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April 2016 Newsletter

The Marion City Times

 

Volume 14, Issue 4

In this issue:

April 30, 2016

v   April City Council Proceedings

v  April Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

v  April School Board Proceedings

v May Calendar of Events

   

April 4, 2016 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, April 4, 2016, 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, John Ptak and Jeremy Thomas, together with the Mayor Ron Globke and Finance Officer Kari Muller.  Also attending the meeting was City Superintendent Dustin Sulzle.  City Engineer Jon Fischer was present from 7:00 p.m. – 8:18 p.m.  Turner County Sheriff Byron Nogelmeier was present from 7:17 p.m. – 7:25 p.m.  Absent: none.

Marion School Librarian Linda Luke appeared before the council to provide an overview of the Summer Art Program.  Also present was Heidi Johnson, Marion School Jr. Kindergarten/Preschool teacher, who will be assisting with the program.  Linda Luke requested the appropriated funds for the Summer Art program.  Motion was made by Thomas, seconded by Ptak to release funds in the amount of $500.00 from the 2016 appropriation to the Marion School.  Motion carried.

The decision was made to change to summer hours at the landfill effective April 9th.  Discussion was held on necessary landfill fence repairs.  

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 16, 2016 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.  Voting aye: Kettwig, Ptak, Luke, Jeno, Nelson.  Voting nay: Thomas.  Motion carried.

TC Sheriff Nogelmeier was present and the law enforcement report for March 2016 was distributed and reviewed.  Discussion was held on miscellaneous law enforcement matters.

A street repair matter on South Main Avenue was addressed.  City Engineer Fischer was present and distributed project cost estimates for multiple repair options, with an overview of options given.  Cam Becker was present to speak on the matter.  Discussion was held on numerous aspects, including utilizing asphalt in the repair, timeframe for street oiling following the completed repair, bid process and projected project timelines.  Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by Kettwig to authorize the Mayor to sign the agreement for professional services for the Main Avenue repair project with 12” base course and fabric on entire roadway and to complete the oiling this year.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.     

Follow-up discussion was held on having updated utility studies completed.  Proposals were distributed and reviewed for Drainage, Sewer & Water studies to be completed by Stockwell Engineers.  Discussion was held on the Small Community Planning Grant (SCPG) program, from which funds may be provided to assist communities with said studies.  Availability of additional funding was also addressed.  Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Jeno to authorize the Mayor to sign the agreements for professional services for the Drainage, Sewer and Water studies and proceed accordingly with SCPG applications for each study.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.

Jared Schmidt, Marion School Board member, appeared before the council on behalf of the school to request permission to pour a concrete pad at the football field for placement of the new bleachers acquired by the school.  Multiple, related aspects were addressed, including baseball field loss of use and restoring the field to its previous condition if a need is presented.  Motion was made by Nelson, seconded by Thomas to permit the concrete pad to be poured at the field with the stipulation that if ever vacated, it will be the school’s responsibility to put the property back to the original condition.  Motion carried.  Schmidt inquired into the possibility of pursuing a different option for watering at the school’s practice field.  It was advised the school is addressing possible updates/expanded use of the field.  Discussion was held on different options, with it advised the matter will be addressed at a later meeting.

Discussion was held on various Summer Rec matters, with Matt Donlan present for the discussion.  The participant numbers submitted to-date for baseball/softball were distributed and reviewed.  There will be T-Ball, Boys’ Pee Wee and Girls’ Pee Wee teams this year.  It was advised additional information will be known following the league meetings to be held this month.  Discussion was held on various, related matters, including equipment needs, coaches and concessions.  It was reported the Marion Soccer program has had an outstanding response in its third year, with over 100 youth participating on a total of 9 teams.

Mayor Globke reported on the Broadway Avenue RR crossing matter, advising of communications with Central Farmers Cooperative.  Globke provided information from the county on the bridge just north of town scheduled for replacement this year.  It was advised the bid will be let on April 6th and once the project begins, the road will be closed to all traffic.  The project has a required completion date of November 15th.

