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:

  • John Bruner, Chairman
  • Elaine Fortik
  • Dave Havlovic
  • Eric Hofpar
  • Joel Vrbka


  • Carla Sander, Clerk & Treasurer
  • Alan Kovar, Village Maintenance, (402) 367-2727


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.


2019 Planning Commission Members

  • Roshelle Pernicek, 1 year
  • Nancy Steager, 1 year
  • Don Yindrick, 1 year
  • Marcia Bohuslavsky, 2 years
  • Brian Foral, 2 years
  • Shari Havlovic, 2 years
  • Ron Benes, 3 years
  • Tom Pesek, 3 years
  • Dave Struebing, 3 years


  • 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 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: Dale Coates
Office: (402) 542-2212 (Rising City)
Cells: (308) 643-9191
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
    Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building
    Commander:  Jim Polivka
    Vice-Commander:  Dave Kastl
    Finance Officer:  Dean Kriz
    Adjutant:  Tom Pesek
    May 28:  Memorial Day Services—Mass at 10:00 a.m. Cemetery at 11:00 a.m.
    November 11:  Veterans' Day Pancake Supper—5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
    November 12:  Veterans’  Day Program at East Butler—1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
    A dedication of the Veterans’ Memorial in Evergreen Park will be held in October or November.
  • 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
    Deb Behne, (402) 545-2302
  • 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
    Connie Janak, (402) 545-3761
  • Knights of Columbus
    Vern Dvorak, (402) 367-9066
  • 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