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October 2017 Newsletter

The Marion City Times


Volume 14, Issue 10

In this issue:

October 31, 2017

v   October City Council Proceedings

v  October Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

v  October School Board Proceedings

v November Calendar of Events


October 2, 2017 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, October 2, 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 Sergeant John Roman was present from 7:38 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Absent: none.

Jeremy Thomas, representing the Marion Fire Department (MFD), was present and requested the final release of funds from the Fire Department account to put towards operation expenses.  Motion was made by B. Luke, seconded by Ptak to release $500.00 from the General Fund Fire Department account to the MFD.  Motion carried.

Thomas appeared before the council regarding a previously addressed fence matter.  Thomas inquired into the possibility of acquiring a portion of city property/right-of-way on the east side of his property for the desired placement of a fence.  Discussion was held on various aspects, including utilities and snow removal concerns.  The council advised Thomas he would be unable to acquire any of the city/right-of-way property.         

Josh Luke, representing the Marion Area Community Club (MACC), was present and provided a committee update on Park Improvement projects.  Discussion was held on proposed projects, including lake dredging and picnic shelter improvements.  Josh Luke requested a release of funds from the Parks account budgeted for park improvements.  Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by Smith 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 Kettwig to release the funds in the amount of $20,000.00 from the 2017 appropriation to the Marion Development Foundation.  Motion carried.

Kevin Wieman appeared before the council regarding the unsuccessful vacation of 6th Street.  Wieman spoke to various matters including private property deed restrictions, a proposed housing development project and the development of 6th Street.

Brad McCoy, representing the Monroe Town Board, was present and requested a reduction to the annual amount paid by the Town of Monroe to the City of Marion for landfill usage.  McCoy spoke to modest landfill use by Monroe residents, in addition to attempting to make budget cuts to allow for street work to be completed.  Motion was made by B. Luke, seconded by Ptak to lower the Town of Monroe’s annual amount charged from $800.00 to $600.00 for 2018.  Motion carried.

Discussion was held on a fiber optic project to be completed for Golden West in Marion in April/May 2018.  It was advised Golden West has engineered and plans to install fiber optic cable to all current subscribers in town.  An Application for Utility Permit was distributed and reviewed.  Various project aspects were addressed, including methods of construction and impact to property/streets.  Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by Nelson to approve the Utility Permit.  Motion carried.

TC Sheriff’s Sergeant Roman was present and the law enforcement report for September 2017 was distributed and reviewed.  A multi-entity incident occurring over the previous weekend was addressed.  Discussion was held on miscellaneous law enforcement matters, including a dog-barking complaint and a park/camping matter.

City Superintendent Sulzle provided information regarding a drainage matter on Broadway Avenue & West 2nd Street.   Consistent pooling of water due to an alleyway being built up too much over the last several years was addressed.  Discussion was held on completing necessary drainage work to the impacted area in Spring 2018, with the decision made to send notification letters to the affected properties for the planned project.

Mayor Globke, representing the American Legion, advised the Legion needs to put in a ramp for access to the Legion Hall.  Construction details were provided, with the council confirming support of the ramp project.

The proposed 2nd Street development plans were addressed, with it advised the matter will be tabled at this time.

Discussion was held on the city’s estimated water loss.  Pursuing a radio-read meter system was addressed, with the decision made to have Sulzle obtain information on the matter.

Sulzle provided information on a mower replacement matter. 

Removing the agri-lime from the old football field was addressed, with it advised this will be completed this year (time permitting).  Pursuing housing development on this property was discussed, with the decision made to pursue the matter.

Obtaining additional Summer Rec supplies, including bases and jerseys, was addressed. 

A matter of unacceptable items placed in the pit at the City’s landfill was addressed.  Following discussion, the decision was made to ensure the gate is locked after each use outside of regular operating hours.

Council permission was given for Finance Officer Muller to attend a software User Group meeting on October 26th in Lemars, IA.

It was advised Sulzle and City Maintenance Jeff Bartscher will be attending the S.D. Mosquito Control Conference in Aberdeen on October 11th.

The second reading of Ordinance #315 – 2018 Appropriation was held.  Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Smith to adopt Ordinance #315.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.  Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by Nelson to adopt Resolution #131, 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.

