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May 2015 Newsletter

The Marion City Times

 

Volume 13, Issue 5

In this issue:

May 31, 2015

v   May City Council Proceedings

v  May Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

v  May School Board Proceedings

v  Marion Development Foundation Proceedings

vJune Calendar of Events

   

May 4, 2015 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, May 4, 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 Sergeant John Roman was present from 7:55 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.  Absent: none. 

Motion was made by Thomas, seconded by Luke to adjourn at 7:06 p.m.  Motion carried.

The Council reconvened at 7:07 p.m. and the following members took their Oath of Office: Ron Globke, Mayor for a 2 year term; Jim Kettwig, Councilman for a 2 year term in Ward One; Dick Luke, Councilman for a 2 year term in Ward Two; Jeff Jeno, Councilman for a 2 year term in Ward Three.  The Council took their seats as follows: Dave Hughes, Jim Kettwig, Dick Luke, Jeremy Thomas, Jeff Jeno, Rick Nelson. 

Motion was made by Luke, seconded by Thomas to cast a unanimous vote for Jeff Jeno as President of the Council and Rick Nelson as Vice President of the Council.  Motion carried.

Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Hughes to approve the City Council Committees and appointments of City officials for 2015-2016.  Motion carried. 

CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEES – First name on the list is the Chairperson of the Committee

Streets & Utilities: Rick Nelson, Jeff Jeno, Jim Kettwig

Buildings & Equipment: Dick Luke, Jim Kettwig

Parks & Recreation: Dave Hughes, Rick Nelson, Jeremy Thomas

Restricted Use Facility: Jeff Jeno, Dave Hughes

Personnel & Public Safety: Dick Luke, Jeremy Thomas

 

APPOINTMENTS

Finance Officer: Kari Muller

Deputy Finance Officer: Katheryn Tieszen

Economic Development Coordinator: Kari Muller

City Operations Superintendent: Dustin Sulzle

City Maintenance: Jeff Bartscher

Landfill Supervisors: Richard Knutson, Conrad Buse, Bill Brown

Police: Turner County Sheriff’s Department

Fire Chief: Rick Waltner

City Attorney: Jeff Cole

Zoning Administrator: Rick Weber

Zoning Board Council Rep: Jeff Jeno

Zoning Board: to be determined

Library Committee: to be determined

A request was received from the Marion Fire Department for the Fire Hall to be utilized as a gathering place in the evening of Saturday, June 20th during the Summer Celebration.  It was advised nothing will be sold or served by the Fire Department.  Council permission was given for the request.

A moving permit received from Rudy Breneman was submitted to the council for approval.  The permit is for moving a garage from 409 S. Juniper Avenue to 309 S. Cedar Avenue.  Motion was made by Luke, seconded by Jeno to approve the permit.  Motion carried.

Shannon Luke was present and provided information on Marion ACTS, a group consisting of members from area churches in the Marion, Monroe and Dolton areas.  The group was formed to help alongside first responders in the event of a crisis or disaster through providing shelter and other basics for displaced individuals.  Luke advised of a meeting to be held in the upcoming months with involvement from other community entities requested.  It was advised representatives from the City Council will attend the meeting.          

A Public Hearing was held at 7:34 p.m. for Animal Permit Applications.  An application was submitted by Dora Unruh to house two horses at North Nebraska Avenue, near the ball diamond.  No one appeared in favor or in opposition of granting the permit.  Motion was made by Jeno, seconded by Kettwig to grant the permit.  Motion carried.  An application was submitted by Paul and Margie Luke to house 1 horse, 1 burro, 10 sheep and 15 hens at 205 E. 5th Street.  No one appeared in favor or in opposition of granting the permit.  Motion was made by Hughes, seconded by Nelson to grant the permit.  Motion carried.  An application was submitted by Chris & Ashley Huber to house 10 hens at 211 E. State Street.  Ashley Huber was present in favor of granting the permit.  No one appeared before the council in opposition of granting the permit.  Motion was made by Luke, seconded by Thomas to grant the permit.  Motion carried.  An application was submitted by Scott & Tina Millard to house 5-8 hens at 100 S. Lincoln Ave.  Tina Millard was present in favor of granting the permit.  No one appeared before the council in opposition of granting the permit.  Motion was made by Nelson, seconded by Hughes to grant the permit.  Motion carried.  An application was submitted by Steven Hofer to house 13 hens at 302 E. Washington Street.  No one appeared before the council in favor or in opposition of granting the permit.  Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Hughes to grant the permit, with a ‘cap’ set on the number of hens at a maximum of ten.  Motion carried.                   

