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Village of Mead
Volume 8, Issue 1 – JANUARY 2011

The Village of Mead Board of Trustees met November 23 at 5:30 p.m. for a Public Hearing. Present were Chairperson Raver and Trustees Feldhaus, Halbmaier and Mayfield. Absent was Swanson. Also present was Clerk Moline. Guest present was Linda Malik.
Malik requested a Conditional Use Permit on a temporary basis to place a 23’ trailer on property owned by James and Linda Malik at 218 S. Elm St.
Action was taken to approve Ord. 609 for a Conditional Use Permit to James and Linda Malik to place the trailer at 218 S. Elm St. for three months.
The hearing adjourned at 5:34 p.m.
A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees was held Dec. 14 at 6:00 p.m. Present were Chairperson Raver, Trustees Halbmaier, Mayfield and Swanson. Absent was Feldhaus. Taking the Oath of Office were Mayfield, Miller & Wielage. Raver was elected Chairperson. The following appointments were approved: Police Chief-Jerry Carlson; Clerk/Treasurer-June Moline; Utility/Maintenance/Street Supt.-Nick Raver; Librarian-Vera Kuhr; Attorney-Curt Bromm/Loren Lindahl; Street Supt.-Julie Ogden; Engineer-JEO Consulting Group; Accountant-Ed Schroeder; Official Depository-Bank of Mead; Official Newspaper-Wahoo Newspaper; 401K Administrator-Ameritas. Action approved was method of posting of meetings; Halbmaier and Mayfield to the Common Facility Board; Police Chief Carlson, A. Raver and Mary Miller to the Municipal Board of Health; Halbmaier, Mayfield, Miller, Wielage and Planning Commission Chair to Board of Adjustments. A. Raver serves as Alternate on the Board of Adjustments.
Randy Robeson, Frontier Co-op, presented previously approved permits to construct a grain bin, remove propane tanks and saddles and relocate two tanks and saddles that previously housed anhydrous ammonia. A request in the near future will be presented to fill the two tanks with propane. Drainage concerns that come with this project were discussed.
Bob Sleight and Mike Petrus with the NE Fire Marshall’s office remarked on the proposal to locate two propane tanks at the location in the future.
Burneil Ecklund expressed drainage, trees, and fencing concerns at the dump.
N. Raver reported testing for water/sewer certifications; concerns at the wellhouse and sewer plant; requested a dumpster for metal products; brought a request from Ashley Guyle to purchase playground equipment with donated funds; and ceiling tiles and roof leak at the Community Building.
Moline reported roof replacement estimate for the library, 2011 unemployment tax rate, meter concerns and Christmas dinner.
Reports were presented for the police department, Planning Commission and Library.
The following action took place: Adopt Ord. 607; Trees on third reading; second reading of Ord. 608; Bar Hours; purchase $50.00 gift certificates to outgoing Trustees Feldhaus and Swanson; purchase a 10-year, $50,000.00 life insurance policy through Genworth for N. Raver; approve Steve Kadavy as Alternate on the Planning Commission; approve a $.50 hour wage increase and $500.00 Savings Bond to Librarian Vera Kuhr.
Discussion was provided from SENDD regarding funding possibilities for a Drainage Study; village recycling, utility billing procedure and account shut off.
The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.


The Village Board of Trustees approved placing a dumpster to dispose of metal products by community residents. The dumpster is located at the dumpsite and is available only during regular dump hours. Only specific items are permitted at a fee of $2.00 per dump. Any questions, please contact Maintenance Superintendent Nick Raver.


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.


Steve Kadavy has agreed to serve on the Mead Planning Commission. Welcome!

Public Hearings will be held on January 10 at 7:30 p.m. by the Planning Commission and January 11 at 6:05 p.m. by the Board of Trustees. A request for a Conditional Use Permit from Frontier Co-op will be addressed to relocate two tanks formerly housing anhydrous ammonia at Frontier Co-op and fill with propane. The tank currently housing propane will be removed from the site.

The Trustees adopted on third reading, Ordinance 607 requiring all tree branches overhanging 14” from the ground surface to be trimmed by the homeowner.

