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Mead Messenger

VILLAGE OF MEAD 312 S. Vine St., PO Box 46 Mead, NE 68041-0046(402) 624-2495

AUGUST 2008 Volume 4, Issue 8

The Board of Trustees met July 8 at 6:00 pm at the Village Office. Present were Chairman Howell and Trustees Feldhaus, Mongan, Raver and Swanson. Also present were Clerk Moline, Utility/Maintenance Supt. Brabec, Police Chief Carlson and Librarian Kuhr. Guest present was Ray Casey representing JEO. The following items were approved: Final payment to Gen-Mech of $1,106.40 for UV Disinfection Facility, Change Order to Gen Mech and Recommendation of Acceptance of the UV Disinfection Facility, participation in SENDD for Fiscal Year 2009 and support of SENDD’s Affordable Housing Program for 2009. The board approved purchase of confined space equipment and adopted Ord. 575 to amend Sections 306 B1 and 307 B1 of the Zoning Ordinance on third reading. Discussion was held on allowing golf carts on the streets of Mead. Legal opinion will be sought from the village attorney.REPORTS Brabec reported maintenance needs and test results at the wastewater plant, vandalism report, replacement of water meters, purchase of three used tires for the dump truck and instructed to contact City of Wahoo to spray mosquitoes again. Moline reported water shut offs, Building Permit set to expire in September and review of current budget with Accountant Schroeder on July 8. Request was made to contract with Windstream for DSL for the village office, police office and utility office. Carlson presented the monthly police report. Discussion was held on allowing golf carts on village streets, business concern, dog running at large, unkept property and unlicensed vehicles. The $100.00 reward regarding the June 25 vandalism was increased to $250.00. Kuhr requested internet service through Windstream. Items purchased with the Library Grant were noted and discussion was held on the Library budget for fiscal year 10/1/08 – 9/30/09.The meeting was adjourned at 7:54 p.m.

Brad Howell, Chairperson
June Moline, Clerk

To Whom It May Concern:
The Morningside Cemetery Associations trustees have decided to enforce their policy on grave site decorations. The policy is stated on the signs by each gate at the cemetery. It states, “All floral arrangements and decorations, except those in flower urns, must be removed within 30 days after Memorial Day.” As in past years, the artificial flowers have been removed and destroyed. Please remove all decorations that are not in flower urns. If you wish to replace these items, you may do so a week before Memorial Day and then remove them within the allotted time period.
Thank you.
Robert Williams, Trustee

$250.00 REWARD
For information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in vandalizing property at the Mead Public Park and the vandalism of street signs belonging to the Village of Mead.
All information will be held in strict confidence and your name will not be revealed.


ST. JAMES CATHOLIC 213 E. Eighth St.
5:30 p.m. Saturday Mass
9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass(check bulletin for daily mass, generally 7:00 a.m.)

8:00 a.m. Adult Bible Study
9:00 a.m. Worship, followed by refreshments on the lawn
(please note summer schedule June 1-August 31)

9:00 a.m. Worship10:00 a.m. Life Groups

Mead Community Group News

The Mead Community Group’s mission is to create an environment to raise healthy families by promoting positive attitudes, perceptions and behaviors. It continues to grow in its efforts in focusing on ways to make Mead a healthier community for all, targeting at-risk behaviors among our youth.

Good news! We have received $3,552 in federal block grant funding for this coming school year. The group plans to use the money for such activities as:· Printing an informational brochure about the group.· Purchasing T-shirts for Mead Days next year, with the group’s name imprinted. Other promotional items will be purchased such as Frisbees, pens and sticky notes.· Bringing in an underage drinking & driving speaker for high school students.· Sponsoring a WAIT program speaker for high school students, focusing on promoting healthy relationships.· Continued use of “sticker shock”, which are stickers printed with targeted messages concerning high-risk behavior among our youth. The stickers are/will be placed on concession items sold at ball games.
Everyone is welcome to participate in this group, whether you are a youth, parent, business owner, or a concerned citizen! The August meeting is scheduled for 8/12 at 1:00 in the high school library. Please come and join us in this effort to address some of the concerns which have previously been identified. We need your ideas and input! Thank you for your interest.

You Grew Up In Rural Nebraska If . . .
* You know what knee-high by the Fourth of July means.
* You know the difference between “Green” and “Red” farm machinery, and would fight with your friends over which was better.
* You buy Christmas presents at Tractor Supply.
* You or someone you know was a “Dairy Princess” at the county fair.
* You know that “combine” is a noun.
* You know that “creek” rhymes with “pick”.
* Football schedules, hunting season and harvest are all taken into consideration before wedding dates are set.
* There was at least one kid in your class who had to help milk cows in the morning.
* The local gas station sells live bait.
* Every wedding dance you have ever been to has the hokey pokey and the chicken dance.

1 MILE WALK, 2 MILE WALK OR 5 MILE FUN-RUNSmith Park, 125 East 5th St, WahooSaturday, September 20, 2008Check in starts at 7:00 am, Race starts at 8:30 am
Come join us for fun, and to walk or run … and bring your pooch!
Sponsored by Saunders County Lost Pets—Pet Rescue(402) 443-4044For more information or to register online go to: brochures available at the Mead Village OfficeADOPT A HOMELESS PET TODAY!

Something to ponder – Sage advice from a child
A veterinarian had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners and their little boy, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.
The vet examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. She told the family she couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
As they made arrangements, the parents told the doctor they thought it would be good for their six-year-old son to observe the procedure. They felt as though he might learn something from the experience.
The next day, the doctor felt the familiar catch in her throat as Belker’s family surrounded him. The son seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that she wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.
The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. They sat together for a while after Belker’s death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. The little boy, who had been listening quietly, piped up, “I know why”.
Startled, they all turned to him. What came out his mouth next stunned the vet. She’d never heard a more comforting explanation. He said, “People are born so that they can learn how to live a good live – like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The six-year-old continued, “Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long”.

Village Board: Tuesday, August 12, 6:00 pm
Planning Commission: Monday August 25, 7:30 pm
Library Board: Saturday, August 2, 9:30 am
Fire & Rescue: Monday, August 18, 8:00 pm
The Village Board and Planning Commission meet at the Village Office, Library Board at the Library and the Fire Department at the Fire Hall.