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March 2017 Newsletter

The Marion City Times

 

Volume 15, Issue 3

In this issue:

March 31, 2017

v   March City Council Proceedings

v  March Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

v  March School Board Proceedings

v April Calendar of Events

   

March 6, 2017 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, March 6, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the City Building with the following council members present: Jeff Jeno, Bryan Luke, Dick Luke, 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 Trent VanRavenswaay was present from 7:03 p.m. – 7:28 p.m.  Absent: Jim Kettwig, Rick Nelson.

Ashley Donlan, Donlan’s Foodland owner, was present to address a land/title matter.  Donlan advised their commercial property had recently been surveyed and it was discovered a title matter for a triangular piece of property in the northwest corner did not get properly handled years ago.  The piece of property was abandoned by the City at the request of Turner Hutchinson Electric in 1994.  Documents provided by the Donlan’s attorney, including a Quit Claim Deed, were reviewed.  The decision was made to have the city attorney review the documents.  The matter will be addressed at the March 20th council meeting.

TC Sheriff Deputy VanRavenswaay was present and the law enforcement report for February 2017 was distributed and reviewed.  Information was provided on nuisance property matters.  Discussion was held on miscellaneous matters, including vehicle noise & speed concerns.

Follow-up discussion was held on the Broadway Avenue street & utility improvements matter.  It was advised City Engineer Jon Fischer received approval from the state to amend the City’s existing utility studies.  The matter will be addressed at the regular April meeting.        

City Superintendent Sulzle provided an update on South Main Avenue concerns regarding the 2016 Main Avenue Street Improvements project.

An inquiry into placing ‘children at play’ signs on Washington Street was addressed.  Council consensus was to forego placing the signs.

Discussion was held on signage for the recently repaired City building frontage.  Multiple options were distributed and reviewed, with the decision made to have signage placed only above the City Office. 

Sulzle provided an update on recent repairs to the City’s backhoe.

Applications received for the summer employment positions were reviewed.  It was advised the appropriate committee will contact applicants as needed to verify information, with Sulzle advised to contact designated applicants as well.

Brief discussion was held on Summer Rec matters, with no action taken.

Motion was made by B. Luke, seconded by Jeno to have the City, for Workers’ Compensation purposes, cover Jacob McCain as a volunteer for the Marion Volunteer Fire Department.  Motion carried.

The council will meet as the Local Equalization Board on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. and if needed, Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

The decision was made to hold a Community Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 29th, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The Southeast Enterprise Facilitation Project (SEFP) February monthly report was distributed to the council.  Additional information was reviewed on SEFP’s upcoming 20th Anniversary Celebration, to be held in Marion on April 19th.  A reminder was given for the Community Appreciation Banquet being held on March 18th.

Motion was made by B. Luke, seconded by Ptak to adjourn at 8:48 p.m.  Motion carried.

 

          

March 9,  2017 Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

The Marion Business & Professional Organization met on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant with 13 members in attendance.  Businesses present were: Al’s Studio, Cherrybean Coffee, City Economic Development Coordinator, Donlan’s Foodland, Hometown Insurance, Marion Record, Rapp Motors, Saunders Chiropractic, Schmidt Country, SEFP, Southeastern Electric and Tieszen Chiropractic.

The February 9th meeting minutes and a financial report were distributed.  Motion was made by Jelene Wipf, seconded by Glen Rapp to approve the minutes and the financial report as presented.  Motion carried.

Nikki Bauerle, representing the First Church of God, was present.  It was advised the Church will again be the Summer Celebration parade organizers.  Bauerle advised the registration forms for the June 17th event were recently mailed out.  Businesses, organizations and individuals were encouraged to register an entry in the parade.

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 Donlan’s Foodland.  It was advised the May drawing will be for 2-large Hot Stuff pizzas, as donated by Donlan’s Foodland.  It was advised the June drawing will be for 4-Thunder Valley VIP tickets, as donated by Rapp Motors.

Follow-up discussion was held on the upcoming Community Appreciation Banquet.  The event will be held on March 18th at the Wieman Auction facility.  Various details were addressed, including ticket sales and event schedule.

Brenda Schulte, SEFP facilitator, distributed and reviewed her monthly facilitator report.  Schulte reported she worked with seven clients in February and is preparing for the upcoming 20th Anniversary Celebration.  Schulte advised the recently completed Regional Career Fair was very well attended. 

Dr. Scott Tieszen, Marion School Board member, advised no petitions were filed for the two board vacancies.  It was advised that there will not be a School Board Election or Municipal Election this year.

City EDC Kari Muller gave a reminder for the Marion Development Foundation’s annual meeting to be held on March 23rd at 7:30 p.m. in the city meeting room.

The next meeting will be at 12:00 p.m. on April 13, 2017 at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant.

  

 

“Spring is sooner recognized by plants than by men.”

Chinese Proverb

 

 

March 13,  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 thirteenth day of March, 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 16/17-61: Agenda – On motion by Langerock, second by Buse to add the following to the agenda: 13) Long-term Sub Pay, 18) Personnel Matters [SDCL 1-25-2(1)]; and then to approve the agenda as presented. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 16/17-62: Consent Motion – On motion by Tieszen, second by Schmidt 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 March and to approve checks to be issued in their payment (bills to be published in paper). All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Jennifer Pankratz came before the Board to express her interest in providing strength and/or agility training this summer at the school. Board members asked her to come up with a schedule and programs that would be provided. Ron Ortman came before the Board with concerns on the bus route. He also expressed concerns on the four-day school week for elementary students, but that it seems to work well for the older students. 

