West Lafayette

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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.

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Six months before the November general election, the Tippecanoe County Election Board is shopping for a new contractor to provide computer software needed to run the voting system.

The three-member board voted Friday to cancel the county’s contract with Robis Elections, based in Wheaton, Illinois.

House Republican Caucus

State Representative Randy Truitt (R-West Lafayette) says he will not run for reelection.

Truitt says he’s worked the past eight years serving Indiana families and businesses as the representative from Indiana House District 26, but says he wants to spend more time with his wife and three children.

All 50 state Representatives are up for election this year.

Truitt is announcing his retirement early in the campaign cycle to make way for someone else.

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10:00 p.m. Tuesday Update:

Some Tippecanoe County residents are hoping the Indiana Department of Environmental Management will hear them when they say a utility company’s expansion plan is bad news for the environment.

Private wastewater utility company American Suburban Utilities, which provides service to many residents on northwest of West Lafayette, has submitted a permit application that proposes to more than double the capacity of its Carriage Estates Treatment Plant, a move residents are opposing on both environmental and more pragmatic grounds.

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More than one hundred Tippecanoe County residents packed into the Harrison High School auditorium Monday evening to protest, often fervently, a water rate hike proposed by provider American Suburban Utilities.

Purdue Research Foundation

Rolls-Royce has announced plans to build a 40,000-square foot facility at Purdue. The company is the first tenant in the university research park’s newly-established Aerospace District.

Third Street Suites
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 West Lafayette residents objected after the Tippecanoe Area Plan Commission last week recommended approval of an apartment complex aimed at students to be built northwest of campus. However, the university’s plan to increase enrollment could mean more such battles are on the horizon.

West Lafayette Delays Waste Water Treatment Utility Project

May 27, 2014

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.

WL creates Facilities Director position

Mar 26, 2014

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.

Tippecanoe APC to vote on New Chauncey Plan

Jan 15, 2013

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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