Hamlet officials are still sorting through the legal
technicalities of getting a home built on a piece of town-owned land. The town
council wants to accept sealed bids and sell the property at Lincoln
streets to a potential home-builder.
The Hamlet Town Council last week revisited the possibility of adding more streetlights on Starke Street. In 2016, the town installed decorative lights on the east side of the street, across from the town hall, as the first part of a four-phase project. But additional work has been put on hold, as the town council has focused instead on Community Crossings paving projects.
The Town of Hamlet
may be looking to extend its water lines. During last week’s town council
meeting, Council Member Brian Earnest said a resident in the East Hamlet area has
expressed interest in hooking up to Hamlet’s water system.
The Town of Hamlet
continues preparing for its next paving project. Town officials hope to
resurface Division Street
from Railroad to Terry streets, with funding from the next round of Community
The list of officials for the Town of Hamlet will largely stay the same in 2020. During
the town council’s first meeting of the year Wednesday, Town Marshal Clint
Norem, Street Superintendent Kevin Leinbach, and Town Attorney Martin Bedrock
were all reappointed. So were Water Operator Jason Cox and Wastewater Operator
Hamlet officials are still working on a plan to get a new
home built on a piece of town-owned land. During Wednesday’s zoning board
meeting, Board Member Brian Earnest said town officials have opted to accept
sealed bids for the property at Lincoln and Pearl streets, but there
are still several logistics to be worked out.
Open enrollment continues to create challenges for the
Oregon-Davis School Corporation. Ron Gifford with the Starke County Economic
Development Foundation recently shared some details from the Indiana Department
of Education’s fall transfer report with the Hamlet Town Council.
Hamlet officials continue debating how to get a new home
built on a piece of town-owned land at Lincoln
streets. During last week’s town council meeting, President Dave Kesvormas once
again suggested selling the lot and then refunding the purchase price once a
home is built to the town’s specifications.
The Hamlet Town Council continues exploring how to get a new
home built on a piece of town-owned land. Last month, Council Member Brian Earnest
suggested selling the lot at Lincoln and Pearl streets at a
significantly reduced price to a contractor who would build a home to the
town’s specifications. But after researching the matter, town officials didn’t
think it would be legal to limit a potential sale to only contractors.
A Hamlet Town Council member has a plan to get a new home built on a piece of vacant land, but finding a way to do it that’s legal and fair may be tricky. For months, council members have expressed their desire for a new home on a piece of town-owned land at Lincoln and Pearl streets.
Hamlet’s 2020 budget has been finalized by the state without
any cuts. Clerk-Treasurer Kristina Pitts told the town council Tuesday that the
town got everything it asked for. That includes a General Fund of just over
$311,000, a Motor Vehicle Highway Fund of almost $55,000 and a Park Fund of
The Town of Hamlet’s 2020 budget was adopted by the town council Wednesday. Overall, it totals just over $448,000, according to Clerk-Treasurer Kristina Pitts. “So we’re asking for, in General [Fund], $311,034, which was cut a little bit,” she explained. “[Local Road & Street] is $7,250, which is about the same as last year. [Motor Vehicle Highway] is $54,600, also cut a little bit. The Park was cut a lot – asking for $8,600.”
The Hamlet Town Council is moving ahead with updates to the
town’s zoning map. The idea was first raised during this month’s zoning board
meeting, when town officials noticed that the 2005 zoning map didn’t reflect
the way much of the land is actually being used, with several homes being zoned
for local business. The map also leaves off the storage facility north of U.S.
30 that has been annexed into the town.
The Hamlet Town Council has officially voted not to hold a
town election this year, due to a lack of contested races. The only candidates
to run were the current office-holders: Clerk-Treasurer Kristina Pitts and town
council members Connie Bailey, Brian Earnest, and Dave Kesvormas.
Skate park upgrades, a walking trail,
and maybe even a small splash pad are a few items on the Hamlet Park
Board’s wish list for the Town Park. During last week’s meeting,
Board Member Brian Earnest pointed out that the board typically tries
to complete at least one big-ticket item each year, if money’s
The Hamlet Zoning Board discussed the removal of a camper from a lot at 218 Railroad Street last week. Board Member Brian Earnest was concerned that the camper was being used as a residence. “An officer stopped by there yesterday, and they said, ‘Three more weeks.’ which is ridiculous,” Earnest said. “They’re obviously living there.”
The Hamlet Zoning Board is looking at moving forward with condemnation proceedings on 503 South Starke Street. The owner had until Wednesday’s meeting to bring the house into compliance with the town’s unsafe structure ordinance.
A lack of quality housing options and major employment opportunities are a couple of challenges residents think are facing the Town of Hamlet. More than 20 residents discussed what they like about the town and what they think is missing, during an input session Tuesday, as part of Hamlet’s comprehensive planning process.