Philip Ambulance Service to use $100,000 revolving loan to move to own building

The Philip Economic Development Committee used its Revolving Loan Funds capability for the first time in granting an application for a $100,000 loan to the Philip Ambulance Service for purchase and remodeling of the Kennedy Implement building.

Director Don Weller represented the Philip Ambulance Service at the Thursday, March 16, meeting of the Economic Development Committee. As the first and main order of business, the committee approved the application. Now the application will continue its course to the revolving loan funds administrators, the West River Foundation based in Rapid City.

If everything goes smoothly, the Philip Ambulance Service will take possession of the land and building by the end of April. The department will then, hopefully, have the remodeling sufficiently completed to move into the building by late fall of 2006. The ambulance service has been sharing space with the Philip Volunteer Fire Department, which has also been growing and obtaining more equipment.

According to Weller, the ambulance crew was in unanimous agreement with the move and the purchase. Any heating and plumbing remodeling will probably have to be contract work, but much of the rest will be volunteer labor by the ambulance crew and other concerned volunteers.

Sections of the building may be available for rent or purchase. A planned meeting room with a kitchenette will be available for public and private group use. The ambulance rooms and vehicle bays will be locked, separating them from any public access, in accordance with Homeland Security requirements.

Roger Porch, newly re-elected Economic Development Committee Chairman, stated, “This revolving loan and this use of it is good for the ambulance service, is good for Kennedy’s, good for Philip and good for the area’s economic development.”

Kennedy Implement has been at the same location for 61 years, according to owner and manager Denny Kennedy. The business will now move to the former Dakota Case building on Wray Avenue on the east side of Philip. Kennedy Implement will then have more building and lot space. Dakota Case closed its doors to business in the fall of 2004.

In other Economic Development Committee business, discussion and plans were held concerning future ‘welcome to Philip’ signage. Porch, as previously stated, will continue as committee chairman for another year.

For more information on the revolving loan program or the economic development committee, contact the Philip Chamber of Commerce.