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Village of Mead
Volume 16, Issue 7 JULY 2023

Village Office Closed July 4th


A regular meeting of the Village of Mead Board of Trustees was held June 13th at 6:00 pm at the Mead Village Office. Answering roll call were Chairman Thorson; Trustees Felty, Lee, Simon, and Wielage. Also present were Clerk Moline and Utilities/Maintenance Superintendent Luetkenhaus. Guest was Andrew Jackson.

REPORTS: Police – Thorson reported Sackett will be able to attend meetings in the future and recent break-in at the park concession stand. Utilities-Maintenance Superintendent – Luetkenhaus reported duties at the park, repair of street signs, dirt work at the dump, meter installation at the lagoons, pump replacement at the Water Treatment Plant, and future replacement of four fire hydrants. Library – The minutes of the May 9 and June 6 Library Board Meetings were accepted. Building and Zoning Administrator – The following building permits were accepted: 23-06 Greg and Laura Clark – erect single-family dwelling, 23-07 – Frontier Co-op – erect three grain bins, and 23-08 Raver Rentals – erect 6’ wooden fence. Planning Commission – The minutes of the March 27 Regular Meeting, April 12 Special Meeting, April 24 Regular Meeting and Public Hearing, and May 15 Special Meeting were accepted. The resignation of Connie Schliffke from the Commission was acknowledged and a gift card will be presented. James Halbmaier and Robert S. Morin were reappointed to the Commission to serve a three-year term and Andrew Jackson was appointed to the Commission for a three-year term. Clerk – Moline reported accountants will be in-house on July 11 and 12 to complete the nine-month fiscal year review and gather information for the 10/1/23-9/30/24 budget.

NEW BUSINESS: Ordinance No. 814, Amend Chapter 10 Business Regulations; Natural Gas and Ordinance No. 815, Set wage for Special Police Events at $25.00 per hour were adopted. Twisted Thunder Fireworks was approved to rent the park for a fireworks stand and a donation to Nebraska Rural Water Association was approved.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:00 p.m.


A special meeting of the Board of Trustees was held June 12th at 5:30 pm at the Mead Community Building. Present were Chairman Thorson; Trustees Simon and Wielage. Absent were Trustees Felty and Lee. Also present was Clerk Moline. Guests were Mason Herrman and Andrew Jackson.
Review of the Executive Summary of major changes for current zoning regulations took place.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:40 pm.

ALMA LUTHERAN 219 W. Fifth St.
402-624-3015, also on Facebook
9:30 am – No Sunday School during the summer
10:30 am – Sunday Worship

PANERA BREAD FREE TO THE PUBLIC Saturday following the second Friday every month, 10 am – 11 am. FREE TO ALL! This month the church will be open on SATURDAY, JULY 15th.

402-624-6125, also on Facebook
Sunday –
9:15 am – 9:45 am Coffee Hour
10:00 am – Sunday Service
Every third Sunday evening 6:30 pm Sunday Night Service
6:30 pm – Kids in Action Grades 1st-6th
7:00 pm – Encounter Life Youth 7th – 12th
7:00 pm – Worship and Prayer with the Word
Every last Wednesday of the month is a FREE Community Meal 6:00 pm-6:45 pm

ST. JAMES CATHOLIC 213 E. Eighth St. / 402-624-3555 & on Facebook
4:30 pm – Saturday Mass
9:00 am – Sunday Mass
Weekly Schedule
7:00 am – Tues-Wed-Thu-Fri Daily Mass

Reminders ~
*All-terrain vehicles, utility-type vehicles, and golf car vehicles are required to be licensed within village limits annually by April 1. Permit applications may be obtained at the village office.
*All dogs and cats residing within village limits are to be licensed annually by May 1. Licenses are $4.00 altered and $6.00 intact animals. Licenses are issued by the Village Clerk.
*Garbage and refuge are to be removed from all property. Weeds and grass growth is to be no more than 12” in height. Do not mow grass clippings into the streets.
*All vehicles are to hold a current license or be removed from your property. Vehicles cannot be parked along the streets longer than 48 hours. Any motor vehicle with trailer, bed, or box attached in excess of the gross weight of 5 ton, or any motor home exceeding 20’ in length measured bumper to bumper are not permitted to park on any streets, alleys, public ways, or portions thereof, except when delivering or collecting goods and then only for a period of time no longer than necessary.

