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Seniors can call to sign up for Crete Meals on Wheels

Meal program for seniors starts up again

Interested clients who would like to receive Meals on Wheels deliveries in Crete can now call 402.821.3330 to sign up for the newest meal delivery program for Seniors. Calls go to the Saline County Aging Services office in Wilber. . . .

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swim lessons

Swimming Lessons offered in June & July

Levels 1-6, Infant and Toddler, private lessons available

Forms are available on   RecDesk   or at the Parks and Recreation office at City Hall. Participants must also have a liability waiver signed. Private lessons available. Please call the pool at 826.3500 during the . . .

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city hall

Ward III Council vacancy advertised

Interested residents should submit letters by May 26

Jack Oelschlager, Crete City Council Member in Ward III, submitted his letter of resignation from the Council and his last meeting was May 16. Oelschlager is moving out of Crete, leaving a vacancy for the remainder 1 year and . . .

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east 13th

East 13th Street to close from Boswell to Code, May 15-31

Utility work related to dormitory construction on the Doane University campus will temporarily close East 13th Street from Boswell Avenue to Code Avenue from Monday, May 15 to Wednesday, May 31. Signs at Hawthorne and Iris . . .

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15 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do at Crete Public Library

Everyone knows Crete Public Library for their fantastic selection of adult, teen, and children's books, but there are a variety of other FREE things you can do when you visit the library. In honor of National Library Week , . . .

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spring cleanup

City Spring Cleanup activities May 2-7

Transfer Station specials; schedule appliance pickups by May 4

The City of Crete will hold the annual Spring Cleanup May 2-7, with Transfer Station specials on two days, major appliance pick-up, and a downtown street cleanup. Transfer Station Specials: No fees will be charged at the . . .

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drive sober

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Crete Police participating in April special enforcement

Drugged driving is on the rise in Nebraska. To help keep drug-impaired drivers off the roads, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is teaming up with members of the Crete Police . . .

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swim team signup

Swim Team registrations due May 5

Parent meeting on Wednesday, April 19, 6 p.m.

Registration is now open for Crete Recreation Swim Team until Friday, May 5.  Registration open to all on a first-come-first-serve basis. Limited spaces available. Crete RipTide Swim Team offers kids ages 7-18 a . . .

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garden apps

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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tornado drill

Statewide Tornado Drill is Wednesday (March 29)

Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 27-31

The City of Crete will participate in Nebraska’s State-wide tornado drill on Wednesday, March 29 in recognition of Severe Weather Awareness Week 2023 (March 27-31). The City will test the community warning sirens city-wide . . .

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police award

Officer Kramer receives Life Saving Award

Quick actions at accident scene help woman, children

Mayor Dave Bauer presented a Life Saving Award Citation to Crete Police Department Officer Jeff Kramer during the Tuesday, March 21, regular City Council meeting at City Hall. An award narrative was read by Chief of Police Gary Young . . .

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Spring forward on March 12

Daylight Saving Time begins

Daylight Saving Time begins at  2 a.m. Set clocks ahead 1 hour. This is a good time to check batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

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City phones down due to Windstream repair

City Hall has been made aware that Windstream is having issues with phone lines today (Feb. 28). Residents can email Public Works issues and concerns during business hours to: pw.help@crete.ne.gov Find additional City Hall email . . .

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fiber project

ALLO Communications to invest in 10 gigabit network in Crete

LINCOLN, NE (February 22, 2023) – ALLO Communications today announced a fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) project offering up to 10 Gigabit bandwidth in Crete. ALLO leaders met with Crete’s City Council and Doane University . . .

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snow emergency declared

The Snow Emergency declared Feb. 16 has ended

Vehicles parked on marked Emergency Snow Routes need to be moved

Update : The Snow Emergency has ended (Feb. 17). Original : The City of Crete has declared a Snow Emergency beginning today, Thursday, Feb. 16. Vehicles parked on marked emergency snow routes, should be moved as soon as possible. . . .

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Summer pool season, groundskeeping jobs open

Crete Parks and Recreation is currently hiring for multiple spring and summer positions with youth programs, the 2023 season at Wildwood Pool , and summer groundskeepers. Job descriptions and applications are available with each listing . . .

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recreation soccer registration

Youth Soccer starts March 19, Micro Soccer Starts April 5

Contact Recreation office for team information

Signup forms and waivers are available on RecDesk or at the Parks and Recreation office at City Hall. Coaching applications are also available on RecDesk - parents who coach will have the registration fee waived. Participants must . . .

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input online

Public input available online through voting, survey

Planning underway for new Comprehensive Plan

The City of Crete is in the process of creating a new Comprehensive Plan to continue defining the future of the Crete community; the current Plan was created in 2014 with corresponding updates. The City Council entered into . . .

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travel center location map

Pump & Pantry announces new travel center location in Crete

GRAND ISLAND, Neb., Dec. 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Pump & Pantry® is excited to announce plans to build a new travel center on the northeast side of Crete, Nebraska, at the intersection of Nebraska Highways 103 and 33. . . .

