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October 2016 Newsletter

The Marion City Times

 

Volume 14 Issue 10

In this issue:

October 31, 2016

v   October City Council Proceedings

v  October Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

v  October School Board Proceedings

v November Calendar of Events

   

October 3, 2016 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, October 3, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the City Building with the following council members present: Jim Kettwig, Dick Luke, Rick Nelson and John Ptak, together with the Mayor Ron Globke and Finance Officer Kari Muller.  Also attending the meeting was City Superintendent Dustin Sulzle.  Absent: Jeff Jeno, Bryan Luke.

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 dredging and picnic shelter improvements.  Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Ptak to release $5000.00 from the General Fund Parks account to the MACC.  Motion carried.

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.  Motion was made by D. Luke, seconded by Nelson to release the funds in the amount of $15,000.00 from the 2016 appropriation to the Marion Development Foundation.  Motion carried.

It was advised the annual street oiling has been completed.  Additional information was provided on street oiling matters.

Discussion was held on materials removed from the railroad tracks on Broadway Avenue.  It was advised interest has been expressed in obtaining the rubber that was removed.  Declaring the other materials surplus was addressed.  The matter will be placed on the regular November meeting agenda. 

City Superintendent Sulzle provided information on some possible upcoming shop supply purchases.

The law enforcement report for September 2016 was distributed and reviewed.

Council permission was given for Finance Officer Muller to attend a software User Group meeting on November 17th in Lemars, IA.

It was advised Sulzle and City Maintenance Jeff Bartscher will be attending the S.D. Mosquito Control Conference in Pierre on October 12th.  Sulzle will also be attending a water workshop in Pierre on December 1st & 2nd.

The second reading of Ordinance #312 – 2017 Appropriation was held.  Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by Nelson to adopt Ordinance #312.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.  Motion was made by D. Luke, seconded by Kettwig to adopt Resolution #130, 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 #313 – Supplemental Appropriation was held.  Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by Kettwig to adopt Ordinance #313.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.

Renewal applications were presented for a Retail On-sale & Sunday liquor license and a Package Off-sale liquor license for Bud’s Tavern for 2017.  Motion was made by Nelson, seconded by Ptak 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 Kettwig, seconded by D. Luke to renew the health insurance through Wellmark/Blue Cross.  Motion carried.

Discussion was held on a Conflict of Interest policy matter.  The item will be placed on the regular November meeting agenda. 

The Southeast Enterprise Facilitation Project (SEFP) 2016 Semi-Annual Report was distributed to the council. 

Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Ptak to adjourn at 8:00 p.m.  Motion carried.

     

       

October 10,  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 tenth day of October, 2016. Call to order was made by President of the School Board, Josh Luke, at 7:00 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 16/17-27: Agenda – On motion by Buse, second by Langerock to amend the agenda to the following: 13) ELL Grant, 14) Personnel Matters (Executive Session, per SDCL 1-25-2 (1)), 15) Adjourn, then to approve the agenda as amended. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 16/17-28: Consent Motion – On motion by Langerock, 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 October 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.

Kim Buseman gave the Teacher Report. The teachers wanted to thank the Board for the Bearcat polo shirts. Mrs. Buseman also gave information on the Homecoming parade, parent-teacher conferences, and teacher comments on the four-day school week.

Jared Schmidt commented on the positive feedback with the Marion Booster Club. The Board wanted to publicly thank the Booster Club for their efforts. Josh Luke shared a concern with the number of messages sent through the school’s automated messaging system, and a concern with the date of the parent-teacher conference, as it conflicted with a home volleyball match at Freeman Academy. Scott Tieszen suggested a community-wide float building day for the Homecoming parade in the future, and mentioned the Parent Advisory Board as part of the Board goals.

Business Manager Aaron Thompson discussed bus driver testing, boiler updates, and communication with the School Board committees.

6-12 Principal Katie Minster shared information on teacher SLOs, counseling & behavioral issues in the junior high, improvements on students turning in assignments, cell phone issues, Senior class members to meet with the Board on school policies, Homecoming activities, and attendance concerns.

Superintendent David Colberg shared updates on the book fair, Friday “help days,” the four-day school week survey, and SPI scores from the past two school years.

Resolution 16/17-29: Approve Policy IGDB – Let it be hereby resolved that on motion by Langerock, second by Buse to approve Policy IGDB (Participation of Students in Extra-Curricular Activities) as amended and presented to the Marion School Board of Education. A copy of the policy will be kept on file in the Business Office and on the Marion School website. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 16/17-30: Surplus Property – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to declare the 2000 Chevrolet Express Van with wheelchair lift as surplus property, and to seek sealed bids on this property. A list of the surplus property will be kept on file in the Business Office. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 16/17-31: Resignation – On motion by Langerock, second by Tieszen to accept the resignation of April Gossen as Paraprofessional, and to thank her for her years of service to the District. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 16/17-32: ELL Grant – On motion by Tieszen, second by Schmidt to allow the District to apply for a grant through the SD Department of Education for ELL teaching services. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 16/17-33: Personnel Matters – On motion by Buse, second by Langerock to go into executive session for the purpose of Personnel Matters at 8:20 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 8:54 pm.

Action 16/17-34: Adjourn – On motion by Langerock, second by Buse to adjourn the school board meeting at 8:54 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

     

 

Keep your eyes open to your mercies.  The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.

Robert Louis Stevenson

 

October 13,  2016 B & P Organization Proceedings

The Marion Business & Professional Organization met on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant with 17 members in attendance.  Businesses present were: Al’s Studio, Central Farmers, City Economic Development Coordinator, Donlan’s Foodland, Farmers State Bank, Hometown Insurance, Marion Record, Marion School, Rapp Motors, Saunders Chiropractic, Schmidt Country, SEFP, Southeastern Electric, Tieszen Chiropractic Clinic and Tieszen Memorial Home.

The September 8th meeting minutes and a financial report were distributed.  Motion was made by Barc Smith, seconded by Glen Rapp to approve the minutes and financial report as presented.

It was advised the promotional drawing for the month of November will be for a Thanksgiving meal, as donated by Tieszen Chiropractic Clinic.

The 2016 Community Christmas Celebration was discussed.  The date for this year’s event is Saturday, December 10th.  The celebration will be held at the Marion School, with a free pork loin sandwich & soup luncheon served from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Musical entertainment will be provided by Getskow Family Music.  Additional features include prize drawings, vendor booths, Santa pictures, inflatables and a dance performance by the Marion Gems.  Discussion was held on advertising, work schedule and other related matters.

Brenda Schulte, SEFP facilitator, distributed and reviewed her monthly facilitator report.  Regarding September activities, Schulte reported she worked with 7 clients and began 1 new business plan, with 4 plans in progress.  Additional information was provided on other clients stats, as well as suggestions for November’s Shop at Home activities.

Katie Minster, Marion School Secondary Principal, provided an update on school matters.  Minster thanked everyone for all that was done for Homecoming.  Information was given on education requirement changes, as well as student projects completed under the new Art program.

The next meeting will be at 12:00 p.m. on November 10, 2016 at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant.

      

                                                                               

NOVEMber Calendar of Events

11/6

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS

11/7

City Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.

11/8

Fire Department Meeting

7:30 p.m.

11/10

B & P Organization Meeting

Ambulance Meeting

12:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

11/11

VETERAN'S DAY - City Office Closed

11/14

School Board Meeting

7:00 p.m.

11/21

Legion Meeting

7:30 p.m.

11/24

THANKSGIVING DAY - City Office Closed
 

 

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