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Village of Mead
December 2012
Volume 9, Issue 12



     A regular meeting of the Village of Mead Board of Trustees was held 11/13/12 at 6:00 p.m. at the Village Office.  Present were Trustees Halbmaier, Miller, Raver and Wielage.  Absent was Chairman Mayfield.  Also present were Clerk Moline and Utilities/Maintenance Supt. N. Raver.  Raver was elected Chairman Pro Tempore.  Guests present were Ben Day, Burneil Ecklund, Rod Wimer, Derek Zimmerman, Bill Blake, Mark Ecklund, Ed Schroeder and Robert Nelson.

    The board entered a Public Hearing at 6:02 p.m. to hear opposition of a Resolution of Necessity.  Public input was heard from Bill Blake and Derek Zimmerman from Baylor Evnen and legal representatives of Burneil and Mark Ecklund and family.  Mr. Zimmerman asked that we reconsider another piece of property for the retention lagoon and offered suggestions of various sites.  Attorney Blake asked that the board slow down with the process of obtaining land for the project.  Mark Ecklund brought in a soil sample from the land and said it was not appropriate for a lagoon system.  The board returned to regular session at 6:26 p.m.

     Ben Day, Olsson Associates and Project Manager for the wastewater project, responded to concerns presented at the Public Hearing.  He reported soil tests are being completed, flow charts completed and contact made with DEQ as to the process being taken to complete these tests.  The engineering department will present a final report once data from the tests are compiled as to the final design and location of the retention lagoon.

     Action was taken to approve installation of two “Caution – Children at Play” signs to be located at the intersections of Fourth and Cedar Streets; heard second reading of Ord. No. 630, Misdemeanors; Discharge of Firearms within Municipality; approve Resolution 12-15, Resolution of Necessity and Resolution 12-16, Order to make Proposed Improvements.  Jenni Grasiani was approved as a member of the Planning Commission, a resolution will be brought to the board at the December meeting to amend Part-time employee benefits and Post-Christmas Party location was discussed.

     The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

 HAPPY HOLIDAYS from the Board of Trustees and employees of the Village of Mead!

The Village Office will be closed at various times during the Christmas holiday break.  The office will be closed Tuesday, December 25 and Tuesday, January 1.  If you are making water/sewer payments and the office is closed, please distribute in the drop box or deliver to the Bank of Mead. 

Special points of interest:
· New Planning Commission Member
· Snow Removal Guidelines
· Santa Claus is Coming to Town
· Church Services
· Community Group News

 Newly elected to the Village of Mead Board of Trustees are  Gary Guyle and Rod Wimer.       
Their four-year terms begin December 11th.  WELCOME!

Thank you Ailene Raver for your 34 years of service as a member of the Village of Mead Board of Trustees.  Ailene also served in the capacity of Board Chairperson during her tenure. 

Thank you Jim Halbmaier for your 4 years of service to the village as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Mead Public Library Hours
Effective January 1

TUESDAY,  9:00 am – 11:00 & 2:00 pm -7:00 pm

WEDNESDAY,  4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
THURSDAY,  9:00 am – 11:00 & 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
SATURDAY,   9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Available in the NEAR FUTURE will be e-reader through the Mead Public Library.  Questions, contact the Librarian at 402-624-6605!

Jennie Grasiani has agreed to serve on the Mead pLanning Commission.  She will fulfill a three-year term until  May 2015.  Thank you for your service!

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 Streetfrom 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.

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.  ORD. 8-201


We’ve heard Santa is planning his annual stop at Mead on Wednesday, December 19th.  Santa will visit the students at Mead Elementary School at 9:30 a.m.  A stop at the Mead Public Library is scheduled at approximately 10:30 a.m. to visit and greet preschoolers.  He will be at the library until 11:00 a.m.

 WINTER DUMP HOURS – November 1 through March 31.  The dump is open the first Saturday of the month only from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE DUMP WILL BE CLOSED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER (rain, if the road is not passable or snow).

