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July 26, 2013                                                                  www.nacone.org   NACO E-Line Archive 

Upcoming Events

 

Assessors Workshop

August 26-29

Holiday Inn, Kearney

 

Southeast District Meeting

September 5

I-80, Mahoney Park

 

Central District Meeting

September 19

Kearney, Ramada Inn

 

Northeast District Meeting

September 20

Schuyler, St. Benedict Center

 

Panhandle District Meeting

September 25

Bridgeport, Community Center

 

West Central District Meeting

September 26

Ogallala, Grey Goose Lodge

 

Register of Deeds Workshop

October 9

Kearney, Holiday Inn

 

NACO Legislative Conference

October 10

Kearney, Holiday Inn

 

To view all upcoming events, click here.

 


 

 

      

 

 

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 deductible and will be 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 Larry Dix  / 402-434-5660 ext. 226.

In This Issue

Conference Matters 

Notice of Comment Period for Court Rules 

Juvenile Services Aid and Enhancement Available, Applications Due August 5 

Tax Modernization Committee Establishes Meeting Dates for Public Hearings 

MIPS Bytes 

Open Meetings Posters  

NACo Prescription Drug Program 

County Government Day PowerPoint 

County Directories 

2012 County Board Handbook and Revisions 

News From NACo 

NACo Web-Based Education 

News Across the State 

Legal Calendar  

County Classifieds*

Associate & Sustaining Members 

NACO Education Foundation Memorial Program 

 

 

Conference_MattersConference Matters

Lodging

Lodging for NACO's 119th Annual Conference became available on May 10, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. CST.  The conference will be held in Omaha December 11-13 and this year you will be able to make lodging reservations electronically by visiting the Omaha Convention & Visitors Bureau website and clicking on NACO's microsite.  The link to the microsite is available here and is also posted on NACO's website.  Once you click on NACO's microsite, you will be able to choose the contracted  hotel of your choice along with the dates you will require for lodging.  Initially, a valid credit card will be required for securing your lodging.  Once you have secured your lodging via credit card, you will be able to access a credit application for direct billing and will be required to complete and submit a tax exempt form (all forms will be available on the microsite).

 

Planning

NACO has sent, via e-mail, planning grids and cut off dates to each affiliate group leader requesting that each group plan their sessions for the upcoming Annual Conference in December.  If you have a topic that you would like to have addressed at the conference, please contact your affiliate group president so they may consider it for the agenda.

 

Opening Session Speaker 

NACO Aaron Davishas contracted for Aaron Davis, member of Nebraska's 1994 National Champion football team, to deliver the opening session address to conference attendees at this year's conference in Omaha.

  

Aaron is not just a speaker "telling" individuals how to succeed.  He is in the trenches every day as the President of his own consulting firm, Aaron Davis Presentations, Inc., the Chief Operations Officer of The Thomas Group, and the co-founder of several other profitable business ventures.

  

Aaron Davis Presentations, Inc. received the Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Minority Owned Business award while Toastmasters International awarded him the Communications & Leadership Award.  Rotary International also presented him with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award.  In addition, his business management certification seminars for the University of Nebraska have received some of the highest ratings in the program's twenty-four year history!

 

Courage, mental toughness and the ability to change and adapt quickly are just a few characteristics that all champions possess.  As a member of the Nebraska 1994 National Championship football team (considered by some as one of the best teams ever assembled), Aaron has a keen understanding of what it takes to achieve incredible results.  In his presentation, "Perform Like a Champion" conferences attendees will learn strategies to remain mentally tough in a competitive environment; they will be encouraged to never lose the ability to laugh at themselves and to have fun; and they will learn tips on how to adapt to change quickly while still enjoying the ride.

 

Plan now to attend NACO's 119th Annual Conference in Omaha. You won't want to miss this opening session presentation.

 

Watch for conference registration to open on NACO's website soon.  To view a conference overview and tentative agenda, click here. 

NoticeofCommentNotice of Comment Period for Court Rules
The Appellate Automation Advisory Committee submitted to the Nebraska Supreme Court proposed amendments to Neb. Ct. R. App. P. 2-116(B)(1) Presentence Report. The proposed rule amendments update the materials to be included in the presentence report, the procedure as to how the presentence report is transmitted to the Clerk of the Nebraska Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, and how the presentence report may be examined by the defendant, his or her counsel, or counsel for the State.

The Nebraska Supreme Court invites interested persons to comment on these proposed rules no later than September 1, 2013.

The full text of the proposed rule amendments is available by clicking here, or a hard copy may be obtained from the office of the Clerk of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals upon request.
Juvenile_Justice_Grant_ApplicationJuvenile Services Aid and Enhancement Available, Applications Due August 5                             

The announcement for the availability of 2013 State Community Based Juvenile Services Aid (CA) and 2013 State Community-based Juvenile Services Aid Enhancement (EG) LB 561 Funds has been posted on the Crime Commission's website.  Click here to view the announcement.  Counties and federally recognized or state recognized Indian Tribes are the only eligible applicants.

 

There is $1,522,425 available for Community Based Juvenile Services Aid based upon the passage of LB 561 A during the 2013 legislative session.

 

Amounts available to each county under Community-based Juvenile Services Aid is included within the CA instruction document on the Crime Commission's website.  Additionally, the source and purpose of the funds, funding limitations, match requirements and additional instructions are provided on the instruction document.

