December 2016 Newsletter

The Marion City Times


Volume 14, Issue 12

In this issue:

December 31, 2016

v  December City Council Proceedings

v  December Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

v  December School Board Proceedings

v January Calendar of Events


December 5, 2016 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, December 5, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the City Building with the following council members present: Jeff Jeno, Jim Kettwig, Bryan Luke, Dick Luke and John Ptak, 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 7:00 p.m. – 7:24 p.m.  Turner County Sheriff Byron Nogelmeier was present from 7:07 p.m. – 7:38 p.m.  Absent: Rick Nelson.

Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Jeno to transfer $500.00 out of the General Fund Contingency account into the General Fund Audit account.  Motion carried.

Follow-up discussion was held on a Conflict of Interest policy matter.  City Attorney Cole was present and provided additional information on the matter.  State statute information was reviewed.  Motion was made by D. Luke, seconded by Ptak to adopt the following Conflict of Interest Policy:

“The city of Marion follows the provisions of SD Codified Law, Chapter 6-1, as well as the provisions of 5-18A and other applicable laws regarding the conflict of interest for municipal officials.”

Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.

TC Sheriff Nogelmeier was present and the law enforcement report for November 2016 was distributed and reviewed.  Nogelmeier advised of an upcoming change to the report format due to Marsy’s Law.  A revised Turner County Law Enforcement Services agreement was presented and reviewed.  Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by B. Luke to authorize the Mayor and Finance Officer to sign the Law Enforcement Services Agreement between the City and Turner County.  Motion carried.

Discussion was held on the city’s health insurance coverage policy, with information provided on law changes regarding insurance provided by employers.  Various matters were addressed.  The decision was made to amend the city’s policy.  Motion was made by D. Luke, seconded by Kettwig to amend the policy as follows: the monthly premium shall be paid by the City for 100% of individual coverage; if employee opts for family coverage, the employee will pay the difference above and beyond individual coverage.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.

An Animal Control Services and Impoundment Facility Operations Agreement from the Sioux Falls Area Human Society was presented and reviewed.  Various aspects were addressed, including impoundment timeframes and rates of services.  Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by Jeno to authorize the Mayor and Finance Officer to sign the agreement between the City and the SF Humane Society.  Motion carried.

Information was distributed on the Turner County Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Plan 2017 update.  It was reported the PDM plan is a live plan that needs updating every five years.  A letter of commitment as a participating jurisdiction was reviewed.  Motion was made by B. Luke, seconded by Kettwig to approve and sign the letter of commitment as a participating jurisdiction.  Motion carried.

Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by B. Luke to designate Farmers State Bank as the official depository for the City funds for 2017.  Motion carried.

Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by B. Luke to designate the Marion Record as the official newspaper for the City of Marion for 2017.  Motion carried.

The regular January Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 4th due to the New Year’s holiday.

Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by D. Luke to adjourn at 8:30 p.m.  Motion carried.



"There will come a time when you believe everything is finished.  That will be the beginning."

Louis L'Amour


December 8, 2016 Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

The Marion Business & Professional Organization met on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant with 17 members in attendance.  Businesses present were: Central Farmers Coop., City Economic Development Coordinator, Donlan’s Foodland, Hometown Insurance, Luke Heating/Cooling/Plumbing, Marion Record, Marion School, Rapp Motors, Rex’s Plumbing, Saunders Chiropractic, Schmidt Country, SEFP, Southeastern Electric, Tieszen Chiropractic Clinic and Tieszen Memorial Home.

The November 10th meeting minutes and a financial report were distributed.  Motion was made by Heidi Ptak, seconded by Bryan Luke to approve the minutes and financial report as presented.  Motion carried. 

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.

The 2016 Community Christmas Celebration was discussed.  The event will be held on Saturday, December 10th at the Marion School.  Information was provided on various matters, including prizes, inflatables, donations, vendors and set-up. 

Dues for 2017 were discussed.  Motion was made by Glen Rapp, seconded by Rex VanHove to set the 2017 annual dues at $120.00 per business member and $60.00 per individual member.  Motion carried. 

Brenda Schulte, SEFP facilitator, distributed and reviewed her monthly report. Schulte advised she worked with seven clients in November and has six business plans in various stages of completion.  Additional client information was provided, as was information on Shop at Home activities.

Katie Minster, Marion MS/HS Principal, provided information on various school matters.  Minster reported on upcoming FCCLA activities and fundraisers, as well as additional NCRC (National Career Readiness Certificate) achievements of the Marion Senior class.  It was advised the basketball season is underway.  An update was provided on the school’s Help Days on designated Fridays. 

Jelene Wipf, Marion Record managing editor, addressed the group regarding featuring a local business in the paper possibly once or twice per month.  Feedback was requested, with all present supporting the venture.   

The next meeting will be at 12:00 p.m. on January 12, 2017 at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant.



December 12, 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 twelfth day of December, 2016. Call to order was made by President of the School Board, Josh Luke, at 7:02 pm, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

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

Action 16/17-45: Agenda – On motion by Buse, second by Langerock to approve the agenda as presented. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 16/17-46: Consent Motion – On motion by Schmidt, second by Langerock 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 December and to approve checks to be issued in their payment (bills to be published in paper). All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Amanda Dent came before the Board with concerns on how the school should handle emergency situations. Peter Preheim came before the Board with concerns on assessment scores and open-enrollment.

Anne Pankratz gave the Teacher Report. She shared information on National Career & Readiness testing, FCCLA activities, CTE training, the K-12 winter concert, and semester tests.

Scott Tieszen gave the Board information on the ASBSD Legislative Day, with issues that came up on funding, transgender policies, conflict of interest, and private school scholarships. Jared Schmidt inquired on exit interviews with families that have open-enrolled from the District.

Business Manager Aaron Thompson informed the Board on the 2015/2016 fiscal audit, an upcoming food service review, and security door options.

6-12 Principal Katie Minster shared information on a new student in the high school, professional development, scheduling for next year, CTE, handbook info, semester tests, working with the Booster Club, and student/ teacher interaction.

Superintendent David Colberg shared updates from the State Superintendent legislative meeting including funding, teacher certification, SDRS, teacher salaries, General Fund spending, and transgender legislation. Mr. Colberg also informed the Board on “restraint” training for the staff.

Superintendent David Colberg gave a presentation on Smarter Balanced test scores. Data from the scores was discussed, as well as plans for improving future test scores.

Action 16/17-47: Conflict of Interest – On motion by Langerock, second by Buse to approve the Conflict of Interest Disclosure form for Josh Luke. A copy of the form will be kept on file in the District Office. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 16/17-48: Approve Contracts – On motion by Buse, second by Tieszen to approve the following contracts for the 2016/2017 school year: Michael Fredrickson as Bus Driver, in the amount of $31.50 per route, and Michael Cremer as Co-Head Wrestling Coach, in the amount of $3,000. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 16/17-49: Personnel Matters – On motion by Langerock, second by Schmidt to go into executive session for the purpose of Personnel Matters (Business Manager Evaluation) at 8:45 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 9:01 pm.

Action 16/17-50: Adjourn – On motion by Langerock, second by Buse to adjourn the school board meeting at 9:01 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.



january Calendar of Events




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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