Small Town Living
Village Of Mead Office
(402) 624-2495
Non-Emergency Fire & Rescue
(402) 624-3610

Village of Mead
Volume 16, Issue 12


Activities include:
Crafts and Activities for Youngsters & 4pm – 6pm Mead Fire Hall Free
visit from Santa Claus

Soup Supper sponsored by Alma Lutheran 4pm – 7pm Mead Fire Hall Freewill Offering
For National Youth Gathering

Caroling/Christmas Music 6pm – 6:30pm South of Bank of Mead

Cookies & Hot Chocolate 6pm – 6:30pm South of Bank of Mead Free

Snow Ball Drop by Mead Fire Department 6:15pm Fourth St between Vine & Cedar Sts

Lighting of the Christmas Tree Following the North of Couch Training Center
Snow Ball Drop

Come and join the fun! We are hoping this can be an annual event in Mead. Thank you to the community for supporting this event!

Upon a snowfall of 2” or more, you are required to remove any vehicle from the street until the street has been cleared of snow. Any vehicle parked on any street or alley obstructing the removal of snow may be ticketed or immediately removed upon order of the Police Chief. All sidewalks are to be cleared of snow within 24 hours after the cessation of the snow storm.

Bank of Mead Holiday Light Fight
It’s that time of year again to brighten the outside of your home for the holidays. Show off your holiday light decorating skills this year and compete to win a prize(s). We will randomly visit the outside of your home the week of December 18th to take video for our Facebook page. Enter by December 14, 2023 by submitting your name and address to the Bank of Mead, 402-624-2255. Winner(s) will be announced the week of December 18th.


The Bank of Mead is sponsoring a coloring contest for kids Preschool through grade 6. There are four age groups: Kindergarten or younger, Grades 1 – 2, 3 – 4, and 5 – 6. Prizes will be awarded. Coloring sheets are available at the bank and in Mead Elementary students’ classrooms. Please make sure the child’s name, phone number, age, and grade are included on the BACK of the coloring sheet and return it to the Bank of Mead by NOON, DECEMBER 18th for judging.

Coloring Contest Categories (these coloring sheets are available at the Bank and Elementary School)
Kindergarten or younger 1st – 2nd Grade
3rd – 4th Grade 5th – 6th Grade

Entries DUE by December 18, 2023

If you wish to “adopt” a family member for Christmas, please stop by the Bank of Mead and grab a tag from the Christmas tree after November 27. You will need to have your purchased item(s) returned to the bank by December 16 so they can ensure everyone receives a wrapped gift and that it can be given back to the Mead Public School for delivery. If you would prefer to make a monetary donation rather than shop, please turn that in to the Bank of Mead by December 8 so they have time to purchase gifts with it.

“Giving pays the highest interest rate, and has the longest term, of any investment available.” Jeffrey K. Wilson

Any concerns with the railroad tracks being blocked within Mead for an extended period of time should be addressed to 800-848-8715. The crossing ID’s for the tracks are 818128J (Elm Street) and 818127C (Cedar Street) Union Pacific is the contact to answer your complaints. Crossing contact information is mounted at each crossing.

ST. JAMES CATHOLIC 213 E. Eighth St. / 402-624-3555 & on Facebook
4:30 pm – Saturday Mass
9:00 am – Sunday Mass
Weekly Schedule
7:00 am – Tues-Wed-Thu-Fri Daily Mass

ALMA LUTHERAN 219 W. Fifth St.
402-624-3015, also on Facebook
9:30 am – Sunday School for all ages through 8th grade (no Sunday School the first Sunday of the month)
10:30 am – Sunday Worship

PANERA BREAD FREE TO THE PUBLIC Saturday following the second Friday every month, 10 am – 2 pm. FREE TO ALL! This month the church will be open on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9.

402-624-6125, also on Facebook
Sunday –
9:15 am – 9:45 am Coffee Hour
10:00 am – Sunday Service
Every third Sunday evening 6:30 pm Sunday Night Service
6:30 pm – Kids in Action Grades 1st-6th
7:00 pm – Encounter Life Youth 7th – 12th
7:00 pm – Worship and Prayer with the Word
Every last Wednesday of the month is a FREE Community Meal 6:00 pm-6:45 pm

Phone: 402-624-6605 E-mail:
Winter Hours:
Monday 330p-8p Tuesday 9a-12n & 330p-530p Wednesday 330p-8p Thursday 9a-12n & 330p-530p Friday 8a-11a Saturday 9a-12n
The Library will be closed on Monday, December 25.

