Philip City Council prepares for next summer

The Philip City Council met on Monday, November 5th.

A lawsuit has been filed against the city. Emily Kroetch is asking for a declaratory judgement regarding property. After an executive session, the council decided to take no action until legal council can be consulted.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has granted permission for the Philip Volunteer Fire Department to use a structure on Park Avenue as fire fighter training. Any shingles, furniture and carpeting must first be removed. DENR must be notified when the training day will be.

The South Dakota Department of Transportation's plans to re-do Highway 73 is still on track. SDDOT will re-do Stanley Street at the same time.

The water department's report included a request from Royal Flush, Inc. to empty transportable outhouses into the city's lagoon when a wagon train comes near Philip. A historic trail ride over the original Fort Pierre/Deadwood Trail will start in Fort Pierre on July 29, 2008, and end in Deadwood on August 15, 2008. After hearing that the estimated 1,000 gallons of waste will not impact the lagoon system, the council granted the permission.

The Kiddie Park sponsored by the Haakon County Young Women has greatly enlarged. The HCYW is asking for a greater water allotment for lawn watering purposes. The city's policy on donated water will be reviewed and clarified before spring on the amount of donated water compared to the square foot of area to be watered, deducting for gravel driveways and other such areas.

The Haakon County Conservation District will not continue its Outdoor Classroom area project. The district will back an organization that will take on the walk path, steps, plantings and other improvements.

The quarterly report for the airport included a review and approval of the Airport's 2008 Capital Improvement Program. The hardpan and fence projects are completed. The 2008 project will be a garage to house equipment, mostly snow removal tractors. Hangers are not to be used for anything except airplanes.

The application for the school drainage grant has been submitted and the council must wait for acceptance before it can proceed in correcting the erosion problem.

The rubble site is back in compliance with the DENR. The pile of electronic equipment has been collected and taken to a permissible site. Walker Refuse will collect most discarded electronic equipment along with its usual garbage collections.

A new furnace for the municipal building is on order. Two or three days before its arrival, the current duct work will be removed in preparation of the furnace's installation.

During the administrative quarterly report, Mayor John Hart said, "We're on track to our projected $350,000 in sales tax for the year." Hart noted that growing sales revenue, shown through increased sales taxes, indicates a thriving economy in Philip.

The police report included an expenditure of approximately $800 for replacing a body control module in the Dodge Durango. Chief Kit Graham said, "Over the years, we've been awfully fortunate with the vehicles."

The finance office will be closed Monday, November 12th, in observance of Veterans Day and November 22nd and 23rd in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The rubble site will be closed on Friday, November 23rd.

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 3rd, at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Haakon County Courthouse.