Potential upgrades to the Hamlet Town Park depend on tomorrow’s Stellar Community announcement. The winner of this year’s Stellar designation is scheduled to be announced tomorrow morning.Continue reading
The Hamlet Park Board has decided to hold off on any potential upgrades, pending the outcome of Constellation of Starke’s Stellar Community efforts. For months, board members have been discussing the possibility of completing at least one project in the Town Park this year, if money is available.Continue reading
The Town of Hamlet’s 2020 budget will be up for adoption during tonight’s town council meeting. Clerk-Treasurer Kristina Pitts is proposing a reduction of almost $19,000 from this year’s budget, since more money is expected to be lost to the property tax cap. Hamlet’s proposed budget totals more than $448,000, with just over $311,000 of that being the General Fund.Continue reading
Efforts to add a memorial walking path to the Hamlet Town Park got a major boost, thanks to a recent fundraiser. On September 21, the Hamlet American Legion held a motorcycle ride in memory of Robert J. Tauteris Jr., who died while serving in Afghanistan in 2012. Proceeds will go toward the effort of building a trail in his honor.Continue reading
The Town of Hamlet has set its trick-or-treat hours. During Wednesday’s park board meeting, town officials agreed to hold trick-or-treating on October 31 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.Continue reading
Hamlet residents have the chance to weigh in on the town’s 2020 budget proposal during tonight’s town council meeting. It totals just over $448,000, with over $311,000 of that being the General Fund. The proposal calls for $55,000 in the Economic Development Fund and almost $55,000 in the Motor Vehicle Highway Fund.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
The Hamlet Park Board may soon get cost estimates for the addition of a walking trail in the Town Park. A few ideas for how to pay for the proposed trail were brought to the board Wednesday.Continue reading
The Hamlet Park Board’s wish list of projects could become a reality, if the Constellation of Starke region is designated a Stellar Community. During an update to the town council Tuesday, Ron Gifford with the Starke County Economic Development Foundation said that communities around the county are working with planning consultant DLZ to come up with projects that might be eligible for Stellar funding.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
The Yellowstone Trail Fest will once again receive funding from the Town of Hamlet. Last week, the town’s park board agreed to contribute $1,000.Continue reading
This year’s Hamlet Easter Egg Hunt was a huge hit. That’s what Clerk-Treasurer Kristina Pitts told the town’s park board Wednesday. “We had like 61 kids,” she said. “We got complements. Kassandra had done an awesome job at getting fold-able outside camping chairs for a grand prize, along with the baskets, and I got complements on that.”Continue reading
The Hamlet American Legion is looking to launch a Junior Shooting Sports program. One of the program’s organizers asked the town council Wednesday if there would be any issues with holding it on the Legion’s property along the train tracks.Continue reading
The Town of Hamlet is upgrading some of its equipment. The town council Wednesday approved the purchase of a DR 3900 spectrophotometer for the town’s wastewater plant for about $4,600. Water and Street Superintendent Fred Rowe said its main purpose will be to test for ammonia. “It is expensive now, but it’ll save you money in the long run,” he said.
The Hamlet Town Council will make a second attempt tonight at choosing a contractor for Railroad Street improvements. Council members decided last week to give the three bidders a chance to revise their estimates, after the council decided to cut sidewalk work and tree removal out of the project. The town plans to apply for a Community Crossings grant to cover 75 percent of the cost, but the application has to be turned in by Friday.
The Hamlet Park Board tossed around some ideas for future park activities during last week’s meeting. A proposal to add some sort of summer camp was brought up. The Starke County Fairgrounds would be available during the month of June. Camp activities could also be held in the Town Park.
The Hamlet Town Park is getting some new playground equipment, thanks to organizers of the Haunted Fairgrounds event. They donated a digger to the park, according to Clerk-Treasurer Kristina Pitts. The device lets children work on their excavating skills by scooping up dirt and moving it around.