Lafayette City Council

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The Lafayette City Council is one step closer to approving a nearly 50-percent water rate increase, but officials say it’ll only make a few dollars’ difference on an average resident’s monthly bill.

After conducting a rate study, the city is moving forward with what officials are calling the Water System Capital Improvements Plan -- which argues the current water charges aren’t enough to cover costs of running and maintaining Lafayette’s wastewater utility.

Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission

Residents of a southwest side neighborhood took one last stand at Monday’s Lafayette City Council meeting, hoping to block a Habitat for Humanity subdivision.

Three women spoke in opposition – with one saying a house slated to be torn down belonged to her family in the past, while the other two focused on fire safety concerns that Lafayette Fire Chief Richard Doyle says aren’t a problem.

One of the detractors, Ann Miller, says she’s also concerned about the people who live in the houses.

Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission

A Lafayette subdivision comprised of Habitat for Humanity homes is one step closer to breaking ground on the city’s southwest side.

The Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission approved a plan for up to seven additional homes at its last meeting – despite a few nearby residents speaking out against it. 

In 2004, utilities were routed to the area to accommodate houses. Assistant City Engineer Bob Foley says that was in preparation for redevelopment.

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The Lafayette City Council Monday approved the first reading of a new ordinance aimed at preserving the city’s remaining brick streets.

The ordinance would require the city to re-pave and restore brick streets with brick, rather than concrete or asphalt.

Only nine stretches of brick street remain in Lafayette, mostly clustered around downtown and in the city’s Southwestern Highland Park neighborhood.

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The Lafayette City Council Tuesday night passed the first reading of an ordinance that would give the mayor and other elected officials a 5.5-percent raise.

City Controller Mike Jones says Lafayette employees are all on a salary grid and the increase will bring the incomes of elected officials up to par with other personnel.

“[We’re] trying to get everybody caught up and the hope is that as things look better and better in the private sector, that we can entice the good people that we have to stay,” Jones says.

Lafayette, Tippecanoe County Leaders Move To Enact Transgender Protections

Sep 7, 2016
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Both the Tippecanoe County Commissioners and the Lafayette City Council voted Tuesday to add protections for the transgender community to existing human rights ordinances.

The commissioners must still vote once more this month to make their move final, but the Lafayette vote was the last in what's been a charged debate.

After a lengthy and spirited public debate, the Lafayette City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve an amendment adding gender identity protections to the city’s human relations ordinance.

GREEN VS. WHITE

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Lafayette, one of the first cities in Indiana to write protections for sexual orientation into its human relations ordinance, is one vote away from adding gender identity to the law, which protects residents from discrimination in employment, business and housing situations.

The vote during Monday evening's city council meeting was unanimously in favor of expanding the ordinance, even though public commenters at City Hall, who numbered more than a dozen, were far less unified in their opinions.

City of West Lafayette

One of the traits of many mayors that is spoken of frequently but embodied less often is leadership. It’s a subject we spend some time on with West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis on this edition of Ask The Mayor. In what may be his last term in office, does he get in front of issues or just try to make operations run smoothly for his last four years?

Also on this week’s show, the League of Women Voters wants the Lafayette and West Lafayette city council presidents to lobby for a non-partisan redistricting commission.

MatchBOX Coworking Studio financing

Jun 27, 2013

Organizers of a coworking space in downtown Lafayette are putting the financing together.

While the space is being leased from the Tippecanoe County Public Library for $1 per year, the city is paying to renovate the facility. The library uses a portion of the Stein Building at 6th and South streets.

Lafayette’s Economic Development and Redevelopment commissions approved plans to sell up to $1.5 million in economic revenue bonds. The money would be used to build out the 10,000 square foot facility with conference rooms and work stations.

The City of Lafayette is expected to work with about $1.8 million more next year. The city council will take a first vote on the 2013 budget Monday.

Mayor Tony Roswarski says the increase is due primarily to four areas.

"That's a two percent raise for our employees. That's a 12 percent placeholder on insurance. It's an increase in the Public Employees Retirement Fund that we're required to do, and then some bump in gasoline costs. When you add that all up, that's about 95 percent of the increase, so it's really a lean budget."

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