 /                                       308-234-3400
Holiday Inn                       $89.95 / Suites $149.95          308-237-5971
Holiday Inn Express       $89.95 / Suites $149.95          308-234-8100
Fairfield Inn                      $89.95 / Suites $149.95          308-236-4200
Ramada Inn                     $89.95 / Suites $102.95          308-237-3141
AmericInn                         $70.97                                         308-234-7800
Country Inn                       $89.95 / Suites $99.95            308-236-7500 


A silent auction is planned for Friday of the conference with proceeds going to NACO's Education Foundation. This foundation provides scholarships to students who are children, stepchildren or under the guardianship of a Nebraska county official or employee and plan to attend a post-high school educational institution within the state of Nebraska. Soon NACO will be contacting all county clerks requesting that they work with all officials in their county to solicit contributions from vendors in their county in order to make the auction a successful event.  NACO's goal is to have auction items available from each of Nebraska's 93 counties. Items for the auction will be on display at the Delegation Breakfast and throughout the NACO Business Meeting and Awards. During the entire time you will be able to view and bid on any of these items.  The announcement will be made shortly after the drawings for door prizes that the bidding has ended and, once the bid sheets have been collected, the auction winners will be announced. If you have questions regarding the auction or possible items to donate, please feel free to contact Lisa Martin at NACO at (402) 434-5660 ext. 221 or contact her at
At the present time you can view a tentative agenda for the 2011 conference on NACO's website.  Only one major change is planned in the format of the annual conference this year.  The Awards Luncheon that normally follows a general session on Friday afternoon will no longer be held.  Instead, awards, including the announcement of the County Official of the Year will be presented at the NACO Business Meeting on Friday morning.  Door prizes will be awarded immediately following the NACO Business Meeting.  Following door prizes, a boxed lunch will be available for attendees to take home with them or enjoy while NACO staff announce the winners of the silent auction.
COYCounty Official of the Year 

Fillmore County Assessor Joan Ackland, 2010 County Official of the Year

Do you know of an elected or appointed county official who you feel serves as the embodiment of a true dedicated public official? If so, nominate that individual for the annual County Official of the Year Award.
The Nebraska Association of County Officials will present its highest honor to one county official at the conclusion of the December 16th NACO Business Meeting.
The County Official of the Year Award was created as a means of honoring one individual each year for his or her leadership abilities, high standard of public service and outstanding contributions made to the medium of county government and that person's community.
The official nomination form can be found here or on NACO's website. To nominate someone you know, print the form, complete it and return it to the NACO office by November 11, along with any supplemental materials you feel would provide additional insight into why this person is deserving of the award. Supporting material may include testimonial letters from peers or other printed matter that highlight his or her record of service.
Each of the 2011 nominees will be introduced and recognized during the course of the conference. At the conclusion of the NACO Business Meeting, the announcement will be made as to who has been chosen by a special selection committee.
The 2011 recipient will join an elite list of county officials who have previously received this award and will receive a handsomely engraved plaque befitting of this prestigious honor.
ProfileProfile: Steve Erdman, NACO President 

Steve Erdman, 2011 NACO President

Years of County Experience: 5


Family: Wife - Cathy, married 39 years; three sons - Craig (Emily), Past State Senator Philip Erdman (Cortney, Granddaughter Grace and Grandson Micah), and Nicholas (Kahlia, Granddaughter Avery).
Hobbies and/or Leisure Activities: I golf a couple of times a year! If I have spare time I like being around my family - especially the grand kids!
Reason For Running For NACO Board of Directors: I have always been involved in some form of leadership in every organization I have been a part of, so running for the NACO Board came as a natural progression for me.
Words To Live By: Treat others as you wish to be treated! It is better to give than receive! A person is about as big as things that makes them angry!

Editor's Note: Legal Line is a feature that will periodically appear in E-Line. This ediction has been prepared by Beth Ferrell,  a member of the NACO legal staff. Legal Line is not intended to serve as legal advice. Rather, it is published to alert readers to court decisions and legal or advisory matters important to county government. For a specific opinion on how the information contained in this article or that which will be discussed in future issues relates to your county, consult your county attorney or your personal counsel.


Police Chase Case Decided by Nebraska Supreme Court


The Nebraska Supreme Court recently held that the actions of the driver of a stolen car, rather than a police pursuit, were the sole proximate cause of a accident that seriously injured a woman in 2006. The case, Cotton v. State, 281 Neb. 789, ___ N.W.2d ___ (2011), was decided on July 1. Recent cases decided by the Nebraska Supreme Court and Court of Appeals can be viewed on the Judicial Branch's website.


