October 2015 Newsletter

The Marion City Times


Volume 13, Issue 10

In this issue:

October 31, 2015

v   October City Council Proceedings

v October Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

v  October School Board Proceedings

v November Calendar of Events


October 5, 2015 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, October 5, 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 7:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Absent: none. 

Nick Hruby appeared before the council to address the city ordinance regarding dog ownership limit/weight restrictions.  Hruby asked for the council to consider amending the ordinance to allow for ownership of more than 2 dogs that weigh more than 25 pounds.  It was advised the matter will be placed on the regular November meeting agenda.

An update was provided on the Broadway Avenue railroad crossing matter, with it reported Central Farmers has advised they intend to gift the track to the City.  Discussion was held on various, related aspects. 

Brief discussion was held on a school road closure/safety concern. 

City Superintendent Sulzle advised the ambulance shed roof repair project has been completed.  Discussion was held on possibly purchasing new lights for the city shop.  

Sulzle provided an update on the swimming pool repair, advising the leak was identified and repaired, and the concrete is scheduled to be poured this week.  Discussion was held on the condition of the picnic shelter located by the swimming pool, with it reported an individual has expressed interest in donating funds to be applied to renovation of the shelter.  It was advised the matter will be pursued. 

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

An issue with plastic being dumped at the city’s landfill was addressed. 

Follow up discussion was held on a building permit matter.  Information was provided in regards to assessing a fine for failure to obtain a building permit before beginning a project.  Various, related aspects were addressed, with the decision made to consult with the City Attorney on the matter. 

The second reading of Ordinance #309 – 2016 Appropriation was held.  Motion was made by Luke, seconded by Hughes to adopt Ordinance #309.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.  Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Luke to adopt Resolution #129, a resolution to revise and establish rates and charges to consumers of utilities provided by the City of Marion.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.

The second reading of Ordinance #310 – Supplemental Appropriation was held.  Motion was made by Thomas, seconded by Jeno to adopt Ordinance #310.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.

Council permission was given for Finance Officer Muller to attend the annual Election Workshop on November 20th in Sioux Falls.

The Southeast Enterprise Facilitation Project (SEFP) September monthly report and 2015 Semi-Annual Report were distributed to the council. 

Motion was made by Thomas, seconded by Kettwig to adjourn at 8:53 p.m.  Motion carried.



October 8,  2015 Business & Professional Organization  Proceedings

The Marion Business & Professional Organization met on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant with 13 members in attendance.  Businesses present were: Central Farmers Coop., City Economic Development Coordinator, Donlan’s Foodland, Farmers State Bank, Hometown Insurance, Marion School, Rapp Motors, Rex’s Plumbing, SEFP, Southeastern Electric, Tieszen Chiropractic Clinic and Tieszen Memorial Home.

The September 10th meeting minutes and a financial report were distributed.  Motion was made by Dick Luke, seconded by David Colberg to approve the minutes and financial report as presented.  Motion carried. 

Discussion was held on the promotional drawing for the month of November.  The decision was made to hold a drawing for a Thanksgiving meal, as donated by Tieszen Chiropractic Clinic.

The 2015 Community Christmas Celebration was discussed.  The date for this year’s event is Saturday, December 12th.  The celebration will be held at the Marion School, with a free hot dog & soup luncheon served from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Live musical entertainment will be provided by Queena Getskow and family.  Additional features include prize drawings, vendor booths, Santa pictures and a dance performance by the Marion Gems.

A fundraiser donation request was received.  It was advised the MHS Jr. Class will be holding a prom fundraiser during the October 22nd home football game.  Motion was made by Rex VanHove, seconded by Heidi Ptak to donate $20 Marion Bucks.  Motion carried.

Follow-up discussion was held on the Highway 44 sign project, with Matt Donlan advising the matter will be tabled until January 2016.  Glen Rapp provided an update on the relocation status of the State Champions sign.

Brenda Schulte, SEFP facilitator, distributed and reviewed her monthly report. Client statistics presented included new inquiries, active clients and upcoming meetings.  Schulte advised of a recently completed 1st Dollar of Business presentation. 

David Colberg, Marion School Superintendent, provided information on various school matters.  Topics addressed included Parent/Teacher Conference format, upcoming staff training, Homecoming overview, enrollment data and the school’s Crisis Plan.

Brief discussion was held on the organization’s participation with the MHS Homecoming activities, including taking tickets at the football game and parade involvement.

Laura Wilson advised of the October 11th dedication for the new chapel at the Tieszen Memorial Nursing Home.  Additional information was provided on employment opportunities.

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



It's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”

Eleanor Roosevelt



October 12,  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 twelfth day of October, 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: Shelly Wieman, Jennifer Pankratz, Peter Preheim, Heather Hofer, Danny Preheim, Bob Preheim, Ed Kreider, Trish Kreider, and Denise Arbach.

Action 15/16-33: Agenda – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to amend the agenda to the following: 15 – Approve Open Enrollment, 16 – Adjourn; and then to approve the agenda. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-34: 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 15/16-35: Financial Reports – On motion by Buse, second by Tieszen 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 15/16-36: Bills for Consideration – On motion by Tieszen, second by Buse to approve the following claims against the District for the month of October, and then to approve checks to be issued in their payment. All members voted in favor; motion carried. (Bills to be published in paper)

Peter Preheim shared concerns on payments to athletic event workers, that the school should use volunteers. He also stated concerns on coop talks with Parker, as consolidation is always brought up in talks with Parker. Shelly Wieman had a question on junior high basketball with Freeman. There were several comments from the public on sports coops.

Action 15/16-37: High School Handbook Amendment, Prom – On motion by Schmidt, second by Buse to update the High School Handbook, to include Freshmen & Sophomores in the High School Prom. Updates added to the handbook can be found on the Marion School website, or in the Business Office. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

There were no Teacher Reports.

School Board reports were given. Jared Schmidt wanted to thank those who were involved in helping out with the Homecoming pep rally.

Aaron Thompson gave the Business Manager report. He discussed the recent boiler inspection and boiler repairs, as well as funding information from the Blue Ribbon Task Force.

Michelle Larson gave the Principal report. She gave a presentation on the School Performance Index, detailing test scores, attendance and other academic information. Mrs. Larson also gave information on “Challenge Day” and Parent-Teacher Conferences.

David Colberg gave the Superintendent report. He informed the Board on the Blue Ribbon Task Force, emergency procedures information from other school districts, and teacher observations.

The Board discussed the recent coop talks with Parker. The meeting between Parker and Marion administrators and two members from each Board included talks on an all-sports coop, offering additional classes shared by the two districts, and a four-day week versus a five-day week. A committee from both schools will meet again to discuss what is needed between the districts.

Action 15/16-38: Approve Contracts – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to approve the following contracts for the 2015/2016 school year: Darlene Lanfear as Preschool Aide / Preschool Driver in the amount of $10.75 per hour (aide) and $40.00 per day (driver); and Ashley Huber as Bus Driver in the amount of $30.50 per route. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-39: Approve Open Enrollment – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to approve Open Enrollment of Student A for the 2015/2016 school year. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-40: Adjourn – On motion by Schmidt, second by Buse to adjourn the school board meeting at 9:00 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.



November Calendar of Events




City Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.


Community Rake Day


VETERAN'S DAY - City Office Closed


Marion B & P Organization Meeting

Ambulance Meeting

12:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.


Legion Meeting

7:30 p.m.


THANKSGIVING DAY - City Office Closed


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