Proposals received for the 2015 street oiling were reviewed.  Motion was made by Thomas, seconded by Kettwig to accept the proposal from The Road Guy for $1.23/square yard.  Motion carried.

Follow-up discussion was held on the Broadway Avenue railroad crossing matter.  Correspondence sent in December from the City Attorney to the appropriate entities was reviewed.  It was advised no response has been received from either entity.  Mayor Globke advised of immediate plans to meet with Central Farmers to review the matter.

Discussion was held on issues presented by barricades set out on 1st Street at the Juniper Avenue intersection.  The barricades are utilized by the school for safe passage for children from the school to the park for recess.  Discussion was held on obtaining lighted signs, as well as painting the crosswalk more prominently as an appropriate alternative to the barricades, with the decision made to proceed accordingly.

It was advised No Parking signs will be placed in designated areas by the city’s water plant due to issues with cars utilizing the area for school parking. 

TC Sheriff’s Sergeant Roman was present and the law enforcement report for April 2015 was distributed and reviewed.  Discussion was held on various law enforcement matters.

Information was provided on inquiries received from local contractors/businesses regarding rental of City equipment.  Discussion was held on multiple matters, with the decision made to verify necessary insurance and legal aspects.

Motion was made by Thomas, seconded by Kettwig to set the 2015 pool rates as listed below.  Motion carried.

Family season pass - $60.00

Adult single season pass - $35.00

Student single season pass - $30.00

Adult daily pass - $3.00

Student daily pass -  $1.00

5 & under – Free

City Superintendent Sulzle provided a swimming pool update, reporting the pool has been drained & cleaned, and painting has been completed. 

A Summer Rec update was provided.  Councilman Hughes advised due to low registration/participant numbers for baseball/softball, the only two teams this year will be T-Ball and Boys’ Pee Wees.  Discussion was held on various, related matters, including concessions, co-ed adult league and wages.

It was advised the company the city has utilized for baling metal at the landfill is no longer in business and as a result, additional options are being pursued. 

A renewal application was presented for a Package Off-Sale malt beverage & SD Farm wine license for Donlan’s Foodland for 2015-2016.  Motion was made by Hughes, seconded by Jeno to approve the license.  Voting aye: Hughes, Kettwig, Luke, Jeno, Nelson.  Voting nay: Thomas.  Motion carried.  A renewal application was presented for a Retail On-Off Sale malt beverage license for Jill & Larry’s Minimart for 2015-2016.  Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Nelson to approve the license.  Voting aye: Hughes, Kettwig, Luke, Jeno, Nelson.  Voting nay: Thomas.  Motion carried.

Follow-up discussion was held on concerns with burning in town.  City ordinances addressing the matter were further reviewed.  Discussion was held on various, related aspects, including the countywide burn ban and fire pits.  Placing an ad in the paper and sending out a Community Text Alert regarding the matter was addressed. 

Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Thomas to approve having Finance Officer Muller attend the annual Finance Officer’s School in Pierre on June 10th-12th.  Motion carried. 

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

It was advised the City Office will be closed on Friday, May 8th. 

Motion was made by Thomas, seconded by Luke to adjourn at 9:12 p.m.  Motion carried.

 

 

May 6, 2015 Marion Development Foundation Proceedings

A meeting of the MDF was held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6th, 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.

Discussion was held on a commercial building matter, with Brad Letcher present for the discussion.  Options for replacing the common ‘wall’ on the north side of the Bud’s Tavern property were addressed.  Discussion was held on various aspects.  Motion was made by Sulzle, seconded by Engbrecht to erect a steel I-beam structure that will be 10 feet on both sides, with the work to be paid for by the MDF.  Motion carried.

