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September 2017 Newsletter

The Marion City Times

 

Volume 15 Issue 9

In this issue:

September 30, 2017

v   September City Council Proceedings

v  September Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

v  September School Board Proceedings

v October Calendar of Events

   

September 6, 2017 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Wednesday, September 6, 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 7:43 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Absent: none.

A correction to the minutes of the August 7, 2017 meeting is as follows: City Superintendent Sulzle provided information on a utility concern with the proposed construction of a new home.  It was advised the structure would be located right up against a city water line.  A correction to the minutes of the August 28, 2017 meeting is as follows: A Public Hearing was held at 6:00 p.m. for a Petition for Vacation of Street.  In attendance at the hearing in favor of granting the petition were Kevin Wieman, Don Waldner, Joey Waldner and Diane Waldner.  No one appeared before the council in opposition of granting the petition.  The utility easement to the City was addressed.  Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by Smith to grant the petition for the vacation of the following street: That portion of Sixth Street located between Lot Eight, Block Two of Wieman’s Addition to the City of Marion, and Lot One, Block Three of Wieman’s Addition to the City of Marion, all in Turner County, South Dakota.  Voting aye: Kettwig, Ptak, D. Luke.  Voting nay: B. Luke, Nelson, Smith.  Mayor Globke cast an aye vote to break the tie.  Motion failed due to a lack of super majority (two-thirds vote) as required per SDCL 9-45-9.  Motion was made by D. Luke, seconded by B. Luke to approve the minutes from the August 7th & 28th, 2017 meetings as amended and approve the minutes from the August 23rd, 2017 meeting.  Motion carried.     

A Public Hearing was held at 7:13 p.m. on a One Day Malt Beverage License requested by Bowlway Lanes, LLC for the Turner County Triathlon to be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  No one appeared before the council in favor or opposition of granting the license.  Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by B. Luke to grant the license.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.

A Public Hearing was held at 7:15 p.m. for a Variance Permit as submitted by Steve Hunter for the purpose of construction of a garage on Lots 11 & 12, Block 2, Heetlands 2nd Addition, City of Marion.  The variance request is for the construction of a 20’ x 48’ garage.  The reason for the variance is for 48’ length rather than 40’ length as suggested in the Zoning Regulations.  Steve Hunter was present at the hearing.  No one appeared before the council in opposition of granting the permit.  Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by Smith to grant the permit.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.

A Public Hearing was held at 7:20 p.m. for a Variance Permit as submitted by Jeremy Thomas for the purpose of construction of a fence on the East ½ of Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 all in Block 2, original City of Marion being part of the North ½, Southwest ½, 5-99-54 and the East ½ of Lot ½ in Block 2, original City of Marion and Lot 1 of Marion School Addition to the City of Marion, South Dakota.  The variance request is for the construction of a wooden fence.  The reason for the variance is that the fence is to be located on the street side of the property inside of the 25’ setback as suggested in the Zoning Regulations.  Jeremy Thomas appeared before the council in favor of granting the permit.  Thomas distributed mapping/photo documentation to the council.  Thomas advised of plans to remove the trees that are currently at less than the 25’ setback from the road and wanting to place the fence fairly close to where the trees are/were located.  It was advised a portion of the fence would be beyond Thomas’ property line and therefore, located in the public right-of-way.  Discussion was held on various aspects, including snow removal and property line concerns.  No one appeared before the council in opposition of granting the permit.  Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by B. Luke to grant the permit not to exceed the property line.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.

Cam Becker and Bryan Kraemer, representing the Marion Fire Department (MFD), 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 Kettwig, seconded by D. Luke to release $20,000.00 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.  Follow-up information was provided from the city’s insurance provider (SDPAA) pertaining to the fire hall project.  The decision was made to have the MFD provide requested information to the SDPAA.

Josh Luke, Marion School Board President, was present and provided an update on the new football field project.  Luke advised the field will be ready to play on for the first home game.  It was confirmed the old field will not be utilized by the school going forward.  The matter of the school using the City’s bleachers from the old field for football games was addressed, with Council approval given.  Discussion was held on the gravel that was put in last year below the school’s new bleachers at the old field, with Luke advising the school will get it excavated and black dirt put back as per the previous agreement.  Discussion was held on the youth soccer program, with Luke advising the school is completely on board with soccer being played on the new field.  The matter of the removal of items from the old field was addressed, including goalposts, crow’s nest, concession stand and scoreboard.

TC Sheriff’s Sergeant Roman was present and the law enforcement report for August 2017 was distributed and reviewed.  Discussion was held on miscellaneous law enforcement matters, including thefts, truancy and school patrols.

The second reading of Ordinance #314 – Grass Clippings was held.  Motion was made by Smith, seconded by Ptak to adopt Ordinance #314.  Motion carried.  Discussion was held on ordinance enforcement.

No new information was presented on the proposed development matter.

City Superintendent Sulzle provided an update on the following: annual street oiling; Juniper Avenue street repair; utility concern regarding the proposed construction of a new home.

Discussion was held on general landfill matters.

Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by B. Luke to increase the General Fund Pest Control account by $1148.00 from a Mosquito Control grant.  Motion carried.

The proposed 2018 budget was reviewed.  Motion was made by Ptak, seconded by D. Luke to hold the first reading of Ordinance #315 – 2018 Appropriation Ordinance.  Motion unanimously carried upon roll call vote.  The second reading will be held at the regular October meeting.

