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February 2016 Newsletter

The Marion City Times

 

Volume 14, Issue 2

In this issue:

February 29, 2016

v   February City Council Proceedings

v  February School Board Proceedings

v  February B & P Org.  Proceedings

v  Marion Dev. Foundation  Proceedings

v March Calendar of Events

   

February 1, 2016 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, February 1, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the City Building with the following council members present: Jeff Jeno, Jim Kettwig, Dick Luke and Jeremy Thomas, together with the Mayor Ron Globke and Finance Officer Kari Muller.  Rick Nelson joined the meeting at 7:06 p.m.  Also attending the meeting was City Superintendent Dustin Sulzle.  Turner County Sheriff Byron Nogelmeier was present from 7:19 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Absent: none. 

Jennifer Weber appeared before the council to address holding an outdoor vendor fair in Marion.  Weber requested to hold the once-a-month event at the city park, beginning in May.  It was advised a portion of the vendor fees would be donated to the Marion Fire Department.  Discussion was held on various matters.  Council permission was given to Weber to hold the event at the city park. 

Nominations for Councilperson for the Ward One vacancy were opened and motion was made by Jeno, seconded by Kettwig to nominate John Ptak.  Thomas motioned, Luke seconded that nominations cease.  Motion carried.  John Ptak is to fill the remaining term in Ward One.  Ptak was present, took his Oath of Office and joined the meeting at 7:22 p.m.

TC Sheriff Nogelmeier was present and the law enforcement report for January 2016 was distributed and reviewed.  Discussion was held on miscellaneous law enforcement matters.

Discussion was held on a street/property matter on West 2nd Street.  Access to undeveloped lots was addressed.  It was advised further research will be completed for the matter to be pursued. 

A street surfacing matter was addressed, with discussion held on various aspects.

Information was provided on the City’s Christmas decorations, with it advised the garlands need to be replaced.  Discussion was held on utilizing LED lights in the pole decorations this year.  It was advised the matter will be further addressed during the budget meetings. 

An inquiry regarding replacing a yield sign with a stop sign was addressed.  The decision was made to advise the inquiring party to contact the property owner, as the sign is on private property.

Motion was made by Luke, seconded by Kettwig to have the City, for Workers’ Compensation purposes, cover volunteers for the Marion Volunteer Fire Department and Marion Community Ambulance.  Motion carried.  The volunteers are as follows: Steve Albrecht, Jamie Bartell, Mike Bartell, Nikki Bauerle, Cam Becker, Brian Benney, Laura Benney, Ravila Berens, Ken Dalke, Matt Donlan, Daryl Gortmaker, Loryece Handwerk, Lana Herlyn, Dennis Johnson, Jayme Juhnke, Jayden Kettwig, Jim Kettwig, Bryan Kraemer, Steve Kraemer, Michelle Kunkel, Bryan Luke, Charles Luke, Dick Luke, Zach McConniel, Marvin Miller, Rick Nelson, Kristi Nogelmeier, Todd Obele, Ben Piehl, John Ptak, Duane Pulse, Jon Saunders, Mike Schmidt, Dustin Sulzle, Jeremy Thomas, Dean Unruh, Josh Viet, Rick Waltner, Chuck Weber, Keith Weber, Mike Wieman, Kelly Wiese. 

Follow-up discussion was held on a building permit matter.  A revised ordinance draft addressing the assessment of penalties for beginning a project before obtaining a building permit was distributed and reviewed.  Discussion was held on various concerns, with the decision made to make further revisions to the ordinance draft. 

The following individuals were selected to serve as Judges and Clerks for any Municipal Election in 2016: Ward One – Eleanor Becker, Rita McVay, Marjorie Tieszen; Ward Two – Rosella Schwartz, Martha Gesick, Myrtle Rasmussen; Ward Three – Deon Lueders, Ella Tieszen, Sandra Tieszen.  In the event of a citywide election, Rosella Schwartz would serve as Judge with a Clerk selected from the other two wards.  Motion was made by Nelson, seconded by Ptak to approve the Judges and Clerks as appointed.  Motion carried.

Discussion was held on the City’s current mileage rate, with it advised the State rate is $.42/mile.  Motion was made by Jeno, seconded by Luke to raise the rate from $.37/mile to $.42/mile.  Motion carried.

Information was provided for the Annual District 3 meeting to be held on March 17th in Elk Point.

The Southeast Enterprise Facilitation Project (SEFP) December and January monthly reports were distributed to the council.

