Our Community


The village of Brainard is governed by a five person Board of Trustees, elected to four-year terms, meeting the third Monday of the month.


Members include:

  • Elaine Fortik, Chairman
  • Kevin Behne
  • Scott Foral
  • Dave Havlovic
  • Ernest Kabourek


  • Robin Sullivan, Clerk & Treasurer
  • Alan Kovar, Village Maintenance, (402) 367-2727
  • Ron Hula, Asst. Village Maintenance


City Hall is located at 111 E. Washington Street, PO Box 71. Regulations and building permit applications for new construction, additions, fences, outbuildings, porches, and patios are available from the clerk. For information, call (402) 545-2701, fax (402) 545-2561, or email brainardcityhall@yahoo.com.


The Planning Commission is a group of citizens appointed by the Village Board to plan for future growth of the community. Their main purpose is to solicit opinions and ideas of local citizens in the formulation of the Comprehensive Plan. They also review and discuss projects within the village boundaries and act as an advisory entity to the Village Board. For information, contact Dave Struebing, chairman, (402) 545-3701.



  • Telephone - Windstream provides regular, long distance service, and DSL broadband.

  • Internet - Service providers of local internet access include Windstream and DTN Speed Net.

  • Newspapers - The Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star are available on a daily basis. The Columbus Telegram is available Monday through Saturday. The Banner Press and Wahoo Newspapers are printed weekly. The Clipper, for community news, is printed locally, available online, and in local businesses.

  • Television - Satellite TV is available through Direct TV and Dish TV. Local broadcast TV is received by antenna and includes KOLN-TV, KETV, KLKN, WOWT, KMTV, and PBS.
  • Radio - The community is served by numerous radio stations.

  • US Post Office - The post office, 104 N Madison Street, provides supplies, mailboxes, and rural route delivery. Office window hours are Monday through Friday from 8-12 Noon, 1-3 p.m., and Saturday from 10-10:45 a.m.

  • US Gen Web - Genealogy resources for Butler County. For information, view: http://www.rootsweb.com/~nebutler.



New residents should contact the Village Clerk regarding hookups for utilities and village information.


  • Water - Water is provided by three certified wells with a 67,000 gallon elevated storage tank.

  • Electricity - Village electricity is supplied from Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) and the village retails it to customers.

  • Sewer - A large two cell expansion project on the lagoon system was recently completed.

  • Garbage Collection - Brainard contracts with a private service which is billed with the utilities. Garbage collection is available Thursday morning. To sign up and receive a trash container, call the Village Clerk at (402) 545-2701.

  • Recycling - Commingled recycle bins are available near the swimming pool parking lot.



Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Holy Trinity Catholic Church

623 N Madison Street
Pastor: Fr. Steven Snitily
Rectory: (402) 545-2691
Klein Rental Center: (402) 545-2352
Saturday: 5 pm CST & 6:30 pm DST
Sunday: 9 am


United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church

403 N Madison Street
Pastors: Pat Norris, Carroll Plisek
Office: (402) 542-2212 (Rising City)
Cells: (402) 499-6662, (402) 929-0939
Sunday Worship: 8:30 am


Civic / Social Organizations

  • American Legion Auxiliary Rejda Unit #273
    Donna Rae Steager, 1960 Road 33, (402) 545-3383
  • American Legion Rejda Post #273
    David Foster, (402) 540-3048
  • Brainard Area Seniors
    Sharon Bruner, 104 S. Garfield, (402) 545-3901
  • Brainard Car Club
    Tyler Fortik, 112 N Madison, (402) 545-2511
  • Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts
    Norm and Denise Bruner, PO Box 268, (402) 545-3761
  • Brainard Community Club
    Tom Pesek, (402) 545-4381
  • Brainard Volunteer Fire Department
    John Bongers, PO Box 273, (402) 545-2032
  • First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association (formerly Catholic Workman)
    Mary Lou Meister, (402) 545-2731
  • Hilltoppers II 4-H Club
    Lori Shalon, (402) 545-3308
  • Holy Trinity Parish Council of Catholic Women
    Susie Robeson
  • Knights of Columbus
    Gerry Reinsch, (402) 545-2313
  • Willing Workers Women's Club
    Gail Stolze, (402) 545-4371
  • Western Fraternal Life Association
    Dorothy Shultz, 912 Bicentennial Cr., David City, NE 68632, (402) 367-4731