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Mead, Nebraska
Volume 9, Issue 12


The Village of Mead Board of Trustees met November 8 at 6:00 p.m. at the Village Office. Present were Chairperson A. Raver; Trustees Halbmaier, Mayfield and Wielage. Absent was Trustee Miller. Also present were Clerk Moline, Supt. N. Raver and Police Chief Carlson. Guests present were Ed Schroeder, Dallas Vogt and John Trouba.
SCHEDULED GUESTS: Village Accountant, Ed Schroeder, presented the 10/1/10 through 9/30/11 Financial Report. John Trouba, SENDD, reported future Fair Housing information from businesses and project funding. A Public Hearing will be scheduled for 12/13 to address grant funding and projects.
SUPT. REPORT: N. Raver requested John Haag remain as main operator at the wastewater plant. Gil Frey requested 1/2 payment for attendance at backflow training. He is to submit a claim prior to approval.
CLERK REPORT: Moline reported USDA presented funding information at Three Rivers Clerks meeting she attended and Clerk Academy dates.
POLICE REPORT: Carlson presented the monthly police report and nuisance on a property.
PLANNING COMMISSION REPORT: Minutes of the 10/24 regular meeting and permits were reviewed. Action was taken to approve Demolition Permit 11-14 to Frontier Co-op to demolish cement block building and surrounding concrete located at 1551 Co Rd 11.
LIBRARY REPORT: Minutes of the 9/7 meeting were reviewed.
OLD BUSINESS: Discussion was held on request for tree removal in an alley, Senior Diner Program, 11/15 meeting with the officers of the Mead Fire Dept. and Mead Rural Fire Board to discuss the Community Bldg. and drainage concerns along Elm St., Frontier Co-op and Hannan Subdivision.
NEW BUSINESS: Action was taken to approve John Haag as main operator and Nick Raver as back-up operator at the wastewater plant and Nick Raver as main operator and Gil Frey as back-up operator at the water plant; approved $100.00 to Nebraska Rural Water Equipment Fund for services rendered with water and wastewater issues and authorized Windstream to bury a cable south of Frontier grain bins.
Items to be placed on the 12/13 meeting: increase in water / sewer rates with separate rates to non-residents; additional charge for water meters if replaced more than one time and right to turn-off water if backflow surveys are not returned as indicted.
The board entered executive session at 8:28 p.m. for annual review of the Utilities / Maintenance Supt. and Dumpmaster.
A. Raver exited the meeting at 8:43 p.m.
The board returned to regular session at 8:43 p.m.
Action was taken to approve a 10% raise, $1.53 per hour increase to the Utilities/ Maintenance Supt.
The meeting adjourned at 8:46 p.m.

A Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees was held November 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Office. Present were Chair A. Raver; Trustees Mayfield, Miller and Wielage. Absent was Halbmaier. Also present were Nick Raver, Duane Johnson, Mike Coyle, George Robertson and Don Anderson Discussion was held on the process for the village to gift or lease the Community Bldg./Fire Station to the Mead Rural Fire Board. The meeting adjourned at 8:59 p.m.

from the Trustees and Employees of the Village of Mead!

The Village Office will be closed at various times during the Christmas holidays.
December 24 and 27 and January 3 to observe the holidays.
If you are making a water/sewer payment in person, please place in the drop box or deliver to the Bank of Mead.
Mead Community Group Healthy Family Tip of the Month

Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make our first Trunk or Treat on Halloween extremely successful!! Mary Hanson was the winner of a beautiful autumn themed arrangement (provided by Bank of Mead) complete with gift certificates from the following community businesses:

Sprinkled Pink Cakes Mead Country Store Mead Signs

As we are now smack dab in the middle of the Holiday Season, the Mead Community Group wishes you health and happiness. Take some time to enjoy your family, even in the midst of all the hustle and bustle. Make an effort to reach out to those around you who may be less fortunate. Helping someone else is a great example for your children. In fact, helping others and speaking up on behalf of others is so important it made the list of the Forty Developmental Assets. What you do does not have to be huge; make cookies together and deliver to the neighbors. Visit an elderly friend at a care center. It will make your Holidays extra special.

You are invited to join us at any of our regular monthly meetings, next one will be Thursday, December 15th at 1:00 pm in the library at Mead High School. For more information, look for our new brochures on display at the library, Bank of Mead, Country Store, and the churches in Mead.


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.

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

Snow Emergency Route
Snow Emergency Route within the Village of Mead is defined as Elm Street from Highway 92 to Eighth Street, Vine Street from First Street to Eighth Street, First Street from Elm Street to County Road 10, Fourth Street from Elm Street to County Road 10, and Eighth Street from Oak Street to County Road 10.
Signs are posted on the streets indicating they are designated as the Snow Emergency Route. Parking on these streets is not permitted during snow accumulation. No parking on side streets is also encouraged to aid in snow removal in a timely fashion.

