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March 2016 Newsletter

The Marion City Times

 

Volume 14, Issue 3

In this issue:

March 31, 2016

v   March City Council Proceedings

v  March Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

v  March School Board Proceedings

v April Calendar of Events

   

March 7, 2016 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, March 7, 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.  Absent: none.  Guests present: Chris Rebelein.

Robert Kirvin, co-owner of the SoDak Vipers, and Weston Petersen were present to address the council regarding utilizing the city’s football field beginning spring 2017.  It was advised the Vipers are a semi-pro 9-man football team.  Kirvin reported the team would like to be based in Marion, wherein the games would be played here, in addition to fundraisers hosted and camps held.  The league’s season runs from the end of April through July, with games typically held on Saturday afternoons.  Discussion was held on various aspects, including crowd size, announcing/facility needs and insurance.  It was advised the Marion School has also been contacted and communicated with regarding the matter.  The Council advised Kirvin and Petersen they were in support of the pursuit, and the matter will be addressed further at the regular April meeting.

Follow-up discussion was held on a street/property matter on West 2nd Street.  City Superintendent Sulzle reported on research completed regarding property ownership, with it advised the City will need to have a survey completed.  Following discussion on multiple aspects, the decision was made to proceed with getting the survey done.

A street surfacing matter on South Main Avenue was addressed.  Discussion was held on numerous aspects, including extent of repair work required and timeframes.  The decision was made to have Sulzle obtain financial figures for repair options and follow-up on the matter at the next council meeting. 

Applications received for the summer employment positions were reviewed.  It was advised the appropriate committee will contact applicants to verify information as needed, with Finance Officer Muller advised to contact designated applicants as well.  The decision was made to run additional ads for lifeguard positions.

A Summer Rec update was provided, with the participant numbers submitted to-date for baseball/softball distributed and reviewed.  Discussion was held on the results indicating insufficient numbers to field some teams.  It was advised councilmembers will meet with designated individuals to follow-up on the matter.  The decision was made to forego the previously advertised Summer Rec Coordinator position.

Discussion was held on the matter of a load recently placed in the pit at the city’s landfill that contained multiple prohibited items.  Jeno advised he will follow-up on the matter.

Issues reported with the garbage and recycling pick-up service were addressed.  Ptak advised he will address the matter with the provider.  The decision was made to obtain information from additional providers.  

The law enforcement report for February 2016 was distributed and reviewed.

Information was provided on two nuisance property matters.  Chris Rebelein expressed to the council his concerns/issues with the letter he received regarding his property.  Discussion was held on a number of related aspects. 

A revised ordinance draft addressing the assessment of penalties for beginning a project before obtaining a building permit was distributed and reviewed.  Motion was made by Luke, seconded by Ptak to hold the first reading of Ordinance #311 – Building Permit.  Motion carried.

The council will meet as the Local Equalization Board on Monday, March 21, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. and if needed, Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

The 2015 Annual Report was distributed and reviewed.  Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Thomas to accept and approve the 2015 Annual Report presented by Finance Officer Muller.  Motion carried.

The decision was made to hold a Community Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 30th, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The Southeast Enterprise Facilitation Project (SEFP) February monthly report was distributed to the council.  It was advised there will not be a Municipal Election or a School Board Election this year.

Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Thomas to adjourn at 9:35 p.m.  Motion carried.  

  

   

March 10,  2016 Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

The Marion Business & Professional Organization met on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant with 8 members in attendance.  Businesses present were: City Economic Development Coordinator, Donlan’s Foodland, Luke Heating/Cooling/Plumbing, NuGen Energy, Southeastern Electric, Tieszen Chiropractic Clinic and Wieman Land & Auction.

The February 11th meeting minutes and a financial report were distributed.  Motion was made by Bryan Luke, seconded by Dr. Dean Tieszen to approve the minutes and financial report as presented.

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

Follow-up discussion was held on the Summer Celebration Parade.  Matt Donlan advised the First Church of God will be the 2016 event organizers.  Discussion was held on assisting with the announcer expense.

Marion Development Foundation (MDF) President Kevin Wieman inquired into whether there would be interest in having the B&P and MDF merge into one community organization.  It was advised the matter will be further addressed at the April meeting.  Wieman spoke to a need for promoting the community and local businesses.  Discussion was held on the suggestion to annually recognize a Farm Family of the Year and a Business of the Year.  The matter will be followed-up on at the April meeting.

