Residents of the Constellation of Starke region are invited to attend tonight’s community outreach event at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in Knox.
Things will kick off at 6 p.m. and during the event, community members will be filled in on the Stellar process so far and will have a chance to learn more about projects and programs that will be incorporated into the Stellar Communities Regional Development Plan.
A walking path honoring a fallen
soldier may soon be coming to the Hamlet Town Park. The town’s
American Legion post has officially begun raising funds for a Robert
J. Tauteris Jr. Memorial Walking Path.
Starke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler, and
Constellation of Starke Executive Team Member, presented the county commissioners
with a proposal to provide a commitment for matching grant funds for certain projects
within the Regional Stellar Communities Designation Regional Development
Starke County officials are confident
that kayak and canoe access points will soon be coming to the Yellow
River. During a recent Starke County Park Board meeting, board member
Rik Ritzler said river access would likely be one of the first
projects, if the Constellation of Starke region is designated a
Stellar Community, according to County Attorney Marty Lucas.
The Town of North Judson may see some
park upgrades and downtown beautification projects, if the
Constellation of Starke region is designated a Stellar Community.
Clerk-Treasurer Andrew Rowe says he gave an update on the group’s
efforts during Monday’s town council meeting.
Hamlet’s town council president has a new housing goal. “I think that an ‘unrealistic’ goal – I kind of thought of this and just to kind of throw it out at you guys to see what you thought – is ’22 by ’22,’ and what I mean, 22 houses by 2022,” Dave Kesvormas told the rest of the council Wednesday.
A longtime hazard in Bass Lake could
finally be resolved as part of the planning process for Constellation
of Starke’s Stellar efforts. A structure, believed to be an old
lifeguard tower, that’s now submerged in the lake has repeatedly been
discussed by the Starke County Park Board over the past few years. So
far, they haven’t been able to find a way to remove it, and there
have been doubts as to whether it’s the park board’s responsibility,
Big upgrades could be coming to the
Bass Lake Beach, if Constellation of Starke gets its Stellar
Community designation. During Tuesday’s Starke County Park Board
Meeting, Board Member Rik Ritzler said several ideas have been thrown
Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch is
looking forward to seeing the final proposals from this year’s four
Stellar Communities finalists. Marshall County Crossroads – made up
of Argos, Bourbon, Bremen, Culver, Plymouth, and Marshall County
itself – as well as Constellation of Starke – consisting of
Hamlet, Knox, North Judson, and Starke County – are both in the
running for the regional designation.
Though Constellation of
Starke officials were able to personally complete and submit a Letter of Intent
that granted them access to the finalist round of the Stellar Communities
Designation Program, they’ve recently sought out a consultant to provide
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.