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Council doesn't slow for new member

Oath of office ... Newly appointed councilman Jason Harry, left, and returning councilmen Tom Struble, center, and Greg Arthur began their terms on the Philip City Council.

by Del Bartels

The Philip City Council meeting Monday, May 2, began with the oath of office being taken by returning councilmen Tom Struble and Greg Arthur, and by newly appointed councilman Jason Harry.

Harry is taking the office for former councilman Monte Palecek, who said, "I really appreciate working with each and every one of you. It's been fun, most of the time. You get to see a lot of interesting stuff and make a lot of popular decisions."

After approving the payment of pending bills, totalling $80,310.11, the council also approved the new sewer rate schedule. All users of the sanitary sewers within city limits shall pay a minimum monthly fee of $13.50 for the first 2,000 gallons of water consumed per month. Each user shall pay .003 cents per gallon of water consumed between 2,001 and 10,000 gallons per month, and .0015 cents per gallon of water consumed in excess of 10,000 gallons per month. Consumers outside of the city limits will pay a minimum monthly fee of $27. These rates take effect retroactively back to the May 2011.

Three special events applications have been approved. Dakota Bar will close off several parking spaces on Center Avenue June 17 for a beverage garden. The Philip Volunteer Fire Department will hold the special event of a demolition derby June 18. The Philip Chamber of Commerce will oversee numerous activities during Festival Days June 17-18.

The state now allows cities and counties to renew liquor licenses without a public hearing. The city of Philip will continue to hold public hearings for such renewals.

Approved building permits include: Marty Gartner to remove 250 feet of existing wooden fence, Emily Kroetch to remove 100 feet of existing wooden fence, Marion Matt to build a 14'x21' deck, Richard and Cindy Miller to remove and replace a garage with additional living space above, Marty Gartner for Mike Noteboom for the emergency repair of a water line, and Keith Slovek to build two decks. Lacy Puhlman plans to replace boards, gutters, a door, and windows, and to remove rocks. Branden and Tayta West plan to demolish an existing house and foundation, and replace it with a new 56'x30' house, a 32'x32' attached garage, sidewalk, driveways, and water/sewer services.

Harlan Quenzer and Jeff McCormick reviewed for the council several sanitary sewer and storm water studies in preparation for state water plan application.

The future airport projects, including the medium intensity runway lighting, will be financed 95 percent by the federal government, five percent by the state of South Dakota, and two percent by the city of Philip. Federal Aviation Administration policy prohibits any vehicles on the runways other than airplanes, thus not allowing special events such as the Philip Ambulance Service holding Emergency Vehicle Operator Course training at the airport.

After an executive session, the council approved the 2011 pool employees and their wages. The pool is scheduled to open June 1. Invitations have been sent to neighboring towns to include their pool employees in lifeguard certification classes May 20-22. Philip pool employees are Rose Bennett, Molly Coyle, Deb Hansen, Kianna Knutson, Jade Konst, Jordan Mangillo, Joshua Quinn, Gayle Rush, Tristen Rush and Colin Van Lint.

Safety concerns for children have initiated whatever communication and actions are necessary to caution drivers at the intersection of West Elm Street and North Dakota Avenue, just west of the catholic church. Speed bumps and yield signage may be part of the precautions.

The city will surplus and sell its 2004 Dodge Durango police vehicle and its equipment to Haakon County for $14,000. The city's old radios and radio repeater are of no value, and will be surplused and disposed.

The city is looking into replaceing its 1986 loader.

Though some headway has been accomplished, workers are continuing efforts to find and repair the mysterious water loss that has been plaguing the city.

South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources has approved Philip Livestock Auction's feedlot and manure system expansion.

The city will advertise its one and only notice for property maintenance. Mowing of grass is the responsibility of the landowner. If not done, the grass will be mowed by the city and cost will be billed to the landowner.

Free dump weekend is Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21. The rubble site will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days. Pick-up for items from senior citizens/disabled persons will be Monday, May 23. Contact the city finance office by 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 20, to have your items picked up.

The city office will be closed May 30 in honor of the Memorial Day holiday.

The next scheduled council meeting will be Monday, June 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the Haakon County Courthouse community room.