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Elected officials take oath of office

Mayor Dave Bauer won his election bid against challenger Ryan Hinz, who finished one term as City Council Member in Ward II. Dan Papik and Kyle Frans were elected in Council Wards 1 and 3, respectively, after running unopposed.  . . .

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water main

Water main work finished on Norman Ave.

Final sidewalk work on 13th Street dependent on weather

Update, Jan. 17:  The street work for this project on Norman Ave. has been completed and barricades have been removed. The sidewalk work still has barricades around the excavated area. Please use caution if walking . . .

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bridge replacement

Bridge replacement to begin Dec. 1 on 22nd Street

Beginning Thursday, Dec. 1, 22nd Street between Kingwood Ave and Ivy Ave will be closed for bridge replacement. The wood bridge will be replaced with a triple concrete box culvert and additional street paving in the area. General . . .

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Historic Main Avenue, Crete, NE.

City seeks members for inaugural Historic Preservation Commission

Letters of interest requested by Nov. 30

The City of Crete is seeking interested individuals to serve on a local Historic Preservation Commission, established by the City Council with recent passage of Ordinance 2154 - Historic Preservation Act.  This new commission . . .

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City Hall, 243 East 13th Street, Crete, NE 68333

Volunteers needed to fill vacancies on city boards and commissions

Mayor Dave Bauer invites interested individuals to participate on city boards and commissions by filling current vacancies.  A total of 11 citizen boards and commissions are appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council to . . .

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flood plain

New Crete floodplain map effective Oct. 27

New map eliminates majority of residential floodplain properties A new FEMA floodplain map for the City of Crete took effect on Oct. 27 after several years of study and process delays. The new map eliminates a very large portion of . . .

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Crete Fire and Rescue volunteers part of wildfire control efforts Sunday

Crete Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department members were part of efforts to control wildfires in extreme weather conditions on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 23. Reports of 24 area departments and well over 100 firefighters fought fires . . .

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trunk or treat October 31, 4-7pm, Crete High School parking lot

Trunk or Treat at Crete High School Oct. 31, 4-7 p.m.

The Crete Police Department is sponsoring a Community Trunk or Treat on Monday, Oct. 31, from 4-7 p.m. in the Crete High School Parking lot, 1750 Iris Ave. To register a participating vehicle to hand out candy, please call . . .

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Laura Renker receives NLA's Mad Hatter Youth Service Award

Crete Public Library's Laura Renker is the recipient of this year's Mad Hatter Youth Service Award, presented by the Nebraska Library Association. She accepted the honor during the 2022 NLA Annual Conference held Oct. 5-6 at . . .

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crete pd k9

Crete Police Department adds K9 program

The Crete Police Department ’s first K9 team will be officially introduced very soon with handler, Officer Audrey Arbuckle, and Hunk, a one-year-old Belgian Malinois. Officer Arbuckle and Hunk trained for five weeks together . . .

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story time

Preschool Story Time Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Held throughout the school year, August - May

Preschool Story Time at Crete Public Library runs during the school year, starting in the fall. Story Time is geared toward children aged 3-5. It includes books and activities supporting early literacy by offering vocabulary . . .

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one ways

Council approves one way changes to 14th and Norman area

The Crete City Council approved one-way designations on 14th Street and Norman Avenue with an action item at the July 5 regular meeting and Resolution 2022-03 at the July 19 regular meeting. New One Way street . . .

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Officer Arbuckle receives Life Saving Award

First responder actions praised at City Council meeting

Mayor Dave Bauer presented a Life Saving Award Citation to Crete Police Officer Audrey Arbuckle during the Tuesday, July 19, regular City Council meeting at City Hall. An award narrative was read by Chief of Police Steve . . .

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CVFD hosts training at Doane quads June 19

Crete Volunteer Fire Department hosted a multi-department training on Sunday, June 19 at Burrage Hall on Doane University's campus. The 1960's era dormitories were slated for demolition in July and area fire departments took . . .

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service award

Chief Hensel awarded Meritorious Service Medal

Steven B. Hensel has served the City of Crete as Chief of Police since his appointment in December of 1994 and has announced his retirement at the end of 2022.  City Administrator Tom Ourada awarded Hensel with the Meritorious . . .

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service awards

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 13 employees received service awards from Mayor Dave Bauer at an Employee Recognition event . . .

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Canceled due to weather: RipTide Swim Team exhibition July 2

Update July 2: Unfortunately, this event has been canceled due to weather.   Original article: Crete Recreation's Riptide Swim Team will host an exhibition on Saturday, July 2 at 9 a.m. at Wildwood Pool. Youth . . .

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click it or ticket

Crete PD reports on Click It or Ticket campaign

From May 23 through June 5, 2022 the Crete Police Department conducted a high-visibility enforcement campaign in conjunction with the national Click It or Ticket event through the Memorial Day holiday. Prior to the event, officers . . .

