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wotusSpending Bills to Block WOTUS Rules
Last year counties became very concerned about the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency adopting rules that impacted county-owned and maintained roadside ditches and many other water related conveyances.

Both, the United States Senate and the House of Representatives have proposed budget bills with provisions that prohibit the EPA and the Corps from moving forward with the Waters of the US (WOTUS) ruling. 

An overview of the WOTUS ruling is contained in the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) article with noted concerns from NACo.

For further details about this current Senate and Congressional action, review the article entitled  "Senate, House Interior spending bills block WOTUS rule, fully fund PILT by Julie Ufner and Chris Marklund from NACo on June 27, 2016. 

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ndorNDOR to Host Project Prioritization Regional Meetings
The Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) will host eight regional meetings to share the preliminary results of the project prioritization process and gather feedback through facilitated group discussions starting July 13. The input provided at these meetings will help inform investment decisions for the next round of capital improvement projects. The regional meeting schedule is listed below;

Beatrice |July 13, 2016                                     North Platte |July 15, 2016
9-11 AM                                                          9-11 AM
Holiday Inn, 4005 N. 6th St.                              Quality Inn & Suites, 2102 S. Jeffers St.

La Vista |July 13, 2016                                     McCook |July 15, 2016
3-5 PM                                                           2-4 PM
Embassy Suites, 12520 Westport Pkwy.           Community Hospital, 1301 E. H St.

Norfolk |July 14, 2016                                       Valentine |July 18, 2016
9-11 AM                                                          3-5 PM
Lifelong Learning Center, 701 E Benjamin Ave.   Niobrara Lodge, 803 East Highway #20

Grand Island |July 14, 2016                              Gering |July 19, 2016
3-5 PM                                                           9-11 AM
Bosselman Conf. Ctr, 700 E Stolley Park Rd.    Gering Civic Center, 1050 M St.

For full details, review the NDOR news release.

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donationClerks, Register of Deeds & Election Commissioners Provide Donations
Simplifile is one of the Register of Deeds  E-recording  providers for Nebraska counties. Simplifile donated a base of $250.00 and added $2.00 for each person who put their name in for a Simplifile door prize at the Summer workshop in Lincoln.  Lynn Wilke from Simplifile reported the amount of $372.00 and that all money would be donated to the Lincoln Area Habitat for Humanity on behalf of the Nebraska Association or County Clerk's Register of Deeds and Election Commissioners. Simplifile has donated to the local Habitat for Humanity in the city where the State meetings are held.  Larry Dix, Director of NACO presented the check on behalf of the Association to the Lincoln Area Habitat for Humanity. 

A Silent Auction at the Clerks, Register of Deeds and Election Commissioners Workshop also yielded $1528.  Auction items are provided free of charge by the workshop attendees and the group is then allowed to purchase those items in a silent auction that  is held on the Thursday afternoon of that workshop.  The Goodwill Committee of that group chose to donate the collected proceeds to the Nebraska Children's Home Society.

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openmeetOpen Meetings Act Modifications
Due to modifications in the Open Meetings Act during the 2016 legislative session, NACO has once again reproduced an updated copy of the Act that can be used by your county to fulfill the requirements of Neb. Rev. Stat. 84-1412(8) that states,

Public bodies shall make available at least one current copy of the Open Meetings Act posted in the meeting room at a location accessible to members of the public.  Emphasis added.

