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April 2015 Newsletter

The Marion City Times

 

Volume 13, Issue 4

In this issue:

April 30, 2015

v   April City Council Proceedings

v  April Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

v  April School Board Proceedings

v  Marion Development Foundation Proceedings

v May Calendar of Events

   

April 6, 2015 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, April 6, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the City Building with the following council members present: Jeff Jeno, Jim Kettwig, Dick Luke, Rick Nelson and Jeremy Thomas, together with the Mayor Ron Globke and Finance Officer Kari Muller.  Also attending the meeting was City Superintendent Dustin Sulzle.  Turner County Sheriff’s Sergeant John Roman and intern Dakodah Moore were present from 7:14 p.m. – 7:35 p.m.  Absent: Dave Hughes. 

Follow-up discussion was held on addressing the cracks on Center Street.  It was advised the county highway department is unable to assist with the matter.  Superintendent Sulzle advised another option will be pursued.    

The condition of Tieszen Drive was addressed, with it advised the road will need to be redone.  Discussion was held on an additional street matter, with Sulzle advising he will compile necessary information and follow up on the matter. 

A Public Hearing was held at 7:15 p.m. on a One Day Malt Beverage License requested by the Marion Volunteer Fire Department for their Annual Fun Night to be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. at the Fire Hall.  No one appeared before the council in favor or opposition of granting the license.  Motion was made by Jeno, seconded by Kettwig to grant the license.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.

TC Sheriff’s Sergeant Roman and department intern Moore were present and the law enforcement report for March 2015 was distributed and reviewed.  Various law enforcement matters were addressed, including a patrol/conduct matter, follow-up communication on City Ordinance violations/citations, and addressing expired plates on vehicles.

Discussion was held on issues and concerns with burning in town.  City ordinances regarding the matter were reviewed, wherein it is stated the open burning of leaves or any waste material is prohibited.  The burn ban issued by Turner County was also addressed.  Additional discussion was held on the ordinances regarding burning in city limits, with the decision made to address the matter at the regular May meeting.

Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Thomas to hire the following individuals & set the wages as listed for the 2015 summer season positions: Denise Arbach, Pool Manager - $10.25/hr.; Devin Nelson, Lifeguard - $9.25/hr.; Ashley Engbrecht, Lifeguard - $8.75/hr.; Baily York, Lifeguard - $8.75/hr.; Grant Preheim, Lifeguard - $8.75/hr.; Maranda Egan, Lifeguard - $8.75/hr.; Renae Kayser, Lifeguard - $8.50/hr.; Tory Arbach, Lifeguard - $8.50/hr.; Darby Arbach, Lifeguard - $8.50/hr.; Carson Gross, Summer Help - $8.75/hr.; Jacob Wuertz, Summer Help - $8.50/hr.; Scott Dent, Summer Rec Coordinator - $750.00/season.  Motion carried. 

Discussion was held on various Summer Rec matters.  It was advised the Marion Soccer program has had a great response in its second year, with over 70 youth participating on a total of 6 teams.  Discussion was held on miscellaneous pool matters, including budget and hours. 

The decision was made to change to summer hours at the landfill as soon as possible following staffing availability confirmation. 

Follow-up discussion was held on the emergency warning sirens matter, with it advised both sirens are functioning.  Discussion was held on additional siren matters.

The decision was made to hold a Community Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 25th, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The Southeast Enterprise Facilitation Project (SEFP) February and March monthly reports, along with the 2015 Annual Report, were distributed to the council.

Motion was made by Thomas, seconded by Kettwig to adjourn at 8:32 p.m.  Motion carried.

 

 

April 9,  2015 Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

The Marion Business & Professional Organization met on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at NuGen Energy with 15 members in attendance.  Businesses present were: Al’s Studio, City Economic Development Coordinator, Donlan’s Foodland, Farmers State Bank, Getskow Pharmacy, Hometown Insurance, Marion Record, NuGen Energy, Queena Getskow, Rapp Motors, Rex’s Plumbing, SEFP and Tieszen Chiropractic Clinic.

Aaron Riedell, NuGen Energy GM, and Loren Johnson, NuGen Energy Controller, were in attendance and introduced to the group. 

