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MEAD MESSENGER – October 2008
Volume 4, Issue 10

Village of Mead Board of Trustees

A regular meeting of the Village of Mead Board of Trustees was held Sept. 9, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. at the Village Office. Present were Chairman Howell; Trustees Feldhaus, Mongan, Raver and Swanson. Also present were Clerk Moline, Utilities/Maintenance Supt. Brabec, Police Chief Carlson and guest, Joan Swanson.
Action was taken to reduce rental of the Community Bldg. to $50.00 to the Mead Covenant Church for a mission fundraiser on Oct. 18, accepted the resignation of Arlyn Hankes from the Planning Commission, approved Resolution 08-13, Loan Schedule with the Bank of Mead for the UV Facility and wrote off two delinquent utility accounts.
A Budget Hearing was called at 6:14 p.m. Action was taken to approve the 10/1/08 – 9/30/09 budget, additional 1% increase and Resolution 08-14, Final Tax Levy of $.229553. The hearing was adjourned at 6:16 p.m.
Police – Carlson reported monthly activities, dogs running at large & reefer on commercial property.
Maintenance – Brabec presented a report of streets requiring maintenance and UV plant facility testing results. Directive was given to seek price of a salt spreader (to be a shared cost with Mead Public Schools), preorder water products for next budget year, discontinue of mosquito spraying this year and vacation time.
Clerk – Moline reported receipt of letters from JEO regarding the drainage project, DEQ acknowledging receipt of village letter stating purchase of safety equipment, Environmental Protection Agency reporting clean up guideline of former Ordinance Plant and City of Wahoo for Hazardous Waste Collection Day.
Discussion was held on erection of a sign by Insulfoam, removal of turf from the baseball field & park rental on October 19.
The board entered executive session at 7:17 p.m. for employee evaluation for Brabec.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:43 p.m

Brad Howell, Chairperson
Bobbie Feldhaus, Trustee
Nate Mongan, Trustee
Ailene Raver, Trustee
Dick Swanson, Trustee

June Moline, Clerk/Treas. 624-2495
Terral Brabec, Utilities Supt. 480-2596
Jerry Carlson, Police Chief 624-2056
Vera Kuhr, Librarian 624-6605
Mike Coyle, Fire Chief 443-7164

312 S. Vine St., PO Box 46
Mead, NE 68041-0046
(402) 624-2495

Mel’s Diner
102 W. Fourth St.
Mead, NE

Extended hours
Monday’s and Wednesday’s until 8:00 p.m.


Daily Hours:
Monday & Wednesday – 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday – 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (serving breakfast only)

There’s a Halloween Party Brewing
The Mead Fire Department will be sponsoring their ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARTY at the Community Building on Friday, October 31. Hot dogs and hot chocolate will be served beginning at 6:00 p.m. The costume judging contest will follow at 6:30 p.m.

Alma Youth will be collecting canned goods on Halloween for the Community Food Pantry.
Please get those canned goods ready for when you are “tricked or beaned” on Halloween!!!


After home football games at Alma Lutheran Church
All students grades 7—12
Food, games, music


The Mead Food Pantry is available to all residents in need. All actions are kept confidential.
Please contact Pastor Alena at Alma, 624-3015 or Jill Dahl at 624-5010.


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.)

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)

The Mead Ball Association has scheduled a meeting on October 1st at 7:00 p.m. at the Mead Community Building. The public is invited.

A set of keys found on Elm Street has been turned in to the Village Office. Please identify to claim – 624-2495.


The Mead Dump will begin winter hours on November 1. Winter hours are the first Saturday of the month ONLY from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. These hours will be in effect from November 1 through March 31.

Please be reminded that the only items permitted to be dumped are tree branches, weeds, leaves and grass clippings. All items must be UNBAGGED.

The dump is available to Mead residents ONLY! A dumping charge of $2.00 per load is payable to the dump master prior to dumping.

Village Board: Tuesday, October 14, 6:00 pm
Planning Commission: Monday, October 27, 7:30 pm
Library Board: Saturday, October 4, 9:00 am
Fire & Rescue: Monday, October 20, 8:00 pm

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

Harvest will soon be underway. Please use extra caution during this busy season with additional tractors, combines and trucks on the roads.

Mead Library News – September, 2008 by Vera Kuhr, Librarian

Fall is finally here and it is time to spend more time indoors and a good book. The library has received numerous donated materials by Carla Neggers, Jordan Dane, Lisa Gardner, Brenda Novak and Karen Roberts and many others in addition to the following titles:
Adult: Christian Fiction by Wanda Brunstetter; Kim Vogel Sawyer and Karen Kingsbury. “Tailspin” by Catherine Coulter; “Fearless Fourteen” by Janet Evanovich; “Tribute” by Nora Roberts; “Say Goodbye” by Lisa Gardner; “Fast Track” by Fern Michaels; and “Last Kiss” by Luanne Rice.
Juvenile: We purchased new materials over the summer that are too numerous to mention.

We experienced internet outage and our software was down for some time that put us behind in getting all of the materials we received catalogued and on the shelf. Things are getting better and we are about caught up.

The materials that are in the front hall of the library will be donated to other organizations at the end of the month. If you are interested in fiction and non fiction, magazines and other miscellaneous materials, please stop in to browse.

The library has two new computers placed in the library for public use. We also have one set up as the card catalog. We do not at this time have a link to the library on-line catalog but will do so in the near future. Anyone with an internet connection will be able to access the data base of the Mead Library from their home. If you would like to have some instruction in accessing this data base, please stop in at the library or call first so we could have a computer available for instruction.

DO YOU HAVE BOOKS OUT? Please check your shelves for library books. Notices will be sent or you will get a telephone call. With the increase in postage, it does not pay to send notices for a small amount of fines. I again remind you that you owe fines if they are more than two weeks overdue. If you put them in the drop box, please include fine money. Fines are 10 cents per day that the library is open. This means you pay fines for 4 days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday) or 40 cents a week the material is overdue. Please contact me if you have concerns with your fine due. The overdue record follows you to the other Saunders County Libraries. Your account must be in good standing in order to use the services of the libraries in Saunders County.

Did you know?

Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.
Store your opened chucks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold.
Peppers with three bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with four bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.
Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.
For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints in a double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.
Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if you want a stronger taste of garlic.
Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat until warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No more soggy microwave pizza.
Leftover Snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simply chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350º for 15 minutes. Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yummm!