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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.

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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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After roughly two-and-a-half years of construction work, the new stretch of U.S. 231 in Tippecanoe County is complete. The Indiana Department of Transportation expects it to open for traffic at 6 p.m. Friday. Officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday morning.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels, who helped initiated the project when he was governor, says besides better a better traffic pattern, it will save lives.

WL scales back annexation plans

Jun 19, 2013
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Most Wabash Township residents who were facing annexation into West Lafayette are no longer part of the plan. (NEW MAP)

The city scaled back the area to include Purdue and land adjacent to the new U.S. 231 bypass. It also includes the Menard’s on U.S. 52 and what will be the new Meijer store next to it.

The Sugar Hill subdivision along McCormick Road is still part of the proposed annexation. Officials say that’s because all the land surrounding the subdivision is part of the annexation proposal.

WL mayor says dialogue about annexation will continue

May 21, 2013

It will likely be several months before the West Lafayette City Council takes a final vote on a proposed annexation.

Several residents spoke out against the plan at a special meeting of the City Council Monday night. Still, councilors voted in favor of the annexation on first vote.

Mayor John Dennis says city officials will hold several meetings with residents and business owners before a final vote takes place.

WL officials warn of traffic disruptions

Apr 17, 2013

Road and construction projects along Northwestern Avenue in West Lafayette are expected to cause traffic delays over the next few months.

Mayor John Dennis says work along the road this construction season includes improvements from Lindberg Road to the Yeager Road roundabout, repaving by the state Department of Transportation, and construction of Wang Hall, 720 Northwestern, and the Faith Community Center.

He says the bulk of the work will be done when Purdue is in summer session.

A fee increase for trash, recycling and yard waste collections in West Lafayette seems likely. Council members discussed a proposal Thursday afternoon to raise the monthly rate from $9 to $16for residents.

Councilor Eddie VanBogaert expects the measure to pass, but thinks it still may need fine-tuning. He says the proposed changes would put more of a burden on some low-income residents who cannot opt out of fees.

Changes to waste pick-up in WL being considered

Mar 26, 2013

The City of West Lafayette is looking to change its trash ordinance. The main component is a proposed increase for residents in the cost of trash, recycling and yard waste. The current $9 a month rate would go up to $16.

Council President Ann Hunt says the last increase was 20 years ago, and the cost of providing the services has gone up since then.

“If you look at, in particular, gas prices – and a big percent of the street department (budget) is gas prices,” she says. “In 1993 gas prices were from $1.05 to $1.27. When I got gas last week it was $3.86.”

The mayors of Lafayette and West Lafayette are raising awareness of the pet population in the county.

Tony Roswarski and John Dennis say more people need to be responsible and have their pets spayed or neutered.

The mayors say the two cities spend more than $185,000 combined each year to shelter stray animals.

Roswarski says it needs to be a priority, because it affects the quality of life for residents and the animals.

APC postpones vote on New Chauncey Neighborhood plan

Feb 19, 2013

A land use plan for the New Chauncey Neighborhood in West Lafayette will get another month of examination before the Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission reconsiders it. The APC was scheduled to reconsider the document Wednesday night, however the matter has been postponed until March 20.

The document is a set of guidelines for planned developments that requires approval first from the APC and then West Lafayette’s city council.