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Village of Mead



APRIL 2016

Volume 11, Issue 4




Saturday, April 9

Mead Community Building

1:30 – 3:00 PM


Dr. Dobesh from Green Acre Animal Clinic will be present to administer pet vaccinations.  Available will be vaccinations for rabies, distemper/parvo for dogs and rabies/distemper for cats.  Products available to purchase will be Heartgard and Frontline.  Blood tests for heartworm will also be available.  Clerk Moline will be present to issue dog and cat licenses with proof of current rabies vaccination. Cost to license your pet is $4.00 altered and $6.00 intact.  This clinic is NOT limited to Mead residents only.


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 402-624-2495.


Village ordinance 6-118 requires that all owners of dogs and cats are responsible for the removal of any excreta deposited on public walks, recreation areas, or private property.



     The Village of Mead Board of Trustees met in a Special Meeting on March 3 at the Village Office at 6:00 p.m.  Present were Chairman Havelka; Trustees Guyle, Wielage and Wimer.  The board entered Executive Session at 6:05 p.m. to discuss pending litigation.  The board returned to Regular Session at 6:35 p.m.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

     A Regular Meeting of the Mead Board of Trustees was held on March 8 at 6:00 p.m. at the Village Office.  Present were Chairman Havelka; Trustees Wielage and Wimer.  Absent was Trustee Guyle.  Also present were Clerk Moline, Utility/Maintenance Supt. Raver and Police Chief Carlson.  Guests were Dale Rawson, Richard Kuhr, Karen Little, Dennis Berry, Ken Laferriere and Bob Hannan.

     GUESTS:  Karen Little requested permission to cut the curb allowing access to a private drive.  Mead Public Schools Supt. Dale Rawson and Ken Laferriere of Orion Realty discussed the sale of school property and what expectations the village has as to infrastructure.

     EXECUTIVE SESSION was entered at 6:47 p.m. to review applications for the vacancy on the Board of Trustees in order to prevent needless injury to a person’s reputation.  The board returned to Regular Session at 6:57 p.m.  Action was taken to approve Jason Felty as a member of the Board of Trustees.

     REPORTS:  Utility/Maintenance Supt. – Raver reported water line repair at 410 S. Oak St., water concerns, street maintenance, need to replace three water hydrants, rock request for alley and reviewed list for meter maintenance.  Moline and Raver reported on the meeting with the WWAC Committee.  Police – The monthly police report was presented.  A zoning concern was discussed.  Planning Commission – The minutes of the Febr. 22 Regular Meeting were acknowledged.  Library – The minutes of the Febr. 17 Library Board Meeting were acknowledged.  Clerk – Receipt of a letter from DEQ in regard to AltEn’s request for modification of their permit was presented and upcoming events noted.

     UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  Second reading of Ord. #’s 677 and 678, Non-exclusive franchises with Quality Disposal and Waste Connections for garbage services were approved.

     NEW BUSINESS:  Resolution16-06, Deposit to cut into any paving, curb or sidewalk was introduced and approved.  No action was taken on a request from a resident to remove trees from the alley.

     EXECUTIVE SESSION:  The board entered Executive Session at 7:46 p.m. to discuss strategy with respect to real estate purchase and pending litigation.  The board returned to Regular Session at 8:06 p.m.

     The meeting adjourned at 8:07 p.m.


Jason Felty has been appointed to serve as a member of the Village of Mead Board of Trustees.  Welcome!  Thank you for your previous service to the village as a member on the Mead Planning Commission. 



Thank you Victoria Morken for serving as the village’s summer custodian during the past two years.


Thank you to Denise Patocka and her “crew” for putting on the Annual Easter Egg Hunt for the youngsters of Mead.


Congratulations to the Mead Raiders Boys Basketball Team and Coaches for qualifying for the 2016 Boys State Basketball Tournament and completing your season as D2 State Runner-up’s and MHS being awarded the D2 Sportsmanship Award.


Cross Connections Questions and Answers

1) Where is a Backflow Preventer with Intermediate Atmospheric vent Used?  These devices are made for 1/2” and 3/4” lines and may be used as an alternate equal for pressure vacuum breakers.  In addition, however, they provide the added advantage of providing protection against back-pressure.

2) Where is a Double Check Valve Assembly used?  A double check valve assembly may be used as protection of all direct connections through which foreign material might enter the potable system in concentration which would constitute a nuisance or be aesthetically objectionable, such as air, steam, food, or other material which does not constitute a health hazard.

3) Where is a Reduced Pressure Principle Backflow Preventer used?  Reduced Pressure Zone Assemblies may be used on all direct connections which may be subject to backpressure or back-siphonage, and where there is the possibility of contamination by the material that does constitute a potential health hazard. 




