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Village of Mead – MEAD MESSENGER

Volume 10, Issue 8



     The Board of Trustees met on July 14 at 6:17 p.m.  Answering roll call were Chair Guyle; Trustees Havelka, Nicola & Wimer.  Absent was Trustee Wielage.  Also present were Clerk/Treasurer Moline, Utility/Maintenance Supt. Raver, Library Director Moseman and Planning Commission Chair Weible.  Also present were Greg Larson and Jon Meier.
     REPORTS:  Utility/Maintenance Supt. – Raver reported receipt of letter from DEQ granting an extension of the Water Study Grant through December 31, 2015; discussed replacement of downtown sidewalk; heard request to replace curb that was previously cut; reviewed meter maintenance report, reported spraying for mosquitoes by the City of Wahoo; tarring streets; plans to rock all alleys in town; trim low hanging tree branches along streets and wellhouse repairs.  Planning Commission – Permits reviewed were 15-06, Mario Sagastume – deck and 15-07, Dennis Berry—house addition.  Library – Meeting minutes were reviewed.  Clerk – Moline presented budget requests for the 2015-16 budget and Ball Assoc. Treasurer’s Report; progress of Community Survey and Land Use Report.  Police – The monthly police report was reviewed and complaints discussed.
     Action was taken to approve purchase of a sewer jetter from Spartan Tool for $17,895.00; adopted Resolution 15-14, Loan with the Bank of Mead for $14,000.00 to purchase the sewer jetter; appointed Jason Felty to the Planning Commission; approved the minutes of the June 22 Planning Commission meeting and June 17 Library Board meeting; approved $300.00 line item for supplies to the Mead Ball Association in the 2015-16 budget; directed Attorney Freeman-Caddy to file paperwork with the court regarding nuisance and zoning violations; adopted Resolution 15-17, Special Designated Liquor License to Michael Beckman to sponsor a wedding reception/dance at the Mead Community Building on September 12; adopted Ordinance No. 667, set salary for the Substitute Dumpmaster; and adopted Ordinance No. 666, set salary for Utility/Maintenance Supt. showing a 3% hr. increase.
     Discussion items were the yearly review of Conditional Use Permits, non-renewal of Animal Control Facility Permit, collection of a delinquent water/sewer account and increase forthcoming for recycling fees.
     The meeting adjourned at 8:11 p.m.
     The Board of Adjustment met on July 14 at 6:24 p.m.  Present were Chair Guyle; Members Havelka, Nicola, Weible and Wimer.  Also present were Clerk/Treasurer Moline, Utility/Maintenance Supt. Raver and Library Director Moseman.  Guests present were Greg Larson and Jon Meier.
     Jon Meier requested a variance for a shed with 14’ sidewalls.  Zoning within the Suburban District allows a maximum of 12’ sidewalls.  Action was taken to approve Resolution 15-16,  Variance to Jon Meier, 1061 Co Rd 10, to amend zoning ordinance 11-305, C.1. to allow 14’ sidewalls on an shed and approved a Building Permit to Jon Meier to construct the shed.
     The meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.
Village Office CLOSED Monday, September 7 To Observe Labor Day

Jason Felty has been appointed to a three-year term on the Village of Mead Planning Commission.  Welcome!


Summer is flying! The library’s July-August programming includes movies for all ages, speakers, a book signing, a special animal visit, and a family lunch. 
At the first Movie Morning on July 9, five young guests were welcomed and enjoyed free popcorn.  An “Oldie but Goodie” Movie for seniors was shown on July 10 and coffee and donuts were served. On July 16, OPPD offered a fun Energy 101 presentation to 7 children who received coloring books, pencils, and candy.

Coffee Time-each Tuesday at 10:00 am.
Story Time, Activity, and Snack-each Tuesday at 4:00 pm and every Saturday at 11:30 am.
Thursday, July 23, Movie Morning-The show is suitable for all ages and will start at 10:30 am. Popcorn will be provided. Please bring your own drink with a lid.  This movie is rated PG and features the voices of Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep. It’s about a misadventure involving three orphans and a villainous actor named Count Olaf who wants to take their enormous fortune.  

Saturday, July 25, Family Lunch and a Movie-Hot dogs and chips will be served from 11:00 am-11:45 am (please bring your own covered drink).  The movie will be shown at 12:00 noon and is rated PG13.   Please bring a rug or blanket for the kids to sit on if you want (chairs will be available for the adults). 
Please RSVP for lunch:  
        Call Your Mead Library 402 624-6605
        Text 402 320-8105
        Or stop by the library.
Wednesday, July 29, Book Signing-Author Leigha Brandt will be in the library from from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm signing and discussing her first SCI-FI novel, “Destruction”.  Stop by, meet this young author in-person, and put your name in the basket to win a copy of her novel.  We will be giving an autographed copy of her new book to one lucky winner (need not be present to win).  
Thursday, July 30, Movie Morning-The movie begins at 10:30 am and popcorn will be provided.  Please bring your own drink with a lid.  This movie is rated PG.  
Thursday, August 6, Meet Tickle the Hedgehog-Have you ever seen a REAL hedgehog?  Attend this special 11:00 am-11:30 am event and learn all about these wonderful little animals.  A short story time will be presented.  
Thursday, August 13, NRD Reptile Show-Come from 11:00 am-11:45 am to find out about the different lizards and snakes that live in Nebraska.  
Friday, August 14, “Oldie but Goodie” Movie Morning-A movie geared toward Mead’s Sassy Seniors will be shown at 10:00 am. Snacks and coffee will be provided.

