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Village of Mead
July 2014
Volume 10, Issue 7

     A Regular Meeting of the Village of Mead Board of Trustees was held June 10 at 6:00 PM at the Village Office.  Present were Chairman Guyle; Trustees Havelka, Miller, Wielage and Wimer.  Also present were Clerk Moline, Utility/Maintenance Supt. Raver and Police Chief Carlson.  Guest present was Duncan Young. 
     Executive Session was called at 6:20 PM to discuss litigation of land purchase with Attorney Young.  The board returned to Regular Session at 7:06 PM.
     Action was taken to approve Big Red Home Improvement to re-shingle the Village Office and minor repairs to the roof at the wellhouse at a cost of $5,280.00; approved first reading of Ordinance No. 650, Amend Water and Sewer Deposits from $37.50 each to $75.00 each; and approved $.50 per hour wage increases to Kenneth Schultz and Adam Wimer.
    POLICE REPORT:  Carlson presented the monthly report and reported on a dog bite.  Discussion was held on a property violating Policy 4-301 with display of items.
     UTILITY/MAINTENANCE SUPT. REPORT:  Raver reported a bid from Layman Paving to resurface N. Third Circle at a cost of $2,375.00, claim for broken window at softball field storage shed requires action, condition of baseball field following vandalism, bids to replace shingles at the Village Office and wellhouse, sewer damage to residences along Spruce St., and notice of trade-in of skidloader.  Homeowner violating Policy 8-106 will be contacted by Trustee Havelka to mow the lawn or nuisance proceedings will begin.  Raver indicated the park’s west men’s restroom stool will be in working condition and installation of a new toilet paper dispenser will be installed by Mead Days.
     CLERK REPORT:  Moline reported meter maintenance needs and Raver reported new meters will be installed at 112 S. Elm and 121 W. Second this month.  Accountant Schroeder will be here July 8 to complete a nine-month audit and obtain budget information for the 10/1/14 through 9/30/15 fiscal year budget.
     LIBRARY REPORT:  The minutes of the May 21 Library Board Meeting were reviewed.
     PLANNING COMMISSION REPORT:  The minutes of the May 19 Regular Meeting and Building Permits approved were reviewed.
     Discussion was held on homeowner’s responsibility to pay delinquent water / sewer bills on a rental property based on state statute stating a lien can be placed on the property.  Wimer will meet with a representative from Olsson’s to meet Wayne Thorson to address the Water Supply and Treatment Facility Study.  Inquiry for a street sign at Third and Elm St. was denied, as was an inquiry to consider locating a private septic tank within the village.  A Nebraska Guardsman was approved to coordinate a class project to complete community projects, accepted Street Supt. Julie Ogden for Annual Certification for Road Program Assistance, monitoring of vandalism at the park restrooms will continue, no action was taken on a request for the Village to obtain Special Designated Liquor Licenses, and resident complaints presented.  The meeting adjourned at 7:59 p.m.

It’s an Election Year!
Filing Deadline for the office of Trustees for the Village of Mead in the General Election, November 4, is July 15 for incumbents and August 1 for non-incumbents.  Please file with the Saunders County Clerk located at the Saunders County Courthouse in Wahoo.

Until November 1st
Wednesday, 5:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

REMINDERS ~   ~   ~
All grass and weeds are to be maintained at a height no greater than 12”.  Grass clippings are NOT to be mowed into the streets.  Homeowner’s are required to trim tree branches to a height of at least 14’ above the surface of a street or sidewalk abutting their property

A Public Hearing was held on June 23 by the Planning Commission and is scheduled for July 8 at the Board of Trustees meeting to address a zone request on land where the village lagoons set.  The land is currently zoned Agriculture and the request is to change the zoning to Light Industrial.

RESIDENTS ~ Please keep your dogs on leash when off your property.  You are also required to pick up excrement from public / private property other than your own.  REMINDER – All cats and dogs are to hold a current license.  Please get your pet licensed at the village office NOW!

MEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS by Nancy Black, Library Director
“FIZZ, BANG, BOOM!” Science themed Summer Reading Camp was a WONDERFUL success!  The Mead Public Library welcomed more than 40 “campers” daily to the library for reading, crafts, experiments, snacks & games.  Fun was had by all!  A big THANK-YOU to Mrs. Pat Carlson for being our “star” reader at camp week and to all of the helpers who made the week a big success!
The Mead Public Library will be closed on June 21st, 2014 for Mead Days parade and activities.

May/June New Materials
“Any Other Name” by Craig Johnson; “Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot”, (books 1 – 3 in series) by Dave Pilkney; “I Even Funnier” by James Patterson; “Khumba” (DVD); “Wings” (DVD); “I, Frankenstein” (DVD); “Gravity” (DVD); “The Art of the Steal” (DVD); “Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. The Mecha-Monkeys from Mars”  “ Ricky Ricotta;s Mighty Robot vs. The Uranium Unicorns from Uranus”, and “Dragon Gets By” by Dave Pilkey; “I Am Livia” by Phyllis T. Smith; “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt (Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction)

Summer Reading Books:
“Amazing Animal Senses”, “Hard or Soft”, “Amazing Magnets”, “Amazing Storms”, and “The Sounds we Hear” by Caroline Hutchinson; ; “Experiments with Magnets” by Dale-Marie Bryan; “What Makes a Magnet”, “Gravity is a Mystery”, and “The Planets in our Solar System” by Franklyn M. Branley; “What is the World Made Of” by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld; “Switch On, Switch Off” by Melvin Berger; “Forces Make Things Move” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley; “Curious George and the Rocket” by H.A. Rey; “And My Place in Space” by Joan Sweeney; “There’s No Place Like Space” by Tish Rabe; “Roaring Rockets” by Tony Mitton

When paying your water / sewer bills with the Village of Mead, you have several options available:  1)  Deliver to the Village Office,  2) Mail to Box 46, Mead, NE  68041-0046,  3) Deliver to the Bank of Mead, or 4) Deliver to the Drop Box located by the front door of the Village Office.  Meters are read the end of the month, with payment due the 15th of the following month.

The July Mead Messenger is the only newsletter received by mail throughout the year.  All other publications are incorporated into the Mead Public Schools Newsletter.  To receive a monthly newsletter, please contact Mead Public Schools at 402-624-3435 to receive a mailed paper copy or sign up for notification as to when the newsletter is available online or go to to receive the copy without notification.

     As a community, there is an important survey and upcoming meeting regarding the Mead Post Office.  Please complete the survey that you received from the USPS the week of June 2.  Surveys must be returned in their enclosed envelope BY JULY 2.  Decisions for the future of our local post office will be based on a 60% return of all surveys.  If 60% of the surveys are not returned, the Postal Service may have already decided the future of our Post Office prior to the July 16 meeting.
     Representatives will entertain comments at a meeting at the Community Building at 220 E. Fourth St., Mead, on July 16 at 6:00 PM.  Concerns may not be considered at this meeting, IF 60% of the surveys have not been returned indicating the publics preference.

Please be aware that the parking of partially dismantled, non-operating, wrecked, junk or discarded vehicles (currently licensed or unlicensed) are required to be stored in an enclosed building or in an appropriate storage place or maintained out of public view.

Prior to erecting a swimming pool, you must adhere to the following guidelines:  Any pool, spa or hot tub containing at least 18” of water is REQUIRED to be enclosed by a fence with a minimum height of 4’ and maximum height of 6’, with no opening greater than 4” or larger.  All gates are to be locked when not in use.  Hot tubs and spas are not required to have fencing if they have locking tops and are kept locked when not in use.  All chemicals and supplies must be stored in a secure area.  Pools, spas and hot tubs are not permitted to be drained into the sanitary sewer system.  Drainage is permitted into the storm sewer provided the chemicals contained in the pool, spa or hot tub are first diluted.

