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November 2017 Newsletter

The Marion City Times


Volume 15, Issue 11

In this issue:

November 30, 2017

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 6, 2017 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, November 6, 2017, 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 Deputies Colter Hendrix and Anthony Jacobs were present from 7:40 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.  Absent: none.

A correction to the minutes of the October 2, 2017 meeting is as follows: Dustin Sulzle, Marion Development Foundation (MDF) Vice President, requested a release of funds from the General Fund Economic Development account for community economic development pursuits.  It was advised residential development would be an area of focus.  Motion was made by Nelson, seconded by Ptak to approve the minutes from the October 2, 2017 meeting as amended.  Motion carried.     

Motion was made by D. Luke, seconded by Ptak to transfer $100.00 out of the General Fund Contingency account into the General Fund Insurance account.  Motion carried.

Dustin Sulzle, Marion Development Foundation (MDF) Vice President, conveyed information from the MDF regarding the pursuit of housing development(s).  Discussion was held on a proposed housing development project at the city’s football/baseball field property.  Multiple aspects were addressed, including lot size & quantity, additional land acquisition, engineering needs and infrastructure.  Additional discussion was held on a previously proposed housing development project on the west side of town, as well as a street vacation/development matter.  The decision was made to pursue the proposed housing development project at the football/baseball field property with an initial focus on acquisition of adjoining land.

TC Sheriff’s Deputies Hendrix and Jacobs were present and the law enforcement report for October 2017 was distributed and reviewed.  Report items regarding drug activity were addressed.  Hendrix inquired into the replacement of signs at the city’s water plant due to the faded condition of the current signs.  It was reported the signs, in addition to others in town, will be replaced.  A matter of radio communication capability between the fire department and the sheriff’s department was addressed.

Heidi Ptak of Hometown Insurance Agency was present and provided provider/plan comparison information for the city’s group health insurance plan.  Discussion was held on a variety of aspects, including closed network vs. open network, deductibles, co-pays and flex spending accounts.  Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Smith to renew the health insurance through Wellmark with Hometown Insurance Agency as the agent of record.  Voting aye: Kettwig, B. Luke, D. Luke, Nelson, Smith.  Abstaining: Ptak.  Motion carried.

Follow-up discussion was held on going to a radio-read water meter system.  Sulzle provided information from City Engineer Jon Fischer in regards to obtaining funding for the project, with it advised the City would need to get on the State Water Plan.  Additional discussion was held on various matters, including installing meter pits and monitoring capabilities.  The decision was made to have Sulzle follow-up with Fischer and proceed as required for placement on the State Water Plan.

Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by Smith to declare the city’s Kubota ZD326 mower surplus, to be placed on an upcoming Wieman auction.  Motion carried.  The item will be included in the Wieman Auction scheduled to be held on March 7, 2018.  Motion was made by D. Luke, seconded by B. Luke to declare the steel slide, formerly located at the city park, surplus and accept sealed bids for the item.  All bids need to be in to the City Office by December 4, 2017.

General discussion was held a security concern.  Sulzle provided an update on budgeted cement projects.  It was advised the backhoe tires will be replaced this year. 

An update was provided on the city park, with it advised the park is closed to camping for the season.  The decision was made to keep the gate open to provide access as needed until substantial snowfall.  Information was provided on a property insurance matter.

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.  Follow-up discussion was held on the matter of locking the gates after each use outside of regular operating hours, with it advised it is working out well.

A matter of needing to obtain high visibility clothing for city employees was addressed.  The council authorized Sulzle to order items as needed for the current season, with additional items to be ordered in the spring.

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

Information was provided and general discussion was held on the following:  tracking leave time on payroll; earning additional vacation leave with employment exceeding 10 years; time-tracking amongst departments.

Motion was made by D. Luke, seconded by Nelson to adjourn at 9:34 p.m.  Motion carried.



November 9, 2017 Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

The Marion Business & Professional Organization met on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant with 10 members in attendance.  Businesses present were: Al’s Studio, Cherrybean Coffee, City Economic Development Coordinator, Donlan’s Foodland, Marion School, Rapp Motors, Saunders Chiropractic, Schmidt Country, SEFP and Southeastern Electric.

