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August 2017 Newsletter

The Marion City Times

 

Volume 15, Issue 8

In this issue:

August 31, 2017

v   August City Council Proceedings

v  August School Board Proceedings

v September Calendar of Events

   

August 7, 2017 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, August 7, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the City Building with the following council members present: Jim Kettwig, Dick Luke, Rick Nelson, John Ptak and Rhonda Smith, together with the Mayor Ron Globke and Finance Officer Kari Muller.  Bryan Luke joined the meeting at 7:07 p.m.  Also attending the meeting was City Superintendent Dustin Sulzle.  Turner County Sheriff’s Deputy Colter Hendrix was present from 7:15 p.m. – 7:25 p.m.  Guests present: Keith Luke.  Absent: none.

Cam Becker and Bryan Kraemer, representing the Marion Fire Department, were present and provided an update on the fire hall project.  General discussion was held on building ownership and insurance matters, with the decision made to have Finance Officer Muller obtain information from the city’s insurance provider. 

A Public Hearing was held at 7:15 p.m. for an Animal Permit application.  An application was submitted by Jessica & Nathan deBlonk to house 6 hens at 502 E. 2nd Street.  Jessica deBlonk appeared before the council in favor of granting the permit.  deBlonk submitted documentation with the signed consent of the adjoining property owners.  No one appeared before the council in opposition of granting the permit.  Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by Smith to grant the permit.  Motion carried.

TC Sheriff’s Deputy Hendrix was present and the law enforcement report for July 2017 was distributed and reviewed.  The matter of children playing in/running out into streets was addressed, with it advised every effort will be made to monitor and address the matter during patrols.  Discussion was held on additional, miscellaneous law enforcement matters.

Follow-up discussion was held on a proposed development matter.  Kevin Wieman, Marion Development Foundation president, was present for the discussion.  Wieman distributed information on land available in the southwest section of Marion to be developed for proposed housing pursuits.  Aspects addressed included land acquisition, engineering, infrastructure and lot sizes/sales.  The decision was made to have the City Engineer complete a preliminary streets and utilities study.

Kevin Wieman appeared before the council regarding a street vacation matter.  A Petition for Vacation of Street was filed with the finance officer and presented to the council.  Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by B. Luke to set the public hearing for the filed petition on August 28, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.  Voting aye: Kettwig, Ptak, B. Luke, D. Luke, Smith.  Voting nay: Nelson.  Motion carried.  

Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by B. Luke to hold the first reading of Ordinance 314 – Grass Clippings.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.  The second reading will be held at the regular September meeting.

Discussion was held on a Juniper Avenue construction matter.  The decision was made to proceed with the budgeted street repair of the one-block stretch (4th Street to 5th Street) of Juniper Avenue. 

City Superintendent Sulzle provided information on a utility concern with the proposed construction of a new home.  It was advised the structure would up located right up against a city water line.  The need for the structure to be located 10-15 ft. off the line was addressed.  Following discussion, the decision was made to Sulzle follow-up with the property owner on the matter.

Discussion was held on a recently completed sewer repair on Florida Avenue, with Sulzle providing an overview of the problem encountered and the work completed. 

General discussion was held on the new LED street lights put in by Xcel Energy.

Utilizing the big ballfield in the northeast corner of town for the youth soccer program was addressed.  Discussion was held on various matters, including infield usage, goalpost/bleacher/light necessity and field maintenance.  It was advised Sulzle will obtain information from the school pertaining to the matter.

Discussion was held on swimming pool matters, with no action taken.

Sulzle provided information on the upcoming annual S.D. Water & Wastewater Association (SDWWA) Conference, with it reiterated that he is a SDWWA board member.  Council permission was given for Sulzle to attend the conference in Huron on September 12th – 15th. 

The City Council will be meeting in special session on August 23rd & 28th, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. for the purpose of preparing the 2018 City Budget.  The regular September Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 6th due to the Labor Day holiday.

The Southeast Enterprise Facilitation Project (SEFP) July & August monthly reports were distributed to the council.

A concern over a storm sewer grate on Cedar Avenue was addressed, with it advised work will be completed to effectively secure the grate.

Motion was made by B. Luke, seconded by Smith to adjourn at 9:11 p.m.  Motion carried.

 

        

August 14, 2017 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 seventh day of August, 2017. Call to order was made by President of the School Board, Josh Luke, at 7:00 pm, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Members Present: Josh Luke, Scott Luke, Jared Schmidt (via speaker phone), and Scott Tieszen.  Absent: Larry Langerock.

