Story Time at Crete Public Library starts on Aug. 19 and is open to preschoolers (3, 4, 5 years old) each Monday morning during the school year. There is no fee for this program. Children are welcome to bring an item to show and tell each week.
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Crete Recreation program signup for youth Flag Football and Volleyball is open through Friday, Aug. 23. No late registrations are accepted.
Registration forms are available online (RecDesk) or in the Recreation Office at City Hall.
Flag Football offers the youth of the community an opportunity to learn and compete in a positive environment. Having fun and learning the basic concepts of football will be the main focus of this program.
Volleyball is a program that will introduce the game to the kids in the community. Following instructional time, teams will compete against each other in games. The goal of the program is for the kids to have fun and improve their volleyball skills.
Parks & Recreation Department
Daniel Dunaway, Director
The annual Saline County Scrap Tire Cleanup will be held Sept. 6-8 at Saline Center at Highway 15 and County Road M.
This event is for Saline County residents to take old tires for collection. No rims will be collected and tire retailers are not eligible to participate. Call Bruce Filipi, Saline County Highway Superintendent, with any questions, 402.821.2737.
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The absence of two dedicated public servants in City of Crete Mayor Roger Foster and City Council Member Chuck Vyhnalek, who died July 31 and Aug. 3, respectively, is keenly felt within city departments. During this time city officials are honoring the memory of their work with and for the City of Crete as they respond to these events in the appropriate manner.
Upon the passing of Mayor Foster, Council President Dave Bauer became the Mayor of Crete and will finish out Foster’s term, to 2022. This process is provided for by state statute and city ordinance in which the chairperson of the council assumes the position of mayor in a city of the First Class. A resolution approved by the Crete City Council on Aug. 6 stated for the record, what was already fact and law.
Ward II Council member Dale Strehle was nominated and approved as the new Council President. Bauer had retained the Ward I Council seat since 1998 and served as Council President since December.
Public notice was given for two openings on the Council, Bauer’s seat in Ward I and one seat in Ward III, upon the death of Chuck Vyhnalek. The City will advertise the positions and Bauer will appoint an applicant from each corresponding Ward to the vacant seats; those appointments must then be approved by the Council. Should the Council not approve either or both appointments, Bauer would then appoint another individual until the Council does ratify the Mayor’s appointments.
The Ward I appointment will end in 2020 while the appointment to finish Vyhnalek’s council term will go through 2022.
Registered voters and residents of Wards I and III who are interested in being nominated to serve on the City Council should address a letter to Mayor Dave Bauer stating their intention and deliver it to the City Clerk’s office at City Hall by Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 4:30 p.m.
(Click on the photo gallery to view maps of Crete City Council Wards or view here.)
Frequently Asked Questions - Building Permits
Q. When do I need a building permit?
A. 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.
Q. Where do I get a building permit?
A. Permits are issued through the Building Inspector's office on the 1st floor of Crete City Hall at 243 East 13th Street. Permits can be downloaded from this site.
Q. Why get a building permit?
A. The Building Inspector will do inspections to make sure construction codes are adhered to for the health and safety of the owner and the general public.
Q. How long does it take to get a permit?
A. Simple permits like a fence or shed usually can be issued immediately. Permits for homes and larger commercial projects need to be reviewed and could take from 1 to 10 days.
Q. What do I need to bring to get a building permit?
A. A plan showing the 4 corners of your lot and the location you are putting the building or addition. If it’s a new home or commercial building we need 3 copies of the plan with construction details. You’ll also need to fill out a building permit form, which can be obtained online or in the Building Inspector’s office.
Q. Do I need a permit to build a fence or a garden shed?
A. Yes, there are building codes that determine where you place them and the size they can be.
Q. Do I need a permit for a sign?
A. Yes, the city has regulations on sign placement, types and sizes.
Q. Can I have construction or landscaping materials placed on my street, sidewalk or in the alley during a project?
A. City code states rock, gravel, dirt, construction material, litter, and/or containers thereof cannot be placed upon any street, alley, right-of-way, or sidewalk without prior permission from the City.
Economic Development Office
Tom Ourada, City Administrator
City Hall - 243 East 13th Street
Crete NE 68333-0086
The City of Crete recognizes the need for business and government to work together for economic development and works to further this concept through the Economic Development Committee and the Economic Development Office.
The Economic Development Department serves as a point of contact for local businesses, businesses looking to relocate into Crete, development organizations, and state and federal agencies. The development office can provide information about Crete's demographics, housing, infrastructure, and other aspects of the community on request, or access data in the sections below or at left. The City of Crete is proud to be a Nebraska Department of Economic Development Certified Community.
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