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Village of Mead



Volume 12, Issue 7

JULY 2017




     A regular meeting of the Village of Mead was held June 13, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.  Answering roll call were Chairman Havelka and Trustees Felty and Wielage.  Absent were Trustees Guyle and Wimer.  Also present were Clerk Moline, Utility/Maintenance Superintendent Raver and Police Chief Carlson.  Guests were Ben Day, Colleen Morrissey, Lee and Bobbie Feldhaus and Dan Sterba.

     SCHEDULED GUESTS:  Lee and Bobbie Feldhaus updated the board on improvements at C & L Villa.  Ben Day, Olsson Associates, presented a report on the Water Project.  Action was taken to approve First National Bank, Omaha as the financing and banking source and Remboldt Law Firm as Bond Counsel for the Water Project.  Water rate increment increases shall be adopted every six months to meet USDA requirements for the Water Project.

     UNSCHEDULED GUESTS:  Colleen Morrissey inquired as to who is responsible for the drainage issue at Hannan Subdivision.  Dan Sterba asked for additional time to meet the nuisance abatement that was issued on his property.

     REPORTS:  Police/Zoning Administrator/Nuisance Enforcement Officer – Carlson presented the Monthly Police Report and the nuisance abatement process on five properties.  Four properties have met approval while one has not.  Approval was granted for Dan Sterba to extend the abatement until July 10.  Utility/Maintenance Superintendent – Raver reported the purchase of pumps to improve water pressure at two homes at N. Third Circle and mosquito spraying.  Planning Commission – The minutes of the May 22 regular meeting were accepted.  Library – The minutes of the May 17 Library Board Meeting were accepted.  Layla Giorgakopoulos was approved as a member of the Library Board.  Clerk – Moline reported the ability to email water/sewer statements to customers if requested, budget for website design, 2017 property taxes for the depot and accountant scheduled on July 10 to work on the budget.  Approval was granted to use PayPort for customer credit/debit card payments.

     NEW BUSINESS:  Annual review of the Conditional Use Permits and Annual Agreement for Depot Rental were approved.  Action was taken to approve a permit to Scott and Karen Little to cut the curb at 413 S. Vine St., and approve an Interlocal Agreement with the City of Wahoo to spray mosquitoes in 2017.  Tracy Varble was approved as park restroom custodian at $10.00 per hour.  Ordinance No. 696, set wage for park restroom custodian at $10.00 per hour was adopted.

     The meeting adjourned at 8:11 p.m.


If you would like to have your water/sewer statements emailed to you, please contact the Village Office and complete the required paperwork.


The Village of Mead now has the option for you to make payments with your credit/debit cards.  The payments must be made at the office where they will be swiped or you can complete on-line.  There is a charge to you for this service.  We hope you will enjoy this additional option available to you for payments.


Thank you, Bill Thorson for installing the new doors at the park restrooms and Mead Days Committee for purchasing the doors.



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.


DOG OWNERS – Please keep  your dogs on leash when off of your property.  You are required by village code to remove your dog’s excrement from public / private property other than your own.  DOG AND CAT OWNERS—All dogs and cats are required to be licensed by MAY 1.  If you haven’t licensed your pet in 2017, please contact the village office at 312 S. Vine Street, 402-624-2495 or  The cost is $4.00 altered animal and $6.00 intact animal.


THANK YOU! Thank you to Dalene Selko and Staci Charles for co-chairing the Mead Days celebration.  Also, thank you to Scott Selko and Jerry Charles, and the many unnamed volunteers and participants for making Mead Days a success. 


Thank you to the coaches, umpires, Jacob Felty and Nick Raver for field preparation, concession stand workers, custodians, and members of the Mead Ball Association for a successful baseball – softball season for our youth.


Tracy Varble has been hired to clean the park restrooms during the summer.   Layla Giorgakopoulos has agreed to serve as a member of the Library Board.



Thank you to all who helped during the recent windstorm that swept through Mead. 



Thank you to members of the Board of Trustees:  Jason Felty and Rod Wimer and June Moline and Nick Raver for their help during Mead Clean-up Day.  Thank you to the many residents who cleaned up their property.  We collected a total of 3 dumpsters of “stuff” and 2 dumpsters of iron / metal products.



