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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.

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, local restaurants, salons, and other businesses that serve the public are officially starting to re-open under specific state guidelines. Are business owners, and the people they serve, prepared for safely sharing space – and how are local officials handling the enforcement of issues that might arise? 

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, warmer weather means more people heading outside—and possibly more people not practicing the social distancing that’s key right now as Tippecanoe County heads for a possible surge in COVID-19 cases in the coming week. What restrictions has the city of Lafayette put in place—and will they be followed?

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: the new coronavirus is putting communities on high alert across the country. Cities, schools, and businesses everywhere are trying to decide what’s best for citizens, students, and employees--today, tomorrow, and in the weeks to come. How do leaders stay ahead of a rapidly evolving situation?

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, another distribution of KKK flyers in a Lafayette neighborhood has a listener asking for real action from city leaders. But what measures can be taken to assure residents they’re being heard—and that Lafayette isn’t the type of place where this will continue to happen?

In this week's talk with Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, we’ll discuss the results of last month’s climate change town hall. What solutions did citizens propose, and which of them does the city plan to carry out? When does discussion turn to action? 

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Lafayette residents will have the chance to weigh in on the city’s plans to combat climate change tonight at a town hall meeting.

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski proposed drafting a climate change resolution at a city council meeting last month. This evening's event is the first in what could be a series of community forums.

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For some, the definition of free speech is that while one person may find another’s statement disagreeable, that doesn’t diminish the right to make that statement.

And so Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski is in a bit of a pickle regarding another drop of KKK flyers in his city. Does he speak out and raise the city’s profile on the issue of racism, or decline to give attention to the litterers and hope they’ll go away when they don’t get much traction?

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The City of Lafayette is following the lead of its western neighbor by beginning work on a climate change resolution. It’s a drafting process that could take most of 2020 to complete, but then what happens? The same challenges exist in both cities, chief among them: how to enforce something that’s non-binding and (if it’s to have any teeth at all), asks for some slightly audacious things?

Lafayette Begins Climate Change Plan Discussion

Dec 2, 2019
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The Lafayette City Council has begun the process of crafting its own climate change resolution, similar to language passed by the West Lafayette Council earlier this fall.

Mayor Tony Roswarski presented that idea to the council Monday night at its monthly meeting, but says he doesn’t have specifics in place yet.

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A year after securing additional power in the state legislature, Tippecanoe County Democrats held their seats on the Lafayette City Council and made significant gains in West Lafayette in Tuesday’s elections.

Big Advantages On Both Councils

Starting in January, both councils will have eight Democrats and just one Republican on them. County Democratic Party Chair Heather Maddox attributes the success to what she calls “old-fashioned” methods.

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After West Lafayette’s recycling drop-off center closed earlier this year, local officials struggled to find a way to meet demand from residents. The closure coincided with a nationwide upheaval as China stopped accepting materials from the United States.

China’s decision has had far-reaching effects, with major recycling centers closing or halting operation in multiple states.

Despite being a landlocked state that didn’t do much work with China, Indiana has also felt the impact. China’s decision has created a glut in the market – so even if facilities process materials, they may not have any buyers.

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Some of the candidates for Lafayette City Council squared off in their final debate before next month’s election Thursday night.

PUBLIC SAFETY

A recently-passed public safety tax figured prominently in the back-and-forth between candidates for Lafayette’s Second District, which forms a large portion of Lafayette’s western boundary.

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Last month, we asked Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski about an unusual step his city's Board of Public Works took -- rejecting all the bids for a road repair contract on Beck Lane.

This month, we talk about not just the re-opening of those bids, but the awarding of a contract for a little less than the original amount the city had planned to spend. But here's the catch -- not as much is going to get done for the same money.

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Lafayette city officials argue historic preservation is good for economic development. But not every building can be protected. The city plans to redevelop Five Points – but there’s a debate over whether to restore historic properties or build something new.

How will the proposed demolition of the E.M. Weaver building change plans for Five Points development? What effect might it have on the timeline for developing the area? And what role does preservation of similar historic landmarks play in economic development for Lafayette?

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It’s not often that cities turn down all the bids they receive for a project, but that’s just what Lafayette’s Board of Works did this week on a road paving and sidewalk improvement job.

And to hear Mayor Tony Roswarski tell it, this story might be more common in the coming years, because it’s a seller’s market in the construction trades. A lack of qualified workers means companies don’t have the manpower to do all the available jobs at once, and they can pick and choose only the most lucrative projects – and charge more for the work than they used to.

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