Motion was made by Thomas, seconded by Kettwig to adjourn at 8:17 p.m.  Motion carried.

    

 

February 11,  2016 Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

The Marion Business & Professional Organization met on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant with 12 members in attendance.  Businesses present were: Al’s Studio, Central Farmer’s Coop., City Economic Development Coordinator, Donlan’s Foodland, Hometown Insurance, Luke Heating/Cooling/Plumbing, Marion School, Rapp Motors, Rex’s Plumbing, SEFP and Southeastern Electric.

The January 14th meeting minutes and a financial report were distributed and approved as presented.  Additional information was provided on annual dues, Marion Bucks and monthly drawings.

Discussion was held on the Summer Celebration Parade, with it advised event organizers have yet to be confirmed.  Chairman Matt Donlan advised he will address the matter with the appropriate parties and will follow-up on the item at the March meeting.

Brenda Schulte, SEFP facilitator, distributed and reviewed her monthly facilitator report.  Schulte reported she worked with four clients in January and has five business plans in progress.  Additional information was provided on a “Shop at Home” campaign.

David Colberg, Marion School Superintendent, presented information on the sports co-op and consolidation talks between the Marion and Parker school districts.  Discussion was held on a multitude of aspects.  It was advised discussions are taking place with Freeman Public and Freeman Academy schools as well.  Information was provided on proposed education funding legislation.  Additional discussion was held on the impact to the community regarding having/losing a school.  It was advised the next School Board meeting is February 16th, with attendance welcomed and encouraged.  Discussion was held on directing a letter to the School Board members from the organization, with the decision made to have Chairman Donlan compose and send the letter.

Superintendent Colberg advised the school was seeking volunteers from the organization to read to the Marion elementary students the week of February 29th – March 4th.  

The next meeting will be at 12:00 p.m. on March 10, 2016 at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant.

 

Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens.  The sleeper must awaken.

Frank Herbert

 

 

February 12,  2016 Marion Development Foundation Proceedings

A meeting of the Marion Development Foundation (MDF) was held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 12, 2016 in the City Meeting Room.  Members present were Kevin Wieman, Dustin Sulzle, Cherrie Engbrecht, Scott Laible and City EDC Kari Muller.  Absent: Doyle Becker. 

The November 6, 2015 meeting minutes were distributed and reviewed.  Motion was made by Engbrecht, seconded by Laible to approve the minutes as presented.  Motion carried.  A treasurer’s report was provided by Engbrecht.  Motion was made by Laible, seconded by Sulzle to approve the treasurer’s report as presented.  Motion carried.  

Follow-up discussion was held on a warranty deed matter.  It was advised the deed has been prepared and will be executed this month.

Discussion was held on possible land acquisition matters put before the MDF for housing purposes.  Various, related aspects were addressed.

Information was presented on an advertising opportunity with the Lund Theatre in Viborg.  Motion was made by Sulzle, seconded by Engbrecht to pursue the advertising opportunity.  Motion carried.

A reminder was given for the annual meeting, to be held on March 24th at 7:30 p.m.

The meeting adjourned at 12:55 p.m.

 

 

February 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 sixteenth day of February, 2016. Call to order was made by President of the School Board, Josh Luke, at 7:03 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: 100+ guests present in the large gymnasium.

Action 15/16-66: Agenda – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to approve the agenda. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-67: Minutes – On motion by Tieszen, second by Gortmaker 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 15/16-68: 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 15/16-69: Bills for Consideration – On motion by Gortmaker, second by Buse to approve the following claims against the District for the month of February, and then to approve checks to be issued in their payment. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Michelle Fink gave the Teacher Report. She gave information on an author brought in to speak with middle school and elementary students at the school.  There were no School Board reports.  Aaron Thompson gave the Business Manager report. He gave a presentation, detailing school funding for the Marion School.

Michelle Larson gave the Principal report. She informed the Board on AdvancED, student & staff surveys, teacher walk-throughs & evaluations, and class offerings for next year.  David Colberg gave the Superintendent report. He shared information on consolidation talks, Marion’s financial & enrollment info, and Parker’s proposal for consolidation. Mr. Colberg also recognized Feb. 15-19 as SD School Board Appreciation Week, and thanked the Board.

The Board shared information on coop and consolidation discussions with Parker. Each Board member shared opinions on how to move forward from here.  Josh Luke called a recess at 8:09 pm. The Board went back in session at 8:14 pm.