The March 12th meeting minutes and a financial report were distributed.  Motion was made by Glen Rapp, seconded by Rex VanHove to approve the minutes and the financial report as presented.  Motion carried.

Discussion was held on the promotional drawing for the month of May.  The decision was made to hold a drawing for a $25 Donlan’s gift certificate, as donated by Queena Getskow.

Discussion was held on the Summer Celebration.  A preliminary Schedule of Events was reviewed.  Johnson and Riedell provided information on NuGen’s planned involvement with the current Summer Celebration, as well as with future Summer Celebrations.   

Follow-up discussion was held on possibly relocating the State Champions sign to the same location as the ‘Welcome to Marion’ billboard.  It was advised that upon closer inspection, it does not appear that the location will be feasible.  Discussion was held on other, possible locations, with the decision made to address the matter at the May meeting.

Nancy Larsen, SEFP facilitator, distributed and reviewed her monthly report, as well as her 2015 Annual Report.  Information was provided on new inquiries, business plans and businesses, in addition to current activities.  Additional information was provided on keys to becoming an Entrepreneurial Community.  Larsen advised she will be retiring later this year.

City EDC Kari Muller provided an update for the Marion Development Foundation, reporting that the MDF Board/Officers remain(s) the same following the Annual Meeting held on March 26th.  Information was provided on the commercial property acquisitions and planned demolitions.  It was reported the MDF has received confirmation from the IRS regarding the organization successfully obtaining a 501(c)3 status.

Information was provided on the Summer Rec program.  It advised the soccer program is underway, with over 70 kids participating on a total of 6 teams.  Additional information was provided on the baseball and softball programs.

The next meeting will be at 12:00 p.m. on May 14, 2015 at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant.

  

  

“A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.”

Tenneva Jordan

 

   

April 13, 2015 School Board Proceedings

Pursuant to the call and the notice thereof, the School Board of the Marion School District 60-3, Marion, Turner County, SD met in regular session on the thirteenth day of April, 2015. Call to order was made by President of the School Board, Nicole Bartscher, at 7:00 pm.

Members Present: Nicole Bartscher, Dan Buse, Daryl Gortmaker, Josh Luke and Larry Langerock.  Absent: None.

Officers Present: Dr. Joseph Gertsema, Interim Superintendent; Michelle Larson, Secondary Principal; and Aaron Thompson, Business Manager.  Absent: None.

Guests Present: Todd Obele, Peter Preheim, Karri Wieman, Keith McVay, Linda Luke, Trish Kreider, Scott Tieszen, Paul Orcutt, and Shelly Wieman.

Action 14/15-116: Agenda – On motion by Buse, second by Gortmaker to amend the agenda to following: 21 – Resignation, 22 – Negotiations (Executive Session), 23 – Adjourn; and then to approve the agenda. Motion carried.

Action 14/15-117: Minutes – On motion by Langerock, second by Luke to approve the previous month’s minutes and to acknowledge receipt of the Cornbelt Educational Coop minutes. Motion carried.

Action 14/15-118: Financial Reports – On motion by Buse, second by Luke to approve the financial reports of the District as shown in Table 1 (to be published in paper). Motion carried.

Action 14/15-119: Bills for Consideration – On motion by Langerock, second by Buse to approve the following claims against the District for the month of April, and then to approve checks to be issued in their payment. Motion carried. (Bills to be published in paper)

Keith McVay came before the Board, stating that he would like to provide a “teacher appreciation supper” at 5:00 pm on May 6th for Teacher Appreciation Week. This would be provided for Marion School staff, families, and School Board members.

Peter Preheim also came before the Board with concerns on coop discussions with Parker School District. He detailed past experience with Parker, as well as their push for consolidation.

Karri Wieman gave the Teacher Report. She discussed her recent trip to the Faulkton School District, as she was part of an external review team there for AdvancED accreditation.

School Board reports were given. Larry Langerock wanted to thank Dr. Gertsema for his weekly email updates to the School Board. Josh Luke discussed the Cornbelt Coop meeting last month, as well as needing to set a date to pick up the football stadium equipment the School purchased last fall. Nicole Bartscher went over many of the legislative bills from this year’s session affecting K-12 education.

Aaron Thompson gave the Business Manager report. He shared a “thank you” card from Kim Buseman, and also discussed his communication with the school’s attorney, and preparations for the upcoming school year.

