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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, West Lafayette residents are asking about masks. Mayor John Dennis says the city is finalizing a "mandatory mask policy". What does enforcement look like? Where and when should citizens wear their masks? And how do people navigate mask-wearing from West Lafayette to Lafayette, where a similar mandate is not currently planned?

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Tippecanoe County Health Officer Dr. Jeremy Adler said Purdue University’s Protect Purdue Plan -- released last week -- is “well thought out”, including in its reconfiguring of on-campus spaces to mitigate the possible spread of COVID-19 among students and employees, ranging from classrooms to dining halls.


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: across the country, people have been gathering daily to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis. That includes demonstrations in greater Lafayette this week.  

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 261 COVID-19 cases in Tippecanoe County Wednesday. The biggest percentage of those cases --at 22.6 percent -- was in the 20 to 29 year-old age group.

Statewide, that age group represented 13.4 percent of cases.


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Indiana is starting to re-open. In Tippecanoe County, officials are watching local COVID-19 numbers to decide if and when they’ll put restrictions in place that override the governor’s. This week, county case numbers continued to rise – but is it a trend, or an isolated outbreak?  


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Indiana is in week two of a statewide stay-at-home order. How are West Lafayette residents responding to the restrictions, and how will the city respond if the order is extended? And what’s the continued impact for local businesses on lockdown?


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we continue our discussion with area leaders on coronavirus. How does West Lafayette plan to handle potential outbreaks? What are the contingency plans for city agencies and employees? How can citizens stay informed, stay safe, and avoid alarm?

This week in our talk with West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis, we’ll discuss this week’s city council vote on the West Lafayette Downtown Plan. What’s next for downtown, and what concerns remain? Why is park space so important?


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, wintry weather impacts school delays and closures—and now, officially, where some West Lafayette residents can legally park their cars. How does the city decide when it’s time to tow a vehicle or salt a road? And how can residents adjust to inclement weather that doesn’t usually appear on a schedule?


t’s getting harder for leaders of Indiana cities to predict how much their municipal construction projects are going to cost. A lack of trained workers in the state has left construction firms in high demand – and with the ability to charge rates much higher than in the past. So as the City of West Lafayette signs off on documents proclaiming its renovation of the Morton Center into its new city hall will cost $13 million, how much can those numbers really be trusted?


The weather outside may not yet be frightful, but as cities prepare for it, there’s snow business like snow business. The City of West Lafayette hopes to stay frosty as it freezes drivers out of parking on some major streets when icy precipitation beckons.

And even if motorists can’t melt the hearts of parking enforcement officers, the city must still thaw out its thoroughfares. However, environmentalists have become increasingly salty in recent years about the standard methods of doing that, which they point out raises the salinity of nearby waterways. So what else beats a wintry mix?