The Hamlet Zoning Board has found the house at 503 South Starke Street to be structurally sound. President Dave Kesvormas told the rest of the board Tuesday that he visited the site after the previous town council meeting.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
Hamlet officials have agreed to hold off on condemnation proceedings on 503 South Starke Street as the owner continues to work on the home. During last week’s town council meeting, Council President Dave Kesvormas noted that the sewer and water lines have been corrected and are now within code.Continue reading
Starke County Republican Party Chair Dave Kesvormas is filling out his leadership team. On Friday, he appointed Bernadette Welter-Manuel as vice chair.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 Starke County Republican Party has new leadership. Dave Kesvormas was formally selected as the party chair during a caucus Tuesday, following the resignation of Brenda Stanojevic. Kesvormas says he was the only one to express interest in the position.Continue reading
The Hamlet Zoning Board has given the owner of 503 South Starke Street until June 12 to bring the property into compliance with the town’s unsafe structure ordinance. During last week’s meeting, it was revealed that the water and sewer lines hadn’t been hooked up. There were also concerns with an open trench that had apparently been dug next to the sidewalk.Continue reading
The Hamlet Zoning Board has reopened discussions about paying the town’s building inspector. Frank Lonigro says he’ll no longer do the job for free, according to Clerk-Treasurer Kristina Pitts. He first raised concerns during the board’s January meeting, but members wanted to look at restructuring the town’s permit fee structure before offering a pay rate.
Hamlet officials are still waiting for work to begin on the Starke Street rehabilitation project. As the first step, the town has been working with Starke County Surveyor Bill Crase to extend the culvert at Benninghoff Ditch.
Oregon-Davis School Superintendent Dr. Don Harman went to the Hamlet Town Council Wednesday to spread the word about the upcoming school referendum. If approved, the measure would add a property tax of up to 29 cents per $100 of assessed valuation for an eight-year period. It would replace a 19-cent tax that’s set to expire in 2019.
Work continues to bring new industries to the Hamlet area. During the Starke County Economic Development Foundation’s monthly report to the Hamlet Town Council Wednesday, Interim Executive Director Larry Wickert said it’s usually hard to find projects for which Starke County’s sites would be suitable.
The Town of Hamlet is ready for residential development, according to Town Council President Dave Kesvormas. He discussed the issue with Starke County Economic Development Foundation Board President Larry Wickert Wednesday, during the foundation’s monthly report to council members.
Hamlet Town Marshal Clint Norem presented the police department’s 2017 year-end report to the town council Wednesday. Next to traffic stops, the greatest number of calls were animal complaints. “We’ve issued several citations this year that related to animals,” Norem explained. Continue reading
The condition of the Starke Street railroad crossing continues to draw concerns from the Hamlet Town Council. Over the past few months, the Starke County Economic Development Foundation has tried to help facilitate discussions between the town and the Chicago, Fort Wayne & Eastern Railroad.