November 2015 Newsletter

The Marion City Times


Volume 13, Issue 11

In this issue:

November 30, 2015

v  November City Council Proceedings

v  Marion Development Foundation Proceedings

v  November Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

v  November School Board Proceedings

v  Community Christmas Celebration

v December Calendar of Events


November 2, 2015 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, November 2, 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 and Dick Luke, together with the Mayor Ron Globke and Finance Officer Kari Muller.  Rick Nelson joined the meeting at 7:03 p.m.  Also attending the meeting was City Superintendent Dustin Sulzle.  Turner County Sheriff’s Sergeant John Roman was present from 7:12 p.m. – 7:27 p.m.  Absent: Jeremy Thomas. 

Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Hughes to transfer $3600.00 out of the General Fund Contingency account for placement in designated accounts as follows: $200.00 in Fire Department, $3400.00 in Landfill.  Motion carried.

Follow-up discussion was held on an animal ordinance matter.  Present for the discussion was Nick Hruby.  Due to the fact the City Attorney was unable to attend the meeting as scheduled, the decision was made to table the item until the regular December meeting.  

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

Josh Luke, representing the Marion Area Community Club (MACC), provided a committee update on the Park Improvements project and requested a release of funds from the Parks account.  Discussion was held on proposed projects, including lake and picnic shelter improvements.  Various matters were addressed.  Motion was made by Hughes, seconded by Kettwig to release $5000.00 from the General Fund Parks account to the MACC.  Motion carried. 

An update was provided on the Broadway Avenue railroad crossing matter, with it reported confirmation has been received that Central Farmers does not own the track and accordingly is unable to gift the track to the City as previously stated.  City Superintendent Sulzle advised he has been in communication with BNSF and provided information on pursuing acquisition of the track from BNSF.  Council decision was made to pursue the acquisition from BNSF.

A utility permit application was received from Golden West for a right-of-way easement from the City on Broadway Circle for buried fiber optic telephone cable.  Additional information was provided by Sulzle.  Motion was made by Jeno, seconded by Hughes to approve the utility permit application.  Voting aye: Hughes, Kettwig, Luke, Jeno.  Abstaining: Nelson.  Motion carried.     

A service contract proposal from Interstate Power Systems for maintenance on the City generator was reviewed and discussed.  Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Nelson to accept the contract proposal.  Motion carried.  The decision was made to issue a standing approval for the annual service to be completed.

Discussion was held on landfill hours, with the decision made to discontinue summer hours effective November 15th.  The landfill will be open the remaining Saturdays in November from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. following that date.  The decision was made to change to the regular winter hours at the landfill effective December 1st.  The landfill will be open the 1st & 3rd Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. following that date.

An issue with accepting dishwashers at the city’s landfill was addressed.  It was advised a problem is posed by the amount of plastic on the appliance.  Discussion as held on possible disposal options. 

Renewal applications were presented for a Retail On-sale & Sunday liquor license and a Package Off-sale liquor license for Bud’s Tavern for 2016.  Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Nelson to approve the licenses.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.

Information was provided on the city’s health insurance plan, with various aspects addressed and reviewed.  Motion was made by Luke, seconded by Hughes to renew the health insurance through Wellmark/Blue Cross.  Motion carried.

Follow up discussion was held on a building permit matter.  Due to the fact the City Attorney was unable to attend the meeting as scheduled, the decision was made to table the item until the regular December meeting. 

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

Motion was made by Nelson, seconded by Kettwig to adjourn at 8:27 p.m.  Motion carried.



"When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude."

Gilbert K. Chesterton



November 6, 2015 Marion Development Foundation Proceedings

A meeting of the Marion Development Foundation (MDF) was held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, November 6th, in the City Meeting Room.  Members present were Kevin Wieman, Dustin Sulzle, Cherrie Engbrecht, Doyle Becker and City EDC Kari Muller.  Absent: Scott Laible. 

The August 26th, 2015 meeting minutes were distributed and reviewed.  Motion was made by Becker, seconded by Engbrecht to approve the minutes as presented.  Motion carried.  A treasurer’s report was provided by Engbrecht.  Motion was made by Sulzle, seconded by Becker to approve the treasurer’s report as presented.  Motion carried.  

Follow-up discussion was held on the lot located at 317 N. Broadway Avenue that was deeded to the City of Marion by the MDF.  It was advised the south six feet of the property has been deeded back to the MDF as required.  Motion was made by Becker, seconded by Engbrecht to gift the south six feet of the property to Bud’s Tavern, Inc.  Motion carried.  

Discussion was held on a proposed land acquisition matter, with various aspects addressed.

A mobile home matter was addressed.  Motion was made by Becker, seconded by Sulzle to extend a purchase offer of no more than $1500.00 for the structure located at 103 E. Washington Avenue, with the structure to be torn down and removed.  Motion carried.  Discussion was held on an additional mobile home matter, with the decision made to direct correspondence to the structure owner.

The meeting adjourned at 12:55 p.m.


November 9, 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 ninth day of November, 2015. Call to order was made by President of the School Board, Josh Luke, at 7:00 pm.

Members Present: Dan Buse, Josh Luke, Jared Schmidt and Scott Tieszen.  Absent: Daryl Gortmaker.

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

Guests Present: Karri Wieman, Sharlene Orcutt, Wendy Claussen, Alycia Kayser, and Janna Christiansen .

Action 15/16-41: Agenda – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to approve the agenda. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-42: Minutes – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt 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 15/16-43: Financial Reports – On motion by Schmidt, second by Buse 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 15/16-44: Bills for Consideration – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to approve the following claims against the District for the month of November, and then to approve checks to be issued in their payment. All members voted in favor; motion carried. (Bills to be published in paper)

Alycia Kayser shared that she was at the Board meeting for a college class assignment.

