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.
The Town of Hamlet stands to make over $40,000 by selling an old fire truck. The Fenton, Louisiana Fire Department has actually agreed to buy the truck for $45,000, while Hamlet will cover the $4,500 listing fee. Continue reading
The Town of Hamlet plans to extend the Starke Street sidewalk, but not everyone likes the idea. In a letter to the town council, residents Fred and Charlene Jensen said the town should focus on fixing streets, and they feel the curbs and sidewalk would be a waste of money.
The intersection of Starke and Plymouth streets in Hamlet may reopen by the middle of next week. Street Superintendent Fred Rowe told the town council Wednesday that the work was halfway done, with the rest of the cement scheduled to be poured yesterday. That means that depending on weather, the intersection may open next Wednesday. Continue reading
The Hamlet Town Council was introduced to its newest police officer Wednesday. Council members unanimously voted to offer the full-time deputy position to Cody Rosinski. Continue reading
The intersection of Starke and Plymouth streets in Hamlet is expected to close for repairs Monday. While it’s under construction, the Town of Hamlet has decided to make some additional improvements beyond the scope of what was originally planned. Continue reading
The Town of Hamlet is looking to keep better track of its water. Continue reading
The Hamlet Town Council reorganized for 2017 Wednesday. Dave Kesvormas was reappointed council president. Town Marshal Clint Norem, Street Superintendent Fred Rowe, Water and Wastewater Operator Henry Ruiz, and Town Attorney Martin Bedrock are all keeping their positions for another year. Continue reading
Hamlet employees will not receive a pay increase in 2017. No changes were noted in the 2017 salary ordinance approved by the town council Wednesday. Continue reading
The Town of Hamlet looks to recognize some of its history, with the installation of a street sign downtown. The sign commemorating the route of the Yellowstone Trail was donated to the town by Juanita Ketcham, one of the organizers of the town’s annual Yellowstone Trail Festival. Continue reading
The Town of Hamlet is getting ready for winter weather. Water and Street Superintendent Fred Rowe told the town council Wednesday that the town’s salt spreader is getting worn out, after years of use. Continue reading
The Hamlet Town Park has gotten some upgrades, thanks to employees at Starke Hospital. As part of the hospital’s annual Day of Service Monday, employees volunteered their time to install two park benches near the new playground equipment, as well as new barbecue grills. Continue reading