City EDC Kari Muller gave a reminder for the MDF’s annual meeting to be held on March 24th at 7:30 p.m. in the city meeting room.

An update was provided on behalf of the Marion School.  It was advised a sports co-op meeting was held with Freeman Academy, with the Marion School Board to vote whether or not to agree to the proposal at their meeting to be held on March14th.  An Accreditation Team will complete an on-site review at the Marion School on March 14th & 15th.  The purpose of their review is to help identify areas for improvement, as well as to recognize areas of success.

Information was provided on the following upcoming community events: Marion Area Community Club’s Scotch Doubles on March 19th; MHS National Honor Society’s Chili Feed on March 20th; Marion Area Community Club’s Easter Egg Hunt on March 26th; MHS Prom on April 2nd; FCCLA Bubble Ball Benefit on April 8th; Marion School Carnival on April 15th; Marion Fire Department’s Annual Fun Night on April 16th; Community Clean Up Day on April 30th.  Information was provided on the Marion Youth Soccer Program, which begins practices on April 5th.  It was advised that there will not be a Municipal Election or School Board Election this year.

Bryan Luke advised the former Luke Heating, Cooling & Plumbing building has been purchased and will house the Cherrybean Coffee Co. business. 

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

 

 

“If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

Dolly Parton

 

 

March 14,  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 fourteenth day of March, 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 15/16-79: Agenda – On motion by Buse, second by Gortmaker to amend the agenda as follows: 13 – Four Day School Week Discussion, 14 – 2016/2017 School Calendar; and then to approve the agenda. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-80: Minutes – On motion by Buse, second by Tieszen 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 15/16-81: Financial Reports – On motion by Gortmaker, 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 15/16-82: Bills for Consideration – On motion by Buse, second by Gortmaker to approve the following claims against the District for the month of March, and then to approve checks to be issued in their payment. All members voted in favor; motion carried. (Bills to be published in paper)

Scott Dent shared concerns about the possibility of families leaving the Marion School. Heather Hofer informed the Board on the Math Counts competition, and would like to see the program continue for Marion students. Vicki Schardin voiced that she feels there is sufficient discipline in the middle school and high school.

Sharlene Orcutt shared information on Read across America Week and a field trip for 2nd and 3rd grade. Sarah Decker wanted to thank the community and staff for their support with the Music Department’s talent show. She also informed the Board about the Elementary Band Festival in Alcester.

Dan Buse informed the Board about the AdvancEd stakeholders’ meeting. Scott Tieszen suggested that Marion should offer additional courses to motivate the students and attract students from surrounding schools. Jared Schmidt asked if Parker School District had responded to Marion’s counter-proposal.

Business Manager Aaron Thompson shared information on school funding updates, safety equipment & building projects, and budgeting changes for next year.

K-12 Principal Michelle Larson informed the Board on courses for next year, teacher observations, Growth Mindset curriculum results, equipment requests for the Music Department, reading incentives, field trips, standardized testing and Quiz Bowl.

Superintendent David Colberg shared information on youth sports camps/ programs, FFA week, Read across America Week, Track participation, equipment purchases, professional development, and AdvancEd accreditation. He also wanted to recognize Mrs. Larson and Mrs. Pankratz for their work with accreditation, and Kylea Waltner for a Teacher of the Year nomination.

Action 15/16-83: Dissolution of Boys Basketball Co-op – On motion by Buse, second by Tieszen to apply for dissolution of the Boys Basketball cooperative with Freeman High School beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Resolution 15/16-84: Resolution of Sports Co-op – Be it resolved by the Marion School Board of Education, that on motion by Tieszen, second by Buse to approve the SDHSAA Application for Cooperative Sponsorship of Activities with Freeman Academy High School in the activities of Boys & Girls Cross Country, Volleyball, Boys & Girls Basketball, Boys & Girls Track & Field, and Boys & Girls Golf beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Resolution 15/16-85: Resolution of Soccer Co-op – Be it resolved by the Marion School Board of Education, that on motion by Buse, second by Tieszen to approve the SDHSAA Application for Cooperative Sponsorship of Activities with Freeman Academy High School and Freeman High School for the activity of Boys Soccer beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

The School Board discussed a four-day school week for Marion School District. Discussion included calendar possibilities, start and end time of school day, total classroom hours, teacher contract days, tutoring, and pros & cons brought up by the staff and public. The Board would like to see a sample class schedule next month.