312 S. Vine St., P.O. Box 46

Mead, NE  68041

Phone:  402-624-2495

Fax:  402-624-2024



Shawn Havelka, Chairman

Gary Guyle, Trustee

Jason Felty, 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

Laurie VanAckeren, Library Director 402-624-6605

Lori Moseman, Ass’t Library Director

Nick Raver, Fire Chief 402-443-9688



Village Board:  Tuesday, July 11, 6:00 pm

Planning Comm.:  Monday, July 24, 7:30 pm

Library Board:  Wednesday, July 19, 5:30 pm

Fire & Rescue:  Monday, July 10, 7:30 pm


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



 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




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)


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



Library Hours

Tuesday       10am-1pm and 4pm-7pm                       Friday   9am-1pm

Wednesday   4pm-7pm                                              Saturday   9am-12noon

    Thursday      9am-6pm                                             Closed:  Sunday and Monday

NOTE: The Library will be closed Saturday, July 1, and Tuesday, July 4, for Independence Day.


Monthly Schedule

Coffee Houris scheduled every Tuesday at 10am.

Story Time for young children is offered every Tuesday at 4pm.

The Mead Public Library Board of Trustees will meet Wednesday, July 19,at 530pm in the library.


Special Events

Thursday, July 6 – Coding Workshop for children entering grade 4 through grade 12. From 10am-1pm youth have the opportunity to learn introductory computer science in this FREE 3 hour game environment class. Lunch is included. 

Wednesday, July 12 – Join us from 5pm to 630 pm for Family Game Night. Board games will be available at the library, or bring your own.

Friday, July 21The Library Book Club is scheduled from 1130 am to1230 pm.

Wednesday, July 26 – Participate in Kids’ Craft Night. This session is offered from 430pm to 630pm.


Homebound Library Delivery Service

If you know a community member who is temporarily or permanently housebound, Mead Public Library can assist by delivering books. There is no charge for this service. To make arrangements for homebound delivery, call Mead Public Library at 402.624.6605 or email


Thank you

Thanks to all community volunteers who helped with Summer Reading Program activities in June by donating time and talent to Mead’s youth.


If you wish to receive the Mead Messenger within the Mead Public School Newsletter January through June and August through December, please contact Kris at Mead Public Schools, 402-624-3435.  You may request a paper edition be mailed to you or you can have it emailed to you.  You can also find the school and village newsletters on the school website @ or the Mead Messenger on the village website at


MEAD DAYS REVIEW by Dalene Selko


The weekend started off with great polka music by Dean Hansen.  At approximately 7 p.m. we announced to everyone that the storm was thirty minutes out, but pretty much everyone wanted to stay and ride it out.   Well it brought strong winds and numerous attendees were taking shelter in the pavilion, under tents and in the concession stand.  Many volunteers and guests braved the storm to keep the tents from blowing away and from anyone getting hurt.  We had a lot of tree damage and no power.  Alex Carritt had brought us a generator to use Saturday for our blowups which we hooked up immediately to get things up and running for Mead Days.  We did have to cancel our karaoke and kids’ games sponsored by Mead Community Group, but otherwise everything else was able to go on.   We had 30 teams in our beer pong competition and Cameron Mikkelsen and Trevor Smith were the winners.  Mary Linscomb and Sara Else sang the National Anthem before the fireworks.  The fireworks were even more spectacular and lit up the sky due to the whole community being without power.


Saturday started off with lots of color.  We had over 115 participants in our 5K color run.  The weather was perfect.  Each participant was able to receive six stations of color.  A special thanks to Mead Covenant Church and several volleyball players for being color dispensers.  The overall winner with a time of 21:20 was CJ Martinez.  At the end each participant received a package to open up with a celebration for everyone.  It was so beautiful and fun.  Placing in the color run were:


