(Information current as of July 6)
For the general public:
The City of Crete will continue to share relevant and timely information and recommendations from public health services - State of Nebraska and the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and local Public Health Solutions.
The City of Crete advises all residents to follow the statewide Directed Health Measures from state officials during this COVID-19 outbreak. The city is in regular communication with health officials on the best courses of action for communities and will continue to share relevant and timely information. Directed Health Measures issued by the state are restrictions on individuals and businesses to slow the spread of COVID-19. Read more about the DHM and find agency links. Saline County cases related directly to Crete.
Status of City of Crete facilities and services:
The City of Crete has the health and safety of employees and community residents in mind by increasing already routine cleaning and disinfection procedures during the current COVID-19 outbreak. City officials are in communication with local partners, schools and industries to discuss health and safety plans.
City Hall and Utilities Office: As of July 6, City Hall is currently closed to walk-in access. City staff are available by phone or email during regular business hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (See below for contact information.)
Utility Bills can be paid in the drive-thru during regular business hours or left in the night dropbox. Access the drive-thru/night drop by entering on Linden Ave. between the Post Office and the City Park tank and driving along the south side of City Hall, then turn left at the “Public Works Business Only” sign. Exit onto East 13th Street.
Utility payments can also be mailed to City Hall (243 East 13th Street, Crete, NE, 68333) or made online (with a convenience fee). Find more information on utility bills and payments.
City Hall phone numbers:
The City will provide updates and any changes in access to city services as they become available. Find information on the city website and social media accounts, @CreteNE.
Crete Police Department - lobby:
The lobby of the police station (1945 Forest Ave.) is open to walk-in access. Details are available in the Police Department section of this site, including:
If residents wish to report a crime that doesn't immediately need a police officer to respond, please call 402.826.6422 for the administration/records section Monday through Friday between 8 a.m.-11 a.m. and from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. For police response call 402.826.4311. An officer may contact you by phone or in person, depending on the call type.
Crete Public Library:
Public access to Crete Public Library is limited to patron computer use by appointment; materials can be reserved for the pickup window only until further notice. Library staff is on hand and can provide limited services through the pickup window on the south side of the building and through phone calls, 402.826.3809. Read more about current library access.
The annual Summer Reading Program (June-July) will be held with online and virtual programs, as we all outdoor activities children and families can complete on their own. Read more...
The Library service hours are as follows:
Parks and Recreation:
Update June 1: Crete's public parks will reopen on June 18; Wildwood Pool will remain closed. Social distancing guidelines must be followed - groups of six or less and six foot separation between groups. Read more...
Update, May 26: Tuxedo Park is open to approved baseball and softball participants under new guidelines. Read more...
Update, March: Youth Soccer, Micro Soccer, Micro T-Ball, T-Ball, and RipTide swim team programs are canceled for this spring and summer.
Registration fees for Youth and Micro Socer programs will be refunded to all participants via mail as soon as possible. Youth Soccer participants (grades 1-6) that have not yet received their soccer shirt may pick it up at the recreation office at City Hall after April 13. Read more...
Recreation questions can be directed to Dan Dunaway, Recreation Coordinator, 402.826.4314, or email email@example.com
Transfer Station regular hours will continue to be Tuesdays, from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The station is located 1/2 mile north of Highway 33 and Boswell Avenue on the east side of the road (478 County Road 2300). Yard waste or brush and metal or iron items can be dropped off for free. All appliances with freon must have it removed and tagged prior to disposal.
Fees are charged for certain garbage items. Under current social distancing guidelines, no payments will be accepted at the Transfer Station; attendants will instead collect contact information from residents and the city will issue a bill for disposal of garbage items. Bills can be paid by mail or through the City Hall Utilities Office drive-thru.
The city provides an abundance of information on departments, services, and programs online. See tabs above or these links:
Crete Public Library's Summer Reading Program scavenger hunt:
How well do you know your hometown? Do you know where to find the items/buildings pictured on the scavenger hunt form?
Take a walk/drive to find the location and write it in the space to the right of each photo. If you get REALLY stuck, we might be persuaded to give you a hint. Maybe. Probably. Oh, okay. We’ll give you a clue!
Download the form or pick one up at the library's drive-up window.
Return at the library book return (drive-thru on the south side of the building) no later than Aug. 3.
Update June 30: Four patron computers will be available by appointment only starting on July 1. Call the library, 402.826.3809, to reserve a time. Computers will be located in the front entrance area and instructions for use will be posted. These include:
Patrons may continue to reserve and checkout library materials through the online library catalog and pick up at the window on the south side of the building. (See below for more details.)
