At 2007 year-end meeting, Philip City Council anticipates Missouri River water

The Philip City Council held its year-end meeting in the Commissioner's Room of the Haakon County Courthouse on Thursday, December 27th.

Members of the board of directors of West River/Lyman-Jones Rural Water System and other representatives addressed the council. They congratulated their partnership with Philip and all the people who played a part in the long project of getting Missouri River water to this area. The piping is now in place. Once operational aspects are worked out, the official turn-on date for the pumping of the water into the Philip system is anticipated to be in mid-July.

In attendance were WR/L-J Manager Jake Fitzgerald and Water Treatment Plant Director for the Mni Wiconi Missouri River water project Francis Ferguson. Others present were Kirk Cordes, Verl Prokop, Paul Goldhammer, Rick Riggle, Mike Vetter, Mark Doud, Mike West, Marion Matt and Jerry Rhodes.

Fitzgerald acknowledged the upcoming milestone of Missouri River water being piped into the Philip's water distribution system. "Philip, Wall and Kadoka will be lucky communities in that they will be capable of drawing river water and well water. That redundancy is good," he said. "There should be no more water restrictions. Philip's past restrictions, though a necessary evil, did keep the peek usages down and let us catch up at night."

Ferguson said that the water will be harder, at 160 milligrams per liter, which is well below 10 grams per gallon. It's great water. The current Creighton wells used by Philip draw softer water that does not wash off soap well. Mono-chlorine will be added to the water. This is EPA and DNR approved and will add a slight sweet taste to the water.

Of the operational aspects to be worked out, Fitzgerald said, "I foresee no problems. The last area to cover is the Powell project from the Philip airport to Midland."

Fitzgerald and Ferguson both invited the council, local students and other residents to tour the water purification plant. "It's an outstanding facility. The work is 50 percent science and 50 percent art," said Ferguson.

Mayor John Hart agreed that, once the valve-turning date is set, there should be an official ceremony. "It will be a historic event."

The city council again tabled a request by Anderson Western to pump water out of Lake Waggoner, probably until at least April. The state has not yet determined what construction will actually be done in 2008. Because of overruns, the planned Highway 73 project may not now be approved for 2008.

The permit for Philip Ambulance's sewer line connection to Pine Street was tabled until further planning can be made. The ambulance building's minor line is connected to Larimer St.

Granted building permits include Brant Sundall removing and replacing siding, and David and Michelle Butler putting up a 12'x16' shed.

The year-end sales tax revenues for 2007 totaled $343,840.36, up by about $20,000 from last year. "Another record year for Philip," said Hart. "This is the third or fourth year in a row."

The council again approved combining the municipal election with the school election. This year it will be on the second Tuesday in April, April 8th, 2008. The single polling place will be room A-1 in the Philip High School. City positions up for election in 2008 are: mayor - John Hart, council member for Ward I - Greg Arthur, for Ward II - John Kangas, and for Ward III - Shirley Chin. Petitions can begin circulating no earlier than January 25th.

The council approved the next phase to the Ash Street Improvement project, Addendum #01 (bidding and construction) to the Engineering Agreement.

The council approved Commercial Garbage Hauler's Licenses for 2008 to Heartland Waste and Walker Refuse.

The 2008 Airport Operating License application has been submitted to the S.D. Department of Transportation.

The next scheduled meeting for the Philip City council will be at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 7th, in the community room of the Haakon County Courthouse.