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March 2018 Newsletter

The Marion City Times

 

Volume 16, Issue 3

In this issue:

March 31, 2018

v   March City Council Proceedings

v  March School Board Proceedings

v April Calendar of Events

   

March 5, 2018 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, March 5, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the City Building with the following council members present: Jim Kettwig, Bryan Luke, Dick Luke, Rick Nelson, John Ptak and Rhonda Smith, 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 Steven Luke was present from 7:00 p.m. – 7:10 p.m.  Absent: none.

A deletion from the agenda was as follows: Ordinance Manual.  Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Ptak to approve the agenda.  Motion carried.

TC Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Luke was present and the law enforcement report for February 2018 was distributed and reviewed.  Deputy Luke advised he was appointed Interim Sheriff effective April 1, 2018.  A previously scheduled meeting regarding contracted law enforcement for Turner County was addressed, with Deputy Luke advising he plans to move forward regarding that matter by first meeting individually with each city.

Follow-up discussion was held on the 7th Street maintenance matter.  Mayor Globke advised he met with the Turner County Highway Superintendent regarding the need for sealcoating to be completed this year.

Follow-up discussion was held on a meeting room technology/equipment matter.  City Superintendent Sulzle provided information as requested on purchase options for a Smart TV, wall mount bracket and HDMI cable.  B. Luke advised of the Marion Ambulance Department’s willingness to provide a financial contribution to the proposed purchase.  Motion was made by B. Luke, seconded by Kettwig to purchase a 70-inch Smart TV, wall mount bracket and HDMI cable.  Motion carried.

Applications received for the summer employment positions were reviewed.  The decision was made to have Finance Officer Muller contact designated applicants.  The matter of a possible pay incentive was addressed.  The decision was made to run additional ads for the Summer Help positions.

Discussion was held on various Summer Rec matters.  It was advised co-oping with another community in order to field a baseball team(s) was being pursued.  It was reported the Marion Soccer season gets underway on April 3rd, with games being held in Parker and Marion this year.  Additional softball/baseball information was provided.

Discussion was held on general landfill matters.

Information was given on recent animal calls requiring the services of the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society.

An issue regarding stray cats was addressed.  Utilizing the services of the Humane Society was discussed.  Additional discussion was held on the enforcement of the city ordinance that prohibits the feeding of stray cats.  The decision was made to have Muller contact the sheriff’s office regarding matter.

The council will meet as the Local Equalization Board on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. and if needed, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

The decision was made to hold a Community Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 28th, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The 2017 Annual Report was distributed and reviewed.  Motion was made by D. Luke, seconded by B. Luke to accept and approve the 2017 Annual Report presented by Finance Officer Muller.  Motion carried.

The Southeast Enterprise Facilitation Project (SEFP) current monthly report was distributed to the council.

Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by Nelson to enter into Executive Session at 8:43 p.m. for legal matters pursuant to SDCL 1-25-2(3).  Motion carried.  The Mayor declared to come out of Executive Session at 8:50 p.m.

Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Smith to enter into Executive Session at 8:51 p.m. for personnel matters pursuant to SDCL 1-25-2(1).  Motion carried.  The Mayor declared to come out of Executive Session at 9:20 p.m.

Motion was made by D. Luke, seconded by Ptak to approve the wages for City Personnel for 2018, retroactive to 1/1/2018, as follows: City Operations Superintendent - $21.89/hr. plus $35.00 per meeting; City Maintenance - $18.85/hr.; Finance Officer - $44,887.18 annually plus $50.00 per meeting; Office Assistant - $14.42/hr.; Mayor - $1200.00 annually plus $60.00 per meeting; Councilperson - $500.00 annually plus $55.00 per meeting; Landfill Supervisor - $12.07/hr.; Asst. Landfill Supervisor(1) - $11.66/hr.; Asst. Landfill Supervisor(2) - $11.07/hr.; Zoning Administrator - $130.00/month.

Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Nelson to adjourn at 9:22 p.m.  Motion carried.  

 

 

March 12,  2018 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 twelfth day of March, 2018. Call to order was made by President of the School Board, Josh Luke, at 7:02 pm, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Members Present: Josh Luke, Scott Luke, Jared Schmidt, and Scott Tieszen.  Absent: Larry Langerock.

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

Action 17/18-50: Agenda – On motion by Schmidt, second by Scott Luke to approve the agenda as presented. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 17/18-51: 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.

There were no delegations.

Anne Pankratz informed the Board that the Landscaping class would like to renovate the front of the school, including the flag pole area. Will Massey informed the Board that three Bearcat basketball players qualified for All-Conference recognition. Denise Arbach gave information about a student trip to Washington DC during the summer of 2019.

Josh Luke had questions about fencing around the football field, as well as disposing of unwanted equipment.