City Superintendent Sulzle provided information on pickups available for purchase for replacement of the 1994 Chevy pickup.  Budgetary information was reviewed, with it advised a pickup replacement was budgeted for in the amount of $20,000.00.  The decision was made to authorize Sulzle to select and purchase a pickup within the budgeted amount. 

Discussion was held on the condition of the Bandstand, with it advised it will need re-shingling and screen replacement.  Sulzle advised a shingling bid is being obtained and provided information on screen repair plans.  Additional discussion was held on placing LED lighting around the structure.

Brief discussion was held on the city’s east storage building property, with it advised the addressed items will be cleaned up/removed.

Motion was made by Thomas, seconded by Ptak to hire the following individuals & set the wages as listed for the 2016 summer season positions: Denise Arbach, Pool Manager - $10.55/hr.; Devin Nelson, Lifeguard/Summer Help - $9.55/hr.; Baily York, Lifeguard - $9.05/hr.; Tory Arbach, Lifeguard - $8.80/hr.; Darby Arbach, Lifeguard - $8.80/hr.; Kaitlyn Engbrecht, Lifeguard - $8.80/hr.; Carson Gross, Summer Help - $9.05/hr.  Motion carried.

Follow-up discussion was held on the proposal from the SoDak Vipers for use of the city’s football field beginning spring 2017.  Various matters were addressed, including determining a facility use charge and other contractual matters. 

An inquiry was received pertaining to moving a house out of town and the matter of any required tree-trimming.  It was advised all necessary tree-trimming is the responsibility of the movers. 

The Southeast Enterprise Facilitation Project (SEFP) March monthly report was distributed to the council.

Motion was made by Thomas, seconded by Kettwig to adjourn at 9:43 p.m.  Motion carried.

      

April 11, 2016 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 eleventh day of April, 2016. Call to order was made by President of the School Board, Josh Luke, at 7:00 pm.

Members Present: Dan Buse, Josh Luke, Jared Schmidt and Scott Tieszen.  Absent: Daryl Gortmaker.

Officers Present: E. David Colberg, Superintendent; Michelle Larson, Principal; and Aaron Thompson, Business Manager.  Absent: None.

Action 15/16-92: Agenda – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to amend the agenda as follows: 21 – Personnel (Executive Session, SDCL 1-25-2(1)), 22 – Offer Certified Contracts, 23 – Offer Classified Contracts, 24 – Offer Extra-Curricular Contracts, 25 – Negotiations (Executive Session, SDCL 1-25-2(4)), 26 – Offer Administrative Contracts, 27 – Adjourn; and then to approve the agenda. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-93: Minutes – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to approve the previous month’s minutes and to acknowledge receipt of the Cornbelt Educational Coop minutes. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-94: Financial Reports – On motion by Tieszen, second by Schmidt to approve the financial reports of the District as shown in Table 1 (to be published in paper). All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-95: Bills for Consideration – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to approve the following claims against the District for the month of April, and then to approve checks to be issued in their payment. All members voted in favor; motion carried. (Bills to be published in paper)

Peter Preheim shared concerns that some of Marion’s school board members are not receiving proper training, attending the AdvancED sessions at the school, or attending enough of the school board meetings.

Michelle Larson shared an email from Linda Luke regarding the JH Oral Interp contest in Mitchell; Linda also wanted to congratulate the students on their performances. Kim Buseman informed the Board that two new students enrolled in Kindergarten this week. 

Dan Buse informed the Board on the Collective Bargaining seminar he attended. Josh Luke wanted to thank the volunteers who helped paint and clean up the football scoreboards. 

Business Manager Aaron Thompson shared information on the Extraordinary Cost Fund application, the Teacher Pay formula, budgeting, and upcoming projects at the school.

K-12 Principal Michelle Larson informed the Board on Dakota Step testing, Smarter Balanced testing, Prom, a CTE advisory meeting, Perkins funds, State FFA, and National Library Week. She also wanted to thank Linda Luke for her work in the Marion Library.

Superintendent David Colberg shared information on a mock car crash presentation (also thanking the volunteers who helped with the presentation), ASBSD seminars, SDHSAA to vote on the Freeman Academy/ Marion co-op on April 19, youth soccer, athletic conferences, and the Bubble Ball benefit for the Lundy family.