Third reading will be heard at the January 11 meeting to amend bar closing hours to 2:00 a.m.


A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, watching his wife, who was looking at herself in the mirror. Since her birthday was not far off he asked what she’d like to have for her birthday. “I’d like to be six again”, she replied, still looking in the mirror ..

On the morning of her Birthday, he arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Lucky Charms, and then took her to Six Flags theme park. What a day! He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Roller Coaster, everything there was.

Five hours later they staggered out of the theme park. Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down. He then took her to a McDonald’s where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake.

Then it was off to a movie, popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy, M&M’s. What a fabulous adventure!

Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed exhausted.

He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, “Well Dear, what was it like being six again?”

Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed. “I meant my dress size!”

Church Services

Worship – 8:30 am – first Sunday of the month
10:30 am – all other Sundays
9:15 am Sunday School for all ages
7:00 pm Youth Meeting

PANERA BREAD – January 15, 10:00 -11:00 am

7:30 am Prayer in Sanctuary
9:00 am-11:00 am Worship, Coffee & Visiting, Life Groups & Kids Alive

PRIMETIMERS – January 13, Noon – Potluck and fellowship

ST. JAMES CATHOLIC 213 E. Eighth St.
5:30 pm Saturday Mass
9:00 am Sunday Mass
(check bulletin for daily mass, generally 7:00 a.m.)


Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – 9 pm
Christmas Day Eucharist Julotta – 6 am
followed by egg coffee and rusks

Mead Covenant Church
Weekly Schedule
6:00 pm Time of Prayer
6:00 am Pursuing God Through Prayer
7:00 pm Men’s Group
7:00 pm Women’s Group (2nd Tuesday of each month)
7:00 pm Jr. & Sr. High Youth Group
10:00 am-Noon Primetimer’s (2nd Thursday of each month)

Community Building Update

Improvement projects at the Community Building were recently completed. The projects were partially funded with energy grant dollars to allow the improvements The building has new light fixtures, air conditioners and furnaces. Call the Village Office if you’re looking to rent the building for a future event.

Mead Community Group Healthy Family Tip of the Month

Take a Stand – your Mead Community Group has recently been instrumental in helping to sponsor an ad campaign targeted at some of the problems of inappropriate alcohol consumption.

The community group has received federal block grant funding through Region V Systems and has used some of that money to partner with other area coalitions in running some ads in eastern and southeastern Nebraska community papers.

The ads are: Take a Stand – between your kids and alcohol (Kids who begin drinking before the age of 15 are six times more likely to become alcoholics.)

Take a Stand – between your friend and one too many. (Binge drinkers are 14 times more likely to drive under the influence of alcohol.)

Take a Stand – between your friend and the wheel. (Every 45 minutes, a drunk driver kills someone.)

Your community group is concerned about the health and safety of the families in Mead. Responsible alcohol consumption is one way to avoid negative consequences. So…..don’t be afraid to Take a Stand! Get involved in the Mead Community Group and help others make healthy choices.

For more information see

MCG 40 Developmental Assets Tip of the Month

Boundaries and Expectations – Young people need to know what is expected of them and whether activities and behaviors are “in bounds” or “out of bounds.”

Asset #6 – Family Boundaries – Learn who your children’s friends are, then invite their parents to form a “parent network” with you. Agree that children will not be allowed to hold or attend parties without adult supervision. Make your home an inviting place for your kids and their friends. When they’re home, you know where they are!


312 S. Vine St., P.O. Box 46
Mead, NE 68041-0046
Phone: (402) 624-2495
Fax: (402) 624-2024
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Ailene Raver, Chairperson
Jim Halbmaier, Trustee
Steve Mayfield, Trustee
Adam Miller, 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
Mike Coyle, Fire Chief 443-7164


Village Board:
Tuesday, Jan. 11, 6:00 p.m.
Planning Comm:
Monday, Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m.
Library Board:
Wednesday, Jan. 5, 7:00 p.m.
Fire & Rescue:
Monday, Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m.

The Village Board and Planning Commission meet at the Village Office, Library Board at the Library and the Fire Department at the Fire Hall.