Business Manager Aaron Thompson gave information on board positions filled for 2018/2019, CDL testing for a track coach, and upcoming projects & budget items.

6-12 Principal Katie Minster shared information on technology items, STEM class for next school year, an ELL workshop, school improvement plans, professional development, student placements, and help from area churches for a clothing project.

Superintendent David Colberg gave updates on snow days, Smarter Balanced testing, a calendar committee meeting, Region match-ups for basketball, accreditation, school funding, Sports Banquet on 3/19/18, teacher applicants, sports equipment, and Help Day activities.

A proposed 2018/2019 school calendar was presented to the Board and discussed. No motions were made.

Action 17/18-52: Resignation – On motion by Schmidt, second by Scott Luke to accept the resignation of Carissa Lick as ELL Teacher (50% contract), and to thank her for her years of service. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 17/18-53: Approve Contract – On motion by Tieszen, second by Schmidt to approve the Assistant Track Coach contract of Cullen Mack in the amount of $2,200.00, for the 2017/2018 school year. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Josh Luke appointed Jared Schmidt as the School Board member to attend the Marion City Board of Equalization meeting on March 19, 2018.

Josh Luke called a recess at 8:03 pm. Board went back into session at 8:09 pm.

Action 17/18-54: Negotiations – On motion by Schmidt, second by Scott Luke to go into executive session for the purpose of Negotiations at 8:10 pm, as per SDCL 1-25-2(4). All members voted in favor; motion carried.  Josh Luke declared out of executive session at 8:46 pm.

Action 17/18-55: Adjourn – On motion by Scott Luke, second by Schmidt to adjourn the school board meeting at 8:47 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

  

March 19,  2018 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, March 19, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the City Building with the following council members present: Jim Kettwig, Bryan Luke, Dick Luke, Rick Nelson, John Ptak and Rhonda Smith, 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 5:50 p.m. – 6:33 p.m.  Jared Schmidt, representing the Marion School Board, was in attendance from 5:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.  The main purpose of the meeting was to convene as the Local Board of Equalization.

Tony & Tonette Voeltz were present and asking the right to appeal the assessment of their property at 503 E. 2nd Street.  The Voeltz’s provided supporting information for their appeal, including the appraisal received when they purchased the property in 2017.  Discussion was held on various aspects, including the age and foundation of the manufactured home.  The assessor’s level total for Voeltz’s property is $93,920.00.  Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Ptak to lower the assessed value to $85,000.00.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.

No other written appeals were received at the City Office.

Discussion was held on miscellaneous matters, with no action taken.

A Public Hearing was held at 6:00 p.m. to receive comments regarding a proposed application to the S.D. Board of Water and Natural Resources to finance the Water Meter Replacement Project.  The purpose of the public hearing was to discuss the proposed project, the proposed financing and the source of repayment for any loans.  Present for the hearing was City Engineer Jon Fischer of Stockwell Engineers and Melissa Gibson of the South Eastern Council of Governments (SECOG), as well as Marion resident Glen Rapp.  Gibson and Fischer addressed the group, providing detailed project information.  The city wants to replace the existing water meters with remote read water meters.  The existing water meters are a variety of units that are over 20 years old, near the life expectancy for typical municipal meters.  Upgrading the meters with the remote read option will allow the City to track customers’ water usage in real-time, and pinpoint issues such as leaks or open faucets as they occur, improving customer service.  Water losses in the city have been excessive and averaged 23% from 2010 to 2015.  The addition of new water meters should greatly reduce the city’s water losses.  The city is seeking up to $522,00 of funding from the Board of Water and Natural Resources for the project.  The funds could be a grant from the state Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program and/or a loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (DW-SRF) Program.  The expected DW-SRF loan terms are 2.5% for a 30-year term. Debt service on this loan would be approximately $24,784.93 annually and would be paid with water revenues.  The impact on rates would be a possible $5.87 increase per customer per month.  Public concerns were expressed over the need for and cost of the project.  The Council, Stockwell Engineers & SECOG sufficiently addressed the concerns of the public.  Motion was made by Smith, seconded by D. Luke to adopt Resolution #132, a resolution authorizing an application for financial assistance and designating the Mayor to act as the executor/signatory in connection with the application, payment requests and other required documents.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.

Motion was made by B. Luke, seconded by Smith to adjourn at 6:33 p.m.  Motion carried.

 

      

april Calendar of Events

4/1

EASTER

APRIL FOOL'S DAY

4/2

City Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.

4/3

Fire Dept. Meeting

7:30 p.m.

4/9

School Board  Meeting

7:00 p.m.

4/12

B & P  Meeting

Ambulance Meeting

12:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

4/16

Legion Meeting

7:30 p.m.

4/21

Firemen's Fun Night

6:00 p.m.

4/22

EARTH DAY

4/27

MHS Prom

4/28

Citywide Clean Up Day

11:00 a.m.

 

 

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