The injury occurred when the stolen vehicle hit a pickup, which crossed the centerline and struck a vehicle driven by Cotton.  The driver of the stolen car claimed that he was attempting to evade pursuit by a Nebraska State Patrol trooper. Cotton filed suit against the State of Nebraska under the State Tort Claims Act, in particular §81-8,215.01, which makes the state liable for injuries to innocent third parties proximately caused by a vehicular pursuit by a state-employed law enforcement officer.


The Court reviewed whether the accident occurred when the state trooper was actively trying to apprehend the driver, pursuant to the definitions in §81-8,215.01. At the time the accident occurred, several vehicles were between the stolen car and the trooper.  The trooper had not activated his emergency lights prior to the accident.


The Court concluded that the driver of the stolen vehicle chose to operate his vehicle in a reckless manner.  The state was not liable under §81-8,215.01 because the trooper was not involved in an active effort to apprehend the driver at the time of the accident.


Because language similar to §81-8,215.01 appears in the Political Subdivisions Tort Claims Act (§13-901 et seq.), the same arguments would likely be applied to a case involving counties.   In general, both Acts provide broad exemptions from liability for the state and political subdivisions and set out a process for bringing tort claims against these entities.


JailTrainingJail as Part of County Government Training 

Public safety doesn't happen in a vacuum. It requires collaboration and thoughtful, well-informed discussion about key issues: who or what a public safety program is for, how funds in the program will be used, and how local governments and elected officials can support public safety efforts. To discuss those issues when they involve the local jail requires dialogue among stakeholders, including the county commissioner/supervisor, sheriff, and jail administrator. The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) tackles such discussions during its Jail as Part of County Government training, which is now being offered in Nebraska. 

NIC's free training is an opportunity for teams of three (consisting of the county commissioner/supervisor, sheriff, and jail administrator) to learn about key issues facing jails today. Topics such as staffing, jail administration, and unique funding needs will be covered. All of these lead to ensuring that jail operations are conducted in a safe, secure, humane, and legal manner.

The training will last three days and will be held at the University of Nebraska in Kearney this September 27-29, 2011. Takeaways from the training include:

·Educating participants about the role of the jail, its operations,

and its resource needs.


·Exploring the county's civil liability in operating a jail.


·Helping county commissioners/supervisors, state sheriffs, and jail

administrators better understand each other's responsibilities

and challenges.


·Building collaboration among jurisdictional team members in addressing jail issues. 

To register or request more information, visit NIC online at


E911WorkshopWireless E911 PSAP Funding Audit Documentation Workshop
The Nebraska Public Service Commission will be conducting a workshop to provide information regarding documentation due to the Commission for audits of 2010-2011 Wireless E911 Funding which was paid to Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs). The workshop will provide information including the due date for documentation, the nature of the documentation to be filed, and to answer questions regarding the audit process.
The workshop will be held on July 27, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. CDT in the Commission Hearing Room at 1200 N Street, Suite 300, Lincoln. Those wishing to participate by telephone should dial 888-820-1398, Attendee Code:  5582059. Questions concerning the workshop or the Wireless E911 Funding Program can be directed to Joan Raffety, Wireless E911 Coordinator, at 402-471-3101 or 1-800-526-0017.
NACoWebEducationNACO Web-based Education
NACo Technology Summit
Friday, July 15, 2011
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM CDT


The NACo Technology Summit that will take place on July 15, 2011 in Multnomah County (Portland), Oregon from 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. CDT. We will be able to reach out to a remote audience for this summit. Cisco is providing us with WebEx video to bring in remotely those county officials that can't attend in-person. We've hired a videographer to do the camera work, so remote attendees will be able to see the speakers live through their Internet browser and they will be able to raise questions live through toll-free phone lines. We will also record these videos to put on our Web site for those who can't attend in-person or remotely. Click here for additional information and to register.


Using Hazard Mitigation Funding Opportunities to Strengthen Your Community
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM CDT
The Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs provide funding for your eligible mitigation activities that reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages. Join this webinar to learn how your county can use its Hazard Mitigation Plan to apply for funds to strengthen the community against future disasters. This is a NACo Members Only webinar. You must log in to the Member Center to register.
For more information on these and other upcoming or previous webinars, visit the NACo Web-based Education page.
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