April 2009 Newsletter

The Marion City Times


Volume 7, Issue 4

In this issue:

April 30, 2009

v   April City Council Proceedings

v  April Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

v  April School Board Proceedings

v May Calendar of Events


April 6, 2009 City Council Proceedings

The City Council of the City of Marion, South Dakota met in regular session on Monday, April 6, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the City Building with the following council members present: Dee Herlyn, Jeff Jeno, Bill Konda and Judy Schlunsen, together with the Mayor Ron Globke and Finance Officer Kari Muller. Dave Viet was present from 7:04 p.m. – 8:53 p.m. Also attending the meeting was City Superintendent Larry Hopf and City Maintenance employee Dustin Sulzle. Turner County Sheriff Byron Nogelmeier was present from 7:30 p.m. – 7:40 p.m. Absent: Keith Weber.

A Public Hearing was held at 7:15 p.m. on a One Day Malt Beverage License requested by the Marion Volunteer Fire Department for their Annual Fun Night to be held on Saturday, April 18, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. midnight at the Fire Hall. Dick Luke, MFD Chief, was present in favor of granting the license. No one appeared before the council in opposition of granting the license. Motion was made by Konda, seconded by Schlunsen to grant the license. Voting aye: Konda, Viet, Schlunsen, Jeno. Voting nay: Herlyn. Motion carried.

A citizen concern regarding snow removal was addressed. Present for the discussion was John Davis. Various aspects of snow removal operations were reviewed, with no action taken.

Turner County Sheriff Nogelmeier was present and a monthly law enforcement report for March was distributed and reviewed. Discussion was held on the need for more patrol around the park, including the Florida Street and Hieb Street intersection.

An update was provided on the sanitary sewer improvements project. It was advised applications were recently sent in for pipe line crossing permits from BNSF Railway. It was advised the project specs and plans were submitted to the State on April 2nd and are currently under review. Copies of each were distributed to the Council, as well as Hopf and Sulzle, for review and comment, with all comments due to City Engineer Jon Fischer by mid-April. Once any/all necessary changes are incorporated, advertising for bids will occur, with this tentatively scheduled for the last two weeks of April. The Mayor advised that once the bid has been awarded and prior to work beginning, the City will hold a meeting with home & business owners to be impacted by the project.

Motion was made by Viet, seconded by Jeno to increase Dustin Sulzle’s wage from $15.45/hr. to $15.70/hr. for Wastewater Class 1 certification received in March. Motion carried.

Discussion was held on a citizen concern regarding a yield sign at the intersection of Washington and Dakota. An inquiry was made into having the sign face the opposite direction. The decision was made to leave the sign as is, with a request to be made of the sheriff’s department to more closely patrol the area.

Hopf advised Kooiker Roofing would be completing the city building roof repair as they presented the lowest bid.

An update was provided on the Veteran’s Memorial Park project. Mayor Globke advised the fence will be put in as soon as conditions permit. It was confirmed the landscaping will be completed in May, with the work being done by individuals through the federal work release program.

Discussion was held on paint for the pool house floors, with Hopf advised to order the necessary materials from Marion Lumber.

Additional applications received for the Swimming Pool lifeguards positions were reviewed. Motion was made by Schlunsen, seconded by Herlyn to hire the following individuals for the 2009 season: Trey Waltner, Lifeguard; Rachel Carlson, Substitute Lifeguard. Motion carried. Motion was made by Jeno, seconded by Schlunsen to set the Swimming Pool Manager and Lifeguard wages as follows: Linda Luke, Manager - $9.00/hr.; Tera McVay, Head Lifeguard - $8.25/hr.; Jessi Langrock - $8.00/hr; Cara Schardin - $7.75/hr.; Trey Waltner - $7.50/hr.; Allison Luke - $7.25/hr.; Rachel Carlson - $7.25/hr. Motion carried.

The decision was made to change to summer hours at the landfill effective April 21st. An ad will run in the April 16th issue of the Marion Record.

Discussion was held on single stream recycling, with the decision made to complete additional research on the matter.

Motion was made by Konda, seconded by Herlyn to enter into Executive Session at 8:30 p.m. for legal and personnel matters. Motion carried. The Mayor declared to come out of Executive Session at 8:52 p.m.

The decision was made to hold a Community Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 25th, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The rain date will be May 2nd. Details regarding the event will be advertised prior to the 25th.

Motion was made by Jeno, seconded by Herlyn to authorize the Mayor to sign the renewal contract for the Bookmobile services for the 2009-2010 year with the City paying $400.00 and the School paying $400.00. Motion carried.

