Tippecanoe County Commisioners

Wind turbines line a gravel road in Benton County
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The City of West Lafayette Common Council will debate a resolution Monday to reduce carbon emissions and increase use of renewable energy sources.

The plan calls to reduce carbon emissions by twenty percent, with an additional twenty percent drop every four years thereafter.

“We’re now getting to the point where we’re ruining out oxygen," Mayor John Dennis says. "We’re sort of changing the way the weather works.”

Lafayette, Tippecanoe County Leaders Move To Enact Transgender Protections

Sep 7, 2016
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Both the Tippecanoe County Commissioners and the Lafayette City Council voted Tuesday to add protections for the transgender community to existing human rights ordinances.

The commissioners must still vote once more this month to make their move final, but the Lafayette vote was the last in what's been a charged debate.

After a lengthy and spirited public debate, the Lafayette City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve an amendment adding gender identity protections to the city’s human relations ordinance.


Tippecanoe County Commissioners Debate 2016 Pay Raises

May 4, 2015
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The Tippecanoe County Commissioners are recommending a two-percent raise for county employees in 2016.

The pay hike will cost the county roughly $350,000.

Commissioner Dave Byers voted against the two-percent increase, because he believes county employees deserve more.

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A three-percent raise is possible for Tippecanoe County employees next year.

That’s the recommendation of Commissioners.

Council members will have the final say at budget hearings later this summer.

A three-percent across-the-board raise will cost the county roughly $975,000.

In 2014, most employees received a one-time bonus of $1,000, but no flat percentage raise.

Plans to restrict the use of fireworks in Tippecanoe County are moving forward.

Currently residents in the unincorporated parts of the county can shoot off the devices 365 days a year.

An ordinance approved by Commissioners on first reading today would limit use to June 29th through July 9th, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.   

That matches state guidelines as well as those in place in the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette.

Commissioner John Knochel voted against the ordinance, saying it is too restrictive.