BUILDING GUIDELINES for village and one-mile extraterritorial residents .  .  .
Prior to beginning any construction or fencing project, please be aware than an APPLICATION FOR A BUILDING PERMIT must be approved by the Mead Planning Commission.  Commercial and Industrial applications must also be approved by the Board of Trustees at their monthly meeting.  The Planning Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month, excluding December, (third Monday of the month of May if Memorial Day falls on the fourth Monday).
Construction items excluded are accessory buildings less than 150 sq. ft. that meet variance requirements, residential sidewalks and driveways.  An application must also be approved if you are planning to MOVE OR DEMOLISH A BUILDING.
If a project is started prior to approval of the Building Permit Application, the fee will be doubled PLUS a penalty fee of $100.00.
You are also required to contact Digger’s Hotline at 811 prior to disturbing soil.  Expect a timeline to have the utility lines located prior to starting to dig.

A leaking toilet can use 90,000 gallons of water in 30 days.
A dripping faucet/hose can lose up to 180 gallons a month.
Approximately 1 in every 20 swimming pools has a leak.
Using a pool cover prevents about 1,000 gallons per month from evaporating.
A 1/8 inch hole in a metal pipe, at 40 psi, leaks 2,500 gallons of water in 24 hours.
A leak the size of a pinhead can waste 360,000 gallons per year, enough to fill 12,000 bathtubs to the overflow mark.
Approximately 1 in every 318 homes or buildings has a leak.
Collecting water for gardening from the faucet while waiting for hot water saves about 250 gallons of water a month.


ALMA LUTHERAN  219 W. Fifth St. / 402-624-3015
8:30 am – Worship – First Sunday of the month
10:30 am – Worship – All other Sundays
Saturday, July 12, 10-11 a.m. 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)

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

Village of Mead
312 S. Vine St.,  P.O. Box 46
Mead, NE  68041-0046
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/Treasurer  402-624-2495
Nick Raver, Ut/Mnt. Supt.  402-443-9688
Jerry Carlson, Police Chief  402-443-6846
Nancy Black, Library Director  402-624-6605
Nick Raver, Fire Chief  402-443-9688

Village Board:  Tuesday, July 8, 6:00pm
Planning Commission: Monday, July 28, 7:30pm
Library Board:  Wednesday, July 16, 6:30pm
Fire & Rescue:  Monday, July 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.

Thank you!
Dalene and Scott Selko and Stacy and Jerry Charles for co-chairing the Mead Days celebration.  Your dedicated service to this annual event is remarkable!  Also thank you to the many volunteers who provided their services during Mead Days!
Coaches and officials of the Mead Youth sports teams!
Board of Trustees, Adam Miller, Rich Wielage, Rod Wimer and Shawn Havelka and employees Nick Raver and June Moline for providing your services during Mead Clean-up Day!  Also to Lyle and Hosea from Quality Disposal who are always very willing to assist anyone and with anything.
To the many who remain unnamed, but certainly their actions do not go un-noticed.  Know that whatever small deed any of you contribute to the Village it has made Mead a better place to live  .   .   .  THANK YOU!

Mead Community Group Healthy Family tip of the Month
Make Summer Safe for Kids
Warm weather brings more opportunity for outdoor activities. Whether they are young children or teens, keep your kids safe and healthy while they enjoy the summer fun.

