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Village Of Mead Office
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Village of Mead
MARCH 2009
Volume 5, Issue 3


Saturday, March 28, 2009 Mead Community Building 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Green Acre Animal Clinic, Wahoo will be present to administer pet vaccinations and the Village Clerk will be available to issue dog and cat licenses with proof of rabies vaccination. Vaccinations available are rabies, distemper/parvo for dogs and rabies/distemper for cats. Products available to purchase will be Heartgard and Frontline for your pets.If you do not attend the license day on March 28, you may come to the office or send the required paperwork and payment to the office at Box 46 and the Clerk will return the paperwork and license to you. Required is proof of current rabies vaccination and spaying or neutering of the animal. The license cost is $3.00 for altered animals and $5.00 for unaltered animals.All dogs and cats within the village limits are required to be licensed by May 1. If you have any questions please contact the Village Office at 624-2495.

March 8 Daylight Savings Begins
March 17 St. Patrick’s Day
March 20First Day of Spring
Water Hydrants will be flushed Wednesday, March 11, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, weather permitting. Please plan accordingly.

Brad Howell, Chairperson Bobbie Feldhaus, Trustee Jim Halbmaier, Trustee Ailene Raver, Trustee Dick Swanson, Trustee June Moline, Clerk/Treas. 624-2495 Keith Walling, Utility/Maintenance Supt. 227-5150 Jerry Carlson, Police Chief 624-2056 Vera Kuhr, Librarian 624-6605 Mike Coyle, Fire Chief 443-7164

Keith Walling has been hired as the new Utility/Maintenance Superintendent for the Village of Mead. Keith began his duties on February 2. Welcome!

Thank you to Terry Miller for handling the maintenance duties and Gil Frey for handling the water / sewer duties during the interim period. The residents and Trustees sincerely appreciate their dedication to Mead.

Please be aware that only toilet tissue is permitted to be disposed into the sewer system.Several items that are not allowed have been found in the system which causes problems for residents. PLEASE TOILET TISSUE ONLY!

Mead Dump begins new seasonal hours on April 1 . .
April 1 – October 31 – Wednesday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
November 1 – March 31 – First Saturday of the Month Only – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Tree branches, weeds, leaves and grass clippings are the only items allowed. All items must be unbagged.

The dump is open to Mead residents only, at a charge of $2.00 per load.


The Village of Mead Board of Trustees met Tuesday, February 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the Village Office. Present were Chairman Howell, Trustees Feldhaus, Halbmaier, Raver and Swanson. Also present were Clerk/Treasurer Moline, Police Chief Carlson and Utility/Maintenance Supt. Keith Walling.

Action was taken to approve the transfer of $7,500.00 from CD 7561 to General Fund Checking and $5,000.00 from CD 7654 to Sewer Fund Checking. Approval of Resolution 09-03 Liquor License Request 6/19 and 20 and 09-04 Liquor License Request 6/21 and street closings for the parade and car show were granted for Mead Days. Participation in the Early Warning System Joint Purchasing Project and waiving rental fee of the Community Building to $50.00 to the Mead Community Group for a community event were approved.

Discussion was held on DSL for village office, Garage Sale Day set May 2, procedure to collect delinquent accounts for renters who leave Mead with delinquent accounts and resetting the decorative streetlight along Vine St.

UTILITY/MAINTENANCE REPORT: Walling reported work schedule, playground equipment, and street maintenance.
POLICE REPORT: Carlson presented the monthly activity report. Discussion was held on parking concerns, police radio and security camera.
CLERK REPORT: Clerk reported picnic tables, depot taxes and upcoming meetings.
PLANNING COMMISSION REPORT: The minutes of the 1/26 Regular Meeting and two Hearings and 2008 Building Permit Report were reviewed.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:33 p.m.

Two hearings were held February 10 at 6:05 p.m. Action was taken to approve first reading of Ord. 584 which will require fencing around qualifying swimming pools, spas or hot tubs. The One and Six Year Street Plan was approved at the second hearing. The hearings were adjourned at 6:12 p.m.

Please contact the village office to rent the Mead Community Building for your next upcoming event. Available to rent are the village hall, small meeting room and / or kitchen.

Village Board: Tuesday, March 10, 6:00 pm, Planning Commission: Monday, March 23, 7:30 pm, Library Board: Saturday, March 10, 6:00 pm, Fire & Rescue: Monday, March 9, 8:00 pm,

The Village Board and Planning Commission meet at the Village Office, Library Board at the Library & the Fire Department at the Fire Hall.