 

Importantly, the due date for the Application for the 2013 Community Based Juvenile Services Aid and Enhancement applications is August 5, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. CDT.

  

2013 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant

Applications and instructions are also available for the 2013 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant by clicking here.  The application period for this grant closes August 5, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. CDT.     

Tax_Modernization_CommitteeTax Modernization Committee Establishes Meeting Dates for Public Hearings                                              
The Tax Modernization Committee met this week and received an overview of the Nebraska tax code from staff of the Legislative Revenue Committee and Fiscal Office.  The committee announced several dates for public hearings.

To read more, click here.
MIPS_BytesMIPS Bytes
What to do With Outdated Stuff

Computers have become part of our everyday work lives.  As we replace these machines with newer models, we begin to accumulate quite a bit of hardware and software from our previous computers.  Along with getting new computers are the questions:  How long to hold onto my old computer? How do I get rid of my old computer? Do I still need all this stuff? These are all common questions after upgrading to a new computer.

What to do with your old computer? Technology moves so fast, it's almost not worth reselling your old computer or printer, therefore recycling may be the best option. Your local recycling center should take old electronic equipment to be recycled.  Always ask about what they will take, and what they won't. They may also require a fee to take certain equipment. Any accessories that came with your old computer, such as keyboards, mice, and cables, may be worth hanging onto in the event your new ones wear out and you need a quick replacement.
 
After about your second or third new computer, you may have boxes or envelopes stuffed with old CDs and manuals that came with your equipment. Most of these are not necessary to hang onto once the old equipment has been replaced. If you are unsure about whether it is safe to throw these out, I would ask your computer support staff.

Make sure you have everything you need off of your old computer before getting rid of it. If you plan to resell your old computer, I would reinstall windows to make sure all of your personal information is gone. If you are going to trash it, you should at least format the hard drive before doing so. Everyone has old computer equipment to dispose of. We just need to do it properly.
Open_Meetings_PostersOpen Meetings Posters                             
During the 2013 legislative session, LB 510 was passed by the Legislature.  This legislation includes provisions modifying the Open Meetings Act.  While the modifications in the legislation do not directly impact counties or county entities, they are indirectly impacted by Open Meetings Act provisions that require a public body to post a current copy of the Act in its meeting room.  One free copy will be sent to each county clerk during the week of August 12, 2013 in sufficient time for the posters to be posted prior to the September 6, 2013 effective date of the new legislation.  Additional copies of the posters are available for $5.00 plus shipping and handling.  If you or other county entities would like additional copies, please contact Wendy at wendy.kelly@nacone.org.
NACo_Prescription_Drug_ProgramNACo Prescription Drug Program
CountygovernementdaycdCounty 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 larrydix@nacone.org. The CD order form is available here.
The NACO 2013 Directory of County Officials is available.  The directory is an annual publication that provides names and addresses for elected and appointed county officials in the state.  A directory is available for $17.00 if non-taxable and $18.00 if taxable.  To order, click here.
County_Board_Handbooks2012 County Board  Handbook and Revisions
The 2012 County Board Handbook and related revisions are available. The cost for a current handbook, including legislative information from the 2012 session, is $80.00/book plus $17.00 shipping and handling per book. The 2012 Supplement to the County Board Handbook is available for $20.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling. The order form is available on the NACO website here. For questions, contact Wendy Kelly by clicking here or call her at (402) 434-5660 ext. 223.
News_From_NACoNews From NACo
NACo_LogoOutgoing President Rodgers Describes NACo Experience
How would you describe your year as NACo president?

It was amazing.  One of the most memorable experiences I have had in my elected life.  It would not have been possible without the support of my family, the people of Douglas County (particularly District 3), my fellow Douglas County Board members, and the NACo staff and membership.

To read more, click here.

New Media Relations Guide for Counties Available
What are the DOs and DON'Ts of speaking with a reporter?  Should you ever speak off the record?  How do you deal with a "problem" reporter?  NACo's updated booklet, Media Relations:  A Guide for Counties, is now available to assist county officials in strengthening their communications skills and improve local media coverage.

Click here to learn more.
NACo_Web_Based_EducationNACo Web-Based Education                             

NACo Dental Discount Program

Wednesday, July 21, 2013

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time

NACo offers a discount dental card program exclusively for member counties.  The program provides 5% to 50% savings on most dental procedures including routine checkups, cleanings, dentures, root canals, crowns and more.  This plan is not insurance, but is a discount plan where everyone is accepted with unlimited use.  Hear a presentation from key NACo staff and representatives of the program administrator.

 

To read more, click here.

 

To register, click here.

News_Across_The_StateNews Across the State
Links are to outside sources and may not be available indefinitely.
Dakota County Star, 7/17/2013

Judges Consider Jail for Temporary Court Space
Grand Island Independent, 7/17/2013

Rural Health Care Workshop Awarded to Howard County Medical Center
Grand Island Independent, 7/19/2013
Omaha World Herald, 7/23/2015
 
County Bridges $9 Million Budget Gap
Lincoln Journal Star, 7/23/2013
McCook Daily Gazette, 7/23/2013
Dakota County Star, 7.24/2013
Omaha World Herald, 7/26/2013
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