The Hamlet Police Department’s 2018 statistics were presented during last week’s town council meeting. Council President Dave Kesvormas read through some of the numbers, “The general calls of service was 1,209. We had 50 accidents, 471 traffic stops, 75 citations. Adults arrested are 28, and assist to other agencies: 68, counting medical.”Continue reading
Hamlet officials are asking for the public’s help to qualify for a $40,000 planning grant. The town is working with HWC Engineering to put together a comprehensive plan. Up to 90 percent of the $44,000 cost could be covered by grant funding.Continue reading
Hamlet town employees are getting a three-percent pay raise for 2019. The town council finalized the salary ordinance for appointed officials Wednesday, after approving a similar raise for elected officials last month.Continue reading
The Town of Hamlet has a new street superintendent. The town council opted not to reappoint Fred Rowe to the position Wednesday, and instead promoted Street Department employee Kevin Leinbach to the position.Continue reading
Funding for Hamlet’s comprehensive plan will take a little longer to come through. Town officials had hoped to have a $39,600 planning grant approved by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs this month. Continue reading
The Hamlet Town Park may soon get some new playground equipment. The town council Wednesday conditionally approved the purchase of a “zip line” style ride. It lets kids hang onto a suspended handle, which then glides along a curved track.
Hamlet’s elected officials will get a three-percent pay raise in 2019. Under the salary ordinance approved by the town council Wednesday, the clerk-treasurer’s annual pay will go up to almost $33,200, while council members will get just under $186 per month.
The Town of Hamlet is moving closer to creating a new comprehensive plan. Up to 90 percent of the cost is expected to be covered by grant funding distributed by the state. In order to qualify, the town council has begun the process of updating two of its ordinances.
The Town of Hamlet has finalized the date for this year’s home decorating contest. Judging will take place Saturday, December 22 between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Those whose homes are decorated have a chance to win a cash prize. The first place winner will get $100, second place will receive $75, and the third place prize is $50.
The Town of Hamlet is moving forward with a comprehensive plan. Council member Brian Earnest says town officials have chosen a planning consultant, following several hours of interviews. As the next step in the process, a public hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday, December 12 at 5:00 p.m.
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.
Hamlet’s new utility workers are settling into their jobs. Water Operator Jason Cox told the town council Wednesday that he’s diving into the town’s water system. “For the most part, it’s a pretty simple system,” he said. “Everything seems to be, for the most part, operating pretty smoothly.”
Open enrollment is leading students out of some smaller school districts. Ron Gifford with the Starke County Economic Development Foundation told the Hamlet Town Council Wednesday that the state is now giving more detail about where exactly students are attending school.
Disposing of brush and yard waste is becoming a challenge for the Town of Hamlet. Street Superintendent Fred Rowe told the town council Wednesday that since the town is no longer allowed to burn the brush it collects from residents, he’ll eventually run out of places to put it.
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.
Hamlet officials hope a U.S. 30 construction project will wrap up soon. Following a spike in accidents, Town Council President Dave Kesvormas urged INDOT to address safety concerns in the work zone.