Philip City Council begins year of 2011

During the Philip City Council meeting Monday, January 3, one of the first orders of business was to approve the payment of bills.

Gross salaries, including benefits, up to December 31 came to a total of $41,859.01. The bills pending as of January 3 come to a total of $61,840.72.

For the new year, the council adopted the First National Bank in Philip as the official depository for the city. The Pioneer Review is the official newspaper for the city. The employees will have the same paid holidays as in previous years. After an executive session, the board announced a two percent increase on salaries across the board, the same as last year. The city rates, penalties, fines and fees for 2011 are pretty much the same as last year.

The Philip Chamber of Commerce's request for permission to put tent stake holes in Center Avenue sidewalks has been withdrawn. A different tent supplier will go with water barrels as weigh downs for the tent.

The city has received complaints about residents piling snow on or in front of their neighbors property. The city hopes that one neighbor talking to the other, and that common courtesy will remedy this problem. The city is pleased that many people moved their vehicles off of Pine Street and Wray Avenue when four inches of snow fell. The vehicles that were not moved caused difficulties in snow removal. The city crew have been complimented by citizens that the crew members spent their holidays removing snow from the city streets.

West River/Lyman-Jones Rural Water Systems, Inc., rather than the city of Philip, will be providing water to customers of the Bad River Rural Water system.

The police report for December showed that 49 specific calls were received. Only one citation was issued, while 11 warnings were given.

The water leak that has plagued the city for most of last year has still not been found. Water shut offs after midnight will continue in the efforts to determine where the leak could be.

The next regular city council meeting will be Monday, February 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Haakon County Courthouse Community Room.