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Grinchmas at Crete Public Library, Dec. 17

Grinchmas was held at Crete Public Library on Saturday, Dec.17 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Drop-in activities included: Photos with the Grinch free books Grinch scavenger hunt Grinch snacks Three showings of the classic . . .

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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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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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commercial snow removal permit

Commercial snow removal permits

A City of Crete permit is needed to move snow in city right-of-way. Current permits are issued to applicants for the winter season, 2021-2022. Find this permit online in the  Forms and Documents  section or at . . .

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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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author visit

Library to host author Mary Pipher Nov. 13

Crete Public Library is honored to host author Mary Pipher on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. in the Crete Carrier Community Room. This event is open to the public and RSVPs are not required. Mary has retired from speaking but . . .

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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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Two author visits at Crete Public Library in October

Crete Public Library will host two author visits next month, Jonis Agee on Oct. 5 and William Kent Krueger on Oct. 22. Agee, author of "The Bones of Paradise," will speak on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the Crete Carrier . . .

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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.

View the story time photo gallery

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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swimming lessons

Swimming Lessons offered in June & July

Signup for infant and toddler lessons ends July 15

Forms are available on   RecDesk   or at the Parks and Recreation office at City Hall. Participants must also have a liability waiver signed. Infant and Toddler lessons for ages 6 weeks - 4 years . . .

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cleanup dates

City Spring Cleanup activities May 1-7

Transfer Station specials; schedule appliance pickups by May 5

The City of Crete will hold the annual Spring Cleanup May 1-7, with Transfer Station specials on two days, major appliance pick-up, and Pinnacle Bank's community shred event. (An outside agency is conducting a Household . . .

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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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rent and utility assistance flyer

Emergency rental and utility assistance available for households

The Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program provides funds to assist Nebraska low-income households who are struggling to pay rent and utilities because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Proof of financial need is required, and applicants . . .

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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. Additional information can be found in the City Government section: City . . .

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Information for Crete Public Library visitors

Four meeting rooms are available for patrons and reservations for time slots can be made online. Additional policies and protocols can be found in the rooms. Five patron computers are available for use by the public. Two are located . . .

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Crete Reads

Crete Reads!

Special programming accompanies community-wide read

The Crete Reads! program is a community-wide, year-long series of events, activities, and learning opportunities related to the content and themes of one book chosen by public vote from a shortlist of finalists. Community members and . . .

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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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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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energy program

City of Crete offers energy efficiency programs for 2021-2022

Programs include Smart Thermostat installation, High Efficiency Heat-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 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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downtown cleanup map

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 visitors

Face coverings required by visitors not fully vaccinated

City Hall is 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 area . . .

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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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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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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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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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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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