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Mead Messenger

Volume 9, Issue 12

The Village of Mead Board of Trustees met November 12, 2013 at the Village Office at 6:00 p.m.  Present were Chairman Guyle; Trustees Havelka, Miller, Wielage and Wimer.  Also present were Clerk Moline, Utility Supt. Raver, and Library Director Black.  Also present were Ed Schroeder and Ben Day.


Accountant Schroeder presented the 10/1/12 through 9/30/13 Audit Report.  The Audit Report was approved.  Engineer Ben Day updated the board on the Wastewater Lagoon Project.  Sewer rates were reviewed.

Library:  The October 16 meeting minutes were presented.  The library will serve as a drop off center for a family’s needs following a recent fire.  An Old Fashioned Christmas Party is planned for December 8.
Planning Commission:  The minutes of the November 28 meeting were reviewed.  Discussion was held on possible amendment to the front yard depth in the Single-family and Multi-family residential districts.
Police:  The monthly police report was reviewed.
Clerk:  Moline reported meter maintenance, recent training with Thoroughbred Utilities and upcoming vacation.  An inquiry was made and agreed upon to consider amending the months to average the winter sewer rate to align with Thoroughbred Utilities software.
Action was taken to approve Ordinance 640, Amend 5-311, Parking: Snow Removal.  Plans for the Christmas Party were finalized.
The meeting adjourned at 7:52 p.m.


A special guest will soon be coming to Mead.  Santa Claus will be arriving at Mead Elementary School on Wednesday morning, December 18th at 10:00.  Following his visit at the school, he will journey downtown to visit children  at Mead Public Library, 316 S. Vine St. Visitation time at the Library is 11:00 until 11:30.

MEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS by Nancy Black, Library Director

On October 31st the Mead Public Library was pleased to present a book for best storybook costume to a young “Charlie Brown” at the community center.  Thank-you to Denise Patocka, Library Board President for assisting with the judging.  Please like us on Mead Public Library Facebook page to see a picture of the presentation!

The Mead Public Library is very happy to announce a new program available to all library card holders that live within the city limits of Mead, NE.  We now have available a HOMEBOUND DELIVERY SERVICE for those patrons who due to an injury or illness are unable to come to the library.  Please phone the library director Nancy Black on Tuesday or Thursday from 2:00 – 6:00 to request materials (books, DVDs, magazines) to be delivered or picked up.  The service will run on a BI-WEEKLY SCHEDULE, remember renewals are always an option.  If you live in Mead and do not have a library card but would like to sign up for the service please call the library on Tuesday or Thursday and make arrangements with Nancy Black the library director.


The Food 4 Fines program here at the Mead Public Library collected more than $20.00 in food for the Mead Backpack Program.  Thanks to everyone who came in and took care of those pesky little fines with food donations.


The Mead Public Library will host an “Old Fashioned Christmas Event” on Sunday December 8th, 2013 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the library.  There will be Christmas stories read, cookies to eat, crafts to work on, a place to work on your letter to Santa…and don’t be surprised if Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus don’t make a guest appearance!  Please bring 1 canned food item or a pair of mittens to donate to the Mead Backpack Program.  ‘Tis the season to give to those who are in need.  Families welcome or parents drop off the children so you may wrap gifts at home.

Don’t forget Story Time on Tuesdays 4:00 – 4:30 and Saturdays 11:30 – NOON, we will be reading Thanksgiving stories until December (then Christmas stories) and doing holiday crafts…and snacks.  See YOU at the library!
Oct./Nov. New Materials:
“Godiva” by Nicole Galland; “The Girl and the Seven Thieves” by Olivia Snowe; Tommy Bomani, Teen Warrior Series – #1 “Shape Shifter”, #2 “Land of Legend” and #3 “Badru Rising”; “Gross Brain Teasers” by Marne Ventura; “Sweet Dreams Little Bunny!” by Maribeth Boelts; “The Good, the Bad, and the Monkeys” by Scott Sonneborn; “Nebraska Post Office Murals” by Robert Puschendorf (donation); “Storybound” by Marissa Burt; “The Croods” (DVD); “Monsters vs Aliens Cloning Around” (DVD); “Jack Reacher” (DVD); “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth; “The Wolf Gift” by Anne Rice; “The Wolves of Midwinter” by Anne Rice; “The Longest Ride” by Nicholas Sparks; “Olympus has Fallen” (DVD); “Faith, Hope and Ivy June” by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor “Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters” (DVD)
Please be aware that the Board of Trustees has approved a new code for snow removal.  After a snowfall of two (2”) inches or more it shall be unlawful to park or stand any vehicle on any street within the Village of Mead until the street has been cleared.  CODE 5-311
Any vehicle parked in violation of any traffic regulations or any vehicle parked so as to obstruct the free movement of traffic or to cause a traffic hazard, or any vehicle parked on any street or alley obstructing the removal of snow may be immediately removed upon order of the Police Department.  CODE 5-304
All sidewalks within the municipality shall be cleaned within twenty-four (24) hours after the cessation of the storm.  CODE  8-201

