Registration is now open for Crete Recreation Swimming Lessons. Three sessions are offered through June and July with rolling registrations deadlines for each.
Forms are available on RecDesk or at the Parks and Recreation office at City Hall. Participants must also have a liability waiver signed for 2019.
Wildwood Pool is located at 4th and Grove Ave.
City of Crete
Parks & Recreation Department
Daniel Dunaway, Director
City Hall - 243 East 13th Street
Readers of all ages will explore all things 'space' this summer as Crete Public Library presents "A Universe of Stories" during the summer reading program. The kickoff is on Saturday, June 1 from 10-11:30 a.m. in City Park.
Activities include group games, space-related crafts, art projects, science and engineering experiments, costumes, story times, independent reading and more. All activities and programs are open to children free of charge, but registration is required and ends on June 1. Forms and calendars are available at the library or the links below.
Preschool story times are offered Wednesdays or Thursdays in June and all school age programs will be on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Locations may vary for programs. The pool party, for all ages, is slated for Thursday, June 27, from 8 to 10 p.m. at Wildwood Pool.
July programs include two Wednesday events, Book Bingo, a scavenger hunt, and family movie night in City Park on Friday, July 26 at dusk.
Summer Reading participants age 7 and under need to be accompanied by parent or guardian during Summer Reading activities. The Library encourages parents and guardians to arrange safe escort to and from programs. Library staff is not responsible for children before and after programs.
For more information, stop by the library, call 402.826.3809, or email Crete Public Library
Historic flooding on the Big Blue River near Crete affected a number of areas on the west edge of town, including the Crete Community Garden, but with little damage sustained and by limiting certain practices the garden will be up and running for the season in May.
Garden applications are available online or at City Hall. Gardeners can begin planting on May 1; no plots will be assigned after June 1.
Resources from Nebraska Extension educators revealed a few concerns to gardening this season, namely a waiting period to harvest any produce for at least 90 days after flood waters recede. An article on food safety and flooded vegetable gardens says planting can still commence in an area that experienced this type of flooding, but the waiting period can reduce the risk of human pathogens present in produce.
A 90-day wait is recommended for crops that do not have direct contact with the soil, such as tomatoes and peppers. An extended, 120-day wait is recommended for crops that contact the soil, such as lettuce, other greens, squash, and root crops like potatoes. (Article: Flooded Vegetable Garden Sites and Food Safety Considerations)
The 90-day wait will put harvest at the community garden on or about June 15, while any crops needing the 120-day wait should be harvested after July 15. Water over the garden receded by March 17.
The garden is located south of the intersection of 10th Street and Thornwood Ave. and when river levels reached a record high on March 15, flood waters reached the garden, about 150 yards from the river bank, and kept it under about two feet of water for approximately two days. Once the river receded on March 17, the garden showed no silt or sand deposits or other physical damage. Some equipment in the garden shed will need reconditioning, but once the ground had a chance to dry, spring cleanup commenced on April 13 with the help of Doane University football players on their annual community service day.
In addition to garden cleanup, volunteers also removed the wire fence and posts on the north, east and south sides of the garden in preparation for a new fence. A new fence and entrance gate on the west side of the garden was built by the Crete Rotary Club in the fall of 2017. Using extra grant funds, the club also purchased materials to help complete a new fence on the remaining three sides of the garden, a project organizers hope can be completed this spring.
The City of Crete will hold a public information meeting on Tuesday, June 4 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Exhibit Building in Tuxedo Park to provide information regarding the proposed Crete Tuxedo Park Road bridge project.
This project would replace the bridge over the Big Blue River with a new 125-foot span concrete slab bridge with a 24-foot clear width roadway and 10-foot clear width bikeway, and would also add approaches and grade beams on piles. The purpose of the proposed project is to improve the reliability of the transportation asset, improve sight distance and perpetuate the mobility of the traveling public. The need is due to the condition of the existing bridge.
This meeting is being held to provide information regarding the project, currently in the preliminary design phase, and to receive the public’s input. A formal presentation will not be included as part of the is information open house. Personnel will be present to answer questions and receive comments. The public is encouraged to attend and present relevant comments and questions regarding the proposed project. Comments will be collected through Wednesday, June 19, 2019.
La Municipalidad de Crete realizará una reunión de información pública, Martes, 4 de junio, 5-7 pm, sobre el proyecto propuesto Crete Tuxedo Road. Este proyecto reemplazaría del puente sobre el Big Blue River con un nuevo puente de concrete de 125 pies de longitud con una ruta de 24 pies de ancho, un camino de 10 pies para bicicletas y también agregaría vigas de cimentación y acceso sobre pilotes.
El propósito del proyecto propuesto es mejorar la confiabilidad de los activos de transporte, mejorar la distancia visual y perpetuar la movilidad del público que viaja. La necesidad de debe a la condición del puente existente.
