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Village of Mead



MAY 2015

Volume 10, Issue 5


A regular meeting of the Village of Mead Board of Trustees was held April 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the Village Office.  Answering roll call were Chairman Guyle; Trustees Havelka, Nicola and Wielage.  Absent was Trustee Wimer.  Also present were Clerk/Treasurer Moline, Utility/Maintenance Supt. Raver and Police Chief Carlson.

     Action was taken to approve third reading and adopt Ord. 657, Nuisance Abatement; waived three readings and adopted Ord. 659 and 660, non-exclusive garbage franchises with Quality Disposal and Waste Connections; adopted Res. 15-09, Nuisance Enforcement Officer and named Jerry Carlson to fill that position.  Notice of zoning violation on property located at 1020 Co Rd M.  An application from Windstream was approved to replace fiber optic in the alley between Vine and Elm St., north of Second St.  Ord. 661 to amend penalty clauses in various chapters of the Code Book was approved on first reading and pay $15.00 hour for assistance to help repair a storm sewer.

     The baling and ballfield preparation agreements with Miller Property will remain as last year, Clerk to contact the City of Wahoo to spray mosquitoes this summer, resident complaint regarding property was discussed and General Obligation Bond for the wastewater project shall have a repayment period of 20 years.

     REPORTS:  Utility/Maintenance Supt. – Raver reported storm sewer and water line issues and replacement of water meters.  Police – The monthly report was reviewed.  Discussed was the proposed amended Nuisance Ordiannce, postprom breathalyzer checks and requested train break.  Planning Commission – The March 23 meeting and permit approval of 15-02, Mead Public Schools for a bus barn addition were reviewed.  Library– The minutes of the February 17 and March 18 Library Board meetings were reviewed.  Clerk – Moline reported sale of dog / cat licenses, recent Pet Vaccination / License Day, upcoming village events and requested vacation.

     The board entered executive session for the annual evaluation of the Police Chief.  The Police Chief was awarded an $.87 hour wage increase, with the added responsibility of Nuisance Enforcement Officer.

     The meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.



Saturday, May 2

8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Rain or Shine

Maps available at local businesses


Village Board:  Tuesday, May 12, 6:00pm

Planning Commission: Monday, May 18, 7:30pm


Library Board:  Wednesday, May 20, 6:30pm

Fire & Rescue:  Monday, May 11, 7:30pm

The Village Board & Planning Commission meet at the Village Office, Library Board at the Library and Fire & Rescue at the Fire Station.


 LIBRARY NEWS by Donna McLaughlin, Library Aide       


The 2015 Summer Reading Program theme is “Every Hero has a Story”.  Amanda Lee has agreed to serve as the coordinator for this program.  Dates will be published on Facebook, local posters and the June Newsletter once the date has been set for the Summer Reading Program. 


ADULT – “The She Wolf”, “The Light”, “Dawn Light”, “Night Light” and “Last Light” by Terry Blackstock, “A Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler; “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins; “The Assassin, an Isaac Bell Adventure” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott; and “Tuna Melts My Heart” by Courtney Dasher.  JUVENILE – “Completely Clementine” by Marla Frazee; “The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B” by Teresa Toten; “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan; and “Niagara Falls or Does It?” by Hank Zipzer.  Several books for Juveniles have recently been received through donations.  DVD’s – “The Hunger Game Mocking Jay Part 1”; “Into the Woods”; “The Grand Budapest Hotel”; Whiplash”; “The Theory of Everything” and “St. Vincent”.  COME AND CHECK OUT THE VARIOUS RESOURCES YOUR L IBRARY HAS TO OFFER!


Graduation exercises for Mead High School will be held Saturday, May 16 in the school gymnasium.  Baccalaureate begins at 1:30, with commencement following at 2:00.


The Annual Mead Alumni Banquet will be held Saturday, May 23 at the Jr-Sr High Commons.  Banquet tickets are $20.00 if purchased by May 11, $25.00 thereafter.  Tickets may be purchased at the Bank of Mead, Country Store or Konecky Oil. Reservations to Barb Bartek at tbbartek@live.comor 402-607-0009.



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.


The Village of Mead is undertaking a Community Survey seeking CDBG funding for numerous projects.  The surveys will be mailed in the near future.  It is imperative that ALL residents of Mead 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.




     The Village of Mead is in need of a member of the Planning Commission.  If you are concerned about the community and are willing to learn zoning regulations, this is the opportunity for you.  You must reside within the corporate limits of Mead.  Terms are three-years, with this term ending May, 2017.

     Contact the Village Office, a member of the Board of Trustees or a member of the Planning Commission to express your interest.