Motion was made by Konda, seconded by Herlyn to approve Muller to attend the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development Conference in Pierre on April 14-15, 2009. Motion carried.

Motion was made by Schlunsen, seconded by Konda to accept and approve the 2008 Annual Report presented by Finance Officer Muller. Motion carried.

The decision was made to authorize the Mayor to sign a proclamation declaring May 1st through June 20th, 2009 as a special time to show appreciation for our Military and proclaim it as NATIONAL MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH.

Motion was made by Konda, seconded by Jeno to adjourn at 9:12 p.m. Motion carried.



April 9,  2009 Business & Professional Organization Proceedings

The Marion Business & Professional Organization met on Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 12:00 p.m. at the Tieszen Memorial Home with 12 members in attendance. Businesses present were: Al’s Studio, Central Farmers Coop., City Economic Development Coordinator, CPA Heather Hofer, Donlan’s Foodland, Marion Medical Clinic, Marion School, Marion Veterinary Clinic, Post Office, Southeastern Electric, Tieszen Chiropractic Clinic, Tieszen Memorial Home.

Kari Muller, Secretary/Treasurer, distributed the March 12th meeting minutes and a financial report, with both approved as presented. An update was provided on membership dues paid to date.

Discussion was held on the promotional drawing for the month of May. The decision was made to hold a drawing for three books of Forever stamps, as donated by Diane Schoenwald. The drawing will be held on May 8th.

The 2009 Annual SEFP Report was distributed to all. It was advised the Annual Investor Reception will be held on April 15th in Freeman.

Muller advised the Marion Development Foundation’s annual meeting was held on March 26th. There are currently two director positions open.

A reminder was given for the Marion School Board election on Tuesday, April 14th.

Paul Engbrecht reported construction on a new four-unit apartment building for Tieszen Memorial Home will begin this month. Additionally, Engbrecht advised the board is considering building a new wellness center to the north of the existing facility and incorporating an Alzheimer’s unit in the existing facility.

Information was provided on the following: MACC Easter Egg Hunt; City Wide Clean Up Day; summer landfill hours change; Summer Bingo event; Veteran’s Memorial Park dedication.

The next meeting will be at 12:00 p.m. on May 14, 2009 at the Tieszen Memorial Home.



“Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching but also without attempting to play God.”

Henry Kissinger



April 13,  2009 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 thirteenth day of April, 2009 at 7:00 pm.

Members Present: Bialas, Koehn, Langerock, Nelson, and Preheim. Absent: None.

Officers Present: Denise Fox, Superintendent; Adam Shaw, Secondary Principal; and Aaron Thompson, Business Manager. Absent: None.

Guests Present: None.

Call to order was made by President of the School Board, Joel Bialas, at 7:04 pm.

Action 08/09-100: Agenda – On motion by Preheim, second by Koehn to approve the agenda. Motion carried.

Action 08/09-101: Minutes – On motion by Koehn, second by Nelson to approve the March Board minutes and to acknowledge receipt of the Cornbelt Educational Cooperative minutes. Motion carried.

Action 08/09-102: Financial Reports – On motion by Langerock, second by Preheim to approve the financial reports of the District as shown in Table 1 (to be published in paper). Motion carried.

Action 08/09-103: Bills for Consideration – On motion by Preheim, second by Koehn to approve the following claims against the District for the month of April, and then to approve checks to be issued in their payment. Motion carried. (Bills to be published in paper)

There were no Delegations. There were no Teacher reports.

School Board Reports: School Board Vice President Peter Preheim informed the Board on an upcoming workshop at Cedar Shores in Oacoma on April 22nd. This workshop covers bully prevention, and is open to School Board members and School Administrators.

Aaron Thompson gave the Business Manager Report. He gave information on the School Board election, the School Budget for the 2009/2010 fiscal school year, and a Business Manager conference he will attend in Pierre this month.

Adam Shaw gave the Secondary Principal Report. He informed the Board on students of the month, Dakota Step testing, Parent/Teacher conferences, and that Tiffany Davis has been invited to an Academic Awards banquet in Pierre this month. Mr. Shaw also gave the Athletic Director Report, detailing Cornbelt Conference updates, a district change for Marion next year, new Girls Basketball uniforms ordered, and a Hurley/Marion versus Howard football game to be played at Howard Wood Field on Sept. 4, 2009.

Denise Fox gave the Superintendent report. She informed the Board that Shane Voss will be the new Superintendent at Alcester/Hudson beginning next school year. Mrs. Fox also gave information on Parent/Teacher conferences, Library Week activities, a sample of the Marion School flyer, school equipment/inspection updates, current Marion School enrollment, and fall enrollment numbers for all South Dakota school districts.

