October 21, 2011                                                     NACO E-Line Archive 

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AssocMembersAssociate and Sustaining Members

NACO Associate and Sustaining Members enable NACO to enhance its continuing education programs for county officials across the state. Visit NACO's complete associate and sustaining membership list here.


 EducationFoundationEducation Foundation Memorial Program

A gift to NACO's Education Foundation ensures that the children of county officials and county employees are eligible to apply for scholarships to continue their education at Nebraska's higher learning institutions. Whatever their passion - history, art, music, science, education, sports - the NACO Education Foundation will provide them an opportunity to fund their education beyond the K-12 level. Memorial gifts to NACO's Education Foundation are tax exempt and a lasting legacy in honor of your loved one's commitment to educating the children of Nebraska's county officials and employees. For more information about how to make a memorial gift, please contact Jon Edwards / 402-434-5660 ext. 227.

In This Issue

Tom Osborne to Speak at NACO Conference Opening Session

Conference Matters

County Official of the Year Nomination

Interim Hearing Schedule

Courthouses Throughout Nebraska will be Participating in the "Statewide - Courthouse Food Drive Challenge"

New Online Courses on Disaster Preparedness Training

NPSC Seeks Comments on PSAP Costs Eligible for Wireless E911 Funding

MIPS Bytes

News from NACo

NACo Web-based Education

Legal Calendar

County Classifieds

Associate & Sustaining Members

NACO Education Foundation Memorial Program


TOTom Osborne to Speak at NACO Conference Opening Session 
Tom_Osborne_Photo_2010Hall of Fame football coach Tom Osborne has continued to leave a lasting impression on the history of Nebraska Athletics since returning to lead the Husker program as the school's 13th athletic director on Oct. 16, 2007. Osborne, who led Nebraska to three national championships (1994, 1995, 1997) and 255 victories in his 25 years as the Huskers' head football coach, has continued to use his impressive leadership skills to guide the NU athletic department as a whole over the past four seasons.

With the core values of integrity, trust, respect, teamwork and loyalty serving as guiding principles for Nebraska's 23-sport program as a whole, Osborne has made historic decisions to help the University of Nebraska athletic programs for years to come.

Tom and Nancy Osborne founded the TeamMates Mentoring Program in 1991 to provide support and encouragement to school-aged youth.  Mentors meet one hour per week in the schools to identify the strengths and talents of youth.  TeamMates serves over 5,000 youth in 100 chapters across Nebraska and Iowa and is celebrating its 20th Anniversary.  Join us at Opening Session as the Coach turned Congressman and now Athletic Director reflects on the impact of mentoring in the lives of youth as well as the importance of leadership to a community.

ConferenceConference Matters 
Registration and Program
Registration and tentative program information are available on the NACO website. Advance registration is $120 on or before November 25. Registrations received after that date will be $135.
Silent Auction
As stated in the July 15 issue of E-Line, NACO will hold a silent auction on Friday at the Annual Conference. County Clerks have been contacted to recruit their fellow county officials in soliciting donations from vendors in their county for the auction. It is NACO's hope that each county will be represented at the silent auction with at least one donation. When soliciting donations, a record of the donor and actual or approximate value of the item must be provided to NACO in order to meet statutory requirements for the silent auction. Some items that NACO has been informed of receiving include a 1 Day Goose hunt for 2 people in January with Rush Creek Adventures along with Mark Ferrari Coffee (roasted in Oshkosh) and Sandhills Natural Water (bottled north of Oshkosh) and a handmade quilted Christmas wall hanging. Following are examples of items that could be combined into one package for the auction:

Free night's stay at a hotel in the county
Complementary movie tickets or passes at a theatre in the county
Dinner for two at a restaurant in the county
A bottle of wine from a winery in the county

A beef bundle or package from a local meat shop
Utensils, (i.e. oven mitt, barbecue tools, grill pan)
Specialized barbecue sauce and/or seasoning

These are only suggestions.  Use your imagination in determining what vendors to solicit and what your package will hold. If you have concerns that a donated item may be questionable, please contact Lisa Martin at NACO.


Exhibitors & Vendors


County officials who know of vendors that may be interested in participating as an exhibitor in NACO's Annual Conference are asked to suggest they contact the NACO office for details about the conference.


Each year the popularity of NACO's exhibition area continues to increase. If you know of possible exhibitors, please suggest to them that they contact the NACO office for further information.


Shuttle Service


Officials attending the NACO Annual Conference are reminded that continuous shuttle bus service to and from the conference site and contracted hotels will be provided all three days of the conference. The finalized schedule for shuttle service will be published in the conference program.


