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.Continue reading
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 available.Continue reading
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.”Continue reading
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.Continue reading
The Yellowstone Trail Fest will once again receive funding from the Town of Hamlet. Last week, the town’s park board agreed to contribute $1,000.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
This year’s Hamlet Easter Egg Hunt was a huge hit. That’s what Clerk-Treasurer Kristina Pitts told the town’s park board Wednesday. “We had like 61 kids,” she said. “We got complements. Kassandra had done an awesome job at getting fold-able outside camping chairs for a grand prize, along with the baskets, and I got complements on that.”Continue reading
Hamlet’s comprehensive planning process is getting underway. On Wednesday, town officials met with representatives from HWC Engineering to discuss the process, according to Town Council Member Brian Earnest.Continue reading
The Town of Hamlet will apparently continue to be represented on the Starke County Economic Development Foundation Board of Directors.Continue reading
Plans for Hamlet’s Railroad Street project appear to be back on track. The town council Wednesday directed Engineer Lee Nagai to seek updated bids for the work, as part of a planned Community Crossings project. Council members decided to remove sidewalk improvements from the project scope, but keep in a possible storm drain extension as a potential option.Continue reading
The Hamlet Police Department’s 2018 statistics were presented during last week’s town council meeting. Council President Dave Kesvormas read through some of the numbers, “The general calls of service was 1,209. We had 50 accidents, 471 traffic stops, 75 citations. Adults arrested are 28, and assist to other agencies: 68, counting medical.”Continue reading
Hamlet officials are asking for the public’s help to qualify for a $40,000 planning grant. The town is working with HWC Engineering to put together a comprehensive plan. Up to 90 percent of the $44,000 cost could be covered by grant funding.Continue reading
The Town of Hamlet has a new street superintendent. The town council opted not to reappoint Fred Rowe to the position Wednesday, and instead promoted Street Department employee Kevin Leinbach to the position.Continue reading
The Town of Hamlet is moving forward with a comprehensive plan. Council member Brian Earnest says town officials have chosen a planning consultant, following several hours of interviews. As the next step in the process, a public hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday, December 12 at 5:00 p.m.
More streetlights may soon be coming to Starke Street in Hamlet. Two years ago, the town installed decorative streetlights on the east side of the street, across from the town hall, as the first part of a four-phase project. But the town council has held off on doing additional phases to focus on other projects, such as the recent Community Crossings project farther north on Starke Street.
The Hamlet Town Council formally adopted the town’s 2019 budget Wednesday. It looks pretty similar to this year’s. The total budget is just over $467,000 for 2019. About $323,000 of that would be the town’s General Fund. The Motor Vehicle Highway Fund would be budgeted at $58,200, while the Park budget would be $11,900.
After two rounds of bidding, the Hamlet Town Council has decided not to pursue grant funding for Railroad Street improvements at this time. Council members voted Wednesday to reject all three paving bids and table a Community Crossings application until the January call for projects.
The Hamlet Town Council spent almost an hour Thursday trying to bring its proposed Railroad Street project in line with the town’s budget. The town plans to apply for a Community Crossings Grant to cover 75 percent of the cost, while the rest would likely come out of Hamlet’s Economic Development Income Tax Fund.