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July 25, 2014                                                                 www.nacone.org   NACO E-Line Archive 

Upcoming Events

Assessors Workshop

August 25-28, 2014 

Kearney, Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center 

 

Panhandle District Meeting

September 10, 2014

Gering, Civic Center

 

West Central District Meeting

September 11, 2014

Ogallala, Quality Inn & Suites

 

Central District Meeting

September 18, 2014

Grand Island, Quality Inn & Suites

 

Northeast District Meeting

September 19, 2014

Schuyler, St. Benedict Center

 

 

 

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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 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

Register Now for Assessors Workshop 

Conference Matters  

Douglas County Commissioner, Borgeson, Will Serve on Women of NACo Leadership Network Board

Advanced Institute of Excellence to be Held in Kearney  

MIPS Bytes

Order NACO's 2014 Directory of County Officials Now  

County Government Day PowerPoint 

2013 County Board Handbook and Revisions  

News From NACo 

News Across the State 

County Classifieds   

Legal Calendar 

Associate & Sustaining Members 

NACO Education Foundation Memorial Program 

 

Assessors_WorkshopRegister Now for Assessors Workshop
The Nebraska Assessors Association Board of Directors met in May to plan the annual Assessors Workshop. The workshop will be held in Kearney at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center.  The Workshop will begin at 1:00 p.m. (CST) on Monday, August 25 and will conclude at 10:30 p.m. (CST) on Thursday, August 28, 2014.  A tentative agenda for the workshop may be viewed by clicking here.

 

Advance registration can now be made on-line at NACO's website or by clicking here. The fee for attending the workshop will be $100.00 for registrations received on or before August 15.   After August 15, the registration fee will be $125.00.  Cancellations must be made in writing on or before August 15 to receive a full refund.  A cancellation fee of $25.00 will be assessed for any cancellations received after August 15.  

Guest rooms may be reserved by contacting the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center at (308) 237-5971. Room rates are $79.95 single/double. When making reservations, inform hotel staff that you are attending the Assessors Workshop to receive the contracted rate.

 

Assessors are reminded that the 2014 annual dues for the County Assessors Association of Nebraska should be mailed to the association treasurer, Janet Shaul, Garden County Assessor.  Registration fees for the the workshop should be mailed directly to NACO at their new address:  1335 "H" Street, Lincoln, NE 68508.
Conference_MattersConference Matters

Lodging

Lodging for NACO's 120th Annual Conference became available in June, 2014. The conference will be held in Omaha December 10-12 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.

 

BorgesonDouglas County Commissioner, Borgeson, Will Serve on Women of NACo Leadership Network Board
Mary Ann Borgeson, Douglas County Commissioner and Nebraska's representative for National Association of Counties was elected Vice-President on the Women of NACo Leadership Network (WON) Board at NACo's Annual Conference in New Orleans in July.  

WON is a NACo caucus affiliate group whose purpose is to enhance the effectiveness of women county officals and to expand their participation within NACo.  This mission is accomplished through networking, conferences, guest speakers and supporting equal opportunities for women in the political process.

WON was established in 1975 by a group of women county officials who believed that women's interests would be better served through an official NACo caucus.  WON is the only national group representing women officials at the county level.

Borgeson will serve for one year as Vice-President on the WON Board.
Advanced_InstituteAdvanced Institute of Excellence to be Held in Kearney
Today's leaders rely on stakeholders to help them make the hard decisions.
They also use after-action reviews to evaluate outcomes of their decisions.
These concepts and more will be introduced at the NACO Advanced Institute of Excellence, Wednesday, October 15th in Kearney at the Holiday Inn Convention Center. The Advanced Institute is open to ALL  NACO Institutes of Excellence graduates and will be conveniently held the day before the 9th Annual NACO Legislative Conference. The program starts at 10:00 a.m. and runs to 5:00 p.m.  The cost is only $45 for the entire day; lunch is included. For more information about this fall's Advanced Institute and future Institutes of Excellence download a .pdf version of the 2014 - 2015 Program Offerings brochure by clicking here.
MIPS_Bytes_2MIPS Bytes
For those ordering a new PC through MIPS, you may have noticed the PCs ship with 2 hard drives. The description reads "2 hard drives mirrored array". Having multiple hard drives in an array is called RAID. A RAID configuration is used to improve performance and/or provide fault tolerance for the PC. This article will explain three of the most popular RAID configurations including RAID 1 used in MIPS PC orders.

RAID 0 - RAID 0 offers performance over redundancy. In this configuration data is split between a minimum of two drives. The data is split allowing both hard drives to read and write at the same time increasing file access times. Almost all the available space is usable in RAID 0. Since this configuration has no fault tolerance, any hard drive failure will lose data. A RAID 0 is not recommended for critical systems or data.

RAID 1 - With RAID 1 at least two hard drives are required. Data is replicated between the hard drives providing redundancy and fault tolerance. For redundancy the total usable hard drive space is cut in half. With fault tolerance one hard drive failure will put the PC in a degraded state but continue to function normally. The failed hard drive should be replaced as soon as possible. Once replaced the RAID will rebuild and restore its mirror. If a failed drive is not replaced and the remaining drive fails, data may be lost. 

RAID 5 - RAID 5 requires at least three hard drives and offers redundancy and performance. In this configuration data and parity are segmented across the hard drives. Parity is used to verify written data among all the hard drives, a feature RAID 1 does not incorporate. An amount equal to one hard drive is used for parity and cannot be used by the PC. The performance boost comes while reading data but hard drive writes on RAID 5 may seem slow. As a result, applications and databases which require many writes are not recommended in a RAID 5 configuration. During a hard drive failure, the parity information is used to recreate the data. Along with RAID 1 a failed hard drive needs replaced immediately as two failed hard drives can corrupt data.

There are many more RAID types available, but these three are the most common configurations to install. Each type has its advantages in performance and/or fault tolerance. Keep in mind, no RAID type is a backup solution. MIPS PCs are configured with RAID 1 for fault tolerance to reduce downtime and data loss. Regular backups are always recommended.
NACO_DirectoryOrder NACO's 2014 Directory of County Officials Now
NACO's 2014 Directory of County Officials is a valuable resource that not only gives you names, addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers and e-mail addresses of every county official in the state, but includes a listing of county board meeting days, NACO districts, county seats, NACO officers and directors, affiliate officers and NACO staff.  County clerks for each county will receive one complimentary copy of the directory intended for use by all offices in their courthouse.  For additional copies, click here for the order form.
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.
County_Board_Handbook_20122013 County Board  Handbook and Revisions
The 2013 County Board Handbook and related revisions are available. The cost for a current handbook, including legislative information from the 2013 session, is $80.00/book plus $17.00 shipping and handling per book. The 2013 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 Ashley Vandeloo by clicking here or call her at (402) 434-5660 ext. 223.
News_From_NACoNews From NACo
Senate Reveals Short-Term Fix to Highway Trust Fund
House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich) proposed a $10 million infusion to the U.S. Highway Trust Fund July 9 that would be offset by allowing employers to delay contributions to their employees pension plans.  The move would raise taxable corporate interest and pump significant funds into the U.S. Treasury.  To read more, click here.

NACo Study:  Counties Offer extensive Employee Health Coverage
America's counties spend an estimated $20 billion to $24 billion on health insurance premiums each year, according to a new NACo study, covering an estmated 2.5 million county employees and nearly 2.4 million dependents.  To read more, click here.
News_Across_the_StateNews Across the State
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