Michelle Larson gave the Principal report. She gave the Board updates on “Smarter Balanced” testing, Dakota Step Science testing, the Technology in-service, High School Prom, Track, and State FFA.

Dr. Joseph Gertsema gave the Superintendent report. He shared information on teacher interviews, Title I, and a handout on the “Every Child Achieves Act of 2015.”

The School Board discussed sports coop options with Freeman, Menno, Parker, and Freeman Academy.

Action 14/15-120: Sports Coop Direction On motion by Bartscher, second by Langerock to proceed with sports coop talks with Freeman Public School. Roll call vote: Bartscher – yes, Buse – yes, Gortmaker – yes, Langerock – yes, Luke – yes. Motion carried (5-0 vote).

Action 14/15-121: Summer School Proposal – On motion by Bartscher, second by Buse to authorize a summer school program for summer 2015. Motion carried.

President of the School Board, Nicole Bartscher, declared a brief recess of the meeting at 8:44 pm. School Board meeting resumed session at 8:54 pm.

Action 14/15-122: 2015/2016 School Calendar – On motion by Luke, second by Langerock to approve calendar C, as presented to the Board, as the official 2015/2016 Marion School calendar. Votes for: Luke, Langerock, Gortmaker; votes against: Bartscher, Buse. Motion carried (3-2 vote).

Action 14/15-123: Approve Nurse Contract – On motion by Langerock, second by Buse to approve the School Health Services Contract from Pioneer Memorial for the 2015/2016 fiscal school year. Motion carried.

Action 14/15-124: SDHSAA Resolution – On motion by Gortmaker, second by Luke to approve membership with the SDHSAA for the 2015/2016 school year. Motion carried. 

Action 14/15-125: Approve Contract – On motion by Langerock, second by Buse to approve William Massey’s contract as Asst. Track Coach for the 2014/2015 school year, in the amount of $1,206.00. Motion carried.

Action 14/15-126: Offer Certified Contracts – On motion by Buse, second by Gortmaker to offer the following certified contracts for the 2015/2016 school year, with salaries to be published July, 2015: Denise Arbach – Science Teacher, Kaitlyn Backstrom – Band / Vocal Teacher, Kim Buseman – Kindergarten Teacher, Janna Christiansen – K-12 Special Ed. Teacher, Michelle Fink – MS English / Reading Teacher, Lacey Graber – 5-8 Math Teacher, Heidi Johnson – Preschool Teacher, Jesse Johnson – 5th Grade / Elem. Computers Teacher, Nancy Kennedy – Counselor,  Jayden Kettwig – Vo-Ag Teacher / FFA Advisor, Jerry Kippes – Business Teacher / Tech Coordinator, Tracy Kopejtka – K-12 Special Ed. Teacher, Jan Kraemer – Elem. PE Teacher, Becky Luke – English Teacher, William Massey – Math Teacher, Sharlene Orcutt – 2nd Grade Teacher, Anne Pankratz – FACS Teacher / FCCLA Advisor, Heidi Roth – 4th Grade Teacher, Kylea Waltner – 1st Grade Teacher, Karri Wieman – 3rd Grade Teacher. Motion carried.

Action 14/15-127: Offer Classified Contracts – On motion by Langerock, second by Luke to offer the following classified contracts for the 2015/2016 school year, with salaries to be published July, 2015: Wendy Claussen – Paraprofessional, Kenneth Dalke – Bus Driver, Jackie Goosen – Paraprofessional, April Gossen – Paraprofessional, Gayle Gross – Paraprofessional, Heidi Johnson – Paraprofessional, Doug Larson – Bus Driver, Linda Luke – Library Aide, Jesse Paschal – Custodian, John Quenzer – Head Custodian, Tim Russell – Special Ed. Driver, Vicki Schardin – Administrative Secretary, Ranee Schmidt – Paraprofessional, Cyndy Weber – Receptionist. (School Board member Dan Buse abstained from voting for Wendy Claussen’s contract.) Motion carried.

