January 2015 Newsletter

The Marion City Times


Volume 13, Issue 1

In this issue:

January 31, 2015

v   January City Council Proceedings

v   January Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

v   January School Board Proceedings

v February Calendar of Events


January 5, 2015 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, January 5, 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, Rick Nelson and Jeremy Thomas, together with the Mayor Ron Globke and Finance Officer Kari Muller.  Also attending the meeting was City Superintendent Dustin Sulzle.  Turner County Sheriff’s Deputy Colter Hendrix was present from 7:08 p.m. – 7:16 p.m.  Absent: none. 

Motion was made by Jeno, seconded by Nelson to transfer $908.47 out of the General Fund Contingency account to balance the budget, for placement in designated accounts as follows: $156.27 in Finance Office; $355.85 in Police; $40.14 in Fire Department; $343.61 in Street Lighting; $12.60 in Library.  Motion carried.

TC Sheriff’s Deputy Hendrix was present and discussion was held on miscellaneous law enforcement matters. 

A snow removal concern was addressed.

The Broadway Avenue railroad crossing matter was addressed.  Correspondence sent in December from the City Attorney to BNSF was reviewed.  It was advised no response has been received at this time.  Brief discussion was held on miscellaneous aspects.

Follow-up information was provided on a tree-trimming matter, with City Superintendent Sulzle advising the City will be working with Smith Tree Service to take care of overhanging tree branches along city streets.

Information on 2014 summer personnel, pool rates, wages and ads was distributed and reviewed.  The decision was made to place the ad in the paper seeking a manager and lifeguards for the upcoming pool season.  It was also decided to run the ads for the Summer Help positions and the Summer Rec Coordinator position.  

Follow-up discussion was held on utilizing a timesheet program.  Additional, requested information was provided, with the decision made to discontinue pursuing the matter.

Follow-up information was provided on the emergency warning sirens matter.  It was advised despite issues with the north siren being addressed by Sioux Falls Two-Way Radio in early December, the siren has continued to malfunction.  The matter is being diligently attended to by Sulzle and SF Two-Way, with SF Two-Way seeking information from the manufacturer.  Additional information was provided on obtaining a new encoder.

Motion was made by Thomas, seconded by Jeno to hold the first reading of Ordinance #308 – Golf Carts.  Motion carried.  The second reading will be held at the regular February meeting.

Information was provided from the S.D. Municipal League on House Bill 1198, an act to allow municipalities to adopt an additional penny sales tax for infrastructure.  Motion was made by Jeno, seconded by Hughes to adopt the following statement of support:

“The city of Marion supports a local option additional penny of municipal sales tax, with the approval of our voters, for specific infrastructure projects.”

Motion carried.

Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Nelson to hold a joint election with the school on April 14, 2015, with the election to be held in the City meeting room.  Motion carried.

Information was distributed on the upcoming Municipal Government Day at the Legislature.  All municipal officials and employees are invited to Pierre to watch the Legislature in action on February 4, 2015.

The Southeast Enterprise Facilitation Project (SEFP) December monthly report was distributed to the council.

Following are the wages for City Personnel for 2015: City Operations Superintendent - $20.32/hr. plus $35.00 per meeting; City Maintenance - $16.00/hr.; Finance Officer - $41,683.20 annually plus $50.00 per meeting; Deputy Finance Officer - $15.80/hr.; Mayor - $1200.00 annually plus $55.00 per meeting; Councilperson - $500.00 annually plus $50.00 per meeting; Landfill Supervisor - $11.20/hr.; Asst. Landfill Supervisor(1) - $10.82/hr.; Asst. Landfill Supervisor(2) - $10.30/hr.; Zoning Administrator - $125.00/month.

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



January 8,  2015 Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

The Marion Business & Professional Organization met on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant with 10 members in attendance.  Businesses present were: Al’s Studio, Central Farmer’s Coop., City Economic Development Coordinator, Donlan’s Foodland, Hometown Insurance, Marion School, Rapp Motors, SEFP, Southeastern Electric and Tieszen Chiropractic Clinic.

The December 11th meeting minutes and a financial report were distributed.  Motion was made by Glen Rapp, seconded by Terry Winegar to approve the minutes and the financial report as presented.  Motion carried. 

A recap was provided for the Community Christmas Celebration held on December 13th.  A total of 46 businesses, service organizations and individuals donated prizes, with 71 adult and 11 youth prizes given out.  Santa Claus gifted 125 children with presents & goody bags and 55 Santa pictures were ordered.  Seventeen vendors participated in the event.  Approximately 400 individuals were served the free lunch.  Information on event expenses and revenues was provided.  Appreciation was expressed to all who helped with the event.

Discussion was held on the promotional drawing for the month of February.  The decision was made to hold a drawing for $25 Donlan’s gift certificate, as donated by Donlan’s Foodland.

A reminder was given for the organization’s annual dues.  An update was provided on fund balances.

Nancy Larsen, SEFP facilitator, distributed and reviewed her monthly facilitator report, advising of 2 new inquiries.  A reminder was given for the annual Regional Career Fair to be held on February 12th in Bridgewater.  Larsen advised she is still seeking booths and interviewers for the Career Fair.

Terry Winegar, Marion School Superintendent, provided information on a collaboration with Nugen Energy for 130 acres to be farmed by the school.  Information was also given on an assessment program the school has been utilizing.  Winegar advised the sports co-op with Canistota is moving ahead as planned.  Additional updates were given on winter sports programs and building improvements.

Follow-up discussion was held on the Summer Celebration Parade.  It was reported the event organizer position remains open.  Discussion was held on various aspects.  The decision was made to re-advertise for a parade organizer.

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


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January 19,  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 nineteenth day of January, 2015. Call to order was made by President of the School Board, Nicole Bartscher, at 7:00 pm.

