Home Up Contents

September 2015

June 2017 May 2017 April 2017 March 2017 February 2017 January 2017 December 2016 November 2016 October 2016 September 2016 August 2016 July 2016 June 2016 May 2016 April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015

September 2015 Newsletter

The Marion City Times

 

Volume 13, Issue 9

In this issue:

September 30, 2015

v   September City Council Proceedings

v  September Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

v  September School Board Proceedings

v October Calendar of Events

   

September 8, 2015 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the City Building with the following council members present: 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.  Dave Hughes joined the meeting at 7:12 p.m.  Absent: none. 

The Southeast Enterprise Facilitation Project (SEFP) August monthly report was distributed to the council.  An invitation was extended to the council for Central Farmers Cooperative’s upcoming Show Plot Tour and Supper events. 

Motion was made by Jeno, seconded by Thomas to hold the first reading of Ordinance #310 – Supplemental Appropriation.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.  The second reading will be held at the regular October meeting.

A Public Hearing was held at 7:15 p.m. on a petition submitted by Jerry Herlyn for a Zoning Amendment requesting an amendment from Residential (R-1) classification to Agricultural (A) classification for the property legally described as: 1) Lot 7 & West ½ of Lot 8, Hopf’s Second Addition, City of Marion, Turner County, South Dakota, and 2) East ½ of Lot 8 & all of Lot 9, Hopf’s Second Addition, City of Marion, Turner County, South Dakota,

for the purpose of constructing a storage building.  Zoning Board Council Rep. Jeff Jeno reported that, following the Zoning Board’s August 26th Public Hearing, the Zoning Board’s recommendation to the City Council was to deny the rezoning request.  Two property owners appeared before the Council in opposition of approving the amendment.  No one appeared before the council in favor of approving the amendment.  Motion was made by Hughes, seconded by Thomas to deny the zoning amendment.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.

Rick Waltner, Marion Fire Department (MFD) Chief, was present along with other MFD members and requested a release of funds from the Fire Department account to put towards operation expenses and fire hall funds.  Motion was made by Thomas, seconded by Luke to release $20,500.00 from the General Fund Fire Department account to the MFD.  Motion carried. 

Nikki Bauerle, First Church of God Youth Pastor, was present and provided follow-up information for the church’s street closure request.  Bauerle advised of a change to the request to block off Lincoln Avenue from Florida Street to 1st Street, with it occurring on Sunday nights instead of Wednesday nights.  It was reported the street closure times would be from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Bauerle advised she had spoken to all but one of the neighboring property owners and no concerns were presented.  Following discussion on various aspects, the decision was made to grant permission for the street closure as requested with it advised if any issues arise, the matter will need to be revisited.

Bauerle advised of a community Halloween trunk-or-treat event being pursued by the Marion Area Ministerial Association.  Possibly locating the event on a one-block section of Broadway Avenue was addressed.  Discussion was held on various aspects, with other possible locations suggested.  Bauerle advised they will pursue one of the alternate locations.

Discussion was held on a property complaint.  Zoning regulations and nuisance ordinances were reviewed with no action taken.

Follow-up discussion was held on a drainage ditch matter, with a cost estimate provided.  The decision was made to forego the matter at this time.

General discussion was held on the Broadway Avenue railroad crossing matter.

Follow up discussion was held on the city shop/ambulance shed roof leak, with it advised the leak has been repaired.  Discussion was held on additional information provided from the contractor.

A water service matter was addressed, with inquiries made into curb stop(s) and lot ownership.  Following general discussion, it was advised City Superintendent Sulzle will follow-up on the matter. 

An agreement was presented for the purchase of municipal accounting software from Data Technologies, Inc.  Motion was made by Thomas, seconded by Kettwig to accept and sign the agreement.  Motion carried.

A financial overview of the Summer Rec and Soccer seasons was provided. 