0-15 Female:  1st Laura Kuhr, 2nd Emily Kuhr, 3rd Megan Robinson

0-15 Male:  1st Michael Robinson, 2nd Blaine Nicola, 3rd Seth Janecek

16-30 Female:  1st Katie Pearson, 2nd Sarah Iverson, 3rd Erin Sutton

16-30 Male:  1st CJ Martinez, 2nd Nicholas Kance, 3rd Andrew Thomas

31-54 Female: 1st Rose Sutton, 2nd Laura Fick, 3rd Nathasha Siemek

31-54 Male:  1st Morgan Bevan, 2nd Travis Ayers, 3rd Paul Goings

55+ Female:  1st Marilyn Jensen, 2nd Mary Casey, 3rd Patty Sizer

55+ Male:  1st Roger Pelster, 2nd Ken Taylor, 3rd Owen Jensen


We continued with sand coed volleyball with 8 teams.  The winner of the gold tournament was Bank of Mead (Scott Selko, Keshia Havelka, Shawn and Penny Havelka and Miranda Charles) and the winner of the silver tournament was Red, White and Brew (Nate Raver, Emily Kmiecik, Tommy Ruzek and Erin Prohaska).  We had 16 teams for horseshoeswith the winner being Jared Knuth and Melissa Harrell.


The parade was lead by the Yutan American Legion Club and Mary Hass sang the Star Spangled Banner.  PJ Quinn was our awesome MC for the parade.  This year we did a special tribute to Stan Kucera for his dedication and years of volunteering to our parade.  His two daughters were present on his behalf.


This year we had a sanctioned kiddie tractor pull by Barnyard Pedal Pull.  We had 33 contestants with the top three places qualifying for state.


4 year female:  1st Amelia Carlson, 2nd Ayslee Anderson

4 year male:  1st Kaysen Drews, 2nd Grady Nelson, 3rd Grayder Girmus

5 year female:  1st Myla Volpp, 2nd Ainsely Carlson, 3rd Molly Volpp

5 year male:  1st Jackson Drews, 2nd Benjamin Popken, 3rd Rex Clark

6 year female:  1st Olivia Lee, 2nd Ella Wagenknecht, 3rd Kierlyn Backlund

6 year male:  1st Myles Anderson

7 year female:  1st Jersey Siske

7 year male:  1st Maxwell Volpp, 2nd Caleb Popken

8 year female:  None

8 year male:  1st Abram Lee, 2nd Dalton Janecek

9 year female:  None  

9 year male:  1st Wyatt Bohaty, 2nd Brayden Parsons

10 year female:  None

10 year male:  1st Tytus Lee, 2nd Quinn Carritt, 3rd Trey Siske

11 year female:  1st Libby Hall

11 year male:  None

12 year female:  1st Hannah Johnson

12 year male:  None


Big Red Bounce provided our kids blowups again this year with fun water slides and bounce houses.  The children could also do pony rides, face painting, barrel train rides, and enjoy a petting zoo.  A special show by Wildlife Encounters was enjoyed by all kids and adults.  The show was very fun and educational for all ages.  They brought a snake, alligator, and a fox just to name a few; the kids got to see and some got to hold.


A rock, paper, scissor tournament was won by Trey Siske.  Papa Bear Carving was carving wood items for us to watch and auction off.  PJ Quinn and Tim Dickes assisted in the auction.  A special thanks to everyone who purchased an item.


The afternoon finished with a great magic show by Keith Weist and his assistant, Kitty.  Several kids got to be involved in the show.  The show was very entertaining.  Then we followed-up with a presentation from the Nebraska State Patrol with their service dog unit K-9 division sponsored by the Mead Community Group.


That evening the Mead Volunteer Fire Department featured a great street dance by Gilly and the Kid, sponsored by Raider Nation Autoplex.  The youth movie night had to be cancelled due to no power.  In our Chinese horseshoe tournament we had 20 teams with the winners being Tim Petersen and Bob Mesner.


Around 10 p.m. the power was restored at the park.  A great relief was experienced by a lot of Mead residents.


Sunday rolled around and we had 7 BBQ contestants.  A special thanks to Shawn Havelka (Wham Blasted BBQ), Lyle Havelka (Sloppy Seconds), Matan Grasiani (Koshar Pork), Rod Wimer (Git R Done), Darren Kelley (Kelly’s Creations), Jake Hightower (No Clue BBQ), and Jason Felty.  A lot of time and money goes into preparing the food and providing us with so many delicious entrees.  A special thanks goes out to our judges who donate their time for this event.


