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Village of Mead
Mead Messenger
Volume 10, Issue 6
JUNE 2015

Village of Mead Board of Trustees Meet May 12
     The Village of Mead Board of Trustees met May 12 at 6:00 pm at the Village Office.  Answering roll call were Chairman Guyle; Trustees Havelka, Nicola, Wielage and Wimer.  Also present were Clerk Moline, Utility/Maintenance Supt. Raver and Police Chief Carlson.  Guests present were John Trecek, Tanner Shaw and Andrew Dietzel.
     SCHEDULED GUESTS:  John Trecek, Ameritas, discussed the purchase of General Obligation Sewer Bonds.  Ord. 662, Bond Purchase Agreement of General Obligation Sewer Bonds for $515,000 was adopted following introduction and waiving three readings.  Tanner Shaw, AltEn, requested the purchase of water from the village for AltEn. 
     UNSCHEDULED GUEST:  Andrew Dietzel expressed concern about vehicle drivers not stopping completely or driving through stop signs within Mead.  The village will focus emphasis that all drivers stop at the stop signs or tickets will be issued.
     REPORTS:  UTILITY/MAINENANCE SUPT. – Raver reported evaluation study, water quality, purchase of a grass sweeper and storm sewer concerns.  Discussion was held on future sale of unused equipment.  POLICE/ZONING ADMIN./NUISANCE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER – The monthly Police Report was reviewed.  Discussion centered on nuisance property, yards requiring mowing and zoning concerns.  PLANNING COMMISSION – The minutes of the 4/27 Regular Meeting were reviewed.  LIBRARY – The minutes of the 4/14 Library Board Meeting were reviewed.  New hires are Lori Moseman, Library Director and Laurie Van Ackeren, Library Assistant.  CLERK – Moline reported sale of 52 dog/cat licenses to date, Community Survey to be distributed within days and Mead Clean-Up Day is scheduled for May 30.
     UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  Action was taken to waive third reading and adopt Ordinance 661, Penalty Clause.
     NEW BUSINESS:  Action taken:  approve Interlocal Agreement with the City of Wahoo to spray mosquitoes for 2015; introduced and motioned to adopt Resolution 15-10, Saunders County Local Emergency Operations Plan; introduced and motioned to waive three readings and adopt Ordinance 663, Appointed Officials Compensation; introduced and motioned to waive three readings and adopt Ordinance 664, Nuisance:  Process for Grass, Weed and Worthless Vegetation Growth in Excess of 12”; and introduced and motioned to adopt Resolution 15-11, Declared Nuisance.
     The meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
312 South Vine St. (front of village office)

EXAMPLE OF PERMITTED ITEMS:  Tires (disposal fee will be charged), Appliances, Water Heaters, Bicycles, Batteries, Household Items
EXAMPLE OF ITEMS NOT PERMITTED:  Wood, Grass Clippings, Construction Refuse, Tree Limbs
This event is open to MEAD RESIDENTS ONLY!  Board Members will be present to check resident identification

ST. 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

ALMA LUTHERAN  219 W. Fifth St. / 402-624-3015
8:30a.m. – Worship – First Sunday of the month
9:30a.m. – Worship – All other Sundays

PANERA BREAD – FREE TO THE PUBLIC, available the Saturday following the second Friday of the month.  JUNE 13, 10:00 am – 11:00 am in the church basement.

MEAD COVENANT  1540 Co Rd 10 / 402-624-6125
9:00a.m. – Coffee & Visiting
10:00a.m. – Worship Service (grade school age children dismissed for Kids Alive @ 10:30, nursery available during the service)
Wednesday’s – MCC serves a free meal to anyone in the community from 6:00 – 6:45 pm.  (Please join us, there are no requirements or expectations!  If you’re coming for the first time, please consider calling the church office at 624-6125 to let us know how many are attending so we can prepare accordingly.  If you cannot call prior to coming the first time, it’s okay, come anyway.)  6:45 pm – Kids in Action; 7:00 pm – Student Ministries (Jr/Sr High); 7:15 pm – Adult Group
Thursday’s – 7:00 pm – Prayer Encounter

Bible School for ages 3 through 6th grade will be held on June 15 through 19 from 9 am until 12 noon.  This year’s theme is “Everest:  Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power”.  Information for sign-up will available at the church soon.

Welcome!  Ruth Dobesh has agreed to serve on the Mead Planning Commission.  Welcome!

Community Surveys were mailed to Mead residents recently.  Please return the surveys to the Village Office as soon as possible.  All survey information is kept confidential and will be assessed by the Southeast Nebraska Development District.  It is imperative that ALL residents of Mead accurately complete and return the surveys in order to be considered for grant funding.   As you know, infrastructure and community projects cost money; so any funding the community may receive through grant funding will help offset the cost.  Thank you for your cooperation in completing and returning your survey.

The surveys will be kept in an envelope for SENDD employees to pick up and tabulate.  Thank you for your cooperation!

