September 2016 Newsletter

The Marion City Times


Volume 14 Issue 9

In this issue:

September 30, 2016

v   September City Council Proceedings

v  September Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

v  September School Board Proceedings

v October Calendar of Events


September 7, 2016 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 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 John Ptak, together with the Mayor Ron Globke and Finance Officer Kari Muller.  Also attending the meeting was City Superintendent Dustin Sulzle.  Absent: none.

Nominations for Councilperson for the Ward Two vacancy were opened and motion was made by D. Luke, seconded by Ptak to nominate Bryan Luke.  Nelson motioned, Kettwig seconded that nominations cease.  Motion carried.  Bryan Luke is to fill the remaining term in Ward Two.  Bryan Luke was present, took his Oath of Office and joined the meeting at 7:10 p.m.

City Superintendent Sulzle provided an update on the Broadway Avenue RR crossing project, advising work will proceed as planned.

Discussion was held on an inquiry from a property owner regarding dust control.  It was advised the matter would need to be handled by the property owner. 

Bryan Kraemer and Steve Kraemer, Marion Fire Department (MFD) members, were present and requested a release of funds from the Fire Department account to put towards operation expenses and fire hall funds.  Motion was made by Jeno, seconded by D. Luke to release $20,500.00 from the General Fund Fire Department account to the MFD.  Motion carried.  It was advised the MFD will need to submit a financial report to the city.

Sulzle advised the water line has been completed for the school’s practice football field.  Confirmation was provided for the City’s previously agreed-upon financial contribution to the project. 

Nancy Korkow and Daren Korkow from Addy Disposal were present for discussion held on garbage/recycling pick-up matters.  The council addressed some concerns/issues, including the need for consistent recycling pick-up and other related, miscellaneous matters. 

Follow-up discussion was held on the condition of one of the large cottonwood trees located by the bandstand, with it reiterated the tree is dying.  Sulzle provided estimates for having the dead portions of the tree cleaned up vs. dropping the tree and having it removed.  The decision was made to have the tree taken down and removed.

It was reported vandalism occurred at the big ballfield over the Labor Day weekend wherein youth riding 4-wheelers tore up the baseball field.  It was advised the matter will be followed-up on with the assistance of the Turner County Sheriff’s Department. 

Discussion was held on general landfill matters.

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

A Proposal was distributed for Professional Services for Engineering Design Standards, Standard Specifications for Public Improvements and Subdivision Regulations to be completed by Stockwell Engineers.  Motion was made by Jeno, seconded by Kettwig to authorize the Mayor to sign the agreement for professional services from Stockwell Engineers.  Motion carried.

Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by Nelson to increase the General Fund Pest Control account by $1128.00 from a Mosquito Control grant.  Motion carried.

The proposed 2017 budget was reviewed.  Motion was made by D. Luke, seconded by Ptak to hold the first reading of Ordinance #312 – 2017 Appropriation Ordinance.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.  The second reading will be held at the regular October meeting.

Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by B. Luke to hold the first reading of Ordinance #313 – Supplemental Appropriation.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.  The second reading will be held at the regular October meeting.

The Southeast Enterprise Facilitation Project (SEFP) July and August monthly reports were distributed to the council.

Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by Nelson to adjourn at 8:30 p.m.  Motion carried.



September 8,  2016 B & P Organization Proceedings

The Marion Business & Professional Organization met on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant with 11 members in attendance.  Businesses present were: Al’s Studio, City Economic Development Coordinator, Hometown Insurance, Luke Heating/Cooling/Plumbing, Marion Record, Marion School, Rapp Motors, Saunders Chiropractic and SEFP.

The June 9th meeting minutes and a financial report were distributed.  Motion was made by Glen Rapp, seconded by Heidi Ptak to approve the minutes and financial report as presented.

Jelene Wipf, Marion Record managing editor, and Katie Minster, Marion School Secondary Principal, were in attendance and introduced to the group.

It was advised the promotional drawing for October will be for a Freeman Academy/Marion Bearcats bleacher seat, as donated by Donlan’s Foodland.

An overview of the Summer Celebration was provided.  Kari Muller highlighted the organization’s Bingo event, advising that 30 businesses, individuals and organizations donated a total of 40 prizes for the event.  Muller expressed special thanks to Diane Schoenwald and Dick Luke for their assistance with the event. 

Information was provided on Marion Homecoming Week.  Coronation will be held on Monday, September 26th, and the home football game against Hanson will take place on Friday, September 30th.  Minster advised the theme decision will be made on September 9th, with information coming out within the next 1-2 weeks.

Appreciation was expressed to organization members Bryan Luke, Shannon Luke and Matt Donlan for working the gates at the home football game held on September 2nd.

David Colberg, Marion School Superintendent, provided an update on school matters.  Information was given on testing matters, Booster Club activities/spirit gear, Staff vs. Students basketball game, Conflict of Interest policy, practice football field water service update, and Marion’s inclusion in the Tri-Valley Conference.

