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."
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."
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.
Construction is beginning soon on a new manufacturing plant in Lafayette.
Heartland Automotive is building on Veterans Memorial Parkway so it can expand its business. The company makes car parts for Subaru and Toyota, and currently is on Kepner Drive in Lafayette.
Senior Vice President Ronan Miot says they’re running out of space at that facility.
"We want to be closer to our customers, to better service them as well. So, in the past couple years, we've expanded our production and we feel the need to expand and be closer to them is the right time, right now."
Millions of dollars in income tax revenue has been withheld from counties because of another programming error at the state Department of Revenue. As a result, the head of the Department of Revenue is stepping down.
Roughly $206 million of Local Option Income Tax funds were supposed to be distributed to Indiana counties since January of 2011, but were incorrectly stored in the state’s General Fund. That comes after the state announced only four months ago more than $300 million in corporate tax revenue was mistakenly withheld from the General Fund.