Tippecanoe County

Local and state housing figures promising

Apr 23, 2012

Housing figures in Tippecanoe County are outpacing the state numbers, but both are improving.

Statewide sales were up more than 12-percent last month compared to March 2011. 

However, in the county, sales improved by about 29-percent in that same span and prices jumped more than 7.5-percent

The average price of all homes sold in Indiana last month was 4.5-percent greater than twelve months prior. 

And, homes sold throughout the first quarter of the year are going for about 2.5-percent more than in the first part of 2011.

County to expand wellness clinic hours

Mar 5, 2012

The Human Resources Director for Tippecanoe County says a wellness clinic for employees and their dependents is so popular the hours are being expanded.

Shirley Mennen says there will be an additional four hours per week to accommodate those covered by the county health insurance plan.

She says the facility in the basement of the County Office Building offers prescription medications, some medical testing, and free access to healthcare providers.

Mennen says the expanded hours will cost an additional $2,200 per-week.

Tippecanoe Home Sales Figures A Mixed Bag

Feb 20, 2012

The number of home sales in Tippecanoe County last month was less than it was a year ago.

However, sales prices have increased over that span.

Indiana Association of Realtors reports the county’s sales dropped 2.5-percent over the past twelve months.

There were about 40 fewer homes sold this January compared to last year.

Among surrounding counties, only Benton, Boone, Montgomery, and White experienced an increase in home sales.

But, the median sales price of homes in Tippecanoe is up $1,000 to $124,000.

Alcoa is expanding its footprint in Lafayette

Jan 25, 2012

Alcoa  is locating its new full-production aluminum lithium casting facility here.

The $90 million investment will bring 75 new jobs. The new facility will be adjacent to Alcoa’s existing plant at U.S. 52 and Main Street.

The city and Tippecanoe County government will provide training funds for the new employees. Alcoa already employs more than 700 workers.

The company’s long history with the Lafayette area began in 1937.

Filings Begin for Primary Elections

Jan 11, 2012

Elected officials and challengers are taking advantage of the first day to file for May’s primary.

Five republicans are putting their hat back in the ring for Tippecanoe County positions.

Treasurer Bob Plantenga, District Three Commissioner Tom Murtaugh, District Two Commissioner Dave Byers, Coroner Martin Avolt, and Surveyor Zach Beasley all filed for reelection.

So too did Congressman Todd Rokita.  The Republican is seeking a second term in office.

Democrat Tara Nelson also filed to run in the 4th District.

County starts 2012 with more cash than expected

Jan 10, 2012

Tippecanoe County is starting off 2012 with a little more cash-on-hand than expected.

Auditor Jennifer Weston says the county currently has about $1.7-million in uncommitted funds.

She says the County Council will have to decide what to do with the money.

Options include spending it, putting it in the rainy day fund, or giving some back to tax payers.

Weston says she is recommending officials wait until later in the year before making any decisions.

Tippecanoe to Disband from Wildcat Creek in Feb.

Jan 3, 2012

Tippecanoe County’s relationship with the Wildcat Creek Solid Waste District is officially over.

County commissioners gave final approval to disband.

President Tom Murtaugh believes the move benefits residents with no extra costs.

The county is creating a new district and will contract hazardous waste services to Southside Landfill which currently runs the trash transfer site.

The disbanding takes effect February 14th in order to give both Tippecanoe and Clinton counties time to transition.

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.

Tippecanoe County officials are moving forward with plans to use a new company to handle hazardous waste removal.

Commissioners gave a preliminary vote last month to disband from the Wildcat Creek Solid Waste District, which currently handles hazardous waste disposal.

Monday, they gave preliminary approval for a contract with Southside Landfill out of Knightstown to handle the service for four-thousand-dollars a month.