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May 2018 Newsletter

The Marion City Times

 

Volume 16, Issue 5

In this issue:

May 31, 2018

v   May City Council Proceedings

v  May Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

v  May School Board Proceedings

vJune Calendar of Events

   

May 7, 2018 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, May 7, 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 Steven Luke was present from 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  City Engineer Jon Fischer was present from 9:12 p.m. – 9:35 p.m.  Absent: none.

Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by Smith to adjourn at 7:07 p.m.  Motion carried.  The Council reconvened at 7:08 p.m.

The following members took their Oath of Office: John Ptak, Councilman for a 2-year term in Ward One; Bryan Luke, Councilman for a 2-year term in Ward Two; Rick Nelson, Councilman for a 2-year term in Ward Three; Rhonda Smith, Councilwoman for a 1-year term in Ward Three.  The Council took their seats as follows: Jim Kettwig, John Ptak, Bryan Luke, Dick Luke, Rick Nelson, Rhonda Smith. 

Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by Nelson to cast a unanimous vote for Jim Kettwig as President of the Council.  Motion carried.  Motion was made by Nelson, seconded by B. Luke to cast a unanimous vote for Dick Luke as Vice President of the Council.  Motion carried.

Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Ptak to approve the City Council Committees and appointments of City officials for 2018-2019.  Motion carried. 

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

Streets & Utilities: Rick Nelson, Jim Kettwig, Rhonda Smith

Buildings & Equipment: Dick Luke, Jim Kettwig

Parks & Recreation: Rick Nelson, John Ptak, Bryan Luke

Restricted Use Facility: John Ptak, Rhonda Smith

Personnel & Public Safety: Dick Luke, Bryan Luke

APPOINTMENTS

Finance Officer: Kari Muller

Economic Development Coordinator: Kari Muller

Office Assistant: Lisa Matthies

City Operations Superintendent: Dustin Sulzle

City Maintenance: Jeff Bartscher

Landfill Supervisors: Richard Knutson, Conrad Buse, Ron Kacy

Police: Turner County Sheriff’s Department

Fire Chief: Rick Nelson

City Attorney: Jeff Cole

Zoning Administrator: Cameron Becker

Zoning Board Council Rep: Rhonda Smith

Zoning Board: Rick Waltner, Greg Larsen, TBD

Library Committee: Martha Gesick, Karolyn Langerock, Coord./School Librarian Linda Luke

TC Sheriff Luke was present and the law enforcement report for April 2018 was distributed and reviewed.  Sheriff Luke highlighted information from a letter he distributed to the contracted cities, emphasizing his goals at this point.  Information reviewed included having a school resources officer, as well as dedicating a deputy to check in with each city.  Discussion was held on miscellaneous law enforcement matters, including vehicle noise complaints.

The Southeast Enterprise Facilitation Project (SEFP) current monthly report was distributed to the council, along with SEFP’s Annual Report.  Information was distributed to the council on the City’s Secretary’s Award for Drinking Water Excellence received from the State, which recognizes the system and the system’s operation specialists that have demonstrated excellence in water system management and maintenance.  Additional correspondence received from the State regarding the City’s Water Meter Replacement project was reviewed.

Brief, follow-up discussion was held on the 7th Street maintenance matter, with no action taken.

City Superintendent Sulzle provided follow-up information on a micro-surfacing option for this year’s street oiling, with it advised a company representative met with Sulzle in Marion to examine the city streets.  Discussion was held on various aspects, including cost estimate and streets to be included in the surfacing.  Additional discussion was held on street work needing to be completed on Juniper Avenue.  The decision was made to move ahead with micro-surfacing for this year’s street oiling.

A Public Hearing was held at 7:52 p.m. for a Retail On-Off Sale malt beverage & On-Off Sale S.D. Farm wine license for Donlan’s Foodland for 2018-2019.  No one appeared before the council in favor or opposition of granting the license.  Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by Kettwig to approve the license.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.

A Public Hearing was held at 7:58 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 before the council in favor or in opposition of granting the permit.  Motion was made by B. Luke, seconded by Smith to grant the permit.  Motion carried.  An application was submitted by Paul and Margie Luke to house 1 burro, 10 sheep and 24 hens at 205 E. 5th Street.  No one appeared before the council in favor or in opposition of granting the permit.  Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Nelson to grant the permit.  Motion carried.  An application was submitted by Scott and Tina Millard to house 10 hens at 100 S. Lincoln Ave.  No one appeared before the council in favor or opposition of granting the permit.  Motion was made by B. Luke, seconded by D. Luke to grant the permit.  Motion carried.  An application was submitted by Helen Shaya to house 6 hens at 105 E. Washington Street.  No one appeared before the council in favor or opposition of granting the permit.  Motion was made by Smith, seconded by Ptak to grant the permit.  Motion carried.

