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Philip City Council; budget, computers to drainage

The Philip City Council meeting on Monday, October 1, quickly covered update reports from many departments and projects.

Bids were opened for the next five year lease of the 216 acres of farm ground near the municipal airport. The highest of the five bidders was Robert Berry at $5,000 per year beginning in 2008.

The second reading of the budget ordinance was officially recorded. The council approved the transferring of money to cover supplemental appropriations; project estimates that went a little higher, cost increases due to the cost of living and unanticipated expenses.

The council looked over proposed floor plans for a future municipal building. City offices, the police department and city records storage would be in the same building as the street department. The structure would be attached to the street shop near the swimming pool.

The quarterly police report included such expenses. After Chief Kit Graham reported, "We've had a quiet month," he requested a set of snow tires and brake work for one of the patrol vehicles. "Just routine upkeep," he said. Mayor John Hart related that compliments on police surveillance had come from Midwest Cooperatives.

The rubble site has been inspected by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Electronic equipment such as old computers and televisions must not be left at the site. Since Walker Refuse will pick up electronics with their usual collections, that should diminish future dumping. The council will look into either gradually disposing of electronic pieces in dumpsters or disposing of the current pile at one time, depending on the cost. "The sooner we can be in compliance, the better," said Hart.

The council tabled a request by the Philip Volunteer Fire Department to use an old house on Park Avenue for fire fighting training. The DENR will be consulted concerning rules and regulations before permission is given by the council.

A city-owned computer has been surplused, its hard drive erased and the computer gifted to the PVFD.

The rain run-off and school property drainage problem has to go through a cost benefits analysis and a pre-grant application. The city will look into the federal 75/25 grant to save 75 percent of the work costs. "I think that the city and the school are on the same book and page," said Finance Officer Monna Van Lint. "From a zero to a cadillac in the range of proposals, the school's preferences will depend on the cost and their budget." The city is looking into adding a drop inlet north of the Catholic church. The grant application should benefit from city journals showing over 9,000 man-hours over the years required to deal with dirt and rock run-off from the hill.

The city's application for a grant from the Game, Fish and Parks' to help renovate the swimming pool deck has been denied.

The council approved a West River/Lyman-Jones Rural Water Systems water users' agreement for a water line to the airport. A major water line is going in four miles north of the airport. Though a six-to-eight inch line would be nice for fire protection, the proposed 1-1/2 inch line will have to do because of costs.

The high school FCCLA requested permission to place six "Drive Wise to Stay Alive" signs around the school and the pool/kiddie park area. Chief Graham said that he thought it was a good idea, and the council approved.

The Catholic church, which will be hosting bingo in its basement, will be in accordance with state codified law which permits bingo and lotteries to be run by churches.

The council approved contracting with Marty Hansen to dispose of skunks at $20 each. "We've been getting quite a few complaints about skunks," said Chief Graham.

The next scheduled meeting for the Philip City Council will be at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 5, in the Haakon County community room.