November 2016 Newsletter

The Marion City Times


Volume 14, Issue 11

In this issue:

November 30, 2016

v  November City Council Proceedings

v  November Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

v  November School Board Proceedings

v  Community Christmas Celebration

v December Calendar of Events


November 7, 2016 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, November 7, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the City Building with the following council members present: Jeff Jeno, Jim Kettwig, 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 Byron Nogelmeier was present from 7:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Absent: Rick Nelson.

Rich Wieman was present and addressed the Council regarding a request to vacate 6th Street on the south end of Main Avenue.  It was advised a party has expressed interest in purchasing the property.  Discussion was held on various aspects, including the existing utility easement, access for future development and the vacate procedure as outlined in State statute.  Council consensus was expressed in support of vacating the street.  Wieman advised he will consult with the adjacent property owners as required to pursue the matter.

An inquiry was received regarding a temporary storage structure matter.  General discussion was held on various aspects, including structure dimensions and zoning ordinances.  It was advised the individual would need to provide additional information and consult with the city’s Zoning Administrator.

Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by B. Luke to declare the following items surplus, to be placed on an upcoming Wieman auction: 50 railroad ties (2 packs of 25); 136 ft. of rail (ten sections); insulated roll-up door w/opener (14’ 2” wide x 13’ 6” high).  Motion carried.  The items will be included in the Wieman Auction scheduled to be held on December 14, 2016.

Council permission was given for City Superintendent Sulzle to attend a water & wastewater conference/ training in January in Pierre.

TC Sheriff Nogelmeier was present and the law enforcement report for October 2016 was distributed and reviewed.  Discussion was held on various law enforcement matters, including patrolling the industrial park and Council meeting attendance.

Discussion was held on landfill hours, with the decision made to change to 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.  Information was provided on the following landfill matters: scheduled metal pick-up service; scheduled tree-grinding service; relocating the tree pile.

It was advised a tree at the intersection of 7th Street and Cedar Avenue needs to be trimmed as it is impeding the view for traffic at the intersection.  Sulzle advised he will work with the property owner on the matter.  A stray dog issue was addressed, with it advised the City is working with the Humane Society on the matter.

Follow-up discussion was held on a Conflict of Interest policy matter.  A sample policy was distributed and reviewed, with the decision made to consult with the City Attorney on the matter.

Information was provided on an advertising/promotion opportunity on a school athletics schedule, with the decision made to forego the matter.  

Information was distributed to the council on the following: Southeast Enterprise Facilitation Project (SEFP) September and October monthly reports; 2014/2015 Audit Report.   

Motion was made by D. Luke, seconded by Kettwig to adjourn at 8:45 p.m.  Motion carried.   


November 10, 2016 Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

The Marion Business & Professional Organization met on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant with 16 members in attendance.  Businesses present were: Central Farmers Coop., City Economic Development Coordinator, Donlan’s Foodland, Luke Heating/Cooling/Plumbing, Marion Record, Marion School, Priority Real Estate, Rapp Motors, Rex’s Plumbing, Saunders Chiropractic, Schmidt Country, SEFP, Southeastern Electric and Tieszen Chiropractic Clinic.

The October 13th meeting minutes and a financial report were distributed.  Motion was made by Dick Luke, seconded by Rex VanHove to approve the minutes and financial report as presented.  Motion carried. 

Priority Real Estate and Development broker/owner Christa Helma and broker associate Jen Tieszen were in attendance and introduced to the group.

Information was provided on an advertising/promotion opportunity on a school athletics schedule from Waltner Media.

The 2016 Community Christmas Celebration was discussed.  The event will be held on Saturday, December 10th at the Marion School.  Information was provided on various matters, including event schedule, prizes, work schedule and inflatables.

Brenda Schulte, SEFP facilitator, distributed and reviewed her monthly report. Client statistics presented included current active clients, year-to-date inquiries, completed and in-progress business plans and business presentations.  Additional information was provided on SEFP’s 20-year Celebration, to be held in Marion on April 19th, and the 2017 Career Fair, to be held in Centerville on February 22nd. 

David Colberg, Marion School Superintendent, provided information on various school matters.  Colberg advised of a food drive underway with the Elementary classes, a grant received for the school’s ELL position, 4-day school week survey, successful Cross Country and Volleyball seasons and NCRC (National Career Readiness Certificate) success with the Marion Senior class. 

