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City prepared for centennial and summer

The Philip City Council met Monday night at 7:00 p.m. in the Commissioner's Room at the Haakon County courthouse.

In old business, the council was given a Centennial Celebration update from Joe Gittings, the Centennial Committee Chairman. The Committee had ordered an open container cup that people may purchase for one dollar to use during the celebration when visiting either the 73 Bar or the Steakhouse. Gittings also mentioned that both the Bar and Steakhouse will be issuing colored wristbands each night for those of legal drinking age. There will be a different color for each place, and those colors will change each day. This is so that in case there is a problem, they know where it started. Gittings said that they would be going over the open container rules with both bars carefully.

Gittings also told the council that they were working out parking for the celebration, and that several people in town had generously allowed them to use space. There will be a couple places which will be designated senior and handicapped parking only, and these will be posted. There will also be a shuttle service throughout the day running from every parking area to downtown.

In related business, the council approved a request from Parade Coordinator Barb Williamson to close parking on East Pine Street from Coyle's Super Valu to the First United Church on Saturday, June 16 until after the parade.

The council approved an Employee Health Insurance increase of 1.5 percent, effective July 1. Finance officer Monna Van Lint added that this is the cheapest the increase has ever been in the years she has been working at the courthouse, and that the percentages have consistently been dropping over the past six years.

The council adopted the state mileage reimbursement rate of 37 cents per mile effective July 1. All other per diem rates will remain the same.

The Street Department gave their monthly report. It was announced that they are doing quite a bit to make the city look bright and clean for the Centennial Celebration. Curbs have been painted and street signs have been inspected, though there is still some inspecting of culverts and painting of fire hydrants to be completed. There is ongoing mowing and trimming throughout the town. The city will be working on potholes this week, as well.

Mayor John Hart asked that the street committee meet the week after the Centennial Celebration in order to get another street project going for 2009-2010. The council agreed.

The 2006 Consumer Confidence Report for the City's water system has been completed. This is a required publication, Van Lint said, as the public has a right to know when the water is tested and the chemical levels in the water. The report was published May 31 and will be published again on June 7.

The swimming pool is filled and set to open June 11, weather permitting. Brynn Coyle has been hired as manager for 2007. The prices and times the pool will be open are the same as last year. Tanya Ravellette has offered to teach swimming lessons, and the council accepted her offer. Lessons are tentatively planned for the first two weeks in August.

The council reviewed the water restriction policies. They have not

yet been notified by West River/Lyman-Jones if the restrictions are going to be needed, but the council decided that these restriction policies would be put in place only if and when Lyman-Jones required it.

Part of the restrictions would involve lawn watering. People to the east of Highway 73 (a.k.a. Laramer Avenue) would be permitted to water on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and those west of the highway could water on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. There would be no watering at all on Sundays. Watering would also be allowed only from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Other business was reviewed and approved. The Council ended with expressing a thank you to all the community members who are helping to spruce up the community for the Centennial Celebration.

The next regular council meeting will be held Monday, July 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the Haakon County Courthouse. City offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in honor of the holiday.