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Mead Messenger Village of Mead MAY 2012 Volume 9, Issue 5 VILLAGE OF MEAD BOARD OF TRUSTEES HOLD NUMEROUS MEETINGS The Village Board of Trustees met 4/10 at 6pm at the Village Office. Present were Chairman Mayfield and Trustees Halbmaier & Raver. Absent were Miller & Wielage. Others present were Clerk Moline, Utilities/Maintenance Supt. N. Raver & Police Chief Carlson. Guests were Mike Sousek, Terry Meier, Tim Adams, George Robertson, Dave Henke, Jody Weible, Connie Schliffke, Don Anderson, Duane Johnson & Bryce Anderson. The Board entered a Public Hearing at 6:05pm. Ord. No. 622, Add Item H to Zoning Regulations. The board returned to Regular Session at 6:10pm. SCHEDULED GUESTS: Mike Sousek, NE Resources Dist. Lower Platte North, presented water options. The option to pipe water from the National Guard was not considered due to the cost and timeline. A second option may be to pipe from the City of Wahoo. The board indicated they are looking to locate a well northeast of town but is awaiting water samples from the site. Terry Meier, JEO Consulting, discussed financing options for a new well. He asked that application be resubmitted to the WEWAC Committee for funding based on community need. Duane Johnson & Don Anderson represented Mead Rural Fire District #8 in regard to the 99-year lease of the Community Bldg./Fire Station. Three readings of Ord. 625 were waived & Ord. 625 was adopted authorizing the Village to enter into a Triple Net Lease of the Community Bldg./Fire Station with Mead Rural Fire Dist #8 from 6/1/2012 through 5/31/2111 at a rate of $1.00 per year. Bryce Anderson inquired about placement of an additional trailer at Andy’s Trailer Park. It was indicated the trailer could not meet setback requirements. Application may be made for a resident to place a shed on the property. UNSCHEDULED GUEST: Jody Weible inquired about the Mead FFA placing a sign on school property. UTILITY/MAINTENANCE REPORT: N. Raver reported on Wastewater Permit, five-year Toxicology Report, cleaning process for wells, hydrants in need of repair & receipt of new siren. He indicated the need of a back-up battery for the siren. Action was taken to approve the purchase of the back-up battery for $6,800.00. Inquires were addressed from residents on use of the bobcat & dump truck. The Bobcat rental must follow guidelines & the dump truck is not to be rented. POLICE REPORT: Carlson reported on property nuisances, receipt of a camera from the Crisis Center to be used solely for domestic abuse cases & Diversion Program to be held at Mead High School Prom on 4/21. CLERK REPORT: Moline reported on meter repair timeline & sessions addressed at Clerk’s School. She thanked the board & co-workers for their support in receipt of her Village Clerk of the Year Award from the NE Clerk’s Assoc. PLANNING COMMISSION REPORT: The minutes of the 3/26 Regular Meeting & 3/26 Public Hearing & Bldg. Permit 12-06, Mead Public Schools – bus barn addition were reviewed. LIBRARY REPORT: The 4/6 meeting minutes were reviewed. NEW BUSINESS: Action was taken to approve Res. 12-07, Lien on Property for Delinquent Water Account; Res. 12-09, Interlocal Agreement for a Mutual Aid Organization; waive three readings & approve Ord. 623, Garbage Franchise with Quality Disposal & Ord. 624, Garbage Franchise with Waste Connections; & heard first reading of Ord. 626, Building Permit Fees. Petition request was heard from Kent Bernbeck, resignation accepted from Tracy Sterba as Custodian, & discussion was held on PTO benefit payments. The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m. TRUSTEES HOLD SPECIAL MEETING ON APRIL 18TH A special meeting of the Board of Trustees took place on April 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the Village Office. Present were Chairman Mayfield; Trustees Halbmaier, Miller, A. Raver & Wielage. Due to not meeting requirements with board members present to waive three readings of previous ordinances, all were considered null & void from the April 10 meeting. Action was taken to waive three readings & adopt Ord. 623, Garbage Franchise with Quality Disposal; Ord. 624, Garbage Franchise with Waste Connections & Ord. 625, Authorizing the Village to enter into a Triple Net Lease of the Community Bldg./Fire Station with Mead Rural Fire District #8. Tracy Varble was hired as Custodian at $8.00 per hour, approved hire of Eye Tech to clean the storm sewer west of Aggregate Carriers & approved House Moving Permit to Scribs House Moving for removal of pigeon house from Dale Freeman residence. Material was reviewed from Olsson & Associates regarding water projects they have engineered. The meeting adjourned at 7:39 p.m. OPERATION LIFESAVER – THINK WHEN YOU SAVE Stopping safely at farm-rail crossings 1. Stop no closer than 15 feet from the nearest rail. Allow extra distance for front-mounted buckets and chemical tanks on farm tractors. 2. To better hear the train, open machinery cab windows, turn off radios and fans, and remove headphones. 3. Make sure that the farm machinery is properly lined up with the farm rail crossing to ensure safe passage over the train tracks. 4. While stopped, look carefully in each direction for approaching trains, moving head and eyes to see around obstructions such as mirrors, windshield pillar and passengers. RESUME TRAVEL: 1. Before resuming, make sure there is enough room on the other side of the train track or tracks to fully clear without stopping. Don’t stop on the tracks to open or close gates! 2. Make sure that any towed equipment does not become unhitched while crossing. 