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Village of Mead
Mead Messenger
Volume 9, Issue 9


A special meeting of the Village Board of Trustees was held Friday, July 20 at the Village Office. The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chairman Mayfield. Answering roll call were Chairman Mayfield; Trustees Halbmaier, Miller, Raver and Wielage. Also present were Clerk Moline and Utility/Maintenance Supt. N. Raver.

Discussion was held on the #1 priority to construct a wastewater facility and addressing the violation for the wastewater plant. It was approved to instruct JEO to let bids for an irrigation lagoon system. A letter is requested from JEO to address the wastewater plant violation. Contact will be made with a representative from Ameritas in regard to municipal bonds. Trustees will meet with local farmers in regard to placement of the lagoon system.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:00 p.m.

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A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees was held Tuesday, August 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the Village Office. Present were Chairman Mayfield; Trustees Miller, Raver and Wielage. Absent was Halbmaier. Also present were Clerk Moline, Utilities/Maintenance Supt. N. Raver and Police Chief Carlson. Guests present were Terry Meier, Tim Adams, Marc Rosso & Tanner Shaw.

GUESTS: Terry Meier, JEO Consulting, discussed plans for a wastewater facility & financing the project. Tim Adams, JEO Consulting, presented the four options for a wastewater facility & necessary repairs to the current mechanical plant. Tanner Shaw, Alt En, asked the board to consider purchase of potable water and contract village operator to conduct the testing for the ethanol plant.

UTILITY/MAINTENANCE SUPT. REPORT: N. Raver reported water usage, water line repair, condition of village streets and water tower cleaning.

CLERK REPORT: Moline reported meter maintenance, computer repair and completion of the community survey. Proposal to amend the Employee Handbook and local sales tax information was reviewed.

POLICE REPORT: Carlson presented the monthly activity log and addressed golf carts and BB guns.

PLANNING COMMISSION REPORT: The minutes of the June 23 regular meeting were reviewed.

LIBRARY REPORT: No report submitted.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Action was taken to adopt Ord. 628, 9-302 Building Moving; Deposit, on third reading.

NEW BUSINESS: The process to procure municipal bonds was reviewed. Resignation of Tracy Varble as custodian was reported. Applications for the position of custodian were reviewed. Irvie Hook was hired as custodian at a rate of $8.00 per hour.

Discussion centered on renewal of life insurance policy for Carlson and dump concerns to be addressed at the September 11 meeting.

Raver exited the meeting at 8:15 p.m. The board entered executive session at 8:15 p.m. for annual review of the Utility/Maintenance Supt. The board returned to regular session at 8:40 p.m

A $.50 per hour wage increase was approved for Utility/Maintenance Supt. N. Raver.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:41 p.m.

Thank you to all utility users who completed the Community Surveys that were recently distributed. Results of the survey will be made available within the next few months.

The Board of Trustees has made a decision to proceed with the wastewater facility project. Additional information will be furnished once decisions are made in regard to the project.

Village Office Closed Monday, Sept. 3 to observe Labor Day

Back to school – A kid’s guide to crossing streets
It’s that time of year again! Kids across Nebraska are heading back to school, and many of them will be walking or biking. Make sure your children know how to do it safely using this kid’s guide to crossing streets.
Aid’s guide to crossing streets
Walking to school is fun, easy, and good for you. But if you don’t know the right way to cross streets, you could run into trouble. Follow these crossing rules to stay safe.

STOP at the curb (or the edge of the road, if there is no curb).

LOOK left, then right, then left again. Make sure there are no moving cars before you step into the street. If a car is parked where you are crossing, make sure there is no driver and the car is not running.

WAIT until any cars on the street have gone by. Then look left, right, and left again until no cars are coming.

WALK across the road when it is clear. Don’t run, and make sure you keep a lookout for moving cars as you cross.

Also, remember that you should always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the street so that you are facing oncoming traffic. This way, you can make eye contact with drivers and be sure they see you.

