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February 2018 Newsletter

The Marion City Times


Volume 16, Issue 2

In this issue:

February 28, 2018

v   February City Council Proceedings

v  February School Board Proceedings

v  February B & P Org.  Proceedings

v March Calendar of Events


February 5, 2018 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, February 5, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the City Building with the following council members present: Jim Kettwig, Bryan Luke, Dick Luke, Rick Nelson, John Ptak and Rhonda Smith, together with Finance Officer Kari Muller.    Also attending the meeting was City Superintendent Dustin Sulzle.  Turner County Sheriff’s Deputy Trent VanRavenswaay was present from 7:11 p.m. – 7:24 p.m.  City Engineer Jon Fischer was present from 7:06 p.m. – 8:06 p.m.  Absent: Ron Globke.  Council President Jim Kettwig presided over the meeting.

Motion was made by Nelson, seconded by D. Luke to approve the agenda.  Motion carried.

Motion was made by Nelson, seconded by Ptak to amend and approve the minutes from the January 3, 2018 meeting with the elimination of the following paragraph: Following are the wages for City Personnel for 2018: City Operations Superintendent - $21.89/hr. plus $35.00 per meeting; City Maintenance - $18.85/hr.; Finance Officer - $44,887.18 annually plus $50.00 per meeting; Office Assistant - $14.42/hr.; Mayor - $1200.00 annually plus $60.00 per meeting; Councilperson - $500.00 annually plus $55.00 per meeting; Landfill Supervisor - $12.07/hr.; Asst. Landfill Supervisor(1) - $11.66/hr.; Asst. Landfill Supervisor(2) - $11.07/hr.; Zoning Administrator - $130.00/month.  Motion carried.     

TC Sheriff’s Deputy VanRavenswaay was present and the law enforcement report for January 2018 was distributed and reviewed.  Recent incident/call information was addressed.

City Engineer Jon Fischer was present and distributed the Water Main Facility Plan Amendment.  The existing 2007 report on water system improvements was amended to include water meter replacement and replacement of all cast iron water main alternatives.  Additional information was covered on replacing the asbestos cement water main and replacement of the elevated water storage tank alternatives.  Numerous aspects were reviewed, including individual alternative details, cost estimates, grant/loan scenarios, rate impacts and funding/project timeframes.

Fischer distributed and reviewed the Sanitary Sewer Facility Plan Amendment.  The existing 2007 report on wastewater collection was amended to include updated information, including work completed in the 2009-2010 Improvement project.  Fischer reviewed information on four proposed projects/phases, with it advised the goal is to replace old clay pipe, PVC and manholes as needed.  Discussion was held on various details, including individual phase details, cost estimates and curb & gutter needs.   

The 7th Street maintenance matter was tabled until the regular March meeting.

The Highway 18 sign removal matter was addressed.  City Superintendent Sulzle advised City personnel will get the sign removed this month.

Follow-up discussion was held on lighting concerns on the Highway 42 billboard sign.  A cost estimate of $1200.00 was obtained for purchasing four lights.  It was advised the two lights per side would be located approximately five feet from the sign.  Additionally, it was advised City personnel would need to build metal, protective brackets for each light.  Motion was made by B. Luke, seconded by Ptak to purchase and place the four lights on the billboard sign located on Highway 42.  Motion carried.

The late January water main leak on Broadway Avenue was addressed, with Sulzle providing a general overview of the repair.

The matter of presentation needs for meetings/training held in the city meeting room was addressed.  An inquiry into purchasing a projector or TV was presented.  Discussion was held on obtaining information on Smart TV’s.  The matter of HDMI cable vs. wireless/Bluetooth capability was addressed.  The decision was made to have Sulzle obtain the necessary information on options for a Smart TV, wall-mount bracket and HDMI cable. 

Discussion was held on the summer personnel positions, with an update given on applications received.  It was advised additional ads will be run for the positions.

The following individuals were selected to serve as Judges and Clerks for any Municipal Election in 2018: Ward One – Eleanor Becker, Rita McVay, Marjorie Tieszen; Ward Two – Martha Gesick, Carol Nelson, Anna Nielson; Ward Three – Deon Lueders, Rosella Schwartz, 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 Ptak, seconded by Smith to approve the Judges and Clerks as appointed.  Motion carried.

Information was provided for the Annual District 3 meeting to be held on March 13th in Harrisburg.  Sulzle reported on an upcoming South Eastern Council of Governments (SECOG) resources meeting.

