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Volume 5, Issue 12

Village of Mead Board of Trustees
The Village of Mead Board of Trustees held a Special Meeting on Nov. 2, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. at the Village Office. Present were Chairman Howell and Trustees Halbmaier, Raver and Swanson. Absent was Trustee Feldhaus. Also present was Clerk Moline.

Approval was granted for Res. 09-15 Special Designated Liquor License to Stardust Bar and Grill for a wedding reception, hosted by Ronald Novak on 11/21; Res. 09-16 Special Designated Liquor License to C & J Country Store for a 40th Wedding Anniversary private party on 11/22, hosted by Brenda Halbmaier; and pay an additional $136.00 for a life insurance annual premium payment for Keith Walling. The Christmas party was discussed.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:40 a.m.
A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees was held Nov. 10, 2009 at the Village Office. The meeting was called to order at 6:02 p.m. Present were Chairman Howell and Trustees Feldhaus, Halbmaier, Raver and Swanson. Also present were Clerk Moline and Utility/Maintenance Supt. Walling. Guests present were Ed Schroeder and John Trouba.

Accountant, Ed Schroeder, presented the audit for fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2009.

The board entered a public hearing at 6:36 p.m. SENDD Representative, John Trouba, presented the process to apply for CDBG funds. The hearing adjourned at 6:53 p.m.

Action was taken to approve Res. 09-17, authorizing chief executive office to sign an application for CDBG funds and Res. 09-16, stop signs at the intersection of Sixth & Elm Sts. Ed Ruhe was hired as the dumpmaster at $8.00 per hour. Christmas Party was set for Jan. 9, 2010. Required fencing surrounding swimming pools, building tear down & library cleaning were addressed.

Walling reported on water leak repair, drainage work along N. Elm St. & hydrant replacement. Moline reported a delinquent account & need for dog kennel. The Police Report & Planning Commission & Library Minutes were reviewed.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 p.m.


Santa Claus will be making his annual stop in Mead on Thursday, December 17. He will stop at Mead Elementary School at 9:30 a.m. From there he will come to the Mead Library to greet youngsters from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

Please come to a full stop at all stop signs! Stop signs have been erected for drivers headed east and west at the intersection of Sixth and Elm Streets.


Thank you to Chris Kavan for his dedicated service as Dumpmaster for the past three years.

Ed Ruhe has been hired as his replacement to begin December 5.

Winter dump hours are the first Saturday of the month from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. You are encouraged to deliver your leaves and tree branches to the dump early in the day as dump hours will depend on weather conditions. Thank you for your cooperation.

Village Board: Tuesday, Dec. 8. 6:00 p.m.
Planning Comm: Monday, Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Library Board: Saturday, Jan. 9, 9:00 a.m.
Fire & Rescue: Monday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.

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


The Mead Community Group wishes you Happy Holidays!

We would like to thank everyone in the village that participated in our recent survey. The lucky winners of the two $100 gift cards are Julie Hansen and Linda Barr! The survey results have given us much to be thankful for and some knowledge of areas where we can seek improvement as a community. The questions primarily centered around the views that adults hold about teen drinking, smoking, and gambling. As a group we are interested in promoting all types of healthy behavior and we certainly do not want to get hung up on pointing the finger at just one or two negative issues, but the fact is Nebraska leads the nation in teen binge drinking and driving under the influence. This is why we are particularly interested in educating in these areas. The problem may or may not be as pronounced in our community, but it would be plain negligence if we assumed it did not exist. If the topics make you uncomfortable perhaps that is an indication that some self inspection would be beneficial.

The good news is that 94% of respondents did not feel it is acceptable to ever provide alcohol to a teen . Interestingly, 46% responded that they thought other adults may think it is okay. There are a number of reasons why teens should not drink alcohol. These include impaired brain development, impulsivity, and an increased risk of alcoholism. A large percentage of respondents (88%) felt that tobacco use by teens in our community was a problem and 85% felt that alcohol use was an issue. On the positive side, only 43% felt that there were issues with other drugs besides marijuana. One disturbing statistic was that 77% felt that marijuana was safer to use than alcohol. 85% of respondents did not believe there was a connection between family history of alcohol use and teen usage. Perhaps that question was asked in a confusing way or this may be an area where we could benefit from some education. 94% felt that parents need to be more active in dealing with substance abuse issues and 67% believed schools should get more involved. 63% did not feel that the community had enough drug prevention services.

The questions related to gambling showed that individuals clearly understand that gambling by teens is not a healthy past time. Statistics show that gambling is considered high risk behavior that often is indicative of other risky behaviors, such as sex; so these results are very encouraging.

You may view the complete survey results at

Again, we thank you for taking the time to provide us with important information and feedback. We are always open to your comments and suggestions. Be safe and have a healthy holiday!

Reminder . . .
Do not rake your leaves into the streets. Future problems may occur with plugged drainage systems if done so.


Good luck to Mead Jr.-Sr. High School basketball teams as they begin their seasons. Varsity and Junior Varsity games begin Friday, December 4 with Johnson County at home. The Junior High boys began their season on Tuesday, November 17 against Omaha Christian Academy . The Junior High girls have their first game with Prague on Thursday, January 7. GOOD LUCK, GO RAIDERS!