Mead Public Schools Winter Sports Begin

Basketball season will soon be in full swing at Mead Public School.  The Varsity teams will participate in a Pre-season Jamboree at CVA on November 26, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The High School Junior Varsity and Varsity teams begin season play at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 30 with games at Johnson County.  The Jr. High boys have been playing since November 13 and will continue through December.  The Jr. High girls begin their season on Monday, January 7 at 4:15 p.m. with a game against Cedar Bluffs at Mead.  GOOD LUCK!


CONGRATULATIONS to the Mead Volleyball Team on their fourth place finish in the Class D-2 State Volleyball Tournament.


 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 15, 10:00 – 11:00 am
at the church basement  (FREE TO ALL)
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)
Weekly Schedule
  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)


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.  Times for distribution are 10:00 am  through 11:00 am.

Alma houses the Mead Community Food Bank in conjunction with Mead Ministerial Group.  Contact Pastor John Schnell from the Mead Covenant Church, 402-624-6125, to make arrangements to select products from the Local Food Bank or Saunders County Food Bank.  Thank you to the students of Mead Public School for conducting their Annual Food Drive during the month of November for the Food Bank.  

Mead Covenant Church sponsors PRIMETIMER’S on the second Thursday of each month with potluck beginning at 12:00 noon, followed by fellowship.  THIS GROUP DOES NOT MEET DURING THE WINTER MONTHS.   PRIMETIMER’s will resume in the spring.

 Thank you to members of the Mead Fire Department for sponsoring the Annual Halloween Party and Santa’s Visit.

Thank you to members of the Mead Community Group for sponsoring “Trunk or Treat” on Halloween.


Village Board:  Tuesday, December 11, 6:00pm
Planning Comm:  No meeting in December
Library Board:  No meeting in December
Fire & Rescue:  Monday, December 10, 7:30pm

The Village Board and Planning Commission meet at the Village Office, Library Board at the Mead Library and Fire Department at Mead Schools (temporary location).

312 S. Vine St., P.O. Box 46
Mead, NE 68041-0046
Phone:  (402) 624-2495
Fax:  (402) 624-2024
Steve Mayfield, Chairman
Jim Halbmaier, Trustee
Adam Miller, Trustee
Ailene Raver, Trustee
Richard Wielage, Trustee
June Moline, Clerk/Treas.  624-2495
Nick Raver, Ut/Mnt. Supt.  443-9688
Jerry Carlson, Police Chief  624-2056
Vera Kuhr, Librarian  624-6605
Nick Raver, Fire Chief 443-9688

 Thank you Irvie Hook for serving as the Village Custodian.  Your work was appreciated.


Please join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, December 12nd, 2:00 pm at the Mead High School.  All interested parties are welcome, no matter if you have children or not.  Our group is about making Mead a great community.  Come share your ideas!

Healthy Family Tip of the Month

Parenting with restraint:  How to say “no” when you want to say “yes”.

As parents we are naturally inclined to want to give our children everything they desire, and let’s face it, that is what is easiest.  It is hard to say no sometimes, and it is not easy to parent, especially when our answer is not the popular one.  However, our children will grow up well if we learn to teach them to have some limits and how to take responsibility for themselves.  Here are a few tips of how to put this into practice.

*Parenting is not a popularity contest.  We’ve heard this before, your job is to be a parent, not your child’s best friend.

*Find a balance in the amount of times you say yes to the times you say no.  Seek solutions to make your yeses creative ways to assert your values and boundaries in a positive way.  For example, instead of always buying something for your child, reward them with special time together. 

*Keep your focus on the main goal of raising successful, competent kids.  You cannot do this if you’re never setting limits and always saying yes.

*Your children will quickly point out how your rules aren’t like all the other family’s rules.  Be firm, and explain that your family is different.  (really it may not be, but kids might exaggerate to get their way!)

*Listen to what your children want, and why.  This doesn’t mean you say yes right away, but you may be able to help them get what they want by setting goals and working towards meeting those goals. 
For more information on this subject and other great parenting topics see