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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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In a move that could favorably affect property currently in the flood plain, the Crete City Council approved a mapping proposal by Olsson Associates at the first regular meeting of 2019 (Jan. 2).
City Administrator Tom Ourada said this complex proposal he and Mayor Roger Foster have been working on for a number of years involving a lake project has provided cause for a flood plain review of Crete using more inclusive data. Information indicates flood data used for past calculations is outdated and more current flow data may reflect more favorably, in that less water could be coming into the flood plain with a lower impact than previously thought.
This newest proposal would ideally move toward a further, two-part study of Crete’s flood area, the first phase of which could cost about $10,000. If sufficient benefit is found to move forward, the study’s second phase would include remapping Crete’s flood area and the potential for property, including housing, to be removed from the city’s flood plain and other properties from the flood way. A phase two remapping would cost an estimated $40,000.
If properties are removed from the flood way or flood plain, it could open them up to potential for improvements and decreased insurance costs. In recent years, Crete had other areas, including parts of downtown, removed from the flood plain by a FEMA study to update the flood area.
The flood way is the channel or area closest to the river or watercourse reserved to efficiently carry flood waters and has the highest chance of flooding. Construction is severely restricted in a flood way. The flood plain is low-lying ground adjacent to the river with certain building and improvement regulations as well as insurance requirements. (View City Code or Building and Zoning information)
No specific timeline as been set for this newest proposal or potential future study.
One of our core values at Crete Pubic Library is to provide barrier-free service and access to materials. One way that we are supporting this value is by eliminating all fines from youth print materials. Starting Jan. 1, 2019, the Crete Public Library will no longer charge fines for print materials returned after their due date for YA, juvenile and children’s books – both fiction and non-fiction.
One might try to argue that the imposition of fines is one way to teach children responsibility – in this case to be responsible for returning their books on time.
This is a view that does not hold up well as it is usually the parent, not the child, who has the means and makes the decision as to when to return the materials to the library.
Another argument against this policy is that patrons will no longer have an incentive to return their materials when they are due. Again, this argument does not hold water because libraries that do not charge fines tend to have higher overdue rates in the short run, but lower overdue rates in the long term.
The imposition of fines does act as a deterrent and is a barrier to literacy and learning – in particular for members of our low-income community. Additional results from other libraries who have instituted a fine forgiveness policy is an increase in the number of borrowers and in the number of items borrowed.
All other parts of the overdue materials policy remain the same, including fines on Adult print, all DVDs and AudioBooks. (Go to library catalog) For more information about this new policy, please contact the library in person, at 402-826-3809 or view library policies online.
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City of Crete
Departments of Public Works
Utilities and Payments
City Hall - 243 E. 13th Street
(Public Works Utility Office main entrance on south side)
P.O. Box 86
Crete, NE 68333
Public Works Directory
Public Works Office - Bills and Payments:
Electrical Service: The City of Crete Departments of Public Works Electric System retails electricity within the corporate limits.
Water and Sewer Service:
Garbage Collection and Recycling: The City of Crete solid waste service is provided by The Garbage Company. A recycling tote is included free of charge.
Please see the Public Works sections at left for more information on these City services.
Animal Control and Licensing
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)
Crete City Council
241 East 13th Street
Second Floor Council Chambers
The City of Crete is divided into three wards for City Council representation. Each ward is represented by two members of the City Council and has a separate polling place for elections. The wards are determined by population and approved by the City Council after each official census.
Current Crete City Council members: