The Hamlet Town Council last week revisited the possibility of adding more streetlights on Starke Street. In 2016, the town installed decorative lights on the east side of the street, across from the town hall, as the first part of a four-phase project. But additional work has been put on hold, as the town council has focused instead on Community Crossings paving projects.Continue reading
The Hamlet Town Council is moving ahead with updates to the town’s zoning map. The idea was first raised during this month’s zoning board meeting, when town officials noticed that the 2005 zoning map didn’t reflect the way much of the land is actually being used, with several homes being zoned for local business. The map also leaves off the storage facility north of U.S. 30 that has been annexed into the town.Continue reading
The Town of Hamlet may be looking to restrict on-street semi parking. Engineer Lee Nagai helped oversee the recent Railroad Street paving project. He asked the town council Wednesday whether there’s anything prohibiting trucks from parking there.Continue reading
A proposed storage facility in Hamlet has prompted town officials to reevaluate the town’s zoning map. Andrew Spite approached the town’s zoning board last week, seeking permission to build a 20-unit storage facility next to his apartment building on Indiana Avenue west of Starke Street.Continue reading
Hamlet’s Railroad Street project is officially complete. Engineer Lee Nagai is pleased with how it turned out. “I think it’s where everyone is happy to know that it’ll be under-budget and ahead of schedule,” he says.Continue reading
Railroad Street in Hamlet should be ready to reopen to traffic this evening. Engineer Lee Nagai told the town council Wednesday that the asphalt placement is done. He said the contractor still needs to clean up the edges and asphalt still needs to cure a bit, but Nagai said he’d be comfortable allowing traffic on it by this evening.Continue reading
Hamlet’s Railroad Street project is proving to be a bit more of a challenge than originally hoped. Engineer Lee Nagai gave an update during Wednesday’s town council meeting.Continue reading
Upgrades to Railroad Street in Hamlet will have to wait until after the Starke County Fair. Engineer Lee Nagai told the town council Tuesday that all the contracts have been signed, and paving contractor Mark Milo tentatively plans to start the week after the fair.Continue reading
The Town of Hamlet is still waiting for the start of its Railroad Street project. Engineer Lee Nagai told the town council Wednesday that the contractor is behind on its projects, due to recent weather. “He told me the paver is talking about the middle of July, so as soon as I get a firm schedule on when they could be here with the asphalt, then we’ll back everything up,” Nagai explained.Continue reading
The Kankakee River Basin Commission will be under a new name and new membership following the passage of House Bill 1270 in this session of the state legislature.Continue reading
Preparations continue for Hamlet’s Railroad Street project. Engineer Lee Nagai gave an update to the town council Wednesday.Continue reading
The Town of Hamlet has officially accepted almost $258,000 in Community Crossings grant funding. Town officials signed the grant paperwork during Wednesday’s town council meeting.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
Hamlet officials are starting to revise their plans for Railroad Street upgrades. The town council previously decided to wait until January to apply for a Community Crossings matching grant, amid concerns about how to fairly reduce the scope of the project once the initial bids were opened.
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.
Building a sidewalk to a gas station is proving to be a good investment for the Town of Hamlet, despite some initial skepticism from local residents. That’s according to Town Council President Dave Kesvormas.
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.
The Hamlet Town Council is expected to choose a contractor for its Railroad Street project tonight. The project would upgrade the road west of Starke Street with wider pavement, possibly new sidewalks, and other improvements. Last week, the town council opened bids from three companies. They ranged from just over $318,000 to nearly $344,000 for the entire project, but the town has the option to scale it back.
The Hamlet Town Council reviewed its 2019 budget proposal last week. It calls for a total budget of just over $467,000. 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. Clerk-Treasurer Kristina Pitts noted that there are no major changes from the 2018 budget.
The Town of Hamlet’s plan to upgrade Railroad Street is starting to draw interest from paving contractors. Engineer Lee Nagai told the town council last week that four companies have expressed interest.
“Three of them have come and looked at it,” he said. “I sent plans and sent the specs and bid documents to a fourth. They have not called me yet to come visit the site, but I have a feeling they might be working with somebody else. So I think we’ll get at least three bids. I’m guardedly optimistic that this is going to draw some attention.” Bids will be opened during a special town council meeting on Friday, September 7 at 4:00 p.m.
Among other things, the project would restore Railroad Street back to an appropriate width. Some pieces of sidewalk may also be replaced, but Nagai says some trees would have to be removed in order for that to happen. Town officials plan to get input from homeowners before deciding how to proceed.
The Town of Hamlet plans to apply for a Community Crossings grant to help fund the proposed Railroad Street improvements.