September 6, 2013                                                  NACO E-Line Archive 

Upcoming Events

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


NACO 119th Annual Conference

December 11-13

Omaha, CenturyLink Center 


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

NPZA Workshop on LB140 Airport Zoning Bill Scheduled
Register of Deeds Workshop Slated for October 9

NACO's 8th Annual Legislative Conference 

Conference Matters   

MIPS Bytes 

NACo Prescription Drug Program 

County Government Day PowerPoint 

County Directories 

2012 County Board Handbook and Revisions 

News From NACo 

News Across the State   

Legal Calendar 

County Classifieds*

Associate & Sustaining Members 

NACO Education Foundation Memorial Program 


NPZANPZA Workshop on LB140 Airport Zoning Bill Scheduled
LB 140 was passed by the Nebraska Legislature in the 2013 session.  This bill affects all parties involved with zoning of public airports in Nebraska.  A one day session, scheduled for Wednesday, October 2, 2013 will provide speakers discussing the legal, planning, and zoning aspects of this bill.  A registration form for this workshop can be found by clicking here.
ROD_WorkshopRegister of Deeds Workshop Slated For October 9
The biennial Register of Deeds Workshop will be held again this year in Kearney at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center.  The workshop is scheduled the day before NACO's Legislative Conference in order to minimize travel and out of office time for those who will attend.  A tentative agenda for the workshop can be viewed by clicking here.  To register for the workshop, click here.

A block of rooms has been reserved for the workshop and reservations can be made by calling the Holiday Inn at (308) 237-5971.  The lodging rate is $82.95 per person.  When making reservations, be sure to mention you will be attending the workshop in order to obtain this rate.
Legislative_ConferenceNACO's 8th Annual Legislative Conference
NACO's 8th Annual Legislative Conference will be held in Kearney on October 10, 2013.  If you haven't already done so, be sure to mark this date on your calendar because you won't want to miss this educational opportunity.

Over five hours of educational sessions and networking have been planned for this year's conference.  To view the tentative agenda for this conference, click here.

The registration fee for this conference is only $45.00.  The registration fee includes two breaks, a luncheon and all  handout materials. 

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center in Kearney.  Rates for lodging are $82.95 single/double.  You may contact the Holiday Inn at (308) 237-5971 for lodging.  Be sure to mention that you are with the NACO Legislative Conference to receive the contracted rate.

At this conference you will have input into establishing NACO's platform and legislative priorities. Take a look at the tentative agenda and you'll see that this conference is a very important part of each elected and appointed county official's continuing education, not to mention your opportunity to have input into the legislation that affects county government as a whole.

To register for the workshop, click here.


Conference_MattersConference Matters


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).



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.


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 13th 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 on NACO's website or by clicking here.  To nominate someone you know, print the form, complete it and return it to the NACO office by November 8, 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 2013 nominees will be introduced and recognized during the conference.  The announcement will be made as to who has been chosen by a special selection committee following the NACO Business Meeting on Friday, December 13.  The 2013 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.


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. 

MIPS_BytesMIPS Bytes
Using a Dual Monitor Setup
A dual monitor display has the benefit of more screen space.  Two monitors can be configured to give you a bigger desktop or show the same image on both screens.  This can increase productivity by adding more workspace or adds the accessibility of sharing your desktop with other people.   Let's look at how we can accomplish the task of setting up a dual monitor display.

First, we need to see if there is an additional video port available.   The video ports will be located either on an add-on video card or directly on the back panel.  There are three main types of monitor cable technologies, ordered from oldest to newest:  VGA (blue), DVI (white) and HDMI.  If the video card has two VGA, DVI, or HDMI video ports, setup should require little effort.  If the video card does not have VGA, DVI or HDMI video ports, an adapter or splitter that should have come with the video card is needed to connect your monitor cables to the video card.  If you have a monitor with a VGA cable and only DVI video ports available,  a DVI to VGA converter can be used to connect the VGA cable to the DVI video port.  Some monitors may have several connections to use different cables.  If this is the case, use the newest type of connection available for best picture quality.

Once we have verified the video card does have two video ports, we can proceed by connecting the monitor cables to the video ports.  When we have connectivity and power to both monitors, Windows should automatically detect the second monitor.  For easy viewing, try to pick two similar monitors, but any monitor, old or new, will work.  Keep in mind that older monitors may not have the higher screen resolution capabilities of newer monitors.

If the monitor wizard does not automatically start, or you would like to change the settings yourself, you will use the display settings tool.  Right-click the desktop, and select properties for older PCs or select personalize / screen resolution on Windows 7 PCs.  Select display settings from the list of preferences.  You should see icons that look like monitors with numbers on them representing the connected monitors.  If one is disabled it will be grayed out.  Click on the second monitor then select extend desktop or duplicate these displays/mirror displays.  Click on apply and your screens may flicker and display a message asking of you would like to keep the current setup or revert to your previous settings.  If everything appears to your liking, click the keep settings button and you are all done with the setup and can now enjoy the benefits of a dual monitor setup.

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 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_LogoNACo Meets With Transportation Committee Chairman
On July 16, a delegation of county officials met with Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) of the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee to discuss a broad range of NACo interests.  Transportation has always been a top NACo priority, and Shuster became the new chair of this important House committee at the beginning of the 113th Congress.  To read more, click here.

Toolkit Now Available to Help with 'Obamacare' Enrollment
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released an Outreach and Enrollment Toolkit specifically designed for local leaders to help support the Marketplace Affordable Care Act enrollment process, which kicks off October 1.  To read more, click here.
News_Across_The_StateNews Across the State
Links are to outside sources and may not be available indefinitely.


Community Columnist:  Is Tax Reform Really Needed?, 8/30/2013 


Cuts to Veterans Should be Last on List, 9/1/2013


Sarpy Landfill Nearly Full; Haulers to Make 120-mile Trek, 9/3/2013


County Receives GIS Grant, 9/3/2013


Small Wind Farm Project with Big Ambitions in Burt County

Fremont Tribune, 9/4/2013 


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