The October 12th meeting minutes and a financial report were distributed.  Motion was made by Glen Rapp, seconded by Dave Colberg to approve the minutes and financial report as presented.  Motion carried.

The 2017 Community Christmas Celebration was discussed.  The event will be held on Saturday, December 9th at the Marion School.  Information was provided on various matters, including event schedule, prizes/donations, work schedule and inflatables.

Brenda Schulte, Southeast Enterprise Facilitation Project (SEFP) facilitator, distributed and reviewed her monthly report.  Regarding October activities, Schulte reported she had 4 inquiries, worked with 8 clients and has 4 business plans in various stages.  Information was provided on “Shop at Home” suggestions and activities, with it advised Small Business Saturday is November 25th.

David Colberg, Marion School Superintendent, provided information on various school matters.  Colberg advised of 1st Quarter accomplishments for the Accelerated Reader (AR) program, honor roll & perfect attendance achievements, and Caught You Doing Right program highlights.

The next meeting will be at 12:00 p.m. on December 14, 2017 at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant.



November 13, 2017 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 thirteenth day of November, 2017. 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 17/18-23: Agenda – On motion by Langerock, second by Schmidt to approve the agenda as presented. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 17/18-24: Consent Motion – On motion by Tieszen, second by Scott Luke 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.

Rachael Massey gave the Teacher Report. She informed the Board on Physics and Science class projects, Students vs. Staff basketball fundraiser, and professional development for ELL.

School Board member Scott Tieszen gave information on ASBSD legislative issues. School Board president Josh Luke asked about football equipment to be declared surplus or to be repaired. He also asked about the Elementary Winter Concert.

Gerry Kaufman from ASBSD presented the Marion Board of Education with an ASBSD School Board Award.

Business Manager Aaron Thompson gave the Board information on the upcoming financial audit, heating repairs, and transportation.

6-12 Principal Katie Minster shared information on the Newsela reading program, honor roll, teacher training, NCRC and ASVAB testing, homework deadlines, help days, class projects, MS Honor Band in Yankton, and a “Charlie Brown Christmas” musical.

Superintendent David Colberg gave updates on STARs/DIBELs testing, shot clocks installed, the Veteran’s Day program (he thanked Mrs. Pankratz and Mrs. Timmerman for putting on the program), a desk review for accreditation, pick-ups for help days, an elementary basketball camp, basketball schedule update, an online Spanish program, and AR awards.

The Board of Education recognized the first reading of the Reporting of Child Abuse Policy. 

Action 17/18-25: Approve Infestation Policy – On motion by Langerock, second by Scott Luke to approve Infestation Policy XXX as presented to the School Board. Policy will be available on Marion School website and in the Business Office. All members voted in favor; motion carried. 

Action 17/18-26: Approve Background Check Policy – On motion by Schmidt, second by Tieszen to approve Background Check Policy XXX as amended and presented to the School Board. Policy will be available on Marion School website and in the Business Office. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 17/18-27: Approve Contract – On motion by Langerock, second by Tieszen to approve the contract of Austin Unruh as JH Boys Basketball Coach in the amount of $1,600.00 for the 2017/2018 school year. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 17/18-28: Personnel Matters – On motion by Schmidt, second by Scott Luke to go into executive session for the purpose of Personnel Matters (Superintendent Evaluation) at 8:10 pm, as per SDCL 1-25-2(1). All members voted in favor; motion carried. 

Josh Luke declared out of executive session at 9:20 pm.

Action 17/18-29: Adjourn – On motion by Schmidt, second by Langerock to adjourn the school board meeting at 9:21 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 9th 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 7th 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 9th.  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

K-5th Holiday Concert

7:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m.




School Board Meeting

7:00 p.m.


Business & Professional Organization Meeting

Ambulance Meeting

MS/HS Holiday Concert

12:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m.


Legion Meeting

7:30 p.m.






CHRISTMAS DAY - City Office Closed





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