VILLAGE OF MEAD – PLANNING COMMISSION
MEETING MINUTES – May 3, 2021
Mead Community Building, 220 E. Fourth St.
The Village of Mead Planning Commission met Monday, May 3, 2021, at 7:31 pm. The meeting was called to order by Vice President Levi Durnal with roll call. Present were Robert Morin, James Hannan, Connie Schliffke, Levi Durnal, Jim Halbmaier and Wyatt Swartz. President Rick Miller was not present.
Chair states: “The Village of Mead makes available at least one current copy of the Open Meetings Act posted in the meeting room at a location accessible to members of the public. The Act is posted in the front entry of the Village Office.”
Wyatt motioned, and Connie seconded the motion to approve the agenda. All agreed
UNSCHEDULED GUESTS IN ATTENDANCE:
Andrew Spader, Anne Hubbard, Bill Thorson, Bob Hannan, Brittany Nelson, Cathy Kuhr, Cheri Else, Cody Morris, Diane Ellis, Emily Humm, Emily Muth, Gregory Larson, Jason Lee, Jody Nelson, Jody Weible, John Knot, Julie Pelster, June Moline, Kacee Weible, Karol Osterloh, Linda Sweet, Lisa Siebenaler, Mary Vogt, Maureen Freeman-Caddy, Michelle Sloup, Pastor John Schnell, Pastor Quinlen Koch, Paula Dyas, Paul Knott, Randy Rupert, Ray Loftus, Rich Kuhr, Roger Pelster, Steve Mossman, Steven DeGunia, Tom Ellis
The Chair called for a motion to adjourn to a Public Hearing. Robert motioned, and Connie seconded. All Agreed.
The Hearing called to order with roll call.
The chairman stated the purpose of the Public Hearing is to hear the testimony of support, opposition, criticism, suggestions, or observations with regards to the following:
Application to consider the revocation of Ordinance No. 655, Conditional Use Permit to AltEn and Mead Cattle Company
Chairman called for public input:
Steve Mossman, legal counsel for AltEn, spoke on behalf of AltEn and requested suspension of AltEn’s Conditional Use Permit in lieu of revoking the permit in question.
On behalf of AltEn LLC and Tanner Shaw, Mr. Mossman offered the following recommendations related to the AltEn Conditional Use Permit suspension, signed by Mr. Shaw.
Mr. Mossman was asked multiple questions related to the current level and frequency of oversite by the NDEE. Mr. Mossman was also asked about possible cooperation between AltEn and the University of Nebraska related to an ongoing environmental study of areas impacted by contamination from the AltEn property. Mr. Mossman was also asked about AltEn’s willingness to allow greater oversite of the cleanup by local officials.
Mr. Mossman was unable or unwilling to share: information on the current state of the site cleanup, remediation processes, long-term remediation plan, remediation timetable, oversite specifics, or AltEn’s willingness to work with a local authority for greater oversite.
Maureen Freeman-Caddy, legal counsel for the Village of Mead, spoke about specific violations to the AltEn Conditional Use Permit. She also presented documentation for the planning board’s review, including Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Cases No. 3483, 3475, 3469 and the suit filed against AltEn LLC on March 1, 2021 by the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy.
Ms. Freeman-Caddy also explained multiple options available to the Planning Board related to suspension and/or revocation of the AltEn Conditional Use Permit. These options included but were not limited to stipulations applied to a permit suspension or revocation.
Multiple community members spoke in favor of suspension and or revocation of the AltEn Conditional Use Permit, including Ray Loftus, Cody Morris, Emily Humm, Lisa Siebenaler, Gregory Larson, Jody Weible, Paula Dyas, and Pastor John Schnell.
Following public input, the Chair called for a motion to adjourn from the Public Hearing and return to the regular session.
Robert motioned, and Connie seconded. All agreed.
Following discussion by the planning board regarding public input about the suspension and or revocation of Ordinance No 655, AltEn LLC’s Conditional Use Permit, the Planning Board recommended no action until a future special meeting allowing board members additional time to consider the information presented.
The Chair called for a motion to table the issue until a special meeting, to be held May 19, 2021, at 7:30 pm.
Jim motioned, and Connie seconded. All Agreed.
At 9:35 pm, the Chair called for an adjournment. Levi motioned, and James seconded.