 Community Church Services
ST. JAMES CATHOLIC  213 E. Eighth St. / 402-624-3555
5:30 pm  Saturday Vigil
 9:00 am  Sunday Mass
Weekly Schedule
 7:00 am  Daily Mass – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  8:00 am  Daily Mass – Saturday, when scheduled
ALMA LUTHERAN  219 W Fifth St. 402-624-3015
Worship – 8:30 am – first Sunday of the month (spoken)
9:15 am – Sunday School for all ages
10:30 am – all other Sundays
10-11 AM,  in the church basement,
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 the service)
Weekly Schedule
  6:00 pm  Dinner 4 Change (free to everyone)
  7:00 pm  Life Group / Bible Study
Alma Lutheran Church
Thanksgiving Eve Service
Wednesday, November 27th at 7:00 p.m. followed by pie social and refreshments
Village Board:  Tuesday, December 10, 6:00pm
Planning Comm:  Monday, November 25, 7:30pm
Library Board:  Wednesday, December 18, 7:00pm
Fire & Rescue:  Monday, December 9, 7:30pm
The Village Board and Planning Commission meet at the Village Office, Library Board at the Library and Fire Dept. at the Fire Station.
REMINDER:  The Planning Commission does NOT meet in December.   The next monthly meeting is scheduled for January 27, 2014.
312 S. Vine St., P.O. Box 46
Mead, NE 68041-0046
Phone:  (402) 624-2495
Fax:  (402) 624-2024
Gary Guyle, Chairman
Shawn Havelka, Trustee
Adam Miller, Trustee
Richard Wielage, Trustee
Rod Wimer, Trustee
June Moline, Clerk/Treas.  624-2495
Nick Raver, Ut/Mnt. Supt.  443-9688
Jerry Carlson, Police Chief  443-6846
Nancy Black, Librarian  624-6605
Nick Raver, Fire Chief 443-9688

 CONGRATULATIONS! To the Mead Raiders Volleyball Team and Coaches for qualifying for the State Volleyball Tournament.  We are proud of you!

 Thank you to the members of the Mead Fire / Rescue Department for hosting the Annual Halloween Party and the Mead Community Group for sponsoring “Trunk or Treat”.


 Winter sports are beginning at Mead Jr-Sr High School – The Jr. Varsity and Varsity Boys and Girls basketball teams begin their seasons on December 6 at 3:30 vs Johnson County at Mead.  There is also a Spaghetti Feed sponsored by the Mead FFA that evening in the commons.  The Jr. High Boys Basketball games began November 19 against Cedar Bluffs.  The Jr. High Girls Basketball season begins January 13 against Cedar Bluffs.  Come and support the teams!


 Mead Community Group December Notes


The Mead Community Group is looking for new members to join our group.  In an effort to involve more of our area parents we will be trying a new time for our monthly meetings.  For the next two months we will be holding our meeting in the evening.  We will be meeting December 12th and January 14th — each evening at 7:00 PM at the Mead High School Commons.  Please join us.


Mission: The Mead Community Group exists to promote an environment for raising healthy families through positive attitudes, perceptions and behaviors.  It continues to grow in its efforts by focusing on ways to make Mead a healthier community for all, targeting at-risk behaviors among our youth.

We wish to thank the Mead Public Schools and the Mead Firemen for their continued support of our efforts and activities.
Events or activities we have coordinated or sponsored for our community:
*Hosted the elementary and high school program “Rachel’s Challenge”, a program to promote kindness and anti-bullying.
*Distributed CD called “Computer Cop” at Mead Days Parade and Parent-Teacher Conferences.  This is a parents tool to monitor children’s computer usage.
*Monthly newsletter articles
*Supplied water for Mead Days 5K Run
*Mead Days Free movies
*Yearly Red Ribbon Week activities and give-a-ways
*Annual Trunk or Treat Event
*5th through 8th grade 5th quarter activities
*Supplied bags for Mead Annual Easter egg hunt
*Provide parental information and refreshments at Dare Graduation
*Coordinate  “We Want you Back” campaign for Junior Senior Prom
*Hosted a Free elementary student Carnival
*Coordinate with Region V Systems for area students to attend June Jam and Red White Tail Gate
*Parent Information booths at teacher conference and school concerts
*Hosted “Glow in the Dark” Dodge Ball for jr./sr. high students
*Hosted a Junior High Dance
*Helped initiate DEA “Drug Take Back Day” in Saunders County
*Supplied Mead High school with concession stand popcorn bags
If anyone has ideas for new activities we can sponsor please attend one of our evening meetings or contact Jeannette Johnson at