Grab a lawn chair and your favorite picnic dish to enjoy in beautiful City Park with friends and neighbors at a community potluck on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 2-4 p.m. as The City of Crete joins with hundreds of communities to celebrate Welcoming Week.
Americans of all backgrounds come together to create stronger, more prosperous communities and the City of Crete is proud to be a part of Welcoming Week (Sept. 13-22), which demonstrates in places large and small, rural and urban, people of all backgrounds, immigrants and long term residents, are coming together to create stronger communities.
The Welcoming Week Crete Community Potluck on Sept. 22 will be held in City Park where picnic tables will be available and lawn chairs are encouraged. Guests are welcome to bring a dish to share if they are able, as well as their preferred beverage (non-alcoholic). Limited drinks will be available. This event is being coordinated by the City’s Community Assistance Director, Nancy Tellez, at City Hall, with assistance from various community organizations and volunteers.
A few activities will be added to the meal event in the park for residents to enjoy the afternoon, including kids’ games, coloring sheets, as well as information about the upcoming 2020 Census.
For questions and more information, contact Tellez at City Hall, 402.826.6405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sears fills a Ward I vacancy less than a year after not seeking reelection in November 2018, however, he served on the Planning Commission for the first half of 2019. He previously served a total of three council terms between 2002-2018. Sears, who works for Union Bank and Trust in Lincoln, will now finish out this term to 2020.
Frans is a Hastings College graduate and substitute teacher with Crete Public Schools, where his wife is the assistant middle school principal. He is active in several community and church activities. Frans will finish his council term to 2022.
Sears fills the vacancy left when Bauer, then a council member and Council President, succeeded Roger Foster as Mayor upon Foster’s death on July 31. The Ward III vacancy was left by Chuck Vyhnalek, who died on Aug. 3.
Bauer will fulfill the mayoral term to 2022 and officially took the oath of office at the Aug. 6 regular council meeting. At that time, Ward II Council Member Dale Strehle was nominated and approved as the new President, or chairperson, of the City Council.
Upon notice of the vacancies, Mayor Bauer and the City Council advertised in August for interested citizens to fill those seats. Candidates must be registered voters and reside in the Wards in which each vacancy occurred. Bauer nominated an applicant to each vacancy in Ward I and Ward III, who were then presented to the council for approval on Tuesday.
The process of succession and filling vacancies created during a term in the offices of mayor and the city council is provided for by state statute and city ordinance (Chapter 1, Article 2).
The recycling program available to Crete residents through The Garbage Company no longer accepts glass.
Accepted items include aluminum and tin, paper, cardboard and plastic.
Not accepted: styrofoam, rubber bands, soiled paper (pizza boxes/sandwich wrappers), food, tissue paper, paper towels, wax coated paper, shrink-wrap, plastic bags, wood and glass.
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City Hall - 243 East 13th Street
Public Works: 402.826.4312
The Garbage Company: 1.800.322.4272
The U.S. Census Bureau will conduct the Census in 2020. Most households will not receive census materials and questionnaires until mid-March of 2020 and have the option to respond by filling out the form, responding online, or by telephone. In-person follow-ups to residences that have not responded will likely begin in May of 2020 in most areas.
When census workers do contact residents, they will not email or text, and will not ask for bank information, social security numbers, payments or donations.
City of Crete officials are currently participating in an initiative through the U.S. Census Bureau called a “Complete Count Committee” in order to raise awareness of the census activities, educate on what data will be collected and how, as well as the timeline for this official information-gathering. Promotional information on census activities will be made available later this year in preparation for the 2020 Census data collection. The process of hiring census workers has also started in most areas, including Nebraska.
The U.S. Census Bureau also conducts surveys of households and businesses in addition to the 2020 Census. Information is available online about how to identify a Census Bureau mailing, field worker or phone call.
The City of Crete and State of Nebraska require all residents to call the One-Call Notification System prior to excavating or disturbing the ground. State Law requires a 2 business day advance notification prior to digging. Regular, non-emergency locate requests will be processed during the business hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (Holidays are excluded).
Phone: 811 or 1.800.331.5666
24 hours a day/365 days a year
Before you call be prepared to answer the following:
“Tricks of the Trade” for digging in Nebraska
White Line! You are encouraged to mark your excavation site with white flags or paint prior to having the area located. White marking flags are available from Digger’s upon request. Please visit "Promotional Items" under the “Contact Us” (www.ne-diggers.com) link to request flags at no cost.
Crete is surrounded by open farm ground. A river and a creek flow through our city and there are many lakes in the area all supporting wildlife and feral animals. Eradication or even full “control” of these animal populations is impractical. The city government does expend reasonable effort to provide animal control. (Return to Crete Police Department Main Page)
The Police Department is Crete’s Animal Control Authority and enforces Chapter 6, Article 1 of the City Code: Animal Regulations, referenced in this article. One department employee works part-time to perform animal control tasks among many other duties. When that employee is absent, police officers perform limited animal control duties as other responsibilities and priorities permit.
The key to animal control is owner responsibility. The city asks residents to: Please keep your animals under your control and license your domestic dogs and cats.
Owning and/or Keeping Animals
Owners are responsible for their animal(s). Anyone who provides food, water or shelter to a stray or feral animal becomes its owner and is responsible for the animal and any offspring; this includes ensuring proper vaccinations, licensing, control, etc. (§6-103 , , ).
Impounded Domestic Dogs and Cats
At times, the city will impound or even hold animals. Owners wishing to retrieve their animal must do so within a short period of time, ensuring the released animal will meet applicable code requirements. In most circumstances, these may be paid at the police station during daytime business hours.
Fines & Fees
Owners who are in violation of Animal Regulations may receive a citation and appear in court, should they desire. In most circumstances, owners may be permitted to pay the applicable fines at the police station. The city does not retain fines. By law, these are passed to other governmental agencies. (§6-102.06)
The Crete Volunteer Fire Department promotes fire prevention and fire safety by hosting station tours and participating in community activities. Crete fire trucks and ambulances are a common sight at community events for youth and adults to explore. Members also provide standby ambulance services to Crete High School and Doane University athletic events.
Each October, CVFD celebrates Fire Prevention Week with Crete Elementary School and St. James Catholic School. They host student tours at the station and visit classrooms with fire prevention and safety information. During Fire Prevention Week each school hosts the department for a school-wide fire drill.
More information is available from the following sources:
City of Crete
Departments of Public Works
Crete Transfer Station/Landfill - 478 County Road 2300 (1/2 mile north of Highway 33 on Boswell Ave.)
Hours: Tuesdays, 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Public Works: 402.826.4312
The Garbage Company: 1.800.322.4272
Public Works Directory
Free disposal: branches and yard waste can be disposed of free of charge; appliances, hot water heaters, metal and iron also accepted at no cost. Items with freon must have it removed and tagged.
Fees established by The Garbage Company: larger loads of household trash and waste
Not accepted: tires, farm truck loads, dump truck loads or semi loads.
Find more information on residential and commercial Garbage & Recycling Collection routes.