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Newsletter July 2018

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Village of Mead


Volume 13, Issue 7 JULY 2018


Village office closed July 4th


The Village’s new website at Is up and running. Thank you Jamie Kadavy of West92 for designing the website. 



The Village of Mead Board of Trustees met June 12 at 6:04 p.m. at the Village Office.  Answering roll call were Chairman Havelka; Trustees Wielage and Wimer.  Absent were Felty and Guyle.  Also present were Clerk Moline, Utility/Maintenance Superintendent Raver and Police Chief Carlson.  Guests were Josh Girmus, David McDonald, Craig Reinsch, Mike Harless, Matt Bratsburg, and Ray Huckeby.

A Public Hearing was entered at 6:07 p.m. to review the Final Plat of Girmus Subdivision.  The hearing reconvened to regular session at 6:16 p.m.  Ord. No. 710, Final Plat to create Girmus Subdivision was adopted.

SCHEDULED GUESTS: Mike Harless inquired about the status of the depot building. Matt Bratsburg presented a concern regarding the water pressure at his residence. Craig Reinsch, Olsson Associates, reported on the pilot study and water tower design.

REPORTS: Utility/Maintenance Superintendent Raver presented bids to remove the light towers and repair the grass damage at the baseball field.

Guyle entered the meeting at 6:23 p.m.

The bid of Daumert for $3,000.00 to remove the remaining three light towers and $1,300.00 from Turf Pro to repair the grass at the baseball field were accepted.  The board voted to discontinue the linterlocal agreements with Mead Public Schools for the baseball field and sander. Police Chief Carlson reported on status of damage at the park and concern of a property.  The Planning Commission minutes of the May 21 Regular Meeting and Public Hearing and permits were accepted.  Permits being:  Demolition: 18-09 Ron Sladek – demolish garage; Building: 18-10 Jerome and June Moline – construct 5’x8’ deck; Crystal Konecky – erect fence; Albert Morales – erect fence; and 18-13 Colby Properties – construct house/garage.  Building Permit 18-14 Frontier Cooperative to construct a warehouse/storage building, reappoint Matt Bratsburg, Levi Durnal, and Wyatt Swartz to the Planning Commission; and Special Permit to ALD Solutons to place a trailer at 702 S Oak St. until December 31, 2018 were approved.  The minutes of the May 21 Library Board Meeting were accepted. Clerk Moline reported pet licenses sold to date; tires collected during Mead Days, 2019 vacation request, meters needing repair, and budget requests for 2018-19.

NEW BUSINESS:  Action was taken to adopt Ord. No. 713, amend Occupation Taxes and seek bids to remove the depot building from the premises.  Discussion was held on items requiring attention prior to Mead Days; Clean Up Day scheduled for June 1, 2019; seek bids for insurance carrier and attorney for 2018-19; and future street project will be discussed at the July 10 meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 8:14 p.m.


Thank you to everyone who have turned in their Cross-Connection Surveys. If you still have not returned yours to the village office, please do so soon.  The village is  expected to have a 100% return by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.


The village is completing pilot testing on the wells and you should soon see some visible RESULTS of the WATER project.


REMINDER—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.  Homeowners are required to trim tree branches to a height of at least 14’ above the surface of a street or sidewalk abutting their property.

PET OWNERS – Please keep your dogs on leash when off of your property. You are required by village code to remove your dog’s and cat’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 have not licensed your pet in 2018, 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 with proof of current rabies vaccination.



NEW Library Hours – This revised schedule is effective Friday, June 1.

Tuesday       10am-6pm                                             Friday       9am-12 noon

Wednesday  5pm-8pm                                              Saturday   9am-12noon

Thursday      9am-5pm                                              Closed:     Sunday and Monday

NOTE: The library will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, for Independence Day.


Monthly Schedule

Coffee Hour is scheduled every Tuesday at 10am.  Join us for coffee and conversation.

Story Time for young children is offered every Tuesday at 4pm. We will read a book or two, make a craft, and receive a take home snack.

The Mead Public Library Board of Trustees will meet Monday, July 16, at 530pm in the Library.


Special Events

Thursday, July 5 – The Dare to Dream Teen Book Club will meet from 1pm-2pm.  Please sign up for this fun club at the library. We’ll read a new book each month, discuss it, and have snacks, and give out prizes.  For anyone in grades 7-12.


Every Friday in July – Come to our Movie Morning at 10am.  Each Friday’s movies will be rated PG13. We’ll supply the popcorn, you bring the covered drink.


Every Saturday in July – Read on your own, at the library from 10a-11a and receive DOUBLE the minutes on your Summer Reading Log!


Wednesday, July 25 Join us at 6 pm for Our Library Rocks the Garden. Stop in, paint a rock and add it to the library rock garden or make one to take home.  All ages welcome!


Adults (ages 21 and over)! Stop in and sign up for the Adult Summer Reading Program!  It’s Free, it’s Fun and we have lots of prizes for you!  Also, an afterhours party on August 22, 8p.


KIDS: Bring your Summer Reading Logs in before August 1 to claim your prizes!



Be sure to “like” our Face Book page for updates and details of programs and events!


ALMA LUTHERAN 219 W. Fifth St. / 402-624-3015

10:30a.m. – Sunday Worship


PANERA BREAD AVAILABLE FREE TO THE PUBLIC – ALMA LUTHERAN CHURCH, JULY 14, 10-11 a.m. (the Saturday following the second Friday of the month).


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



The filing deadline for incumbents is July 16, non-incumbents is August 1 at the Saunders County Courthouse – Election Commissioner’s office.


THANK YOU to Dalene Selko and Staci Charles for co-chairing Mead Days. Also, a thank-you to their husbands, Scott Selko and Jerry Charles, for their help.  These four people work tireless hours planning and overseeing Mead Days.  Their efforts and those of the many unnamed volunteers and participants in making Mead Days a successful event is very much appreciated.

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!


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

Joel Konecky, Fire Chief 402-443-9659


MEAD CLEAN-UP DAY was a success with the collection filling five dumpsters and two dumpsters of iron / metal. Thank you to members of the Board of Trustees:  Jason Felty, Shawn Havelka and Rod Wimer and employees Nick Raver and June Moline.  Thank you to the many residents who cleaned their property of unwanted items.  REMINDER:  During next year’s event WE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING TIRES OR TRASH OF ANY KIND.  If an item cannot be dumped by our contractor the item will be refused and you will be required to take it back.  The contractor is controlled by what items they can accept so please be aware of this if your item is refused.  Thank you for your support of this annual event!

REMINDER – If you are considering constructing or demolishing a building or fence you must apply for a permit to do so. Also, a fence is required with all swimming pools over 18”, hottub or spa.  If you start a project prior to approval of the permit, an additional $100.00 charge will be added to the permit.


Village Board:  Tuesday, July 10, 6:00 pm

Planning Commission: Monday, July 23, 7:30 pm

Library Board: Monday, July 16, 5:30 pm

Fire & Rescue: Monday, July 9, 7:30 pm


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


Mead Days Riding The Storm Out

The weekend started off with great polka music by Todd Sladek.   Mead Community Group and Mead Covenant Church held several fun games for kids to do.  We had 31 teams in our beer pong competition with Alex Carritt and Josh Charles the winners. Karaoke was fun with several local singers performing for the crowd.  We held a floss off dance competition and the winners were Riley Hannan-elementary,  Kim Kochner-Jr High and High School with a tie between Harrison Siebenaler, Colin Konecky and Emily Oldenberg.  The evening finished with a fireworks show.


Saturday started off with lots of color. A packet was given to each participation to have a kick off color celebration. We had 81 registered 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 Mead volleyball players for being color dispensers.  The overall winner with a time of 20:13 was Blaine Nicola.  It was so beautiful and fun.  Placing in the top ten were:


  1. Blaine Nicola 20:13
  2. Heath Smith 22.17
  3. Sam Biggerstaff 23:13
  4. Rose Sutton 23:58
  5. Sam Popken 24:29
  6. Roger Pelster 24:31
  7. Brooke Koehler 24:45
  8. Hunter Pickworth 25:00
  9. Randal Steinbech             25:10

10.Shawn Havelka              25:18


We continued with Sand Co-ed Volleyball with eight teams. The winner of the tournament was Bank of Mead (Scott Selko, Keshia Havelka, Nate Greene and Miranda Charles).  We had ten teams for the Horseshoe Tournament with the winner being Roger Johnson and Kenny Johnson.


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 had a sanctioned Kiddie Tractor Pull by Barnyard Pedal Pull. We had 21 contestants with the top three places qualifying for state.


4 year female                                                            4 year male

None                                                                          1-Kaysen Drews

2-Brogan Bratsburg

3-Jude Owens


5 year female                                                            5 year male

1-Amelia Carlson                                                     1-Bode Bratsburg

6 year female                                                            6 year male

1-Allison Rezac                                                        1-Jackson Drews

2-Mila Volpp                                                              2-Ben Popken

3-Molly Volop


7 year female                                                            7 year male

None                                                                          1-Clayton Steinbech


8 year female                                                            8 year male

1-Kaitlyn Rezac                                                        1-Maxwell Volpp

2-Caleb Popken

9-year female

1-Lilja Bratsburg                                                       None


10 year female                                                          10 year male

None                                                                          1-Watt Bohaty

2-Anthony Seamann


11 year female                                                          11 year male

None                                                                          1-Cooper Kahlandt


12 year female                                                          12 year male

1-Libby Hall                                                               None


Bryan Hill Entertainment provided our kids blowups this year with fun waterslides and bounce houses for all ages. The Mead Ithaca Youth Group assisted in running the bingo and was a huge event for us.  The children could also do pony rides, face painting, henna tattoos, 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 tortoise just to name a few; the kids got to see and some got to hold.