Dump hours will revert to the April – November schedule on April 1.  The dump will be open Wednesday’s from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  Saturday hours are 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.  Items permitted are tree branches, weeds, leaves and grass clippings ONLY.  All items are to be unbagged.


A dumpster is also available on-site for disposal of metal/iron products.


Cost to dispose of items is $2.00 per load, payable to the dumpmaster. All items will be checked.  Dump use is for Mead residents ONLY!






Must be 15 years of age and able to dedicate 1-2 hours every week, with additional hours required during Mead Days.  For an application, stop by the Village Office.



Village of Mead Storm Warning Procedures


     In case of severe weather, the fire siren will be sounded and go up and down a few times.  This is only to alert members of 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 W. 5th St.  A fireman will have the doors open if we are in a storm warning.




The Village is in need of a resident to serve on the Planning Commission.  If you are concerned about the community and are willing to learn zoning regulations, this is the opportunity for you!  You must reside within the corporate limits of Mead.  Terms are three-years, with this term ending May 2018.

   Contact the Village Office, a member of the Board of Trustees, or a member of the Planning Commission to express your interest.



SWIMMING POOLS/SPAS/HOT TUBS:  A fence is required to surround all pools, spas and hot tubs containing at least 18” of water.  A permit for the fence must be obtained from the Planning Commission prior to erecting the pool.  11-408


FENCES:  Amendments have been made to the fence ordinance.  Zoning Districts SR, R-1, R-2, B-1, B-2, M-1 and M-2 require a building permit prior to erecting a fence.  11-409 (check your property’s zoning prior to construction)


DOGS and CATS:  All dogs and cats within the village limits are required to be licensed by MAY 1.  06-102

Pet owners are responsible for removing excreta deposited on public walks, recreation areas or private property.  6-118


WATER/SEWER INVOICES:  Water and sewer bills are sent out the last week of the month.  Bills are to be paid by the 15th of the following month.  Payment must be received by 9:00 a.m. the following day or a $10.00 late fee will be assessed.  A letter notifying you of this will be mailed and payment expected within 10 working days.  If payment is not received in the office by the expected deadline your water meter will be shut off.  Payment can be made in the form of mailing, delivering to the village office, placing your payment in the drop box (located by the front door of the village office) or delivering to the Bank of Mead.


MEAD CLEAN-UP DAY: MAY 28, 9:00-12:00

MEAD DAYS:  JUNE 17, 18, and 19



ALMA LUTHERAN  219 W. Fifth St. / 402-624-3015

  8:30a.m. – Sunday Worship – First Sunday of the month

10:30a.m. – Sunday Worship – All other Sundays

  9:00a.m. – Sunday School for all ages


PANERA BREAD – FREE TO THE PUBLIC, Saturday following the second Friday of the month – APRIL 9.



3/25   7:00pm  Good Friday Worship

3/27   9:00 – 10:15am  Breakfast served by youth

        10:00am  Easter Egg Hunt

        10:30am  Easter Worship


MEAD COVENANT  1540 Co Rd 10 / 402-624-6125

10:00a.m. – Sunday Encounter Service


6:00p.m. – We’d like to treat you to a FREE meal!

7:00p.m. – Adult Groups, Jr & Sr High Youth Group

7:15p.m. – Kids in Action (elementary age children)


ST. JAMES CATHOLIC  213 E. Eighth St. / 402-624-3555

5:30p.m. – Saturday Vigil

9:00a.m. – Sunday Mass

Weekly Schedule

7:00a.m. – Daily Mass – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

8:00a.m. – Daily Mass – Saturday, when scheduled



Saturday, May 7

8:00 AM – 2:00 PM


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 402-624-2495 or NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, APRIL 29.              



Village Board:  Tuesday, April 12, 6:00 pm

Planning Comm.: Monday, April 25, 7:30 pm

Library Board:  Wednesday, April 20, 5:30 pm

Fire & Rescue:  Monday, April 11, 7:30 pm


The Village Board & Planning Commission meet at the Village Office, Library Board at the Library and Fire/Rescue at the Fire Station.



312 S. Vine St., Box 46

Mead, NE  68041-0046
Telephone 402-624-2495
Fax 402-624-2024




Shawn Havelka, Chairman

Gary Guyle, Trustee

Jason Felty, Trustee

Richard Wielage, Trustee

Rod Wimer, Trustee


June Moline, Clerk/Treasurer 402-624-2495

Nick Raver, Utility/Maint. Supt. 402-443-9688

Jerry Carlson, Police Chief 402-443-6846

Lori Moseman, Library Director 402-624-6605

Laurie Van Ackeren, Ass’t. Library Director

Nick Raver, Fire Chief 402-443-9688



Tuesdays  10am-1pm  and 4pm-7pm                        Fridays  9am-2pm

Wednesdays  3pm-6pm                                                 Saturdays  10am-2pm

                   Thursdays  11am-6pm                                                    Closed:  Sun. & Mon.