Update June 1: Crete Public Library's Summer Reading Program is moving online for 2020 due to current public health conditions. "Imagine Your Story" is this year's theme and library staff aim to provide multiple ways for library patrons and young readers to participate through online partners, Zoom, and outdoor activities families can do on their own. Find more information in the Summer Reading section.
Update March 18: Access to the library collections is closed to the public until further notice. Library staff is on hand and can provide limited services through the pickup window on the south and through phone calls, 402.826.3809.
Limited services and materials from the library are available:
Public Parks: The City of Crete will reopen public parks and playgrounds to public access on Thursday, June 18 after a vote at the regular city council meeting on June 2.
The public is strongly encouraged to follow basic social distancing recommendations when visiting the city’s public parks. Individual groups should be six people or less and should have at least six feet separation from other groups. Gatherings in all should be limited to 25 people or less. All recommendations can be found in current statewide Directed Health Measures documents, which took affect statewide on June 1, allowing businesses, venues, and other facilities to reopen under certain guidelines.
Baseball practices resumed at Tuxedo Park on June 1 and games are allowed to begin June 18. Read more...
Crete's parks and playgrounds have been officially closed to public access since April 23.
Wildwood Pool: Mayor Dave Bauer, city council members, and city officials further discussed Wildwood Pool at the June 2 meeting and determined it was in the best interests of the city and community that the pool remain closed this summer.
City officials based their decision on a number of items, including existing public health recommendations, hygiene and cleaning requirements, the ability to monitor social distancing guidelines, the ability to certify enough staff and total staffing considerations, and the ability to monitor attendance fairly to all community residents based on allowed pool capacity limits in place under the current DHM.
City officials are in contact with a number of public health, state, and risk management officials as well as counterparts in other cities and towns. Some municipal pools in the state are choosing to reopen under strict capacity limits and disinfection procedures, while others will stay closed this season.
City Parks and Recreation staff will continue regular maintenance projects at the pool throughout the summer. The splash pad is still set for replacement after becoming inoperable during the 2019 season.
Read more about the DHM and additional public health guidelines, recommendations and restrictions:
Find contact information for City Hall and city officials.
Original Post: As of April 23, all City of Crete parks and city properties are closed to public access. Signs will be posted to inform the public.
With the impending pandemic issues facing the community, the city is in a position to help slow the spread of this virus and by minimizing any associated contacts at any level, the city will be doing what it can to meet the best interests and expectations of the public.
These decisions are not being made lightly and will be rolled back at the first prudent opportunity to do so without jeopardizing the health and welfare of the public.
Crete Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge 2020 will use the Reader Zone app to help keep track of reading during the eight-week challenge, June 15 - Aug. 10. Below are instructions for signing up. Please call the library with any questions, 402.826.3809. Find more information on additional Summer Reading Program; registration is needed to receive links and passwords to other online programs.
Download the Reader Zone app
Enter the details for each reader
The City of Crete Department of Public Works, in partnership with its wholesale electric power supplier, the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, is continuing to provide four energy efficiency programs to assist in lowering energy costs for local utility customers through energy efficiency improvements.
The programs offer cash incentives to make energy efficient upgrades in the areas of insulation, cooling systems, home thermostats and commercial lighting. The programs are available through March 31, 2021 or while program funds last. 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 Utility Office at City Hall, 402.826.4312, or go to www.nmppenergy.org/mean to download program guidelines and application forms.
Crete Public Library's Summer Reading Program is moving online for 2020 due to current public health conditions.
Please register with a current email address to receive program links and passwords.
Registration with a current email address is requested in order to receive links and passwords to online programs, digital resources, and the Reader Zone app.
June Online Programs
Wednesday, June 10: Crane River Theater: School House Rock
Dance, sign, and play as Crave River Theater - Page to Stage brings "School House Rock" to life through this hour-long video program.
Tuesday, June 16, 1 p.m.: Henry Doorly Zoo - Mythical Creatures Quest Virtual Tour
Tuesday, June 23 - Friday, June 26: Imagine Your Science Story - Facebook videos each day at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Tuesday: Steam Lab video
Wednesday: Children's and Tween craft videos, Thaumatrones & Phenakistoscope
Thursday: Authors J.J. & Chris Grabenstein & Teresa Robeson videos
Friday: Steve Trash Magic Show video
Tuesday, June 23 - Friday, July 3: Imagine Your Fairytale Story
Shows, crafts, author interview
Summer Reading Challenge
June 15 - August 10: Using Reader Zone app
Zoom Story Time - Mondays, 10:30 a.m.
June 15: Unicorns
June 22: Your Royal Highness
June 29: Fairytales
Coming in July
Library Story Walk
Community Scavenger Hunt
Online Escape Room
Dog Man online party