The Crete Civil Service Commission is taking applications for the position of entry-level police officer. Hourly salary: $20.50 to $27.73 - depending on qualifications and years of service; with benefits. Minimum job requirements include, but are not limited to: Possess a high school diploma/GED, possess a valid driver’s license, meet entrance requirements of the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center, and be willing and able to work weekends, holidays, and rotating shifts.
Applications are due no later than 5:00 PM on February 7, 2020 and may be obtained from the links below or by contacting the city's Human Resources Department at City Hall. The City of Crete is an equal opportunity employer. Applications should be completed and submitted in one of the following ways:
View/download the application packet which includes:
Human Resources Department
City Hall - 243 East 13th Street
Crete NE 68333-0086
Phone: 402.826.4313 Fax: 402.826.4334
(Updated on Jan. 17: The opening date for the library has been changed due to updated information.)
The library will be closed during the two-week moving process before for an opening at the new facility on Thursday, Jan. 30. Tours will be given during the opening, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The last day for library services on East 13th will be Saturday, Jan. 11.
In a symbolic gesture to commemorate moving from the old library to the new facility, the community will participate in a Book Brigade at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13. Crete High School National Honor Society members, along with library patrons and community members will line the seven blocks separating the two buildings from East 13th Street to 15th and Forest Ave. Two books will be passed from hand to hand as the group continues together to the new library. The public is welcome to participate by lining the route on the south side of East 13th Street from Kingwood Ave. to Forest Ave., then north on Forest to 15th Street.
Crete’s new library and community room will occupy 20,000 square feet of space on the block which formerly housed the city’s first modern hospital from the early 1950s until 2003. It was demolished in early 2018.
The City Council accepted a bid of $5,559,000 from Sampson Construction in August of 2018 with a groundbreaking held just over a month later on Sept. 12. The building, designed by BVH Architecture, includes the new library with youth, adult and technology spaces, separate community room and catering kitchen, which doubles as a storm shelter, as well as a new park.
The total project is fully funded at $7.4 million: $4.2 million from sales taxes, $2 million from grants, almost $500,000 from individual donors, $250,000 from the Friends of the Crete Public Library and $150,000 from local corporations.
A sales tax increase of one-half percent was approved by Crete voters in 2016 to provide for the new library and adjoining community room/storm shelter; funds were also anticipated towards community safety initiatives in the form of two new police officers.
The old library at 305 East 13th Street was built in 1915 with a gift from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation; an addition was constructed in 1985. A current feasibility study deemed the structure to have accessibility issues for both people and technology, space limitations for growing programming needs, and maintenance concerns. The library and associated programs host nearly 10,000 visits annually by patrons who access print and digital resources and many programs are held off-site in larger venues.
The City Council has approved an agreement to demolish the old library building while future plans for the area remain under consideration.
1949-1952 - Crete Municipal Hospital and additions completed
2003 - new Crete Area Medial Center completed on Betten Drive on the east edge of Crete
2003-2016 - Tabitha of Crete occupies old hospital for long term and assisted living facility
2016 - City of Crete voters pass sales tax increase to fund new library/community room/storm shelter facility, community safety needs following library feasibility study and research
2017 - Community input meetings held on library and community room/storm shelter design
2017 - December - Two new Crete Police officers hired using funds generated from sales tax increase to be used for community safety
2018 - January - demolition of old hospital building begins
2018 - March & June - input meetings held on proposed building layout and design
2018 - August - City Council accepts Sampson Construction bid for the new library
2018 - September - New library groundbreaking held
2019 - July - library and community room project is fully funded with additional grants and donations
2020 - January - old library scheduled to close for move to the new facility
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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
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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.
General questions and frequently searched items are provided here with appropriate links to answers on the City of Crete website. New to Crete? Find more useful information here...
Q: Who are my city council representatives? Where do I vote for elections?
A: The City of Crete is divided into three wards for council representation and voting purposes. View map. Each ward has a polling place for voting. You can also contact the Saline County Election Commissioner at 402-821-2374 for absentee ballots.
Q: What do I have to do to sell products door to door?
A: The City of Crete requires a permit to sell products door to door in residential areas. You can apply for the permit at the City Clerk's office during regular business hours. You will need a Nebraska Department of Revenue Sales Tax Number and personal identification to apply for the permit. Click here for the City Code regarding this permit.
Q: Who do I contact about providing alcohol for a special event?
A: Any establishment that has a State of Nebraska Liquor License can apply to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission for a Special Designated License to cater an event. Non-profit organizations are also able to apply to the Liquor Control Commission for a Special Designated License to serve alcohol at an event.
Q: Where do I register my vehicle and obtain a driver's license?
Q: Who do I contact about a Handicap Parking Permit?
A: Your Physician is able to make the application to the State of Nebraska for your permit online.
City services & programs:
Q: How do I get a Crete Public Library card?
A: Visit the library (305 East 13th Street) with the necessary information to apply for your card.
Q: How do I sign my child up for youth recreation programs online?