Phone: 402-624-6605 E-mail:

NEW Summer Hours
Monday 4p – 8p Tuesday 9a – 2p
Wednesday 9a –12n Thursday 9a – 3p
Friday 9a –12n Saturday 9a –12n

The Library will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, for Independence Day.
Coffee Hour: Join us for coffee and conversation every Tuesday at 10a.

Events for July:
Wednesday, July 5 – Join the group that meets for the Library’s Adult Book Club from 630p-8p.
Wednesday, July 12 – Make a Snorkel Craft at 10a. Best for ages 5 and up.
Thursday, July 13 – Patrons of all ages are invited to come at 10a to watch a Nemo Interactive Movie.
Monday, July 17 – Come participate in a Build-A-Buddy Workshop. You must be preregistered, there is a $7 nonrefundable fee due when you sign up, and seats are limited. The workshop starts at 7p.
Thursday, July 20 – Come participate in a Build-A-Buddy Workshop. You must be preregistered, there is a $7 nonrefundable fee due when you sign up, and seats are limited. The workshop starts at 7p.
Tuesday, July 25 – Have fun with Turtle Origami at 1p. Best for ages 6 and up.
Thursday, July 27 – Visit the library from 2p-3p for a program by the Natural Resources District (NRD). Offered for K-6 students. RSVP by July 20 in order to participate.
Monday, July 31 – Last day to turn in Summer Reading Program Forms for a prize.
Stay tuned for more program and event information by following us on our new Facebook page:
Or, search Mead NE Public Library on Facebook!


BUILDING PROCEDURES – If you are planning a building project or removing a building, you must obtain a permit from the village. Items not requiring a permit are concrete (unless it involves cutting into the curb, which does require a permit), building less than 150 square feet (still must meet zoning setbacks), or a temporary dog kennel. The Planning / Zoning Administrator will review the completed application once it has been submitted to the village office. The office will then notify the applicant as to whether the permit is approved or denied.

All swimming pools containing at least 18” of water, spas and hot tubs must be enclosed at ground level by a fence with a minimum height of 4’ and a maximum height of 6’. There shall be no opening in the fence that permits passage of an object 4” in diameter or larger. Hot tubs and spas are not required to have fencing if they have locking tops when not in use. All gates must have locking hardware to prevent access when not in use. This includes the one-mile zoning jurisdiction of Mead. A permit for the fence must be submitted to the village office for approval prior to construction.

The MEAD MESSENGER is published monthly in Mead Public School’s monthly newsletter. Go to and click on “Informational”, then click “Newsletter” to find the current newsletter. If you wish to receive a paper copy, please contact Jessica Miller at the Jr.-Sr. High School, 402-624-3435 and she will place your name on the mailing list. The Mead Messenger is also available at Click on “Information” and then click “Newsletters”.

Thank you to the residents who participated in Mead’s Annual Clean-up Day by “sprucing” up their properties. Thank-you to Board Members Bill Thorson, Dan Simon and Rick Wielage and employees Shannon Luetkenhaus and June Moline for helping unload the vehicles.

312 S. Vine St., P.O. Box 46
Mead, NE 68041
Phone: 402-624-2495
Fax: 402-624-2024

William Thorson, Chairman
Jason Felty, Trustee
Jason Lee, Trustee
Daniel Simon, Trustee
Richard Wielage, Trustee

June Moline, Clerk/Treasurer 402-624-2495
Shannon Luetkenhaus, Utility/Maintenance Superintendent 402-616-9204
Thomas Sackett, Police Chief 402-443-6846
Laurie VanAckeren, Library Director 402-624-6605
Nick Raver, Fire Chief 402-443-9688


Andrew Jackson has been appointed to the Mead Planning Commission. Welcome!


Village Board: Tuesday, July 11, 6:00pm
Library Board: Tuesday, July 11, 6:00pm
Fire/Rescue: Monday, July 10, 6:30pm
The Village Board meets at the Village Office, Library Board at the Library, and Fire/Rescue at the Fire Station.


Mead Days 2023 ‘MERICA

The weekend started off with great polka music by Tom Sladek. A special thanks to Kylee Hickman and Angie Siske for coming up with EPIC Hopscotch. Kids and families decorated the sidewalks with chalk from Mead Public Elementary School to the park. We almost made it to the park. That will be our goal for 2024.

