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January 2017 Newsletter

The Marion City Times


Volume 15, Issue 1

In this issue:

January 31, 2017

v   January City Council Proceedings

v   January Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

v   January School Board Proceedings

v   Marion Development Foundation  Proceedings

v February Calendar of Events


January 4, 2017 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the City Building with the following council members present: Jeff Jeno, Jim Kettwig, Bryan Luke, Dick Luke, Rick Nelson and John Ptak, 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 Ryan Knutson was present from 7:08 p.m. – 7:18 p.m.  Absent: none.

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

Motion was made by Jeno, seconded by Ptak to approve the minutes from the December 5th, 2016 meeting.  Motion carried.     

Motion was made by D. Luke, seconded by Jeno to transfer $6577.00 out of the General Fund Contingency account to balance the budget, for placement in designated accounts as follows: $4816.00 in Streets; $1761.00 in Contracted Services - Garbage.  Motion carried.

TC Sheriff Deputy Knutson was present and the law enforcement report for December 2016 was distributed and reviewed.  Discussion was held on miscellaneous matters.

A matter of speed limit signs in the school zone was addressed.  Discussion was held on the State’s upcoming sign replacement project.  The decision was made to place two, 15-mph signs where needed in the school zone on 1st Street and 2nd Street.

Information on 2016 summer personnel, pool rates, wages and ads was distributed and reviewed.  The decision was made to run ads seeking a manager and lifeguards for the upcoming pool season, as well as Summer Help personnel.

Discussion was held on a State Street drainage matter, with City Superintendent Sulzle reporting he met with the City Engineer on the matter.  Various aspects were addressed, with it advised putting in a storm sewer was about the only viable option.  The decision was made to have the City Engineer provide an estimate for the next, regular meeting.

The deteriorating condition of Broadway Avenue was addressed, with discussion held on the need to start planning for necessary utility improvements.  Various matters were covered.  A question regarding chip-sealing this year was addressed, with Council consensus given for the chip-sealing to be completed.  The decision was made to obtain an updated project estimate from the City Engineer for the utility improvements.

It was reported the front of the City Office as well as a section of the ambulance shed was damaged during the Christmas Day windstorm.  A claim was filed through the city’s insurance for the damage, with Sulzle providing follow-up information received from the insurance adjustor.  It was advised the City will proceed accordingly with the repairs to both areas of the city building.

Discussion was held on the City’s baseball/football field, with no action taken.

Finance Officer Muller advised of an upcoming vacation she will be taking in February.  Discussion was held on finding help for the office to fill in during that timeframe, as well as hiring for a permanent position in the near future.  It was advised both matters will be pursued.

Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by Kettwig to hold a joint election with the school on April 11, 2017, 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 8, 2017.

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

Brief discussion was held on the City’s Christmas decorations.

Following are the wages for City Personnel for 2017: City Operations Superintendent - $21.25/hr. plus $35.00 per meeting; City Maintenance - $18.30/hr.; Finance Officer - $43,579.79 annually plus $50.00 per meeting; Mayor - $1200.00 annually plus $60.00 per meeting; Councilperson - $500.00 annually plus $55.00 per meeting; Landfill Supervisor - $11.72/hr.; Asst. Landfill Supervisor(1) - $11.32/hr.; Asst. Landfill Supervisor(2) - $10.77/hr.; Zoning Administrator - $130.00/month.

Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by Kettwig to adjourn at 8:50 p.m.  Motion carried.



"I have decided to stick with love.  Hate is too great a burden to bear."

Martin Luther King, Jr.



January 9,  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 ninth day of January, 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: Dan Buse, Larry Langerock, Josh Luke, Jared Schmidt and Scott Tieszen.  Absent: None.

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

Action 16/17-51: Agenda – On motion by Langerock, second by Buse amend the agenda to the following: 13) Surplus Property, 14) Adjourn; and then to approve the agenda as presented. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 16/17-52: Consent Motion – On motion by Buse, second by Tieszen 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 January 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.

Michelle Fink gave the Teacher Report. She shared information on the Music Department including the sound system, All-State Band, and a music concert/play.

Scott Tieszen informed the Board on a position open on the ASBSD region Board of Directors. Josh Luke had a question on open gyms, and also discussed getting bleachers ready for the football field.

