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City Council discusses building sidewalks and raising fees

The investigation and grant applying stage has begun for installing a sidewalk on the west side of Highway 73 from Elm Street north.

This and other items were covered during the scheduled November 1 meeting of the Philip City Council.

Harlan Quenzer of Schmucker, Paul, Nohr and Associates engineering firm will return with exact figures. Preliminary estimates put a five-foot-wide sidewalk at $15-20 per running foot. This does not include a retaining wall in two different places. The sidewalk must be within wheelchair accessible standards and have level resting spots within specific distances.

A barricade will soon be up to protect the hot-water well-head near the golf course. At present, a driver losing control of a vehicle going down the slope could damage the well-head.

Fee increases for liquor licenses, the city pool, and lotto permits will be discussed during the next meeting. The last time the playing field concession stand lease was raised was in 1994. Water will be monitored and any free water will be discontinued. This could save an estimated $1,800 per year.

A detailed list of possible improvements for the Philip airport will be determined by the City Council’s Airport Committee. The committee must decide how to best use a large FAA grant. The road to the airport does not fall under the jurisdiction of the grant.

As already advertised, the garbage pick-up will be after 10:00 a.m. on Thursdays beginning on November 11. The garbage truck will complete its route in Wall before coming to Philip.

A new city welcome brochure should help newcomers to Philip. The pamphlet begins with a short background of Philip, then lists the different offices and telephone numbers which may be needed by someone moving into the community.

The next scheduled meeting of the Philip City Council will be at 7:00 p.m. on December 6 at the city hall.