Thank you to area residents who donated books in June and July. Your thoughtfulness and your support of the Mead Public Library are truly appreciated. Also, we extend thanks to those who volunteered in the library this past month: Liz Gibney, Destiny Janecek, Kris Anderson, Michael Klahn, and Shyla Bidrowski.


The Friends of the Library group have been busy helping. The front, side, and back of the library look so lovely because of hard work by Connie and Friends who weeded, planted, and watered the grounds. Our Friends group has also purchased a new sink and faucet for the bathroom. THANK YOU Friends!
The Mead Public Library Board met on Wednesday, July 15, and Nebraska Library Commission staff member Scott Childers attended the session. The next Board meeting is scheduled for August 19 at 6:30 pm. Meetings of the Mead Public Library Board are open to the public.


Anyone wanting to order a Mead Alumni Book can sign up at the library.
Books – “Go Set a Watchman”, Harper Lee;  “Under Fire”, Grant Blackwood;  “Writ of Execution”, Perri O’Shaughnessy;  “Maximum Ride Forever” and “Truth or Die”, James Patterson; “Severe Clear” (Large Print), Stuart Woods; “Family Ties”, Danielle Steel, and many more.
DVD’s – “School of Rock” (rated PG13) and “A Series of Unfortunate Events” (rated PG).

Thank you!
Again this year, a special thank you to Marilyn Jensen for undertaking the care of the median at the north entrance into Mead along Highway 92.  The Village Office has received several compliments about how nice it looks.  Thanks!


The Mead Ball Association would like to acknowledge receipt of $500.00 from the Patsy Miller Memorial.  Thank you members of Pat’s family for including our organization as part of Pat’s memory.


Village Board:  Tuesday, August 11, 6:00pm
Planning Comm.: Monday, August 24, 7:30pm
Library Board:  Wednesday, August 19, 6:30pm
Fire & Rescue:  Monday, August 10, 7:30pm
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

Gary Guyle, Chairman
Shawn Havelka, Trustee
PJ Nicola, 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/Laurie Van Ackeren, Library Director/Assistant 402-624-6605
Nick Raver, Fire Chief  402-443-9688

MEAD COVENANT  1540 Co Rd 10 / 402-624-6125
9:00a.m. – Coffee & Visiting
10:00a.m. – Worship Service (grade school age children dismissed for Kids Alive @ 10:30, nursery available during the service)
Wednesday’s – MCC serves a free meal to anyone in the community from 6:00 – 6:45 pm.  (Please join us, there are no requirements or expectations!  If you’re coming for the first time, please consider calling the church office at 624-6125 to let us know how many are attending so we can prepare accordingly.  If you cannot call prior to coming the first time, it’s okay, come anyway.)  6:45 pm – Kids in Action; 7:00 pm – Student Ministries (Jr/Sr High); 7:15 pm – Adult Group
Thursday’s – 7:00 pm – Prayer Encounter
ST. JAMES CATHOLIC  213 E. Eighth St.
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
ALMA LUTHERAN  219 W. Fifth St. / 402-624-3015
8:30a.m. – Worship – First Sunday of the month
9:30a.m. – Worship – All other Sundays
PANERA BREAD – FREE TO THE PUBLIC, available the Saturday following the second Friday of the month.  AUGUST 15, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Mead Community Group Tip of the Month – July 2015
What do our young people want and need from us?  What do they have a right to expect from us?  The following are some suggestions from the Search institute Publication, “ask me where I’m going,” which came from teens themselves:
Get to know me. Let me share my worries with you…
Talk with me.  Accept me for who I am.  Let me trust you with my secrets…
Show me you care about my schoolwork.  Encourage me more, criticize me less…
Don’t yell at me for making mistakes.  Don’t get mad when I mess up.  Stand up for me…
Try to understand me.  Do things with me…
Never give up on me.  Love me…
Don’t expect me to fail.  Comfort me when I do.  Help me learn about the world…
Challenge me to succeed, but don’t expect too much. I can feel like a failure and give up..
Be aware.  Be concerned.  Be supportive.  Watch out for my safety…
Set fair boundaries and apply standards consistently.  Be willing to negotiate new rules…
Help me grow into an individual.  Expect me to do my best….
More to come next month.
The next Mead Community Group meeting will be Tuesday, September 1 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Mead High School commons.  Please join us.

School will soon be in session.  Please watch for children walking or bicycling to and from school.  As always, STOP at all posted stop signs and SLOW at every intersection while proceeding through town.
Thank you to all who have returned their Community Surveys!