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Village of Mead

Volume 11, Issue 10

Mead Fire/Rescue Department Annual Halloween Costume Party
Monday, October 31st
Mead Community Building
The party begins at 6:00 p.m. with hot dogs and hot chocolate served by members of the Fire/Rescue Department.  Costume judging for all ages will follow shortly thereafter.  Don’t be late!  This is annual event sponsored by the Mead Fire/Rescue Department.  Thank You!

     The Village of Mead Board of Trustees met 8/22 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mead Community Building for a Special Meeting.  Answering roll call was Chairman Havelka; Trustees Felty, Guyle, Wielage and Wimer.  Also present were Clerk Moline and Utility/Maintenance Superintendent Raver.  Approximately 50 guests were present.  Craig Reinsch, Olsson Associates, discussed a future water project that calls for a new well, treatment plant and water tower.  Discussion was held on funding of the project.  The meeting adjourned at 8:07 p.m.
     The Board of Trustees held a Regular Meeting on 9/13 at 6:00 p.m. at the Village Office.  Present were Chairman Havelka; Trustees Felty, Guyle, Wielage and Wimer.  Also present were Clerk Moline, Utility/Maintenance Superintendent Raver and guest, Craig Reinsch.
     A Budget Hearing was called at 6:05 p.m.  Approved were:  10/1/16 through 9/30/17 fiscal budget, additional 1% increase and Resolution 16-13, Final Tax Levy of 26.4980 cents per one hundred dollars of actual valuation.  The hearing adjourned at 6:11 p.m.
     SCHEDULED GUEST:  Craig Reinsch, Olsson Associates, outlined the water project which includes projected costs and deadlines.  Action was taken to approve Letter Agreement #1 with Olsson Associates for professional services to complete a water project calling for a new well, treatment plant and water tower.
     REPORTS:  Police – Carlson presented a written Monthly Police Report.  Discussion was held on process of a declared nuisance at 420 S. Cedar St.  The board agreed to release items stored during abatement of property at 1020 Co Rd M.  Utility/Maintenance – Raver reported meter maintenance, jetting a storm sewer at 619 S. Vine St. and drainage concerns.  Planning Commission – The minutes of the 8/22 Regular Meeting and Permits were accepted.  Permits issued were:  16-12, Cyndie Barris to demolish a garage; 16-13, Cyndie Barris to erect a polyethylene steel frame shelter; 16-14 to Jeremy Harnish to erect a 6’ privacy fence; 16-15 to Allison Leimer to erect a fence and 16-16 to Gary and Laurie Guyle for a house addition.  Library – The minutes of the 8/17 Library Board meeting were accepted.
     NEW BUSINESS:  Action was taken to adopt Resolution 16-14, Rate for Storage and Resolution 16-15, Special Designated Liquor License to Michael Beckman to sponsor a Poker-Night for the Mead Post Prom.  The event is hosted by the Mead
Post Prom Committee. 
     Projects were reported that the Mead Ball Assoc. have undertaken and wish to see happen in the future at the park.  Discussion was held on options to repay the loan for the future water project, Board of Trustees wage schedule from numerous municipalities were reported and a letter was received from USDA indicating that the property at 309 W. Second St. is nonagricultural.
     The meeting adjourned at 8:07 p.m.

ALMA LUTHERAN  219 W. Fifth St. / 402-624-3015
  8:30a.m. – Sunday Worship – First Sunday of the month
  9:15a.m. – Sunday School for all ages
10:30a.m. – Sunday Worship – All other Sundays
PANERA BREAD – FREE TO THE PUBLIC, Saturday following the second Friday of the month – OCTOBER 15

MEAD COVENANT  1540 Co Rd 10 / 402-624-6125
10:00a.m. – Sunday Encounter Service
6:00p.m. – We’d like to treat you to a FREE meal!
7:00p.m. – Adult Groups, Jr & Sr High Youth Group
7:15p.m. – Kids in Action (elementary age children)

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

312 S. Vine St., Box 46
Mead, NE  68041-0046
Telephone 402-624-2495
Fax 402-624-2024

Shawn Havelka, Chairman
Gary Guyle, Trustee
Jason Felty, 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
Laurie VanAckeren, Library Director 402-624-6605
Lori Moseman, Ass’t Library Director
Nick Raver, Fire Chief 402-443-9688

Village Board:  Tuesday, October 11, 6:00 pm
Planning Comm.: Monday, October 24, 7:30 pm
Library Board:  Wednesday, October 19, 5:30 pm
Fire & Rescue:  Monday, October 10, 7:30 pm
The Village Board & Planning Commission meet at the Village Office, Library Board at the Library and Fire/Rescue at the Fire Station.

October 2016 Library News
NEW Fall Library Hours
Tuesdays 10am-1pm & 4pm-7pm              Fridays  9am-1pm
Wednesdays  4pm-7pm                            Saturdays 9am-12pm
Thursdays  9am-6pm                                Closed:  Sun. & Mon.

Monthly Schedule
       *Coffee Hour is scheduled every Tuesday at 10am and Story Time for young children is offered every Thursday at 4pm.
       * The Lunch Bunch Book Club will meet from 1130am-1230pm on Friday, Oct. 14.  All residents are welcome to stop by & enjoy the book discussion, dessert & coffee.
       *The Library Board will meet Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 530pm.  This session is open to the public & the agenda is posted prior to the meeting inside the library and the Mead post office.

