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Volume 10, Issue 12



Village Board of Trustees Meet December 8


The Village of Mead Board of Trustees met December 8 at 6:00 p.m. at the Village Office.  Present were Trustees Havelka, Nicola, Wielage and Wimer.  Absent was Chairman Guyle.  Also present were Clerk Moline, Utility/Maintenance Superintendent Raver and Police Chief Carlson.  Guests were Ben Day, Craig Reinsch, Ed Schroeder and Maureen Freeman-Caddy.


Due to Guyle’s absence, Wimer was elected Chairman Pro Tempore.


SCHEDULED GUESTS:  Village Engineers, Ben Day and Craig Reinsch, presented the Preliminary Engineering Report of the Water Treatment Evaluation.  Village Accountant, Ed Schroeder, presented the 10/1/14 through 9/30/15 Audit Report.  Village Attorney, Maureen Freeman-Caddy, was present to discuss pending litigation.  The board entered executive session at 7:05 p.m. to discuss pending litigation.  The board returned to regular session at 7:25 p.m.


REPORTS:  Utility/Maintenance Superintendent – Raver reported tarring of several streets.  Police Chief – The Monthly Police Report was presented.  As Nuisance Enforcement Officer, Carlson recommended a Notice of Nuisance Violation be issued at a residence.  Action was taken to adopt Resolution 15-23, Declared Nuisance at 126 Joyce Circle, Mead.  Planning Commission – The minutes of the October 26 Regular Meeting and Demolition Permit 15-11 to Russell Petersen to remove a garage were approved.  The board acknowledged the resignation of Jennie Grasiani from the board and approved Wyatt Swartz as a member of the board.  Library – The minutes of the September 16 and October 21 Library Board Meetings were presented.  The resignation of Mary Laughlin as a member of the board was accepted and Jill Leise was approved as a member of the Library Board.  Clerk– Moline reported consideration of amendment of the Employee Handbook, Village Post-Christmas Party set for January 10 at G&L Café, required meter maintenance, deletion of comprehensive/collision insurance coverage on the Ford truck and Ford crusier and phone reimbursement to Utility/Maintenance Superintendent.


UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  Wimer reported a December 3 hearing at the Mead Community Building on AltEn’s request to amend their Solid Waste Compost Facility Permit.


NEW BUSINESS:  Sealed bids for village-owned equipment were opened.  The board adopted Ord. 670, Sale of 1978 Ford tractor, Bush Hog rotary mower and Bush Hog blade to Jerome Moline; Ord. 674, Destroy box blade and Christmas wreathes, and approved sale of sewer jet machine, trencher attachment and scoop attachment at auction.  The Saunders Co. Zoning Regulations pertaining to lewd and lascivious behavior and public nudity were reviewed.  The Park Rental Agreement will be amended pertaining to the restrooms, recommended $150.00 fee for a Conditional Use Permit, delinquent water/sewer account was discussed and complaints/concerns regarding streets and the park were discussed.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:24 p.m.



Village Board:  Tuesday, December 8, 6:00pm

Planning Comm.: NO MEETING

Library Board:  NO MEETING

Fire & Rescue:  Monday, November 14, 7:30pm


The Village Board & Planning Commission meet at the Village Office, Library Board at the Library and Fire & Rescue at the Fire Station.


MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!  The Village Office will be closed December 25 and January 1.  It will also be closed at various times throughout the Christmas holiday season.




Following 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.  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.  5-304


All sidewalks within the municipality shall be cleaned within twenty-four (24) hours after the cessation of the storm 8-201


If there is snowfall the dump WILL BE CLOSED.  The dump is open the first Saturday of the month ONLY from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., November 1 through March 31.



ST. JAMES CATHOLIC  213 E. Eighth St. / 402-624-3555

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. – Sunday Worship – First Sunday of the month

10:30a.m. – Sunday Worship – All other Sundays

  9:00a.m. – Sunday School for all ages


PANERA BREAD – FREE TO THE PUBLIC, Saturday following the second Friday of the month – DECEMBER 12.



December 20, 5:00 p.m. – Children’s Christmas Program / Smorgasbord

December 24, 9:00 p.m – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service


MEAD COVENANT  1540 Co Rd 10 / 402-624-6125

10:00a.m. – Sunday Encounter Service


6:00p.m. – We’d like to treat you to a FREE meal!

7:00p.m. – Adult Groups, Jr & Sr High Youth Group

7:15p.m. – Kids in Action (elementary age children)



Thank you to Jennie Grasiani for your service on the Planning Commission.  Wyatt Swartz has been appointed to replace Jennie on the Planning Commission.


Thank you, Mary Laughlin for serving on the Library Board.  Appointed to fill her vacancy is Jill Leise.


Thank you to past members, welcome to new!



The Bank of Mead is sponsoring a coloring contest for kids through grade six.  Attached you will find the picture that needs to be colored and delivered to the Bank of Mead by noon on December 23, 2015 for judging.  There will be three age levels, Preschool, K-3 and 4-6.  Prizes will be awarded.


Please pick up the coloring sheet at the Bank of Mead or Village office and make sure to add your name, phone number and age on the back of the coloring sheet.