Superintendent David Colberg led a four-day school week discussion. He explained what the schedule could look like, and what could be offered on Fridays if Marion chooses to go to a four-day school week. A proposed calendar will be brought to the Board next month.

The Board allowed the public to give comments and questions. Discussion included the following: not enough opportunity for youth sports, tutoring on Fridays can help with a four-day school week, sports coop should come before consolidation, explore other schools, what to do with Parker’s proposal, consolidation advantages, both Boards need to meet together, do what is best for Marion’s kids, more need for parental support, don’t rush a consolidation, community must vote on a consolidation, consider bringing in a moderator, etc.  Josh Luke called a recess at 9:19 pm. The Board went back in session at 9:31 pm.

Action 15/16-70: Reschedule Snow Days – On motion by Buse, second by Tieszen to table Rescheduling Snow Days until a later meeting. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-71: HVAC / Boiler Bid – On motion by Buse, second by Gortmaker to seek bids to replace the school’s steam boiler. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

There was a discussion on the use of the practice football field. No motions were made.

The Board discussed the possibility of paying elementary coaches. The Board publicly thanked Scott Dent, Heidi Johnson, and Shawn Hofer for coaching Elementary Basketball.

Action 15/16-72: Approve Contract – On motion by Schmidt, second by Tieszen to approve the Paraprofessional contract of Amanda Dent for $10.75 per hour, for the remainder of the current school year. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-73: Personnel Matters – On motion by Gortmaker, second by Buse to go into executive session for the purpose of Personnel Matters at 10:08 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 10:22 pm.

Action 15/16-74: Adjourn – On motion by Tieszen, second by Schmidt to adjourn the school board meeting at 10:24 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

 

 

Pursuant to the call and the notice thereof, the School Board of the Marion School District 60-3, Marion, Turner County, SD met in special session on the twenty-first day of February, 2016. Call to order was made by President of the School Board, Josh Luke, at 2:00 pm.

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

Officers Present: E. David Colberg, Superintendent; and Michelle Larson, Principal.  Absent: Aaron Thompson, Business Manager.

Guests Present: 80+ guests present in Marion’s gymnasium.

Action 15/16-75: Agenda – On motion by Buse, second by Gortmaker to amend the agenda as follows: 3 – Consolidation Proposal, 4 – Coop Discussion, 5 – Adjourn; and then to approve the agenda. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

The School Board and Superintendent Colberg shared information on Parker’s consolidation proposal. Discussion on coop tied with consolidation, and that Marion needs a sports coop for next year.

Action 15/16-76: Consolidation Proposal – On motion by Schmidt, second by Gortmaker to send a consolidation/ sports coop counter-proposal to Parker School District. A copy of the proposal will be kept on file in the Marion School Business office. Roll Call Vote: Tieszen – yes, Schmidt – yes, Gortmaker – yes, Buse – no, Luke – yes. Motion carried.

Counter-proposal was created by Board consensus during the meeting.

The School Board discussed sports coop possibilities for next year. Freeman Academy has offered to meet with the Marion School Board & Administration to enter into a sports coop. The Board discussed needing a back-up for sports next year if Parker refuses our counter-proposal.

Action 15/16-77: Deadline for Proposal – On motion by Buse, second by Gortmaker to give Parker School District a deadline of February 24, 2016 on responding to Marion’s consolidation/ sports coop counter-proposal. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Colberg was instructed to wait until February 25, 2016 to contact Freeman Academy to talk about a sports coop, in order to give Parker School District time to respond to our offer.

Action 15/16-78: Adjourn – On motion by Buse, second by Gortmaker to adjourn the school board meeting at 3:19 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

  

 

march Calendar of Events

3/3

Rosefield Township Annual Meeting

Fire Dept. Meeting

1:00 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

3/7

City Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.

3/10

Marion Business & Professional Org. Meeting

Ambulance Meeting

12:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

3/13

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS

3/14

School Board Meeting

7:00 p.m.

3/17

ST. PATRICK'S DAY

3/19

MACC Scotch Doubles

6:00 p.m.

3/20

FIRST DAY OF SPRING

PALM SUNDAY

3/21

Equalization Board Meeting

Legion Meeting

Time TBD

7:30 p.m.

3/24

Marion Development Foundation  Annual  Meeting

7:30 p.m.

3/25

GOOD FRIDAY - City Office Closed

3/26

MACC EAster Egg Hunt

10:30 a.m.

3/27

EASTER
 

 

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