Action 15/16-86: 2016-2017 School Calendar – On motion by Schmidt, second by Gortmaker to table 2016-2017 School Calendar until a later meeting. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-87: Reschedule Snow Days – On motion by Buse, second by Tieszen to add May 17 & 18, 2016 as Teacher work days to the 2015-2016 Marion School Calendar. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-88: Boiler Project Bids – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to accept the steam boiler replacement bid from Midwest Boiler Repair, Inc. in the amount of $100,950.00. All members voted in favor; motion carried. Bid was also received from Mitchell Plumbing & Heating Co. in the amount of $129,200.00.

The Board discussed options for the current practice football field, and what to do with our stadium equipment purchased last year.

The Administration was approached with a request for some old Marion Bears uniforms. The Board suggested putting together a list of uniforms to declare as surplus property, and advertise so that other community members can have a chance to purchase the uniforms.

Action 15/16-89: Recess – On motion by Gortmaker, second by Tieszen to call a recess of the board meeting at 9:51 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.  President of the School Board, Josh Luke, declared the meeting back in session at 9:58 pm.

Action 15/16-90: Negotiations – On motion by Buse, second by Gortmaker to go into executive session for the purpose of Negotiations at 9:59 pm, as per SDCL 1-25-2 (4). All members voted in favor; motion carried.  President of the School Board, Josh Luke, declared out of executive session at 10:28 pm.

Action 15/16-91: Adjourn – On motion by Tieszen, second by Buse to adjourn the school board meeting at 10:28 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

  

March 21,  2016 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, March 21, 2016, at 5:30 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.  Absent: none.  Also attending the meeting was City Superintendent Dustin Sulzle.  City Engineer Jon Fischer was present from 5:30 p.m. – 6:20 p.m.  The main purpose of the meeting was to convene as the Local Board of Equalization.

An appeal was received on behalf of Gillas Stern, representing Stern Oil Co. Inc., for the assessment of his commercial property at 801 N. Broadway Avenue.  It was advised there were no longer any buildings or tanks on the property, but the assessed value still reflected commercial buildings.  Motion was made by Jeno, seconded by Thomas to change the valuation for the buildings from $8000.00 to $0.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.

No other written appeals were received at the City Office.

The second reading of Ordinance #311 – Building Permit was held.  Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by Nelson to adopt Ordinance #311.  Motion carried.

A street repair matter on South Main Avenue was addressed.  City Engineer Fischer was present and distributed project cost estimates for the two requested options (repairing the outside 15’ on both sides vs. repairing the entire roadway).  It was advised the project would consist of installing geotextile fabric for stabilization in the area of excavation.  Discussion was held on the timeframe for street oiling following the completed repair.  Additional, related aspects were addressed, with the decision made to follow-up on the matter at the regular April meeting. 

Fischer provided information on the availability of planning grants for water and sewer studies.  Discussion was held on having updated studies completed for the city.  It was advised the item will be placed on the April 4th meeting agenda.

Derek Sherard was present and addressed the council regarding his request to have the city move the gates that provide access to the ‘back park’ at the City Park.  The request was to move the gates further to the north to allow Sherard access to the back portion of his adjoining property.  It was advised new posts and gates would need to be put in on the city’s end, as well as an approach and culverts on Sherard’s end.  Putting in additional camper pads was addressed.  The decision was made to move the gates and complete the work as agreed upon.

Follow-up information was provided on the City’s Christmas decorations, with additional pricing information given on garlands and lights.

City Superintendent Sulzle provided an update on the State’s street sign replacement project, with it advised it is slated to be completed in Fall 2016 or Spring 2017.

Motion was made by Thomas, seconded by Kettwig to adjourn at 6:35 p.m.  Motion carried.

     

april Calendar of Events

4/1

APRIL FOOL'S DAY

4/2

MHS Prom

4/4

City Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.

4/5

Fire Dept. Meeting

7:30 p.m.

4/11

School Board  Meeting

7:00 p.m.

4/14

B & P  Meeting

Ambulance Meeting

12:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

4/15

School Carnival

7:00 p.m.

4/16

Firemen's Fun Night

6:00 p.m.

4/18

Legion Meeting

7:30 p.m.

4/22

EARTH DAY
 

 

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