Brenda Schulte, SEFP facilitator, distributed and reviewed her monthly facilitator report.  Schulte reported that, year-to-date, she has had 24 inquiries and has 8 current active clients.  Additional information was provided on business plans, 1st Dollar Presentations and Shop at Home activity ideas.

An invitation was extended to the members to attend a business lunch on September 24th at the First Church of God.  The special guest speaker, Ruth Lyons, will give insight on how to successfully build a business based on Christian principles.

Information was provided on the Marion Booster Club’s Pep Bus opportunity.  It was advised the Booster Club is organizing a Pep Bus to provided transportation for Marion spectators to and from the away “home” games in Menno and Freeman.  Businesses are being given the opportunity to play a role in supporting the youth athletic activities and sponsor the Pep Bus for a night.

The next meeting will be at 12:00 p.m. on October 13, 2016 at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant.



Be careful of your thoughts; they may become words at any moment.

Iara Gassen


September 12, 2016 Marion Development Foundation Proceedings

A meeting of the Marion Development Foundation (MDF) was held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, September 12, 2016 in the City Meeting Room.  Members present were Kevin Wieman, Dustin Sulzle, Cherrie Engbrecht, Doyle Becker and City EDC Kari Muller.  Absent: Scott Laible. 

The February 12, 2016 meeting minutes were distributed and reviewed, with the minutes approved as presented.  A treasurer’s report was provided by Engbrecht.  Motion was made by Sulzle, seconded by Wieman to approve the treasurer’s report as presented.  Motion carried.  

Additional discussion was held on an advertising venture with the Lund Theatre in Viborg.  Wieman advised he will follow-up on the matter.

Discussion was held on possible land acquisition matters put before the MDF for housing and/or commercial purposes.  Various, related aspects were addressed, including infrastructure development, street access, funding and offering tax credits.

The meeting adjourned at 1:35 p.m.



September 12,  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 twelfth day of September, 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 16/17-19: Agenda – On motion by Buse, second by Schmidt to approve the agenda. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 16/17-20: 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 September 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.  There were no Teacher Reports. 

Dan Buse had questions on the new interactive boards. Larry Langerock suggested that someone talk with families that open enrolled from the District. Josh Luke discussed where and when the new scoreboard should be installed. Jared Schmidt commented on the lack of response on Marion’s counter-offer to Parker; he also asked about the possibility of Freeman joining the Freeman Academy-Marion coop.

Business Manager Aaron Thompson shared transportation updates with the Board.

6-12 Principal Katie Minster shared information on homecoming, Freeman Academy students coming to Marion’s parade, first “Help Day” on September 16, the “8 to Great” program, SLO teacher goals, and the computer gaming class.

Superintendent David Colberg shared updates on “Help Day” scheduling, Dibels Math & Reading scores, ACT results, and plans to survey the community on the 4-day school week. He also wanted to thank the Marion Booster Club for their efforts.

The Board of Education recognized the first reading of Policy IGDB (Participation of Students in Extra-Curricular Activities). No motions were made. 

Action 16/17-21: Conflict of Interest – On motion by Buse, second by Langerock to approve Conflict of Interest Disclosure forms for the following individuals: David Colberg, Katherine Minster, Josh Luke, Dan Buse, and Scott Tieszen. Forms will be kept on file in the District Office. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 16/17-22: Approve FY2017 Budget – Let it be resolved, that on motion by Buse, second by Langerock, 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, 2016 through June 30, 2017. The adopted Annual Budget levy requests are as follows: General Fund: $1.568/$1000 for AG, $3.687/$1000 for OO, $7.630/$1000 for OTH/UTIL, $0 taken for General Fund Opt-Out (maximum is $150,000); Capital Outlay: $590,000; Special Education: $1.505/$1000. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 16/17-23: Amend Contract – On motion by Langerock, second by Schmidt to amend Carissa Lick’s certified contract as ELL Teacher to 37.5%, or $13,818.75, for the 2016/2017 school year. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 16/17-24: Approve Contract – On motion by Schmidt, second by Buse to approve Jamie Carda’s contract as part-time Custodian and Preschool Van Driver ($11.00 per hour for Custodian, and $40.00 per day for Driver) for the 2016/2017 school year. All members voted in favor; motion carried.  

Action 16/17-25: Approve School Board Goals – On motion by Tieszen, second by Langerock to approve the 2016/2017 Marion School Board of Education Goals as presented. A copy of the goals will be posted on the Marion School website, and will be kept on file in the District Office. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 16/17-26: Adjourn – On motion by Schmidt, second by Langerock to adjourn the school board meeting at 8:27 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.



OCTOber Calendar of Events


City Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.


Fire Department Meeting

7:30 p.m.



School Board Meeting


7:00 p.m.


B & P Organization Meeting

Ambulance Meeting

12:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.


Legion Meeting

7:30 p.m.




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