Philip City Council closes out the year of 2010

The Philip City Council's year end special meeting was held at 5:00 p.m. Monday, December 27.

The total amount of bills to be paid for December came to $32,653.65. The largest single bill was $6,616.13 to K&P Pump Repairs and Controls for work done on the sewer lift station pump. The next largest single bill was $4,440.59 from Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson, Inc. for design engineer work done concerning the airport runway lighting improvement project.

The council meeting was attended by many people concerned about the Haakon County Public Library's request for funding from the city. The library board is working toward an eventual move to the K-Gee's building on Center Avenue. The council had tabled the issue last meeting until more information could be gathered.

Nick Konst, chairman to the Haakon County Board of Commissioners, had told Mayor John Hart that nothing had been clearly approved or allocated by the commissioners concerning the library's move. Hart voiced concerns about the county bailing out of previous city/county projects. "We have our own white elephants - the swimming pool and the Lake Waggoner repairs - important issues but where we still lose money." Councilman Mike Vetter said, "We can't be holding the bag if the county eventually makes cuts." Councilman Greg Arthur said, "We can probably find some money to help with the new location's utilities, but we shouldn't commit." Vetter said, "If the commissioners are hoping that we make their decision for them, then we shouldn't." With Councilman John Kangas as the only vote in disagreement, the council again tabled the library issue until the city council's January 3 meeting.

The Philip Chamber of Commerce has requested city approval to install permanent tent stake holes and caps in the sidewalk on both sides of Center Avenue. These would help anchor a commercial tent to be used during events such as the wagon train send-off this summer. The holes would not be in the blacktop of the relatively new street surface. The caps for eye-bolt holes would be flush with the surface of the sidewalks. All costs would be covered by the chamber.

The council tabled the approval until all the businesses involved can sign off their permission and any tie-downs for the future tent's north and south ends can be accounted for.

Contingent upon approval from West Central Electric, the council approved a building permit to Rosenbaum's Signs for Kennedy Implement to erect a 24-foot pylon to hold mounted signs.

The council approved the last three remaining pieces of paperwork for the swimming pool replacement project. The cost of the additional fill material was accounted for. The cost for the repairing of the filter room void was settled at $1,625.00. The final pay request of $2,518.10 per receipt of lien waivers was also approved.

The council renewed commercial garbage hauler's licenses for 2010 to Heartland Waste Management and Waste Connections of South Dakota, doing business as Walker Refuse. The transition of using Pierre's landfill instead of the previously used landfill in Nebraska has been worked through. Communications between Heartland Waste Management and the city of Philip have been very good.

The 2010 year-end sales tax revenues showed a grand total of $354,648.82. This is a $4,000 gain over last year, which was a $7,000 drop from 2008. Otherwise, the city sales tax revenues have been on the increase since 2004. Hart and the rest of the council congratulated the do-business-at-home attitude of the area's residents.

The South Dakota Department of Legislative Audit has authorized Wohlenberg, Ritzman and Company to perform the fiscal year 2010 audit for the city of Philip.

The council again approved combining the municipal election on the second Tuesday of April, April 12, 2011, with the Haakon School District 27-1 Board of Education election. There will be only one polling place, in Room A-1 of the Philip High School. The three city council positions that will be up for election in 2011 are Monte Palecek's seat for Ward I, Tom Struble's seat for Ward II and Greg Arthur's seat for Ward III. Candidate petitions can begin circulating no earlier than January 28, 2011.

The saga continues on the airplane that requires repairs and has been "abandoned" at the city airport. A person, supposedly the one responsible for the plane, has paid the storage rent for two months, but the plane still remains at the airport.

Upcoming meetings that concern the city of Philip include a South Dakota Pipeline Association safety emergency response program will be February 2 in Rapid City. The South Dakota Municipal League will sponsor a Day at the Legislature, February 1 and 2 in Pierre.

Contact the city office for free disposal of Christmas trees.

The city office will be closed December 31 in observance of the New Year's holiday.

The next regularly scheduled Philip City Council meeting will be Monday, January 3, at 7:00 p.m. in the Haakon County Courthouse Community Room.