Employee family health care was discussed at Wednesday’s meeting of the Hamlet Town Board. No decision was made. The consulting contract with Ameriprize, represented by Mitch Siemens, for employee retirement plans, was extended for another two years.
The Hamlet Town Board is expected to consider the re-establishment of a Cumulative Capital Development Fund when it meets tonight. The tax will be levied on all taxable real and personal property in the taxing district and will not exceed $0.05 per $100 of assessed valuation payable in 2016 through 2018. Continue reading
The new fire station will be built between the Starke County Fairgrounds and the Wayne Apartments in Hamlet.
Davis Township Trustee Robin Latimer met with the Hamlet Town Board last night
to discuss details of the new firehouse, currently under construction east of the County Fairgrounds. A completion date of the end of May is expected, with focus on electrical and gas connections next week. Continue reading
The Town of Hamlet is still accepting applications for its summer 50/50 sidewalk replacement program. Residents should contact Town Hall representatives for details and an application.
The board gave attention to an annual spring-time problem, potholes. Focus was on repair of the intersection of Indiana and Jefferson streets.
The Hamlet Town Board members renewed the annual 50/50 sidewalk improvement program when they met for a regular session meeting this week. Residents may register for the program or get additional information at the Town Hall. The application deadline is April 8.
A town-wide yard sale has been approved in Hamlet for the first week in May.
The melting snow is aggravating sewers and drains. The board continues to discuss and examine those issues.
The Hamlet Park Board met prior to the Town Board meeting with no news to report.
The Town of Hamlet employees will receive an “across the board” three-percent pay increase effective with the February pay date. The board approved the increase after a lengthy discussion on the town’s 2015 budget Wednesday night. No increase was approved for the members of the Board. Continue reading
David Kesvormas was re-elected president of the Hamlet Town Board, when it met Wednesday night. The other members of the board are Brian Earnest and Frank Lonigro.
The board accepted a bid of $12,000 for two vacant lots on West Davis Street, east of Rannells Funeral Home from Kris Rannells of the mortuary. In the offer, Rannells said he plans to develop the properties into a gravel parking lot with ADA compliant sidewalks. Continue reading
Santa Claus will be at the Hamlet Town Hall on Dec. 17 to meet and greet the little ones and find out what they would like for Christmas. The “Hamlet Christmas Social,” for Hamlet area families. is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the town hall. Light refreshments will be served and there will be gifts for the kids. Continue reading
Clean-up of the town’s streets, many filled with trees and limbs, from last week’s wind storm took up much of the discussion at the Hamlet Town Board meeting last night. The street department reported to the citizens in attendance that all streets are now open, and limb pickup will continue this week. Continue reading
The Sesquicentennial celebration for the Town of Hamlet is tonight.
Clerk-Treasurer Kristina Pitts and the town board members invite all Hamlet residents to take part in the celebration which includes opening a time capsule. The time capsule had been buried at the site of the Hamlet Town Hall for decades. It will be interesting to see what has changed in the town and what officials thought should be remembered during that time period.
Another time capsule will be filled and buried.
The celebration begins at 5 p.m. CT at the Hamlet Town Hall.
The Hamlet Town Board has published an amendment to an ordinance that pertains to the removal of weeds and rank vegetation within the town limits of Hamlet.
The amendment states that residents shall cut and remove weeds and other rank vegetation from their property. Growth should not exceed six inches in height.
The Hamlet Town Board has approved an ordinance regarding the regulation of chickens in city limits.
According to the ordinance, residents may have up to six chickens on a property. Roosters, ducks and rabbits were not approved. The board members unanimously approved the ordinance during their meeting last week.
The Hamlet Town Board is still attempting to gather together a small livestock ordinance.
Hamlet Clerk-Treasurer Kristina Pitts said there are several residents that oppose the measure and they want to draft an ordinance that would settle the issue. Two public hearings have been held concerning the issue.
Hamlet Town Marshal Frank Lonigro III
The Hamlet Town Board this week received a report from Town Marshal Frank Lonigro III, who informed the board that his department in March made 51 traffic stops, responded to 50 calls, and made six arrests. He said the department is also working on getting a car repaired because the car battery regularly goes dead, and he said they suspect the accessory cables were to blame. The department will return the car to the business where the lights were installed and have them rectify the problem, and Lonigro said they will also fix the siren box.
Following the trend of cities and towns that have passed similar ordinances, the Hamlet Town Board this week held a public hearing to gain input on the proposed idea of an ordinance regulating urban chickens – that is, chickens within town limits. Board President Dave Kesvormas printed a copy of the small livestock ordinance currently in place for South Bend which regulates how many chickens are allowed at a residence and the requirements that must be met to house any livestock.
Another public hearing concerning the discussion surrounding the making of a proposed small livestock ordinance for the town of Hamlet is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. CT at the Hamlet Town Hall.
Hamlet Clerk-Treasurer Kristina Pitts had earlier reported that the proposed ordinance would allow residents in the town limits to house chickens on their property. She stated that several people have been in favor of the ordinance.
The Hamlet Town Board conducted a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 19th to gather the opinions of residents of a proposed small livestock ordinance.
Clerk-Treasurer Kristina Pitts noted that the proposed ordinance would allow residents in the town limits to house chickens on their property. She stated that several people have been in favor of the ordinance. No complaints were brought forth during the hearing.
The Hamlet Town Board met on May 1 with a light agenda.
Hamlet Clerk-Treasurer Kristina Pitts said the board members were reminded of the town-wide yard sale that is scheduled for the weekend of May 18 and 19. Sales will begin at 8 a.m. both days.
The Hamlet Town Board reorganized and elected Dave Kesvormas as the Board President. Brian Earnest was appointed to the K-IRPC Board, Martin Bedrock was retained as the Board Attorney and Frank Lonigro, Jr. was appointed to the Starke County Economic Development Foundation and Frank Lonigro III was retained as the Town Marshal.
Today our 2011 Campaign Spotlight turns to a Board race in Hamlet. The candidates are Democrat Dean Goble and Republican Dave Kesvormas.
Dean Goble is a lifelong resident of Hamlet. He attended schools in the Oregon-Davis School system. He is married and has 3 children and 4 stepchildren, and is a painter working out of Union Local 460 in Merrillville.