Sulzle provided an update on the leak identification/repair project at the City’s swimming pool.  It was advised a company is scheduled to camera the lines this month. 

The law enforcement report for August was distributed and reviewed.  Discussion was held on miscellaneous law enforcement matters.

Motion was made by Thomas, seconded by Luke to approve the appointment of Cam Becker as the City’s Zoning Administrator.  Motion carried.

A building permit matter was addressed.  Discussion was held on implementing a penalty/fine for failure to obtain a building permit before beginning a project.  The decision was made to obtain additional information in order to pursue the matter.

The proposed 2016 budget was reviewed.  Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Hughes to hold the first reading of Ordinance #309 – 2016 Appropriation Ordinance.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.  The second reading will be held at the regular October meeting.

Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Thomas to enter into Executive Session at 8:56 p.m. for personnel matters pursuant to SDCL 1-25-2(1).  Motion carried.  The Mayor declared to come out of Executive Session at 9:20 p.m. and council thereupon adjourned.    

 

 

September 10,  2015 B & P Organization Proceedings

The Marion Business & Professional Organization met on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant with 14 members in attendance.  Businesses present were: Central Farmers Coop., City Economic Development Coordinator, Donlan’s Foodland, Farmers State Bank, Getskow Pharmacy, Hometown Insurance, Luke Heating/ Cooling/Plumbing, Rapp Motors, Rex’s Plumbing, SEFP, Tieszen Chiropractic Clinic and Woltman Group.

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

Discussion was held on the promotional drawing for the month of October.  The decision was made to hold a drawing for $25 Marion Bucks, as donated by Rapp Motors.

Information was provided on Marion Homecoming Week.  Coronation will be held on Monday, September 21st at 7:30 p.m., with an MHS Cheerleader’s fundraiser meal preceding the event.  The Marion cross country and volleyball teams have multiple meets/matches throughout the week.  The parade will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, September 25th, with a pep rally following at the school.  A reminder was given for two more members from the organization needed to work the gates at the football game vs. Bon Homme on the 25th.

Follow-up discussion was held on a Highway 44 sign/beautification project, with it advised other entities within the community have been provided with preliminary information and are in support of the project.  Miscellaneous aspects were addressed, including the condition of the current sign.

Glen Rapp provided an update on the relocation status of the State Champions sign.

Brenda Schulte, incoming SEFP facilitator, distributed and reviewed the monthly facilitator report.  Schulte advised that Nancy Larsen will be retiring September 30th after 18 years as an Enterprise Facilitator.  Client statistics presented included new inquiries, active clients, business presentations and upcoming meetings.  Schulte also distributed and reviewed the 2015 Semi-Annual Report, with information presented on the decline/trends of new business startups.

City EDC Kari Muller provided an update for the Marion Development Foundation (MDF), advising the MDF closed with the Marion Fire Department on a commercial property purchase at the beginning of the month.

The next meeting will be at 12:00 p.m. on October 8, 2015 at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant.

  

 

Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.

Mark Twain

 

September 14,  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 fourteenth day of September, 2015. Call to order was made by President of the School Board, Josh Luke, at 7:00 pm.

Members Present: Dan Buse, Daryl Gortmaker, Josh Luke, Jared Schmidt and Scott Tieszen.  Absent: None.

Officers Present: E. David Colberg, Superintendent; Michelle Larson, Principal; and Aaron Thompson, Business Manager.  Absent: None.

Guests Present: Ed Kreider, Shelly Wieman, Becky Luke, Steven Luke, Denise Arbach, and Trish Kreider.

Action 15/16-22: Agenda – On motion by Schmidt, second by Buse to amend the agenda to the following: remove Prom Discussing as item #7 and change it to SDHSAA Election Ballot; then to approve the agenda. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-23: Minutes – On motion by Buse, second by Tieszen 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 15/16-24: Financial Reports – On motion by Buse, second by Gortmaker 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 15/16-25: Bills for Consideration – On motion by Buse, second by Gortmaker to approve the following claims against the District for the month of September, and then to approve checks to be issued in their payment. All members voted in favor; motion carried. (Bills to be published in paper)

Ed Kreider shared concerns with the State Report Card on Marion’s “Smarter Balanced” test scores. Mrs. Larson stated that no public information can be shared until September 22.

