Appointment requests for Ward I council seat to be looked at by Philip City Council

At the Philip City Council's regular meeting Monday, March 7, it was announced that there will be no city election this year.

Tom Struble and Greg Arthur have petitioned, with no challengers, to retain their current seats. Monte Palecek did not run for his Ward I seat, and no one petitioned for that position.

The city council wishes to hear from any one who would like to be considered for appointment to Ward I. Candidates must live in the city limits in that ward, which covers the northeast section of Philip. The boundaries are east of Larimer Ave., north of Hone St., east of Wood Ave, and north of East Pine St.

Old business showed that the propane tank inspection for 102 N. Center Avenue in Philip has been received. Proposals of how the tank can be moved to meet code can now be addressed.

Jim Bouman plans to demolish a current structure and replace it with a residential building. contingent on Department of Environment and Natural Resources rules being followed, the council approved the current structure to be burned by the Philip Volunteer Fire Department. It was noted that DENR has a totally different set of rules if the structure were a commercial building.

Nathan and Brittney Drury have petitioned to the City of Philip requesting the vacation of a portion of unimproved Division Street and public right-of-way. The Drurys further petition that, if vacation is approved, they will be granted ownership of that property. A public hearing will be held March 21 at 4:30 p.m. in the Haakon County Courthouse community room.

The council approved building permits for Eileen Fitzgerald to put up a 12'x24' carport, for Robert Scull for Philip Health Services to build an addition of approximately 400 square feet to accommodate a geothermal heating transfer system, and for Nathan Drury to replace two decks, fence and windows and to build a culvert and retaining wall.

City bills pending and approved to be payed included salaries and benefits of a total of $27,557.91. That and other obligations ranging from loan payments to garbage collection to the electric bill total $51,762.39.

The city's 2010 financial income records show that 35 percent of the municipality's revenue came from charges for services, which are primarily water, sewer and solid waste/garbage operations. The revenues show 28 cents of every dollar received came from sales taxes and 28 cents came from property taxes.

The municipality's 2010 expenses cover a range of services, with approximately 57 percent of the total expenses related directly to public works such as road maintenance, water and sewer. The balance who 28 percent spent in public safety and general government. The remaining 15 percent was spent on solid waste management, culture, recreation, conservation and interest on long term debts.

Since 2004, the total sales taxes per year received by the city of Philip have been greater than the previous year, with the exception of 2009 which was less than two percent smaller than the 2008 totals.

Even with the recent weather, over 280 gallons of fuel has been sold at the Philip airport. Airplane fuel is currently going at $5.14 per gallon. The airport's runway lighting replacement project is moving forward for this summer.

Lifeguards are being hired and will be trained/certified before the new swimming pool opens this summer. All lifeguards must be at least 15 years old. To be certified to instruct swimming lessons, lifeguards must be at least 17.

The new vehicle allocated for and approved by the council has been ordered by the police department.

Inspections required every few years on the land and water conservation fund grant projects - Haakon County Young Women's Kiddie Park and Fire Hall Park - will be done in the near future.

The South Dakota Municipal League district meeting will be April 5 in Kadoka.

The council will meet in special session Monday, March 21, at 4:00 p.m. in the commissioner's room to sit as a board of equalization. Citizens are advised that the official PT-17 form must be filed with the finance officer no later than 5:00 p.m. March 17, in order to have equalization issues addressed at this meeting.

The next regular council meeting will be Monday, April 4, at 7:00 p.m. in the Haakon County Courthouse community room.