We had twenty-two participants in Queen Volleyball this year. Hadley Havelka getting first place and Ella Wagenkecht and Jersey O’Brien tying for second place in the 5-8 grade category. In the high school division, Breanna Schulz was the overall winner with Taylor Schull getting second. It was lots of fun to watch.

Encounter Life Ministries held several fun games for kids to do and over fifty kids participated. We had twenty teams in our Beer Pong competition with Caleb Dickes and Connor Johnson as the winners. Second place went to Austin Pickworth and Brandon Smith. Karaoke/Music Bingo was lots of fun with prizes awarded to bingo winners. It was fun to see all ages up on the stage singing and dancing. The evening finished with a great Fireworks show by Midwest Fireworks.

Saturday started off with a lot of color. A packet was given to each participant to have a kick-off color celebration. We had sixty-two 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 volleyball and basketball players for being color dispensers and Mead PTO for assisting with the run. The overall winner was Logan Fleffner with a time of 20.16. It was so beautiful and fun. A special thanks to Ariel and Mitch Broekemeier for supplying water for our runners.

A special thanks to the Bank of Mead for sponsoring the Beanery Truck and offering free coffee drinks to community members.

We continued with Co-ed Sand Volleyball with nine teams. The winner of the tournament was Bank of Mead—Nate Greene, Shawn Havelka, Keshia Havelka, and Miranda Koertner. Second place went to Mead Signs-Samantha Boatman, Rebecca Halbmaier, Emily Quinn, Josh Blunt, Hunter Pickworth, Eli Vedral, and Charlie Martin. We had fourteen teams for the Horseshoe Tournament with the winners being Cole Pearson and Jason Bird. Second place went to Bruce Crowe and Luther Whitewater.

A special thank-you to the Yutan Veterans Country Club for starting the parade with the color guard. Mary Hass sang the National Anthem. PJ Quinn was our MC for the parade. We had nineteen cars and twenty-two other floats or walking entries. The kids and adults all enjoyed the parade.

This year our sanctioned Kiddie Tractor Pull was sponsored by Barnyard Pedal Pull. We had thirty contestants with the top three places qualifying for state.

4-year old female – 1. Mabel Autry, 2. Elliot Groene, 3. Gentry Girmus
4-year old male – 1. Tozer Micah Valla
5-year old female – 1. Cheyanne Glodowski, 2. Etta Valla, 3. Eleanor Autry
5-year old male – 1. Mason Subbert, 2. Krew Anderson, 3. Braxton Hartgrave
6-year old female – 1. Morgan Wendt, 2. Olivia Sabatka
6-year old male – 1. Jack Groene, 2. Grisham Girmus
7-year old female – 1. Lainey Bouc
7-year old male – 1. Marshal Glodowski
8-year old female – None
8-year old male – 1. Rhett Bouc, 2. Marshal Gatewood
9-year old female – None
9-year old male – 1. Grayder Gimus, 2. Jarrett Sharpe
10-year old female – 1. Amelia Carlson, 2. Kianah Yeager
10-year old male – 1. Gavin Autry
11-year old female – 1. Braylynn Moerker
11-year old male – 1. Ryan Yeager
12-year old female – None
12-year old male – None

Big O Bounce provided our kids blowups this year with fun waterslides and bounce houses for all ages. VR Reality truck was here to provide video games for the kids and adults. Bingo was a huge event. Thanks to Encounter Life Ministries volunteers for help running it. For sure we will need more picnic tables available for participants next year.

We enjoyed music during the day by Rum Runner and Evans and Moore. Kids and adults also enjoyed face painting, henna tattoos, shaved ice, and the kiddie train ride. Kids also enjoyed being able to dunk a few Mead Public Schools administrators and teachers in the Cheerleaders Dunking Tank. PJ Quinn auctioned off four wonderful auction items. A special thanks to all the people bidding on the items as well as those who purchased them.

The afternoon finished with a great magic show from Gayle Becwar. Several volunteers were involved in the show. The show was very entertaining.

A special shout out to Roberta Havelka and her staff and Whitney Moravec for providing great concession stands all weekend.

