City grants Centennial Special Events license

One of the first items addressed at the Philip City Council meeting on Monday, April 2, was approval of the Centennial Committee's application for a Special Events License.

Ray Smith, representing the committee during this meeting, accepted Mayor John Hart's compliment, "The Chamber really did a nice job. The application covers everything - really black and white - even including garbage pick-up after the event." The city's permission for open containers within a designated area during the Centennial celebration comes with the acknowledgement that a "last call" will be announced at 1:00 a.m. so that no alcohol will be present by 1:30 a.m.

Police Chief Kit Graham is finalizing arrangements for five additional law enforcement officers to be present during the Centennial. Three experienced security guards will be posted within the designated tent area.

The officers and security "will have absolutely no compassion for underage drinkers," according to Mayor Hart.

The city will also cover the eight personnel for worker's compensation insurance. "The potential for them to get hurt is there," said Finance Officer Monna Van Lint.

Another point concerning the Centennial is the stance taken by the Centennial Committee and the City concerning peddlers. The Chamber has elected to not provide a specified space for venders.

"The Chamber and Centennial Committee people are stretched pretty thin," said Van Lint. "We understand that."

As long as a person or business has a South Dakota sales tax license and acquires a peddler's license from the City, they may sell items during the Centennial. Peddlers licenses cost $35 per day or $100 per year. The City will provide possible contacts to peddlers, but the peddlers must make those inquiries themselves and find their own locations to do business.

As requested by the Community Betterment Committee, the City has surplussed and will sell some of the old street Christmas decorations. The City may do this since it stores the decorations and thus must count them as inventory. The proceeds will go into an escrow account for the CBC.

The City has met the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act and has received a letter of award from the SD DENR. The local certified operators - Rick Coyle, Tom Lessel-young and Brian Pearson - have also received a certificate of achievement.

The swimming pool is in desperate need of more lifeguards for the coming summer. The City raised advertised wages to $7.00 per hour for guards and $9.00 per hour for a manager. Guards must be at least 14 years old and must be or soon become certified. Two guards are needed per shift. If more guards are not found, the pool may not open or may have to restrict the days during the summer that it will be open. "It would be extremely sad if that were to happen," said Hart.

Free Dump Weekend is May 5th and 6th. The rubble site will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during both days. No tires, construction materials, plastic, cardboard or household waste will be accepted. People are encouraged to utilize the regular garbage pick-up for most of these items. Pick-up for senior citizens and disabled persons is Monday, May 7th - these people should contact the Finance Office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4th, to have their items picked up. The free part of Dump Weekend applies to area residents who are receiving city water.

The South Dakota Municipal League District #8 meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 19, in Kadoka.

The next regular Philip City Council meeting is at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 7, in the Community Room of the Haakon County Courthouse.