The Hamlet Town Council is looking for its next road project to tackle.
Clerk-Treasurer Kristina Pitts reminded members last week that the next call for projects for the state’s Community Crossings matching grant program is in January. Council President Dave Kesvormas voiced his support for upgrading Division Street from the Town Park north to Davis or Railroad.
The Town of Hamlet
has made some considerable investments into Starke Street’s sidewalks in recent
years, but one resident told the town council last week that there are other
areas that can still use some work.
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.
With the operator of Chicago, Fort
Wayne, and Eastern Railroad about to seek regulatory approval for a
planned acquisition, some Hamlet officials are making their opinions
known to the federal government. Genesee & Wyoming has announced
that it’s set to be acquired by Brookfield Infrastructure and
investment firm GIC for about $8.4 billion.
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.
Hamlet’s town council president has a new housing goal. “I think that an ‘unrealistic’ goal – I kind of thought of this and just to kind of throw it out at you guys to see what you thought – is ’22 by ’22,’ and what I mean, 22 houses by 2022,” Dave Kesvormas told the rest of the council Wednesday.
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.
Hamlet’s Railroad Street project is set
to begin soon. Last month, the town council awarded a bid to Mark
Milo Enterprises. The town received a Community Crossings grant from
the state to cover 75 percent of the cost.
The Town of Hamlet has chosen a paving
contractor for its upcoming Railroad Street project. The town council
approved a bid from Mark Milo Enterprises during a special session
Wednesday, according to Clerk-Treasurer Kristina Pitts. At just under
$194,000, Pitts says it was the lowest of the three bids the town
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.
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.
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.
Hamlet officials are demanding answers from INDOT, after a U.S. 30 construction project has led to a spike in accidents. During Wednesday’s town council meeting, Council President Dave Kesvormas complained that the town wasn’t told about the work ahead of time. “Legally, technically, U.S. 30 goes through town because that parcel on the northeast side of 30 is our parcel, so 30 goes through,” he explained. “The state didn’t contact us, nor did the contractor, and yet, we’ve had all these series of accidents.”
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.