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It’s not often that cities turn down all the bids they receive for a project, but that’s just what Lafayette’s Board of Works did this week on a road paving and sidewalk improvement job.

And to hear Mayor Tony Roswarski tell it, this story might be more common in the coming years, because it’s a seller’s market in the construction trades. A lack of qualified workers means companies don’t have the manpower to do all the available jobs at once, and they can pick and choose only the most lucrative projects – and charge more for the work than they used to.

About 40 students at Hamilton Heights High School are expected to participate next fall in a new State Earn and Learn construction program, the first of its kind in the state. (Courtesy Indiana Department of Workforce Development)
Justin Hicks

A high school construction program in central Indiana was the first to receive an apprenticeship certification from the Department of Workforce Development. It will fast-track students into the workforce after high school.

Taylor Haggerty / WBAA

Purdue’s Union Club Hotel will close this summer for renovation. The Purdue University Board of Trustees approved the decision Friday.

City of West Lafayette

It doesn’t take much driving around Greater Lafayette to learn the summer’s buzzword: construction.

West Lafayette has less than two weeks before college students begin returning in droves and there are still questions about whether State Street will be open to accommodate that, particularly after last month’s rains and two gas main strikes earlier this week.

City of West Lafayette

The city of West Lafayette has settled a legal case brought by a man shocked with a stun gun at Chauncey Hill Mall in 2013 for taping a police takedown of another person.

On this edition of Ask The Mayor, we talk with John Dennis about whether the incident has led to disciplinary action for any of the officers or changes in the way the city’s police conduct their business.

Also on today’s show, in a construction season where Greater Lafayette’s motto might as well be “you can’t get there from here,” why is the city doing seemingly non-essential roadwork?

NLRB.gov

The National Labor Relations Board has ordered an Indianapolis-based construction staffing firm to allow workers to discuss unions and compensation on the job.

Commercial Trade Source, or CTS, is one of few companies to fight this battle at the federal level. It's effectively a temp agency, providing skilled workers for construction projects nationwide.

Until now, CTS policy forbade workers from discussing wages or unionization on the job -- whether through conversation, flyers or union-branded clothing.

City of Lafayette

Why is part of South Street closed?

Will the trees come back along Main Street?

When, oh when, will Sagamore Parkway be done?

Can the city construct a winning baseball team?

All those questions and more on this week's Ask The Mayor with Lafayette's Tony Roswarski.

City of Lafayette

A law signed by Governor Pence this week allows police greater flexibility in patrolling apartment complexes. Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski has a few on his list he’d like to see watched more closely, so today on Ask The Mayor, we’ll ask if the new law addresses a specific concern in his city as it tried to bring down some worrisome crime statistics.

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More than once in a presentation explaining how a consortium led by Rieth-Riley was chosen to retrofit State Street, Purdue University counsel Steve Schultz said the team followed the letter of the law.

After the meeting, the university’s lawyer pronounced himself “perplexed” about the call for more openness.

“This project has had more public meetings approving the project than probably any one in the history of the city of West Lafayette," Schultz says. "So from the University’s perspective, we are puzzled by this clamor for more transparency.”

Lafayette Mayor's Office

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski was an invited guest to this week’s State of the State address. This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we get his feelings on Governor Pence touting Indiana’s gun laws – even as Lafayette is seeing firearms used in some of the increasing number of violent crimes it’s experiencing.

Also on today’s show: the Mayor said a couple months ago he’d be glad to stop hearing questions about the Myers bridge, but some still linger.

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