Esta reunión de información se realiza para brindar información sobre el proyecto, actualmente en la base de diseño, y para recibir la opinión del público. No se incluirá una presentación formal como parte de esta reunión abierta de información. El personal estará presente para responder preguntas y recibir comentarios. Se sugiere al público que presenten comentarios relevantes y preguntas sobre este proyecto propuesto. Los comentarios serán recibidos hasta el miércoles, 19 de junio de 2019.
Crete City Administrator, Tom Ourada
City Hall, 243 East 13th Street
This gallery highlights photos of construction site activities, regular site tours, and key moments in the building process.
While a thunderstorm cut short the final game of the tournament, it didn’t damper the excitement of the weekend’s other 16 games for a total of 13 teams in the Women’s and Men’s divisions of Crete’s first World Cup Tournament.
In the Men’s Division, USA, sponsored by Crete Physical Therapy, took first place over Peru (Crete Core Ingredients) on Sunday afternoon at Al Papik Field at Doane University. Awards were also given to the best goalie and MVP of the tournament.
Sunday’s Women’s championship game between Germany (Endicott Clay Products) and Chile (D’Leon’s) started amid the oncoming thunderstorm, but was called midway through the first half due to lighting and will be finished on a date to be determined.
Also on Sunday at Doane were third place games: Men’s winner was England (City of Crete) over Guatemala (Tienda Paraíso); Women’s winner was Mexico (Carnicería San Fernando Rico’s Tacos) over Spain (Crete Foodmart).
Women’s Teams and sponsors: Germany (Endicott Clay Products), Cuba (Solheim Law Firm ), Mexico (Rico’s Tacos), Italy (Pinnacle Bank), Spain (Crete Foodmart), Chile (D’Leons), El Salvador (Epicentro). Men’s Teams: Guatemala (Tienda Paraiso), France (Dimas Construction), United States (Crete Physical Therapy), England (City of Crete), Peru (Crete Core Ingredients), Brazil (Fenix Auto).
All proceeds from the tournament will go to the Doane Equity Program, a fund to assist families in covering the cost of certain local youth programs.
The event planning committee includes: Crete Chamber of Commerce Director Kayleigh Schadwinkel, City of Crete Community Assistance Director Nancy Tellez, Doane Athletic Director Matt Franzen, UCC Church Pastor Jeff Hagaman, Doane Professor Jared List and his LAR 303 students.
Attention property owners/occupants in areas of Crete affected by flood waters: Property owners/occupants have to call the Building Inspector's Office before any work can be done to flood damaged buildings. Valid permits must be obtained for work to begin.
The City of Crete requires building permits if you plan to construct, erect, enlarge, alter, repair, improve, remove, convert or demolish any building or dwelling. Some examples would be replacing a water heater, furnace or air conditioner.
Information on the City of Crete Building Inspector's Office can be found at the links below or by going to the Public Works section of this site.
Homeowners and property owners/occupants should make sure contractors working on their property are licensed and additionally licensed (specifically plumbing) to work in the City of Crete, through the Building Inspector's Office. Unlicensed contractors risk being cited and removed from projects.
City of Crete
Departments of Public Works
Brad Bailey, Municipal Building Inspector
City Hall - 241 E. 13th Street
P.O. Box 86
Crete, NE 68333
Riverside Cemetery’s late 1800s New England inspiration is evident in the shaded paths, original limestone retaining walls, and the greenery in Tuxedo Park on its eastern border, while the recent columbarium addition looks out to the more familiar prairie and tended fields on the west.
From the main entrance, located just over the West 13th Street bridge, visitors navigate to the northwest corner of the cemetery to the columbarium, a structure for the placement of funeral urns, which gives families and friends a respectful and appropriate option to a traditional burial in honoring the last wishes of their loved ones.
Completed in 2017, the Riverside columbarium includes two walls of granite and marble with niches, or compartments, for cremated remains, situated on one of three circular, concrete pads.
Columbaria can be found all over the world, both as relics and in modern construction. They were built partially or completely underground in ancient Rome and housed within the Buddhist temples of Japan. Later versions were built in cemeteries or adjoining churches. Columbaria can be free-standing walls or similar monuments, or within buildings and mausoleums.
Many cemeteries and churches in the U.S. have columbaria of various designs, dimensions and adornments. A 2013 addition to the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery has 20,000 niches for urns.
Doane Professor Arthur Fairchild platted Riverside Cemetery in 1879 and patterned its parklike surrounding after Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass., a rural cemetery founded in 1831 with a columbarium dating to the early 1900s.
A drafted set of rules and regulations for Crete’s Riverside columbarium includes size and placement guidelines for urns in the niches. Engraving on the outside of each space will be done exclusively by Speidell Monuments, Inc. The interment process, as well as all landscaping, will be done by cemetery officials through the City of Crete - Public Works Department.
For columbarium inquiries, please contact City Hall at 402.826.4312 or 826.4313.
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.