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Volume 9, Issue 1 – JANUARY 2012

The Village of Mead Board of Trustees met Dec. 13 at 6:07 p.m. at the Village Office. Present were Chair A. Raver, & Trustees Halbmaier, Mayfield, Miller & Wielage. Following nominations, Mayfield was elected Chairman. The following appointments were approved: Clerk/Treasurer-J. Moline, Utility/Maintenance Supt.-N. Raver, Police Chief-J. Carlson, Librarian-V. Kuhr, Attorney-L. Lindahl, Accountant-Ed Schroeder, Street Supt.-Julie Ogden, Engineer-JEO, Official Depository-Bank of Mead, Insurance Carrier-Inspro, 401k Administrator-Ameritas & Official Newspaper-Wahoo Newspaper. The method of posting of meetings was approved. Appointments were approved: Common Facility Board-Halbmaier & Miller; Board of Adjustments-Halbmaier, Mayfield, Miller, Wielage & Planning Commission Chair with A. Raver as alternate; Board of Health-Carlson, Mayfield & Mary Miller.
SPECIAL GUESTS: Street Supt. Ogden presented a cooperative agreement & contract with Frontier Co-op to study drainage issues resulting from the construction of grain bins. The cooperative agreement & contract were approved.
Wielage exited the meeting at 6:46 p.m.
Judy Rasmus presented an estimate to remove the tree west of her property that sits partially in the alley. The board will seek bids to top the tree.
Terry Miller addressed the board regarding vehicles obscuring vision by vehicles parked at Miller Apts. He agreed to close the two west stalls, paint horizontal parking stripes & visit with residents.
UTILITY/MAINTENANCE REPORT: Raver reported on bill from Sargent Drilling to test Well #92.
CLERK REPORT: Moline inquired whether the board wished membership in NE Statewide Arboretum & reported on Christmas Party, grants available for Community Bldg. & vacation request.
POLICE REPORT: Monthly report was presented. Discussion centered on vehicles parked on streets during snow removal.
PLANNING COMMISSION: The minutes of the 11/28 meeting were presented as well as Bldg. Permits issued. The board approved permits for Frontier Co-op to demolish a fertilizer plant & construct a fertilizer plant. Discussion was held on a permit application from Frontier Co-op to place a grain bin on site. Residents of Hannan Subdivision expressed their concerns with drainage. A special meeting will be held Dec. 20 at 6:00 p.m. with Planning Commission members present.
LIBRARY REPORT: No paperwork submitted.
UNSCHEDULED GUEST: Andy Carritt expressed concern with closing the alley west of his property. The board indicated they have no plans to do so at this time.
OLD BUSINESS: A 100-year, $1.00 per year lease to Mead Rural Fire Dept. for the Community Bldg. was approved.
NEW BUSINESS: Action was taken to approve the Wastewater Facility Plan from JEO, heat pump installation request from Michael & Tracy Lihs & first reading of Ord. 618, Water Rates & Ord. 619, Sewer Rates. Three readings were waived of Ord. 620, Replacement Cost of Meter after First Replacement by the Village & Ord. 621, Shut off of Meter if Homeowner Does Not Comply with Backlflow Survey Requirements. Ord. 620 & Ord. 621 were adopted.
It was reported Todd Valley Equipment purchased two tables for the Community Bldg.
The annual review of Librarian took place.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:23 p.m.
A Public Hearing was held at 6:07 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the Village Office. John Trouba, SENDD, presented an update on the Water, Wastewater & Street Studies using CDBG funding.
The hearing adjourned at 6:16 p.m.


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 designates that all sidewalks shall be cleaned within 24 hours after the cessation of snow.

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 Street from 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.

Mead Community Group Healthy Family Tip of the Month

January is National Mentoring Month. We hear a lot of talk about mentoring these days and the importance of our children having other supportive adults in their lives, but what is a mentor and what are their roles and responsibilities.

Simply put, Mentors are people who have life experience they want to share by spending time with a special person. Young children and adolescents can have mentors, some adults even have mentors who are younger than them! Having a mentor gives you a chance to learn and do a lot of new things. It is definitely a win-win arrangement for all involved parties. Here are some additional mentor tips:

A Mentor Can Be:
A friend – mentors and mentees do fun things together, help each other , and are honest with each other.
A role model – mentors set good examples of how to live.
A listener you can trust – mentors are there to support you and help you when needed.
A person who is proud of you – mentors, over time, see you grown and change.

A Mentor is Not:
A mentor to your family
A social worker or doctor – your life is complicated, everyone’s is. Your mentor can help you get in touch with other people in your community who can support and help you.
A fixer – your mentor is not trying to change you or make you “better.”
An ATM machine – mentors are there to give time, support and friendship, not money or material things.

What Mentees can do:
Give your mentor a chance
Show your appreciation
Be open to new experiences
Share what you know and communicate.
For more information on Mentoring, see the Search Institute for Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota

Please join us at our next meeting of the Mead Community Group, Thursday, January 19th, 1:00 pm at the Mead High School.

Of interest to you!!!

A Special Meeting of the Village of Mead Board of Trustees will be set in the near future to present results and recommendations from the Water and Wastewater Studies. Representatives from the Village Engineers, JEO Consulting Group, will be in attendance to review and present proposals. Please plan to attend this meeting to hear what infrastructure improvements are planned in the future for the Village of Mead.

Watch for Meeting Postings!

Church Services

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 – January 14, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

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)

PRIMETIMER’S – January 12, NOON Potluck & Fellowship

Weekly Schedule
7:00 pm Men’s Study
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)
7:00 pm Jr./Sr. High Youth Group

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

The Annual Spaghetti Feed will be held on January 21 at Mead High School beginning at 4:00 pm. Coloring contest winners were Demmy Patocka, Cali Carritt and Duane Kuhn, Jr.


Village Board: Tuesday, January 10, 6:00 p.m.
Planning Commission: Monday, January 23, 7:30 p.m.
Library Board: Wednesday, January 4, 7:00 p.m.
Fire & Rescue: Monday, January 9, 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.


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