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Electric crews help repair tornado damage in Wymore

The City of Crete Electric Department sent two crews with a bucket truck and a pole setting truck to Wymore this morning (June 12), joining crews from Fairbury, Auburn, and Beatrice. Reports indicate last night’s tornado took out 90% of . . .

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mosquito spraying

Seasonal mosquito spraying starts June 6

The Street Department will begin spraying for mosquitoes in town on Monday, June 6. Mosquito spraying is done on a weekly schedule.  Spraying Days and Times: Primary days are Mondays & Thursdays starting about 30 . . .

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doors closed

Use City Hall south doors

Starting Thursday, May 12:   Please enter and exit City Hall using doors on the south side (City Park side). The north (13th Street) doors of City Hall will be closed during reconstruction of the stairs and . . .

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soccer tournament

Crete Community World Cup games set for this weekend

Armory Park to host pool play games Saturday; Papik Field the site for Sunday championships

A total of 16 games are scheduled for the second Crete Community World Cup Soccer Tournament this Saturday and Sunday (April 9-10). Twleve teams will compete in women’s and men’s divisions representing local business . . .

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nebraska homeowner assistance fund program flyer

Nebraska Homeowner Assistance Fund is taking applications

Program for pandemic-impacted homeowners

The Nebraska Homeowners Assistance Fund (NHAF) is available to help Nebraska homeowners who have  experienced a COVID-19 related financial hardship that began or continued after January 21, 2020. The NHAF may be able to help . . .

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library program

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program available in Crete

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program is available in partnership with the  Friends of the Crete Public Library  and  Crete Public Library . Any child age 0-5 years who lives within the Crete . . .

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retired volunteers

Crete Fire Department hosts retired members, elects officers at December meeting

Retired members of Crete Volunteer Fire and Rescue attended the department's regular December meeting and meal Tuesday night, Dec. 14 at the fire hall. CVFD continues to benefit from the years of work and dedication given by these . . .

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charging station

Electric Vehicle Charging Station

The City of Crete ChargePioint® electric vehicle charging station is located on the west edge of City Park on Linden Ave., north of the 12th Street intersection and south of the Post Office. Parking in two stalls is limited to . . .

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Milling/overlay projects completed Oct. 27

Portions of 12th Street, Linden Ave, Ivy Ave now open

Update, Oct. 27: The streets in this project are now open to traffic. Traffic cones may remain in place in some areas. Please use caution. Update, Oct. 22: The asphalt milling and overlay project on portions of 12th Street, . . .

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Funds raised for Library Park instruments thanks to Mark and Andy event

More than 80 guests were entertained by Mark Twain, played by Warren Brown, and Andrew Carnegie, played by Tom King, on Oct. 7 during a Crete Public Library fundraiser to purchase outdoor musical instruments for Library Park . . . .

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economic development certified community

Crete recertified as Economic Development Certified Community

City recognized for making housing, downtown revitalization priorities

NEW RELEASE COURTESY OF NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Support for downtown development and efforts to create new housing in the city of Crete (pop. 7,247) have led to recognition from the State of Nebraska. The . . .

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New one-way blocks, parking added near Crete Elementary

A resolution relating to traffic flow around Crete Elementary School was adopted by the Crete City Council at the regular meeting on Sept. 21 adding more one-way traffic, parking, and a right turn only.  Existing one-way streets . . .

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Library dedication held Sept. 15

Crete Public Library held an official dedication ceremony for the new building on Wednesday, Sept. 15 with library staff, board members and volunteers, city and county officials, project donors, construction and engineering . . .

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Updated: 19th Street intersections at Main, Norman to close Sept. 8

Work is anticipated to take a little over a week

Update: These intersection closures have been moved back a day and will close tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 8). Original Street Notice: Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7 the intersections on 19th Street at Main Ave. and Norman Ave. will . . .

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railroad work

Hawthorne railroad crossing work delayed

Update Sept. 8: The start of this crossing reconstruction project by Burlington Northern has been delayed. The City will share updated details when they are received. Original: Burlington Northern railroad . . .

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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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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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energy efficiency

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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Legal Notices

Currently advertised public notices and hearings of the Crete City Council and appointed boards and commissions will appear below when available. PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to law that a vacancy exists in the . . .

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2023 crete reads

Crete Reads! 2023

"The Orphan Collector" chosen for this year's community-wide read

Crete Public Library is pleased to announce the selection of "The Orphan Collector," by Ellen Marie Wiseman as the 2023 Crete Reads! book. Watch for details about Crete Reads! programming during the year, . . .

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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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council ward 1 map

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 was . . .

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energy program

City of Crete offers energy efficiency programs

Programs include Attic Insulation, Cooling System Tune-Up

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 five energy efficiency programs to assist in lowering . . .

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library graphic

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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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 project

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 which . . .

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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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city hall

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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city bill

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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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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council meeting

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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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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ward 1

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

Local residents 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 . . .

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