Follow-up discussion was held on a proposed land acquisition, with various aspects addressed.

The meeting adjourned at 12:40 p.m.  Motion carried.

   

 

May 11, 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 eleventh day of May, 2015. Call to order was made by President of the School Board, Nicole Bartscher, at 7:00 pm.

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

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

Guests Present: Scott Tieszen, Shelly Wieman, Jared Schmidt, Jerry Kippes, Ed Kreider, Trish Kreider, Anne Pankratz, and Amy Laible.

Action 14/15-134: Agenda – On motion by Luke, second by Buse to approve the agenda. Motion carried.

Action 14/15-135: Minutes – On motion by Luke, second by Langerock to approve the previous month’s minutes and to acknowledge receipt of the Cornbelt Educational Coop minutes. Motion carried.

Action 14/15-136: 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 14/15-137: Bills for Consideration – On motion by Buse, second by Luke to approve the following claims against the District for the month of May, and then to approve checks to be issued in their payment. Motion carried. (Bills to be published in paper)

Scott Tieszen came before the Board with questions regarding the status of Marion’s sports coop options. Nicole Bartscher gave updates that Marion is waiting for Freeman to make a decision, and that SDHSAA is willing to work with us for our boys’ basketball program.

Anne Pankratz gave the Teacher Report. She informed the Board on State FFA & State FCCLA. She congratulated Michalee Globke, who will be competing at National FCCLA in Washington, DC this summer.

School Board reports were given. Nicole Bartscher brought forth a request for Emmanuel Presbyterian Church to be nominated for the ASBSD Community Service Award with the backpack program.

Action 14/15-138: ASBSD Community Service Award – On motion by Buse, second by Gortmaker to nominate Emmanuel Presbyterian Church for the ASBSD Community Service Award. Motion carried.

Aaron Thompson gave the Business Manager report. He reported on the SDASBO Spring Conference, and also gave updates on upcoming facility projects discussed with the Building Committee.

Michelle Larson gave the Principal report. She gave the Board information on MHS graduation, “Smarter Balanced” testing, a proposed music trip, Technology Committee requests, grading & assessment, and Prom.

Action 14/15-139: Spring 2016 Music Trip – On motion by Luke, second by Buse to grant authorization for the Music Department to take a high school music trip in spring 2016. Motion carried.

Dr. Joseph Gertsema gave the Superintendent report. He gave updates on Title I, meeting with David Colberg, Tech Committee meetings, summer school, teacher interviews, and the Cornbelt Coop meeting.

The Board of Education recognized the Marion High School graduating class of 2015.

Action 14/15-140: Driver’s Education Fees – On motion by Luke, second by Gortmaker to set the Driver’s Education fee at $240 for the 2015 calendar year. Motion carried.

Action 14/15-141: Waiver from Administrative Rule On motion by Bartscher, second by Buse to approve waivers from administrative rules for credit before high school and course equivalent exams. Motion carried.

Action 14/15-142: Food Service Contractor Bids – On motion by Langerock, second by Luke to accept the food service management bid from CBM for the 2015/2016 school year (no other bids were received). Motion carried.

Action 14/15-143: SDHSAA Ballots – On motion by Buse, second by Luke to vote “yes” on Amendment 1 on the SDHSAA 2015 Official Amendment Ballot; and to vote for the following on the SDHSAA 2015 Official Election Ballots: Mike Schmidt (Wilmot High School) as the East River At-Large Representative, Monte Wagner (Platte-Geddes School District) as the Small School Group Board of Education Representative, and Bud Postma (Madison High School) as the Division II Representative. Motion carried.

Business Manager Aaron Thompson shared the 2015/2016 preliminary budget with the School Board.

Action 14/15-144: Resignations – On motion by Langerock, second by Gortmaker to accept the resignations of Kaitlyn Backstrom as Band & Vocal Teacher, and Janna Christiansen as Asst. Volleyball Coach, and to thank them for their years of service in these respective positions. Motion carried.

Action 14/15-145: Approve Certified Contracts – On motion by Luke, second by Buse to approve the following certified contracts for the 2015/2016 school year, with salaries to be published July, 2015: amend Michelle Fink’s contract to 87.5% as Middle School English & Elementary Music Teacher, approve Rachael Massey as Title I Teacher, and approve Doyle Johnson as MS/HS Social Studies, Science & PE Teacher. Motion carried.