New sewer usage units will be averaged on the March water / sewer billing statement. The average is based on each individual household’s water usage during the months of December, January and February. The average usage unit is set for one year.

SURVEYS DUE NOW! The 2008 Residential Cross-Connection Surveys are due to the Village Office. It is mandatory that all surveys are completed and returned. Please return them as soon as possible. If you need another form, let the office know (402) 624-2495.

Saturday, June 13, 2009
9:00 am – 12:00 noon

This event is open to Mead residents ONLY!All loads will be checked.

Saturday, May 2, 20099:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.
Rain or Shine!Maps will be available at local businesses.
If you wish to be placed on the Village Garage Sale Map, please contact the Village Office at 624-2495 by FRIDAY, APRIL 24.

Snow Emergency RouteSnow Emergency Route within the Village of Mead is defined as Elm Street from Highway 92 to Eighth Street, Vine Street from First Street to Eighth Street, First Street from Elm Street to County Road 10, Fourth Street from Elm Street to County Road 10, and Eighth Street from Oak Street to County Road 10.Signs are posted on the streets indicating they are designated as the Snow Emergency Route. Parking on these streets is not permitted during snow accumulation. “No parking” on side streets is also encouraged to aid in snow removal in a timely manner.

Village Ordinance requires all sidewalks be cleaned 24 hours after the cessation of snow.

1540 Co Rd 10
9:00 am Worship
10:15 am Life Groups

213 E. Eighth St.
5:30 pm Saturday Mass
9:30 am Sunday Mass(check bulletin for daily mass, generally 7:00 a.m.)

219 W Fifth St.
8:30 am Casual Worship (spoken service, no music)
9:15 am Children’s Choir/Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 am Festive Worship (with music)

As the weather changes and you consider building needs, please be aware that village ordinance requires a Building Permit prior to the start of any project. An application for a Building Permit may be obtained from the Village Office. The permit must meet approval by the Planning Commission. The ordinance includes jurisdiction within one mile of Mead boundaries. Sidewalks, driveways, cement patios and concrete slabs on private property and an accessory building less than 150 square feet do not require a permit. All other building requires a permit, including construction needs, fences and destruction or moving of buildings. The Planning Commission meets once a month, the fourth Monday of the month, excluding December.

Feb. 25 @ 7:00 pm – Ash Wednesday
March 4 through April 1 – Dinner @ 6:00 pm, Lenten Services following @ 7:00 pm

Mead Library News 2009 February by Vera Kuhr, Librarian

It doesn’t seem possible that we are thinking of Summer Reading again. Please encourage children to take part in this program to keep reading skills at a high level. Suggestions and help are always welcome.

MISSING BOOKS: Two of the Stephanie Meyer books have come up missing. If you have these books in your possession, please leave them in the drop box. If you have checked them out, please don’t pass them on to another person as you will be responsible for these items if they are lost.

USE OF THE LIBRARY: Have you used the library recently? Are the hours convenient? Do you find what materials you are looking for? Are the facilities adequate? If you have any of these questions, please visit the library to discuss changes to attract more use of our library.

NEW MATERIALS: John Grisham – The Associate; Michael Connelly – Concrete Blond; Robyn Carr – Second Chance Pass, Deep in the Valley and Never Too Late; Dorothea Benton Frank – The Land of Mango Sunsets.

TUESDAY 9:00 am – 11:00 am & 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WEDNESDAY 9:00 am – 11:00 am
THURSDAY 9:00 am – 11:00 am & 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
SATURDAY 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, April 4th at 11:00 a.m. at the Mead Park. Participants preschool through age 12 are welcome to attend. Anyone wishing to contribute to the event should contact Event Chairperson, Denise Patocka at 443-6684.Rain date is Saturday, April 11th.


Attention High School Parents and anyone concerned about the future of our youth!

You are invited to a dynamic musical presentation on Tuesday, March 24th at 7:00 pm at the Mead High School Gymnasium. Keith Becker will present the story of his brother, Todd, who was killed in his senior year in an alcohol-related car crash.

Come hear about the choices Todd made that took him off the narrow path and led to destruction. Find a message of hope in the tragedy. Light refreshments will be served following the program.

The students in grades 9-12 will hear a concert and message by Keith and his band earlier in the day and then they will have a special faith-based presentation for parents and community members in the evening. Your junior and senior high school kids are encouraged to attend with you. Please bear in mind that some of the material may not be appropriate for younger children.
There is no charge for this event brought to you by the Mead Community Group and the High School Student Council with funding by Region V Services.