Members Present: Nicole Bartscher, Dan Buse, Daryl Gortmaker, Larry Langerock, and Josh Luke.  Absent: None.

Officers Present: Michelle Larson, Secondary Principal; and Aaron Thompson, Business Manager.  Absent: Terry Winegar, Superintendent.

Guests Present: Shelly Wieman, Trish Kreider, Ed Kreider, Denise Arbach, Amy Laible, Anne Pankratz, Jayden Kettwig, Dan Koehn, Rick Nelson, Ron Globke, Bryan Luke, Paul Orcutt, Sharlene Orcutt, Kylea Waltner, Becky Luke, Heidi Ptak, Vicki Schardin, Karri Wieman, Tracy Kopejtka, Kara Hoines, Janna Christiansen, and Todd Obele.

Action 14/15-52: Agenda – On motion by Langerock, second by Luke to amend the agenda by removing the following items: 3 – Personnel Matters, and 19 – Policy IKAB (Student Progress Reports to Parents); and then to approve the agenda. Motion carried.

School Board President Nicole Bartscher recognized the Marion Teachers’ Association as a local bargaining unit, with Kara Hoines from SDEA/NEA as their official representative.

Secondary Principal Michelle Larson gave the following acknowledgement to the Board: recognize the successful cooperative of the Canistota/Marion Badgers junior high basketball this season.

Action 14/15-53: Minutes – On motion by Gortmaker, second by Buse to approve minutes from the previous month, and to acknowledge receipt of the Cornbelt Cooperative minutes. Motion carried.

Action 14/15-54: Financial Reports – On motion by Luke, second by Buse to approve the financial reports of the District as shown in Table 1 (to be published in paper). Motion carried.

Action 14/15-55: Bills for Consideration – On motion by Langerock, second by Gortmaker to approve the following claims against the District for the month of January, and then to approve checks to be issued in their payment. Motion carried. (Bills to be published in paper)

Mayor Ron Globke came before the Board to discuss the proposed chicken farm to be located between Marion and Parker, which would fall in the Marion School District boundaries. He visited another chicken farm in Iowa run by this company, and explained some possible benefits to the District, as well as some concerns that have been brought up by opponents to this venture.

There were no Teacher Reports.

 School Board President Nicole Bartscher recognized January 12-16 as School Board Recognition Week.

Aaron Thompson gave the Business Manager report. He gave information on the HVAC project, budgeting for FY16, and the possibility of a GPS station installed on the school for Ag/construction purposes.

Michelle Larson gave the Principal report. She gave the Board updates on semester grades/data, Jr. High and 5th/6th grade Badger basketball coop, Financial Aid Night, ACT testing in Marion, NAEP testing, the teachers’ in-service, AdvancED accreditation, the District’s mission/beliefs statement, and Teachscape.

Terry Winegar had emailed the Superintendent report to the School Board prior to the meeting.

School Board President Nicole Bartscher led the Board in a sports coop discussion. A timeline of recent discussions between the Marion and Canistota Administrations & School Boards was shared. A letter from the Canistota School Board directed to Terry Winegar and the Marion School Board was also shared, stating conditions necessary to be met for the coop. Another letter from the Canistota School Board was shared, stating they had voted 5-1 as a district to dissolve the coop upon seeking legal consultation.

School Board President Nicole Bartscher stated that the Marion Board of Education has no intention of breaking the Athletic Cooperative Agreement with the Canistota School District.

Action 14/15-56: School Board Election Date – On motion by Buse, second by Gortmaker to set the School Board election date for April 14, 2015, to be combined with the City of Marion if elections are deemed necessary. Motion carried.

School Board Election workers will be appointed by Business Manager Aaron Thompson if a School Board election is held.

Resolution 14/15-57: Resolution for Opt-Out – Let it be hereby resolved that on motion by Langerock, second by Luke, the Governing Board of the Marion School District #60-3 do state that the above said board is unable to operate under the tax limitation measure currently in statute. We therefore OPT OUT of such tax limitation in the amount of $150,000.00 starting with calendar year 2015 taxes payable in the calendar year 2016. This opt out will be for five years, which will be through taxes payable in the calendar year 2020. This action has been taken by the board and approved by at least a two-third vote of the board. This opt out would be a continuation or renewal of the district’s current opt out of $150,000 maximum per calendar year. This is not an addition to the current general fund opt out amount. This decision may be referred to a vote of the people upon a petition signed by at least five percent of the registered voters in the district and filed with the governing body within twenty days of the first publication of this decision (by Feb. 11, 2015). Unless this action is referred to a vote of the people and reversed by such vote, this resolution authorizes the county auditor to spread an excess levy to raise tax dollars in the above stated amount. Motion carried with a unanimous decision of the Board.

Action 14/15-58: Personnel Matters – On motion by Buse, second by Luke to go into executive session for the purpose of Personnel Matters (Business Manager Evaluation) at 8:13 pm, as per SDCL 1-25-2 (1). Motion carried.  President of the School Board, Nicole Bartscher, declared out of executive session at 8:39 pm.

Action 14/15-59: Personnel Matters – On motion by Luke, second by Buse to go into executive session for the purpose of Personnel Matters (Superintendent Evaluation) at 8:43 pm, as per SDCL 1-25-2 (1). Motion carried.  President of the School Board, Nicole Bartscher, declared out of executive session at 11:02 pm.

Action 14/15-60: Adjourn – On motion by Langerock, second by Luke to adjourn the school board meeting at 11:04 pm. Motion carried.



february Calendar of Events



City Council Meeting


7:00 p.m.


School Board Meeting

7:00 p.m.


B & P  Meeting

Ambulance Meeting

12:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.





Legion Meeting


7:30 p.m.





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