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August 2015 Newsletter

The Marion City Times

 

Volume 13, Issue 8

In this issue:

August 31, 2015

v   August City Council Proceedings

v  August Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

v  August School Board Proceedings

v September Calendar of Events

   

August 3, 2015 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, August 3, 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 Finance Officer Kari Muller.  Also attending the meeting was City Superintendent Dustin Sulzle.  Turner County Sheriff’s Deputy Colter Hendrix was present from 7:00 p.m. – 8:06 p.m.  Zoning Administrator Rick Weber was present from 7:10 p.m. – 7:50 p.m.  Dave Hughes joined the meeting at 7:14 p.m.  Absent: Ron Globke.  Council President Jeno presided over the meeting. 

A Public Hearing was held at 7:15 p.m. on a One Day Malt Beverage License requested by Bowlway Lanes, LLC for the ParMar Triathlon to be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Brad Schardin, owner of Bowlway Lanes, appeared before the council in favor of granting the license.  No one appeared before the council in opposition of granting the license.  Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Hughes to grant the license.  Voting aye: Hughes, Kettwig, Luke, Nelson.  Voting nay: Thomas.  Motion carried.

A Public Hearing was held at 7:20 p.m. for a Variance Permit as submitted by NorthWestern Energy for the purpose of construction of a shop on Lot 2, Marion Industrial Park Addition, City of Marion, South Dakota (also described as 102 Broadway Circle).  The variance request is for a 10’ setback instead of the required 25’ setback.  The reasons for the variance are vehicle access to the front and full use of the property.  Brad Wenande, NorthWestern Energy Area Manager, appeared before the council in favor of granting the permit.  No one appeared before the council in opposition of granting the permit.  Building plans were distributed and reviewed, with discussion held on related aspects.  Motion was made by Hughes, seconded by Luke to grant the variance permit.  Voting aye: Hughes, Kettwig, Luke, Thomas.  Abstaining: Nelson.  Motion carried.

Rick Weber, Zoning Administrator, was present and advised of a proposed rezoning request and building matter.  General discussion was held on various aspects.  Weber reported the Zoning Board will be meeting this week to address the matter.  Weber advised he was tendering his resignation, effective Friday, August 7, 2015.  The Council thanked him for his years of service.

Nikki Bauerle, First Church of God (FCOG) Youth Pastor, was present and advised the FCOG had acquired the former Bethel Reformed Church property at 201 W. Florida Street.  Bauerle reported the property will be used as their youth building.  Due to the limitations presented by a small backyard, the FCOG inquired into the possibility of blocking off the street on Wednesday nights for both one hour before and after their lesson for youth activities.  Discussion was held on various factors, including first responder street access and neighbor consent.  The decision was made to follow-up on the matter at the regular September council meeting.

TC Sheriff’s Deputy Hendrix was present and the law enforcement report for July 2015 was distributed and reviewed.  Discussion was held on miscellaneous law enforcement matters. 

Information was presented from School/City Librarian Linda Luke, wherein it was advised the library had recently received two significant donations of books for the city library.  Due to these donations, Luke requested implementing a Summer Arts program on Tuesdays at the library in lieu of purchasing books for the city library in 2016.  Council permission was given for the request.

Information was provided on a drainage ditch concern.  Discussion was held on various matters, including putting in storm sewer vs. culverts and ditch maintenance.  The decision was made to have City Superintendent Sulzle consult with the City Engineer on the matter and compile cost estimates.

Follow up discussion was held on the city shop/ambulance shed roof leak, with it advised the insurance claim was denied.  Sulzle provided a detailed overview of the matter, with it advised the source of the leak is difficult to identify and it will be a significant repair project.

Discussion was held on Summer Rec matters, with no action taken.

It was reported permission was given for the swimming pool to be open only from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. all of this week due to the Sioux Empire Fair.

Discussion was held on general landfill matters, including appliance issues, relocating piles and a new pit scheduled to be dug.  A report received from the individual providing metal pick-up services for the City was distributed and reviewed.  

Sulzle provided information on the upcoming annual S. D. Water & Wastewater Association (SDWWA) Conference, with it reiterated that he is SDWWA board member.  Council permission was given for Sulzle to attend the conference in Spearfish on September 15th – 18th. 

The City Council will be meeting in special session on August 17 & 27, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. for the purpose of preparing the 2016 City Budget.  The regular September Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 8th due to the Labor Day holiday.

A warranty deed conveying the south six feet of the lot located at 317 N. Broadway Avenue from the City of Marion to the Marion Development Foundation was presented.  Motion was made by Hughes, seconded by Kettwig to deed to the Marion Development Foundation the property described as follows: South Six Feet (S6’), Lot Twenty Eight (28), Mack’s Addition, City of Marion as per resurvey of Lots Twenty Eight (28), Twenty Nine (29), Thirty (30) and Thirty One (31), Mack’s Addition to Marion, recorded in Four (4) of Plats, Page Seventeen (17), except the North Twenty One Feet (N21’) thereof, previously conveyed.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote. 

The Southeast Enterprise Facilitation Project (SEFP) July monthly report was distributed to the council.  Information was provided to the council on the following: Marion ACTS Crisis Team meeting to be held on August 31st; Family Movie Night to be held at the City Park on August 8th.

Motion was made by Thomas, seconded by Nelson to adjourn at 9:25 p.m.  Motion carried.

  

   

August 13, 2015 B & P Organization Proceedings

The Marion Business & Professional Organization met on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant with 12 members in attendance.  Businesses present were: Al’s Studio, City Economic Development Coordinator, Donlan’s Foodland, Farmers State Bank, Getskow Pharmacy, Luke Heating/Cooling/Plumbing, Marion School, Rapp Motors, Rex’s Plumbing and Tieszen Chiropractic Clinic.