Action 15/16-96: Four-Day School Week – On motion by Tieszen, second by Schmidt that Marion will go to a four-day school week for the 2016/2017 school year. Roll Call Vote: Buse – No, Luke – Yes, Schmidt – Yes, Tieszen – Yes; Absent – Gortmaker. Motion carried 3-1. 

Action 15/16-97: 2016/2017 School Calendar – On motion by Schmidt, second by Tieszen to approve the 2016/2017 school calendar as presented to the Board. A copy of the calendar will be kept on file in the business office and will be made available on the Marion School website. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-98: Camp Invention Proposal – On motion by Schmidt, second by Buse to fund $1,600.00 toward the Camp Invention program for summer 2016. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-99: Tech Proposal – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to purchase items 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6 on the tech proposal list, and to table the purchase of item # 4 until a later date. The proposal list will be on file in the Business Office. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

The Board discussed improvements for the current practice football field, which is also used for youth soccer. Discussion included plans to water, inter-seed, fertilize, and survey the field.

Action 15/16-100: SDHSAA Resolution – On motion by Schmidt, second by Buse to approve membership with the SDHSAA for the 2016/2017 school year. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-101: Surplus Property – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to declare various library books, a New Holland 930B mower attachment, and a New Holland 716C snow blower attachment as surplus property. Library books will be disposed of as the Administration sees fit and the mower attachments will be auctioned off by Wieman Land and Auction. A list of the surplus property will be kept on file in the Business Office. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-102: Approve Contracts – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to approve the Asst. Track Coach contracts of Rachael Massey and David Lick for the 2015/2016 school year, in the amount of $623.00 each. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-103: Resignations – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to accept the resignations of Janna Christiansen as Special Education Teacher and Becky Luke as Prom Co-advisor, and to thank them for their years of service to the District in their respective positions. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-104: Recess – On motion by Schmidt, second by Tieszen to call a recess of the board meeting at 9:54 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.  President of the School Board, Josh Luke, declared the meeting back in session at 10:00 pm.

Action 15/16-105: Personnel – On motion by Schmidt, second by Tieszen to go into executive session for the purpose of Personnel Matters at 10:00 pm, as per SDCL 1-25-2(1). All members voted in favor; motion carried.  President of the School Board, Josh Luke, declared out of executive session at 10:34 pm.

Action 15/16-106: Offer Certified Contracts – On motion by Schmidt, second by Buse to offer the following certified contracts for the 2016/2017 school year, with salaries to be published July, 2016: Keith Andersen – Vo-Ag Teacher / FFA Advisor, Denise Arbach – Science Teacher, Kim Buseman – Kindergarten Teacher, Sarah Decker – Band/Chorus Teacher, Michelle Fink – MS English / Elem. Music Teacher, Lacey Graber – 5-8 Math Teacher, Heidi Johnson – Jr. Kindergarten / Preschool Teacher, Jesse Johnson – 5th Grade / Elem. Computers Teacher, Doyle Johnson – Science / Social Studies / PE Teacher, Nancy Kennedy – Counselor, Jerry Kippes – Business Teacher / Tech Coordinator, Tracy Kopejtka – K-12 Special Ed. Teacher, Jan Kraemer – Elem. PE Teacher, William Lanfear – Social Studies / Art Teacher, Carissa Lick – ELL Teacher, Becky Luke – English Teacher, William Massey – Math Teacher, Rachael Massey – Title I 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. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-107: Offer Classified Contracts – On motion by Schmidt, second by Tieszen to offer the following classified contracts for the 2016/2017 school year, with salaries to be published July, 2016: Wendy Claussen – Paraprofessional, Amanda Dent – Paraprofessional, Jackie Goosen – Paraprofessional, April Gossen – Paraprofessional, Ashley Huber – Bus Driver, Darlene Lanfear – Preschool Driver / Aide, Linda Luke – Library Aide, Jesse Paschal – Bus Driver / Maintenance, John Quenzer – Head Custodian, Tim Russell – Special Ed. Driver, Vicki Schardin – Administrative Secretary, Ranee Schmidt – Paraprofessional, Cyndy Weber – Receptionist. Roll Call Vote: Luke – Yes, Schmidt – Yes, Tieszen – Yes, Buse abstained from voting; Absent – Gortmaker. Motion carried 3-0.

