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Village of Mead
APRIL 2014
Volume 10, Issue 4

The Village of Mead Board of Trustees met March 11 at 6:00 pm at the Village Office.  Answering roll call were Chairman Guyle and Trustees Wielage and Wimer.  Absent were Trustees Havelka and Miller.  Also present were Clerk Moline and Police Chief Carlson.  Guest was Alex Shada.

     A Public Hearing was called at 6:15 pm to hear testimony to amend Zoning Ord. Chapter 11, Article Section 11-306 and Section 11-307.  The hearing adjourned at 6:20 pm.

     SCHEDULED GUEST:  Alex Shada introduced himself as a candidate for Saunders Co. Clerk.

     REPORTS:  UTILITY / MAINTENANCE SUPT.:  Report submitted by Raver addressed levels and pump requirement at the lagoons, cost to replace sod at the baseball field due to criminal mischief and status of new mower.  The dump is initially planned to reopen on April 5.  POLICE:  The Monthly Police Report was reported.  Discussion was held on car maintenance needs and nuisance of vehicles.  CLERK:  Moline reported meter maintenance, Clean Up Day scheduled for May 31 and upcoming NE Clerk Academy.  LIBRARY:  Minutes of the Feb. 19 Library Board Meeting were reviewed.  Annual evaluation and $1.00 wage increase to the Library Director was approved by the Library Board.  PLANNING COMMISSION:  The minutes of the Feb. 24 Regular Meeting and Public Hearing were reviewed.

     Action was taken to approve Ord. 646, Amend Chapter 11, Article 3, Section 11-306 and Section 11-307 with the addition of “all property pins are required to be located”; adopt on third reading Ord. 643, Sewer Rates; and approved second reading of Ord.’s 644 and 645, Non-exclusive Franchise Agreement with Quality Disposal and Waste Connections.  Also approved were Resolution 14-06, Loan with the Bank of Mead for $20,086.99 to purchase a lawnmower, tar machine and hydraulic hammer; Resolution 14-07,Special Designated Liquor License to Mead Vol. Fire Dept. for Alumni Get-together on March 21 and 22 at the Mead Community Bldg., and hired Victoria Morken to clean the park restrooms at $10.00 hr. 

     A Wastewater Project Report was submitted by Ben Day, Olsson Assoc.  Topics covered were additional seeding, two unit heaters, startup of lagoons and generator, plant demolition, fence and dump road / access road maintenance.

     The board entered executive session at 7:30 pm for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual for the annual reviews of the Police Chief and Dumpmaster.  The board returned to regular session at 7:35 pm.  The meeting adjourned at 7:35 pm.


8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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 25. 

Victoria Morken has been hired to clean the park restrooms this summer.  Welcome!

Marilyn Jensen has once again volunteered to maintain the flower bed at the north entrance into Mead this summer.  Thank you!

LIBRARY NEWS by Nancy Black, Library Director
Come to the Mead Public Library on March 22nd, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. and “Meet the Author!”  Treat yourself to a BOOB (Burned Out Old Broads) Girl presentation by author, Joy Johnson.  Joy is an internationally-known speaker and has spoken to over 200 groups.  She will share with us the best jokes, the funniest character, the beauty of older women, the friendship of women and the healing power of laughter.  Join us on Saturday March 22nd at 2:00 p.m. for Joy Johnson’s presentation, rolls & coffee.  Please give us a call at 402-624-6605 and make reservations for your seat at “Table 12”.

Children and adults alike enjoyed celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday here at the library on February 25th & March 1st during storytime activities.  More than 40 adults & children celebrated with birthday cake, Dr. Seuss stories and made Cat in the Hat masks.

The Friends of the Library have donated the funds for a new library circulation/information desk following the annual Spaghetti Feed fundraiser where $884 was raised.  Please stop in at the library and see our new desk.  It has opened up space to use for storytime activities for acting out stories, singing/dancing and other appropriate activities during storytime.