There were no Teacher Reports.

There were no School Board Reports.

Aaron Thompson gave the Business Manager report. He gave information on the upcoming financial audit, and boiler/ HVAC updates.

Michelle Larson gave the Principal report. She informed the Board on “Challenge Day,” Math Counts, Growth Mindset curriculum for the middle school, teacher observations, instructional leadership training, the middle school play, and student assessments.

David Colberg gave the Superintendent report. He shared information on the Blue Ribbon Task Force, student incentives for positive behaviors, an exercise club, and professional development.

The Board discussed the recent coop committee talks with Parker. The committee from Parker wanted to determine if consolidation would make financial sense for the two districts. Information shared with the Board included financial data, class sizes, and number of certified teachers. A four-day school week was also discussed.

Action 15/16-45: Amend Policy IGCB – On motion by Buse, second by Tieszen to amend Policy IGCB (Distance Learning) as presented to the Board. A copy of the policy can be found on the Marion School website or in the Business Office. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

The Marion School Board of Education recognized the first reading of Policy IHCDA (Concurrent/ Dual Enrollment).

Action 15/16-46: Accept Resignation – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to accept the resignation of Ken Dalke as Bus Driver as of November 30 due to health reasons, and to thank him for his years of service. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-47: Adjourn – On motion by Schmidt, second by Buse to adjourn the school board meeting at 8:05 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.



November 12, 2015 Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

The Marion Business & Professional Organization met on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant with 12 members in attendance.  Businesses present were: Central Farmers Coop., City Economic Development Coordinator, Donlan’s Foodland, Getskow Pharmacy, Hometown Insurance, Luke Heating/Cooling/Plumbing, Marion School, Rapp Motors, SEFP, Tieszen Chiropractic Clinic and Tieszen Memorial Home.

The October 8th meeting minutes and a financial report were distributed.  Motion was made by David Colberg, seconded by Dan Buse to approve the minutes and financial report as presented.  Motion carried. 

The 2015 Community Christmas Celebration was discussed.  The event will be held on Saturday, December 12th at the Marion School.  Information was provided on various matters, including advertising, prizes, work schedule, inflatables and vendors.  A change to the menu was reported, as it was advised the Tieszen Memorial Home will be donating pork loin for the event.  Members of the Marion Fire Department will be preparing the pork loin.  The free lunch will include soup and pork loin sandwiches (instead of hot dogs).  Discussion was held on a suggestion received regarding how presents are distributed at the celebration.  A variety of aspects were addressed, with it advised the matter will be re-addressed at the December 10th meeting.

Brenda Schulte, SEFP facilitator, distributed and reviewed her monthly report. Client statistics presented included current active clients, new business presentations and business plans.  Additional information was provided on types of businesses utilizing SEFP services.  Schulte advised of plans to add financial coaching and credit management to the services provided by SEFP. 

David Colberg, Marion School Superintendent, provided information on various school matters.  Colberg advised of new programs introduced at school, including CYDR (Caught You Doing Right), Math Counts, and a walking rewards program.  Additional information was provided on winter sports programs.

City EDC Kari Muller provided an update for the Marion Development Foundation.  Information covered included a property acquisition pursuit, building matter and mobile home matter.

The next meeting will be at 12:00 p.m. on December 10, 2015 at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant.




This year’s Community Christmas Celebration is fast approaching!  The festive, fun-filled event will be held on Saturday, December 12th at the Marion School.  All events will be located in the new gym, with the exception of the inflatables, which will be located in the old gym.

A free soup and pork loin sandwich lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the old gym.  Featured on the stage will be Getskow Family Music, entertaining the crowd with holiday musical selections.  Treating the crowd to a performance for the second year will be the Marion Gems (youth dance & cheer team).  Santa Claus will be helping us celebrate as well.  In addition to gifting the children with presents, Santa will be ready and waiting to take pictures with the kids.  Santa pictures will be offered for $1.00 each, with Al’s Studio taking the pictures. 

Drawing for prizes donated by our local businesses and organizations will begin at 1:00 p.m.  Drawings will be held for both adults & youth.  Sign up will be at the door the day of the event and you must be present to claim your prize (limit of one prize per person).  Over eighty prizes were given away last year!  A complete listing of prizes to be drawn for will be in the December 10th Marion Record. 

Vendor booths will also be featured at the celebration.  The variety of vendors not only showcases local talent, but also offers up an array of items to help you with your Christmas shopping.  Vendors include Norwex, Pampered Chef, Thirty-One, UsBorne Books, Tupperware, Origami Owl, Johnke Farm Soy Candles, Tastefully Simple, Jamberry, Organo Gold Coffee, Cimple Kreations, Personalized Christmas Ornaments, Wooden signs, in addition to crafts, jewelry, jams and jellies.

Featured in the old gym will be the inflatables.  These ever-popular items offer up a bouncing load of FUN for kids of all ages!  

We welcome all to Marion’s Community Christmas Celebration on Saturday, December 12th.  Hope to see you there!!   

Please note—the celebration will be held on the scheduled date regardless of the weather.



DECember Calendar of Events


Elementary Winter Concert

7:00 p.m.


City Council Meeting

MS/HS Winter Concert

7:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m.


Business & Professional Organization Meeting

Ambulance Meeting

12:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.




School Board Meeting

7:00 p.m.


Legion Meeting


7:30 p.m.




CHRISTMAS DAY -  City Office Closed





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