Action 08/09-104: SDHSAA Resolution – On motion by Koehn, second by Nelson to authorize membership for Marion High School in the South Dakota High School Activities Association for the 2009/2010 fiscal school year. Motion carried.

Action 08/09-105: Nurse Contract – On motion by Preheim, second by Langerock approve the Nurse Services contract from Pioneer Memorial for the 2009/2010 fiscal school year, with a copy of the contract available in the Business Office. Motion carried.

Transportation issues were discussed, including purchasing a minivan and selling the Chevy Express Van.

Action 08/09-106: Surplus Van – On motion by Koehn, second by Nelson to declare the 2005 Chevrolet Express Van as surplus property, and to advertise for sealed bids (SDCL 6-13-1). Motion carried.

Action 08/09-107: Negotiations – On motion by Nelson, second by Langerock to go into executive session for the purpose of Negotiation at 8:43 pm. Motion carried. President of the School Board, Joel Bialas, declared out of executive session at 9:24 pm.

Action 08/09-108: Personnel – On motion by Preheim, second by Langerock to go into executive session for the purpose of Personnel at 9:25 pm. Motion carried. President of the School Board, Joel Bialas, declared out of executive session at 9:50 pm.

Action 08/09-109: Staff Reductions – On motion by Preheim, second by Nelson to change the 0.43 FTE teaching contract of Marcia Harms to 0.30 FTE, the 0.31 teaching contracts of Janice Kraemer and Sandra Tieszen to 0.30 FTE, and the 1.0 FTE teaching/counselor contract of Meredith DeCou to 0.60 FTE, for the 2009/2010 fiscal school year due to reductions in staff. Motion carried.

Action 08/09-110: Offer Certified Contracts – On motion by Nelson, second by Langerock to offer the following certified contracts for the 2009/2010 fiscal school year, with salaries to be published in July, 2009: Kylea Waltner – Jr. Kindergarten/Special Education Teacher; Kimberly Buseman – Kindergarten Teacher; Joyce Weber – First Grade Teacher; Sharlene Orcutt – Second Grade Teacher; Karri Wieman – Third Grade Teacher; Heidi Roth – Fourth Grade Teacher; Brett Smith – Fifth Grade Teacher; Sara Kettwig – Sixth Grade Teacher/Special Ed. Director; Bruce Hansen – Science/History Teacher; Karla Harms – FACS Teacher; Marcia Harms – Art Teacher; Ben Irlbeck – Math Teacher; Jerry Kippes – Commercial Teacher / Tech Coordinator; Linda Kotzea – Math/Science Teacher; Scott Meyer – Social Studies Teacher; Becky Mohr – English/Journalism Teacher; Ronald Nelson – Agriculture/Science Teacher; Aaron Schmeling – Band/Vocal Teacher; Janna Christiansen – Special Education Teacher; Meredith DeCou – Counselor/ Secondary Teacher; Dinah Jefferis – Title I Teacher; Janice Kraemer – PE Teacher; Sandra Tieszen – Elem. Vocal Teacher. Motion carried.

Action 08/09-111: Offer Classified Contracts – On motion by Koehn, second by Preheim to offer the following classified contracts for the 2009/2010 fiscal school year, with salaries to be published in July, 2009: Ranee Poppens – Instructional Aide; Dustin Wolforth – Instructional Aide; Linda Luke – Librarian Aide; Linda Whitham – Head Cook; Rosalie Evans – Cook/FS Manager; Vicki Schardin – Administrative Secretary; Cyndy Weber – Receptionist; John Quenzer – Custodian; Shaun Faulkner – Custodian; Rosalie Evans – Bus Driver; Brett Smith – Bus Driver; Jerry Schmidt – Preschool Driver; and Tim Russell – Special Education Driver. Motion carried.

Action 08/09-112: Approve Contract – On motion by Preheim, second by Koehn to approve Dustin Wolforth’s Assistant Track Coach Contract (60%) in the amount of $731.70 for the 2009 Track season. Motion carried.

Action 08/09-113: Adjourn – On motion by Langerock, second by Nelson to adjourn the School Board meeting at 10:04 pm. Motion carried.



May Calendar of Events


City Council Meeting

7:00 p.m.


JH/HS Spring Concert

7:00 p.m.


Elementary Spring Concert

7:30 p.m.




Lions Club Meeting

12:00 p.m.


B & P  Meeting

Ambulance Meeting

12:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.




MHS Graduation

2:00 p.m.


Legion Meeting

7:30 p.m.


MEMORIAL DAY - City Office Closed


MDF Meeting

7:00 p.m.



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