The Wahoo Sheriff’s office will set off the firemen’s pagers if they receive a watch for this area.  The fire siren will go up and down a few times.  This is only to alert the fire department to be on the watch.  It is also a good idea to keep tuned to a local TV channel / radio station if we are in a watch area.

If a funnel is actually spotted, they will blow a steady blast on the siren.  This is your signal to take cover at once.  For those residents or businesses without basements, go to the Alma Lutheran Church basement, 219 West 5th Street.  A fireman will have the doors open if we are in a storm warning.


Donna McLaughlin completed her service to the Mead Public Library on May 1. Thanks to Donna for her dedication and helpfulness in training new staff members Lori Moseman, Director, and Lori Van Ackeren, Assistant Director. Lori and Laurie look forward to meeting everyone from the community, so please stop by and say hello during summer hours.

Tuesday 10:00 am-1:00 pm  and 4:00 pm-7:00 pm; Wednesday 2:00 pm-6:00 pm; Thursday 10:00 am-4:00 pm; Friday 9:00 am-2:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am-2:00 pm; Closed Sunday and Monday.

PLEASE NOTE:  The library will be closed on Saturday, May 23 (Memorial Day weekend.)

Mead High School graduating seniors, please visit the library to pick up your graduation gift. Congratulations on your success and best wishes for the future.

Two youth reading activities are available this summer. The Summer Reading Camp is scheduled June 8-12 from 9 am to 11 am. Registration forms were distributed at school and are also available at the library. The forms need to be returned to the library by June 1. The second activity, the Summer Reading Program, will begin on July 6 and continue through July 31. This program is designed for readers that are junior high age and younger. Registration forms are available at the library.
Thank you to The Friends of the Library, Janet Behrens, June and Virgil Frahm, Vera Kuhr and Inez Barrett for all of their hard work cleaning up the gardens around the library building.  It looks so much better!  If anyone needs community service hours for school or church, the library can always use extra garden help. Also, thanks to Bill Way and all the other patrons who donated items to the library collection this past month.

Bettyville: A Memoir by George Hodgman; Unlikely Friendships by Jennifer Holland; Duck for President by Betsy Lewin; Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabella and Craig Hatkoff; The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers; Instinct (The Chronicles of Nick) by Sherrilyn Kenyon; and The Maze Runner Series-The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure and The Kill Order by James Dashner
Unbroken, Boyhood, Big Eyes

Everyone is required to STOP at all stop signs while traveling through Mead.   Tickets will be issued if you are caught not obeying the STOP SIGNS.

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 that chemicals contained in the pool, spa or hot tub are first diluted.


Village Board:  Tuesday, June 9, 6:00pm
Planning Commi Monday, June 22, 7:30pm
Library Board:  Wednesday, June 17, 6:30pm
Fire & Rescue:  Monday, June 8, 7:30pm
The Village Board & Planning Commission meet at the Village Office, Library Board at the Library and Fire & Rescue at the Fire Station.

Welcome, Library Director Lori Moseman and Library Assistant Laurie Van Ackeren  who began their duties with the Mead Public Library on April 23. 

Thank you, Donna Mc Laughlin, for serving as the Interim Library Director and Aide.  Your services and dedication were invaluable.

312 S. Vine St., Box 46
Mead, NE  68041-0046
Telephone 402-624-2495
Fax 402-624-2024

Gary Guyle, Chairman
Shawn Havelka, Trustee
PJ Nicola, 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
Lori Moseman/Laurie Van Ackeren, Library Director/Assistant 402-624-6605
Nick Raver, Fire Chief  402-443-9688

Mead Community Vegetable Garden
sponsored by Alma Lutheran Church and Mead Community Group

Would you like to plant a garden but don’t have the room?  We have a plot for you!
Would you like to plant a garden but don’t have the knowledge?  We will help!
If you would like to plant a garden and feel physically unable?  We are here to help!
Are you hungry for some home-grown produce or could use some extra food in the pantry?
Come talk to us! We will have fresh produce available for you.

There are plots to be “rented” by church members/community members.
We do not ask for you to pay for a plot, come help and you receive free produce!
We only ask that you don’t take from reserved plots. We will show you where these are!
We even have plants available for you if needed.

Contact Kristen 402-443-9258 or Jess 402-480-1755
We would love for you to take part!

Village and One-mile Extraterritorial Residents

Prior to beginning any construction or fencing project, please be aware that 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.  Construction projects 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 plan to MOVE OR DEMOLISH A BUILDING.

If a project is started prior to approval, an additional $100.00 penalty fee will be assessed to the project.

You are also required to contact Digger’s Hotline at 811 prior to disturbing soil.  Expect a timeline of two days for utility personnel to arrive on-site to locate any utilities. This is a free cost to you.

 All dogs and cats in the village were to be licensed BY MAY 1st.  You still have time to get your “furry” family members licensed.  Please bring proof of current rabies vaccination to the Village Office.  The cost to license your pet is $6.00 unaltered and $4.00 altered animals.