The live auction was a hit with the Riding the Storm Out package going to Kerry Knuth. The Husker package to Robert Hartgrave Jr. and Mead Raiders package to Tim Dickes.

A special thanks to all the people bidding on the items as well as those whose purchased them.


The afternoon finished with a great hypnotist show by Terry Stokes, Jr. and his assistant Kitty. Several volunteers were involved in the show.  The show was very entertaining.


That evening the band 4 on the Floor performed a great street dance. The Mead Community Group provided the movie Despicable Me for the youth to watch. In our Chinese Horseshoe tournament we had 14 teams with the winners being Kurt and Hopp Christiansen.


Mead Covenant Church closed out Mead Days with an outdoor community service.


The Mead Days Committee would like to thank everyone for their hard work and support throughout the weekend. Mark your calendars for Mead Days 2019 June 14-15.  We would also like to thank all our donors and volunteers; without your generosity Mead Days would not be as successful as it is.




Alten Operating – Mead Ethanol Plant; AWS Well Co, Inc.; Bank of Mead; Tammy Bennett – Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate; Bergman Trucking; Big Rig Truck Accessories; Terral Brabec; Buckmaster Construction; Jerry and Staci Charles; Charles Surveying, LLC; Country Drive Golf Course; Crop Production Services, Inc.; Double Eagle Beverages; Bobbie Feldhaus – Rodan and Fields; Feldhaus Ventures; Frontier Co-op; Dean Hansen; Shawn Havelka – HF Custom Solutions, LLC; Ray and Vera Huckeby; Inspro Insurance; Insulfoam; Doug and Jeannette Johnson; Jason and Tiffany King; Knuth Iron; Konecky Oil; Jason Lee; Matan Welding; Mead Cattle Company; Mead Community Group; Mead Corner Storage; NMC Cat – Alex Carritt; Pfiefer Insurance; PJ and Lesha Quinn; Raider Nation Auto Plex, LLC; Rainer Resources Holding; Randy and Cindy Reed; Rusty Rooster; S2 Roll-offs and Refuse; Saunders County Development; SECO Electric; Dalene Selko – Mary Kay/Tastefully Simple; Neil and Margenne Selko; Scott and Dalene Selko; Sid Dillon – Wahoo; St. James Catholic Church; Subbert Well Service; Todd Valley Farms; Village of Mead; Wahoo Aquatic Center/Civic Center; Wahoo Auto Parts; Wahoo State Bank; Kelli Zaugg Murals and More


SILVER DONORS – $50.00 – $99.00

Alma Lutheran Church; Bromm, Lindahl, Freeman-Caddy and Lausterer Law Offices; BW’s Smokehouse; Country Store; G&L Café; Marvin and Mary Hass; Hilltop Country Club; Hospice and Home Healthcare of Saunders County; Husker Water Specialists, Inc.; Makovicka/Sylliaasen Physical Therapy; Pizza Hut; QC Supply; Randy and Angie Siske; Corey Sorensen – Colby Properties; Mary Sorensen – Keller Williams Real Estate; Svoboda Funeral Home; Kent and Linda Sweet; Water Engineering, Inc.; Staci Wiederstein – A Touch of Glass; Moriah Wellman – Mary and Martha; Whis’s Bar



Big Red Restaurant and Sports Bar; Bomgaars; Bucks of Nebraska; Buffalo Wild Wings; Carritt Crafted; Chip’s Restaurant; Cindy Reed Photography; Creative Hair Works; Dairy Queen; DJ’s Salon; Farm Bureau; Farmers Mutual Insurance; Fremont Airboat Club; Fud and Tracy’s Plumbing and Heating; James and Bonnie Edins; Edward Jones; Great Western Bank; Green Acres Animal Clinic; Hilltop Country Club; Huey’s Smokehouse BBQ; Hy-Vee – Fremont; Kelly’s Produce; Tracy Lihs – Scensy; Lindley Clothing; Lucille’s Gift Shop; Mead Covenant Church Youth Group; Mead Signs; Nebraska Land Title and Abstract; Pop’s Pizza and Ron-D-Voo Bar; Karen Porter; Judy Rasmus – The Hair Studio; Aleah Rogers – Lularoe; Simon’s Antiques; Simon’s Home Store; Sunmart; Sunsational Beauty; Vine Street Market; Deb Virgl – Doterra Essential Oils; Wahoo Nails; Wahoo Newspaper; Wahoo Pharmacy; Wahoo Super; Warehouse Surplus; Wash ‘N Go in Wahoo Car Wash