Michelle Kunkel and Ravila Berens, representing the Marion Community Ambulance, were present to speak to a new ambulance vehicle licensing requirement.  Kunkel and Berens provided information from the State DMV wherein they were advised the ambulance no longer qualifies for exempt entity plates/licensing as they are not owned by the city, county or state.  Listing the City of Marion on the title as an additional owner was addressed, as it was advised this would meet the State’s requirements.  Discussion was held on various aspects, including impact to selling the vehicle and surplus property matters.  The decision was made to complete additional research and address the matter at the regular June meeting.  Kunkel and Berens expressed appreciation to the City for all they do for the ambulance department.

The condition of the sidewalk in front of the Bandstand was addressed, with Sulzle advised to look into repair of the sidewalk.

Sulzle provided an update on the condition of the city’s street sweeper, advising it is steadily deteriorating and replacing it needs to be addressed.  Information was given on the city’s Capital Outlay account for General Fund street equipment replacement.  Sulzle provided quotes and financing options on both used and new street sweepers.  It was advised information would be verified on utilizing the Capital Outlay account for this matter.  Council consensus was given on pursuing the acquisition of a used street sweeper.

Discussion was held on a power-steering issue with the city’s tractor, with it advised the vehicle is scheduled to be replaced this year.

Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Nelson to set the 2018 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

Information was provided on swimming pool staff/employment matters.

Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by B. Luke to hire the following individuals for the 2018 summer help positions and set the wages as listed: Carson Gross - $10.25/hr.; Ernie Johnson - $8.85/hr.  Motion carried.

Discussion was held on various Summer Rec matters.  It was advised in addition to the previously confirmed Girls’ Pee Wee team, there will also be a T-Ball team this year.  Information was provided on participant numbers, new jerseys and concessions.

City Engineer Jon Fischer was present and addressed the proposed Broadway Avenue Improvements project.  Fischer provided information on the 2018 application period for the Community Access Grant program.  Discussion was held on various, related aspects, including general project timeframes, funding matters and committing to the project.  Fischer advised of the option of getting the project placed on the State Water Plan this fall and pursuing the Community Access Grant in 2019.  The decision was made to address the matter at the regular June meeting.

The Citywide Clean Up Day completed on April 28th was discussed.  Smith expressed appreciation to Sulzle and Finance Officer Muller for their extra contributions to the event.  Discussion was held on issues with the excessive amount of items, including a large quantity of unacceptable items, set out and the insufficient help for the event.  The decision was made to discontinue the event and replace it with a Free Landfill Days event going forward.  Council authorization was given for Sulzle and Muller to be compensated for their time worked on April 28th.

A renewal application was presented for a Retail On-Off Sale malt beverage & On-Off Sale S.D. Farm wine license for D & R Minimart for 2018-2019.  Motion was made by D. Luke, seconded by B. Luke to approve the license.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.

Information was provided on 2018 legislative changes regarding days and hours of operation for alcoholic beverage licensees.  The city’s ordinances regarding days and hours of operation were reviewed, with the decision made to have the City Attorney draft an amended ordinance to reflect the State’s changes.

Discussion was held on scheduling the city’s 2016/2017 audit.  The decision was made to inquire into the available services from a local accounting firm, with it stated if the local firm was unable to complete the audit, the city would retain the services of Schoenfish & Co.

Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by B. Luke to enter into Executive Session at 9:54 p.m. for personnel matters pursuant to SDCL 1-25-2(1).  Motion carried.  The Mayor declared to come out of Executive Session at 10:21 p.m. and council thereupon adjourned.

  

 

May 8, 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 special session on the eighth day of May, 2018. Call to order was made by President of the School Board, Josh Luke, at 6:02 pm.

Members Present: Larry Langerock, Josh Luke, Scott Luke, Jared Schmidt, and Scott Tieszen.  Absent: None.

Officers Present: E. David Colberg, Superintendent.  Absent: Katie Minster, Principal; and Aaron Thompson, Business Manager.

Action 17/18-70: Agenda – On motion by Langerock, second by Schmidt to approve the agenda as presented. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Randy Royer from ASBSD conducted a Gavel Training presentation. Topics were covered relating to School Board member development and strategic planning.

Action 17/18-71: Adjourn – On motion by Langerock, second by Tieszen to adjourn the school board meeting at 8:50 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

  

     

May 10, 2018 Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

The Marion Business & Professional Organization met on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. at ParMar Valley Country Club with 9 members in attendance.  Businesses present were: Cherrybean Coffee, City Economic Development Coordinator, Donlan’s Foodland, Hometown Insurance, Marion School, Schmidt Country, SEFP and Southeastern Electric.

The April 12th meeting minutes and a financial report were distributed.  Motion was made by Heidi Ptak, seconded by Jennifer McCormick to approve the minutes and financial report as presented.  Motion carried.

Discussion was held on this year’s Summer Celebration.  The preliminary Schedule of Events was reviewed.  Additional details were confirmed.  The decision was made to have an organization entry in the parade.

Brenda Schulte, SEFP facilitator, distributed and reviewed her monthly facilitator report.  Schulte reported she worked with eight clients and had four new inquiries in April.  Additional information was provided from the GOED Conference attended by Schulte in April.