Business Manager Aaron Thompson gave the Board information on a food service review this month, and on the heating system.

6-12 Principal Katie Minster shared information on scheduling & schedule changes, the student handbook, and NAEP testing. 

Superintendent David Colberg shared updates on athletic conference changes, first semester attendance, applicants for the SDHSAA Director position, and Math & Reading test data.

The Board discussed security options for exterior doors at the School. Business Manager Aaron Thompson shared quotes for a security system and a new set of doors. No motions were made.

Action 16/17-53: School Board Election Date – On motion by Tieszen, second by Schmidt to set the School Board Election date for April 11, 2017, 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 16/17-54: Surplus Property – On motion by Langerock, second by Buse to declare a Paragon P-10 kiln and various library books as surplus property. A list of the surplus property will be kept on file in the Business Office. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 16/17-55: Adjourn – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to adjourn the school board meeting at 8:38 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.



January 12,  2017 Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

The Marion Business & Professional Organization met on Thursday, January 12, 2017 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, Marion School, Priority Real Estate, Rapp Motors, SEFP, Southeastern Electric, Tieszen Chiropractic Clinic and Tieszen Memorial Home.

The December 8th meeting minutes and a financial report were distributed.  Motion was made by Glen Rapp, seconded by Dan Buse 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.

A recap was provided for the Community Christmas Celebration held on December 10th.  A total of 36 businesses, service organizations and individuals donated prizes, with 66 adult and 15 youth prizes given out.  Santa Claus gifted 130 children with presents and 88 Santa pictures were ordered.  Twenty-two vendors participated in the event.  Approximately 350 individuals were served the free lunch.  Information on event expenses and revenues was provided.  Appreciation was expressed to all who helped with the event.

Motion was made by Dick Luke, seconded by Dr. Dean Tieszen to host the Free Bingo event during this year’s Summer Celebration.

Follow-up discussion was held on a community promotion matter.  Chairman Matt Donlan provided information on the plans for an appreciation banquet to be held, with it advised the event would be a joint project between the organization and the Marion Development Foundation.  A variety of ideas and aspects were discussed, with the group expressing support for 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 upcoming 20 Year Celebration, as well as the Regional Career Fair.

Katie Minster, Marion MS/HS Principal, provided information on various school matters.  Minster reported on upcoming Help Day activities, State testing and attendance at basketball games.  It was advised planning/scheduling for the next school year has already begun. 

Information was given on the Marion Booster Club’s Bingo & Pizza Night to be held at the school on January 13th.

The next meeting will be at 12:00 p.m. on February 9, 2017 at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant.



January 13,  2017 Marion Development Foundation Proceedings

A meeting of the Marion Development Foundation (MDF) was held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2017 in the City Meeting Room.  Members present were Kevin Wieman, Dustin Sulzle, Scott Laible, Cherrie Engbrecht, Doyle Becker and City EDC Kari Muller.  Absent: none. 

The September 12, 2016 meeting minutes were distributed and reviewed.  Motion was made by Becker, seconded by Engbrecht to approve the minutes as presented.  Motion carried.  A treasurer’s report was provided by Engbrecht.  Motion was made by Laible, seconded by Becker to approve the treasurer’s report as presented.  Motion carried.  

Discussion was held on a community promotion matter.  Wieman provided information on the plans for an appreciation banquet to be held, with it advised the event would be a joint project between the MDF and the Marion Business and Professional Organization.  A variety of ideas and aspects were discussed, including venue, awards presentation, format and timeframe.  Wieman advised he will follow-up on the matter.

Discussion was held on a possible land acquisition opportunity.  Various aspects were addressed, including cost-share, infrastructure development and other related matters.  The decision was made to pursue the opportunity.

Information was distributed by Muller from a meeting she attended in November regarding a proposed Turner County Ag Development Park.  A reminder was given for the MDF’s annual meeting to be held on March 23rd at 7:30 p.m.

The meeting adjourned at 1:15 p.m.



february Calendar of Events




City Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.


Fire Dept. Meeting

7:30 p.m.


B & P  Meeting

Ambulance Meeting

12:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.


Firemen's Pancake Feed

7:30 a.m.


School Board Meeting

7:00 p.m.





Legion Meeting


7:30 p.m.



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