A special thank you to Alma Lutheran Church for providing free homemade ice-cream and toppings. The ice-cream was delicious!

That evening the band, Charm School Dropouts, performed a great street dance. A special thank-you from the Mead Days organization for offering no charge for the street dance this year.

In our Bags Tournament we had sixteen teams with the winners being Jacob Spicka and Jacob Johnson and second place going to Gregory Knuth and Hayden Sabatka.

Sunday started off with a great Pancake Feed sponsored by the Mead Fire and Rescue Department. It was a great day for a Car Show and we thank everyone who came out to enjoy the day. Special thanks to members of Starduster and Abby Miller and her “Pat on Tap Truck” that provided root beer floats.

We had eighty-seven car entries. Winners were:

Best of Show – Tim Wiltman with a 1970 Javelin
Peoples Choice – Jim Krieger with a 1927 Ford
Rat Rod – Doug Bonzo with a 1941 Ford

The Mead Days Committee would like to thank everyone for their hard work and support throughout the weekend. Mark your calendars for Mead Days 2024 – June 14-16. We would also like to thank all of our donors and volunteers; without your generosity Mead Days would not be as successful as it is.

A sincere thank-you to Dalene Selko and Staci Charles for chairing the Village of Mead’s Annual Mead Days. It takes many hours on their behalf of preparation and planning prior to the event and their time spent at the park during Mead Days to make this happen. Your work is obvious by the number of people who annually turn out and support Mead Days. Please know your hard work is very much appreciated!


Bank of Mead, Charles Surveying LLC, Darling Ingredients, Girmus Dirt Works & Customs LLC, Insulfoam, Jeannette Johnson, Knuth Iron LLC, Konecky Oil Inc, Mead Cattle Co, Nutrien Ag Solution, PJ & Lesha Quinn, Ranier Resources Holdings 1 LLC, R & K Country Store, Rusty Rooster Saloon, Saunders County Development, S2 Roll-Offs & Refuse LLC, Todd Valley Farms, Twisted Thunder Fireworks, Village of Mead

GOLD DONORS $100.00-$299.00
AWS Well Co, Inc, Tammy Bennett-Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate, Bergman Trucking, Big Rig Truck Accessories, Terral Brabec & Marie Scott, Buckmaster Construction, Carritt Crafted-Kari Carritt, Country Drive Golf Course, Double Eagle Beverages, Eckley Trucking LLC, Feldhaus Ventures, Bobbie Feldhaus-Rodan & Fields, Frontier Co-op, G&G Storage, Marvin & Mary Hass, Dan & Roberta Havelka, Shawn & Penny Havelka, Vera & Ray Huckeby, Inspro Insurance Inc, Jason & Tiffany King, Tracy Lihs-Scentsy, Miller Lawn Service, Mead Corner Storage, Mead Signs, Adam & Jess Miller, NMC Cat-Alex Carritt, Pfieffer Insurance Agency, Raider Nation Auto Plex, RMD Promotions-Shawn Havelka & Eddie Couch, SECO Electric, Scott & Dalene Selko, Sid Dillon-Wahoo, Subbert Pumping, Subbert Well Service, Wahoo Auto Parts, Wahoo Civic Center, Wahoo Concrete, Wahoo State Bank, Staci Wiederstein-A Touch of Glass, WL Anderson Livestock & Grain, Zach Pickworth Trucking

SILVER DONORS $50.00-$99.00
Alma Lutheran Church, Bomgaars, Bromm Lindahl Freeman-Caddy & Lausterer Attorneys at Law, BW’s Pub & Grill, Husker Water Specialists, Pizza Hut, Corey Sorensen-Colby Properties, Mary Sorensen-Nebraska Realty, Moriah Wellman-Mary & Martha

Elizabeth Bladt-Country Road Crafts, Ally Durnal-Village Made Earrings, Chiming Silver-Curt & Donna Pearson, Dairy Queen, Family Fare, Farmers Mutual Insurance, Fud & Tracy’s Plumbing & Heating, Keshia Havelka-ZYIA, Encounter Life Ministries Youth Group, Judy Rasmus-The Hair Studio, Scooters-Wahoo, Simons Says Antiques, Kent & Linda Sweet, Deb Virgl-Doterra Essential Oils, Wahoo Pharmacy