Philip City Council moving through business-as-usual

The Philip City Council meeting on Monday, June 5, consisted of the necessary, though routine, business for which the members were elected.

The placement of the school zone signage has been completed.

The water committee is attempting to get three appraisals on the water plant building for future sale. Only two companies have shown interest in creating such an appraisal.

The Haakon County Young Women’s playground equipment project has been completed, except for the paperwork. The council reviewed equipment quotes for final approval and authorized Finance Officer Monna Van Lint to submit the request for grant reimbursement from the Game, Fish and Parks’ Land and Water Conservation Division. Mayor Hart commented, “The playground equipment is such a cool thing. There is never a time when it isn’t busy. There was a tremendous, tremendous effort by HCYW and an unbelievable amount of community support.”

The council approved a resolution concerning the annexation of the new Kennedy Implement property into the city limits.

A public Malt Beverage License hearing went smoothly, with no negative concerns from the council nor from Police Chief Kit Graham.

Approval of re-plats and many building permits is becoming a normal part of city business, rather than a rare action. Building in Philip is increasing to the betterment of the business and social community. A request by utility providers for a review of building permits resulted in such providers needing to only contact One-Call Locate in most incidences.

A necessary employee health insurance increase of 6.8%, effective July 1st, was approved by the council.

A public hearing was held concerning the progress of the Downtown Street Improvements, which has tremendous funding through the Community Development Block Grant. The council approved an adjustment to the bid schedule to Visu Sewer for actual quantities installed. The sewer project part of the street improvement is over 90 percent complete. Partial pay was approved to Hills Materials, which is over 25 percent done with its aspect of the improvement project.

The City of Philip has decided to be responsible in the unlikely event that the installation of conduits under downtown sidewalks should require replacement of the concrete in the near future.

Mosquito spraying costs for 2006 have jumped from $142 per hour of application to $250, mostly because of the cost of chemicals and a grant that required multiple entities to work together.

The Philip Ambulance Service has requested the use of the airport tarmac by the orange hangar for EVAC practice on June 12th from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Gayle Rush has been hired as a swimming lessons instructor for the summer.

The National Incident Management System class is Tuesday, June 27, at 8:00 a.m. at the Fire Hall. The mayor and council are required to attend to ensure future grant funding.

The Finance Office will be closed the mornings of June 14th-16th. It will be open from 1-5 p.m. FO Van Lint and DFO Smith will be attending to H.R. and Finance Officers’ School in Watertown. City offices will be closed Tuesday, July 4th, in honor of the 4th of July holiday.

Because of the holiday, the next regular City Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 5th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room.