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Village of Mead
MARCH 2011 Volume 8, Issue 3
Special points of interest:
Church Services
Upcoming Meetings
Library Hours
Mead Community Group News
Board of Trustees Meet
Local Food Bank
Water/Sewer Payment Options
Library News

An ordinance has passed first reading that all swimming pools, spas and hot tubs containing at least 18” of water be enclosed by a fence with a 4’ minimum height and lock gate. Hot tubs and spas will not be required to be enclosed by the fence if they have locking tops and are kept locked at all times when not in use. Two additional readings will be heard prior to approval.
Another consideration that has passed first reading is amending the zoning ordinance to add an additional fee of $100.00 will be charged for starting or completing construction or demolition without first obtaining a Building or Demolition Permit. This would be in addition to the double the cost of the Building Permit if a construction project is started or a building demolished prior to approval by the Mead Planning Commission. Second and third readings are required prior to adoption.
DUMP HOURS will change April 1st. They will be Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. A container to dump metal is also available at the dumpsite. Please contact the dumpmaster for approved items. There is a charge of $2.00 per load to use the dumpsite. The dump is open to the residents within the Mead jurisdiction only. Iron disposal is during regular dump hours only.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS – Mead Garage Sale Day will be Saturday, May 7 from 8 :00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Mead Clean Up Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mead Days is scheduled for June 17, 18 and 19.


Saturday, April 9, 2011
Mead Community Building
1:30 – 3:00 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 and alteration. Available on the 9th will be vaccinations of rabies, distemper/parvo for dogs and rabies/distemper for cats. Products available to purchase will be Heartgard and Frontline for your pets. Blood tests for heartworm will also be available.

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.

If you wish to license your pet other than this date, please come to the Village Office during regular office hours. You will be required to furnish proof of current rabies vaccination and alteration of your pet. If you wish to mail the paperwork and money to the office, please mail to Box 46. The tag and paperwork you furnished will be mailed to your address. Cost of the tags are $4.00 for altered dog or cat and $6.00 for intact animals.

Daylight Savings Time
Begins March 13

Spring sports is just around the corner. Mead students will be participating in track, baseball and boys golf. Plan to come and support these athletes. Best of luck athletes!


Village Board:
Tuesday, March 8, 6:00 p.m.
Planning Comm:
Monday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.
Library Board:
Wednesday, March 2, 7:00 p.m.
Fire & Rescue:
Monday, March 14, 8:00 p.m.

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


312 S. Vine St., P.O. Box 46
Mead, NE 68041-0046
Phone: (402) 624-2495
Fax: (402) 624-2024
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Ailene Raver, Chairperson
Jim Halbmaier, Trustee
Steve Mayfield, Trustee
Adam Miller, Trustee
Richard Wielage, Trustee

June Moline, Clerk/Treas. 624-2495
Nick Raver, Ut/Mnt. Supt. 443-9688
Jerry Carlson, Police Chief 624-2056
Vera Kuhr, Librarian 624-6605
Mike Coyle, Fire Chief 443-7164

Church Services

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

Worship – 8:30 am – first Sunday of the month (spoken)
10:30 am – all other Sundays
9:15 am Sunday School for all ages
7:00 pm Youth Meeting

PANERA BREAD – March 12, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

7:30 am Prayer in Sanctuary
9:00 am-11:00 am Worship, Coffee & Visiting, Life Groups & Kids Alive

PRIMETIMER’S – March 10, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Weekly Schedule
6:00 pm Time of Prayer
6:00 am Pursuing God Through Prayer
7:00 pm Men’s Group
7:00 pm Women’s Group (2nd Tuesday of each month)
7:00 pm Jr./Sr. High Youth Group

Mead Community Group Healthy Family Tip of the Month

Mentoring is a Good Thing

Take this opportunity to talk to your children about the individual that mentored you in your life. Why do you consider them a mentor? What did they do to make you feel good about who you are? What advice did they give you that you have shared with your children?

Do you mentor a child, either formally or informally? Does your child have someone that they consider a mentor? All children should have three or more non-parent adults in their life that they have in-depth conversation with and feel like they can ask advice.

Write a thank-you to your mentor and help your children thank their mentor!


A Regular Meeting of the Village of Mead Board of Trustees was held February 8 at 6:00 p.m. Present were Chairperson Raver; Trustees Halbmaier, Mayfield, Miller and Wielage. Also present were Clerk/Treasurer Moline, Utility/ Maintenance Supt. N. Raver and Police Chief Carlson. Guests present were John Trouba and Tim Adams.

SCHEDULED GUESTS: John Trouba, SENDD, reviewed paperwork for the grants. Tim Adams, JEO Consulting, updated the board on the Water Study.

Action was taken to authorize a request for grant funds for the Water Study and Street Study; accept the Fair Housing Response Letter for the Street Grant; approved the purchase of a generator and installation by JEO for the wellhouse; approved second reading of Ordinance 612, Municipal Water & Sewer Department Rates; approved Resolutions 11-03 and 11-04, Liquor License Applications to the Mead Fire Department for Mead Days on June 17, 18 and 19; and approved a permit for the Mead Fire Department to close specific streets during Mead Days. A Zoning Assistance Contract with JEO Consulting was approved. Bids were opened to reshingle the library roof, but due to a question that arose on a bid, action was delayed until the March 8 Regular Meeting. Water and sewer rates from other villages/cities will be presented at the March 8 meeting.

POLICE REPORT: Carlson presented the monthly report and discussed vehicle parking on streets during snowstorms.

