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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.

Sloppy Workmanship Further Delays Bridge Reopening

Sep 3, 2015
John Meyers Pedestrian Bridge
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The City of Lafayette has been struggling to reopen the John T. Myers pedestrian bridge for the last two months, but has been thwarted by uncooperative weather, structural issues and delivery problems.

Now, it can add sub-par workmanship to that list. Sloppily-made railings for the bridge arrived two weeks ago, and it was immediately apparent they couldn’t be installed until they were repaired, pushing the opening date to mid-October at the earliest.

City of West Lafayette

As West Lafayette’s redesign of State Street gets going in earnest, there are still more questions than answers.

What does a public-private partnership actually do for the city?

Is the collegiate feel of the area in danger?

And what does the city have to give up to the University to get it to fork over so much cash?

During this week’s discussion with West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis, we ask if he sees the State Street project as his legacy as the city’s leader.

Construction Wage Repeal Would Nix 80-Year Old Law

Feb 24, 2015
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The Indiana common construction wage law was signed in 1935 to revive the economy. Eighty years later, the House is set to vote on its repeal due to argument over the law becoming too expensive to maintain.

"Prevailing wage" laws require that building-trades workers on government projects receive the average wage for their specialties. I-U Maurer School of Law Professor Ken Dau-Schmidt says the rationale was to make government a neutral player in setting wage rates, rather than pushing wages down through its immense purchasing power. 

Purdue University

It’s a new year and Purdue’s president has a couple resolutions:

He’d like to expand the student body by several hundred students per class. Where they’ll all be taught figures into the second resolution: use space more efficiently.

On this month’s conversation with Mitch Daniels, we talk about the next chapter in the president’s push to streamline the university.

Also on the program, a brief talk about racism on campus, in the wake of protests late last year that went all the way to Daniels’ office seeking answers about how to improve behavior on campus.

Purdue Athletics

Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke took something of an unusual step this week, calling members of the press together to address the school’s football team.

As it turned out, it was a first step in a new program of advocacy the AD is planning – all leading up, possibly, to a push to spend tens of millions of dollars renovating Ross-Ade Stadium.

On this week's Off The Field, we’ll ask about...well...the field. You might be surprised just how much a new scoreboard can cost.

Purdue is closing its construction inspection department in March. That means the elimination of 22 jobs. Instead, inspections will be the responsibility of the architects and engineers.

The university expects to save 10% to 15% – or about $75 million – over five years based on expected construction projects.

Other changes include aligning Purdue’s building specifications with current industry standards. Officials say that should lead to more competitive bids.

Those changes to Purdue's new construction specifications will include:

Lafayette Community Bank moving across the street

Aug 23, 2012

The southeast corner of South and 3rd streets in downtown Lafayette will be transformed over the next year. Lafayette Community Bank is planning a two story building there for its main branch.

The former auto repair shop and title company structures currently there will be torn down soon.

Bank President and CEO Brad Marley says the goal is to have a groundbreaking for the new building soon.

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