Feb./March New Materials
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid-Dog Days” (DVD); “The Internship” (DVD); “A Distant Magic” by Mary Jo Putney; “The Love Playbook” by LaLa Anthony; “The Sister Queens” by Sophie Perinot; “Counting by 7’s” by Holly Goldberg Sloan; “The Scoop” by Fern Michaels (donation); “Ender’s Game” (DVD); “Sylo” by D.J. MacHale; “Daughters of the Nile” by Stephanie Dray; “Eight Days to Live” by Iris Johansen (donation); “The Likeness” and “In the Woods” by Tana French (donations); “Lucid Intervals” by Stuart Woods (donation); “Dust” by Patricia Cornwell (donation); “The Final Cut” by Catherine Coulter (donation)

Mead Community Group Healthy Family Tip of the Month
Monitoring your child’s technology usage is the key to health and safety. 
Why should we monitor?
 *Lots of cyber-bullying, kids being mean to kids online.  Adults get into the act too.
 *Personal information, like addresses or schedules posted on-line, where anyone can see. 
 *Internet is used as an excuse to not make friends in “real time”, like at school and in the neighborhood
How do we help keep kids safe online?
 *Search names and e-mails online
 *Have computers in a room the whole family shares
 *Consider limiting the amount of non-homework computer time
 *Check internet caches (history of sights visited)
 *Block unwanted web-sites
 *Computer games can be networking opportunities as well
Strategies for Kids
 *Stop, Block, and Tell!  Don’t respond to a person cyber-bullying you, block the individual
            and tell a trusted adult.
 *Keep personal information private.
 *Google yourself, keep tabs on the number in the upper right corner.  It should not drastically increase under normal conditions.

Mead Community Group has Computer Cop CDs available for free to help you monitor your child’s activities on the computer, contact Jeanette Johnson at for a copy.

The next community group meeting will be Tuesday April 1 at 7:00pm in the high school commons.


ALMA LUTHERAN  219 W. Fifth St. / 402-624-3015
8:30 am – Worship – First Sunday of the month
9:15 am – Sunday School for all ages
10:30 am – Worship – All other Sundays
in 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 the service)
Weekly Schedule
6:00 pm – Dinner 4 Change (free to everyone)
7:00 pm – Life Group / Bible Study

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

Easter Services – Alma Lutheran
Sunday, April 20th
9:00 am – Breakfast served by Youth
10:30 am—Worship Service


Mead Dump begins new hours April 1st
Wednesday:  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday:  8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tree branches, weeds, leaves and grass clippings are the ONLY items permitted.  All items must be unbagged.  A dumpster is also onsite to dispose of iron/metal products.  The dump is open to Mead residents ONLY, at a charge of $2.00 per load.  All loads will be checked by the Dumpmaster prior to disposal of the items.

312 S. Vine St. P.O. Box 46
Mead, NE  68041-0046
Phone:  402-624-2495
Fax:  402-624-2024

Gary Guyle, Chairman
Shawn Havelka, Trustee
Adam Miller, Trustee
Richard Wielage, Trustee
Rod Wimer, Trustee
June Moline, Clerk/Treasurer  402-624-2495
Nick Raver, Ut/Mnt. Supt.  402-443-9688
Jerry Carlson, Police Chief  402-443-6846
Nancy Black, Library Director  402-624-6605
Nick Raver, Fire Chief  402-443-9688

Village Board:  Tuesday, April 8, 6:00pm
Planning Commission: Monday, April 28, 7:30pm
Library Board:  Wednesday, April 16 7:00pm
Fire & Rescue:  Monday, April 14, 7:30pm
The Village Board & Planning Commission meet at the Village Office, Library Board at the Library and Fire & Rescue at the Fire Station.

Saturday, April 5, 2014
Mead Community Building
1:30 – 3:00 PM
Dr. Dobesh with 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 and alteration.  Available on the 5th 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 village limits are to be licensed by May 1.
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.


Purpose:  The object of the Mead Library Friends Foundation shall be to promote the interest and welfare of the Mead Public Library by providing needed funds and services to increase and enhance the use of the library by all members of the community.  The MLFF will also work to preserve Mead historical information and artifacts and make them available at the library for study and reference.
Funds will be raised by various activities conducted by foundation members and volunteers in the community.  Donations of money and or historical items will be accepted from individuals and/or approved projects.

Membership will be open to all residents that receive service from the Mead Public Library.  A minimum of three regular meetings will be held per year.

Please contact current members, June Frahm 402-624-2405, Janet Behrens 402-624-6295, or Jackie Petersen 402-624-6955 or Mead Public Library 402-624-6605.

SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2014
9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

312 South Vine Street (downtown in front of Village Office)

Items not accepted are wood, grass clippings, construction refuse and tree limbs.
There will be a fee charged for disposal of tires.
The event is open to MEAD RESIDENTS ONLY! 
Resident identification will be checked by Board of Trustees.

Saturday, April 12 – 10:00 AM
Mead Park, 1st and Elm – Mead, NE
Ages 0-12
Lots of prizes and candy!!
For questions or to donate contact Angie Siske at 402-889-2081
Partial Funding Provided by Saunders County Lodging Tax