Events for December:
Tuesday, December 5 – The Mead Public Library Board will have its monthly meeting at 6p. The session is open to the public.
Monday, December 4, 11, and 18 – Participate in Adult DIY Craft Night from 6p-8p. Bring your own craft to work on and enjoy the conversation.
Tuesday, December 5, 12, and 26 – Join us for Coffee Time and conversation at 10a.
Wednesday, December 6 – Stop in at 6p to celebrate National Bingo Month by playing Adult Bingo for Books. All adults are welcome and prizes will be awarded.
Wednesday, December 13 – Join the group that meets from 630p-8p for the Library’s Adult Book Club.
Tuesday, December 19 – Bring your favorite covered dish and gather with friends for a Holiday Potluck Brunch at 10a.
Wednesday, December 20 – It’s time for our annual Welcome Winter Party! All ages are welcome for games, stories, and a treat and the fun kicks off at 5p.
Saturday, December 23 – Stop by or call to register and get official rules for Cupcake Wars before Dec. 15. Competitors must be in at least 4th grade and the event begins at 930a. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

Stay tuned for more program and event information by following us on our new Facebook page:
Or, search Mead NE Public Library on Facebook!


The Village of Mead Board of Trustees met November 14th at 6:00 pm at the Village Office. Present were Chairman Thorson; Trustees Felty, Simon, and Wielage. Absent was Trustee Lee. Also present were Clerk Moline and Police Chief Sackett. Guests were Lisa Flesner, Andy Jackson, Julie Ogden, Mary Mayfield, Stephanie Groene, and Victor Sanchez.
SCHEDULED GUESTS: Accountant Lisa Flessner presented the Audit Report. Street Superintendent Julie Ogden reviewed bids for the First St./Pine St. Project along with the timeline for the project. Discussion was held on easements remaining to be signed and returned and the process if they are not returned with property owner’s signature.
PUBLIC HEARING: A Public Hearing was held at 6:34 pm to address an application from Mr. Sanchez Mexican Bar & Grill for a Class I liquor license.
The hearing was adjourned at 6:41 pm.
NEW BUSINESS: The following action was held: accepted the bid of $891,144.80 from M.E. Collins to complete the street project; approved the October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023 Audit Report; approved Class I Liquor License to Mr. Sanchez Mexican Bar & Grill; adopted Resolution 23-12, Direct payment on specific claims prior to the next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees; approved grinding of the curb at 421 S. Cedar St.; and approved the purchase of an additional pump at the Water Treatment Plant using grant dollars, if pump purchase is approved by the USDA. A letter was presented from JEO regarding future consulting services.
REPORTS: Park Committee – The October 10 meeting minutes were accepted. Stephanie Groene reported for the committee. Utilities/Maintenance Superintendent – Written copy was read detailing monthly activities and future projects. Police Chief – Sackett reported recent duties completed. Library – The minutes of the November 7 meeting were accepted. Amanda Schaal was appointed to the board after Mayfield’s term expires. Zoning Administrator/Building Inspector – Permit issued: 23-17, Greg and Laura Clark, 421 S. Cedar to erect a garage. Planning Commission – A letter was reviewed from Attorney Freeman-Caddy addressing a concern at 1054 Sunburst Lane. No action was taken. Clerk – Moline reported Appreciation Dinner to be held January 7, 2024 at Mr. Sanchez Mexican Bar & Grill and Clerk Academy is March 20-22 at Columbus.
The meeting adjourned at 7:26 pm.

During the months of December through March, the dump is open the FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH ONLY from 8:00 am – 12 pm. If inclement weather please understand the dump will NOT BE OPEN.

312 S. Vine St., P.O. Box 46
Mead, NE 68041
Phone: 402-624-2495
Fax: 402-624-2024

William Thorson, Chairman
Jason Felty, Trustee
Jason Lee, Trustee
Daniel Simon, Trustee
Richard Wielage, Trustee

June Moline, Clerk/Treasurer 402-624-2495
Shannon Luetkenhaus, Utility/Maintenance Supt.402-616-9204
Thomas Sackett, Police Chief 402-443-6846
Laurie VanAckeren, Library Director 402-624-6605
Nick Raver, Fire Chief 402-443-9688

Village Board: Tuesday, December 12, 6:00pm
Library Board: Tuesday, December 5, 6:00pm
Fire/Rescue: Monday, December 11, 6:30pm
The Village Board meets at the Village Office, Library Board at the Library, and Fire/Rescue at the Fire Station.


Santa Claus will visit the students at Mead Elementary School on December 20 at 9:00 am. He will then go to the Bank of Mead after that with an approximate arrival time of 10:30 am.

The Village Board of Trustees and employees wish all a Very Merry Christmas and Happy 2024!