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Village of Mead


JUNE 2014

Volume 10, Issue 6


SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2014

9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

312 South Vine Street

(downtown in front of Village Office)

Items not accepted are wood, grass clippings, construction refuse and tree limbs.

There will be a fee charged for disposal of tires.

The event is open to MEAD RESIDENTS ONLY!

Resident identification will be checked by Board of Trustees.


The Village of Mead Board of Trustees met May 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the Village Office. Present were Chairman Guyle; Trustees Havelka, Wielage and Wimer. Absent was Trustee Miller. Also present were Clerk Moline and Utilities/Maintenance Supt. Raver. Guests were Jody Weible, Levi Durnal, Jeannette Johnson, Patricia Starr, Gabriel Gonzales and Terry Miller.

GUESTS: Jeannette Johnson, representing Mead Community Group, invited the board to attend “Responsible Beverage Service Training” on May 29. Saunders Co. Emergency Manager, Terry Miller, presented information on LEOP. Gabriel Gonzales was present to discuss a nuisance complaint.

REPORTS: Utility/Maintenance Supt. Raver reported pumping of water into the lagoons, roof damage at the Village Office and cleaning a culvert to enhance water flow. Clerk Moline reported meters requiring maintenance, delinquent utility account, sale of 65 pet licenses to date and Clean Up Day scheduled for May 31. The Police Report, Library Report and Planning Commission Report were reviewed.

NEW BUSINESS: Action was taken to approve an Interlocal Agreement with the City of Wahoo to spray mosquitoes. Discussion was held on the nuisance ordinance regarding removal of unlicensed/junk vehicles, partnership for tree branch removal from the dump and request from Mead Fire Dept. to seek Special Designated Liquor Licenses by the municipality. Conditional Use Permits were presented for annual review.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:13 p.m.



June 9 – 13

10:00 a.m. – Noon

June 14th Party, 11:00 – Noon



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

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

Library Board: Wednesday, June 18, 6:30pm

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

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

Community Church Services

ST. JAMES CATHOLIC 213 E. Eighth St.

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

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

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)

Weekly Schedule


6:00 pm – Dinner 4 Change (free to everyone)

7:00 pm – Life Group / Bible Study



Please be aware that the parking of partially dismantled, non-operating, wrecked, junk or discarded vehicles (currently licensed or unlicensed) are to be stored in an enclosed building or in an appropriate storage place or maintained out of public view. All grass and weeds are to be maintained at a height no greater than 12″. All dogs are to be kept on leash when off property owner’s property and all excrement removed from public or another homeowner’s property. 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.

ALMA LUTHERAN VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL will be held June 2 – 6 from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Kids age 3 to going into 6th grade are invited to join us! We will have activities, snacks, and music every day. Registration is available on Alma’s website at Hope to see you there!


Alma Lutheran Church Basement (FREE TO ALL)


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

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



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 by the Planning Commission 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.


▪ Cross-connection: Any actual or potential connection between the public water supply and a source of contamination or pollution.

▪ Backflow: The flow of water or other liquids, mixtures, or substances into the distributing pipes of a potable supply of water from any source or sources other than its intended source. Backsiphonage is one type of backflow.

▪ Backpressure: Backflow that occurs when the pressure in an unprotected downstream piping system exceeds the pressure in the supply piping.

▪ Backsiphonage: Resulting from negative pressures in the distributing pipes of a potable water supply.

Where Can Cross-Connections Occur?

Cross-connections can occur at many points throughout a distribution system and a community’s plumbing infrastructure. Cross-connections can be identified by looking for physical interconnections (or arrangements) between a customer’s plumbing and the water system. Some specific examples of backflow incidents that can occur are:

▪ Lawn chemicals backflowing (backsiphoning) through a garden hose into indoor plumbing and potentially into the distribution system.

▪ Backsiphonage of “blue water” from a toilet into a building’s water supply.

▪ Carbonated water from a restaurant’s soda dispenser entering a water system due to backpressure.

▪ Backsiphonage of chemicals from industrial buildings into distribution system mains.

▪ Backflow of boiler corrosion control chemicals into an office building’s water supply.



The Mead Days Committee is looking for donations for Bingo or cash donations. Donations can be dropped off at the Bank of Mead and made payable to Mead Days 2014. All proceeds from the weekend go to the youth programs, Fire Department or back into the community for improvements. The following businesses or individuals have already contributed to 2014 Mead Days and we want to say THANK YOU!

