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Village Of Mead Office
(402) 624-2495
Non-Emergency Fire & Rescue
(402) 624-3610

SEPTEMBER, 2010 Volume 7, Issue 9

A special meeting of the Village of Mead Board of Trustees was held July 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Office. Present were Chairperson Raver, Trustees Feldhaus, Halbmaier, Mayfield & Swanson. Also present was Clerk Moline.
Resolution 10-14 was adopted to amend the Employee Handbook, Duties of the Utility/Street/Maintenance Supt.
The board entered executive session at 5:50 p.m. to review applications for the Utility/Street/Maintenance Supt. position. The board returned to regular session at 6:22 p.m.
Raver exited the meeting at 6:23 p.m. The meeting adjourned at 6:34 p.m.

A special meeting of the Village of Mead Board of Trustees was held July 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Office. Present were Chairperson Raver, Trustees Feldhaus, Halbmaier, Mayfield & Swanson.
The board entered executive session at 5:45 p.m. to interview candidates for Utility/Street/Maintenance Supt. The board returned to regular session at 9:20 p.m.
Nick Raver was hired as the Supt. at a rate of $15.38 per hour for a 40 hour week. The vote was 4-0, with Raver abstaining. Action was taken to approve the energy grant for replacement lighting, furnaces & air conditioning at the Community Bldg.; repair comminutor for $750.00; return new pump & order new grinder pump for $5,500.00; accept bid from Aquaterra for removal of asbestos & demolition of wellhouse for $23,576.00; accept bid from Bullock Bros. for footings & block work for $10,360.00 & Miller Property to finish the wellhouse building for $5,153.50.
The meeting adjourned at 9:46 p.m.

A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees was held August 10 at 6:00 p.m. Present were Chair Raver, Trustees Halbmaier & Swanson. Absent were Feldhaus & Mayfield. Also present were Clerk Moline, Utility/Maintenance Supt. Raver, Ass’t. Utility Operator Haag, Police Chief Carlson & Librarian Kuhr. Guests present were Ed Schroeder, Shane Mapes, Gene Janecek, Mary Mayfield, Denise Patocka, Virgene Schuette, Brenda Halbmaier & Doug & Barb Hutmacher.

A budget workshop was held from 6:11 p.m. – 7:11 p.m.

A public hearing was held from 7:11 p.m. – 7:25 p.m. Ord. 605 to accept first reading of Article 3, Section 11-310 District B2: Neighborhood Business with the addition of Permitted Conditional Uses for Beer Gardens of the Zoning Ordinance was approved 2-1, with Halbmaier voting no.

Action was taken at the regular meeting to approve the purchase of a trash pump for the wastewater plant, adopted Ord. 601, Fire Pits on third reading, accepted bid of $1,400.00 from SECO for electrical work at the replacement wellhouse building and approved Resolution 10-16, Employee Handbook; Hours.
Utility/Maintenance Supt. Report: Reported were maintenance concerns at the wastewater plant & future replacement of 2 fire hydrants.
Police Report: The monthly report was presented & resident complaints addressed.
Library Report: The 7/7 & 8/4 meeting minutes were reviewed.
Planning Commission Report: The 7/26 Regular Meeting, 7/26 Public Hearing & 8/2 Special Meeting minutes & Building Permit issued were reviewed.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:28 p.m.

Special points of interest:
Mead Jr/Sr High School Sports
River City Round-up Riders
Walk for Paws & A Cause
Church News
Community Building Grant
Upcoming Meetings
Mead Community Group

Nick Raver is the new Utility / Street / Maintenance Superintendent for the Village of Mead. Nick began work on the 2nd of August. WELCOME!

Village Office Closed Monday, Sept. 6 – Labor Day
Web Address Change
Please note the web page address change for the Village of Mead. The new address is www.

Come and support Mead High School sports!

The Yutan-Mead Softball team begins play on August 26 against Logan View at Yutan, Volleyball season begins against Syracuse on August 31, Girl’s Cross Country’s first race begins at the Johnson Co. Central Invite on September 3 and Football begins their season at Dodge on September 3. Junior Varsity start dates are as follows: Softball begins August 26 vs Logan View, Volleyball on August 31 with Syracuse and Football September 7 at Omaha Christian Academy.

Game schedules for fall sports are posted at various Mead businesses.

Horses and Pancakes

River City Round Up riders will be arriving in Mead on Friday morning, September 24. A pancake breakfast will be served at Benal’s Shop, 221 W. Second St. The Pancake Man will be flipping pancakes.