Pork – 6 Entries:  1st Git R Done (125), 2nd Wham Blasted (121), 3rd Git R Done (112)

Chicken – 5 Entries:  1st Git R Done (121), 2nd Wham Blasted (117), 3rd Jason Felty (116)

Chef Choice –  8 Entries:  1st Sloppy Seconds (121), 2nd No Clue BBQ (120), 3rd Koshar Pork (116)

Desserts – 2 entries:  1st Grandma Marlene (131), 2nd Kelley’s Creations (127)

Side Dish – 8 entries:  1st Wham Blasted (129), 2nd Koshar Pork (124), 3rd Wham Blasted (121)

BBQ Sauce – 3 entries:  1st Keshia Havelka (41), 2nd tie Staci Charles / Scott Selko (36)


All of the cookers vote on their favorite chef.  This year’s winner was Rod Wimer (Git R Done).


The community enjoyed a great meal and also was able to shop at our craft and vendor fair.


The evening closed with a community church service by Mead Covenant Church.


The Mead Days Committee would like to thank everyone for their hard work and support throughout the weekend.  A special shout out to Alex Carritt (NMC) and others who brought generators to keep Mead Days going strong.  We would also like to thank all our donors; without your generosity Mead Days would not be as successful as it is.


Mark your calendars for Mead Days 2018, June 15, 16 and 17.






GOLD DONORS ($100.00 and Up)

Alten Operating – Mead Ethanol Plant; AWS Well Co., Inc.; Bank of Mead; Bergman Trucking; Big Red Bounce; Terral Brabec; Buckmaster Construction; Jerry and Staci Charles; Charles Surveying, LLC; Country Drive Golf Course; Crop Production Services, Inc.; Double Eagle Beverages; Feldhaus Ventures; Frontier Co-op; Dean Hansen; Inspro Insurance; Insulfoam; Doug and Jeannette Johnson; Knuth Iron; Konecky Oil; Matan Welding; Mead Cattle Company; Mead Community Group; Mead Signs; Miller Lawn Service; NMC Cat – Alex Carritt; Raider Nation Auto Plex LLC; Rusty Rooster; S2 Roll-Offs and Refuse; Saunders County Development; SECO Electric; Dalene Selko – Mary Kay; Scott and Dalene Selko; Sid Dillon Chevy-Buick, Wahoo; St. James Catholic Church; Subbert Well Service; Subway; Todd Valley Farms; Village of Mead; Wahoo Aquatic Center / Civic Center; Wahoo State Bank; Wylee Anderson Livestock Grain


SILVER DONORS ($50.00 – $99.00)

Alma Lutheran Church; Tammy Bennett – Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate; Hilltop Country Club; BW’s Smokehouse; Casey’s General Store; Country Store; Cubby’s Convenience Store; G&L Café, Vera and Ray Huckeby; Vine Street Market; Makovicka/Sylliaasen Physical Therapy; Svoboda Funeral Home; Kent and Linda Sweet; Wanahoo Aviation; Water Engineering, Inc.; Moriah Wellman – Mary and Martha


BRONZE DONORS ($49.00 and Under)

Advantas; Alcapulco Mexican Grill; Bomgaars; Burger King; Cookies and Cream; Cindy Reed Photography; Corner Market; Creative Hair Works; Dairy Queen; Farmers Mutual Insurance; Found and Flora; Fud and Tracy’s Plumbing and Heating; James and Bonnie Edins; Edward Jones; Judy’s Broadway Salon; Great Western Bank; Green Acre Animal Clinic; Husker Water Specialists, Inc.; HyVee, Fremont; Kids Corner Day Care; Kuhr Krafts; Lindley Clothing; Loerch’s Jewelry and Gifts; Mead Covenant Church Youth Group; Pizza Hut; Platte Valley John Deere; Karen Porter; Judy Rasmus – The Hair Studio; Runza; Simons Says Antiques; Simons Home Store; Titan Machinery; Ryan and Staci Wiederstein; Wahoo Nails; Wahoo Newspaper; Wahoo Pharmacy; Wahoo Super; Warehouse Surplus; Wicked Truth Tattoo; Kelli Zaugg Murals and More; Zestos