December 2015 Newsletter

The Marion City Times


Volume 13, Issue 12

In this issue:

December 31, 2015

v  December City Council Proceedings

v  December Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

v  December School Board Proceedings

v January Calendar of Events


December 7, 2015 City Council Proceedings

The 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. – 8:12 p.m.  Absent: Rick Nelson. 

Motion was made by Jeno, seconded by Hughes to increase the General Fund Pest Control account by $1182.00 from a Mosquito Control grant.  Motion carried.

Follow-up 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.

Follow-up 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 permit.  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 meeting.

A 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 matter. 

TC 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 and reviewed.  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.  Motion carried.

An 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 submitted.

Follow-up discussion was held on the issue with accepting dishwashers at the city’s landfill.  Sulzle provided information as requested regarding obtaining a large dumpster as a disposal option, with the contents to be disposed of at the Sioux Falls landfill.  The decision was made to pursue this option.

Motion was made by Thomas, seconded by Luke to designate Farmers State Bank as the official depository for the City funds for 2016.  Motion carried.

Motion was made by Jeno, seconded by Hughes to designate the Marion Record as the official newspaper for the City of Marion for 2016.  Motion carried.

The 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 December 12th.      

Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Thomas to adjourn at 8:35 p.m.  Motion carried.



"I have many problems in life, but my lips don't know that.  They always smile."

Charlie Chaplin


December 10, 2015 Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

The 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 attendance.  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.

The November 12th 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.  Motion carried. 

The 2015 Community Christmas Celebration was discussed.  The event will be held on Saturday, December 12th at the Marion School.  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.    

Dues 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 member.  Motion carried.  Secretary/Treasurer Kari Muller provided an update on the Sign Improvement fund balance. 

Brenda Schulte, SEFP facilitator, distributed and reviewed her monthly report. Schulte advised she worked with six clients and started three new business plans in November.  Additional client information was provided.  Schulte advised the 2016 Regional Career Fair will be in Viborg on February 18th.

An 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.

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.

Information 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.

Information 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.

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



December 14, 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 fourteenth day of December, 2015. Call to order was made by President of the School Board, Josh Luke, at 7:00 pm.

Members Present: Dan Buse, Daryl Gortmaker, Josh Luke, Jared Schmidt and Scott Tieszen.  Absent: None.

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

Guests Present: 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

Action 15/16-48: Agenda – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to approve the agenda. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 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.

Action 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.

Action 15/16-51: Bills for Consideration – On motion 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.

There were no Delegations. 

Anne 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 teachers.

Josh 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.

Aaron 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.

Michelle 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.

David 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.

Board member Daryl Gortmaker entered the meeting at 7:31 pm.

The 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.

The 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 schedules.

The 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.

Action 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.

Action 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; motion carried.

Action 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; motion carried.

Board President Josh Luke called a recess at 8:56 pm, and declared back in session at 9:01 pm.

Action 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.

Action 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.



january Calendar of Events


NEW YEAR'S DAY - City Office Closed


City Council Meeting 

7:00 p.m.


School Board Meeting

7:00 p.m.


Business & Professional Organization Meeting

Ambulance Meeting

12:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.



Legion Meeting


7:30 p.m.



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