Action 15/16-108: Offer Extra-Curricular Contracts – On motion by Buse, second by Tieszen to offer the following extra-curricular contracts for the 2016/2017 school year, with salaries to be published July, 2016: Denise Arbach – Annual Advisor, Doyle Johnson – Co-Head Wrestling Coach, Jesse Johnson – Asst. Football Coach, Nancy Kennedy – School Play Advisor & Student Council Advisor, William Lanfear – Quiz Bowl Advisor, Becky Luke – NHS Advisor, Linda Luke – Cheer Coach & Oral Interp Advisor, Todd Obele – Head Football Coach, Rachel Vanderzee – Prom Co-advisor. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-109: Negotiations – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to go into executive session for the purpose of Negotiations at 10:45 pm, as per SDCL 1-25-2(4). All members voted in favor; motion carried.  President of the School Board, Josh Luke, declared out of executive session at 11:52 pm.

Action 15/16-110: Offer Administrative Contracts – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to offer Administrative Contracts to Superintendent David Colberg and PreK-12 Principal Michelle Larson for the 2016/2017 fiscal school year, and to extend the Administrative Contract of Business Manager Aaron Thompson to include the 2017/2018 fiscal school year. Salaries are to be published at a later date. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-111: Adjourn – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to adjourn the school board meeting at 11:53 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

 

  

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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

 

 

April 14,  2016 Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

The Marion Business & Professional Organization met on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant with 9 members in attendance.  Businesses present were: Al’s Studio, Central Farmers Coop., City Economic Development Coordinator, Donlan’s Foodland, Luke Heating/Cooling/Plumbing, Marion School, Rapp Motors and Southeastern Electric.

The March 10th meeting minutes and a financial report were distributed.  Motion was made by David Colberg, seconded by Glen Rapp to approve the minutes and financial report as presented.

It was reported the promotional drawing for May will be for a $25 Donlan’s gift card, as donated by Queena Getskow.  

A preliminary Schedule of Events for the Summer Celebration was reviewed.     

Follow-up discussion was held on an inquiry into having the B&P and Marion Development Foundation (MDF) merge into one community organization, with various aspects addressed.  It was advised the matter will not be pursued at this time.

Follow-up discussion was held on suggestions for promoting the community and local businesses.  Various views were expressed.  Chairman Matt Donlan advised he will follow-up on the matter and report back at the May meeting.

The monthly SEFP report was distributed and reviewed.  Information was provided on the upcoming Annual Investor Reception, to be held on April 28th in Canistota.   

David Colberg, Marion School Superintendent, provided an update on school matters.  Colberg expressed appreciation to all entities that were involved with the mock accident conducted at the school on April 1st.  It was advised accepting the co-op proposal between Marion and Freeman Academy is on the agenda of the upcoming SDHSAA meeting.  Colberg advised the Accreditation Review was successful, with the Marion School receiving Accreditation.  Additional information was given on the upcoming school carnival, as well as the Bubble Ball fundraiser results.

City EDC Kari Muller provided an update for the MDF, reporting that the board/officers remain(s) the same following the Annual Meeting held on March 24th.

Information was provided on the Summer Rec program.  It was reported the soccer program is underway, with over 100 kids participating on a total of 9 teams.  Additional information was provided on the baseball and softball programs.

The next meeting will be at 12:00 p.m. on May 12, 2016 at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant.

    

   

May Calendar of Events

5/2

City Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.

5/5

HS/MS Spring Concert

7:00 p.m.

5/6

Academic & Athletic Awards Night

7:00 p.m.

5/8

MOTHER'S DAY

5/9

School Board Meeting

7:00 p.m.

5/12

B & P  Meeting

Ambulance Meeting

12:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

5/13

Last Day of School

5/14

MHS Graduation

2:00 p.m.

5/16

Legion Meeting

7:30 p.m.

5/16 - 5/19

Hunt Safe Course

5/30

MEMORIAL DAY - City Office Closed
 

 

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