Please be aware that NACO is not reproducing a laminated poster this year due to the cost of doing so and the frequency with which it would have to have been done, due to changes.  Since the statutory requirement was enacted in 2006, there have been 8 updates to sections of the Open Meetings Law necessitating changes to the posted material.
The 2016 change to the Open Meetings Act is described below:
LB 876(2016) revises section 84-1413(2) by eliminating a laundry list of public bodies which can use an electronic voting device.  Instead an all-encompassing phrase of "public body" is used to reflect this laundry list and others not previously included.  The language would read:  "The requirements of a roll call or viva voce vote shall be satisfied by a public body which utilizes an electronic voting device which allows the yeas and nays of each member of such public body to be readily seen by the public."  Although these changes are not substantial to counties, the Open Meetings Act requires a current copy of the Act to be posted in the meeting room of a board. See the slip law here.   
Counties are currently in the laundry list that can have voting boards and would also be included as a public body under the new language of LB 876.
Copies of the slip laws of the 2016 bills may be viewed at the Nebraska Legislature's website.  Additionally, a posted copy of the revised Act is on the NACO website too. The soon to be current copy will reflect the July 21, 2016 effective date and can be reprinted to be posted to comply with the Act's requirements..   
We hope you find this information beneficial.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Elaine Menzel.
You are encouraged to relay this information to other county officials and public bodies, including county entities, within your county so that they can update their Open Meetings Act information as well.  Lastly, it is suggest you discuss this issue with your county attorney if you have not already done so.

supremeSupreme Court Proposes Updates to Nebraska Courts
Supreme Court Proposes Update to Nebraska Courts Facility Planning Guidelines & Standards

The comment period ends Monday, August 1, 2016 for an update to Nebraska Courts Facility Planning Guidelines & Standards.  View a copy of the proposed document.

usarmy US Army Corps of Engineering Requesting Comments for New Permits 
Nationwide Permit Reissuance Request for Comments
On June 1, 2016, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers published in the Federal Register its proposal to reissue the 50 existing nationwide permits (NWPs) and issue two new NWPs.

Nationwide permits are general permits issued on a nationwide basis to streamline the authorization of activities that result in no more than minimal individual and cumulative adverse environmental effects. 

To review the existing permits and to determine how changes may affect your engineering, planning and development process, click here on the Public Notice provided by the Omaha District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Comments on the proposed NWPs are due by August 1, 2016.

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juvdefNew Definitions Released By Juvenile Services Probation Administration
New Definitions Released by Probation for Comments
The Office of Probation Administration - Juvenile Services Division announced a public comment period until Saturday, July 30, 2016 for new and updated Juvenile Services Definitions.

View the Juvenile Service Definitions.  

crimecommCrime Commission to Distribute Funds to County Jails After Hearing
The Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice will hold a rule-making hearing pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. Sec. 84-907 on the 22nd day of July, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. in the Nebraska State Office Building, Lower Level A, Lincoln, Nebraska.  This relates to the $500,000 County Reinvestment Program that was created by the Legislature last year.

The purpose of the hearing is to take testimony and evidence about adoption of a new regulation, Title 74, Chapter 1, entitled County Justice Reinvestment Grant Program.  the Nebraska Legislature recently adopted LB 605 (2015) codified as Neb. Rev. Stat. Sec. 81-1426.01 which, in part, appropriates funds for distribution to county jails in order to offset increased costs incurred by those jails as a result of changes in custodial sanctions used by Probation and sentencing of felony IV convictions.  The proposed regulation will establish the County Justice Reinvestment Grant Program in order to implement this portions of Sec. 81-1426.01.  Specifically, the proposed regulation establishes the criteria and procedures for funding eligibility, applications, acceptance of funds, appeals, and reporting requirements.

Draft or working copies of the proposed rule are available at the offices of the Secretary of Stat, Regulations Division, Room 343, State Capitol, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509.  The Fiscal Impact Statement may be inspected and obtained at the Nebraska Crime Commission, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 94946, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509.

All interested persons may attend and testify orally or by written submission at the hearing.  Interested persons may also submit written comments prior to the hearing, which will be made part of the hearing record at the time of the hearing if received by the Nebraska Crime Commission on or before July 22, 2016.  If auxiliary aids or reasonable accommodations are needed to participate in the hearing, please call the Crime Commission, (402) 471-2194, no later than July 1, 2016.

The Title 74, Chapter 1 regulation proposal can be reviewed here.

AgmatrixDepartment of Ag Livestock Siting Assessment Matrix Up for Review
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture released a draft copy of the livestock siting assessment matrix for review and comments.  More information about the matrix can be viewed here
Comments on the matrix must be submitted by July 31, 2016 by email to or by mail to: Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Att'n. Steve Roth, 301 Centennial Mall, South 4th Floor, Lincoln, NE 68509.