CLERK REPORT: Moline reported bankruptcy check receipt, scholarship award for Clerk Academy, paperwork from SENDD for the June 2010 Disaster Housing Repair Program and dates set for the Pet Clinic, Garage Sale and Clean Up Day.

UTILITY/MAINTENANCE REPORT: N. Raver reported on well maintenance and need for a generator at well #92.

The meeting adjourned at 8:04 p.m.

A Public Hearing was held on February 8 at 6:13 p.m. The purpose of the hearing was to consider an application and recommendation from the Planning Commission to amend the zoning ordinance.

Action was taken to approve first reading of Ordinance 613 to amend Chapter 9, Article 2, Section 9-201 to charge an additional fee of $100.00 for starting or completing construction or demolition without first obtaining a Building or Demolition Permit and amend Chapter 11, Article 4, Section 11-408 to require all pools, spas or hot tubs containing at least 18” of water to be enclosed by a fence with a 4’ minimum height. Added to the section was hot tubs and spas are not required to have fencing if they have locking tops and kept locked at all times when not in use.

The hearing adjourned at 6:15 p.m.


The Community Food Bank is located at Alma Lutheran Church. If you are in need of food or limited paper products, please contact Pastor Alena at 624-3015 or Jill Dahl at 624-5010 to make arrangements for products. All transactions are kept confidential.
Water / Sewer Payments –
If you have a checking or savings account with the Bank of Mead and would like to have your water / sewer bill paid directly from that account, please stop in the Village Office to fill out a form to do so. The payment will be withdrawn on the 15th of the month. You’ll experience “worry free” payment of the account.


On January 27th and 28th members of the Mead Community Group were involved in the Nebraska Training for Substance Abuse Prevention (NETSAP) training in Kearney, Ne. The two day event was hosted by the Department of Health & Human Services and Region 3 Behavioral Health Services.
Substance Abuse is defined as:

• Overall consumption
• Acute, heavy consumption
• Consumption in a risky situation
• Consumption by high risk groups
The consequences of Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drugs (ATOD) use and abuse among youth have profound health, social and economic costs. The consequences of youth ATOD use can be death or injury, violence, neglect, crime and punishment, addiction, poor academic and work performance, relationship trouble and health issues. Prevention is the active process of creating conditions or attributes that promote the well-being of people. This is where the Mead Community Group and you as parents can get involved. Ask yourself what part you can play in the process of ATOD abuse prevention? Can we assist you with different ways to help: education, alternative activities, community-based processes, environmental approaches, problem identification and referral, or the use of the “40 Developmental Assets”?
The main speaker at the conference was Dr. Kurt Bahr. He talked about the Brain and Drugs. He spoke about how the brain works and the impact of drugs on the brain and the affect on long-term functioning. He noted that the human brain is not completely developed in a male until age 24 (somewhat earlier in a female) and the damage drug use has on the undeveloped brain. Early use or abuse of ATOD’s is very damaging to our young people. Some of the things we don’t normally think of when addressing drugs (marijuana, cocaine, meth, prescription drugs, to name a few) and alcohol are the effects of caffeine and nicotine on the brain. These too are considered drugs. Adolescence is a critical time for preventing drug (ATOD) use and addiction.

• Moderate drinking impairs learning and memory far more in youth than adults.
• Adolescents need only drink half as much as adults to suffer the same negative effects.
• Adolescents become addicted to nicotine with much lower exposure than adults.
Delayed use of ATOD’s reduces chances of substance use disorders.
Where are we as a community? Do we have any awareness or a vague awareness of the problems our kids are dealing with? Do we deny that there may be a local problem? Are we aware there could be a problem and just sit back and think someone should do something? Do you want more information about existing problems? Where are you? Are you ready to get involved in efforts and solutions which might help our Community’s children succeed? The next Mead Community Group meeting is tentatively scheduled for March 24, 2011 at 1 PM at the Mead High School. Anyone interested in becoming involved in the group or wanting more information is welcome to attend. You might just be that SOMEONE our community needs!


Tuesday: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesday: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am -11:00 am
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Date: Saturday, March 19th
Time: 1:00 pm—3:00 pm

Come see the “new library”

Door Prizes Celebrity Readers
Free Demonstrations Fine Amnesty … and
much more!

Mead Library News 2011 February by Vera Kuhr

OPEN HOUSE – The Mead Library Board of Trustees and the Foundation/Friends will host an open house on March 19th. It will be from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Please note the flyer attached to this newsletter.

It has been a busy time trying to get the books back on the shelf (moving them at least once) and in proper order. The board has been working hard and we think it looks “great”. COME IN AND LOOK AROUND !!

“ONE WORLD – MANY STORIES” – The winter is coming to a close and we are thinking of Summer Reading. Watch for more announcements and flyers. It should be a fun program this year.

Thanks for all who helped with the Spaghetti Feed fundraiser in January. We had a very successful event and some of the proceeds will be used to fund the summer reading program.

New titles:
The Immortal Life in Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot; The Blueberry Years by Jim Minick; The Cold Kiss by John Rector; The Best of Friends by Susan Mallery; Sweetwater Creek by Anne Rivers Siddon; Watchers on the Hill by Stephanie Whitson; Sisters of the Quilt Trilogy by Cindy Woodsmall and The Confession by John Grisham. The library has the latest issues of Taste of Home as well as the annual recipe book. We subscribe to the Wahoo Newspaper and various children’s magazines that are available to be checked out.

It is our hope that the new shelves will make it easier to find titles and get acquainted with new authors.

See you the 19th.

A belated “thank you” to Virgene Schuette for her many years of service on the Library Board.