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March 2015 Newsletter

The Marion City Times

 

Volume 13, Issue 3

In this issue:

March 31, 2015

v   March City Council Proceedings

v  March Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

v  March School Board Proceedings

v  March Development Foundation Proceedings

v April Calendar of Events

   

March 2, 2015 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, March 2, 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 and intern Dakodah Moore were present from 7:43 p.m. – 7:50 p.m.  Absent: none. 

An update was provided on a railroad crossing matter.

The road condition on Center Street was addressed.  Discussion was held on possibly filling the cracks with oil in the spring, with Mayor Globke advising he will check into the matter with the county highway department.

Applications received for the all of the summer employment positions were reviewed.  It was advised the appropriate committees will contact applicants to verify information/conduct interviews as needed, with Finance Officer Muller advised to contact designated applicants as well.  Discussion was held on pool and ballfield concessions. 

Discussion was held on the steel pile at the city’s landfill.  City Superintendent Sulzle advised he will contact the company slated to pick up the items.  Discussion was held on an alternative option in the event the company is no longer able to provide the service. 

TC Sheriff’s Deputy Hendrix was present and introduced department intern Moore.  The law enforcement report for February 2015 was distributed and reviewed.  Discussion was held on miscellaneous law enforcement matters.

Follow-up discussion was held on the emergency warning sirens matter.  Preliminary figures were given for a siren replacement.  Discussion was held on the merits of repairing the siren vs. full siren replacement.  Various aspects were addressed, with the decision made to have Sulzle obtain a precise cost estimate for siren replacement and follow up with the Personnel & Public Safety Committee.

Discussion was held on an update to the Personnel Manual.  A revised Group Life Insurance policy was reviewed.   Motion was made by Hughes, seconded by Luke to adopt the policy as revised.  Motion carried.

Sulzle advised the board he is having shoulder surgery on March 25th and will be restricted to light duty for a short period following the procedure.      

Information was provided for the Annual District 3 meeting to be held on April 1st in Yankton, South Dakota.

The council will meet as the Local Equalization Board on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. and if needed, Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.

The 2014 Annual Report was distributed and reviewed.  Motion was made by Thomas, seconded by Jeno to accept and approve the 2014 Annual Report presented by Finance Officer Muller.  Motion carried.

It was advised there will not be a Municipal Election or a School Board Election this year.

Motion was made by Thomas, seconded by Hughes to enter into Executive Session at 8:15 p.m. for personnel matters pursuant to SDCL 1-25-2(1).  Motion carried.  The Mayor declared to come out of Executive Session at 8:30 p.m. and council thereupon adjourned.

   

   

March 5,  2015 Marion Development Foundation Proceedings

A meeting of the MDF was held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 5th 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 October 24, 2014 meeting minutes were distributed, reviewed and approved as presented.  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.

Engbrecht provided an update on the 501(c)3 application status, advising additional demographic data was submitted to the IRS in February as requested.

Follow-up discussion was held on the MDF’s commercial property acquisitions on North Broadway Avenue.  Various aspects were addressed, including miscellaneous property matters, timeframes and demolition matters.  Motion was made by Sulzle, seconded by Becker to authorize Wieman to extend an offer of $1500.00 to Bill Brown for his property at 409 N. Broadway Avenue.  Motion carried.  It was advised the demolition of the multiple, adjoining properties along the 400 block of North Broadway Avenue will commence following the acquisition of the final properties.  Discussion was held on the scheduled demo of the MDF’s property at 317 N. Broadway Avenue, with various aspects addressed.

Discussion was held on proposed property acquisitions, with board approval given for Wieman and Engbrecht to pursue the matters.

A reminder was given for the annual meeting, to be held on March 26th at 7:30 p.m.

Motion was made by Sulzle, seconded by Engbrecht to adjourn at 12:55 p.m.  Motion carried.

  

 

“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.”

George Washington

 

 

March 9,  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 ninth day of March, 2015. Call to order was made by President of the School Board, Nicole Bartscher, at 7:00 pm.

Members Present: Nicole Bartscher, Dan Buse, and Larry Langerock.  Absent: Daryl Gortmaker and Josh Luke.

Officers Present: Dr. Joseph Gertsema, Interim Superintendent; Michelle Larson, Secondary Principal; and Aaron Thompson, Business Manager.  Absent: None.

Guests Present: Todd Obele, Wendy Claussen, Paul Orcutt, Ed Kreider, Trish Kreider, Denise Arbach, Curt Matthies, Jared Schmidt, and Scott Tieszen.

Action 14/15-91: Agenda – On motion by Buse, second by Langerock to amend the agenda by deleting the following item: 15 – Approve Nurse Contract; and then to approve the agenda. Motion carried.

Action 14/15-92: Minutes – On motion by Langerock, second by Buse to amend the February 23, 2015 special meeting minutes by adding the following sentence prior to meeting adjournment: “Questions from the public were brought forward and answered by the School Board.” Previous month’s minutes were then approved as amended, and receipt of the Cornbelt Educational Coop minutes was acknowledged. Motion carried.