Karri Wieman gave her Teacher Report with the following information: NHS fundraiser to raise money for the backpack program, FFA members met with elementary students to discuss agriculture, Promethean Board updates, and a new large printer purchased. Keith Andersen also gave information to the Board on using the plasma cutter, future ideas for the Ag Shop, looking at CTE grants, and Skills USA competitions.

Jared Schmidt gave information on a scholarship opportunity for students.

Business Manager Aaron Thompson gave the Board information on appointing school board members, general fund projections, and budget preparations.

6-12 Principal Katie Minster shared information on teacher observations, student CTE projects, an AdvancED meeting, MS incentives, Tory Arbach was KSFY Student of the Month, scholarships, and a film crew that came in for a distracted driving piece.

Superintendent David Colberg shared updates on school funding, negotiations webinar, Dr. Seuss week, teacher interviews, a health insurance meeting, Teacher of the Year, first aid & CPR training, and a two-year extension on the Menno/Marion football cooperative.

Action 16/17-63: 2017/2018 School Calendar – On motion by Buse, second by Langerock to approve the 2017/2018 school calendar as presented to the Board. A copy of the calendar will be kept on file in the business office and will be made available on the Marion School website. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

6-12 Principal Katie Minster discussed changes to the Student Handbook. No motions were made.

Action 16/17-64: Admission of Ethan to Cornbelt Coop – On motion by Buse, second by Tieszen to approve admittance of Ethan School District into the Cornbelt Educational Cooperative. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

School Board discussed Long-Term Substitute Teacher pay. No motions were made.

Action 16/17-65: Resignation – On motion by Schmidt, second by Buse to accept the resignation of Linda Luke as Librarian and FB/BBB Cheer Advisor, and to thank her for her years of service to the District. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 16/17-66: Surplus Property – On motion by Langerock, second by Tieszen to declare 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.

Josh Luke appointed himself as the School Board member to attend the Marion City Board of Equalization meeting on March 20, 2017.

Action 16/17-67: Negotiations – On motion by Langerock, second by Buse to go into executive session for the purpose of Negotiations at 8:44 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 9:23 pm

Action 16/17-68: Personnel – On motion by Schmidt, second by Langerock to go into executive session for the purpose of Personnel Matters at 9:25 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 9:44 pm

Action 16/17-69: Adjourn – On motion by Tieszen, second by Buse to adjourn the school board meeting at 9:45 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

  

March 20,  2017 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, March 20, 2017, at 5:30 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.  Absent: none.  Also attending the meeting was City Superintendent Dustin Sulzle.  City Engineer Jon Fischer was present from 5:47 p.m. – 6:11 p.m.  The main purpose of the meeting was to convene as the Local Board of Equalization.

An appeal was received from Dick & Jaci Donlan for the assessment of their commercial property at 603 S. Broadway Avenue.  Matt Donlan was present to speak towards the appeal.  The appeal stated the assessed value was higher than what could be asked for a selling price for the property.  The assessor’s level total for Donlan’s property is $278,295.00.  Motion was made by Jeno, seconded by D. Luke to lower the assessed value to $264,380.00.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.

No other written appeals were received at the City Office.

Follow-up discussion was held on a land/title matter regarding the Donlan’s Foodland commercial property.  Present for the discussion was Matt Donlan.  It was reiterated that the title for a triangular piece of property in the northwest corner did not get properly handled when said piece of property was abandoned by the City in 1994.  A Quit Claim Deed was presented conveying the triangle tract of land from the City of Marion to Richard and Jacquelyn Donlan.  Motion was made by Jeno, seconded by Ptak to authorize the Mayor to sign the Quit Claim Deed.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote. 

City Engineer Fischer was present and provided an update on South Main Avenue concerns regarding the 2016 Main Avenue Street Improvements project.  It was advised Fischer and City Superintendent Sulzle met with the contractor to address the matter of the roadway being soft and requiring repair.  Discussion was held on multiple matters, including re-paving, compacting concerns and oiling timeframes.  The decision was made to proceed with Fischer directing a letter to the contractor to determine how the matter can be effectively addressed and resolved.

Follow-up discussion was held on the Broadway Avenue street & utility improvements matter.  Fischer provided an update regarding amending the City’s existing utility studies.  Various aspects were addressed, with the decision made to have Fischer prepare a proposal for the amendments.

A Public Hearing was held at 6:15 p.m. for a Transfer of the Retail On-Off Sale malt beverage license for Jill & Larry’s Mini Mart to Henry Dean.  Henry Dean and Kala Rebelein were present in favor of granting the transfer.  No one appeared in opposition of granting the transfer.  Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Ptak to approve the transfer.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.

Motion was made by B. Luke, seconded by Nelson to enter into Executive Session at 6:22 p.m. for personnel matters pursuant to SDCL 1-25-2(1).  Motion carried.  The Mayor declared to come out of Executive Session at 7:10 p.m. and council thereupon adjourned.

      

april Calendar of Events

4/1

APRIL FOOL'S DAY

4/3

City Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.

4/4

Fire Dept. Meeting

7:30 p.m.

4/8

Firemen's Fun Night

6:00 p.m.

4/10

School Board  Meeting

7:00 p.m.

4/13

B & P  Meeting

Ambulance Meeting

12:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

4/14

GOOD FRIDAY - City Office Closed

4/15

MACC Easter Egg Hunt

1:00 pm

4/16

EASTER

4/17

Legion Meeting

7:30 p.m.

4/22

EARTH DAY

4/28

MHS Prom

4/29

Citywide Clean Up Day

11:00 a.m.

 

 

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