Master water safety
Water-related activities are popular for getting physical activity and have many health benefits. Here are some tips to stay safe while having fun. Learn how to prevent recreational water illnesses and help protect yourself and your kids.Help kids get H2O Smartz about water safety.
Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children ages 1-4 than any other cause except birth defects. Two to three children die every day as a result of drowning.
Always supervise children when in or around water. A responsible adult should constantly watch young children.
Teach kids to swim. Formal swimming lessons can protect young children from drowning.
Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Your CPR skills could save someone’s life.
Install a four-sided fence around home pools.
Recreational boating can be a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends. Make boating safety a priority.
Wear a properly fitted life jacket every time you and your loved ones are on the water.
Beat the heat and sun
Heat-related illness occurs when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. Those at greatest risk for heat-related illness include infants and children up to 4 years of age. Even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather. For heat-related illness, the best defense is prevention.
Never leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.
Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
Schedule outdoor activities carefully, for morning and evening hours.
Stay cool with cool showers or baths.
Seek medical care immediate if your child has symptoms of heat-related illness.
Just a few serious sunburns can increase you and your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Their skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they’re outdoors.
Cover up. Clothing that covers your and your child’s skin helps protect against UV rays.
Use sunscreen with at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15 and UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) protection every time you and your child go outside.
Prevent Injuries
Each year in the United States, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries. Falls at home and on the playground are a common cause of injury.
Check to make sure that the surfaces under playground equipment are safe, soft, and well-maintained.
Supervise young children at all times around fall hazards, such as stairs and playground equipment.
Use stair gates, which can help keep a busy, active child from taking a dangerous tumble.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can occur in any sport or recreation activity.
Learn concussion signs and symptoms and what to do if a concussion occurs.
Make sure kids and teens wear the right protective equipment for their sport or recreation activity. 
Parents can take many actions to protect their children’s health and safety at home.
Stay smart around the house by following tips on fire prevention, microwave use, and living with pets.
Learn healthy home tips for each room in the house.
Young workers have high job injury rates. Hazards in the workplace, inexperience, and lack of safety training may increase injury risks for young workers.
Know their rights, employer and teen worker responsibilities, and what teens under 18 can’t do.
Stop the violence
Kids can use electronic media to embarrass, harass, or threaten their peers. Take steps to prevent electronic aggression, a term that most accurately captures all types of violence that occur electronically.
As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by their relationship experiences, including teen dating. Protect your children from teen dating violence. Nearly one in 10 teens reports having been hit or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend at least once over a year’s time.

Raffle Winners:
1st Place $200 – Gary Else; 2nd Place $100 – Dan Konecky; 3rd Place $50 – Mike Maly.  Wyatt Winn was the individual who sold the most tickets for the Ball Association and his team also won a picnic.  Thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket as well as sold them.
Sand Volleyball
We had 9 teams entered in our Sand Volleyball Tournament with great competition this year.  It was fun for our players as well as our spectators.
Silver Tournament Champions – Allysia and Darren Kelly, Heather Thorson and Christian Garagiola
Gold Tournament Champions – Jason Weber, Kristen Wiggman, Melyssa Luhrs and Jeff  Schneiderwind
Chinese Horseshoes
We had 19 teams entered in Chinese Horseshoes with Kurt and Hap Christensen as the winners.
We had 21 teams entered with the winners being Dennis Berry and Bob M.
Beer Pong
This year we had 30 Beer Pong teams and the winners were Mason Swanson and Jax Miller and Lakeisha Harrington and Staci Charles.
Adult Melt Down/Wipe Out
This year we had one competition with 8 contestants in Wipe Out.  The final person standing was Tanner Bednar.
Kiddie Tractor Pull
We had 23 participants in our Kiddie Tractor Pull with winners being 4-5 Age Group – Abram Lee, 6-7 Age Group – Wyatt Bohaty and 8-9 Age Group – Nolan Vanslyke.
Fun Run – We had 60 participants with Kaleb Weist  overall winner with a time of  18.16 minutes.
0-15 Female  
1st -Jessican Sjodin   
2nd – Samatha Dyas                      
16-30 Female  
1st – Marisa Mika 
2nd – Katrina Silva
3rd – Angie Siske 
31-54 Female
1st – Rose Sutton         
2nd  – Sherrie Slyke
3rd – Heather Sjodin 
55+ Female 
1st – Mary Casey            
2nd – Connie Williams
3rd – Mary Miller 