Bank of Mead, Alma Lutheran Church, St. James Church, Village of Mead, Kent and Linda Sweet, Husker Water, Insulfoam, AWS Well, Frontier Coop, Buckmaster Construction, Mead Cattle, Subbert Well Service, Vera and Ray Huckeby, SECO Electric, Big Rig, Saunders County and James and Bonnie Edins.

Make plans to attend in support of our local fundraiser for the community of Mead. Information can be found at



Summer Reading Sign UpMead Public Library. Reading Camp with Mrs. Carlson and Library Staff will be June 9th – June 13th at 10:00 a.m. – Noon daily with an end of camp party on Saturday June 14th 11:00 a.m. – Noon! Call or stop in and sign up for all the FUN! YOU at the library!

NE Games & Parks and OPPD will be joining us for presentations at Summer Reading Camp this year! & Parks will do a “hands on” presentation about NE animals and OPPD will do a presentation about how electricity works & safety!

Mead Public Library will change to Summer Hourson May 19th until August 1st.10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Wednesdays 4:00-8:00 p.m., Thursdays 10-11:00 a.m. & 1-5:00 p.m., Saturdays 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

The Teen/Tween Fashion Party was considerably smaller this year. did welcome 6 guests and our “Friendly Fashionista” April did sell a couple items. at the Mead Public Library sincerely hope you will consider joining us next year in 2015 for the annual Fashion Party!

Thank-you to everyone who stopped by on Mead Garage Sale Day for the wonderful baked goods that were for sale at the library! were sold out by 10:00 a.m. -you to the Friends of the Library for all of their support and also to the Library Board for the baked goods and their time.

April/May New Materials

“Rabbit Magic” and “Hampster Magic” by Holly Webb; “Mandela the Long Walk to Freedom” (DVD); “Walking with Dinosaurs” (DVD); “Orchard Valley Grooms”, “The Manning Sisters”, “The Manning Grooms”, and “One Night” by Debbie Macomber (donations); “Time Weaver” by Shana Abe (donation); “Illusion” by Sherrilyn Kenyon; “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child” by Marc Weisbluth, M.D. (donation); “Your Week by Week Pregnancy” by Dr. Blade D. Curtis (donation); “New Mother’s Guide to Breastfeeding” by Joan Younger Meek, M.D. (donation); “Bright Eyes” by Catherine Anderson (donation); “Twenty Wishes” by Debbie Macomber (donation); “Vegas Heat” by Fern Michaels (donation); “45,000 Baby Names” by Bruce Lansky (donation); “The Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug” (DVD); “Saving Mr. Banks” (DVD); “Ember Island” by Kimberley Freeman; “Flight of the Earls”, “In Golden Splendor” and “Songs of the Shenandoah” by Michael K. Reynolds (donations); “T-shirt Quilts Made Easy” by Martha Deleonardis (donated by NE Quilters); “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules” (DVD); “The Book of Eli” (DVD); “Monsters vs. Aliens: Supersonic Joyride” (DVD); “A Serpents Tooth” by Craig Johnson; “Takedown Twenty” by Janet Evanovich; “Killing Floor” by Lee Child (donation); “The Bootlegger” and “Miracle” by Clive Cussler (donations); “Private L.A.” and “NYPD RED2” by James Patterson (donations); “Command Authority” by Tom Clancy (donation)

Mead Community Group Healthy Family Tip of the Month

Looking for some new ideas of things to do with your kids or children of friends and/or family this summer over the break from school? Here’s a few to get you started!

*Share customs and rituals from your own background. Invite kids to help you with a craft project or meal that highlights one of your cultural traditions.

*Stretch a child’s thinking abilities by taking him/her to a new place. i.e. bird sanctuary, candy manufacturer, or an age appropriate concert. Let the child experience sounds, sights, tastes, textures and smells of the new place.

*Encourage children to write letters to the editor of the local newspaper about issues that are important to them.

*Enroll in a community education class with your child and learn a new skill together.

*Offer to help a parent by taking a toddler to explore a new place such as a park or a store.

*Hold a neighborhood book swap. Ask neighbors to donate books they have read and invite everyone to come and find new books.
For more information go to

The Mead Community Group wishes you a safe and enjoyable summer holiday! Special Thanks to our great teachers and school administrators for an awesome school year, your community appreciates your dedication to our future!

The Mead Community Group will be sponsoring the following activities at Mead Days:

Movie Night on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in the elementary building featuring Disney’s FROZEN. The movie is FREE for all ages!!

Glow-in-the-dark dodgeball for grades 5-7 at 8:30-9:30 p.m. in the elementary gym.

Join us for these fun activities!!