Government News

WL WWTU plan headed to IDEM for review

Dec 28, 2011

West Lafayette’s Waste Water Utility Director is proposing four projects over the next decade-and-a-half, as part of an updated long-term control plan.

Dave Henderson says the goal is to increase the city’s capacity of handling rain in its sewers from the current quarter-inch per hour to two inches per hour.

He says doing so would reduce the amount of raw sewage that flows into the Wabash River during heavy rain.

The city’s Board of Works approved the updated 15-year plan yesterday.

It now heads to the state Department of Environmental Management for review.

Lafayette's Alabama Street changing status

Dec 27, 2011
Butler, Fairman & Seufert

A stretch of Alabama Street in downtown Lafayette will no longer be one-way.

The city is allowing traffic both ways on the block between 3rd and 4th streets.

Redevelopment Director Dennis Carson says the change is in response to a request by residents of the Ellsworth-Romig Neighborhood.

Tippecanoe County officials are concerned about a proposal in the Federal Transportation Bill that could have a negative impact on the Lafayette area.

The measure being crafted on Capitol Hill might do away with metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) serving populations with fewer than 200,000 people. Seven of the 14 in Indiana risk elimination.


A Marion County judge ruled Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White was ineligible to run in last year’s election.

Judge Louis Rosenberg found evidence that White was not living at his 
stated address when he filed to run for office.

White defeated Democrat Vop Osili in the General Election.

The court decision now sends the case back to the Indiana Recount Commission, which previously ruled White was an eligible candidate.

Tippecanoe APC approves Islamic Center site plans

Dec 22, 2011

Members of the Hawthorne Ridge Neighborhood Association are raising concerns about a possible Islamic Center in the unincorporated area of Tippecanoe County.

The facility is proposed for the intersection of county roads 500 North and 50 West, north of West Lafayette.

Association President Tom Fackleman says that type of project could disturb the current landscape of the community, and might cause drainage problems.

Roughly 90% of state employees will be getting a pay increase in 2012.  Pay increases will range from 2-6% based on performance evaluations.

In 2009 and 2010, state employees didn’t receive a raise due to economic belt-tightening in state government.  At the beginning of 2011, they received an average increase of a little more than one percent.

Governor Mitch Daniels says the legislature budgeted for this year’s raises and they had nothing to do with recent revenue forecasts that showed an improving economy.

Gross Sworn in After Recount

Dec 21, 2011

Cathy Gross will serve on the Monticello city council for the next four years.

The Democrat won the Ward Three seat after a recount. 

She defeated incumbent Republican David Kelly by one vote.

Gross was sworn in Wednesday and says her goal is to be a voice for the people, especially city employees.

Both she and Kelly received 233 votes after the November 8th election, but Gross picked up an additional vote from a provisional ballot during the recount which was confirmed, Friday.

Indiana lawmakers return to Indianapolis January 4th for the new session.  The top issue appears to be a bill that would give Hoosiers the option to join a union as opposed to being required to pay dues.   As WBAA’s Sam Klemet explains, those on both sides say there are economic benefits and drawbacks.

HUD funds 111 IN programs with more than $14M

Dec 20, 2011

Indiana is benefiting from more than $14 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The renewal money from HUD will help keep 111 programs running in the new year.

Lafayette Transitional Housing Center is receiving a little more than $250,000.  Programs for families ($73,893), singles ($104,186), and supportive services ($75,337) will see the funds.

Family Crisis Shelter in Crawfordsville will get $60,558 for a transitional housing program.

Tippecanoe County Commissioners have given initial approval to new voting districts for the commission and county council.

The Area Plan Commission and election board staff redrew the district lines based on the latest census information.

The county’s population increased 16-percent from 2000 to 2010.

Districts had to be redrawn so that each would include roughly the same number of residents.

Elections officials say maps of the new districts will soon be available on the county website.