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Village of Mead
May 2009

Village of Mead Board of Trustees
The Village of Mead Board of Trustees met April 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the Village Office. Present were Chairman Howell & Trustees Feldhaus, Halbmaier, Raver & Swanson. Also present were Clerk/Treasurer Moline, Utilities/Maintenance Supt. Walling & Police Chief Carlson. Guests present were Nick Raver, Mike Coyle, Andy & Jenny Carritt, Burneil Ecklund & Brenda Halbmaier.

SCHEDULED GUESTS: Raver & Coyle stated they were present to represent the Mead Fire Dept. & were interested in hearing the discussion of the new building.

The Carritts’ discussed a drainage concern & right-of-way to use the alley.

Halbmaier, representing the Library Board, presented a list of maintenance concerns at the library.

Ecklund presented a request to complete dirt work along the north boundary line of the dump to allow better drainage on his property. He was permitted to do so at his cost.

Reports were presented by the Police, Clerk & Utilities/Maintenance Departments.

OLD BUSINESS: Third reading and adoption of Ord. 584, Fence Requirements for Qualifying Swimming Pools, Spas & Hot Tubs took place.

NEW BUSINESS: Action was taken to approve new doors & windows at the Community Bldg.; Res. 09-07 Intended Sale of Quonset; Res. 09-08 Loan from the Bank of Mead for $7,500.00 for Playground Equipment; waived three readings & adopted Ord. 585 & 586 Franchise Agreements for Garbage Removal with Quality Disposal & Waste Connections & approved first reading of Ord. 587 Water & Sewer Deposits for Renters. Two delinquent accounts were approved to be written off the books; approved 50% shared cost with Mead Public Schools for a new tennis net; waved rental fee to $50.00 to Roberta Havelka for the Sladek Fundraiser & waived demolition fee & late fee to David Deerson for demolition of buildings. Agreement was reached to have “2009 Boys State Basketball Champions” painted at the intersection of Fourth & Vine Streets.

The board entered executive session at 8:00 p.m. for evaluation of Police Chief.

The board returned to regular session at 8:08 p.m.

The board approved a $500.00 savings bond for Police Chief Carlson in-lieu of wage increase.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

A Special Meeting was held on April 17 at 9:30 a.m. at the Village Office. Present were Chairman Howell, Trustees Feldhaus, Halbmaier & Swanson. Absent was Raver. Also present were Clerk Moline & Utilities/Maintenance Supt. Walling.
Action was taken to approve Intent to Sell Personal Property Guidelines for the quonset.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 a.m.
A Special Meeting was held on April 17 at 9:30 a.m. at the Village Office. Present were Chairman Howell, Trustees Feldhaus, Halbmaier & Swanson. Absent was Raver. Also present were Clerk Moline & Utilities/Maintenance Supt. Walling.
Action was taken to approve Intent to Sell Personal Property Guidelines for the quonset.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 a.m.

Mead Garage Sale Day
Saturday, May 2
9:00 am- 3:00 pm
Maps available at local businesses

Thank you to all who participated in the Annual Mead Pet Clinic on March 28. We appreciate you bringing in your cats and dogs to be vaccinated and purchase pet tags. We thank Dr. Dobesh for volunteering his time to attend the animals.

Thank you to the many supporters and residents who attended the Celebration of the Boys State Basketball Championship on April 4. Thank you to Scott and Cindy Pickworth and Tim and Annette Johnson for organizing this event.

Thank you, Denise Patocka for coordinating the Annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 11. Thank you to all who donated toward the event.

The participants enjoyed the opportunity to hunt for the colored eggs!


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.

Notice to Dog and Cat Owners

All dogs and cats are to be licensed by May 1. This applies to homeowners residing within village limits. A warning will be issued to the owner for a first offense if their dog is caught running at large. A second offense will force impoundment of the dog at Green Acre Animal Clinic.

Please keep all dogs on your property and on leash while off property. You are also required to clean up pet waste while walking your pet off of your personal property.


Notice is hereby given that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Mead, Nebraska, have, by Resolution No. 09-07, authorized the sale of the following described personal property, to wit: IOLL Quonset #10 at Mead Bin Site, Konecky Property 25-15-8, Mead, Saunders County, Nebraska with dimensions of 40’ x 100’,
pursuant to the following terms and conditions:

1. State intended use for the quonset;
2. Sale subject to written approval by a Representative of the Dale and Dorothy Konecky Revocable Trust, owner of property where quonset is located;
3. Minimum bid required of $18,500.00;
4. Sealed bids shall be sent or delivered to the Mead Village Office, 312 S. Vine Street, Mead, Nebraska by 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2009.
5. Sealed bids will be opened at the Regular Meeting of the Village of Mead Board of Trustees at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2009.

