December 2015 Newsletter
December 7, 2015 City Council Proceedings
City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on
Monday, December 7, 2015, at 7:00 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 the Mayor Ron Globke and Finance
Officer Kari Muller.
Also attending the meeting was City Superintendent Dustin Sulzle.
City Attorney Jeff Cole was present from 7:12 p.m. – 8:02 p.m.
Turner County Sheriff Byron Nogelmeier was present from 7:50 p.m. –
Absent: Rick Nelson.
was made by Jeno, seconded by Hughes to increase the General Fund Pest Control
account by $1182.00 from a Mosquito Control grant.
discussion was held on an animal ordinance matter.
Present for the discussion was City Attorney Cole and Nick Hruby.
Cole provided information on the current ordinance which limits the
number and weight of dogs that can be owned or possessed within the city.
Hruby addressed the Council and emphasized that he was asking them to
consider amending the ordinance to allow for ownership of a third
‘medium-sized’ dog (less than 50 lbs.).
Discussion was held on various matters and concerns.
The decision was made to have the City Attorney draft a few versions of
an amendment and address the matter at the regular January meeting.
discussion was held on a building permit matter.
City Attorney Cole distributed an ordinance draft addressing the
assessment of penalties for beginning a project before obtaining a building
Discussion was held on various aspects, with the decision made to have
Cole revise the draft and follow-up on the matter at the regular January
sewer service matter behind Bowlway Lanes was addressed.
City Superintendent Sulzle reported on a contractor error that occurred
during the course of the 2009 sewer improvement project wherein the property did
not get re-connected to the city main.
It was advised the property owner recently experienced issues and as a
result, the matter was discovered and properly repaired.
On overview was provided on the expenses incurred by the property owner
for the repair, with the council decision made to pay the actual contractor
bills for the repair (maximum of $2500.00).
It was advised Sulzle will follow-up with the property owner on the
Sheriff Nogelmeier was present and the law enforcement report for November 2015
was distributed and reviewed.
Discussion was held on miscellaneous law enforcement matters, including
additional visibility needed near the school during school patrol hours.
A revised Turner County Law Enforcement Services agreement was presented
Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Thomas to authorize the Mayor and
finance Officer to sign the Law Enforcement Services Agreement between the City
and Turner County.
update was provided on the Broadway Avenue railroad crossing matter, with Sulzle
advising the application from BNSF for purchase of land has been completed and
discussion was held on the issue with accepting dishwashers at the city’s
Sulzle provided information as requested regarding obtaining a large
dumpster as a disposal option, with the contents to be disposed of at the Sioux
The decision was made to pursue this option.
was made by Thomas, seconded by Luke to designate Farmers State Bank as the
official depository for the City funds for 2016.
was made by Jeno, seconded by Hughes to designate the Marion Record as the
official newspaper for the City of Marion for 2016.
Southeast Enterprise Facilitation Project (SEFP) November monthly report was
distributed to the council.
Muller reminded all of the Community Christmas Celebration to be held on
was made by Kettwig, seconded by Thomas to adjourn at 8:35 p.m.
December 10, 2015 Business & Professional Organization Proceedings
Marion Business & Professional Organization met on Thursday, December 10,
2015 at 12:00 p.m. at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant with 17 members in
Businesses present were: Al’s Studio, Central Farmers Coop., City
Economic Development Coordinator, Donlan’s Foodland, Farmers State Bank,
Hometown Insurance, Luke Heating/Cooling/ Plumbing, Rapp Motors, Saunders
Chiropractic, SEFP, Southeastern Electric, Tieszen Chiropractic Clinic, Tieszen
Memorial Home and Woltman Group.
meeting minutes and a financial report were distributed.
Motion was made by Dr. Jon Saunders, seconded by Heather Hofer to approve
the minutes and financial report as presented.
2015 Community Christmas Celebration was discussed.
The event will be held on Saturday, December 12th at the
Information was provided on various matters, including work schedule,
prizes, inflatables, donations and vendors.
Follow-up discussion was held on a celebration timeframe matter.
The decision was made to make adjustments to the event advertising
following this year’s celebration.
for 2016 were discussed.
Motion was made by Glen Rapp, seconded by Dr. Dean Tieszen to set the
2016 annual dues at $120.00 per business member and $60.00 per individual
Secretary/Treasurer Kari Muller provided an update on the Sign
Improvement fund balance.
Schulte, SEFP facilitator, distributed and reviewed her monthly report. Schulte
advised she worked with six clients and started three new business plans in
Additional client information was provided.
Schulte advised the 2016 Regional Career Fair will be in Viborg on
update was provided on various school matters.
It was advised Golden West has set up a news channel for the Marion
School (channel 96).
It was reported Superintendent David Colberg attended the state
superintendent’s meeting, at which the Blue Ribbon Task Force and subsequent
recommendation for school funding was the focus of discussion.
was held on the promotional drawing for the month of January.