Action 14/15-93: Financial Reports – On motion by Buse, second by Langerock to approve the financial reports of the District as shown in Table 1 (to be published in paper). Motion carried.

Action 14/15-94: Bills for Consideration – On motion by Langerock, second by Buse to approve the following claims against the District for the month of March, and then to approve checks to be issued in their payment. Motion carried. (Bills to be published in paper)

There were no Delegations.  There were no Teacher Reports.

Nicole Bartscher and Dan Buse gave information on legislative updates from ASBSD.

Aaron Thompson gave the Business Manager report. He informed the Board on funding updates, Infinite Campus vs. School Reach messaging systems, and the gym floor scheduled to be sanded and refinished this summer.

Michelle Larson gave the Principal report. She gave the Board updates on AdvancED, registering for 2015/2016 classes, NAEP testing, Smarter Balanced testing, NHS, Track & Golf starting, Quiz Bowl, a book study on grading and assessments, Virtual School Math prep, and Marion School District staff beliefs.

Dr. Joseph Gertsema gave the Superintendent report. He informed the Board on a proposal from TIE to analyze test score data, Track & Field participation and coaching, Superintendent applicants for 2015/2016, meeting with Elementary teachers and students, a Cornbelt Coop meeting, and parent-teacher conferences.

Action 14/15-95: Approve TIE Proposal On motion by Buse, second by Langerock to approve the Technology in Education (TIE) proposal, as presented to the Board, for services provided during two days of in-service in August 2015. Motion carried.

Interim Superintendent Joseph Gertsema led the Board in a sports coop discussion. He has been in contact with Freeman, Parker, Menno, and Freeman Academy regarding a sports coop and any other sharing opportunities. Freeman and Parker have shown interest in meeting as either a full or partial board to discuss these matters sometime this month.

A proposed 2015/2016 Marion School calendar was presented to and discussed with the Board. No motions were made.

Action 14/15-96: Accept Donation – On motion by Langerock, second by Buse to accept the $850 donation to the Marion School from Saunders Chiropractic.

Action 14/15-97: Surplus Property – On motion by Buse, second by Langerock to declare various library books as surplus property, to be disposed of as Administration sees fit. The list of surplus property will be kept on file in the Business Office. Motion carried.

Action 14/15-98: Resignation – On motion by Langerock, second by Buse to accept the resignation of Sandra Tieszen as Elementary Music Teacher, and to thank her for her years of service to the District. Motion carried.

Action 14/15-99: Personnel Matters – On motion by Buse, second by Langerock to go into executive session for the purpose of Personnel Matters at 8:47 pm, as per SDCL 1-25-2 (1). Motion carried.  President of the School Board, Nicole Bartscher, declared out of executive session at 10:04 pm.

Action 14/15-100: Offer Administrative Contracts - On motion by Buse, second by Langerock to offer an Administrative Contract to Secondary Principal Michelle Larson for the 2015/2016 fiscal school year, and to extend the Administrative Contract of Business Manager Aaron Thompson to include the 2016/2017 fiscal school year. Salaries will be negotiated at a later date. Motion carried.

Action 14/15-101: Negotiations – On motion by Buse, second by Langerock to go into executive session for the purpose of Negotiations at 10:05 pm, as per SDCL 1-25-2 (4). Motion carried.  President of the School Board, Nicole Bartscher, declared out of executive session at 10:28 pm.

Action 14/15-102: Adjourn – On motion by Langerock, second by Buse to adjourn the school board meeting at 10:29 pm. Motion carried.

 

 

March 10,  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 special session on the tenth day of March, 2015. Call to order was made by President of the School Board, Nicole Bartscher, at 6:01 pm.

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

Officers Present: Dr. Joseph Gertsema, Interim Superintendent; Michelle Larson, Secondary Principal; and Aaron Thompson, Business Manager.  Absent: None.

Guests Present: Michael Morran.

Action 14/15-103: Agenda – On motion by Luke, second by Buse to approve the agenda. Motion carried.

Action 14/15-104: Personnel Matters – On motion by Langerock, second by Gortmaker to go into executive session for the purpose of Personnel Matters (Superintendent Interviews) at 6:01 pm, as per SDCL 1-25-2 (1). Motion carried.  President of the School Board, Nicole Bartscher, declared out of executive session at 7:44 pm.

Action 14/15-105: Adjourn – On motion by Luke, second by Buse to adjourn the school board meeting at 7:44 pm. Motion carried.

 

   

March 12, 2015 Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

The Marion Business & Professional Organization met on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant with 13 members in attendance.  Businesses present were: Al’s Studio, City Economic Development Coordinator, Donlan’s Foodland, Farmers State Bank, Getskow Pharmacy, Luke Heating/Cooling/Plumbing, Marion School, Rapp Motors, Saunders Chiropractic, SEFP and Tieszen Chiropractic Clinic.

Jason Coleman, Ag Loan Officer at Farmer’s State Bank, and Dr. Joseph Gertsema, Marion School’s Interim Superintendent, were in attendance and introduced to the group. 

The February 12th meeting minutes and a financial report were distributed.  Motion was made by Barc Smith, seconded by Glen Rapp to approve the minutes and the financial report as presented.  Motion carried.  An update was provided on annual dues.