Mead Public Schools is underway with athletic events beginning soon. First events are listed:

Softball – 8/23 JV/V vs Logan View @ 4:30 at Yutan
Volleyball – 8/28 JV/V vs Syracuse @ 5:00 at Mead
Football – 8/31 V vs Lyons-Decatur @ 7:00 at Mead
Volleyball – 9/8 JH vs Brownell Talbot @ 10 at BT
Football – 9/4 JH vs OCA @ Omaha

How HOT is it?
…the best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.
…you can make sun tea instantly.
…you discover that you can get sunburned through your car window.
…the potaoes cook underground, so all you have to do is pull one out and add butter.
…the cows are giving evaporated milk.
…farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying boiled eggs.

12 S. Vine St., P.O. Box 46
Mead, NE 68041-0046

Phone: (402) 624-2495
Fax: (402) 624-2024
Web Address:

Board of TrusteesSteve Mayfield, Chairman
Jim Halbmaier, Trustee
Adam Miller, Trustee
Ailene Raver, Trustee
Richard Wielage, 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
Nick Raver, Fire Chief 443-9688


Village Board: Tuesday, September 11 , 6:00pm
Planning Comm: Monday, September 24, 7:30pm
Library Board: Wednesday, September 5, 7:00 p.m.
Fire & Rescue: Monday, September 10, 7:30pm

The Village Board and Planning Commission meet at the Village Office, Library Board at the Mead Library and Fire Department at Mead Schools (temporary location).

Mead Community Group Healthy Family Tip of the Month
By Angie Johnson

How to Build Community

TURN OFF YOUR TV*LEAVE YOUR HOUSE~KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS*GREET PEOPLE^LOOK UP WHEN YOU ARE WALKING-SIT ON YOUR STOOP* plant flowers~USE YOUR LIBRARY^play together*BUY FROM LOCAL MERCHANTS-SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE~help a lost dog*TAKE CHILDREN TO THE PARKhelp carry something heavy^BARTER FOR YOUR GOODS+start a tradition/ASK A QUESTION?hire young people for odd jobs-ORGANIZE A BLOCK PARTY*BAKE EXTRA AND SHARE~ASK FOR HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT=open your shades:SING TOGETHER~share your skills+TAKE BACK THE NIGHT*turn up the music-TURN DOWN THE MUSIC!listen before you react to anger*MEDIATE A CONFLICT#seek to understand~learn from new and uncomfortable angles*KNOW THAT NO ONE IS SILENT THOUGH MANY ARE NOT HEARD*work to change this

We want YOU to join us for our next Mead Community Group meeting, Thursday, September 20th at the Mead High School Library, 1:00 pm.

ST. JAMES CATHOLIC 213 E. Eighth St. / 402-624-3555
5:30 pm Saturday Mass
9:00 am Sunday Mass

Weekly Schedule
7:00 am Daily Mass – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
5:30 pm Daily Mass – Tuesday
8:00 am Daily Mass – Saturday

ALMA LUTHERAN 219 W Fifth St. / 402-624-3015
Worship – 8:30 am – first Sunday of the month (spoken)
10:30 am – all other Sundays
9:15 am Sunday School for all ages
7:00 pm Youth Meeting

PANERA BREAD – SATURDAY, SEPT. 15, 10:00 – 11:00 am in the church basement (FREE TO ALL)

EVANGELICAL COVENANT 1540 Co Rd 10 / 402-624-6125
9:00 am Coffee & visiting
10:00 am Worship service (grade school age children dismissed for Kids Alive @ 10:30, nursery available during service)

Weekly Schedule
7:00 pm Men’s Study

6:00 pm Dinner 4 Change (free to everyone)
7:00 pm Life Group / Bible Study (an opportunity to hear answers to tough questions of the Bible)
7:00 pm Jr./Sr. High Youth Group

PRIMETIMER”S – THURSDAY, SEPT. 12, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
(Potluck / Fellowship for all Seniors)