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Village Of Mead Office
(402) 624-2495
Non-Emergency Fire & Rescue
(402) 624-3610


APRIL 2013
Volume 10, Issue 4



     The Board of Trustees of the Village of Mead met Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Village Office.  Answering role call were Chairman Mayfield; Trustees Guyle, Miller, Wielage and Wimer.  Also present were Clerk Moline, Utility/Maintenance Supt. Raver and Police Chief Carlson.  Guests present were Wahoo Newspaper Representative Kris Byars, Mary and Sydney Vogt, Ben Day, Ed Ruhe, Mary Mayfield and Jody and Kacee Weible.

     A Public Hearing was called at 6:02 p.m.  Special Village Attorney Jeff Miller reported the hearing was in regard to property acquisition, legal description and temporary construction easement for sanitary sewer lagoons and appurtenances.  Discussion was held.  Public comments were called.  The hearing adjourned at 6:05 p.m.
SCHEDULED GUEST:  Ben Day, Olsson Assoc., reported on costs of water tanks and updated the board on probable lagoon costs.
UNSCHEDULED GUEST:  Ed Ruhe presented his resignation as Dumpmaster.
UTITLITY/MAINTENANCE REPORT:  Raver reported costs for a skidloader and tar machine and test results of the old ceiling in the library.
POLICE REPORT:  Carlson presented the monthly report and a letter regarding his department.
PLANNING COMMISSION REPORT:  Minutes of the 2/25 meeting and Building Permits were reviewed.  Permits being:  13-05 and 13-06 to Robert Kuhr to demolish a shed and garage and construct a house.
LIBRARY REPORT:  The monthly library snapshot was reviewed.  Library Board member Mary Mayfield introduced Nancy Black as Library Director.  Black’s wage was set at $9.50 per hour.
CLERK REPORT:  Moline reported on upcoming Clerk Institute and meters in need of maintenance.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  Second reading was heard on Ord. No. 633 and Ord. No. 634, Garbage Franchises.
NEW BUSINESS:  The resignation of Misty Coyle from the Library Board was noted.  Action was taken to approve Res. 13-05, Loan from the Bank of Mead for wastewater project expenses to date; waived three readings and adopted Ord. No. 635, Acquire interests by purchase or eminent domain in a tract of land located in the East Half of the Northwest Quarter of Section 36, Township 15 North, Range 08 East of the 6th P.M. Saunders Co, NE and repeal Ord. No. 629; first reading of Ord. No. 636, Amend Chapter 2, Article 2, Section 2-201, Library Board and hired Amanda Prohaska to clean the restrooms at the park and ballfields at a rate of $10.00 per hour.  A motion  to write off $44.64 as a delinquent water/sewer account from the 2/28 regular meeting was rescinded due to receipt of payment on account.  Reduction of programs was discussed.
     The board entered Executive Session at 7:30 p.m. for strategy session with Special Village Attorney with respect to real estate purchase and job performance of personnel – Police Chief.  The board returned to Regular Session at 8:15 p.m.
     The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.


· Pet License / Vaccination Day
· Community Building/Fire Station Update
· Storm Warning Procedure
· Library Notes
· Church Notes
· Accepting Mead Days Donations
· Garage Sale Day
· Dumpmaster Wanted
· Community Group News

Amanda Prohaska has been hired to assume the duties of maintaining the village restrooms at the park and ballfields this summer.  Welcome!

Surveys for the water system regarding Cross Connection Reporting were mailed to individual residents and businesses in their February water / sewer bills.  Thank you to the many of you that have returned your surveys.

State law requires consumers of public water supplies to inspect their facilities not less than once every five years.  Please complete and return the forms within 30 days.   Please include your name so we know yours has been returned.  All forms are required to be returned.  Failure to complete and return the forms puts the Village of Mead water system in violation of State Health Department Regulation Title 179.

Saturday, April 6, 2013
Mead Community Building
1:30 – 3:00 PM

Green Acre Animal Clinic, Wahoo will be present to administer pet vaccinations and the Village Clerk will be available to issue dog and cat licenses with proof of rabies vaccination.  Available on the 6th will be vaccinations of rabies, distemper/parvo for dogs and rabies/distemper for cats.  Products available to purchase will be Heartgard and Frontline for your pets.  Blood tests for heartworm will also be available.  Cost to license your pet is $4.00 altered, $6.00 intact.

All dogs and cats within the village limits are required to be licensed by May 1.  If you have any questions please contact the Village Office at 624-2495.



The remodel and addition to the Mead Community Building and Fire Station will soon be complete.  If you wish to rent the community hall or meeting room, please contact Dalene Selko at the Bank of Mead, 402-624-2255 or cell 402-450-3393.  The meeting room, kitchen and restrooms have been expanded as well as the fire station.  Facilities will be available for rent by early summer. 


The Wahoo Sheriff’s office will set off the firemen’s pagers if they receive a watch for this area.  The fire siren will go up and down a few times.  This is only to alert the fire department to be on the watch.  It is also a good idea to keep tuned to a local TV channel / radio station if we are in a watch area.

