The Town of Hamlet is getting ready for next weekend’s Yellowstone Trail Fest. During Wednesday’s town council meeting, Town Marshal Frank Lonigro, Jr. agreed to have the police department provide traffic control during the Rainbow Splash 5K, as it did last year. Water and Street Superintendent Fred Rowe said the town also has street barricades ready.
Council President Dave Kesvormas pointed out that garbage has been an issue at the festival in the past. Local resident and park volunteer Jim Cooley added that right now, there’s still garbage left from last month’s Starke County 4-H Fair. In past years, the Starke County Sheriff’s Department has had inmates help out with cleanup after the fair. Council member Brian Earnest offered to discuss the issue with Sheriff Bill Dulin.
In other business, the council received word from local business owner Lee Nagai that new streetlights for the downtown area have been delivered. Nagai has been leading an effort to put in the vintage-looking streetlights, to help boost the area’s appearance. He will install them when his schedule allows. The Hamlet Town Council still plans to hold a ribbon-cutting and lighting ceremony when the project is complete.