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January 2016 Newsletter

The Marion City Times


Volume 14, Issue 1

In this issue:

January 31, 2016

v   January City Council Proceedings

v   January Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

v   January School Board Proceedings

v February Calendar of Events


January 4, 2016 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, January 4, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the City Building with the following council members present: Jeff Jeno, Jim Kettwig, 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 Chad Papke was present from 7:32 p.m. – 7:54 p.m.  Absent: Dave Hughes, Dick Luke. 

Motion was made by Nelson, seconded by Jeno to transfer $1975.45 out of the General Fund Contingency account to balance the budget, for placement in designated accounts as follows: $337.62 in Government Buildings; $12.92 in Landfill; $1624.91 in Contracted Services - Garbage.  Motion carried.

Chuck Weber, Marion Fire Department (MFD) member, appeared before the City Council requesting permission for alcoholic beverage consumption at the fire hall during the MFD’s Annual Pheasant Feed to be held in January.  Authorization for alcoholic beverages to be consumed at the fire hall during the event was given by the City Council.

Follow-up discussion was held on an animal ordinance matter, with Nick Hruby present for the discussion.  An ordinance amendment draft regarding the number and weight of dogs that can be owned or possessed within the city was distributed and reviewed.  Following discussion on various concerns, the Council advised no changes will be made to the existing ordinance.

It was reported no new information has been received from BNSF regarding the Broadway Avenue railroad crossing matter. 

Discussion was held on various snow matters, including issues with snowmobiles, parking and intersections. 

TC Sheriff’s Deputy Papke was present and the law enforcement report for December 2015 was distributed and reviewed.  Discussion was held on miscellaneous law enforcement matters, including follow-up on a school patrol matter.

Information on 2015 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 and Summer Rec Coordinator positions.  

Information was provided on an upcoming conference, as well as certification classes, for city employees Dustin Sulzle and Jeff Bartscher.  It was advised Sulzle will attend a board meeting in Pierre on January 12th and Bartscher will attend classes and take a certification exam in Pierre on January 13th and 14th. 

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 obtain additional information from the city attorney. 

Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Thomas to hold a joint election with the school on April 12, 2016, 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 3, 2016.

A written resignation was submitted by Dave Hughes, effective 1/4/16, as a Councilman in Ward 1.  Motion was made by Jeno, seconded by Kettwig to accept the resignation.  Motion carried.  Mayor Globke, on behalf of the City Council, expressed appreciation for Hughes’ years of service to the City as a Councilman.

Discussion was held on a street surfacing matter.  Discussion was held on an outdoor vendor fair inquiry. 

Following are the wages for City Personnel for 2016: City Operations Superintendent - $20.73/hr. plus $35.00 per meeting; City Maintenance - $17.85/hr.; Finance Officer - $42,516.87 annually plus $50.00 per meeting; Deputy Finance Officer - $16.12/hr.; Mayor - $1200.00 annually plus $55.00 per meeting; Councilperson - $500.00 annually plus $50.00 per meeting; Landfill Supervisor - $11.43/hr.; Asst. Landfill Supervisor(1) - $11.04/hr.; Asst. Landfill Supervisor(2) - $10.51/hr.; Zoning Administrator - $125.00/month.

Motion was made by Thomas, seconded by Nelson to adjourn at 9:00 p.m.  Motion carried.



"Spread love everywhere you go.  Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier."

Mother Teresa



January 11,  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 eleventh day of January, 2016. Call to order was made by President of the School Board, Josh Luke, at 7:00 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: Mike Wieman, Shelly Wieman, Kyle Gossen, Scott Dent, Nicole Tieszen, Anne Pankratz, Kyla Schmidt, Michelle Fink, Karri Wieman, Shawn Hofer, Heather Hofer, Dean Schoenwald, Michele Schoenwald, Matt Donlan, and Janna Christiansen.

Action 15/16-57: Agenda – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to amend the agenda as follows: move “Delegations” to follow “Four-Day School Week Discussion;” and then to approve the agenda. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-58: Minutes – On motion by Tieszen, second by Buse 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 15/16-59: 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 15/16-60: Bills for Consideration – On motion by Schmidt, second by Buse to approve the following claims against the District for the month of January, and then to approve checks to be issued in their payment. All members voted in favor; motion carried. (Bills to be published in paper)

Karri Wieman gave the Teacher Report. She informed the Board on a reading challenge for the elementary students.

There were no School Board reports.

Aaron Thompson gave the Business Manager report. He gave information on heating system updates, a security system meeting with Golden West, and transportation issues.

Michelle Larson gave the Principal report. She informed the Board on early dismissals, the Q107 Quiz Bowl competition, a career fair in Wagner, dual credit classes, and AdvancED accreditation.

David Colberg gave the Superintendent report. He shared information on emergency procedures, Active Shooter training at the January 18 in-service, the Governor’s State of the State address, and State funding. 

The Board shared information on coop discussions with Parker. Discussion included coop name, uniforms, coaches, game & practice schedules, four-day week scheduling, financial options, Athletic Director, length of a coop contract, and future consolidation talks. 

The Board discussed the possibility of a four-day school week at Marion. Mr. Colberg shared information on class schedules, school calendars, Friday options for in-services and tutoring, questions & comments from the teachers, classified staff hours, and transportation.

The Board allowed the public to give comments and questions concerning coop talks and four-day school weeks. Four-day week discussion included: no change in teaching positions, later school days, requirements for attending on Fridays, and transportation on Fridays. Coop discussion included: State approval for a coop, classification changes, starting next year with all sports except football, and giving up more to make this work if needed.

Action 15/16-61: School Board Election Date – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to set the School Board Election date for April 12, 2016, to be combined with the City of Marion if elections are deemed necessary. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

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

Action 15/16-62: Personnel Matters – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to go into executive session for the purpose of Personnel Matters (Business Manager Evaluation) at 8:02 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 9:04 pm.

Action 15/16-63: Adjourn – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to adjourn the school board meeting at 9:05 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.


January 14,  2016 Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

The Marion Business & Professional Organization met on Thursday, January 14, 2016 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, Luke Heating/Cooling/Plumbing, Rapp Motors, SEFP, Southeastern Electric, Tieszen Chiropractic Clinic and Wieman Land & Auction.

The December 10th meeting minutes and a financial report were distributed.  Motion was made by Glen Rapp, seconded by Dr. Dean Tieszen to approve the minutes and the financial report as presented.  Motion carried.  A reminder was given for the organization’s annual dues.

It was reported the promotional drawing for February will be for $25 Marion Bucks, as donated by the organization.  It was also advised the promotional drawing for March will be for a $25 Getskow Pharmacy gift certificate, as donated by Getskow Pharmacy.

A recap was provided for the Community Christmas Celebration held on December 12th.  A total of 43 businesses, service organizations and individuals donated prizes, with 70 adult and 15 youth prizes given out.  Santa Claus gifted 147 children with presents and 99 Santa pictures were ordered.  Approximately twenty vendors participated in the event.  Over 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.

Brenda Schulte, SEFP facilitator, distributed and reviewed her monthly facilitator report.  Information was provided on year-end stats, as well as current activities.  A reminder was given for the annual Regional Career Fair to be held on February 18th in Viborg.

The decision was made to host the Free Bingo event during this year’s Summer Celebration.

General discussion was held on school co-op matters.

The next meeting will be at 12:00 p.m. on February 11, 2016 at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant.


february Calendar of Events


City Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.



Fire Dept. Meeting


7:30 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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