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Village of Mead


Volume 9, Issue 11





     A Special Meeting was held Sept. 29 at 6:00p.m. at the village office.  Present were Chairman Guyle; Trustees Havelka, Miller and Wimer.  Absent was Wielage.  Also present was Clerk Moline.  Guest was Tanner Shaw.

     Action was taken to approve Building Permits to AltEn.  Permits being:  14-16, potable water tank; 14-17, gas turbine electrical generator with heat recovery; 14-18, two flat grain storage buildings.  The nuisance abatement policy was discussed.  Ordinance to be created for designated “no parking” zones.

     The meeting was adjourned at 6:42p.m.


     A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees was held Oct. 14 at 6:00p.m. at the village office.  Present were Chairman Guyle; Trustees, Havelka, Miller, Wielage and Wimer.  Also present were Clerk Moline, Utility/Maintenance Supt. Raver and Police Chief Carlson.  Guests present were Gus and Layla Giorgakopoulos and Tanner Shaw.

     GUESTS:  Gus and Layla Giorgakopoulos introduced themselves as the new owners of G and C Café.  Tanner Shaw discussed the operation and current construction at AltEn.

     PUBLIC HEARING:  A Public Hearing was called at 6:30p.m.  Action was taken to introduce, waive three readings and adopt Ord. No. 653, amend the zoning at 1555 Co Rd 10, Mead, from Multiple Family Residential to Light Industrial.  The request was made by Frontier Cooperative.  The hearing adjourned at 6:35p.m.

     REPORTS:  Utility/Maintenance:  Supt. Raver reported on test well site selection, water line repair at N. Third Circle, storm sewer maintenance, required repair of the jetter and implementation of equipment at the wellhouse using Safety Grant dollars.  Police:  Chief Carlson presented the Monthly Police Report, reported upcoming breathalyzer testing during Mead Schools Homecoming dance and discussed the nuisance agreement and zoning districts.  Planning Commission:  Minutes of the Sept. 22 Regular Meeting and Public Hearing and Oct.1 Special Meeting were reviewed.  Reported was Building Permits:  14-19, Bob Bice to erect a fence.  Action was taken to approve Building Permit 14-20 to Draw Properties for an addition to their building.  Noted was the resignation of Dennis Berry from the Planning Commission.  Library:  The minutes of the July 16 and Sept. 17 Library Board meetings were reviewed.  Clerk:  Clerk Moline reported receipt of letter from Mead Public Schools regarding use of the skidloader, completion of the annual audit and scheduled vacation.

     Action was taken to approve a “Scope of Service” to drill a test well, accept proposal from AWS to drill the test well, introduced, waived three readings and adopted ord. No. 654, establish a “No Parking” zone along Elm Street and Highway 92.  Motion to move $396.85 from the Landfill Fund to the General Fund was approved.  Discussion was held showed no interest in partnership with Andy Harpenau for removal of tree branches from the dump and receipt of complaint.  Discussion was held on the court case for the land purchase of the lagoon system.

     The meeting adjourned at 7:49pm.


Thank you to the Mead Fire / Rescue Department for sponsoring the Annual Halloween Party held at the Fire Hall for the Mead community




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)


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




10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m. in the church basement


NOVEMBER is Adopt a Senior Pet Month.  If you love animals, please consider adopting an older pet.  They have several elderly, very loving dogs at Saunders County Pet Rescue in Wahoo. 





The Village Board of Trustees meets the SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH at 6:00p.m. at the village office.  The Planning Commission meets the FOURTH MONDAY OF THE MONTH, excluding December, at 7:30p.m. at the village office.


Contact the village office to be placed on the agenda.  The agenda cannot be altered after 24 hours prior to the meeting.  Please plan accordingly with office hours and be aware that the Planning Commission meets on a Monday so a request must be submitted by Friday.  Requests must be made prior to office closing so preparation of an amended agenda can be made and posted.



Beginning November 1 through March 31, the dump will be open the FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH ONLY from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.  Please be aware that the dump WILL BE CLOSED at times due to snow or muddy road conditions. 


Mead Library News by Nancy Black, Library Director


On Sept. 13th, 2014 Library Assistant Pat Miller and a group of Mead Library Patrons spent part of the day at Joy Johnson’s release party for her new book, BOOB (Burned Out Old Broads) Girls VI. Everyone had a good time, they enjoyed the live band, laughter, food and fun.

On Oct. 4th the Mead Public Library hosted Beauty and Blindfolded Books.  A BIG library Thank-YOU to Mary Hanson, our beauty consultant for the afternoon.  Blindfolded books will be available during the month of October stop in and get yours!

October is “FOOD 4 FINES” month!  If you currently owe the library a pesky little fine we will accept one can or box food item for each dollar you owe during the month of October.  The food will be donated to the Mead Backpack Program!

