Crete is a first-class city with a population of 6,960 (2010 census). Crete has a Mayor-Council form of government with a Mayor and six council members elected to four year terms. The positions of City Clerk/Treasurer, City Attorney, City Administrator/Director of Public Works, Chief of Police and Fire Chief are appointed by the Mayor to serve four year terms.
The 2011-2012 actual budget is $22,048,420.. The municipal levy is .356655. The actual valuation of the City of Crete is $240,391,212. In addition to the 5.5% Nebraska sales tax, a 1.5% city sales tax is imposed in Crete. The revenue generated by 1% of city sales tax is used entirely for property tax relief. The remaining .5% is dedicated to economic development.
Electric, water, wastewater and solid waste services in the community are provided by the City of Crete. The City owns a generating plant capable of generating 15.6 MW with a distribution system consisting of 3 substations. Click here for more information
The streets and storm sewer system within city limits are also maintained by the Departments of Public Works. For information regarding maintenance, street closings, and snow removal contact the Public Works Department.
Mandatory refuse service is franchised through The Garbage Company. (more) Crete residents may also take their refuse and yard waste to the landfill transfer station located north of Highway 33 on Boswell Avenue. Hours are Tuesdays 1:00 P.M. -6:00 P.M. and Saturdays 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Lisa Olivigni, Director
Crete Public Library offers a wide range of resources to the community, housing a collection of 27,548 volumes, and providing internet access as well. Children’s programs include Preschool and After School Story Time sessions during the school year and a Summer Reading Program. An extensive outreach service for elderly patrons is offered at four sites throughout the community and book delivery for homebound patrons is available as well.
Located at 305 E. 13th Street, library hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.; Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 A.M. – 7:30 P.M.; closed Sunday. For additional information call
The Crete Police Department operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with 11 sworn officers and one part-time community service officer. The department responded to 12,148 calls in 2013.
Crete has an enhanced 9-1-1 system. The police station is located at 1945 Forest Avenue, just south of Highway 33 and west of Pizza Hut. The non-emergency telephone number is.
Crete Volunteer Fire & Rescue provides the community with fire protection and contracts with Saline County Rural Fire District and Highland Rural Fire District to provide protection to areas outside of city limits. Approved for 50 members the department currently has 43 active members.
The department is 100% volunteer. First responders are usually on scene anywhere in city limits within 1 – 2 minutes. In 2011, the department responded to over 350 medical, 100 fire and 63 calls for miscellaneous reasons such as storm watches and searches for missing persons.
Crete Municipal Airport has a 4,200 ft. paved and lighted runway and a 3,400 ft. sod runway. Other features include VVASI, VORDME, NDB-2 approaches, instrument approach, rotating beacon, Unicorn 122.8, hangars, ties downs, lighted wind sock, fuel, aircraft rental and sales, training, full-time attendant and repairs.
The elevation at the airport is 1,498 ft., the latitude is 40°37’, and the longitude is 96°56’. The airport is located east of Crete on 13th Street. For additional information call,
Crete has a well-maintained system of parks and recreation facilities. Recreational opportunities in Crete include 130 acres of public park with picnic shelters, tennis/basketball courts, swimming pool, athletic fields, roller skating rink, and numerous playground areas. These areas are maintained by the Parks Department of the Public Works.
Dan Dunaway, Director
The Crete Parks & Recreation sponsored programs include basketball, baseball, softball, Hershey track meet, spring and fall soccer, teen nights, flag football, swim team, water aerobics, and volleyball. Other recreational opportunities include swimming lessons, dance, gymnastics, karate, golf, wrestling, computer classes, and reading and craft activities at the library. For additional information, contact the Crete Recreation Department, 241 E. 13th Street, .
Crete has an active Chamber of Commerce supported by the business community. Membership currently stands at 125 members. The City of Crete, the Crete Chamber of Commerce and the Crete Area Improvement and Development Corporation (CAIDC) are partners in industrial development and betterment of the community. For additional information contact Kayleigh Schadwinkel.
The City of Crete is fortunate to have excellent medical services. The Crete Area Medical Center, a subsidiary of Bryan LGH, features 25 private patient rooms, two surgery suites, physical therapy and cardiac rehabilitation space, a trauma area within the emergency department and a helicopter pad.
The residents of Crete and surrounding area have the opportunity to use the services of two fully staffed medical clinics, Crete Area Medical Center Clinic and Saline Medical Specialties.
Garden Square, an assisted living care facility, built in 1996 accommodates 40 residents. The Premier Estate of Crete, a 108-bed skilled nursing facility provides care for both short and long term stays with a unique 14 bed Alzheimer’s secure care unit. Tabitha Nursing Center at Crete also provides long and short term care along with hospice services and home health care.
Development is taking off in Crete. In recent years 5 new housing subdivisions have been established. These developments have the potential for approximately 138 new single-family residences. For subdivision locations contact Ray Sueper, Building Inspector at
Crete has a variety of owner and rental units available in low, moderate and high-income level housing.
The Crete Housing Authority administers a public housing project for the elderly, handicapped, and disabled and a Section * Housing Assistance Certificate Program. For additional information contact Dwayne Bennett, Executive Director. Housing Application
Blue River Community Action, Inc. (BVCA) provides housing assistance to eligible participants in Saline and surrounding counties. Contact BVCA at for more information.
Crete Public Schools
The School District of Crete is comprised of Crete High School (9-12), Crete Middle School (5-8), Crete Elementary School (PreK-4). Contact for the Crete Public School system can be made through Kyle McGowen, School Superintendent, at. (more…)
St. James Elementary School
Crete also has one private elementary, St. James Catholic School. With an enrollment of 76 students attend St. James through the 6th grade. Contact information at.
Crete is a member of Educational Service Unit (ESU) #6 is headquartered in Milford. ESU #6 serves five counties by coordinating services such as leasing of media materials, leasing of specialized equipment for instructional programs and cooperative purchasing and providing special education.
Daycares and Preschools
There are several licensed daycare facilities that offer regularly scheduled preschool classes, the Blue River Family Resource Center, Little Peanuts, Saline County Head Start and Lambs of Christ Preschool are among those. A current list of licensed home caregivers is available from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
Crete is the home of Doane University. Doane offers Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees in 40 areas of study with five divisions: science, mathematics and information science and technology, arts and humanities; social science; education and physical education; and business.
Doane University is the oldest four-year, private liberal arts institution in Nebraska. The campus rests on 300 acres which includes three buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Area residents have an abundance of businesses to serve their needs. Downtown boasts a wide variety of businesses including financial institutions, grocery, hardware, floral, sports, thrift, and variety shops. Crete also has a number of eating establishments, both fast food and relaxed family dining, offering almost anything your tastebuds crave.
New to Crete is a WalMart Super Center. Located in the city’s industrial area the center opened in June 2007.
The Crete community is fortunate to have a significant industrial base with four major manufacturers. These are – Crete Mills (a division of Bunge Milling), Douglas Manufacturing, Nestle/Purina (a division of Nestle International), and Smithfield Foods. A number of smaller industries have located in Crete throughout the years. Each of them contributes to the economic health, growth and stability of the community.