Conference Lodging


Readers are encouraged to refer to the July 15 issue of E-Line for information regarding hotel accommodations for the conference. Contracted hotels, reservation phone numbers and reservation policies are listed in this issue of E-Line. NACO has sent an e-mail to all county clerks.


Conference Site


The site for the annual conference will be the Younes Event Center. This is a new structure built on the premises of several hotels. The structure is made up entirely of meeting space. As a result, there is no "host hotel" for the conference. The event center will allow NACO to house many more exhibitors and the meeting space will be adequate.
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. Also, include 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.


InterimInterim Hearing Schedule 

During the interim between regular legislative sessions, standing committees of the Legislature conduct studies on resolutions introduced by senators during the session. Below is a listing of upcoming study hearings that may be of interest to counties.


Oct. 26 - Urban Affairs Committee - LR 209 - Examination of building codes


Oct. 28 - Revenue and Urban Affairs Committees - LR 234 - Develop a long-term plan to support infrastructure development for the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel


Oct. 28 - Revenue and Urban Affairs Committees - LR 263 - Examine municipal, state and federal programs available to assist with job creation in the manufacturing sector


Oct. 28 Revenue Committee - LR 232 - Examine the impact of tax increment financing on taxpayers and governments


Nov. 4 - Government Committee - LR 245 - Use of technology in elections


Nov. 4 - Government Committee - LR 307 - Examine the process for decreasing the number of county commissioners


Nov. 4 - Urban Affairs Committee - LR 241 - Examine the Nebraska Redevelopment Act and tax increment financing


Nov. 4 - Urban Affairs Committee - LR 227 - Examine adoption of a comprehensive plumbing code


Nov. 7 - Transportation and Telecommunications and Appropriations Committees - Roads Needs Assessment Briefing


Nov. 22 - Retirement Systems - LR 210 - Examine retirement systems administered by the Public Employees Retirement Board


A full list of interim studies is available on the Legislature's website here.


Hearings conducted at the State Capitol can be watched through NET's live video streaming link.


FoodDriveCourthouses Throughout Nebraska will be Participating in the "Statewide - Courthouse Food Drive Challenge" 

During the NACO Conference, December 2010, the County Clerks, Register of Deeds, Election Commissioners Association formed a "Goodwill Committee".  This committee was formed to provide an outreach to the citizens of our counties in the great state of Nebraska.  It will provide an avenue for us to help and assist those in need in a manner that develops goodwill and encourages better understanding of county government and our association.


Since that formation, Nebraska County Courthouses challenged County Courthouses in Kansas.  "Kansas accepted the challenge".  The "friendly" competition will take place Oct. 31 through November 21 ... in both states.


Past winners of the "traveling trophy" were Nemaha County in 2009 and Rock County in 2010.   Besides Nebraska's traveling trophy...there will also be a traveling trophy between the states.


Community participation is welcomed....not only to help a county win, to help Nebraska win, but first and foremost to help each of our local food banks win.

County winners/State winners will be based on:  Total number of items donated..divided by total number of county employees...equals average items per employee.


Let's show Kansas how generous Nebraska Courthouse's are in giving back to their communities.   GO NEBRASKA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Thank you to all.


Goodwill Committee:


Jan Johnson - Chair, Adams County
Debbie Postany, Loup County
Joyce Stahl, Rock County
Michelle Zimmerman, Sioux County
Joyce Oakley, Nemaha County
Susan Messersmith, Hayes County


DisasterPreparednessNew On-line Courses on Disaster Preparedness Training 

The Nebraska State Historical Society is pleased to announce the availability
of new courses designed to assist participants in disaster preparedness and recovery.


These online courses were developed as part to the Intergovernmental Preparedness for Essential Records (IPER) program sponsored by the Council of State Archivists with a grant from FEMA.  The courses provide a total of 16 hours of online training and a FEMA certificate of completion.  The first classes consist of Essential Records.  These courses will provide information on the following: A) Identify an agency's essential records; B) analyze and prioritize records; C) assessing specific risks; D) develop procedures to ensure access to and security of essential records; and E) outline a Continuity of Operations (COOP) plan.  The second classes consist of Records Emergency Preparedness and Response and will provide assistance on:  A) benefits of records emergency planning; B) plan, develop, analyze, test a records emergency action plan; C) assess the damage to records after an emergency and implement a response; and D) identify federal, state, and local resources and the availability of intergovernmental personnel and support to assist when a disaster occurs.   Please note that the courses do include homework assignments in order for registered students to receive a FEMA certificate.  The courses will be delivered on the following dates:  November 8, 10, 15, 17 and December 6, 8, 13, and 15.  All on-line classes for the scheduled dates begin at 10:00 AM and end at noon, CST.


