John Dennis

WL city hall problems more extensive than originally thought

Apr 29, 2014

West Lafayette City Hall could be headed for demolition.

The building has been vacant since early February after the discovery of mold on all three levels.

Mayor John Dennis says a consultant is examining the structure and will report on its findings in August.

He says the initial review indicates the mold problem is more pervasive than originally thought.

And Dennis says water continues to leak into the basement due to the deterioration of the building’s substructure.

WL creates Facilities Director position

Mar 26, 2014

A new department head level position has been created in the City of West Lafayette.

Timothy Clark will assume the position of Facilities Director.

Mayor John Dennis says for years the city has hired contractors to conduct all of the work on the city’s facilities.

He says adding this position will be more efficient and cost effective.

Clark will take the oath of office at next Tuesday’s Board of Public Works and Safety meeting.

WL officials adjusting to move from City Hall

Mar 18, 2014

The West Lafayette Board of Works has approved spending up to 35-thousand dollars to determine the extent of a mold problem in City Hall.

All offices were moved out of the building in February to allow for an environmental remediation survey.

Mayor John Dennis says the results will determine whether or not officials move back into the building.

Currently, the mayor and the clerk-treasurer are on the second floor of the Police Department, while the Engineering and Development offices are in Morton Community Center.

Future of WL City Hall up in the air

Mar 5, 2014

The future of West Lafayette City hall remains uncertain following January’s water pipe break and ensuing discovery of mold in the building.

Preliminary estimates predict a roughly six-month timeframe to determine the full scope of the damage.

There no cost estimates yet for the work.

Mayor John Dennis says the Development and Engineering departments are currently located in the Morton Community Center.

The Clerk Treasurer and Mayor’s offices have been relocated to the West Lafayette Police Department.

Burst water pipe at WL City Hall could expedite relocation

Jan 29, 2014

There is no estimate yet as to how much damage a ruptured pipe caused at West Lafayette City Hall.

Mayor John Dennis says this is the second time this month that a water pipe in the building has frozen and burst.

He says the problems are reigniting talks about moving City Hall to Morton Community Center.

Dennis says officials have discussed the move and have had conceptual plans created, but he says the relocation is still several years away.

WL property owners begin paying stormwater fee

Jan 2, 2014

The New Year means a new fee for West Lafayette residents.

It’s being assessed on homes and businesses to address stormwater issues, such as flooding and pollution run-off to the Wabash River.

Mayor John Dennis says the fee is needed to meet federal and state environmental requirements.

West Lafayette and Tippecanoe County have finalized plans to fund Amtrak’s Hoosier State Line for one year. The city will pay $16,667 a month and the county’s share is $25,000 a month.

Mayor John Dennis says the agreement creates an oversight board made-up of the state and communities funding the service.

Mayor of West Lafayette joins Freedom Indiana

Dec 3, 2013
City of West Lafayette

The mayor of West Lafayette is opposing a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in the state.

John Dennis one of several city leaders across Indiana joining the Freedom Indiana group. In a statement, the two-term, Republican says the amendment goes against the city's values.

WL could spend $200K on Hoosier State Line

Nov 1, 2013

The West Lafayette city council will decide Monday whether or not to contribute $200,000 to help keep the Hoosier State Line running for at least another year.

Several cities along the passenger rail route from Indianapolis to Chicago are providing a combined $2.5 to replace funds that used to come from the federal government.

West Lafayette mayor John Dennis says Amtrak must make improvements to the service before a long-term deal can be reached.

The agreement funds the service for a year, with an optional four-month extension.

Mike Loizzo / WBAA Radio

A cyber security firm is growing in the Purdue Research Park. Sypris Electronics officially opened its research center Thursday morning. Its focus is on network protection and critical infrastructure.

President John Walsh, who is a Purdue graduate, says locating in the Research Park will allow collaboration with the university.

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