312 S. Vine St., P.O. Box 46
Mead, NE 68041-0046
Phone: (402) 624-2495
Fax: (402) 624-2024
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Brad Howell, Chairperson
Bobbie Feldhaus, Trustee
Jim Halbmaier, Trustee
Ailene Raver, Trustee
Dick Swanson, Trustee

June Moline, Clerk/Treas. 624-2495
Keith Walling, Ut/Mnt. Supt. 227-5150
Jerry Carlson, Police Chief 624-2056
Vera Kuhr, Librarian 624-6605
Mike Coyle, Fire Chief 443-7164


8:30 am Spoken Worship
9:15 am Sunday School for all ages
10:30 am Traditional Worship

7:30 am Prayer in Sanctuary
9:00 am-11:00 am Worship, Coffee & Visiting, Life Groups & Kids Alive

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

Mead Covenant Church Weekly Schedule

6:00 pm Time of Prayer
6:00 am Pursuing God Through Prayer
7:00 pm Men’s Group
7:00 pm Women’s Group (2nd Tuesday of each month)
7:00 pm Jr. & Sr. High Youth Group
10:00 am-Noon Primetimer’s (2nd Thursday of each month)

Alma Lutheran Christmas Schedule

Dec. 24 – 9:00 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Dec. 25 – 9:00 am Christmas Day Service with Communion

Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store or under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends. – Cindy Lew

MERRY CHRISTMAS from the Village of Mead Board of Trustees and Employees!


As winter weather approaches, Village Ord. 5-311 requires that following a snowfall of 2” or more, it shall be unlawful to park or stand any vehicle on any street within the congested district (Vine St. from 3rd St. to 5th St. and 4th St. from the alley adjacent to Blocks 24 and 33 to Vine St. and from alley adjacent to Blocks 25 and 32 to Vine St.), between the hours of 11:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. of the following day. All vehicles must be removed promptly from the designated “Snow Emergency Route” that is marked by signs.

On all other streets, parking shall be restricted to the north and west sides of the streets on even numbered days of the month and the south and east sides of the streets on odd numbered days of the month until the streets have been cleaned.

Ordinance 494 stipulates that no motor vehicle shall be parked continuously upon any street in the Village for more than 48 hours.

Village ordinance also designates that all sidewalks shall be cleaned within 24 hours after the cessation of snow.

Please help out by following these guidelines during the winter months.

Mead Library News—November 2009
By Vera Kuhr, Librarian

Happy Thanksgiving and a note to remember: All calories are removed from pumpkin pie and whipped topping on this day!

A note for all preschool children: Santa Claus is coming on Thursday, December 17th at 10:30. We are working on getting a celebrity to read a story to await the “great one”. Bring your cameras!!!!!

As you are all aware, the libraries in Saunders County have one library card that is used for all libraries. We are going through our data bases and find duplicate numbers for some users. Please check your cards and, if you have more than one, choose the library that you use the most and keep this number. Inform the library of your choice so that the other numbers may be deleted. If you have moved from a library area, please inform either library of your move so that records may be updated. If you reside outside of a taxing entity (rural residents), you should have a card from the library that you frequent the most, as the card charge will go to that library. Also, please check your cards to determine if the expiration date has been updated. Sometimes we do it on the computer, but the individual cards are not marked.

OVERDUES AND BOOKS NOT RETURNED: The end of the year is coming and we would like to get all fines paid and materials returned by January 1st, 2010. If you have trouble paying for fines, please contact the library to make arrangements for payment. We are interested in serving our patrons and also getting materials back on the shelf for other users. If you have materials that are overdue, you have kept the other patrons from being able to enjoy them. Fines are calculated automatically on the computer and will remain until they are paid or waived. This record also appears at the other five libraries. If you think you have materials overdue or getting close, a call to the library will renew these to keep fines from accumulating.

Our data base has over 10,000 items cataloged and more that are not used for checkout. We have westerns, non-fictions, biographies, Christian fiction, juvenile fiction and non-fiction, videos, DVD’s, magazines, Nebraska history, Native American history and fiction, reference, poetry, humor, literature, books on tape and CD, laminator, Accu Cut machine, two computers for public use, fax machine (when it works) and other informational items for public use.

Do you have something that you wish the library was involved in or had for your personal use? Let us know!

New Materials: Juvenile: “The Alison Rules”, “Banana Splitsville” and “Rocky Road Trip” by Catherine Clark; “My Secret Boyfriend”, “A Horse for Mandy” and “Last Dance” by Lurlene McDaniel; “Freedom” by Angela Dorsey (about a horse); and “Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas” by Jane O’Connor. We have many books featuring horses at the juvenile level.

Adult: “Breaking the Rules” by Barbara Taylor Bradford; “Running Hot” by Jayne Ann Krentz; “Dust” by Martha Grimes; “Southern Lights” by Danielle Steel and “The Time of My Life”, a biography by Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi. We also have many craft books that are great for the Christmas Season.

TUESDAY: 9:00 am – 11:00 am & 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WEDNESDAY: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
THURSDAY: 9:00 am – 11:00 am & 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
SATURDAY: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm