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December 2017 Newsletter

The Marion City Times


Volume 15, Issue 12

In this issue:

December 31, 2017

v  December City Council Proceedings

v  December Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

v  December School Board Proceedings

v January Calendar of Events


December 4, 2017 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, December 4, 2017, in the meeting room of the City Building.  The meeting was called to order at 7:10 p.m. with the following council members present: Jim Kettwig, Dick Luke and Rhonda Smith, together with the Mayor Ron Globke and Finance Officer Kari Muller.  Council member Rick Nelson was present via conference call.  Also attending the meeting was City Superintendent Dustin Sulzle.  Turner County Sheriff’s Deputy Colter Hendrix was present from 7:18 p.m. – 7:25 p.m.  Absent: Bryan Luke, John Ptak.

Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Nelson to transfer $1500.00 out of the General Fund Contingency account into the General Fund Parks account.  Motion carried.

TC Sheriff Deputy Hendrix was present and the law enforcement report for November 2017 was distributed and reviewed.  The following matters were addressed: request for law enforcement to block traffic at fire scenes; speeding vehicle issue; illegal burning matter.

Brief, follow-up discussion was held on a proposed water meter project.  Communication from City Engineer Jon Fischer with Stockwell Engineers regarding funding scenarios was reviewed.  Discussion was held on scheduling a meeting with Stockwell’s and the City Council to further address the proposed project, as well as other pertinent matters.  The decision was made to coordinate with Fischer on scheduling the meeting.  

The matter of maintenance responsibility for 7th Street was addressed.  Mayor Globke spoke to an existing agreement in place between Turner County and the City of Marion regarding maintenance/cost-share for 7th Street.  It was advised the agreement will be reviewed. 

It was reported one bid was received for the surplus steel slide.

A revised Turner County Law Enforcement Services agreement was presented and reviewed.  Motion was made by Nelson, seconded by Kettwig to authorize the Mayor and Finance Officer to sign the Law Enforcement Services Agreement between the City and Turner County.  Motion carried.

The Executive Session pursuant to SDCL 1-25-2(1) was not held.

An Animal Control Services and Impoundment Facility Operations Agreement from the Sioux Falls Area Human Society was presented and reviewed.  Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Nelson to authorize the Mayor and Finance Officer to sign the agreement between the City and the SF Humane Society.  Motion carried.

Motion was made by D. Luke, seconded by Smith to designate Rivers Edge Bank as the official depository for the City funds for 2018.  Motion carried.

Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by D. Luke to designate the Marion Record as the official newspaper for the City of Marion for 2018.  Motion carried.

The regular January Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 due to the New Year’s holiday.

Information was provided on an ordinance violation regarding a garbage matter.

Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Smith to enter into Executive Session at 7:54 p.m. for legal matters pursuant to SDCL 1-25-2(3).  Motion carried.  The Mayor declared to come out of Executive Session at 8:01 p.m. and council thereupon adjourned.



December 11, 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 eleventh day of December, 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, 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 17/18-30: Agenda – On motion by Schmidt, second by Scott Luke to approve the agenda as presented. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 17/18-31: Consent Motion – On motion by Tieszen, second by Schmidt 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.

Carissa Lick gave a presentation on the ESL program. She gave the Board an overview on English Language Learning services provided at Marion School.

There were no Delegations.  There were no Teacher Reports. School Board member Scott Tieszen congratulated the Music Department for the successful Elementary Christmas concert. 

Business Manager Aaron Thompson gave the Board information on the 2016/2017 financial audit, a score of 99% on the recent kitchen inspection, and a new welder to be purchased for the Ag Shop.

6-12 Principal Katie Minster shared information on ineligibility list improvements, semester tests, teacher observations, MS/HS concert & musical on 12/14/17, caroling at the Tieszen Nursing Home, and Google Calendar. 

Superintendent David Colberg gave updates on the State Superintendent meeting, State Aid discussions, Cornbelt Coop updates, a wrestling triangular in Marion, and classroom goals.

There was a discussion on a letter to be sent out to area communities. The school has been contacted by a community member to communicate with area towns & school districts about sharing options.

The Board discussed a proposal from the Little Rebels wrestling group to purchase new wrestling mats, and to have the District cover half of the cost. No motions were made.

Action 17/18-32: Approve Policy – On motion by Scott Luke, second by Tieszen to approve the Reporting of Child Abuse Policy as presented to the School Board. Policy will be available on Marion School website and in the Business Office. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 17/18-33: Approve Contract – On motion by Schmidt, second by Scott Luke to approve the contract of Amanda Dent as Boys Basketball Cheer Advisor in the amount of $700.00 for the 2017/2018 school year. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 17/18-34: Personnel Matters – On motion by Schmidt, second by Tieszen to go into executive session for the purpose of Personnel Matters (Business Manager Evaluation) at 8:23 pm, as per SDCL 1-25-2(1). All members voted in favor; motion carried.  Josh Luke declared out of executive session at 8:58 pm.

Action 17/18-35: Adjourn – On motion by Tieszen, second by Schmidt to adjourn the school board meeting at 8:58 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.    


December 14, 2017 Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

The Marion Business & Professional Organization met on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant with 15 members in attendance.  Businesses present were: Al’s Studio, Cherrybean Coffee, City Economic Development Coordinator, Donlan’s Foodland, Hometown Insurance, Luke Heating/Cooling/Plumbing, Marion School, Rapp Motors, Rivers Edge Bank, Saunders Chiropractic, SEFP, Southeastern Electric and Tieszen Memorial Home.

The November 9th meeting minutes and a financial report were distributed.  Motion was made by Glen Rapp, seconded by Barc Smith to approve the minutes and financial report as presented.  Motion carried.

It was advised the promotional drawing for the month of January will be for coffee from Cherrybean Coffee Co. and the promotional drawing for the month of February, TBD, will be sponsored by Saunders Chiropractic.

A recap was provided for the Community Christmas Celebration held on December 9th.  A total of 42 businesses, service organizations and individuals donated prizes, with 72 adult and 15 youth prizes given out.  Santa Claus gifted 164 children with presents and 101 Santa pictures were ordered.  Twenty-five vendors participated in the event.  Over 500 individuals were served the free lunch.  Appreciation was expressed to all who helped with the event.  Discussion was held on signage for inflatables and work schedule reorganization.

Dues for 2018 were discussed.  Motion was made by Dave Colberg, seconded by Heidi Ptak to set the 2018 annual dues at $120.00 per business member and $60.00 per individual member.  Motion carried. 

Motion was made by Dick Luke, seconded by Jennifer McCormick to host the Free Bingo event during the 2018 Summer Celebration.  Motion carried.

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

Dave Colberg, Marion School Superintendent, provided information on the following school matters: State funding, attendance matters, new plasma cutter, basketball & wrestling updates and winter concerts.  Katie Minster, Marion MS/HS Principal, reported on testing results for the MS/HS.

Additional discussion was held on State funding matters.  A Christmas card received from Brenda Schulte/SEFP Board was shared with all.  

The next meeting will be at 12:00 p.m. on January 11, 2018 at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant.   



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.


Firemen's Pheasant Feed

5:00 p.m.



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