Renewal applications were presented for Retail On-sale, Package Off-sale & Sunday liquor licenses for Bud’s Tavern for 2018.  Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by B. Luke to approve the licenses.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.  A renewal application was presented for a Package Off-sale & Sunday liquor license for D & R Minimart for 2018.  Motion was made by B. Luke, seconded by D. Luke to approve the license.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.

Renewal information was provided on the city’s health insurance plan, with various aspects addressed and reviewed.  The decision was made to obtain information from additional providers. 

Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by B. Luke to enter into Executive Session at 9:23 p.m. for personnel matters pursuant to SDCL 1-25-2(1).  Motion carried.  The Mayor declared to come out of Executive Session at 10:05 p.m. and council thereupon adjourned.



October 10,  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 tenth day of October, 2017. Call to order was made by President of the School Board, Josh Luke, at 5:02 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 17/18-19: Agenda – On motion by Schmidt, second by Scott Luke to approve the agenda as presented. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 17/18-20: Consent Motion – On motion by Tieszen, 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 October, and to approve checks to be issued in their payment (bills to be published in paper). All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Linda Luke came before the Board to inform them on the recent book fair. Donations totaling about $1,500 were given for the Marion Library to purchase new books, plus book fair sales will add approximately $1,300 in free books for the library. The Board thanked Mrs. Luke for her work in setting up the book fair and contacting area businesses for library donations.

There were no Teacher Reports.

School Board member Scott Tieszen commended the school for using shop class students to complete projects on school facilities. School Board member Jared Schmidt asked about a letter received from Kevin Wieman regarding communication with area schools & communities. Board and Administration discussed the letter and will discuss it further at the next board meeting. School Board president Josh Luke brought up a concern on students staying on their floats during the Homecoming Parade.

Business Manager Aaron Thompson gave the Board information on the fire marshal’s inspection, building updates, and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

6-12 Principal Katie Minster shared information on parent-teacher conferences, tardy student updates, a high school teachers’ meeting, State testing, “free college application” week, and ineligibility improvements.

Superintendent David Colberg gave updates on basketball shot clocks, electricity to the Crow’s Nest, meeting with the County Health Nurse, Help Day presentations, parent-teacher conferences, Consolidated Application approval, Fall Count enrollment, and the fulfillment of the Teacher Pay requirement.

The Board of Education recognized the first reading of the Head Lice Policy. It was recommended to change the name of the policy to the Infestation Policy.

The Board of Education recognized the first reading of the Background Check Policy.

Action 17/18-21: Approve Contract – On motion by Langerock, second by Schmidt to approve the contract of Jennifer Pankratz as Asst. Girls Basketball Coach in the amount of $2,200.00 for the 2017/2018 school year. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 17/18-22: Adjourn – On motion by Schmidt, second by Scott Luke to adjourn the school board meeting at 6:01 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.



If the only prayer you ever say is 'thank you', that will be enough.

Eckhart Tolle


October 12,  2017 B & P Organization Proceedings

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

The September 14th meeting minutes and a financial report were distributed.  Motion was made by Angela Sperling, seconded by Dr. Jon Saunders to approve the minutes and financial report as presented.  Motion carried.

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

The 2017 Community Christmas Celebration was discussed.  The date for this year’s event is Saturday, December 9th.  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.  Information was provided on advertising, work schedule and other related matters.

Brenda Schulte, Southeast Enterprise Facilitation Project (SEFP) facilitator, distributed and reviewed her monthly report.  Regarding September activities, Schulte reported she worked with 8 clients, has 3 business plans in progress and began planning the 2018 Regional Career Fair.  Information was provided on all services offered by SEFP.

Katie Minster, Marion School Secondary Principal, provided an update on school matters.  Minster advised of a new component to the mandatory State testing completed by students during their junior year of high school wherein applicable scores will provide for acceptance into South Dakota colleges.  It was reported that Marion High School was one of the schools chosen for Free Application Week.  During the last week of October, seniors will be able to apply for up to three colleges in South Dakota for free.  Minster advised the new middle school schedule is proving to be very beneficial to both students and staff.

The next meeting will be at 12:00 p.m. on November 9, 2017 at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant.



NOVEMber Calendar of Events




City Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.


Fire Department Meeting

7:30 p.m.


B & P Organization Meeting

Ambulance Meeting

12:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.


City Office Closed




School Board Meeting

7:00 p.m.


Legion Meeting

7:30 p.m.


THANKSGIVING DAY - City Office Closed


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