We look forward to your participation. You can register for these courses as follows:


Go to the CoSA Resource Center homepage and create a Participant account (for more information on creating a Participant account, please visit the Setting Up Your Course Participant Account in the CoSA Resource Center webpage.


Additional information is also available on the IPER website here.


If you have any questions or encounter problems in registering for the on-line courses, please contact Irene van Bavel, IPER Project Program Officer, at


NPSCNPSC Seeks Comments on PSAP Costs Eligible for Wireless E911 Funding 

The Nebraska Public Service Commission is seeking comment on Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) costs that should be eligible for funding under the Enhanced Wireless 911 Services Act. Currently, costs associated with equipment, software, training, maintenance of equipment and software, GIS data and data maintenance, and telecommunications services are generally eligible subject to the Commission established wireless/wireline ratio. Commenters should specifically explain the necessity of the cost in the provision of enhanced wireless 911 service. Comments may be filed with the Commission on or before October 28, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. Instructions for filing comments and more background on this issue can be found here. Questions concerning the Wireless E911 Funding Program can be directed to Joan Rafferty, Wireless E911 Coordinator, at 402-471-3101 or 800-526-0017.


MIPSBytesMIPS Bytes 

Have you ever gone to a website and discovered their information was hard to find or outdated? When finding an outdated website through a search engine, we simply click on the next search result looking for current information. Since no one wants to visit an outdated website, it quickly becomes useless.


If you are an owner of an outdated website, you are wasting your web presence investment. Providing outdated information wastes the time of anyone using your website and also runs the risk the visitor will never come back to your site again.


In county government we are using our websites to keep the public informed. So it is vital to keep county information current and presented in an organized manner. If a web visitor finds the online information outdated, or hard to locate, they are more likely to pick up the phone and call the county. This can cost office productivity by forcing county staff to answer frequently asked questions over the phone that could have easily been read online. These phone calls take staff away from other tasks.


With today's on-demand society, people want to be able to find information as quickly and easily as possible. A county website with current information soon becomes the first place taxpayers go for information. Examples of frequently viewed online information includes board meeting schedules, property tax rates, election results, DMV links, email addresses, driver's license exam hours, phone numbers, etc. Not only does your website provide this information, but it provides it day or night. People's lives don't follow the hours of 8 to 5, and neither does your website. Having an organized county website with current information is like having the courthouse open 24 hours a day. I recommend counties take full advantage of this low cost public servant.


NACoNewsNews from NACo
NACo_LogoNACo survey: Counties settling into the 'new normal' of revenue, staffing and service
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new National Association of Counties (NACo) survey shows that counties large and small appear to be settling into the "new normal" of revenue, staffing and service delivery levels after years of revenue losses in a U.S. economy struggling toward recovery.

"Coping with the New Normal: An Economic Status Survey of Counties" is the seventh survey in a series of twice yearly efforts by NACo to capture information about counties as they struggle with the current fiscal situation. The new survey shows counties are continuing to make difficult budget decisions and are still scaling back or deferring certain activities to help them through their current fiscal year.
To view the full article, click here.


NACoWebEdNACo Web-based Education

Reducing Youth Detention Populations and Increasing Cost Saving Opportunities

Thursday, October 27, 2011

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM CDT


Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) core strategies have been proven to reduce detention & costs, increase system fairness and improve the juvenile justice system overall without compromising public safety.   Join this webinar to find out how you can conduct a deeper analysis of your county's overall detention system to reveal gaps or unnecessary procedures that can contribute to the inefficiencies and high costs associated with running detention systems. Register here.


There's a Killer on the Road - What can be done about Roadway Departure Crashes?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

1:00 PM -2:15 PM CDT


During this webinar, receive a comprehensive look at the seriousness of roadway departure crashes, why it is such a problem on rural and isolated roads, and the counter measures that counties can implement to reduce the number of roadway departure crashes. Register here.


Relieving Rush Hour Congestion - What Can Counties Do?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM CST


Demand for travel by Americans continues to grow as the population increases, particularly in metropolitan areas. Construction of new road capacity to accommodate this growth in travel has not kept pace. This challenge is especially acute during rush hour periods, and it can be costly due to loss in worker productivity. Join this webinar to hear about tools and resources (including Intelligent Transportation Systems) that counties can use to reduce the impacts of congestion, especially during rush hour. Register here.


The Importance of Planning for Continuity of Government/Operations

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM CST


Join this webinar to hear about the essential elements of a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) such as plans and procedures that delineate essential functions, specify emergency delegation of authority, provide for safekeeping of vital records, and identify alternate operating strategies. 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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