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

There were no Conflicts of Interest.

Action 17/18-6: Agenda – On motion by Tieszen, second by Scott Luke to approve the agenda as presented. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 17/18-7: Consent Motion – On motion by Tieszen, second by Scott Luke to approve the following consent items: a) approve minutes from the previous month and acknowledge receipt of the Cornbelt Coop minutes, b) approve the financial reports of the District (to be published in paper), c) approve the claims against the District for the month of August, and to approve checks to be issued in their payment (bills to be published in paper). All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Mrs. Minster introduced the following new teachers to the Board: Ashley Starks Gunn (MS English), Cullen Mack (MS Social Studies & Science and JH Football Coach), and Laura Schoenwald (5th grade).

There were no Teacher Reports.

School Board member Jared Schmidt had a question on waxing floors. School Board President Josh Luke had a question on hourly wages for Aides.

Business Manager Aaron Thompson gave the Board information on facility updates, beginning-of-school work, and completion of the Annual Report for 2016/2017.

6-12 Principal Katie Minster shared information on class schedules, Open House, new teachers, teacher in-services, Homecoming Week (Sept. 11-15), teacher guidebooks, and STAR testing.

Superintendent David Colberg gave updates on football field progress, teacher in-service data, ELL training, Open House on August 10, and practice starting for fall sports. 

Resolution 17/18-8: Approve Conflict of Interest Policy – Let it be hereby resolved that on motion by Tieszen, second by Scott Luke to approve the Conflict of Interest Policy as presented to the Marion School Board of Education. A copy of the policy will be kept on file in the Business Office and on the Marion School website. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 17/18-9: Open Enrollment Pick-up Points – On motion by Scott Luke, second by Tieszen to designate the following pick-up points for buses coming into the Marion School District: Marion pick-up location – Kettwig Electric, 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 17/18-10: Approve Contracts – On motion by Tieszen, second by Scott Luke to approve the following contracts for the 2017/2018 school year: Rachael Massey as Asst. Volleyball Coach at $2,200.00, and Delle Thompson as Preschool Route Driver at $40.00 per day. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 17/18-11: Adjourn – On motion by Schmidt, second by Tieszen to adjourn the school board meeting at 7:32 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

 

            

Everyone is a genius.  But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.

Albert Einstein

 

August 23,  2017 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in special session on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the City Building with the following council members present: Jim Kettwig, Bryan Luke, Dick Luke, Rick Nelson, John Ptak and Rhonda Smith, together with the Mayor Ron Globke and Finance Officer Kari Muller.  Also attending the meeting was City Superintendent Dustin Sulzle.  Absent: none.  

The evening was spent preparing the 2018 City Budget.  

Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by Smith to adjourn at 10:00 p.m.  Motion carried.   

  

    

August 28,  2017 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in special session on Monday, August 28, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the City Building with the following council members present: Jim Kettwig, Bryan Luke, Dick Luke, Rick Nelson, John Ptak and Rhonda Smith, together with the Mayor Ron Globke and Finance Officer Kari Muller.  Also attending the meeting was City Superintendent Dustin Sulzle.  Absent: none.  

A Public Hearing was held at 6:00 p.m. for a Petition for Vacation of Street.  In attendance at the hearing in favor of granting the petition were Kevin Wieman, Don Waldner, Joey Waldner and Diane Waldner.  No one appeared before the council in opposition of granting the petition.  The utility easement to the City was addressed.  Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by Smith to grant the petition for the vacation of the following street: That portion of Sixth Street located between Lot Eight, Block Two of Wieman’s Addition to the City of Marion, and Lot One, Block Three of Wieman’s Addition to the City of Marion, all in Turner County, South Dakota.  Voting aye: Kettwig, Ptak, D. Luke.  Voting nay: B. Luke, Nelson, Smith.  Mayor Globke cast an aye vote to break the tie.  Motion carried.  The full resolution will be published in the Marion Record.

The remainder of the evening was spent preparing the 2018 City Budget.  

Motion was made by Nelson, seconded by Kettwig to adjourn at 6:53 p.m.  Motion carried.   

        

                                                                        

september Calendar of Events

9/4

LABOR DAY - City Office Closed

9/5

Fire Department Meeting

7:30 p.m.

9/6

City Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.

9/11

Homecoming Coronation

6:30 p.m.

9/14

B & P Organization Meeting

Ambulance Meeting

School Board Meeting

12:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

9/18

Legion Meeting

7:30 p.m.

9/22

FIRST DAY OF AUTUMN
 

 

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