West Lafayette

General News
10:00 am
Tue May 27, 2014

West Lafayette Delays Waste Water Treatment Utility Project

West Lafayette WWTU director Dave Henderson

The West Lafayette Waste Water Treatment Utility is putting off a project after the sole bid came in over-budget.

Director Dave Henderson says the engineers estimate to replace two lift stations was about $2.1 million, but the cost submitted by Atlas Excavating was a little more than $2.7 million.

He says they will look for ways to reduce the price tag and put the project out to bid again later this year.

Henderson says the Sheraton and Fairway Knolls lift stations were built in 1963 and 1974, respectively, so he doesn’t want to wait too long to replace them.

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General News
5:03 am
Wed March 26, 2014

WL creates Facilities Director position

A new department head level position has been created in the City of West Lafayette.

Timothy Clark will assume the position of Facilities Director.

Mayor John Dennis says for years the city has hired contractors to conduct all of the work on the city’s facilities.

He says adding this position will be more efficient and cost effective.

Clark will take the oath of office at next Tuesday’s Board of Public Works and Safety meeting.

Government
4:02 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Tippecanoe APC to vote on New Chauncey Plan

The Tippecanoe Area Plan Commission is scheduled to present a proposal for the long term goals of West Lafayette’s New Chauncey Neighborhood.

Officials collaborated with residents during a series of meetings late last year to exchange ideas.

The plan lays out where there is potential to grow, but officials say about three-fourths of the neighborhood will be maintained as low-density residential.

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Government
11:34 am
Tue January 8, 2013

WL considers stormwater fees

West Lafayette is proposing storm water fees to help pay for future projects.

If approved, residents will pay eight-dollars per 3,200 square feet of impervious surface a month starting next year.

Public Works Director Dave Buck says the funding is vital the city’s future.

"It gives us a mechanism to fix a lot of those fairly simply problems that occur because something just simply fails and we have no dedicated revenue stream to go out and fix a failed pipe underneath the roadway or an inlet that has collapsed.”

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Government
12:10 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

WL celebrates opening of new fire station

The new West Lafayette fire station number three is officially open, after officials held a ribbon-cutting this morning.

It is located on Kalberer Road near Salisbury Street.

Fire station number three has been located in a converted Parks and Recreation building since 2007.

Chief Tim Heath says the new building will help firefighters provide better service to the community.

The land for the facility was donated to the city by the Purdue Research Foundation.

The estimated cost of the project was roughly $2.9-million.

General News
3:17 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

APC approves WL housing complex

A West Lafayette housing complex is moving forward.

The Tippecanoe Area Plan Commission unanimously approved a proposal to construct a 266-unit development where Cumberland Avenue ends west of U.S 52.

Amy Glenn is against the project.

She lives near the proposed site and thinks the space could serve a better purpose.

"We have plenty of market saturation when it comes to available housing and rental units here in the area," said Glenn.  "I think better use for our community is to develop business and to bring growth for jobs rather than more housing."

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General News
2:01 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Culture, business highlight Chinese delegation visit

Greater Lafayette is looking to further establish a relationship with China.

Leaders from Lafayette, West Lafayette, and Tippecanoe County met with a group from the Shandong Province, Thursday.

The goal was to share culture and discuss business opportunities.

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski calls the community’s relationship with China the best in the state.

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General News
5:49 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Job Fair at Indiana Veterans' Home

Hoosiers looking for work are encouraged to attend a local job fair next week.

The Indiana Veterans' Home in West Lafayette is hosting the event.

There openings in nursing, maintenance, recreation, transportation, and food services.

The home currently employs about 300 people who work with about 265 veterans and their spouses.

There are full time job openings, which come with benefits, and part time jobs.

The Home will do on-sight interviews during the fair

The event is November 29th from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the home’s MacArthur Auditorium.

Government
6:35 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

WL EDC approves Metronet bonds

A process to bring a fiber optic network to homes and businesses in West Lafayette is taking another step forward.

The city’s Economic Development Commission signed off on $2.5-million in bonds for Metronet to install the infrastructure.

Chairman Bill Baitinger believes this type of project will help attract more business to the community.

The city council and redevelopment commission still must approve the bond issuance, which is expected before the end of the year.

General News
12:20 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

WL cuts ribbon on new roundabout

Mayor John Dennis (center) cuts the ribbon during a dedication of the roundabout at Northwestern Avenue and Yeager Road.
Mike Loizzo WBAA Radio

West Lafayette officials say they are happy with the roundabout at Northwestern Avenue and Yeager Road.

City leaders held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the traffic circle Thursday morning.

Mayor John Dennis admits there have been some minor fender-benders and a few complaints, but overall, the intersection is working as planned. He says the roundabout is an ideal way to handle traffic in a city like West Lafayette.

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