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Nebraska Municipal Clerk Institute and Academy

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2014 tentative agenda.

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Date/Time Session Title/Event Presenter(s)/Committee Chairperson
Sunday, March 23
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Clerk Jump-Start Check-in  
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Clerk Jump-Start Beth Deck, City of Norfolk
Brenda Wheeler, City of Blair
Kelly Oelke, City of Hickman
Mike Fleer, City of Battle Creek
4:30- 6:00 p.m. Institute Check-in  
Monday, March 24
7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Institute Check-in
Coffee, decaf, hot tea and juice available
8:00 - 8:15 a.m. Welcome Ellen Freeman-Wakefield, Director, Nebraska Municipal Clerk Institute & Academy
8:15 - 9:30 a.m.

Work Place Safety

Millions of workers face violence in workplace every year, it is the 2nd leading cause of injury in the workforce. Learn how to keep yourself and your work environment safe. Gain the ability to recognize "danger" keys; suggestions to de-escalate a threatening customer and ways to mediate disputes with customers.

Dan Lynch, Kearney Police Chief
9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Break  
10:00 a.m. - Noon

Focusing on Strengths and Building a Positive Work Environment

Individuals should gain the knowledge of identifying their own talents and the talents of others.  Further, they should understand how to work with others based on their talents and also manage those with talents different from their own.  Lastly, they should have an idea about creating a positive work culture.

Josh White, Associate Athletic Director, University of Nebraska-Omaha
Noon - 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch (included)  
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions  

Nuisance Abatement

Participants will be able to understand the three options for enforcement of nuisance ordinances and how the program works under the administrative process.

Karl Elmshaeuser, Executive Director, West Central Nebraska Development District

Department of Environmental Quality 101

Participants will have an understanding of who to contact within DEQ on environmental issues that are raised before them. Students will have an understanding of resources that are available to municipalities in the form of grants

DEQ Panel - Joe Francis, Kevin Stoner and others

3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Refreshment Break  
3:15 - 5:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions Repeat  
5:15 - 5:45 p.m. First, Second and Third Year Clerk Meeting  
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. NMCA Presidents' Reception (included) Meet the NMCA Board Members
Tuesday, March 25
7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Coffee, decaf, hot tea and juice available  
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions  
Grant Management
Jaimie Anderson-Hoyt, Nebraska Family Collaborative

Nebraska Unicameral

In Nebraska municipal administration is greatly influenced by the actions of the state legislature, more so than neighboring states. Some have described the Unicameral as a city council for all of the cities. For municipal clerks to do their jobs more effectively, they need a deep appreciation of the workings of the legislature, and how they can provide input to the legislative process

Robert Blair, Associate Professor, UNO School of Public Administration
10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break  
10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions Repeat  
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch (on your own)  
1:15 - 3:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions  

Open Meetings and Public Records

Participants will take away an understanding of Nebraska's Open Meeting Act and Public Records Law.

Tobia Tempelmeyer, City Administrator, Beatrice
  Developing a Municipal Budget
Carol Ebdon, Associate Professor, UNO School of Public Administration
3:15 - 3:30 p.m. Refreshment Break  
3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions Repeat  
5:30 p.m. Third Year Clerks' Meeting  
Wednesday, March 26
7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Coffee, decarf, hot tea and juice available  
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions  

Low Cost Technology

Many different types of technologies that can be obtained for low or no cost will be covered.  We will spend some time reviewing how to use some of these technologies to transition to a paperless environment.  We will also cover the use of some free social media applications.

Jim McKenzie, Informational Systems Manager, City of Norfolk

Personnel Issues

This course will provide information and updates about some personnel issues and laws that municipal employers need to be know.  A number of laws are based on the number of employees in your municipality and those differences will be discussed.

Sheila Schukei, Human Resources Director, City of Norfolk
10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
Vendor Committee Chairperson: Tammy Cooley, Village of Morrill
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Academy Clerks Check-in  
10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions Repeat  
12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Buffet Lunch (included)  
1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Welcome to Academy  
1:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Understanding and Promoting Professional and Personal Ethics

While much attention is given to the "Bad Apples", or those who have made major ethical missteps or violated law, more attention must be given to how we keep our workplace and the many well-intentioned professionals and employees on a course to "do the right thing". We will discuss a broad scope of topics, from guidelines of how to live in alignment with a healthy set of morals and ethical practices, to a specific dialogue, which will include everyone seated in the session, to examine how we may work in alignment with good ethical practice as City Clerks.

Sandi Sattler, University of Nebraska - Lincoln & Omaha
Thursday, March 27
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Coffee, decaf, hot tea and juice available  
8:00 - 11:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions  

Educating Your Elected and Appointed Officials

This will help the participants gain tools to create and organize their orientation process and to be consistent in the information disseminated to all their elected and appointed officials. Orientation will help with the smoother running of meetings and preparation for those meetings. 

Pam Buethe, City Clerk, LaVista

Utilities Billings and Delinquencies

Participants will have a better understanding of the billing process for utilities and collection of delinquent accounts.

Wendy McKain, Village Clerk/Treasurer, Trenton

Kimberly Nieman, Village Clerk/Treasurer, Pilger

11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Visit the vendor displays  
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions  

Zoning & Zoning Ordinances

The session will provide a "nuts and bolts" approach to zoning law in Nebraska and provide answers to questions regarding zoning administration and enforcement.

Dave Ptak, City Attorney, Hastings

Professional Communication

Participants will take away useful strategies for  improving their writing to get the results they want.    They will be given tools to improve their accuracy and effectiveness as well as to save time. Applications that can apply to all forms of professional writing will be discussed.

Constance Mierendorf, Consultant
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Lunch (on your own)

Visit Vendor Displays

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions Repeat  
4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Refreshment Break  
4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. NMCA Business Meeting  
6:00 p.m. Social Time
Cash Bar
7:00 p.m. Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony (included)
Friday, March 28
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Coffee, decaf, hot tea and juice available  
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Mind, Body and Soul: All Around Health & Wellness

Our health is the ultimate driver behind. Participants will learn to focus on the steps we can take to control our health and our ultimate success.

Dr. Hoomany, Chiropractic Services
10:00 a.m - 10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break  
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Closing Keynote:
Making the Brand Personal

By attending this course, students will be able to put their company identity (mission and marketing material) into easy conversational language. Students will learn the importance of telling anecdotal stories to illustrate the company's purpose and relevance. By the end of this seminar, student will be able to represent their company at networking and marketing events in a way that is engaging, personal, and easy to repeat.

David Mann, Corporate Communications, Minneapolis
11:30 a.m. Wrap-up and Adjourn Ellen Freeman-Wakefield

Hours and categories listed are for those working on their CMC or MMC designations. CMC applicants need 50% public administration, 30% social/interpersonal and 20% elective. MMC applicants need 80% public administration and 20% elective. Sessions labeled as public administration and social/interpersonal can also be applied to the elective category. The percentages are cumulative. Participants need to complete an assessment for any session for which they want to receive points towards their CMC or MMC.

The 2014 Institute is offering 33.25 hours: 15.5-19.0 hours (47-57%) Public Administration; 7.25-9.25 hours (22-28%) Social/Interpersonal; and 7.0-8.5 hours (21-26%) Electives.

The 2014 Academy is offering 14.0 hours: 3.5-7.0 hours (25-50%) Public Administration; and 7.0-10.5 hours (50-75%) Electives.

The hours and percentages in each category depends on which sessions are attended.