John Dennis

Changes to waste pick-up in WL being considered

Mar 26, 2013

The City of West Lafayette is looking to change its trash ordinance. The main component is a proposed increase for residents in the cost of trash, recycling and yard waste. The current $9 a month rate would go up to $16.

Council President Ann Hunt says the last increase was 20 years ago, and the cost of providing the services has gone up since then.

“If you look at, in particular, gas prices – and a big percent of the street department (budget) is gas prices,” she says. “In 1993 gas prices were from $1.05 to $1.27. When I got gas last week it was $3.86.”

The mayors of Lafayette and West Lafayette are raising awareness of the pet population in the county.

Tony Roswarski and John Dennis say more people need to be responsible and have their pets spayed or neutered.

The mayors say the two cities spend more than $185,000 combined each year to shelter stray animals.

Roswarski says it needs to be a priority, because it affects the quality of life for residents and the animals.

APC postpones vote on New Chauncey Neighborhood plan

Feb 19, 2013

A land use plan for the New Chauncey Neighborhood in West Lafayette will get another month of examination before the Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission reconsiders it. The APC was scheduled to reconsider the document Wednesday night, however the matter has been postponed until March 20.

The document is a set of guidelines for planned developments that requires approval first from the APC and then West Lafayette’s city council.

New city council districts set for West Lafayette

Dec 13, 2012

West Lafayette city council districts have been updated in advance of a state deadline. Officials had until December 31st to vote on new boundary maps.

At a special meeting Thursday night, councilors approved a proposal that was spearheaded by representative Eddie VanBogaert (D-Dist. 1).

Mayor John Dennis says the new map does a good job of meeting the guidelines for redistricting.

WL cuts ribbon on new roundabout

Oct 11, 2012
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.

West Lafayette is partnering with the Purdue Research Foundation to fund a study of the New Chauncey neighborhood.

The city’s Redevelopment Commission approved a contract not to exceed 30-thousand dollars for its half of the cost.

Mayor John Dennis says one goal is to identify what areas of the historic neighborhood need to be revitalized.

He says concerns from residents about the Wang Hall project encroaching on residential areas prompted the idea for the study.

Dennis says that is why the Research Foundation is involved.

Faith West development draws opposition

May 22, 2012

The mayor of West Lafayette says the decision to issue bonds for a project along Northwestern Avenue does not cross the line between separation of church and state.

John Dennis says the money generated from the bonds will not support any of the religious activities that take place at Faith West.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation is objecting to the arrangement.

The organization is also expressing concern that the mixed-use development will be given a property tax exemption.

Faith West project draws support and concern

May 8, 2012

A more than $11-million project in West Lafayette is moving forward, but not without some opposition.

The city council agreed to issue $7-million in bonds for Faith Church to build a community center along Northwestern Avenue.

The measure passed with a six to one vote.  Councilor Peter Bunder opposed. He says the move crosses the line of separation between church and government.

However, mayor John Dennis this is a way for the city to support the project and overall community development.

Faith Church could secure funding for WL project

May 7, 2012

West Lafayette’s city council is considering a move to help launch a proposed mixed-use project.

Members will vote Monday, May 7, on issuing $7 million in bonds for Faith Church.

The non-profit wants to build a 94,000 square foot community center along Northwestern Avenue.

If the city sells the bonds, Faith will receive a lower interest rate because it’s through a government agency. But, it comes at no financial risk to West Lafayette, according to Mayor John Dennis.

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.