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City to sell surplus items through online auctions

The City of Crete will begin selling all of its surplus equipment, vehicles, and miscellaneous items through online auctions on a site called Public Surplus. Auctions will be on a rolling basis as items become available. The first items . . .

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Local utility bills processed by post office Friday

Utility bill update, Oct. 5: All local city utility bills were delivered to and processed by the Crete Post Office on Friday (Oct. 2). (The image here is the receipt dated with that information.) If customers have any questions or . . .

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Tuxedo Road to close for bridge replacement starting Sept. 21

Back entrance on Idaho Road is open

Tuxedo Park Road will be closed and barricaded for the bridge replacement project starting on Monday, Sept. 21 Tuxedo Park  itself will not be closed. The approved detour into the park is the Idaho Road (county road) back entrance . . .

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New residents reminded to set up utility accounts at City Hall

New residents to Crete, including university students in off-campus rental housing need to set up a utility account with the Public Works Office at City Hall , 243 East 13th Street. A ground floor entrance and parking are on the south side . . .

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New letter-size utility bills; Xpress Bill Pay used for online utility payments

Changes effective August 2020

The City of Crete is utilizing a new software system for utility billing, which includes a change in the format of bills customers will receive each month. Letter-size utility bills will be mailed in envelopes and the online payment . . .

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City Hall open to walk-in access

Face coverings required by visitors

As of Monday, Aug. 3, City Hall is once again open to the public for walk-in access. Face coverings are required for visitors and social distancing guidelines remain in place. Face coverings and hand sanitizer are available at all . . .

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Library now open with visitor restrictions in place

Patron capacity, use of space, library services all will be limited

Update July 31: As of Monday Aug. 3, Crete Public Library will be open for a limited number of patrons.  Guidelines include the following: Priority hour for seniors and vulnerable patrons to browse – . . .

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Update: Status of city services & information links

(Information current as of August 3.) 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 . . .

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City staff recognized for years of service

Each year, City of Crete employees are presented awards for their years of loyal service to the citizens of Crete.  This year five employees received service awards at an Employee Appreciation event on Thursday, Aug. 27. . . .

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Public Works receives national commendation for electric restoration efforts in Shickely

The City of Crete Public Works Department received a national commendation from the American Public Power Association for its support in electric power restoration efforts in Shickley, Neb.  On July 9, 2020, the Crete Public Works . . .

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scam alert

Police warn of phone scam involving station number

The Crete Police Department has received a few scam reports in the past hour (Wednesday, July 29) using the Crete PD phone number. The caller is requesting personal identifying information such as social security info, bank accounting . . .

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City of Crete offers energy efficiency programs for 2020-21

Attic Insulation Program offers cash incentives

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 . . .

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Storm, substation transformer cause power outages

The City of Crete saw two major power outages in two days last week, the first caused by a transformer failure, the second by severe weather. Both were handled quickly by the electric department crew with assistance from other departments. . . .

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spring cleanup

City Spring Cleanup May 5-10

The City of Crete will hold the annual Spring Cleanup May 5-10, with special Transfer Station services, major appliance pick-up, downtown cleanup day, and a community shred event. Groups and gatherings are not part of these activities. . . .

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Community Garden applications available

Garden plots assigned on first come, first serve basis until June 1

Applications are now available for Crete residents to rent a plot for the upcoming growing season at the Crete Community Garden, located at 10th and Thornwood Ave. Cost to rent one plot is $25 with a $20 deposit. Plots, typically . . .

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New Crete Public Library is open

The Crete Public Library and community room occupies a total of 20,000 square feet of space on the block which formerly housed the city’s first modern hospital. The new library's entrance plaza is located off the new . . .

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Updated: New Crete Public Library opens Jan. 30

Ceremonial book brigade on Jan. 13 starts move to new building

(Updated on Jan. 17: The opening date for the library has been changed due to updated information.) Sixteen months after an official groundbreaking, Crete Public Library staff will close the old library on East 13th . . .

