Special city council meeting just hours before much-planned Scotty Philip Days

A special meeting of the Philip City Council was held Thursday, July 14, to give final approval to amendments to the special event application by the Philip Chamber of Commerce for Scotty Philip Days.

The public hearing resulted in the chamber receiving a temporary malt beverage license and extended hours for the already-approved beer garden area.

The council also approved several building permits. These were for C. Russell Bandi to renew a 10/01/07 permit for a 22'x34' addition with water and sewer service, Ralph McQuirk for Cynthia Collette to repair or replace sewer line, John and Alisha Oldenberg to remove a deck, and Doug Hart to renew a 10/5/09 permit to excavate along foundation and do repairs.

Budget meetings have been scheduled for July 25, 26 and 28.

The city has erected a stop sign at the exit of Valley Trailer Court. This requires traffic to stop before entering onto either N. Dakota Avenue or W. Elm Street. Also, 10-mile-per-hour signs have been posted on N. Dakota Avenue and on W. Elm Street in front of the Catholic Church. The speed limit in the rest of Philip is 20 miles per hour, except on Highway 73.

The council reviewed the Continental Western Insurance safety and loss control report for the city of Philip properties of Lake Waggoner Dam and the airport lounge. The report on Lake Waggoner Dam read, "repairs need to be made to the bottom of the spillway. I understand this damage was done as a result of high waters in 2008. I further understand the city of Philip has attempted to secure funding to facilitate repairs. Due to the severity of this exposure, I suggest repairs be made in the near future."

The report on the east hanger and office building at the airport reads, "An area of the roof over the office section of the building is damaged and missing shingles. This situation has caused interior water damage in the office. The drywall ceiling has collapsed in places and there appears to be a significant amount of mold. I suggest a qualified contractor(s) be hired to deal with the mold and to facilitate repairs to the roof and to the interior of the building."

The council approved hiring Taylor Holman as a lifeguard at the city swimming pool at $8.25 per hour retroactive to June 27.

The council reviewed correspondence from South Dakota Department of Energy and Natural Resources regarding the repeal of South Dakota administrative rules regulating public beach and municipal swimming pool standards. Though no longer required, the city will continue its current testing standards at the swimming pool. Cost for this testing, mostly for free chlorine residual and pH readings, is around $12 per week.

The coordinator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and state National Flood Insurance Program visited the city July 20. He was to review the city's flood plain management operations as required by the NFIP. He also wanted to review all the city building permits, approved and denied, in the last five years.