Tony Roswarski

City of Lafayette

Quite a number of cities have prominent riverwalks like the one Lafayette is trying to construct.

But Lafayette’s will be built in partnership between the city, a quasi-public group concerned with the river and a private real estate group.

So how does such a project get done with some many groups providing input?

We address that this week with Tony Roswarski on Ask The Mayor.

Also on this week’s show, questions from listeners about whether the paint used in public murals is safe, the writing on fire trucks and how to allow more chickens in urban backyards.

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As if there aren’t enough orange construction barrels on Indiana roads, drivers should brace for more.

Repairing roads was the priority this year when state lawmakers voted to return local income tax dollars to cities, towns and counties across the state.

How The Cash Can Be Spent

Seventy-five percent of the money must be spent on roads.

Lawmakers allowed local governments to spend the remaining quarter of the money they’re getting back on a non-road project or to put it away for future use.

Amtrak summit in Lafayette

Aug 19, 2013

Passenger rail service in Indiana is expected to take a big hit October 1. That’s the day federal funding ends for the Hoosier State Line.

Amtrak is asking the Indiana Department of Transportation for $3 million to keep trains running four-days-a-week between Indianapolis and Chicago.

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski says losing the Hoosier State Line would hurt the state and local economies.

Lafayette may shut down its municipal golf course.

Mayor Tony Roswarski says it’s no longer financially viable to operate it, because the course is so susceptible to flooding.

He says it has cost the city more than $231,000 since 2009, and is recommending the Parks Board close it, because it’s operating at a loss.

"One of the concerns that we have looking forward is, where does that leave the course as far as viability if there were to be another significant flood," said Roswarksi.

Gander Mountain opens Lafayette store

Sep 13, 2012
Mike Loizzo / WBAA Radio

An outdoor retailer opening a store in Lafayette will try to fill the void left by a competitor. Gander Mountain’s grand opening is this weekend.

The store at the Lafayette Pavilions will be Gander Mountain’s sixth location in the state. Sportsman’s Warehouse occupied the space until 2009.

Kevin Nyberg is managing the operations.

"The issue with Sportsman's was more of a global thing for the company. They were based out West and put a lot of stores out East. They had some logistics issues, that really had nothing to do with Lafayette."

Summer sewage rates extended in Lafayette

Sep 10, 2012

Lafayette is encouraging its residents to beautify their property despite the summer drought.

The city is extending summer sewage rates, so homeowners won’t be charged more for watering their lawns and gardens.

Mayor Tony Roswarski says it’s a one-time move based on unique circumstances.

The extension is for one month.

Each year, Lafayette reduces the amount of sewage charged to residents during the summer for these watering purposes.

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."

The city of Lafayette is looking to create a new position that its mayor says could save millions.

Tony Roswarski says the impact of bringing on a Construction Manager for the Long Term Control Plan could be significant.

“We think using some stuff, and if we can get this one more position, we can stay on top of a lot of these projects," he said.  "Until 2026 we have projects to do.  We would literally save millions of dollars in those types of fees.”

The position would help with work on projects similar to the sewage tunnel, as well as storm water efforts.

Lafayette is moving forward with efforts to annex three parcels of land.

City council members approved resolutions to take over land near Saint Elizabeth East, IU Arnett Hospital, and a section of Veterans Memorial Parkway at U.S. 52.

Mayor Tony Roswarski says much of the land being annexed is undeveloped.

"We want to get a good strategic plan in there for infrastructure, for roads, for drainage, for zoning to make sure that as things develop, they complement the city, they add to the type of growth that we want to have for the city."

Lafayette celebrates Chatham Square development

May 10, 2012
Mike Loizzo / WBAA

A resident of Lafayette’s Chatham Square says there’s nothing like it in the city.

Will Currin and his family live in one of the community’s 89 rental units.

"It's very nice, very different. It seems like something that doesn't belong here. Seems like something that belongs in another town. It's good for the children, very roomy, and the management is great to deal with.”

He says his townhome is energy efficient, which helps keep utility costs low. Currin looked on during the ribbon cutting ceremony for Chatham Square Thursday morning.