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.
A rough railroad crossing in Hamlet continues to draw the attention of economic development officials. The town council has been complaining about the Chicago, Fort Wayne & Eastern’s Starke Street crossing for years. Last month, Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Charlie Weaver offered to speak to railroad officials, but the town didn’t get an immediate response.
This week, Weaver told council members that he’s still working with the railroad’s parent company, but he needs to get all the details straight. “I’m in communication with the Genesee & Wyoming railroad. They like to know exactly who you had conversation with, so we can pin it down, and I need to verify the absolute nature of the complaint. It’s a rough crossing right?” Continue reading
Hamlet’s Street Department is getting a new truck. The town council voted Wednesday to buy a 2017 GMC Sierra 3500 HD with a dump bed from Schepel Buick GMC in Merrillville. The total cost is $41,351. However, council members decided to purchase a snow plow for the truck separately.
The Hamlet Town Council is once again calling for repairs to the Starke Street railroad crossing. During Wednesday’s meeting, Council President Dave Kesvormas said the crossing continues to get worse. Continue reading
The Town of Hamlet is moving ahead with a few vehicle purchases. Last month, the town council approved the purchase of a 2018 Ford Police Interceptor Explorer Utility from Best Ford in Knox for just under $30,000. On Wednesday, council members passed a resolution formally approving the financing.
The Hamlet Town Council has formally adopted the town’s 2018 budget. It calls for a General Fund of more than $321,000 and a Motor Vehicle Highway Fund of just under $60,000, with a total budget of just over $468,000.
Hamlet officials want some more information before agreeing to let the Starke County Sheriff’s Department use the gun range at the town’s sewer plant. In a letter to town officials, Sheriff Bill Dulin offered to have his firearms instructors qualify the town’s police officers free of charge, in exchange for letting them use the range to qualify officers from other departments.
The Town of Hamlet is ready to step in to settle a property line dispute. It has to do with two houses in the area of Division Street. One homeowner reportedly planted a row of trees this week. But the neighbors say those trees are about six feet onto their property, and they asked the town council Wednesday for assistance.