A: Crete Parks and Recreation utilizes RecDesk for program registration and information.
Q: How do I order a veteran recognition brick for the monument in City Park?
A: Forms are available at the City Hall Utility Office or see the Parks and Recreation Department - City Park page, for a link to the order form.
Q: What are city requirements for licensing a pet?
A: The Crete Police Department is located at 1945 Forest Ave. and is the place to license your dog or cat. View animal licensing requirements.
Q: When is the garbage or recycling picked up on my street and what items can I recycle?
A: Garbage collection is on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday depending on your address; recycling collection is on Monday or Thursday depending on address. (View information, routes and accepted recyclable items.).
Q: Where can I take branches and other yard waste?
A: The City of Crete Transfer Station is 1/2 mile north of Highway 33 on Boswell Ave. with hours on Tuesdays and Saturdays. (view hours)
Q: What do I do if I have no electric service?
A: Check all breakers or fuses in the home, if the problem is not solved, call 402-826-4312. (view Public Works Directory)
Q: Does the City practice mosquito control?
A: Mosquito spraying is done by the Street Department towards dusk Mondays and Thursdays unless it is raining or wind exceeds 10 mph. Tuxedo Park is treated with spray on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings to avoid activities in the park.
Building and Zoning, business development:
Q: Where do I find building permits and for what types of projects do I need a permit?
A: The Municipal Building Inspector handles all building permits and zoning regulation inquiries.
Q: How do I find out about economic development programs like LB 840 and Tax Increment Financing?
A: The Community and Economic Development Office at City Hall, 243 East 13th Street, handles these programs.
Q: I want to start a business in Crete, what do I need to do?
A: The City of Crete has a business registration policy through the City Clerk's office, see more information. Contact should also be made with the Nebraska Department of Revenue at 402-471-2971 to apply for a Nebraska Sales Tax Number. You should also contact the City of Crete Building Inspector's Office at 402-826-4312 to be sure you comply with zoning regulations.
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The City of Crete, in partnership with its wholesale electric power supplier, the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, is offering four energy efficiency programs with the goal of saving local utility customers money on their electric bill through energy efficiency improvements.
Three of these programs offer cash incentives for homeowners to make energy efficient upgrades in the areas of insulation, cooling systems and home thermostats. An LED lighting program is also available for non-residential customers including businesses, churches, schools and municipal buildings. Here is a rundown of the four programs:
These programs are available to customers of the City of Crete through its wholesale power partnership with the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska. For more information on these programs, contact the Public Works Utilities Office at City Hall at 402.826.4312 or go to www.nmppenergy.org/mean to download program guidelines and application forms.
Every person or business engaged or intending to engage in any calling, business, occupation or profession by maintaining a business location, in whole or in part, within the limits of the City Crete, Saline County, Nebraska, is required to register and pay an annual business registration fee for the privilege of doing business in the City. See City Code, Chapter 10, Article 3. Contact the City Clerk for more information. View/Download 2019 Business Registration Form
The City of Crete's City Code requires a permit to sell products door to door in residential areas. You can apply for the permit at the City Clerk's office during regular business hours or download and complete the application forms and return to City Hall. You will need a Nebraska Department of Revenue Sales Tax Number and personal identification to apply for the permit.
The retail sales of fireworks are allowed in the City of Crete from June 28 - July 4. You must possess a Nebraska State Sales Tax number and a permit to sell fireworks from the Nebraska State Fire Marshall. Apply for a permit to sell fireworks (within the corporate limits of the City of Crete) at the City Clerk's office during regular business hours or download and complete the application and information forms and return to City Hall.
Liquor License - Special Events
Any establishment that has a State of Nebraska Liquor License can apply to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission for a Special Designated License to cater an event. Non-profit organizations are also able to apply to the Liquor Control Commission for a Special Designated License to serve alcohol at an event.
City of Crete
Judi Meyer, City Clerk
City Hall - 243 East 13th Street
Crete NE 68333-0086
Eleven citizen boards and commissions are appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council to advise certain City programs or departments. Select boards meet regularly, while others meet as needed. For board descriptions, members, and meeting times, click on the links below. For contact information on individual board members, please contact the City Clerk.
A public meeting on USDA housing opportunities was held on Tuesday, June 18 at City Hall in Crete to learn about Rural Development Housing Programs.
This meeting offered information to families interested in living in rural communities and owning the own home or existing homeowners that need assistance with home repairs, in addition to information for lenders, realtors, community officials, major employers, state and federal partners, home builders, and other housing partners. Presenters were from USDA Rural Development and Blue Valley Community Action.
USDA’s Rural Development programs include: 100 percent home financing and subsidized Direct Homeownership Loan Program for very low and low income applicants; 100 percent home financing Guaranteed Homeownership Loan Program for up to moderate income applicants; and 100 percent owner-occupied home repair loans and grants for very low income applicants.
Find information on these USDA Rural Development programs online.
For more information contact:
Crete City Hall
241 East 13th Street
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.