3. Watch wagons and other equipment during the crossing so leaded materials are not dislodged onto the train tracks. Some farm equipment is uniquely designed for field work and does not transport well across farm-rail crossings. Do not attempt a crossing with low-slung equipment that can become lodged on “humped” crossings. When operating new farm machinery over farm-rail crossing for the first time, make sure that heavier and wider equpment can be safely moved over the crossing. Some farm equpments transports toxic materials, including pesticides and fertilizers Take extra care with nurse tanks containing anhydrous ammonia. Hitch pins can become dislodged when moving across rough farm-rail crossings. Some farm equipment hauls heavy commodities, including bulk manure and grain. Take extra care that farm tractors towing loaded bulk manure tanks will fully clear the crossing quickly and safely. Take extra care with loaded grain wagons that could tip over if the wheels are not properly lined up with the crossing. If for any reason you get stuck on the track, get out of the equipment and away from the track. Check any signposts or signal housings at the crossing for emergency notification information, including a 1-800 emergency notification number. Look for a U.S. Department of Transportation number (U.S. DOT), six digits plus a letter, that will help you identify the crossing location. Immediately call the 1-800 emergency notification number, if available. If not, call 911 and provide the 911 dispatcher with the crossing location, the U.S. DOT number, if available, and all identifiable landmarks. THANK-YOU, Denise Patocka and her volunteers for coordinating the Annual Mead Easter Egg Hunt. Also, thank you to the businesses and persons who sponsored the event with dollar and candy donations. COMMUNITY POINTS OF INTEREST AS SPRING ARRIVES *All dogs and cats within village boundaries are to be licensed by MAY 1st. Licenses available at the Village Office during regular business hours or by mailing required payment and shot documentation to Box 46, Mead. *Dogs are not permitted to run at large within the community. There have been several cases already this spring of dogs running loose. *Owners of all animals are responsible for the removal of any excreta deposited on public or private property. The owner is also responsible for the removal of any trash or garbage that is scattered or removed from its rightful place. *No person, firm or organization shall abandon any vehicle within the village. *All yards are to be maintained at all times. Grass and weeds shall be no taller than 12”. Owners are to cut and clear such real estate, together with 1/2 of the streets and alleys abutting their property. Grass is not to be mowed into the street. *The owner or occupant of any lot or parcel of ground abutting or adjacent to any street or sidewalk over which there extends the branches of trees shall at all times keep the branches or limbs trimmed to the height of at least 14’. Thank you, Tracy Sterba for serving as the Village Custodian for the past year. Tracy Varble has been hired as the new custodian for the Village of Mead. Thank you, Gil Frey for your dedicated service to the village water and sewer departments for the last number of years. You will be missed! DUMP HOURS Wednseday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Saturday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Thank you to the members and leaders of Marietta Livestock 4-H Club for sprucing up the park on April 18. They were busy picking up sticks and raking the grounds. It looks super! Thank you for choosing the Mead Park as your Community Project. A resident has delivered a child’s book they found while walking on April 18. If you are missing a book, please claim at the Village of Mead office. Church Services 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 service) PRIMETIMER’S – May 10, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Weekly Schedule Tuesday 7:00 pm Men’s Study Wednesday 6:00 pm Dinner 4 Change (free to everyone) 7:00 pm Life Group / Bible Study (an opportunity to hear answers to tough questions of the Bible) 7:00 pm Jr./Sr. High Youth Group ST. JAMES CATHOLIC 213 E. Eighth St. / 402-624-3555 5:30 pm Saturday Mass 9:00 am Sunday Mass Weekly Schedule 7:00 am Daily Mass – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 5:30 pm Daily Mass – Tuesday 8:00 am Daily Mass – Saturday ALMA LUTHERAN 219 W Fifth St. / 402-624-3015 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 – May 12, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. MEAD’S ANNUAL COMMUNITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE Saturday, May 5, 2012 8:00 a.m.– 2:00 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 27. A limited number of tables will be available to borrow from the Community Bldg. Contact the village office (624-2495) to reserve tables (limit 2). VILLAGE OF MEAD 312 S. Vine St., P.O. Box 46 Mead, NE 68041-0046 Phone: (402) 624-2495 Fax: (402) 624-2024 E-mail: Web: Steve Mayfield, Chairman Jim Halbmaier, Trustee Adam Miller, Trustee Ailene Raver, 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 Nick Raver, Fire Chief 443-9688 WANTED – MEAD DAYS DONATIONS! The Mead Days Committee is requesting donations for Mead Days 2012 to be held June 15, 16 and 17. Donations can be in the form of cash or items for Bingo. All donations can be dropped off at the Bank of Mead or mailed to the Bank of Mead, Box 64, Mead, NE 68041. Thank you for supporting Mead’s Annual Event – MEAD DAYS! VILLAGE OF MEAD UPCOMING MEETINGS Village Board: Tuesday, May 8, 6:00 p.m. Planning Commission: Monday, May 21, 7:30 p.m. Library Board: Wednesday, May 2, 7:00 p.m. Fire & Rescue: Monday, May 14, 7:30 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. The Annual Mead Community Clean-Up Day is scheduled for Saturday, June 9 from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon. This event is open to Mead residents only. Mead Community Group Healthy Family Tip of the Month How do you feel about your children gambling? It’s all around us these days with the Powerball Lottery, televised Texas Hold’em, organized pools to bet on football and basketball games, scratch cards, and online poker. At one time, Las Vegas and Atlantic City were a long ways from the midwest, but times have progressed and the internet/television has brought things into our lives that never used to be a worry. It is good for us to be aware of how this all affects our families. Did you know that gambling is a highly risky behavior for youth, much like using drugs or alcohol and engaging in sexual activity. It is important that parents are aware of this and that they understand kids’ brains are different from grown-ups. When children start engaging in high risk activities early, when their brains are still developing, they are prone to have lifelong addiction troubles. So…….what do we do? Talk to our kids about gambling and your expectations. Be aware of your gambling habits and the habits of the adults around you. If you discover your child is gambling, be careful to not overreact. As with everything, communication is the best advice. For more information on this topic and other healthy family tips, see