BY: June Moline, Its Clerk

Continued Education Regarding Cross Connections . . .

What case was reported involving a commercial building?
Much to the surprise of the customers of a bank in Atlanta, Georgia they saw yellow water flowing from drinking fountains and green ice rolling out of cafeteria dispensing machines.

It was later reported that a pump, used for the air conditioning system, burned out; and a maintenance man, unaware of the danger, connected the system to another pump used for potable water. The result caused large doses of bichromate of soda to be forced into the potable water supply, causing the dramatic appearance of yellow water and colored ice cubes.

Are there any cases involving outside processing activities?
Yes, a case occurred in a gravel pit operation in Illinois. A pump was used in the processing operation supplying 100 lbs. of pressure. Contaminated water was forced back through an unprotected “prime line” overcoming the city water pressure of 45 lbs. The contaminated water entered the city main and was channeled into a nearby bottling plant. This probably would have gone undetected except that personnel in the bottling plant noticed that the water was not only dirty but was warm. City officials were immediately called which led to the discovery of the reverse flow from the gravel pit operation.

Mead Days
June 18, 19 & 20
Watch for scheduled events!

The Village of Mead is in need of someone to serve a three-year term on the Mead Planning Commission.

Must reside within corporate limits
Willing to learn zoning regulations
Concerned about the community

Please contact the Village Office, 624-2495, a member of the Board of Trustees, or a member of the Planning Commission if you are interested in serving your community.


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)

9:00 am Worship
10:15 am Life Groups

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

Village Office Closed Monday, May 25, Memorial Day.

The Village of Mead is looking for volunteers to help paint the park benches and picnic tables. Youth, if you are interested in Community Service hours, this is a great opportunity. Please contact the village office or a Trustee.

BUILDING GUIDELINES for Village and one-mile extraterritorial residents . . .
Prior to beginning a construction or fencing project, please be aware that an APPLICATION FOR A BUILDING PERMIT must be approved by the Mead Planning Commission. The Planning Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month, excluding December.

Construction items excluded are accessory buildings less than 150 sq. ft., residential sidewalks and driveways. An application must also be approved by the Commission if you are planning to relocate or demolish a building.

If action is taken prior to the approval of the Building Permit, the fee will be doubled.

You are also required to contact Digger’s Hotline prior to disturbing soil. The telephone number is 800-331-5666 or 811. A timeline must be followed to allow utilities to be located.

Please be aware that Ord. No. 584 was adopted by the Board of Trustees on April 14.

11-408 SWIMMING POOLS. The perimeter of all pools, spas, or hot tubs containing at least twenty-four (24”) inches of water, constructed within the zoning jurisdiction of the Village of Mead, Nebraska, shall be constructed in compliance with the Uniform Building Code as adopted by the Village of Mead. In addition, the above-mentioned pools, spas, or hot tubs must be enclosed at ground level by a fence with a minimum height of four (4’) feet and a maximum height of six (6’) feet. There shall be no opening in the fence that permits passage of an object four (4”) inches in diameter or larger. All gates must have locking hardware to prevent access when not in use. Draining of said swimming pools, spas, or hot tubs must not be onto adjoining property. There shall be no draining of said swimming pools, spas, or hot tubs into the sanitary sewer of the Village. Drainage may be permitted into the storm sewer provided the chemicals contained in the said swimming pools, spas, or hot tubs are first diluted. All chemicals for said swimming pools, spas, or hot tubs must be stored in a secure area.

Therefore, if you plan to erect a pool, spa, or hot tub containing twenty-four (24”) inches of water please do accordingly as you must erect a fence. Fences must be approved by the Mead Planning Commission. The Planning Commission meets the fourth Monday of the month. The May meeting will be held May 18th as the 25th is a holiday. You need to complete an Application for a Building Permit prior to having the item placed on the agenda.


Keith has been busy digging the footings for the new playground equipment. We are hoping to have the equipment installed by the middle of May. The equipment is designed for ages toddler through age 12.

We hope the children will find many years of enjoyment on the new equipment.

by Dalene Selko

A special thanks to the Carritt family for their hard work and dedication in putting together another great Alumni Basketball Tournament. It was fun to see so many participants. Also, thanks to Keshia Selko for organizing the girls basketball game. Thanks to all participants for participating. A special thanks to Peggy Wimer for working the concession stand. The weekend was a great fundraiser for the Mead Boosters.