Dave Colberg, Marion School Superintendent, and Katie Minster, Marion High School Principal, provided information on the following school matters: last day of school is May 18th; Teacher Recognition on May 22nd with individuals to be honored; new Science program; 2018/2019 Homecoming; an upcoming Bike Safety program; parking lot improvements.  Additional information was presented on outstanding test scores recently achieved.

The next meeting will be at 12:00 p.m. on June 14, 2018 at ParMar Valley Country Club.

 

 

May 14, 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 fourteenth day of May, 2018. 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: Larry Langerock, Josh Luke, Scott Luke, Jared Schmidt, and Scott Tieszen.  Absent: None.

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

There were no Conflicts of Interest.

Action 17/18-72: Agenda – On motion by Langerock, second by Schmidt to approve the agenda as presented. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 17/18-73: Consent Motion – On motion by Schmidt, second by Tieszen 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 May, 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 on State FCCLA, State FFA, and State Track qualifiers, high school prom, music concerts, Teacher Appreciation Week, landscaping work on the west side of the school, and semester tests.

Scott Tieszen had a concern about the school’s copier lease. He had also heard good comments on the spring concerts. Josh Luke asked about preparations on the football field, storage and outside clean-up, and paving a section of the east parking lot.

Business Manager Aaron Thompson gave information on a request for Special Education funding, and his work on contracts and budgeting.

6-12 Principal Katie Minster shared information on end-of-year checkouts, semester tests, 2018/2019 schedules, CPR training, handbook changes, test scores, speaking for the alumni banquet, professional development, 5th grade touring the middle school, the academic awards ceremony, and graduation.

Superintendent David Colberg gave a presentation on Smarter Balanced test results. He also informed the Board on coaches meetings, teaching positions are filled, teacher recognition, Homecoming, and AR test recognition.

The Board of Education recognized the Marion High School graduating class of 2018.

Action 17/18-74: Recertify Special Education Comprehensive Plan – On motion by Langerock, second by Scott Luke to recertify the Special Education Comprehensive Plan (with the Cornbelt Educational Cooperative). A copy of the plan will be kept in the Business Office or online. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Business Manager Aaron Thompson shared the 2018/2019 preliminary budget with the School Board

Action 17/18-75: Approve Football Co-op Agreement – On motion by Schmidt, second by Scott Luke to approve the Razorback Football co-op agreement for the 2018/2019 school year, as presented to the Board. Changes include allowing Freeman Academy students to join co-op for the upcoming school year. Agreement will be kept on file in the Administrative office. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 17/18-76: SDHSAA Ballots – On motion by Tieszen, second by Langerock to vote for the following on the SDHSAA 2018 Official Election Ballots: Jerry Rasmussen (Dakota Valley HS) as the Division III Representative, Paul Turman (Pierre TF Riggs HS) as the Large School BOE Representative, Paul Nepodal (Deubrook HS) as the Division IV Representative, and to vote “yes” on Amendment 1 of the SDHSAA 2018 Official Amendment Ballot. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 17/18-77: Driver’s Education Fees – On motion by Schmidt, second by Scott Luke to set the Driver’s Education fee at $240 for district residents and $250 for out-of-district residents for the 2018 summer session. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 17/18-78: Surplus Property – On motion by Langerock, second by Schmidt to declare various library books, welders, oxygen tanks, and a chain hoist 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.

Action 17/18-79: Resignation – On motion by Scott Luke, second by Tieszen to accept the resignation of Ashley Starks Gunn as MS English Teacher, and to thank her for her year of service to the district. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 17/18-80: Approve Contracts – On motion by Langerock, second by Schmidt to approve the following contracts for the 2018/2019 school year: Shana Vander Grift as HS English Teacher, Voni Hubbell as MS English Teacher, and Jennifer Pankratz as Head Volleyball Coach. Salaries will be published July, 2018. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Josh Luke called a recess at 8:26 pm. Board went back into session at 8:31 pm.

Action 17/18-81: Negotiations – On motion by Schmidt, second by Langerock to go into executive session for the purpose of Negotiations at 8:32 pm, as per SDCL 1-25-2(4). All members voted in favor; motion carried.  Josh Luke declared out of executive session at 10:15 pm.

Action 17/18-82: Approve Negotiations – On motion by Tieszen, second by Langerock to approve the Certified Staff Negotiated Agreement as presented to the Board for the 2018/2019 fiscal school year. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 17/18-83: Approve Negotiations – On motion by Langerock, second by Scott Luke to approve the Administrative Staff Negotiations with the School Board for the 2018/2019 fiscal school year. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 17/18-84: Adjourn – On motion by Scott Luke, second by Langerock to adjourn the school board meeting at 10:16 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

       

     

june Calendar of Events

 6/1-6/2

Citywide Rummage

6/4

City Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.

 6/5

Fire Dept. Meeting

7:30 p.m.

6/11

School Board Meeting

7:00 p.m.

6/14

FLAG DAY

B & P Organization Meeting

Ambulance Meeting

 

12:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

6/15- 6/17

SUMMER CELEBRATION

6/17

FATHER'S DAY

6/18

Legion Meeting

7:30 p.m.

6/21

First Day of Summer
 

 

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