City prepares for summer activities

One of the first items of business during the Philip City Council meeting Monday, May 3, was to approve the chamber of commerce's special events license application and amendment for Festival Days weekend, June 18-20. The only contingency is the chamber must prove insurance is in place.

The council approved the special events application by the Philip Volunteer Fire Department for the annual PVFD demolition derby June 19 and the annual firemen's dance July 3.

The Civil Air Patrol has been granted use of the Philip Airport during June 4-6 for its now annual fly-in by CAP squadrons from across South Dakota.

Also, the now annual farmer's market may again utilize the Fire Hall Park during this summer.

The council approved the building permits of Tiffannee Morrison for a 10'x12' shed, Mike Moses to replace a 12'x12' shed with 20'x20' shed, Willard and Beth Murray to erect a chain link fence, Shirley O'Connor to move a shed five feet to the west, James Oldenberg to enclose portions of a carport, Philip Pearson to replace a shed with 12'x20' shed, Mel Smith for Dugan and Charmaine Stewart to withdraw a variance request filed last year concerning a 23'x38' garage for a 16'x32' garage, and DeLayne Williams for a storm door, patio door, railing and steps, soffits, replace driveway approach and 10'x16' shed.

The council agreed that, even though the demolition of old buildings improves the appearance and safety of the community, a building permit must be applied for and received. Enforcing this fairness to all citizens could result in a $100 fine for the landowner, while building permits are free.

The council asked Rick Coyle, head of public works for the city of Philip, to finalize researching quotes for a shoring/trench box. Coyle said, "Ninety-nine percent of our water lines are six foot underground." So far, the most likely purchase will be for a $4,050 unit, with the cost including shipping.

The application for an energy efficiency and conservation block grant on behalf of Philip Health Services, Inc. geo-thermal project resulted in a $295,000 award for the $1,500,000 project.

Police Chief Kit Graham reported that the South Dakota Department of Transportation has installed an extra stop sign at the intersection of Highways 14 and 73. The city police department will continue to ticket non-stopping offenders, as will the sheriff's office and the highway patrol.

An update on the swimming pool replacement project stated that the demolition of the old shell has been completed. Plans have been submitted to South Dakota Department of Energy and Natural Resources for approval before work can continue.

The City of Philip has been awarded the drinking water certificate for compliance with the Department of Energy and Natural Resources regulations.

Approval was given by the council for Mayor John Hart to sign a letter of commitment with the County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The city will purchase neon safety shirts for city personnel and retire the bulky, hot vests.

Heartland Waste Management will begin residential garbage collection on June 1. Garbage collection will continue to be on Thursday mornings.

The council accepted Carol Schofield's resignation, effective May 6, as the city's utility coordinator. She has held the position for the last 18 years. A mayoral proclamation has designated May 6, 2010, as Carol A. Schofield Day in honor of her service to the city and its citizens.

Free dump weekend is Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15. The rubble site will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days. Item pickup for senior citizens and disabled persons will be Monday, May 17. Contact the city finance office by 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 14, to have your items picked up.

The city offices will be closed Monday, May 31, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

The next regular Philip City Council meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. Monday, June 7, in the Haakon County Courthouse Community Room.