Action 14/15-128: Offer Extra-Curricular Contracts – On motion by Buse, second by Gortmaker to offer the following extra-curricular contracts for the 2015/2016 school year, with salaries to be published July, 2015: Denise Arbach – Annual Advisor, Jesse Johnson – Asst. Football Coach, Nancy Kennedy – School Play Advisor, Janice Kraemer – Quiz Bowl Advisor, Becky Luke – NHS Advisor, Linda Luke – Oral Interp Advisor, Todd Obele – Head Football Coach. Motion carried.

Action 14/15-129: Resignation – On motion by Buse, second by Luke to accept the resignation of Lance Friesen as Social Studies Teacher, and to thank him for his years of service to the District. Motion carried.

Action 14/15-130: Negotiations – On motion by Luke, second by Langerock to go into executive session for the purpose of Negotiations at 9:22 pm, as per SDCL 1-25-2 (4). Motion carried.  President of the School Board, Nicole Bartscher, declared out of executive session at 10:32 pm.

Action 14/15-131: Adjourn – On motion by Langerock, second by Buse to adjourn the school board meeting at 10:33 pm. Motion carried.

 

 

April 22, 2015 Marion Development Foundation Proceedings

A meeting of the MDF was held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22nd, in the City Meeting Room.  Members present were Kevin Wieman, Dustin Sulzle, Scott Laible, Cherrie Engbrecht and City EDC Kari Muller.  Absent: Doyle Becker.

Motion was made by Sulzle, seconded by Engbrecht to purchase the property located at 413 N. Broadway Avenue from Brian Dykstra for $12,500.00 and to authorize the MDF president and secretary to sign all necessary documents.  Motion carried.

Follow-up discussion was held on the MDF’s commercial property acquisitions on North Broadway Avenue.  The results of the asbestos survey completed in all five properties were reviewed.  Sulzle reported on quotes being obtained from asbestos abatement contractors.  Discussion was held on the scheduled demo of the MDF’s property at 317 N. Broadway Avenue, with it advised it will be completed when the contractor is able to do so.  It was advised the demolition of the four, adjoining properties along the 400 block of North Broadway Avenue will commence following the asbestos abatement and in accordance with the contractors schedule. 

Discussion was held on a proposed land acquisition, with various aspects addressed.

Motion was made by Laible, seconded by Engbrecht to adjourn at 12:47 p.m.  Motion carried.

  

April 23, 2015 School Board Proceedings

Pursuant to the call and the notice thereof, the School Board of the Marion School District 60-3, Marion, Turner County, SD met in special session on the twenty-third day of April, 2015. Call to order was made by President of the School Board, Nicole Bartscher, at 7:05 pm.

Members Present: Nicole Bartscher, Dan Buse, Larry Langerock, and Josh Luke.  Absent: Daryl Gortmaker.

Officers Present: Dr. Joseph Gertsema, Interim Superintendent; and Michelle Larson, Secondary Principal.

Absent: Aaron Thompson, Business Manager.

Menno Members Present: Henry Bender, Teresa Mettler, Kevin Edelman, Mary Schoenfish, and Jill Haberman.

Menno Officers Present: Dr. Chris Christensen, Superintendent.

Guests Present: Todd Obele (Marion AD & Football coach), Jacque Liebl (Menno AD), Ken Bruckner (Menno Football coach), and approximately 20 public guests

Action 14/15-132: Agenda – On motion by Luke, second by Langerock to approve the agenda. Motion carried.

The Marion and Menno School Boards discussed the Razorbacks football coop. Discussion included the following: interest in keeping the coop after the next two years, the possibility of Freeman joining the coop for junior varsity & junior high football, JH/JV participants, Freeman to have a meeting discussing coop options, and some things to consider if the football team moves to 11-man. Dialogue was also opened up to members of the public.

Action 14/15-133: Adjourn – On motion by Langerock, second by Buse to adjourn the school board meeting at 7:54 pm. Motion carried.

     

   

May Calendar of Events

5/4

City Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.

5/7

B & P  Meeting

Ambulance Meeting

12:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

5/10

MOTHER'S DAY

5/11

School Board Meeting

7:00 p.m.

5/12

HS/MS Spring Concert

7:00 p.m.

5/15

Last Day of School

5/16

MHS Graduation

2:00 p.m.

5/18 - 5/21

Hunt Safe Course

5/18

Legion Meeting

7:30 p.m.

5/25

MEMORIAL DAY - City Office Closed
 

 

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