Tony Roswarksi

Courtesy Lafayette Parks and Recreation

Construction of Lafayette’s new softball complex is set to begin this fall and city officials hope to complete it by next spring.

The park will have four fields outfitted with lighting, scoreboards and a sound system – plus a concession stand and press box. It’s designed to centralize the city’s softball teams. Previously, games have been split between two other sites. 

Lafayette Girls Softball League President Matt Teal says the area needs more space for youth softball – last season, the League held more than 160 games.

Central Indiana Glass & Glazing

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 area leaders are urging residents to use caution when going outside. The bitter wind chills can lead to frost bite quickly.

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski also wants people to be patient when it comes to the cities and county removing snow.

“We’re going to need people, if they could, to get their cars off the roadways, get them up in their driveways, give us as much room as possible to plow, because we’re going to have to go over stuff over and over and over again. And there’s not going to be a lot of places to put it. It’s going to be very difficult.”

"Snow Emergency" declared for Lafayette

Jan 5, 2014

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski has declared a Snow Emergency until further notice. The action, which took effect Sunday at 12 a.m., allows 12 hours for parked vehicles to be removed from marked snow emergency routes.

Police may tow vehicles from marked snow emergency routes beginning at noon Sunday. The policy is meant to aid in effective snow removal on key roadways in the city.

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.

Governor Mike Pence will tour Indiana communities hit by yesterday's storms.

That includes Lafayette, where the governor will join Mayor Tony Roswarski to see the damage in and around the city.

Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita (roh KEE tuh) is expected to join Pence on the tour.

The City of Lafayette is in the process of putting cars where they belong.

Council members gave initial approval to updating the rules for parking abandoned or junk vehicles. The change means cars, trucks and motorcycles cannot be parked in someone’s yard. They also cannot be left on the street, in an alley or city controlled lot or garage for more than five days.

John T. Myers bridge to get facelift in 2014

Oct 29, 2013
Indiana Office of Tourism

The pedestrian bridge between Lafayette and West Lafayette will be closed from time to time next year due to construction.

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski says the work will prevent festivals from using the venue, but pedestrians will have access most of the time.

“We’ll try to keep an 8-10 feet wide area where people can walk back and forth while we work on different sections, but there will be some times when it will be totally closed.”

The redevelopment of the Home Hospital site in Lafayette is getting some financial assistance from the city. Mainstreet Property Group will receive $800,000 in tax increment financing district funds over four years.

In essence, some of that funding will come from the developer’s own tax liability. A 65,000 square foot senior living facility will go up where the old hospital once stood.

The Hoosier State passenger rail line will keep running for another year after the state reached an agreement Tuesday with Amtrak just hours before funding was scheduled to run out. 

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