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


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

9:15a.m. – Sunday School for all ages (no Sunday School first Sunday of the month)

10:30a.m. – Worship – All other Sundays


PANERA BREAD – FREE TO THE PUBLIC, available the Saturday following the second Friday of the month.  MAY 9, 10:00 am – 11:00 am in the church basement.



Thank you to everyone and their pets who participated in the Annual Dog/Cat Vaccination / Pet License Day on April 4.  Special thanks to Dr. Ron Dobesh and his son, Matt, from Green Acre Animal Clinic for coming to complete the vaccinations.


LICENSE YOUR PET BY MAY 1.  All dogs and cats within the village limits are required to be licensed by MAY 1.  Please purchase the license at the village office by coming to the office or mailing or delivering the required document and payment to the drop box located by the office front door.  The license and the document you supplied will be returned to you via mail.  You must submit proof of a current rabies vaccination.  License fees are $4.00 altered / $6.00 in-tact dog or cat.



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

Nick Raver, Fire Chief  402-443-9688



Thank you to the Village of Mead; Bank of Mead; Mead Volunteer Fire Dept.; Charles’ Surveying; Todd Valley Farms; Insulfoam; Country Store; Wahoo Civic Center; Mrs. Weiss; Mead High School students; PJ and Sara Nicola; Andrew and Brandy Dietzel; Jessica Watters, Doug and Jeannette Johnson; Doug and Denise Patocka; Tom and Connie Schliffke; Karen Porter; Andy and Jenny Carritt; Aaron and Kari Carritt; Ray and Vera Huckeby; and Josh Quinn for donating money, candy, prizes and time towards the ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT for our children in the community.


Thank you, Lena Huckeby for coordinating the Annual Easter Egg Hunt for the children of Mead. 


MEAD DAYS UPDATE by Dalene Selko


     We are looking for donations for Mead Days 2015.  Donations can be in cash or Bingo items and can be dropped off at the Bank of Mead.  Donations received to date:  Alma Lutheran Church, St. James Catholic Church, Village of Mead, Bank of Mead, Kent and Linda Sweet, AWS, Fud and Tracy’s, Inspro, Riggins Ag Equipment, WL Anderson Livestock and Grain, Alice Adams, Buckmaster Construction, Mead Cattle Co., Farmers Mutual, Subbert Well Services, Vera and Ray Huckeby, SECO, Big Rig, G & L Restaurant, Bonnie and Jim Edins, and Frontier Coop, Mead. 

     We are really excited about this year’s events and look forward to hearing your feedback on our new events that we have scheduled.  We are adding a Princesses show on Saturday in which Cinderella, Snow Princess Elsa and Rapunzel will be there.  We are also adding a wine tasting event on Sunday.  MARK YOUR CALENDARS for Mead Days June 19, 20 & 21!




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.





How can I protect my family from cross connections?

1. Check your water softener or other in-home treatment device to insure that any drain lines have a proper air gap prior to entering the sewer line.  The floor drain is considered a sewer line and there should be an air gap if the drain line runs into the floor drain.

2. Check all faucets where a hose might be connected and install a hose bib vacuum breaker to protect these connections.

3. Install a Pressure Vacuum Breaker on your underground sprinklers and have it tested annually when the sprinklers are turned on for the season.

4. If you have a boiler for home heating, make sure the fill line is protected with an approved backflow prevention assembly.  If you have old-style sinks or bathtubs, be sure never to fill them so the water level is higher than the fill spout.






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.



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.


Mead Community Group – April 2015


Spring is here!  Tulips, daffodils, tiny green tree leaves, and Prom, just last week.  Graduation is coming up soon.  Our young people are feeling it – spring fever, it used to be called – the strong urge to be out and about.  It’s a time of exuberant joy, but that exuberance can sometimes translate into distracted driving.  We all read the statistics, especially the dangers of texting, but apparently many of our youth are also too distracted to buckle their seat belts before they take off.  Recently, a horrific car crash took the lives of four people, and two teens’ lives were changed forever.  News reports were that none of the six were wearing seat belts.  How tragic, that if seat belts had been used, there might have been less loss of life.  Again, statistics have verified that in the majority of accidents, seat belts do save lives. 

Many of us did not grow up with seat belts, and it was a hard thing to learn to buckle up.  Thirty years ago one of our grandsons tried to teach us, in his tiny, three-year-old voice, “Seat belt, Grandpa, seat belt,” but it took a crash that could have cost a leg for the lesson to hit home.  But this generation has always had seat belts and it is vital that someone teaches them to use them.  So come on parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, remind them, nag them even if that’s what it takes, but let’s do whatever we can to help our young people stay safe when they hit the roads so thatthey will someday be parents, grandparents, great-grandparents.

The next Mead Community Group meeting will be in the High School Commons at 7:00 PM, May 5.