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Philip City Council updates on water restrictions, street project

The July meeting of the Philip City Council was held in the Community Room of the Haakon County Courthouse on Wednesday the 5th, instead of Monday the 3rd, because of the Independence Day holiday.

The Oath of Office was solemnly taken by council members Monte Palecek, John Kangas, Shirley Chin, and Greg Arthur, who are beginning new terms. Kangas is the new council president and Palecek the vice-president. Mayor John Hart stated that they should review the many positive changes in Philip over the last three years and be proud.

The NIMS (National Incident Management System) certification classes were held on Tuesday, June 27. The 20 people in attendance all passed the course. The #300 and #400 classes will be required next year. Any future council members must be updated on the courses to satisfy national requirements or possible grant money may be withheld.

Marty Hansen has been honorably chosen Citizen of the Month.

Jake Fitzgerald with West River/Lyman-Jones Rural Water System presented a review of the water limitations. The 20-gallon-per-minute-leak in the foundation of a reservoir tank near Creighton was due to corrosion in the bottom of the steel tank. The leak had been patched, hopefully permanently, and the tank was already over 20-feet (one-third) full.

Because of the drought, the new water restrictions are for no non-hand-held sprinkling except on alternate days between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. If the property’s address is an even number, sprinkling may be done on even days, odd addresses on odd days. No such watering is allowed on the 31st of the month. Properties with private wells are an exception, and, so far 27 private wells have been registered.

The water plant building has received three appraisals and bids will be opened on August 7. Any new owner may not produce or sell potable water. After the sale, the building will be put back on the tax roles.

In an update of the Downtown Street Improvement project, the council approved the final payment of $7,873.60 to Visu Sewer for the sewer-lineage work. There is substantial completion, notice of final inspection and acceptance for the Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation. The council approved a $141,461.95 partial payment to Hills Materials, whose work is 48 percent complete. Approval was given for adding duplex receptacles and related items to the future light poles for a total amount of $21,013.50.

The City of Philip has been billed an extra $1,000 by Wohlenber, Ritzman and Company for the city’s 2004 audit fees; of which $8,350 has already been paid. The city will not discuss the bill until an itemization has been submitted for the charge.

Investigation has shown that video lottery machines may not be taxed/licensed more than $50 by the city. Reimbursement of overpayment of video lottery machines by three businesses in Philip will total $95.00.

The council approved its 2007 membership with the Central Enhancement District.

An extra certified police officer will be hired for Festival Days. Pool employee Kayla O’Connell has earned her lifeguard certification and Abby Fitzgerald has been hired as another lifeguard. Rubble site operator George Ainslie has completed the three month probationary period and earned the appropriate pay increment.

Anderson Western has applied for a permit with the State of South Dakota to draw water from Lake Waggoner at 7,500 gallons per day for four to five weeks.

The Airport Improvement Project preconstruction meeting was held June 29. The tentative start date is July 10.

An additional Dumpster has been placed at the ball fields to assist with the area’s clean-up.

The next scheduled Philip City Council meeting is Monday, August 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Haakon County Courthouse.