Chairman Matt Donlan spoke to the successful sports co-ops underway this school year, encouraging all to attend the activities and support the programs.  Kari Muller expressed appreciation to the Marion Booster Club for all they are doing and encouraged support of their efforts.

Jelene Wipf, Marion Record managing editor, addressed the group with a request to please notify her of any/all things of interest going on in the community.  Wipf advised she is working to cover a wide variety of items and get more information in the paper.   

The next meeting will be at 12:00 p.m. on December 8, 2016 at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant.



November 14, 2016 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 November, 2016. Call to order was made by President of the School Board, Josh Luke, at 6:58 pm.

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 16/17-35: Agenda – On motion by Langerock, second by Tieszen to amend the agenda to the following: 14) Personnel Matters [Executive Session, per SDCL 1-25-2 (1)], 15) Personnel, Superintendent Evaluation [Exec. Session, per SDCL 1-25-2 (1)], 16) Adjourn, then to approve the agenda as amended. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 16/17-36: Consent Motion – On motion by Buse, 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 November 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.

Sharlene Orcutt gave the Teacher Report. She shared information with the Board on reading incentives, and also participation for the Friday “help days.”

Jared Schmidt wanted to thank the Administration for addressing problems at the school and dealing with them. Scott Tieszen wanted to thank the teachers for their participation in the “Trunk or Treat” event at the Church of God. He also informed the Board on legislative priorities for the upcoming ASBSD Delegate Assembly.

Business Manager Aaron Thompson informed the Board on the upcoming fiscal audit, and discussed options for security on the school’s exterior doors.

6-12 Principal Katie Minster shared information on teacher observations, transition for the middle school classes, a CTE Improvement meeting, Career Readiness testing, data analysis, and creating a District Fact Sheet for the public. 

Superintendent David Colberg shared updates on teacher mentoring, evaluations, Region Oral Interpretation, plans to meet with open-enrolled families, Teacher SLOs, Ag Shop equipment, a food drive for the Turner County Food Pantry, Career Readiness test scores, and a new storage shed at the football field.

Action 16/17-37: Van Bids – On motion by Langerock, second by Buse to accept the bid of $350 from Jesse Paschal for the 2000 Chevrolet Express Van with wheelchair lift, previously declared as surplus property. All members voted in favor; motion carried. Bid was also received from Bill Lanfear for $300.

Action 16/17-38: Approve Contracts – On motion by Buse, second by Tieszen to approve the following contracts for the 2016/2017 school year: Scott Dent as JH Girls Basketball Coach, in the amount of $1,500; and Weston Petersen as Asst. Boys Basketball Coach, in the amount of $2,000. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 16/17-39: Amend Contract – On motion by Buse, second by Langerock to amend Carissa Lick’s contract as ELL Teacher to 50% in the amount of $18,425 for the 2016/2017 school year. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 16/17-40: Accept Resignation – On motion by Langerock, second by Schmidt to accept the resignation of Doyle Johnson as Middle School / High School Teacher, effective immediately. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 16/17-41: Approve Agreement Letter from Certified Teacher – On motion by Tieszen, second by Schmidt to approve the agreement between Doyle Johnson and the Marion School District, which includes paying out his salary and benefits for the remainder of the 2016/2017 school year. Agreement Letter will be kept on file in the Business Office. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 16/17-42: Personnel Matters – On motion by Tieszen, second by Buse to go into executive session for the purpose of Personnel Matters at 8:10 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 8:26 pm.

Action 16/17-43: Superintendent Evaluation – On motion by Schmidt, second by Langerock to go into executive session for the purpose of Personnel Matters (Superintendent Evaluation) at 8:28 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 9:46 pm.

Action 16/17-44: Adjourn – On motion by Langerock, second by Buse to adjourn the school board meeting at 9:47 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.   



This year’s Community Christmas Celebration is fast approaching!  The festive, fun-filled event will be held on Saturday, December 10th 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 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 $3000.00 of Marion Bucks and prizes were given away last year!  A complete listing of prizes to be drawn for will be in the December 8th 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.  Last year's event featured approximately twenty vendors.

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 10th.  Hope to see you there!!   

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



DECember Calendar of Events


City Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.


Business & Professional Organization Meeting

Ambulance Meeting

Elementary/JH/HS Winter Concert

12:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m.




School Board Meeting

7:00 p.m.


Legion Meeting

7:30 p.m.








City Office Closed





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