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Philip City Council ends the year 2008 and looks into the year 2009

The Philip City Council put a wrap on 2008 and started looking into 2009 at their year-end meeting, Tuesday, December 30.

The council finished out 2008 by approving all submitted outstanding bills and previous meeting minutes. Philip Public Works Director Tom Lesselyoung said all the no parking signs have been installed. The council approved the second reading of Ordinance #2008-14 that amends building permit expirations.

Joe Gittings, First National Agency, addressed the council in regards to the city's insurance. The city has carried its insurance for properties, liability and auto through the First National Agency for the past several years. Gittings said the city will see a substantial reduction in premium next year. This is due to the reduction in claims filed by the city. All coverages and deductibles remain the same as 2008.

The city had been approached by the South Dakota Public Assurance Alliance who had submitted a quote for insurance. The council approved unanimously to renew their insurance policy with First National Insurance and keep their business local.

Marlene Knutson from the Central South Dakota Enhancement District met with the council regarding possible financial funding that is currently being put together by federal groups. She noted that Philip has eight projects that have been put on the lists to receive funding, should any be given out.

Knutson noted that her office could help with Philip's drainage plan designing. Seth Hyberger would be working with the city if they approved the idea. The city did approve the idea and also a payment of up to $1,500 for the design work.

The council approved the combining of the city/school elections. The elections are slated for April 14, 2009, with one polling place, Room A-1 at the Philip High School. Three seats are up for re-election. They are Monte Palecek's Ward I seat, Tom Struble's Ward II seat and David Schofield's Ward III seat. The council members can begin to circulate petitions after January 30, 2009, if they so desire. Any Philip residents that are in those wards can also circulate petitions at that time.

The council approved 2009 licenses for Heartland Waste Management and Walker Refuse for commercial refuse pickup.

Budget shortfalls in the general fund lead to a supplemental appropriation from the contingency fund. The council unanimously approved the $8,253 transfer.

Lesselyoung updated the council on his, and council member John Kangas', review of the airport SRE building/windcone project. Kangas noted that everything that the council requested be fixed had been. Lesselyoung said the landscaping would be done in the spring. The windsock is up and lit, but still is not finished, nor are the windcones. Finance officer Monna Van Lint noted the airport operating license application had been approved by the South Dakota Department of Transportation.

Other business included a review of the 2007 year-end sales tax revenue; the surplusing of the 1986 sander as scrap metal; a request for all department inventory reports to be submitted by January 10. Upcoming meetings include the South Dakota Association of Rural Water, AWWA Pipeline Repair and Disinfection Seminar, South Dakota Municipal League day at the South Dakota legislature and the Transportation Safety Conference.