Follow-up discussion was held on revising the City of Marion Ordinance Manual.  It was reported this service is provided at no additional cost by SECOG, the city’s planning district.  The decision was made to request SECOG representation at the regular March meeting. 

Motion was made by Nelson, seconded by Smith to adjourn at 8:55 p.m.  Motion carried.


February 8,  2018 Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

The Marion Business & Professional Organization met on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. in the City Meeting Room with 10 members in attendance.  Businesses present were: Al’s Studio, Central Farmers, Cherrybean Coffee, City Economic Development Coordinator, Donlan’s Foodland, Luke Heating/Cooling/Plumbing, Saunders Chiropractic, Schmidt Country and Southeastern Electric.

The January 11th meeting minutes and a financial report were distributed.  Motion was made by Jennifer McCormick, seconded by Dan Buse to approve the minutes and financial report as presented.  Motion carried.

Discussion was held on the promotional drawing for the month of March.  The decision was made to hold a drawing for $25 Marion Bucks, as donated by Central Farmers.

The current monthly SEFP report was distributed and reviewed.  It was reported SEFP had 5 inquires during the month of January.  Upcoming events include the Annual Career Fair on February 21st in Parker and the Annual Investor Partner Reception on April 18th in Parker.

An update was provided on the Welcome Packets given to new residents, with it advised additional items from multiple businesses were received.

The next meeting will be at 12:00 p.m. on March 8, 2018 at the City Meeting Room.


Every act of dishonesty has at least two victims: the one we think of as the victim, and the perpetrator as well.  Each little dishonesty makes another little rotten spot somewhere in the perpetrator's psyche.

Lesley Conger



February 12, 2018 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 February, 2018. Call to order was made by Vice President of the School Board, Scott Tieszen, at 7:00 pm, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Members Present: Larry Langerock, Scott Luke, Jared Schmidt, and Scott Tieszen.  Absent: Josh Luke.

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

There were no conflicts of interest.

Action 17/18-44: Agenda – On motion by Langerock, second by Scott Luke to approve the agenda as presented. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 17/18-45: Consent Motion – On motion by Scott Luke, 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 February, and to approve checks to be issued in their payment (bills to be published in paper). All members voted in favor; motion carried.

There were no delegations.

Anne Pankratz gave the Teacher Report. She discussed a region FCCLA meeting, Businessmen’s Breakfast on Feb. 16, National FFA & FCCLA weeks, CTE programs, parent-teacher conferences, Quiz Bowl, senior class trip to Pierre, career fairs, ACT testing, Women in Science program, NHS activities, and prom info.

There were no School Board reports.

Business Manager Aaron Thompson informed the board about working on the 2018/2019 budget, helping with the interim Freeman business manager, long-term substitute for administrative assistant, and school board petitions due by 2/23/18.

6-12 Principal Katie Minster shared information on scheduling, parent-teacher conferences, possibility for a STEM class, teacher observations & evaluations, opportunity for a trip to Washington DC in 2019, an assessment workshop, and transitioning with the high school secretary sub.

Superintendent David Colberg gave updates a leadership retreat in April, Dibels & STAR testing results, need for an ELL teacher, “Read across America,” a candle making project for help day, Outdoor Campus to come for a future help day, legislative information, and a request for another track coach.

Action 17/18-46: Surplus Property – On motion by Langerock, second by Schmidt to declare various library books as surplus property. A list of the surplus property will be kept in the Business Office. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Superintendent David Colberg recognized February 19-23 as School Board Recognition Week.

Scott Tieszen called a recess at 7:43 pm. 

Action 17/18-47: Personnel Matters – On motion by Schmidt, second by Scott Luke to go into executive session for the purpose of Personnel Matters at 7:48 pm, as per SDCL 1-25-2(1). All members voted in favor; motion carried.  Scott Tieszen declared out of executive session at 8:57 pm.

Action 17/18-48: Board Decision on Personnel Request – On motion by Langerock, second by Scott Luke to accept the verbal agreement reached between the Marion Education Association and the Marion School Board of Education. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 17/18-49: Adjourn – On motion by Langerock, second by Schmidt to adjourn the school board meeting at 9:03 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.


march Calendar of Events


City Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.


Fire  Dept. Meeting

7:30 p.m.


Marion Business & Professional Org. Meeting

Ambulance Meeting

12:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.


MACC Scotch Doubles

6:00 p.m.




School Board Meeting

7:00 p.m.


Rosefield Township Annual Meeting

1:00 p.m.




Equalization Board Meeting

Legion Meeting

Time TBD

7:30 p.m.




Marion Development Foundation  Annual  Meeting

7:30 p.m.






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