Upcoming Special Events
      Oct. 27 – Storytime Halloween Party 4pm-5pm   Join us for a story, games, treats & tricks!  Wear a costume!
      Oct. 11 – Teen Advisory Board will have their first meeting of this school year at 4pm.  All teens/tweens in grades 6th-12th are invited to attend.
      The library will be closed Thursday, Oct. 20 & Friday, Oct. 21 so the librarian can attend the National Library Conference in Omaha.
      Do you have too many holiday decorations?  Please consider donating them to the library.  We will be having a fundraiser in December where you may purchase holiday items for a small donation.  All proceeds will go to the library.
     *We are getting ready for our Summer Reading Camp!  If you would like to be a part of this fun program for our        Mead children please stop by and speak with one of our librarians.  Thanks!

Thank You ~
Thanks to all of the patrons who donated books & supplies to the library in Sept. & to Denise Patocka (Library Board President) and Vera Kuhr (Friends of the Library President) for their  support to the Mead Public Library.

Thank you, Denise Patoka, for your many years of service on the Mead Library Board, serving as President the last number of years.  THANKS!

The Mead Library is in need of a member on the Mead Library Board.  The board consists of five members from the Village of Mead.  If you are interested please contact a member of the Library Board or the Library Directors at 402-624-6604 or

The Mead Community Group will sponsor the Annual Trunk-or-Treat at the Mead Fire Hall north parking lot on Halloween, October 31 in conjunction with the Mead Fire / Rescue Department’s Annual Halloween Costume Party.  Everyone is welcome to decorate a car trunk or pickup box and pass out candy.  All participants will be entered in a drawing to win an Autumn-themed decoration.  Come and join the fun!

This month the Mead Community Group wants to share some information we received that we feel everyone with children of any age would like to have.  It’s common sense, but a reminder is always good.

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Childhood experiences can greatly impact individuals in adulthood. Negative or positive experiences in childhood play a role in shaping how individuals respond to situations as they age. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are serious childhood traumas that result in stress, which can harm the developing brain. ACEs can lead to chronic health conditions and early death in adulthood. What are ACEs? The original ACE Study was conducted in Southern California in 1995-1997. Over 17,000 Health Maintenance Organization members participated in the study, which included a physical examination and surveys about childhood trauma and current health status. All of the ACE questions refer the first 18 years of life. Two-thirds of the participants had at least one adverse childhood experience and 1 in 5 had three or more ACEs. Since 2009, the ACE study has been conducted in several states, including Nebraska in 2010-2011. Of all of the states collecting data, the research showed a much high prevalence rate than researchers first anticipated. In Nebraska, over 50% or an estimated 1.37 million people report having at least one ACE. The highest individual ACEs were in household substance abuse and verbal abuse. Nationally, common adverse childhood experiences include household substance abuse, parental separation or divorce, household mental illness, mother treated violently, incarcerated household member, emotional abuse or neglect, physical abuse or neglect, sexual abuse, and natural disasters. There is a strong association between ACEs and some of the nation’s worst health and social concerns.  Individuals with 1 or more ACEs are at a greater risk for developing negative chronic health conditions or negative well-being outcomes. The more ACEs an individual has, the greater the risk.  Exposure to ACEs increases the risk of: Substance Abuse – Smoking – COPD – Heart disease – Depression – Suicidal ideation and/or attempts – STDs – Intimate partner violence – Low academic achievement – Teen Pregnancy.   Prolonged exposure to stress can damage the developing brain and affect overall health and well-being. Stress can affect children in the following ways: reduced ability to learn and problem solve,  difficulty making friends and maintaining relationships, Increase stress hormones, which can reduce the body’s ability to fight infections.

The ACEs study provides insight on the significant impact adverse childhood experiences have on the lifespan. The ACEs study can also help us begin to understand how to prevent these health and social problems that are linked to adverse childhood experiences. Prevention strategies: Community education on ACEs – Parenting classes and parent support groups for any new or expecting parents – Supports for parents – Therapeutic interventions for Adults, Children, Children-Parent interaction – Family – Positive youth development programs, like Teammates – After-school mentoring programs  – Professional Partners Program etc.  – Assist youth in developing coping skills and stress reduction strategies – Create environments that make children feel safe.

These are some of the ways to prevent ACEs and help children cope through education and community systems.

All good information, but here at home we are moving into our October activities, celebrating Red Ribbon Week in cooperation with Mead Public Schools and the Elementary Student Council October 23 through October 31.  And again the Mead Community Group will sponsor a Trunk-or-Treat at the Mead Fire Hall on Halloween, partnering with Mead Fire and Rescue after their annual costume contest.  Everyone is welcome to decorate a car trunk or pickup truck and pass out candy.  All participants will be entered in a drawing to win an Autumn-themed decoration.  Come on out!

The next Mead Community Group meeting will be October 4, 7:00 PM at the High School Commons.  Please join us!

DUMP HOURS effective November 1 – March 31
The dump will be open the FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH ONLY from 8 am – 12 noon.  During the winter months, be aware that the dump may be closed due to inclement weather.  Tree branches, weeds, leaves and grass clippings are the only items permitted.  A dumpster for metal / iron products is available at the dump.  The dump is available to Mead residents only!  Cost is $2.00 per load, including metal / iron products, payable to the Dumpmaster.

A Post Prom Vegas Night Fundraiser will be held following the Homecoming football game with Parkview Christian on October 14 from approximately 9:30 pm – 1:00 am.  The event will be held at the Firehall.  A $5.00 entry fee at the door will cover food.  Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.  Various games and Bingo will be offered.  This event is limited to those 21 years of age and over.  Proceeds go to Mead Post Prom.  Come and support a great event and have some fun!