Action 14/15-146: Negotiations – On motion by Buse, second by Langerock to go into executive session for the purpose of Negotiations at 9:04 pm, as per SDCL 1-25-2 (4). Motion carried.  President of the School Board, Nicole Bartscher, declared out of executive session at 9:35 pm.

Action 14/15-147: Approve Negotiations – On motion by Langerock, second by Gortmaker to approve the Certified Staff Negotiated Agreement as presented to the Board for the 2015/2016 fiscal school year. A copy of the agreement will be kept on file in the Business Office. (School Board member Josh Luke abstained from voting.) Motion carried 4-0.

Action 14/15-148: Adjourn – On motion by Luke, second by Buse to adjourn the school board meeting at 9:37 pm. Motion carried.

    

May 14, 2015 Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

The Marion Business & Professional Organization met on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant with 13 members in attendance.  Businesses present were: Central Farmer Coop., City Economic Development Coordinator, Donlan’s Foodland, Getskow Pharmacy, Luke Heating/Cooling/Plumbing, Rapp Motors, Saunders Chiropractic, Schmidt Country, SEFP, Southeastern Electric and Tieszen Chiropractic Clinic.

The April 9th meeting minutes and a financial report were distributed.  Motion was made by Mike Schmidt, seconded by Dan Buse to approve the minutes and the financial report as presented.  Motion carried.  An update was provided on dues/membership.

Discussion was held on the promotional drawing for the month of June.  The decision was made to hold a drawing for 4-VIP Thunder Valley tickets, as donated by Rapp Motors.

Discussion was held on the Summer Celebration.  The full Schedule of Events was reviewed.  Additional information was provided on the free Bingo event to be hosted by the organization on Saturday, June 20th at the Legion Hall.

Follow-up discussion was held on relocating the State Champions sign.  Moving the sign farther north and lowering it to eye level was addressed.  The decision was made to pursue this option.

Nancy Larsen, SEFP facilitator, distributed and reviewed her monthly report.  Information was provided on new inquiries, new business presentations and current activities.  Additional information was provided on Keys to becoming an Entrepreneurial Community.

The Marion School sports co-op matter was addressed, with it reported the Freeman School Board voted down a sports co-op with Marion.  Discussion was held on the need for community involvement, support and input on the matter.    

The next meeting will be at 12:00 p.m. on June 11, 2015 at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant.

 

 

May 19, 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 nineteenth day of May, 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: Todd Obele, Matt Donlan, Jared Schmidt, Shelly Wieman, Trish Kreider, Ed Kreider, Heather Hofer, Scott Tieszen, Amy Laible, and Mike Wieman.

Action 14/15-149: Agenda – On motion by Gortmaker, second by Buse to approve the agenda. Motion carried.

The School Board discussed Marion’s options for a sports coop. There is the option for the high school boys to play basketball with the Freeman Flyers program. Freeman wants their junior high boys to join the Razorbacks football coop with Marion and Menno. The possibility of joining with Freeman Academy in a basketball coop was also discussed.

The Board opened the floor to public comments. Discussion included lack of sports participation from Marion’s student body, as well as trying to get more community and school involvement with sports in the lower grades.

Action 14/15-150: Sports Coop – On motion by Gortmaker, second by Luke to pursue a boys’ basketball coop with Freeman Public School, as well as any other junior high sports for the 2015/2016 school year. Motion carried, 5-0 vote.

Action 14/15-151: Adjourn – On motion by Luke, second by Langerock to adjourn the school board meeting at 7:21 pm. Motion carried.

    

     

june Calendar of Events

 6/1

City Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.

6/5-6/6

Citywide Rummage

 6/8

School Board Meeting

7:00 p.m.

6/11

B & P Organization Meeting

Ambulance Meeting

12:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

6/14

FLAG DAY

6/15

Legion Meeting

7:30 p.m.

6/19- 6/20

SUMMER CELEBRATION

6/21

FATHER'S DAY

First Day of Summer

 

 

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