0-15 Male
1st – Tyler Pickworth
2nd – Seth Janecek
3rd – Ethan Dyas
16-30 Male
1st – Kaleb Weist
2nd – Darren Kelley
3rd – Nate Koertner
31-54 Male
1st – Chad Nadgwick
2nd – Shawn Havelka
3rd – Jason Sjodin
55+ Male
1st – Brock Angelos
2nd – Roger Pelster
3rd – Ken Taylor

Backyard Olympics
We had 7 teams for the Backyard Olympics with the winners being Lakeisha Harrington and Jenn Nelson.
BBQ Contest
We had over 10 individuals submit items for judging this year.
1st – Wahm Blaster – Shawn Havelka, Score 131
2nd – No Clue BBQ, Score 123
3rd  – (Three Way Tie) Wahm Blaster, Smokin’ Bandits, Road Kill, Score 121
1st – Master Baster – Rod Wimer, Score 123
2nd  – Wahm Blaster, Score 120
3rd  – Smokin’ Weldnecks, Score 114
Chef’s Choice
1st  – Wahm Blaster – Shawn Havelka (Salmon) Score 128
2nd – (Three Way Tie) – Smokin Weldnecks-Matan, Smokin’ Bandits, Smokin’ Weldnecks-Justin, Score 121
People’s Choice
1st – Smokin’ Weldnecks – Matan Grasiani and Justin Beemer, Votes 76
 2nd – Sloppy Seconds,Votes 68.5
 3rd – Smokin’ Bandits, Votes 63
 1st – Michelle Kuhr (Rhubard Cake), Score 131
2nd – Michele Kuhr, Score 124
 3rd – Miranda Charles, Score 123
Side Dish
 1st – Road Kill (Macaroni and Cheese), Score 128
 2nd – Master Baster (Pineapple), Score 123
 3rd – Master Baster (Poppers), Score 121

The weekend kicked off with great polka music by Dean Hansen, DJ by Wayne Kreifels, and 30 teams for Beer Pong Tournament.  A storm came through at the beginning of the night and put a little damper on our attendance and Fireworks Show. The theme “I Love a Rainy Mead Days, Who Wants To Be Dry Anyway”, was enjoyed by everyone Friday night.  

Saturday began with the Fun Run with 60 participants. The weather was great and a special thanks to the Mead Community Group for providing a water station.  Continued activities were 9 Sand Co-ed Volleyball teams; 21 teams for Horseshoes; over 25 entries in the parade with Mary Hass singing the “Star Spangled Banner” and PJ Quinn handling the MC duties; kid games; the movie “Frozen” and Youth Dodgeball Tournament, both sponsored by the Mead Community Group;  Kiddie Tractor Pull; Wipe Out competition; Magic Show by Larry Dunbar; DJ Music and Blow-Up games by Big Red Bounce House; 19 teams for Chinese Horseshoes and a great Street Dance with music by the Jake Gill Band, sponsored by Mead Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department and a Fireworks Show by JM Displays.

This year’s Sunday events were awesome.  I don’t think anyone left the park hungry from eating all of the great BBQ food.  A special thanks to all of the contestants.  We had a blast and the judges really loved the food. The Backyard Olympics was also a great hit with 7 teams competing. It was alot of fun and some great food was shared with the community. 

Overall the weekend was a huge success for everyone. We had visitors from all over.   The Mead Days Committee, Mead Ball Association, Mead Athletic Boosters, and Mead Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department would like to thank everyone for participating.  A special thanks to all the volunteers who made this weekend a success. Also a special thanks to the people who live around the park for the use of their electricity and allowing us to have these events at the park. Without your dedication and donations, Mead Days would not be possible.  Thanks again and mark your calendars now for next year’s Mead Days June 20-22, 2015.  It’s always the third weekend in June.

Special thanks to everyone who donated tips this weekend.  Between the food stand and beer stand we will be sending a check to Pilger totaling $1458.73.