Hamlet Council Arranges Financing for Road Work to be Done by County Highway Department

The Hamlet Town Council approved funding arrangements Wednesday for some upcoming street repairs. Council member Brian Earnest said the town’s identified four sections of road in need of work, with the repairs to be done by the Starke County Highway Department. “The roads that they found were Maple Street from Plymouth Street to Oak Street, Madison Street from Hamlet to Main, Davis Street from Division to Lincoln, and Main Street from Terry to Madison. Those were the four roads,” he said. “So we’re getting a lot done.”

Under the arrangement, the town will cover the cost of materials, while the County Highway Department will pay for the labor. During Wednesday’s meeting, council members formally accepted the highway department’s bid of just over $17,500. To cover that cost, they agreed to appropriate $12,000 from the town’s Riverboat Fund. The remainder will come out of the Economic Development Income Tax Fund.

Hamlet Street Superintendent Fred Rowe said he didn’t know specifically when the County Highway Department planned to do the work, but he said they typically do it when they’re in the area for other projects.

The Starke County Commissioners gave their approval last month.