Discussion was held on the promotional drawing for the month of April.  The decision was made to hold a drawing for an Easter ham, as donated by Getskow Pharmacy.

Follow-up discussion was held on the Summer Celebration Parade.  Matt Donlan advised Wayne and Deb Noess will be the 2015 event organizers.  It was advised if anyone from the group would like to help with the parade registration to contact Wayne Noess.

Follow-up discussion was held on possibly relocating the State Champions sign to the same location as the ‘Welcome to Marion’ billboard.  Various aspects were addressed, with the decision made to continue looking into the matter.

Information was provided on the following upcoming community events: Marion Area Community Club’s Scotch Doubles on March 21st; Marion School Carnival on March 27th; Marion Area Community Club’s Easter Egg Hunt on April 4th; MHS Prom on April 11th; Marion Fire Department’s Annual Fun Night on April 18th.  Information was provided on the Marion Youth Soccer Program, which begins practices on March 31st.  It was advised that there will not be a Municipal Election or School Board Election this year.

Nancy Larsen, SEFP facilitator, distributed and reviewed her monthly facilitator report, advising of current client stats.  It was reported the Annual Investor Reception will be held on April 9th in Viborg.  Additional information was provided on keys to becoming an Entrepreneurial Community.

Dr. Gertsema addressed the group, providing information on his education background, as well as various school matters.  Topics addressed included TIE (Technology In Education), Sports co-op matter, 2015 Track program, testing/grading matters.

City EDC Kari Muller provided an update for the Marion Development Foundation.  Information covered included property acquisitions, demolition matters and timeframes.  A reminder was given for the MDF’s annual meeting to be held on March 26th at 7:30 p.m. in the city meeting room.

Donlan advised the group of NuGen Energy’s request to host the next meeting of the organization at their facility.  Additional information was provided on NuGen’s plans to host a lunch event during the Summer Celebration.

The next meeting will be at 12:00 p.m. on April 9, 2015 at NuGen Energy.

 

   

“Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.”

Alfred Adler

 

March 16,  2015 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, March 16, 2015, at 5:35 p.m. in the meeting room of the City Building with the following council members present: Jeff Jeno, Dick Luke, Rick Nelson and Jeremy Thomas, together with the Mayor Ron Globke and Finance Officer Kari Muller.  Absent: Dave Hughes, Jim Kettwig.  Josh Luke, representing the Marion School Board, was also in attendance.  The main purpose of the meeting was to convene as the Local Board of Equalization.

An appeal was received from Glen Rapp, representing Dakota Development Corporation, for the assessment of his commercial property at 700 S. Broadway Avenue.  Rapp stated that as the property is a 45 year old steel building and no longer a new car franchise, the assessed value is not accurate.  The assessor’s level total for Rapp’s property is $204,215.00.  Motion was made by Jeno, seconded by Thomas to lower the assessed value to $194,005.00.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.

No other written appeals were received at the City Office.

Motion was made by Nelson, seconded by Luke to adjourn at 5:50 p.m.  Motion carried.  

 

 

March 16,  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 special session on the sixteenth day of March, 2015. Call to order was made by President of the School Board, Nicole Bartscher, at 5:30 pm.

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

Officers Present: Dr. Joseph Gertsema, Interim Superintendent; Michelle Larson, Secondary Principal; and Aaron Thompson, Business Manager.  Absent: None.

Guests Present: David Colberg, Steve Swartout, and Brad Peters.

Action 14/15-106: Agenda – On motion by Langerock, second by Buse to approve the agenda. Motion carried.

Action 14/15-107: Resignations – On motion by Buse, second by Langerock to accept the resignations of Dinah Jefferis as Title I Teacher and Greg Bryan as Science/ Social Studies/ Physical Education Teacher, and to thank each of them for their years of service to the District. Motion carried.

Action 14/15-108: Personnel Matters – On motion by Buse, second by Langerock to go into executive session for the purpose of Personnel Matters (Superintendent Interviews) at 5:35 pm, as per SDCL 1-25-2 (1). Motion carried.  President of the School Board, Nicole Bartscher, declared out of executive session at 10:44 pm.

Action 14/15-109: Offer Administrative Contract – On motion by Luke, second by Buse to offer David Colberg a contract as Superintendent/ Elementary Principal/ Special Education Director for the 2015/2016 fiscal school year, in the amount of $72,000 plus benefits. Motion carried.

Action 14/15-110: Adjourn – On motion by Buse, second by Langerock to adjourn the school board meeting at 10:45 pm. Motion carried.

     

april Calendar of Events

4/1

APRIL FOOL'S DAY

4/3

GOOD FRIDAY - City Office Closed

4/4

MACC Easter Egg Hunt   

2:00 p.m.

4/5

EASTER

4/6

City Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.

4/9

B & P  Meeting

Ambulance Meeting

12:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

4/11

MHS Prom

4/13

School Board  Meeting

7:00 p.m.

4/18

Firemen's Fun Night

6:00 p.m.

4/20

Legion Meeting

7:30 p.m.

4/28

Elementary Spring Concert

7:00 p.m.

 

 

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