Mead Public Library has received a grant of 35 books from the Nebraska Read Aloud program to be distributed to children in the Mead Backpack Program.  The Mead Public Library is certified as a Public Read Aloud Community Location since 2013 when Nancy Black, Library Director submitted paperwork and attended the required workshop for certification.


September/October New Materials:

“Captain America, The Winter Soldier” (DVD); “The Legends of Oz Dorthy’s Return” (DVD); “John Madden’s Heroes of Football” (donation); “Basketball an Official Fan Guide” (donation); “By My Brother’s Side” by Tiki and Ronde Barber (donation); “Yes I Can” by Neil Smith (donation); “ParaNormal” (DVD); “Toy Story of Terror” (DVD); “Monster House” (DVD); “IGOR” (DVD); “Godzilla” (DVD); “Guardians of Ga’Hoole” (DVD); “Support and Defend” by Tom Clancy (donation); “Full Black” by Brad Thor (donation); “Power” by Catherine Coulter (donation); “The Scarlet Contessa” by Jeanne Kalogridis; “The Boob Girls VI” by Joy Johnson; “The Uninvited” by Heather Graham (book on CD); “The King’s Curse” by Phillippa Gregory; “A Triple Knot” by Emma Campion; “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck (replacement copy); “Maplecroft: The Borden Dispatches” by Cherie Priest; “Lockwood” by Lauran Paine (donation); “The Loner” by J.A. Johnstone (donation); “Rawhide Flat” by Ralph Compton (donation); “Mountain Renegade” by Jason Manning (donation); “A Town Called Fury” by William W. Johnstone (donation); “New Hope” by Ernest Haycox (donation)


Thank you to the members of the Mead Fire Department for sponsoring Fire Prevention Week.  The Fire Department members educated students at the Mead Elementary School and fourth grade students were treated with a ride on the fire truck.  Kindergarten students received red fire hats!



312 S. Vine St., Box 46

Mead, NE 68041-0046


Fax 402-624-2024


Gary Guyle, Chairman

Shawn Havelka, Trustee

Adam Miller, Trustee

Richard Wielage, Trustee

Rod Wimer, Trustee


June Moline, Clerk/Treasurer  402-624-2495

Nick Raver, Ut/Mnt. Supt.  402-443-9688

Jerry Carlson, Police Chief  402-443-6846

Nancy Black, Library Director  402-624-6605

Nick Raver, Fire Chief  402-443-9688



Village Board:  Tuesday, November 11, 6:00pm

Planning Commission: Monday, November 24, 7:30pm

Library Board:  Wednesday, November 19, 6:30pm

Fire & Rescue:  Monday, November 10, 7:30pm

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


Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October in the United States. In recent years the Mead Community Group, with support of Region V Systems in Lincoln, has sponsored youth activities aimed at giving our youth the knowledge and incentives to avoid the dangers of drug abuse.  Some of us, however, did not really know the origins of this national program, so thanks to Wikipedia, here is an abbreviated version of the history of Red Ribbon Week:

Death of DEA agent

Red Ribbon Week began after the kidnapping, torture and murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985.  Camarena had been working undercover in Guadalajara, Mexico for over four years. His efforts led to a tip that resulted in the discovery of a multimillion dollar narcotics manufacturing operation in Chihuahua, Mexico. The events that followed Camarena’s disappearance were chronicled in U.S. media, exposing the world of drug trafficking including how far drug traffickers would go to maintain power and control.

National prominence

After he was found murdered, citizens in Camarena’s hometown of Calexico, California donned red ribbons in his honor. The red ribbon became their symbol for prevention in order to reduce the demand for illegal drugs. California Congressman Duncan Hunter and teacher David Dhillon launched “Camarena Clubs” in California high schools. In 1986, club members presented a proclamation to Nancy Reagan, First Lady of the United States, who had initiated nationwide anti-drug programs. The following year, parent teacher organizations in California, Illinois and Virginia wore the red ribbons in late October and November. In 1988, the first National Red Ribbon Week was organized by the National Family Partnership (NFP), proclaimed by the U.S. Congress and chaired by Nancy Reagan.

Henry Lozano, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of USA Freedom Corps in 2007-2008, helped to launch Red Ribbon Week in 1985. In 1985, Lozano, along with the Californian’s for Drug Free Youth Board of Directors, created the first Statewide Red Ribbon Campaign in memory of his High School friend, Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, a Drug Enforcement Administration special agent. With the support of Congressman Duncan Hunter and City Councilman David Dhillon, Lozano helped to promote “Camarena Clubs” in Imperial Valley, California, Camarena’s home. From these clubs emerged the Red Ribbon Week campaign, and during the administration of President Bill Clinton it grew into a nation-wide service effort.

According to the DEA and the National Family Partnership, approximately 80 million people participate in Red Ribbon events every year.

Meeting schedule:  Next Mead Community Group meeting – November 4, 2014  7 PM at the High School Commons