MEAD DAYS . . . .
The Mead Ball Association and Mead Days Committee is asking for donations for the 2009 year. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to Dalene Selko, Mead Ball/Mead Days, PO Box 64, Mead, NE 68041. Donations can be Bingo prizes or cash. Thanks to the following businesses who have already donated: AWS, Farmers Mutual Insurance, Konecky Oil, Mead Cattle Company, Zima Ag Equipment, Kaspar Tree Farms, Bank of Mead, Saunders County, Village of Mead, Marilyn Benal and Mead Signs.

Reminder: Mead Ball Association player fees are due. If you are under eight years old, you owe $30, over eight $40. If you have not registered and still want to play, contact Dalene Selko at the Bank of Mead. Payments may be dropped off at the Bank of Mead. Baseball and softball games are underway. We have eight teams this year. Stop by and cheer for our Mead players.

Who’s the Party For?
It’s time to celebrate! Kids are graduating and that is a perfect reason for a party! As you plan your graduation celebration, think about this… Will you be serving alcoholic beverages? What message is this sending to our kids that aren’t of legal age yet? Do we always need alcohol to have a good time and toast our accomplishments? …..a difficult question, but one we need to ask ourselves.
In addition, it is against the law. In the state of Nebraska, any person who knowingly allows consumption of alcohol on their property by minors can be held criminally liable to hosting, even if they did not provide the alcohol. There is no “safe” place for minors to consume alcohol, including your own home.
Call the MIP Hotline 1-866-393-4445 (anonymous) if you know of a party where minors will be drinking alcohol, have the names of people who provide drugs or alcohol to minors, or know of stores that sell tobacco or alcohol to underage youth.

Healthy Family Tip of the Month, brought to you by the Mead Community Group

312 S. Vine St., P.O. Box 46
Mead, NE 68041-0046
Phone: (402) 624-2495
Fax: (402) 624-2024
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Brad Howell, Chairperson
Bobbie Feldhaus, Trustee
Jim Halbmaier, Trustee
Ailene Raver, Trustee
Dick Swanson, Trustee

June Moline, Clerk/Treas. 624-2495
Keith Walling, Ut/Mnt. Supt. 227-5150
Jerry Carlson, Police Chief 624-2056
Vera Kuhr, Librarian 624-6605
Mike Coyle, Fire Chief 443-7164

Village Board: Tuesday, May 12, 6:00 p.m.
Planning Commission: Monday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.
Library Board: Saturday, May 2, 9:30 a.m.
Fire & Rescue: Monday, May 11, 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.

I believe that friends are quiet angels who sit on our shoulders and lift our wings when we forget how to fly. -Unknown

Village of Mead Clean Up Day
Saturday, June 13
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
312 South Vine St. (downtown in front of the Village Office)

Tires Appliances Water Heaters Bicycles Batteries Trash Additional Items

Wood Grass Clippings Construction Refuse Tree Limbs

This event is open to persons residing within the Village of Mead city limits ONLY! Members of the Board of Trustees will be present to check resident identification and check loads prior to disposal. If you are not a resident, you will be turned away! This is your opportunity to dispose of your unwanted items!

All “junk vehicles” are required to be placed out of sight on one’s property from public view or completely tarped. If this is not a possibility, please dispose of the vehicle.

We are asking that all yards be cleaned as unkept property will be sited by village police. Yards are required to be mowed, weeds removed and no grass clippings are to be spilled onto village streets.

Village of Mead Board of Trustees


We had a beautiful day to celebrate our Annual Village Easter-Egg Hunt on April 11th 2009. Despite having to postpone by one week due to the weather, we still had over 100 kids attend. Everyone left with candy in their baskets and prize in their hand and a smile on their face!

I would like to thank the generosity of the following companies and people for their continued support of the Mead Easter-Egg Hunt.

Cash Donations: Villae of Mead Board of Trustees, Mead Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department, Doug & Jeanette Johnson, Friends of the Mead Library, Bank of Mead

Candy Donations: Wahoo Warehouse Surplus, Mead Signs, Todd Valley Farms

Gifts: AAA Electric, Connie’s Style Salon, WARA, Mead Signs

Volunteers: Connie Weiss & Class, Sara Caccavari, Jenny Carritt, Staci Charles, Jordan Schliffke, Devynn Patocka, Miranda Charles, Leticia Jocoba

I am thrilled that it continues to be successful for the young people of our community and I am filled with gratitude for all that you do!

Thanks Again,

Denise Patocka