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Book Brigade on Jan. 13 starts move to new library

Community invited to participate as two books pass from old to new buildings

Update : See the video of community volunteers participating in the Jan. 13 Book Brigade. In a symbolic gesture to commemorate moving from the old library to the new facility, the community will participate in a Book . . .

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Crete Youth in Governance team recognizes city staff

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, . . .

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City officials considering garbage/recycling contract renewal

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 . . .

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West 13th railroad crossing replaced in November

Update November:  This project is now completed and the railroad crossing is open to regular traffic. Update for Nov. 4:  A railroad crew started replacement work on Monday, Nov. 4. The crossing is closed to all . . .

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Enforcement of downtown parking limits needed for street cleaning, clearing snow

City leases spaces in 12th & Norman parking lot to downtown residents

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 . . .

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Two council vacancies filled

Travis Sears returns to the City Council , joined by Kyle Frans , as Mayor Dave Bauer’s appointments to fill two vacancies approved by current council members at the regular meeting on Sept. 3. Sears fills a Ward I . . .

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Crete to celebrate Welcoming Week with community potluck

Grab a lawn chair and your favorite picnic dish to enjoy in beautiful City Park with friends and neighbors at a community potluck on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 2-4 p.m. as The City of Crete joins with hundreds of communities to celebrate . . .

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Bauer sworn in as Mayor, two council vacancies posted

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 . . .

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City partners with community for National Night Out Aug. 6

People building a stronger community

The City of Crete will join communities across America celebrating National Night Out.  This annual event promotes police-community partnerships and brings people together building stronger, safer, and more caring places to . . .

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City staff recognized for years of service

Each year, City of Crete employees are presented awards for their years of loyal service to the citizens of Crete.  This year 11 employees, with a combined 195 years of service to the City, received awards at an Employee . . .

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Downtown streetscape project continues in 2019

Streetscape project with the Crete Community Foundation The City partnered with the  Crete Community Foundation for a downtown beautification plan after researching and gathering examples and information from projects in . . .

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Energy efficiency programs offer incentives to utility customers

Residents eligible through partnership with city's wholesale electric power supplier

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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 . . .

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USDA Rural Development Housing finance options covered at community meeting

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 . . .

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U.S. Census Surveys and 2020 Census information

The U.S. Census Bureau will conduct the Census in 2020 . Most households will not receive census materials and questionnaires until mid-March of 2020 and have the option to respond by filling out the form, responding online, or by . . .

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street cleanup

Volunteers, officers, business owners aid in downtown street cleanup

Transfer Station has busy Saturday; cleanup activities wind down

As part of the City of Crete's Spring Cleanup, members of the Crete Volunteer Fire Department washed down Main Ave. on Sunday morning (May 5), bringing back a traditional department acitivity as well as kicking off a downtown . . .

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Grant approved to assist theatre renovations

The City of Crete was awarded a $125,000 matching grant towards renovations for the city-owned Isis Theatre in an announcement made Monday (April 1) by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. The Blue River Arts Council , . . .

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Riverside Cemetery includes columbarium in northwest corner

New area provides place for funeral urns

Riverside Cemetery's  late 1800s New England inspiration is evident in the shaded paths, original limestone retaining walls, and the greenery in Tuxedo Park on its eastern border, while the recent columbarium addition looks out to . . .

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Award

Belohlavys receive Cornerstone Award

Mayor Roger Foster presented the Cornerstone Award to Janice and the late Roger Belohlvay in honor of their commitment to Crete and the business community, in which they used their entrepreneurial spirit to help create and sustain growth . . .

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Sign up for Emergency Alerts

You can receive emergency alerts for Crete and the surrounding area by subscribing to Blue Rivers Basin Community Alert System (Gage, Jefferson, and Saline Counties). Link to set up Alert Sense free of charge:  Sign up for . . .

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