Monthly Schedule

Coffee Hour is scheduled every Tuesday at 10am and Story Time for young children is offered every Thursday at 4pm and Saturdayat 11am.

The Lunch Bunch Book Club will meet from 1130am-1230pm on Friday, April 15.   All residents are welcome to stop by and enjoy the book discussion, dessert and coffee.

The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) will meet on Thursday, April 21,at 5pm.  This group gets together monthly and is open to all boys and girls living in Mead who are in grades 6-12.  Members provide input on books, events, movies and programs offered by the library.

The Library Board will meet on Wednesday, April 20, at5:30pm.  The public is welcome to attend.


Upcoming Special Events

How many pounds will “Team Mead” lose this year?  In 2006 one Omaha family lost 501 pounds, now groups and individuals are succeeding across 35 states on their plan (voted best of Omaha for the last 4 years).  Author, Omaha native and creator of the plan Tony Dean,will be coming to the Mead Public Library on Tuesday, April 12 at 6pmto share how.  Spots are limited because of space, so RSVP at tonyd@deanfast.comor call 402-315-1979 or call the Mead Library at 402-624-6605.  Join us for a fun (free!) evening at Your Library!

A Beginning Feng Shui class for adults will be held Tuesday, April 5 at 530pm.  If you would like to add more peace and harmony to your home, join us for this FUN filled event!

Every wonder how those Extreme Couponers do it?  Come to the ‘Learn How To Coupon’ class on Tuesday, April 26 at 530pm.  Please bring 10 coupons ready to swap!

This month’s Creature Feature Program will be Saturday. April 16, at 1130am.  Roberta from the NE Parrot Rescue will be here to share information about birds and parrot rescues.  Stop by and meet some beautiful feathered friends. 

Thank you Sara Nicola and Jenny Schliffke for serving on the Library Board.





April 3

8 am – 2 pm

Mead Community Building


Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice, milk

Adults $6, Kids 8 & Under $3



Many homemade crafts, jewelry, nail products, make-up, scent warmers, hair care products, and many more.



Come get your Mother’s Day, Graduation, and Father’s Day shopping done!






For the Village of Mead



The Village of Mead is in need of someone to prepare the softball and baseball fields for 2016. This will require you to drag and lime the ball diamonds prior to ballgames.


For an application, stop by the Mead Village Office, 312 S. Vine St., between the hours of 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.  If you have questions, please contact Maintenance Superintendent Nick Raver at 402-443-9688 or a member of the Board of Trustees.


Mead Community Group,   April 2016

Welcome to Spring!  As we move into this most welcome season, we can begin to plan the next few months of activities.    Proms, graduations, summer adventures, Mead Days….  The most recent surveys returned by Mead students, parents and community members help us evaluate how we can enter this phase with healthier attitudes about risky behaviors and ways to encourage our young people to choose health activities. 


The surveys showed that there is an increased awareness of the dangers of drug, alcohol and tobacco use by teens and young adults.  We see a growing trend toward recognition that young brains are too susceptible to damage by even casual or occasional use of these substances.  This is good news for our young people.  Society’s disapproval of these risky behaviors is key to the way teens and young adults view them.  Our hope is that this trend continues.   A wonderful resource available to you as parents is a site called   Discover the parenting style that works against teen drinking and risky behaviors.


The Mead Community Group was formed and exists solely to help provide information and resources for alternative activities to give youth and their parents help in making wise decisions.  As we approach Summer, please join us in these efforts.  Our meetings are open to the community and we welcome and appreciate your input.  Again, this year we have requested Federal Block Grant funding dollars through Region V Systems in Lincoln in excess of $8000.00.  If granted these funds will be available through the Mead Community Group as we  partner with the Mead Public Schools, Mead Public Library, Mead Fire and Rescue, Mead Covenant Church after school program and Mead Days organizers to help bring programs to our youth and our community. 


The Mead Community Group would again like to thank all of the students, parents and community members who completed and returned our latest survey.  Your input is invaluable in helping us best use these resources.   Our next event is the Red White Tailgate Party on Saturday, April 16, 2016.  Thirty one student’s grades 6ththrough 12th have registered to attend.   If your child did not register please check with Mr. Hickman to see if there are any spots still available. 

April 4, 2016 at 7 P. M. meet us in the Mead High School commons for our monthly meeting.  We would love to see you there!


 Mead Ball Association Pancake Feed Fundraiser

April 17th, 2016

8am – 2pm at Mead Fire Hall

$6 for Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, and juice/coffee

  ($3 for anyone under 8 years old)