This event is open to the public at a minimal cost. The event is hosted by Dale and Marilyn Benal and assisted by friends.

Sunday, September 26, 2010
Registration at 12:15 p.m., Walk / Race starts at 1:15 p.m.
Smith Park, 125 East 5th St., Wahoo


Join us for food, fun, raffle prizes, and to walk or run with your favorite 4 legged friend!

For more information or to register online go to: or

Saunders County Lost Pets – Pet Rescue
A 501C (3) Nonprofit Corp.
226 West 5th Street
Wahoo, Nebraska
(402) 443-4044

Read the story about cute Little Biscuit’s (left) rescue on www.saunderscountylostpets!com.

ST. JAMES CATHOLIC 213 E. Eighth St.
5:30 pm Saturday Mass
9:00 am Sunday Mass
(check bulletin for daily mass, generally 7:00 a.m.)

Rally Day – Sept. 12 (new worship hours begin)
8:30 am Spoken Worship
9:15 am Sunday School for all ages
10:30 am Traditional Worship
7:00 pm Youth Meeting

7:30 am Prayer in Sanctuary
9:00 am-11:00 am Worship, Coffee & Visiting, Life Groups & Kids Alive

Mead Covenant Church Weekly Schedule
6:00 pm Time of Prayer
6:00 am Pursuing God Through Prayer
7:00 pm Men’s Group
7:00 pm Women’s Group (2nd Tuesday of each month)
7:00 pm Jr. & Sr. High Youth Group
10:00 am-Noon Primetimer’s (2nd Thursday of each month)


Panera bread is delivered to Alma Lutheran Church on the Saturday following the second Friday of the month as a Community Outreach Project. The bread, rolls and bagels are available on September 11th from 10:00 – 11:00 am in the church basement. All are welcome to come and help themselves.

The Village of Mead was recently awarded a Grant from the Nebraska Energy Office for energy efficiency retrofits of HVAC and Lighting at the Community Building. Replacement of the furnaces, air conditioners and lighting will begin soon.
A little reminder to make you smile . . .

The happiest people don’t have the best of everything,
They just make the best of everything they have.

The richest person is not the one who has the most,
But the one who needs the least.


Village Board: Tuesday, Sept. 14, 6:00 p.m.
Planning Comm: Monday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Library Board: Wednesday, Sept. 1, 7:00 p.m.
Fire & Rescue: Monday, Sept. 13, 8:00 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.

312 S. Vine St., P.O. Box 46
Mead, NE 68041-0046
Phone: (402) 624-2495
Fax: (402) 624-2024
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Ailene Raver, Chairperson
Bobbie Feldhaus, Trustee
Jim Halbmaier, Trustee
Steve Mayfield, Trustee
Dick Swanson, 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
Mike Coyle, Fire Chief 443-7164
Mead Community Group Healthy Family Tip of the Month

Legislature Toughens Up
New laws put in place over the past couple years have toughened up on practices that could put our families’ health at risk.
The Dram Shop and Social Host Liability Law holds adults who serve or provide alcohol to minors civilly liable if that individual harms or kills someone. Additionally, those caught procuring alcohol for a minor face criminal penalties of a $1,000 fine, a year in jail, or both. Recent sentences in Nebraska have ranged from three months up to the maximum, a year in jail. There really is No Free Ride if You Provide alcohol for minors.
LB 258 is an amendment to the Liquor Control Act which changes and provides penalties for minors in possession of alcoholic liquor. It is also known as a graduated sanctions law. In the past each offense was punishable by a $100 fine and it did not matter how many prior offenses an individual had on their record. Now the first offense penalty may include loss of license for 30 days and alcohol education class. Second offenders may lose their license for 90 days, serve 20 – 40 hours of Community Service, and attend alcohol education class. Third offense requires loss of license for 12 months, a minimum of 60 hours Community Service, alcohol education class, and an alcohol assessment by a licensed drug and alcohol counselor.
Texting while Driving is against the law in Nebraska, and any use of a cell phone by persons under the age of 18 while driving is dangerous and illegal.
What you can do to encourage healthy choices:
*Be a positive role model
*Show respect and caring
*Keep track of your teens
*Get busy communicating
*Think of yourself as a coach
As a parent you have more power than you think to influence your children’s behavior.
For more information see or

Mead Community Group next meeting: Thursday, September 2nd 1:00 pm Mead High School Library