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, Library Director 402-624-6605

Laurie Van Ackeren, Ass’t Library Director

Nick Raver, Fire Chief  402-443-9688


Mead Public School’s winter sport season has started.  The Junior High boys began play on  November 17 with Cedar Bluffs.  The Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball teams play a pre-season game vs Clarkson-Leigh on November 30.  The regular season begins December 4 with all high school teams playing Johnson County Central.  The Junior High girls begin their season against Cedar Bluffs on January 11.  Come and support these programs.  GO MEAD RAIDERS!

Mead Community Group – December 2015


It’s the season for thankfulness and the MCG wants to especially thank those who made our October events so successful.  During Red Ribbon Week, the annual program for drug-awareness, Marcia Lamberson and the Elementary School Student Council were very helpful in spreading the message.  During the Teachers Conference, the MCG tables were visited by a number of people who signed up for a drawing.  The $50 G&L Café Gift Certificate was won by June Frahm.  We want to thank Alma Lutheran Church for donating candy for our Trunk or Treat, and the Mead Volunteer Fire Department for allowing us to use the parking spaces in front of the Fire Hall.  A special Fall-themed decoration was won by Denise Patocka for bringing one of decorated “treat-trunks.”  Roxanne and Hannah Schnell, as well as Kyla Hrdlicka and Lili Brestel from Mead Covenant Church also helped at Truck or Treat.  Lots of work from everyone involved, but also lots of fun.   THANK YOU ALL!

An average of eight students have been participating in the after-school tutoring program which the Mead Covenant Church has partnered with MCG to offer students from Wahoo and Mead.  With transportation and snacks being provided, we hope to reach even more young people in the coming year.

With Christmas just around the corner, most of us are trying to think of the most perfect gift we could give our children.  Commercials and newspaper ads abound, but what would be perfect, something they would treasure forever?  Of course they love unwrapping presents but we, as parents, have opportunities to give them something that will last a lifetime.  How about these:

The gift of creativity – teaching them to play with whatever is at hand – boxes, paper tubes, duct tape, the list is endless.  My son once made a “camera” with a small box and toilet paper tube that he looked through and then drew his “photo” on a tablet.  He is now a professional videographer.

The gift of discovery – There’s a bald eagle’s nest at Lake Wanahoo – have our children been there?  There is Fontenelle Forest near Omaha – have we spent a day there watching leaves change color, looking for animal tracks, just breathing in the beauty of nature?  Even wandering around our small town we can observe birds and squirrels, tiny oak acorns, small pinecones, and in the garden, a caterpillar eating up the parsley that will soon turn into a butterfly.  Learning tosee what we look at is truly a gift.

The gift of time – Countless experts have agreed that the greatest gift we can ever give our children is our time – focused, uninterrupted, one-on-one time.  The most basic need our children have is to know they are loved, unconditionally and forever, no matter where they are, what they do, or how old they get.

So go ahead, wrap up something special, but take the time to give our children the most priceless gift of all.  Have a very Happy, Merry Christmas!!! 

Next meeting, Tuesday, December 1, 2015 will be at the Mead High School Commons, 7 PM.  There will be no meeting in January 2016.


SANTA CLAUS is coming to town!


Santa Claus will visit Mead Elementary School at 9:30 a.m. on December 18.  Following his school visit, members of the Mead Fire/Rescue Department will transport him to the Village Office.  Arrival time at the office is expected to be approximately 10:30.  Santa’s planned departure time is 11:00 a.m.




Tuesday:  10am – 1pm and 5pm – 8pm

Wednesday:  2pm – 6pm

Thursday:  12pm – 6pm

Friday:  9am – 2pm

Saturday:  10am – 2pm


Coffee Time:  Tuesday’s, 10am

Story Time:  Thursday’s, 4pm – 4:30pm and Saturday’s, 11am – 11:30am



Dec. 9:  Kindle & Overdrive Training 2:30pm – 3:30pm and 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Dec. 11:  Kindle and Overdrive Training 10:30am – 11:30am and 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Dec. 18:  Lunch Bunch Book Club  11:30am – 12:30pm (All are welcome!)

Dec. 21:  “Welcome Winter” Week Begins

Dec. 22:  Kids Craft Hour 5pm – 6pm

Dec. 23:  Kids Board Game Hour  3pm – 4pm, TAB Meeting 4pm

Dec. 24:  No Story Time, Open 12pm – 3pm

Dec. 25 – 28:  Closed

Dec. 29:  Kids Lego Hour  5pm – 6pm

Dec. 30:  Kids Finger Knitting Hour 3pm – 4pm

Dec. 31:  No Story Time, Open 12pm – 3pm



* Kindle and Overdrive:  We have Kindles available to borrow and we’ll show you how easy it is to borrow e-books online!

*Lunch Bunch Book Club:  Everyone is invited!  Meet at the library at 11:30am, we’ll go to G&L for lunch, then back to the library for discussion on book and dessert!

*TAB Meeting:  If you are in grades 6-12, please join us for an hour of fun!

KIDS:  Spend your Holiday Vacation at YOUR Mead library!  Fun “Welcome Winter” events on Dec. 22-23 and 29-30!