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Pooch Pool Party, Sunday, Aug. 8

Last day of the season at Wildwood Pool

Crete Parks & Recreation is proud to offer a swim day for the canines of the Crete community on the last day of the pool season on Sunday, Aug. 8.  Help your furry loved one beat the dog days of summer by enjoying a swim at . . .

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Back to school picnic, Thursday, Aug. 5

On Thursday, Aug. 5, Doane University is hosting a Back to School Community Picnic to kick off the school year for members of the Crete community. This event will take place in Cassel Outdoor Theatre from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. and will include free . . .

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coed softball

Coed Softball registration open until July 23

Crete Coed Slow Pitch Softball League signup runs until Friday, July 23, for the first 9 teams to register. Doubleheaders are played on Sunday evenings starting on Aug. 8 at Tuxedo Park; Registration fee is $425 - softballs . . .

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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 15 employees received service awards from Mayor Dave Bauer at an Employee Appreciation event on . . .

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water aerobics information

Water Aerobics held Monday-Friday, 9-10 a.m.

Crete Recreation Water Aerobics will start on Wednesday, June 16 at Wildwood Pool. There is no registration or signup necessary; participants may attend as many or as few sessions as they would like. Mondays - Fridays 9:00 . . .

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Middle School Book Bingo sheets due July 31

  For middle school-aged readers, two events will be held in July: Tuesday, July 20, 1 p.m.: Harry Potter Horcrux Hunt Tuesday, July 27, 1 p.m.: Interactive Movie A book bingo card is also available with 24 . . .

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City of Crete adds high efficiency residential heat pump program

Incentives offered to utility customers in partnership with City's power supplier

The City of Crete Departments of Public Works , in partnership with its wholesale electric power supplier, the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, is adding a high efficiency heat pump program to its suite of energy efficiency programs for . . .

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Youth Tennis Camp July 6-9

Crete Recreation’s tennis camp will be under the direction of Crete High School and Doane University tennis coaches for youth in grades 3-8. Camp participants will learn the fundamental skills and techniques of the game in a fun . . .

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Seasonal mosquito spraying starts June 7

The Street Department will begin regular spraying for mosquitos in town on Monday, June 7. Spraying Days and Times: Mondays & Thursdays from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Tuxedo Park is treated with spray on Monday, Wednesday, and . . .

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Preschool Story Time

New in 2021: Bilingual story time on Saturdays, starting Aug. 7

Access to the library collections and meeting rooms is open to the public with increased capacity limits.  Read more about current library services. New in 2021: Bilingual Spanish-English story time on Saturdays for . . .

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Adult Summer Reading Bingo card

The Summer Reading Program at Crete Public Library isn’t just for kids.  For adult readers, the goal is to read five books in June and July, Instead of genres, like last year’s “Lose Your Shelf Control” . . .

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seatbelt campaign

Crete Police will conduct Click It or Ticket enforcement

The Crete Police Department will be conducting extra traffic enforcement as part of the Click It or Ticket high-visibility seat belt enforcement campaign May 24 - June 6. The campaign, which will coincide with Memorial Day, . . .

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"News of the World" novel chosen for Crete Reads!

Library planning events surrounding community-wide reading experience

Crete Public Library is pleased to announce the selection of "News of the World," by Paulette Jiles as the 2021 'Crete Reads!' book. Multiple copies in a variety of formats will be available at the library for the duration . . .

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Tails & Tales, Summer Reading 2021.

Summer Reading logs are due at the library by July 31

Reading activities offered for all ages

Crete Public Library's  2021 summer reading program, "Tails and Tales," kicked off on May 27 with an event from 6-8 p.m. in the library's Pinnacle Pavilion and Library Park. See the video in this . . .

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Ward I Council vacancy advertised

Interested candidates can submit a letter by May 10

Mayor Dave Bauer and Crete City Council members took action at their regular meeting Tuesday (April 20) to fill a vacant city council seat after Ward I City Council member Brian Carnes passed away unexpectedly on April 14.  Carnes . . .

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City of Crete offers energy efficiency programs for 2021-2022

High efficiency heat pump program added

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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Library hosting open house April 9-10

Library Story Walk celebrates National Poetry Month

In honor of National Library Week (April 4-10) Crete Public Library will hold an open house on Friday, April 9 from 10 am - 5 pm and Saturday, April 10, 10 am - Noon. The theme this year is ‘Welcome back to your . . .

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spring cleanup flyer

City Spring Cleanup activities May 1-8

Transfer Station coupon available; schedule appliance pickups by May 6

The City of Crete will hold the annual Spring Cleanup May 1-8, with Transfer Station specials on three days, major appliance pick-up, downtown cleanup day, and Pinnacle Bank's community shred event.  (Click photo . . .

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Downtown street cleanup set for Sunday, May 2

Vehicles should be moved from Main Street, 9th-14th, by 6:30 a.m.

As part of the City of Crete's Spring Cleanup, members of the Crete Volunteer Fire Department will wash down Main Ave. on Sunday morning, May 2 , kicking off a downtown cleanup day. Vehicles along Main, from 9th to 14th . . .

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face coverings

City Hall open to walk-in access

Face coverings required by visitors not fully vaccinated

City Hall is once again open to the public for walk-in access. Face coverings are required for visitors not fully vaccinated. Face coverings and hand sanitizer are available at all building entrances: south side doors off the parking . . .

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Face covering protocol changed for library visitors

New updates effective May 14

As of May 14, fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear face coverings in the library, Non-vaccinated individuals aged five and above must wear face coverings, which are available at all three entrance doors. . . .

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recycling Thursdays

All recycling collection will be on Thursdays starting April 1

Beginning April 1, 2021, the City of Crete's two recycling routes (Monday and Thursday) will consolidate to Thursdays after the City Council approved a requested change from The Garbage Company at the regular meeting on March 2. . . .

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Downtown Revitalization Program

Two application cycles for new set of downtown projects

The City of Crete was one of five Nebraska communities awarded Downtown Revitalization (DTR) funds from Nebraska Department of Economic Development (NDED) in 2020. The award of $445,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds builds . . .

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utility account information

Avoid scams by knowing these important utility account details

The following is important information to know about City of Crete utility accounts in order to avoid potential scams. a utility disconnect date is noted on every bill and a courtesy notice is mailed from the city on bills . . .

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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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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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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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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 . . .

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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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face coverings required

Update: Status of city services & information links

(Information current as of July 14, 2021) 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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library

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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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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potluck

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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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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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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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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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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