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The Lafayette Police Department is hoping new initiatives to increase visibility and effectiveness in the community will help crack down on an increase in drug-related crime.

Mayor Tony Roswarski says the amount of drug-related crime has increased along with the statewide surge in heroin and methamphetamine use. As the police pointed out Thursday, hardly anyone robs a convenience store or commits fraud against their friends family in order to buy a family dinner.

John Meyers Pedestrian Bridge
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The City of Lafayette has been struggling to reopen the John T. Myers pedestrian bridge for the last two months, but has been thwarted by uncooperative weather, structural issues and delivery problems.

Now, it can add sub-par workmanship to that list. Sloppily-made railings for the bridge arrived two weeks ago, and it was immediately apparent they couldn’t be installed until they were repaired, pushing the opening date to mid-October at the earliest.

The season’s major juried arts event, the Round the Fountain Art Fair takes place on the grounds of the Tippecanoe County Courthouse on Saturday, May 24th.

Lafayette parking enforcement officially moved in-house

Jan 16, 2014

The city of Lafayette has officially moved its parking enforcement services in-house.

Two full-time employees will issue tickets and operate the city’s parking garage.

The staff will also serve as Downtown Ambassadors to answer questions or address concerns from residents and visitors.

Officials say a GPS-based digital system will make the process more efficient, and moving away from using a third party vendor will be more cost-effective.

The city is also making changes to the fee structure for on-street parking violations.

Lafayette has new Parks Department superintendent

Dec 9, 2013

The city of Lafayette has named a new superintendent for its Parks Department.

Claudine Laufman is taking over the position, effective immediately.

She has been with the city for more than two decades, most recently as the director of the Columbian Park Zoo.

Mayor Tony Roswarski says Laufman will be charged with implementing ideas from the Parks Department’s recently completed five year master plan.

Roswarski says the Parks Department will also have a new Operations Manager.