Action 15/16-26: SDHSAA Official Ballot – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to vote for Dr. Brian Maher (Sioux Falls School District) as the Division I Representative on the SDHSAA 2015 Official Election Ballot. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

There were no Teacher Reports.

School Board reports were given. Daryl Gortmaker discussed information on football field lights purchased from the Grant-Deuel School District. Dan Buse informed the Board that he attended the teacher in-service training put on by TIE. Scott Tieszen inquired about writing a transgender policy for the District. 

Aaron Thompson gave the Business Manager report. He discussed meeting with the Building & Grounds committee in order to discuss possible projects for the school. 

Michelle Larson gave the Principal report. She gave information on the Data Retreat, parent involvement, teacher in-services, and a “Challenge Day” for grades 7-12 on October 13. Mrs. Larson also shared testing data with the Board.

David Colberg gave the Superintendent report. He informed the Board on assessment data, JH Boys Basketball, Homecoming, JH Volleyball, and high school band numbers.  

The Board discussed coop options for the future. Josh Luke has been in contact with Jason Chester of the Parker School Board to find out Parker’s interest in a coop. Parker has stated interest in sharing academics as well. The Board also discussed the boys’ basketball coop with Freeman.

Action 15/16-27: Workers’ Pay for Athletic Events – On motion by Buse, second by Tieszen to approve workers’ pay for athletic events as presented to the Board. A list of pay rates will be kept on file in the Business Office. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Board President Josh Luke called a recess at 8:39 pm, and declared back in session at 8:42 pm.

Resolution 15/16-28: Approve FY2016 Budget – Let it be resolved, that on motion by Buse, second by Schmidt, the School Board of the Marion School District #60-3, after duly considering the proposed budget and its changes thereto, to be published in accordance with SDCL 13-11-2 hereby approves and adopts its proposed budget and changes thereto, to be its Annual Budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. The adopted Annual Budget levy requests are as follows: General Fund - $1.568/$1000 for AG, $4.075/$1000 for OO, $8.727/$1000 for OTH/UTIL, $0 taken for General Fund Opt-Out (maximum is $150,000); Capital Outlay - $2.60/$1000; Special Education - $1.409/$1000; Pension Fund - $0.30/$1000. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-29: Approve Handbooks – On motion by Buse, second by Tieszen to approve the Student & Staff Handbooks as presented to the Board. Handbooks will be kept on file in the Business Office and on the Marion School website. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-30: Surplus Property – On motion by Gortmaker, second by Schmidt to declare various laptop computers as surplus property, to be disposed of as the Administration sees fit. A list of the surplus property will be kept on file in the Business Office. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-31: Amend / Approve Contracts – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to amend Jan Kraemer’s Quiz Bowl Advisor contract to Co-Advisor in the amount of $300.00 for the 2015/2016 school year; to approve William Lanfear’s Quiz Bowl Co-Advisor contract in the amount of $300.00 for the 2015/2016 school year; and to approve Carissa Lick’s ELL Coordinator contract (part time) in the amount of $22.00 per hour for the 2015/2016 school year. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 15/16-32: Adjourn – On motion by Schmidt, second by Buse to adjourn the school board meeting at 8:50 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

   

                                                                               

OCTOber Calendar of Events

10/5

City Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.

10/8

B & P Organization Meeting

Ambulance Meeting

12:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

10/12

COLUMBUS DAY

10/19

Legion Meeting

7:30 p.m.

10/31

HALLOWEEN
 

 

Send mail to marionsd@gwtc.net with questions or comments about this web site.  Copyright © 2004 City of Marion, SD.