The decision was made to hold a drawing for a 3-month fitness membership
at the Tieszen Home Wellness Center, as donation by the Tieszen Memorial Home.
was provided on the Tieszen Memorial Home’s “Festival of Trees”, as well
as a presentation there on December 15th
with former ‘Survivor’ contestant Holly Hoffman speaking.
was given regarding the local phone directory that is published and distributed
by Printed Impressions.
It was advised if a new directory is wanted, businesses will need to
contact Printed Impressions to discuss advertising.
next meeting will be at 12:00 p.m. on January 14, 2015 at Katie’s Malt Shoppe
December 14, 2015 School Board Proceedings
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
fourteenth day of December, 2015. Call to order was made by President of the
School Board, Josh Luke, at 7:00 pm.
Dan Buse, Daryl Gortmaker, Josh
Luke, Jared Schmidt and Scott Tieszen.
David Colberg, Superintendent; Michelle Larson, Principal; and
Aaron Thompson, Business Manager.
Ed Kreider, Trish Kreider, Denise Arbach, Mike Wieman, Shelly Wieman, Sarah
Decker, Will Massey, Anne Pankratz, Becky Luke, Marc Pankratz, Jennifer Pankratz,
Heather Hofer, and Michelle Fink
15/16-48: Agenda – On
motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to approve the agenda. All members voted in
favor; motion carried.
15/16-49: 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.
15/16-50: Financial Reports – On
motion by Buse, 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.
15/16-51: Bills for Consideration – On
by Buse, second by Schmidt to approve the following claims against the District
for the month of December, and then to approve checks to be issued in their
payment. All members voted in favor; motion carried.
were no Delegations.
Pankratz gave the Teacher Report. She informed the Board on the Career Readiness
Test taken by 11 of the Marion Seniors, and they scored very well, with one
student receiving a “Platinum” rating. She also wanted to thank the Board
and Administration for the Christmas party meals and gift, on behalf of all the
Luke informed the Board that he received a call from Freeman School Board member
Corey Schrag, asking about Marion’s interest in further coop talks with
Freeman if nothing happens between Marion and Parker.
Thompson gave the Business Manager report. He gave information on the 2014/2015
financial audit, Blue Ribbon Task Force funding, and future upgrades to
telephone & security systems.
Larson gave the Principal report. She informed the Board on the spelling bee for
grades 5-8, semester exams and “early outs” on December 21 & 22,
Instructional Leadership training, dual credit classes, and AdvancED. Mrs.
Larson also wanted to congratulate Michele Schoenwald on her first place award
for her piece at the recent Mt. Marty Oral Interpretation contest.
Colberg gave the Superintendent report. He shared information on teacher pay
& Blue Ribbon Task Force funding, Marion’s public access channel through
Golden West, looking at new microphones for audio improvements, security/ safety
plans, and an Active Shooter presentation scheduled for January.
member Daryl Gortmaker entered the meeting at 7:31 pm.
Board discussed recent coop committee talks with Parker. Discussion included
possible financial advantages of a consolidation, staffing needs, class sizes,
facility comparisons, sports coop possibilities, and negotiable as well as
non-negotiable items from each district. The Board will meet again with Parker
to discuss our requests for sharing between the schools.
Board discussed the possibility of a four-day school week at Marion. Discussion
items included the following: the ability to share teachers with Parker, Friday
tutoring & make-up work, fewer total hours of classroom instruction,
attendance and staff leave. Administrators were directed to look at scheduling
for a four-day week, as well as teacher input on lesson plans and Friday
Board allowed the public to give comments and questions concerning coop talks
& other sharing, and a four-day school week. Questions/ comments included:
longer days for a four-day week, looking at other coop opportunities if it
doesn’t work with Parker, keeping our demand list short for Parker, class size
in lower grades, coop timelines, and music classes with a four-day week.
15/16-52: Surplus Property –
On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to declare various Ag Shop equipment,
library books and library equipment as surplus property, to be disposed of as
the Administration sees fit. A list of the surplus property will be kept on file
in the Business Office. All members voted in favor; motion carried.
15/16-53: Approve Policy IHCDA
– On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to approve Policy IHCDA (Concurrent/
Dual Enrollment) as presented to the Board. A copy of the policy can be found on
the Marion School website or in the Business Office. All members voted in favor;
15/16-54: Recertify Special Education Comprehensive Plan –
On motion by Schmidt, second by Gortmaker to recertify the Special Education
Comprehensive Plan (with the Cornbelt Educational Cooperative). A copy of the
plan will be kept in the Business Office or online. All members voted in favor;
President Josh Luke called a recess at 8:56 pm, and declared back in session at
15/16-55: Personnel Matters
– On motion by Buse, second by Gortmaker to go into executive session for the
purpose of Personnel Matters (Superintendent Evaluation) at 9:02 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 10:19 pm.
15/16-56: Adjourn – On
motion by Gortmaker, second by Schmidt to adjourn the school board meeting at
10:19 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.
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