Share this information with other members of your board, planning commissions, if applicable, and others interested in zoning-related issues.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact; 
Elaine Menzel
Legal Counsel
Nebraska Association of County Officials (NACO)
1335 H Street
Lincoln, NE   68508
Phone - 402.434.5660, ext. 225
Fax - 402.434.5673
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mipsMIPS Bytes
Solid State Drives

You hear more and more talk about solid state drives for your computer. But what are they talking about? Why should you get a solid state drive over a conventional hard disk drive? First off, we should look at how a conventional hard disk drive, or HDD, works. In a HDD, there is usually one or a set of metal disks called platters that rotate very fast on a spindle. These platters have a magnetic coating that stores data like word documents, excel spreadsheets, and even operating system files. An articulating arm scans the surfaces of these platters as they rotate. The faster the platters rotate, the faster information can be read from and written to them. To increase read and write speeds, manufacturers speed up the RPM of the drives. The speed increase makes the drive bearings wear faster and makes the drive potentially more prone to mechanical failure.

Solid State Drives, or SSDs, store information on flash memory chips which retain your data even when there is no power connected to the drive. In this way they function much like your USB flash drive you might use to transfer files from one computer to another, but the chips used in an SSD are much faster and more reliable. Removing the platters and read/write arm from the hard drive means that SSDs don't have any moving parts. This makes them more reliable than their HDD counterparts. Not having any platters also means they don't have to scan the platters for your files when you want to open your word document, in turn making SSDs much faster at finding your data. However, there are a couple of downsides with SSDs. First, SSDs are typically more expensive than their HDD counterpart of the same capacity, but the price for an SSD is starting to become more affordable. Second, they don't come in the same capacity options as a typical HDD. You may find a conventional HDD at ten terabyte (10TB) capacity, where some of the bigger SSDs are only available in the two to four terabyte (2TB-4TB) range.

In short, if you like the sound of blazing fast read and write speeds with the added benefit of less moving parts and better reliability, then an SSD is the right pick for you provided you're willing to spend the cash. If pure storage space and capacity is your concern, you're better off spending your money on a bigger capacity HDD.
Countygovernementdaycd County 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.

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NACO's 2015 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.

As of  January 2016, NACO will no longer print the hard copy of the directory and send one to each county.  The directory has been made a part of the NACO website through a clickable and searchable icon and will be updated as corrections are submitted. The directory on the website is downloadable for a printed copy and it can also be transferred electronically to office computers and devices with memory storage such as smartphones and ipads.

For a copy of the latest 2015 directory, click here for the order form.

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County_Board_Handbook_2012 2015 County Board  Handbook and Revisions
The 2015 County Board Handbook and related revisions are now available! The cost for a current handbook, including legislative information from the 2015 session, is $80.00/book plus $18.00 shipping and handling per book. The 2015 Supplement to the County Board Handbook is available for $25.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling. The order form is available on the NACO website. For questions, contact Elaine Menzel by email or call her at (402) 434-5660 ext. 225.

News From NACo

Join county officials, experts from the private and nonprofit sectors and other leaders from across the country in Los Angeles County, Calif. for the 2016 NACo Annual Conference and Exposition. 

nacowebNACo Webinars
State and Local Legal Center Supreme Court Review
for State and Local Government

Jul. 19, 2016 , 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm CDT

 Akera Gamble (202) 942-4225
From immigration to abortion and bribery to retaliation the Supreme Court's term has been interesting for state and local government. In the State and Local Legal Center annual webinar discuss where the Court landed on the big issues and what state and local governments need to do next with Erin Murphy, Bancroft, Quin Sorenson, Sidley Austin, and Brent Kendall, Wall Street Journal.

(NACo is a founder, board member and funds the State and Local Legal Center, headquartered in Washington, D.C.  SLLC extends NACo's advocacy on behalf of counties to the nation's highest court.)
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