Registration is open until Friday, Dec. 20 for Crete Recreation's Youth Basketball program.
This program introduces the fundamentals of basketball to kids in grades 3-6. Each week, new skills are taught and practiced with the addition of 3 vs. 3 games. The program is held on Sunday afternoons, Jan. 5, 12, 19, and 26, at Crete Intermediate School.
Register on RecDesk or at the City Hall Park and Recreation Office, 243 East 13th Street.
Volunteer coaches are always needed. Applications are available in the Recreation Office or online. Parents who coach will have their registration fee waived.
Parks & Recreation Department
Daniel Dunaway, Director
City Hall - 243 East 13th Street
The Crete Youth in Governance team recognized a number of City of Crete staff and first responders at the regular council meeting on Tuesday for their response during March flooding.
When rising river levels impacted streets, neighborhoods, and public areas, including city infrastructure, staff implemented an emergency reposes plan involving Public Works crews, the Crete Police Department, Crete Volunteer Fire Department and City Hall staff.
The Big Blue River at Crete hit a historic high of 30.68 feet on March 15 closing several streets and intersections in the southwest and northwest portions of Crete. Tuxedo Park was closed to all traffic when water levels impacted the main entrance park roads, and utility services to the park. The river level fell below flood stage (21 feet) on March 20.
Crete Youth in Governance is a program of Nebraska Extension which focuses on developing leadership and life skills in Crete youth. The goal of the team is “to help youth work in partnership with adults to improve their own lives and the community in which they live.”
Those recognized each received a 'Nebraska Strong' water bottle and letter:
Crete Police Department - Chief Steve Hensel, Sgt. Ron Koch, Sgt. Chad Menagh, Officer Brian Stork, Officer Drew Smith, Officer Audrey Arbuckle, Officer Brandon Howland, Officer Colin Gaman, Officer Lincoln Morehouse, Officer Sally Tyma
Crete Fire Department - Chief Tod Allen, Assistant Chief James Yost, Rescue 1st Lt. Terry Petracek, Fire Captain Matt Bakker, Fire 1st Lieutenant Harrison Gaman, Brad Elder
Parks and Recreation Director Dan Dunaway, Building Inspector Brad Bailey, Electric Department Superintendent Brian Schmidt, Utilities Office - Diann Nettifee and Telisha Slama, Street Department - Supervisor Trenton Griffin, Lyle Calkins, Alfredo Navas, and Dillon Aksamit, Water Department - Superintendent Brandon Koll, Lee Krasser and John Wiruth.
Mayor Dave Bauer and City Administrator Tom Ourada were also recognized for their work with the youth team over the years.
With MobilePrint Service™, you can use your personal computer or mobile device to print to Crete Public Library’s printer from anywhere. Simply upload the documents for printing and come to the library within 72 hours to release and pick up your document using your email address. Printing black and white is $0.10 per page, and color is $0.25 per page.
There are several different ways to use the print service, depending on your electronic device or email access:
Preparation to print from tablet or smartphone:
Print using your device and the PrinterOn app:
Email something directly to the library print system:
Your email will be printed from the library copier.
Begin by visiting the Printer Portal for the library: http://www.printeron.net/cp/library
Your documents or photos will be printed from the library copier.
During the upcoming Christmas and New Year's holiday weeks, The Garbage Company and City Transfer Station will be closed on certain days.
The Transfer Station will be closed on two Tuesdays, Dec. 24 and 31. The station will be open for regular hours on Saturday (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) both weeks. The Transfer Station is located at 478 County Road 2300 (1/2 mile north of Highway 33 on Boswell Ave.)
The Garbage Company is closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Garbage/recycling collection will run one day behind after Wednesday those weeks.
A reminder that cardboard can be recycled in the curbside collection program. Place clean corrugated cardboard boxes or shipping boxes under the toter; break down or cut boxes so they are flat and no bigger than 2 X 2 ft.
Garbage and recycling totes should be placed at the curb or alley on the night before or morning of collection day. Totes should not be next to obstacles, such as cars, poles or mailboxes. Totes should be stored away from the curb between collection days.
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City of Crete personnel are tasked with services in preparation for, during, and after winter weather events.
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Garbage and recycling collection
City officials are considering a renewal of services with the The Garbage Company, or pursuing other options for garbage and recycling collection in Crete.
