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For the first time in eight years, West Lafayette’s mayoral race has two candidates. Zachary Baiel is running as an independent on a platform focused on transparency in local government. Does West Lafayette need more transparency? How will having a challenger change the campaign landscape in the city?

City of West Lafayette

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, listeners weigh in on the recent closure of West Lafayette’s recycling drop-off site. With less than favorable reviews rolling in for Lafayette’s Ninth Street drop-off location, what new recycling options should these West Lafayette recyclers expect from the city—and when?

Wind turbines sit on farmland surrounding a home
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West Lafayette will not adopt a ban on large wind turbines going into effect in Tippecanoe County. The city council voted against the ordinance this week.

The ordinance prevents turbines over 140 feet in the county, and county commissioners say it’s to keep the land free for economic development. They have repeatedly said the ban isn’t a statement against renewable energy or environmentally-friendly technology.

But City Council President Peter Bunder disagrees.

“It’s also about environmental energy. And it’s - it’d be difficult to separate those,” Bunder says.

The Indiana Statehouse (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana House rejected an attempt Monday to raise the cap on rental fees cities can charge to landlords.

The Indiana Supreme Court (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Rental property owners in Bloomington and West Lafayette can no longer charge rental fees greater than $5 per tenant.

That’s after a state Supreme Court ruling Friday.

Purdue University photo/Mark Simons

Joe Barry Carroll is a Purdue alumnus and former NBA All Star who reinvented himself as a wealth advisor, philanthropist, author, and painter. He appears this weekend at the West Lafayette Public Library, Sunday at 1pm for a reading and signing of Black American Voices, and a Children's art and writing workshop at 3pm. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Carroll about the event and his books.

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This morning, WBAA's Wake-Up Call focuses on West Lafayette’s State Street reconstruction project and the effects of the extremely limited access to businesses along the street.

The owners of Von’s Dough Shack announced this week they’re permanently closing the business because customers are having a tough time getting to building.

Also this week, business owners learned the city will permanently close Brown Street will at River Road, eliminating a point of entry to stores near Wabash Landing.   

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As if there aren’t enough orange construction barrels on Indiana roads, drivers should brace for more.

Repairing roads was the priority this year when state lawmakers voted to return local income tax dollars to cities, towns and counties across the state.

How The Cash Can Be Spent

Seventy-five percent of the money must be spent on roads.

Lawmakers allowed local governments to spend the remaining quarter of the money they’re getting back on a non-road project or to put it away for future use.

Tipp Co Cuts Ties With Election Software Company

May 13, 2016
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Six months before the November general election, the Tippecanoe County Election Board is shopping for a new contractor to provide computer software needed to run the voting system.

The three-member board voted Friday to cancel the county’s contract with Robis Elections, based in Wheaton, Illinois.

Truitt To Retire, Clears Path For Others

Jan 26, 2016
House Republican Caucus

State Representative Randy Truitt (R-West Lafayette) says he will not run for reelection.

Truitt says he’s worked the past eight years serving Indiana families and businesses as the representative from Indiana House District 26, but says he wants to spend more time with his wife and three children.

All 50 state Representatives are up for election this year.

Truitt is announcing his retirement early in the campaign cycle to make way for someone else.

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