The status of the petition and resolution to vacate 6th Street was addressed.  It was reiterated that the motion made at the August 28th meeting to grant the petition for the vacation of the street did not pass due to the lack of a two-thirds passing vote as required by South Dakota Codified Law.  Accordingly, the resolution is null/void.  

The Southeast Enterprise Facilitation Project (SEFP) September monthly report was distributed to the council.

Motion was made by Kettwig, seconded by B. Luke to adjourn at 8:38 p.m.  Motion carried.

 

       

September 14,  2017 B & P Organization Proceedings

The Marion Business & Professional Organization met on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at Katie’s Malt Shoppe & Restaurant with 10 members in attendance.  Businesses present were: Al’s Studio, Central Farmer’s Coop., Cherrybean Coffee, City Economic Development Coordinator, Donlan’s, Marion School, Priority Real Estate, Rapp Motors and SEFP.

The July 13th meeting minutes and a financial report were distributed.  Motion was made by Glen Rapp, seconded by Dan Buse 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 Priority Real Estate.

The need for additional information/items from businesses for the Welcome Packets distributed by the organization to new residents was addressed.  Chairman Matt Donlan stressed the importance of continuing to offer the packets.  General discussion was held on the matter.

Brenda Schulte, SEFP facilitator, distributed and reviewed her monthly facilitator report.  Schulte reported she worked with eight clients and had three inquiries in August.  Schulte also had a booth at the Turner County Fair with four past SEFP clients.   

Dave Colberg, Marion School Superintendent, provided information on various school matters, including STAR testing and the new football field.  The matter of B & P members working as ticket takers at the homecoming football game was addressed.  It was advised the National Honor Society would be serving coffee and donuts as a fundraiser in front of Cherrybean Coffee on Friday morning, September 15th.

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

   

 

The heat of autumn is different from the heat of summer.  One ripens the apples, the other turns them to cider.

Jane Hirshfield

 

 

September 14,  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 fourteenth day of September, 2017. Call to order was made by President of the School Board, Josh Luke, at 7:00 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 17/18-12: Agenda – On motion by Langerock, second by Scott Luke to approve the agenda as presented. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 17/18-13: Consent Motion – On motion by Schmidt, 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.

Cherrie Engbrecht and Matt Donlan came before the Board representing the Marion Booster Club. They informed the Board on activities and fundraisers done over the past year, and trying to raise funds and school spirit. They want to work with the school and not compete with school fundraisers. They also emphasized the importance of keeping more business local from the school. Kevin Wieman came before the Board to ask if we can get more information from families taking children out of the district. He also mentioned that he would like to get a committee to talk with surrounding schools about sharing any resources or consolidation talks.

Karri Wieman gave the Teacher Report. She gave information on the Marion Education Association’s involvement with SDEA. They have resources such as a mentor program, “specials” curriculum, and help day workshops and other resources.

School Board member Jared Schmidt wanted to thank the Administration for getting the football field project complete. He also has heard concerns about having AD or other staff at sporting events. School Board president Josh Luke wanted to know if the Administration is talking to families that open-enroll kids from the district, and also how the part-time library position is working out. Scott Tieszen has heard from several concerned parents about head lice at the school.

Business Manager Aaron Thompson gave the Board information on the 17/18 food service approval, a meal charge policy, security door updates, and Federal funding.

6-12 Principal Katie Minster shared information on class schedules and better attitudes in the MS and HS, STAR testing, reading intervention, handbook changes, Homecoming activities, and reduced missing assignments.

Superintendent David Colberg gave updates on the football field, Homecoming activities, Dibels reading tests, JH & JV football teams are undefeated, and good behavior incentives.  

Action 17/18-14: Amend Student/Teacher Handbooks – On motion by Langerock, second by Tieszen to amend the Student and Teacher Handbooks as presented to the Marion School Board of Education. A copy of the Handbooks will be kept on file in the Principal’s Office and on the Marion School website. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Resolution 17/18-15: Approve FY2018 Budget – Let it be resolved, that on motion by Schmidt, second by Scott Luke, 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, 2017 through June 30, 2018. The adopted Annual Budget levy requests are as follows: General Fund: $1.507/$1000 for AG, $3.372/$1000 for OO, $6.978/$1000 for OTH/UTIL, $0 taken for General Fund Opt-Out (maximum is $150,000); Capital Outlay: $610,000; Special Education: $1.461/$1000. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 17/18-16: Surplus Property – On motion by Schmidt, second by Tieszen to declare a Canon IPF 710 ProGraf printer as surplus property. A listing of the surplus property will be kept on file in the Business Office. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 17/18-17: Approve Contracts – On motion by Langerock, second by Schmidt to approve the following contracts for the 2017/2018 school year: David Peterson as Part-Time Custodian at $11.50 per hour, and Jennifer Pankratz as JH Volleyball Coach at $1,600.00. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Action 17/18-18: Adjourn – On motion by Schmidt, second by Langerock to adjourn the school board meeting at 9:04 pm. All members voted in favor; motion carried.

      

                                                                               

OCTOber Calendar of Events

10/2

City Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.

10/3

Fire Department Meeting

7:30 p.m.

10/9

COLUMBUS DAY

10/10

School Board Meeting

5:00 p.m.

10/12

B & P Organization Meeting

Ambulance Meeting

12:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

10/16

Legion Meeting

7:30 p.m.

10/31

HALLOWEEN
 

 

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