The Garbage Company has been the city's contracted garbage hauler for about 15 years. No-sort, curbside recycling was added in 2008, with an additional tote provided for residential collection.
The projected timeline for this process is in the spring, when the current contract comes up for official renewal. View current garbage and recycling collection information in the Public Works section.
The City of Crete will lease parking spots in the new lot at 12th and Norman Ave. to residents who live downtown.
This project has been in the works for several years in order to solve issues related to overtime parking by downtown residents without off-street parking and the enforcement of long-standing parking regulations. For example, the City prohibits parking on downtown streets from 2 to 4 a.m. every morning as indicated by signs in the area.
Parking spaces in the 12th and Norman lot will be leased for a term of up to two years at a rate of $50 per space, per month, with a security deposit of $40 per space. Residents who lease spots will be provided with mirror tags, assigned a specific spot, and be required to provide information on vehicles authorized to use each parking spot leased. Contact the Public Works Office at City Hall for more information, 402.826.4312.
Providing accessible, off-street parking for downtown residents and enforcement of current parking limits allows for more efficient and effective street cleaning and clearing of snow.
Vehicles parked in violation of posted parking limits will be subject to enforcement with citations. Any vehicles receiving three (3) citations in any 30-day period will be subject to tow.
12th Street and Kingwood/Linden Ave.
City Park is located on the south side of City Hall, bordered by 12th Street from Kingwood to Linden Ave. There are restrooms, greenspace and a large playground, which includes slides, swing sets, a teeter totter, circular climbing tower and a large play structure. City Park is also home to several historic features which highlight the park as a beautiful and well-used community space.(Go to Parks and Recreation Department Main Page)
The fountain at the southwest corner of the park was originally dedicated on Nov. 13, 1915 as a gift from the Bohemian Ladies Park Club. It was manufactured by J.L. Mott Iron Works in New York City with a basin, two bowls, and a Grecian maiden statue called the “Goddess of Liberty,” holding a lighted globe.
The fountain was rededicated in October 2015 after vandals nearly destroyed it a year earlier. The fountain was restored for placement in a new, larger basin with a walkway and benches, insuring it continues to be a well-loved icon of Crete and City Park.
The bandstand in City Park was constructed in the summer of 1924, in time for an August concert by the 110th Medical Regiment Band, which formed in Crete the same year.
The bandstand continues to be the centerpiece of many family and community events held in City Park, including Crete Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, visits by Crete Elementary and St. James school classes, meals and gatherings.
Veterans Monument & Sherman Tank
The City Park veterans area, at the northwest corner and south of the Post Office, includes the M4 Sherman tank and a place to honor local veterans with recognition bricks.
The Veterans Monument took shape in 2018 with decorative, stamped concrete around the tank and the construction of two oversized, wooden easels and concrete frames in which bricks are placed. (Recognition brick order forms are available at the Utility Office at City Hall or can be downloaded and printed here.) Read more about the Veterans Monument.
The Sherman tank was originally placed in the park in July 1960 by members of the National Guard. Maintenance in recent years was performed by guard members from the Combined Support Maintenance Shop at the Lincoln National Guard base.
About 50,000 M4’s were produced during WWII and Crete’s is an M4A3E8 produced in 1944. Many tanks of this configuration also served throughout the Korean Conflict. The tank was repainted to reflect its accurate service numbers and insignia.
Living Christmas Tree
The first Living Christmas Tree in Crete was placed on the north side of the current library in 1923 to promote a giving spirit all year long, a concept created by Crete resident Florence Hazen Miller. The idea persevered as several trees replaced the original over the years. Crete community members rededicated a new tree in December of 2012 in City Park.
Miller’s idea later reached the wife of President Calvin Coolidge and a National Christmas Tree was planted on the White House lawn in 1925. Many trees have been distributed around the world as a symbol of peace and unity.
The City Park rose garden is located along Linden Ave.
"Of Nebraska" Heart
The heart sculpture was part of a public art project, Nebraska By Heart, for which dozens of hearts were painted or adorned with designs by artists and citizens from around the state and auctioned for charity in October 2017. The heart was placed in City Park in May 2018 in the circular area once occupied by the fountain.
Michelle Hrbek's design features twelve women portraying cultures and ethnic groups, which relate to the state’s pioneering heritage and present day immigration. The women remain faceless to allow viewers the opportunity to see themselves within the representation. Hrbek teaches art at Lincoln Northeast High School and her husband’s parents are former Crete educators.