If a funnel is actually spotted, they will blow a steady blast on the siren.  This is your signal to take cover at once.  For those residents or businesses without basements, go to the Alma Lutheran Church basement, 219 West 5th Street.  A fireman will have the doors open if we are in a storm warning.
Library Notes from Mead Public Library

Nancy J. (Black) Copple accepted the position of Library Director and began working on March 5.  Best wishes to Vera Kuhr on her retirement and many thanks for her years of service. 


Stop in for a cup of coffee in our reading area and meet the new librarian. 


This is the 20th anniversary of the movie Shindler’s List.  Come to the library and check out the DVD or book.


Church Services
ALMA LUTHERAN  219 W Fifth St. 402-624-3015
Worship – 8:30 am – first Sunday of the month (spoken)
            10:30 am – all other Sundays
 9:15 am  Sunday School for all ages
PANERA BREAD – APRIL 13, 10:00 – 11:00 am
at the church basement  (FREE TO ALL)

EVANGELICAL COVENANT  1540 Co Rd 10 402-624-6125
  9:00 am  Coffee & visiting
10:00 am  Worship service (grade school age children dismissed for Kids Alive @ 10:30,
nursery available during service)

Weekly Schedule
  6:00 pm  Dinner 4 Change (free to everyone)
  7:00 pm  Life Group / Bible Study (an opportunity to hear answers to tough questions of the Bible)

ST. JAMES CATHOLIC  213 E. Eighth St. / 402-624-3555
 5:30 pm  Saturday Mass
 9:00 am  Sunday Mass
Weekly Schedule
 7:00 am  Daily Mass – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
 5:30 pm  Daily Mass –  Tuesday
 8:00 am  Daily Mass – Saturday

 Saturday, May 4, 2013
8:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m.
Rain or Shine!
Maps will be available at local businesses.

If you wish to be placed on the Village Garage Sale Map please contact the Village Office at 624-2495 NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, APRIL 26.  



The Mead Days Committee is requesting donations for Mead Days 2013 to be held June 14, 15 and 16.

Donations can be in the form of cash or items for Bingo.  All donations can be dropped off at the Bank of Mead or mailed to the Bank of Mead, Box 64, Mead, NE  68041.

Thank you for supporting Mead’s Annual Event – MEAD DAYS!



Village Board:  Tuesday, April 9, 6:00pm

Planning Comm:  Monday, April 22, 7:30pm
Library Board:  Wednesday, April 17, 7:00pm
Fire & Rescue:  Monday, April 8, 7:30pm

The Village Board and Planning Commission meet at the Village Office, Library Board at the Mead Library and Fire Department at the Fire Station.



This position requires checking loads and collecting fees at the dumpsite.  Hours required are:

April 1-October 31:         Wednesday  5:00 pm– 9:00 pm

                                         Saturday      8:00 am – 12:00 pm
November 1-March 31:   First Saturday of the Month  8:00 am – 12:00 pm

To complete an application please contact the Village of Mead, 312 S. Vine Street or call 402-624-2495.    

A dumpster to collect iron products has been placed at the dumpsite.  Cost to dispose of iron is $2.00 per load.  All loads will be inspected by the Dumpmaster.  The iron dumpster is available during regular dump hours only.

Thank you, Ed Ruhe, for your service as the past Dumpmaster!


312 S. Vine St., P.O. Box 46
Mead, NE 68041-0046
Phone:  (402) 624-2495
Fax:  (402) 624-2024
Steve Mayfield, Chairman
Gary Guyle, Trustee
Adam Miller, Trustee
Richard Wielage, Trustee
Rod Wimer, Trustee

June Moline, Clerk/Treas.  624-2495
Nick Raver, Ut/Mnt. Supt.  443-9688
Jerry Carlson, Police Chief  624-2056
Nancy Black, Librarian  624-6605
Nick Raver, Fire Chief443-9688

Mead Community Group Healthy  Family Tip of the Month


Building Family Assets at Home


Last month we talked about nurturing family relationships. Continuing with our family asset theme, this month we will focus on Establishing Routinesand how things like sharing meals, traditions and activities will strengthen our families.  In addition, it is important for family members to know they can depend on one another.

             *Make family meal time a priority– get creative, if you can’t eat dinner together try for lunch or breakfast.  Take turns picking out the menu, try new recipes or set a theme for meal conversations.
             *Plan regular family fun nights – brainstorm what your family likes to do together and what fits into your budget.  Some families go out to eat together, play board games,  or go for a walk.
             *Be intentional about maintaining meaningful family traditions – this may involve holidays, birthday celebrations, spiritual or religious practices, reading, or music.
             *Let others in your family know they can count on you – keep a calendar or to-do list and make keeping your commitments a priority.  If things happen, and they will, and you are unable to follow through, apologize and look for ways to regain the confidence of your family members. 

These ideas are simple, but not always easy to maintain in the hectic world where we live.  By putting some of these into practice you will be strengthening your family relationships which will in turn help when you encounter turbulent times.  

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