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Philip City Council - three seats open, HCYW Kiddie Park lights, new badges, airport project

Philip City Council members made quick work of the Monday, February 5, agenda.

The council approved the final inspection and acceptance of the airport wildlife fence construction. The costs for the last year's improvements to the airport were divided: the federal government paid 95 percent, the State of South Dakota paid two percent, and the City of Philip is responsible for the last three percent.

Haakon County Young Women requested the city's recommendation concerning lighting at the HCYW Kiddie Park. Rather than add to existing poles near the tennis court, new poles costing an estimated $100 each would be erected. HCYW would be responsible for the monthly electric costs.

Police Chief Kit Graham and officer David Butler will split costs with the city on new Centennial badges. The city pays for regular badges, but these will be personalized with the officer's name. The total cost per badge will be $65 plus shipping.

The council prioritized improvements suggested by Councilman John Kangas to the city municipal building. It was predicted that allocated funds should be sufficient to allow the gutter work first, the roof insulation, furnace replacement and finally new shop windows. All work is geared to improve the heating efficiency of the building.

Several building permits were approved. A containment area for liquid fertilizer for Midwest Cooperatives was approved conditionally, contingent on its blueprints passing regulation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The city received high marks on an insurance survey done by Continental Western Group on the city's loss control services. More frequent checks should be performed on all of the city's fire extinguishers and a broken windshield in an older dump truck should be replaced. "Otherwise, they were very pleased with everything else," reported Tom Lesselyoung, public works director.

In his quarterly report for the rubble site, Manager George Ainslie said, "When it is really cold outside, business is really slow. Last Saturday only two vehicles came to the site, while two weeks ago approximately 30 used the site."

The street department has purchased 15 tons of cold mix for spring time street repairs. Required tree trimming around Philip is almost completed.

Advertisements will soon begin for a swimming pool manager and lifeguards for 2007.

The council's next regular meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 5, in the Haakon County Courthouse Community Room.

The City Council will meet in special session at 3:30 p.m. on March 19 in the finance office to sit as a Board of Equalization. Citizens must file the official form with the finance officer no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 15 in order to have their individual equalization issues addressed at this meeting.