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June 2016 Newsletter

The Marion City Times

 

Volume 14, Issue 6

In this issue:

June 30, 2016

v   June City Council Proceedings

v  June School Board Proceedings

v  June Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

vJuly Calendar of Events

   

June 6, 2016 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, June 6, 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, Rick Nelson, John Ptak and Jeremy Thomas, together with the Mayor Ron Globke and Finance Officer Kari Muller.  Also attending the meeting was City Superintendent Dustin Sulzle.  City Engineer Jon Fischer was present from 7:00 p.m. – 7:42 p.m.  Turner County Sheriff’s Deputy Colter Hendrix was present from 7:30 p.m. – 8:18 p.m.  Absent: none.

Information was provided on the 2016 Car Show to be held on June 18th, as part of Marion’s Summer Celebration.  A request was received from the event’s organizers for permission to hold the show on an approximate 2-block section of Broadway Avenue, running from just south of Jill & Larry’s Minimart to Walter Funeral Home.  Motion was made by Jeno, seconded by Thomas to allow the designated section of Broadway Avenue to be blocked off for the event.  Motion carried.

Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Thomas to have the City, for Workers’ Compensation purposes, cover Michael Hanisch as a volunteer for the Marion Volunteer Fire Department.   Motion carried.

Information was distributed on an Elected Officials workshop to be held in Pierre on July 20th.

The Marion Youth Soccer Sponsor thank you, which included pictures of each of the eight teams, was distributed to the board.  The Southeast Enterprise Facilitation Project (SEFP) May monthly report was distributed to the council.

Correspondence received regarding the City’s Small Community Planning Grant (SCPG) applications was distributed.  Due to the stated stipulation that a community is allowed to receive these grants only once, it was advised funding could not be provided as the City has received previous grants to conduct the engineering studies of the water, wastewater and storm sewer systems.

A Public Hearing was held at 7:15 p.m. to consider the Marion Area Community Club’s request for a One-Day Malt Beverage License for the Summer Celebration Chislic Feed to be held at the City Park on June 17, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.  No one appeared before the Council in favor or opposition of granting the license.  Motion was made by Nelson, seconded by Kettwig to approve the license.  Voting aye: Kettwig, Ptak, Luke, Jeno, Nelson.  Voting nay: Thomas.  Motion carried.

A Public Hearing was held at 7:20 p.m. for an Animal Permit application.  An application was submitted by Helen & Andre Shaya to house 6 hens at 105 E. Washington St.  No one appeared before the council in favor or opposition of granting the permit.  Motion was made by Luke, seconded by Thomas to grant the permit.  Motion carried.

City Engineer Jon Fischer with Stockwell Engineers was present and provided the Council with a summary of the bids received and opened on 5/26/16 for the Main Avenue Street Improvements project.  Recommendation was given to the Council to award the project to the low bidder, Twedt Construction Company, Inc., of Montrose, for the total bid amount of $64,958.98.  Information was reviewed and discussion was held on South Dakota laws pertaining to awarding bids.  Motion was made by Nelson, seconded by Jeno to award the project to Twedt Construction for the total bid amount of $64,958.98.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.

The condition of the Broadway Avenue water main was addressed.  It was advised the main, in addition to the storm sewer, is in need of replacement.  Further discussion was held on the City’s previous water study, in which this replacement need was not indicated.  The need for new studies as a result of this information was addressed.  City Engineer Fischer was advised to complete additional research into the SCPG program to address the new circumstances affecting the outcome of the original study. 

Josh Luke appeared before the council with a request to allow him to fill in the ditch on the south edge of the property at 205 E. 5th Street so that it can be maintained.  It was advised it would be filled in with clay from the Main Avenue street project.  Discussion was held on multiple matters, including water flow, culverts and additional water concerns.  Motion was made by Jeno, seconded by Ptak to grant permission to Josh Luke to fill in the ditch provided he maintains the drainage.  Voting aye: Ptak, Luke, Kettwig, Jeno.  Voting nay: Thomas, Nelson.  Motion carried.

TC Sheriff’s Deputy Hendrix was present and the law enforcement report for May 2016 was distributed and reviewed.  Discussion was held on various law enforcement matters, including community service, parking enforcement and speeding concerns.

Discussion was held on an inquiry presented regarding placing a Stop sign at 3rd Street & Cedar Avenue to address traffic concerns. Various aspects were addressed.

A general inquiry was presented regarding holding a concert in the City’s bandstand, with the Council expressing support for an event of that nature.  Mayor Globke advised he will follow-up on the matter.    

Jared Schmidt, Marion School Board member, was present and follow-up discussion was held on watering system options for the school’s practice field.  Schmidt provided additional information on the underground option, advising the school is pursuing completing the project this year.  Discussion was held on various aspects, including installation cost-share and water rates.  Motion was made by Nelson, seconded by Kettwig to contribute a maximum of $3000.00 for the water service for the school’s sprinkler system installation.  Motion carried.

Weston Peterson was present to address the council regarding utilizing the city’s football field for a semi-pro amateur football team.  Field needs were addressed, with it advised the current 80-yd. field would need to be modified to a 100-yd. field.  Discussion was held on multiple aspects, with no action taken.

Discussion was held on an inquiry from a contractor regarding small City projects, with no action taken.

A nuisance property matter was addressed, with the decision made to direct correspondence to the property owner.   

The regular July City Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 6th due to the July 4th holiday.

Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Thomas to adjourn at 9:39 p.m.  Motion carried.

    

    

"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."

Winston Churchill

 

 

June 9,  2016 Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

The Marion Business & Professional Organization met on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant with 6 members in attendance.  Businesses present were: City Economic Development Coordinator (EDC), Donlan’s Foodland, Farmers State Bank, NuGen Energy, Rapp Motors and Southeastern Electric.

The May 12th meeting minutes and a financial report were distributed.  Motion was made by Barc Smith, seconded by Dick Luke to approve the minutes and financial report as presented.

It was advised the promotional drawing for July will be for $25 Marion Bucks, as donated by Southeastern Electric.

Discussion was held on the Summer Celebration.  It was advised an additional worker would be needed for the organization’s Bingo event.  A reminder was given for the Bingo prizes/donations deadline.  The organization’s financial commitment to the parade organizers was addressed.  Loren Johnson, representing NuGen Energy, highlighted NuGen’s Farmer & Community Appreciation Day & Open House to be held on June 17th.

The monthly SEFP report was distributed and reviewed.

The next meeting will be at 12:00 p.m. on July 14, 2016 at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant.

 

 

June 13,  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 thirteenth day of June, 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.

Action 15/16-129: Agenda – On motion by Tieszen, second by Schmidt to amend the agenda to the following: 20 – Offer Administrative Contract, 21 – Adjourn; and then to approve the agenda. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-130: Minutes – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt 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 15/16-131: Financial Reports – On motion by Schmidt, second by Buse 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 15/16-132: Bills for Consideration – On motion by Schmidt, second by Tieszen to approve the following claims against the District for the month of June, and then to approve checks to be issued in their payment. All members voted in favor; motion carried. (Bills to be published in paper)

There were no Delegations.

Michelle Fink shared information with the Board on a Shakespeare festival she attended in Vermillion with Marion elementary and middle school students.

Jared Schmidt asked about updating the school’s website.

Business Manager Aaron Thompson shared information on teacher pay reporting, Special Education funding, equipment updates, and preschool & junior kindergarten for the 2016/2017 school year.

K-12 Principal Michelle Larson informed the Board on teacher training, summer tutoring, Camp Invention, Active Panels, AdvancEd, summer art & summer reading, class schedules, elementary PE position, open enrollment, and dual credit. She also wanted to thank the Board for their support over the past three years.

Superintendent David Colberg shared information on teacher in-services, science curriculum, MS/HS Principal applicants, PE curriculum & equipment, a JH volleyball camp at Freeman Academy, athletic equipment, and school board GAVEL training.

The Board discussed football field options. The City of Marion had recently discussed extending the current game field to a 100-yard field. There was additional discussion on bleachers and watering the football/soccer practice field. No actions were made.

Action 15/16-133: Approve Tech Plan – On motion by Tieszen, second by Schmidt to approve the Marion School Technology Plan as presented to the Board. A copy of the plan will be kept on file in the Business Office. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-134: Gas/Diesel Quotes – On motion by Schmidt, second by Buse to accept the fuel quote from Schmidt Country, DBA Marion Oil, for road diesel fuel, 10% ethanol gasoline, and regular gasoline at $0.015 below pump price, less Federal taxes for the 2016/2017 fiscal school year. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Resolution 15/16-135: Insurance Renewal Resolution – Be it hereby moved and resolved that on motion by Schmidt, second by Buse, the Marion School Board of the Marion School District, acting pursuant to SDCL ch. 1-24 and SDCL 13-10-3, 13-8-39, and the general authority of SDCL title 13, hereby adopts, approves, and ratifies the ASB Workers’ Compensation Trust Fund Participation Agreement, and the ASB Property and Liability Trust Fund Participation Agreement, effective as of the time of adoption of this motion. A copy of these Participation Agreements and Renewal Motions will be kept on file in the Business Office. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-136: Surplus Property – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to declare various tech equipment, textbooks, athletic uniforms, and instruments 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 15/16-137: Resignation – On motion by Buse, second by Tieszen to accept the resignation of Michelle Larson as PreK-12 Principal, and to thank her for her years of service to the District. Roll call vote: Luke – yes, Schmidt – yes, Tieszen – yes, Buse – yes, Gortmaker – yes. Motion carried.

Action 15/16-138: Resignation – On motion by Gortmaker, second by Schmidt to accept the resignation of Vicki Schardin as Administrative Secretary, and to thank her for her years of service to the District. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-139: Amend Contract – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to amend the ELL Teacher contract of Carissa Lick to 25% for the 2016/2017 school year. All members voted in favor; motion carried. Salary will be published at a later date.

Action 15/16-140: Resignation of Board Member – On motion by Schmidt, second by Buse to accept the resignation of Daryl Gortmaker from the Marion School Board of Education, and to thank him for his service to the District. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-141: Offer Administrative Contract – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to offer a 6-12 Principal contract to Katherine Minster for the 2016/2017 school year. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-142: Adjourn – On motion by Schmidt, second by Gortmaker to adjourn the school board meeting at 8:45 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

 

    

juLY Calendar of Events

 7/4

INDEPENDENCE DAY - City Office Closed

7/6

City Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.

7/11

School Board Meeting

7:00 p.m.

7/14

B & P Organization Meeting

Ambulance Meeting

12:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

7/18

Legion Meeting

7:30 p.m.

 

 

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