The Mead Library is sponsoring a coloring contest for Christmas. Please have the sheets returned to the Library by December 11th. Please add your name and age/grade.

Church Services

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

ALMA LUTHERAN 219 W Fifth St. / 402-624-3015
Worship – 8:30 am – first Sunday of the month (spoken)
10:30 am – all other Sundays
9:15 am Sunday School for all ages

PANERA BREAD – December 10, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

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 service)

PRIMETIMER’S – December 8, NOON Dinner & Fellowship

Weekly Schedule
7:00 pm Men’s Study
6:00 pm Dinner 4 Change (free to everyone)
7:00 pm Life Group / Bible Study (an opportunity to hear answers to tough questions of the Bible)
7:00 pm Jr./Sr. High Youth Group

Alma Lutheran Church
12/24 – 9:00 pm
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service


Alma Lutheran Church sponsors Panera Bread on the second Saturday of the month, following the second Friday of the month. This outreach is open to the public, targeting “those in need”, and free to all.

Please note doors open at 10:00 am until l1:00 am. If you arrive early, please be patient until the doors are opened at 10:00.

Alma also sponsors the Community Food Bank which is sponsored by the Mead Ministerial group. Contact Pastor Alena at 402-624-3015 to make arrangements for product pick-up.


Santa Claus will be making his annual stop in Mead on Wednesday, December 21. He will stop at Mead Elementary School at 8:30 a.m. and PreSchool at 9:30 a.m. From there he will come to the Mead Library to greet youngsters from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.


Good luck to Mead Jr.-Sr. High School basketball teams as they begin their seasons. Varsity and Junior Varsity games begin Friday, December 2 vs Johnson County. The Junior High boys began their season on Saturday, November 19 in the Mead JH Tournament . The Junior High girls have their first game vs Cedar Bluffs on Monday, January 19. GOOD LUCK, GO RAIDERS!

Citizens of the Village of Mead,

The Village of Mead Board of Trustees is proposing the following increase in water and sewer rates. As you may be aware, the village has undertaken a Water Study and Wastewater Study through the use of CDBG funding. Results of the studies will be presented to the public in the near future as to future infrastructure improvements. As reported by our accountant on the Financial Report approved for fiscal year October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011, we have a $20,000.00 loss in water / sewer for the year. Water and sewer have shown losses for several years due to rates not supporting expenses in these funds.


Water – 5/8” – ¾” meter $12.00 per month
1” meter single dwelling $12.00 per month
1” meter multi-family dwelling $22.00 per month
1 ½” or larger meter $42.00 per month
For all use of water, all water consumers shall pay a metered rate of $1.25 per thousand gallons.

Sewer – 5/8” – ¾” meter $16.00 per month
1” meter $26.00 per month
1 ½” or larger meter $46.00 per month
Volume rate charge: $.75 per 1,000-gallons/per month based on previous month’s average of December, January and February, effective annually on April 1.


Water – 5/8” – ¾” meter $20.00 per month resident
$30.00 per month non-resident
1” meter single dwelling $20.00 per month resident
$30.00 per month non-resident
1” meter multi-family dwelling $30.00 per month resident
$45.00 per month non-resident
1 ½” or larger meter $50.00 per month resident
$75.00 per month non-resident
For all use of water, all water consumers shall pay a metered rate of $1.75 per thousand gallons.

Sewer – 5/8” – ¾” meter $20.00 per month resident
$30.00 per month non-resident
1” meter $30.00 per month resident
$45.00 per month non-resident
1 ½” or larger meter $50.00 per month resident
$75.00 per month non-resident
Volume rate charge: $1.00 per 1,000-gallons/per month based on previous month’s average of December, January and February, effective annually on April 1.

The rate increases will be on the December 13 board agenda. The 6:00 p.m. meeting will be held at the Village Office.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a member of the Board of Trustees.

Village of Mead Board of Trustees

The Bank of Mead would like to wish everyone a safe and joyful holiday. Come celebrate the holiday season with the Bank of Mead from December 21-23. The Main Bankk will have coffee, cider and cookies to thank all our customers for a great year.

Bank of Mead
Christmas Coloring Contest

$10.00 Cash Prize for the Winners!
Enter the Bank of Mead’s Christmas Coloring Contest. Pick up your copy of the Christmas Coloring Page at the Bank of Mead or print a copy from our newsletter today! Three winners will be chosen, one for 5 & Under, Ages 6-9, and 10&Up. The winners will each receive $10.00 cash! Entries need to be turned in at the Bank of Mead by December 19, 2011.