The July 9th meeting minutes and a financial report were distributed.  Motion was made by Glen Rapp, seconded by Dr. Dean Tieszen to approve the minutes and the financial report as presented.  Motion carried. 

David Colberg, Marion School’s Superintendent, was in attendance and introduced to the group.  Colberg addressed the group, providing information on his background, as well as various school matters.  Topics addressed included enrollment data, testing and strategic planning.  

It was reported the promotional drawing for September will be for 2-Menno/Marion Razorbacks football passes and 2-Marion Bears volleyball passes, as donated by Donlan’s Foodland.

Discussion was held on eliminating the organization’s August meeting going forward.  Motion was made by Dick Donlan, seconded by Alan Astleford to discontinue holding a meeting in August.  Motion carried.

The monthly SEFP report was distributed and reviewed.  Information was provided on new inquiries, Keys to becoming an Entrepreneurial Community and previous/upcoming activities. 

City EDC Kari Muller provided an update for the Marion Development Foundation (MDF), advising the MDF is near to closing with the Marion Fire Department on a commercial property purchase.

Discussion was held on pursuing a new sign & beautification project for the Highway 44 corner.  Various aspects were addressed, with the decision made to pursue the project as a multi-entity collaboration within the community. 

The next meeting will be at 12:00 p.m. on September 10, 2015 at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant.

  

     

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back.

Maya Angelou

  

August 10, 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 tenth day of August, 2015. Call to order was made by President of the School Board, Josh Luke, at 7:01 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.

Guests Present: Sarah Decker.

Action 15/16-8: Agenda – On motion by Buse, second by Tieszen to approve the agenda. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-9: 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 15/16-10: Financial Reports – On motion by Schmidt, second by Buse 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 15/16-11: Bills for Consideration – On motion by Buse, second by Tieszen to approve the following claims against the District for the month of August, and then to approve checks to be issued in their payment. All members voted in favor; motion carried. (Bills to be published in paper)

Mrs. Larson introduced Sarah Decker to the Board as the new MS/HS Band & Vocal Teacher.

There were no Teacher Reports.

School Board reports were given. Josh Luke shared information on the Strength & Agility Training put on by Shelly Wieman, with 26 students participating this summer. He also had questions on open gym and concussion testing. Jared Schmidt informed the Board on the ASBSD New Board Member training he attended with Scott Tieszen.

Aaron Thompson gave the Business Manager report. He shared information on the 2014/2015 Annual Report, the General Fund outlook for the upcoming years, and General Fund & Capital Outlay levy options.

Michelle Larson gave the Principal report. She gave information on new teachers, the elementary computer lab, possible Spanish lessons for elementary students, Chromebook & Google training, the ASBSD/ SASD Joint Convention, and Open House on August 13.

David Colberg gave the Superintendent report. He informed the Board on professional development, JH volleyball & boys basketball scheduling, a community service award update, teacher in-services, and the Active Shooter presentation on August 15 in the big gym.

Action 15/16-12: Open Enrollment Pick-up Points – On motion by Buse, second by Tieszen to designate the following pick-up points for buses coming into the Marion School District: Marion pick-up location – Donlan’s, Monroe pick-up location – Calvary Reformed Church, Dolton pick-up location – Old City Hall building. The designated pick-up location for Marion’s school bus traveling into Parker will be at the Get N’ Go. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-13: Approve FY2016 Budget – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to table the FY2016 Budget Approval until the regular September School Board meeting. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-14: Approve Handbooks – On motion by Buse, second by Tieszen to table approval of the Student & Staff Handbooks until the regular September School Board meeting. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-15: Resignation – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to accept the resignation of Gayle Gross as Paraprofessional, and to thank her for her service to the District. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-16: Negotiations – On motion by Schmidt, second by Buse to go into executive session for the purpose of Negotiations 8:25 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 8:59 pm.

Action 15/16-17: Amend Contracts – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to amend the following contracts for the 2015/2016 school year: Michelle Larson, PK-12 Principal in the amount of $55,545.00; and David Colberg, Superintendent / AD / SPED Director in the amount of $74,500.00. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-18: Adjourn – On motion by Schmidt, second by Tieszen to adjourn the school board meeting at 9:03 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

  

 

August 17,  2015 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in special session on Monday, August 17, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the City Building with the following council members present: Jeff Jeno, Jim Kettwig, Dick Luke and Rick Nelson, together with the Mayor Ron Globke and Finance Officer Kari Muller.  Also attending the meeting was City Superintendent Dustin Sulzle.  Absent: Dave Hughes, Jeremy Thomas.  

The evening was spent preparing the 2016 City Budget.  

Motion was made by Jeno, seconded by Nelson to adjourn at 9:35 p.m.  Motion carried.

      

  

August 27,  2015 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in special session on Thursday, August 27, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the City Building with the following council members present: Dave Hughes, Jeff Jeno, Jim Kettwig, Dick Luke and Jeremy Thomas, together with Finance Officer Kari Muller.  Also attending the meeting was City Superintendent Dustin Sulzle.  Absent: Ron Globke, Rick Nelson.  Council President Jeno presided over the meeting.  

The evening was spent preparing the 2016 City Budget.  

Motion was made by Thomas, seconded by Luke to adjourn at 7:53 p.m.  Motion carried.   

   

                                                                        

september Calendar of Events

9/7

LABOR DAY - City Office Closed

9/8

City Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.

9/10

B & P Organization Meeting

Ambulance Meeting

12:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

9/14

School Board Meeting

7:00 p.m.

9/21

Legion Meeting

Homecoming Coronation

7:30 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

9/23

FIRST DAY OF AUTUMN
 

 

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