West Lafayette

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10:00 p.m. Tuesday Update:

Some Tippecanoe County residents are hoping the Indiana Department of Environmental Management will hear them when they say a utility company’s expansion plan is bad news for the environment.

Private wastewater utility company American Suburban Utilities, which provides service to many residents on northwest of West Lafayette, has submitted a permit application that proposes to more than double the capacity of its Carriage Estates Treatment Plant, a move residents are opposing on both environmental and more pragmatic grounds.

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More than one hundred Tippecanoe County residents packed into the Harrison High School auditorium Monday evening to protest, often fervently, a water rate hike proposed by provider American Suburban Utilities.

Purdue Research Foundation

Rolls-Royce has announced plans to build a 40,000-square foot facility at Purdue. The company is the first tenant in the university research park’s newly-established Aerospace District.

Third Street Suites
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 West Lafayette residents objected after the Tippecanoe Area Plan Commission last week recommended approval of an apartment complex aimed at students to be built northwest of campus. However, the university’s plan to increase enrollment could mean more such battles are on the horizon.

West Lafayette Delays Waste Water Treatment Utility Project

May 27, 2014

The West Lafayette Waste Water Treatment Utility is putting off a project after the sole bid came in over-budget.

Director Dave Henderson says the engineers estimate to replace two lift stations was about $2.1 million, but the cost submitted by Atlas Excavating was a little more than $2.7 million.

He says they will look for ways to reduce the price tag and put the project out to bid again later this year.

Henderson says the Sheraton and Fairway Knolls lift stations were built in 1963 and 1974, respectively, so he doesn’t want to wait too long to replace them.

WL creates Facilities Director position

Mar 26, 2014

A new department head level position has been created in the City of West Lafayette.

Timothy Clark will assume the position of Facilities Director.

Mayor John Dennis says for years the city has hired contractors to conduct all of the work on the city’s facilities.

He says adding this position will be more efficient and cost effective.

Clark will take the oath of office at next Tuesday’s Board of Public Works and Safety meeting.

Tippecanoe APC to vote on New Chauncey Plan

Jan 15, 2013

The Tippecanoe Area Plan Commission is scheduled to present a proposal for the long term goals of West Lafayette’s New Chauncey Neighborhood.

Officials collaborated with residents during a series of meetings late last year to exchange ideas.

The plan lays out where there is potential to grow, but officials say about three-fourths of the neighborhood will be maintained as low-density residential.

WL considers stormwater fees

Jan 8, 2013

West Lafayette is proposing storm water fees to help pay for future projects.

If approved, residents will pay eight-dollars per 3,200 square feet of impervious surface a month starting next year.

Public Works Director Dave Buck says the funding is vital the city’s future.

"It gives us a mechanism to fix a lot of those fairly simply problems that occur because something just simply fails and we have no dedicated revenue stream to go out and fix a failed pipe underneath the roadway or an inlet that has collapsed.”

WL celebrates opening of new fire station

Dec 21, 2012

The new West Lafayette fire station number three is officially open, after officials held a ribbon-cutting this morning.

It is located on Kalberer Road near Salisbury Street.

Fire station number three has been located in a converted Parks and Recreation building since 2007.

Chief Tim Heath says the new building will help firefighters provide better service to the community.

The land for the facility was donated to the city by the Purdue Research Foundation.

The estimated cost of the project was roughly $2.9-million.

APC approves WL housing complex

Dec 20, 2012

A West Lafayette housing complex is moving forward.

The Tippecanoe Area Plan Commission unanimously approved a proposal to construct a 266-unit development where Cumberland Avenue ends west of U.S 52.

Amy Glenn is against the project.

She lives near the proposed site and thinks the space could serve a better purpose.

"We have plenty of market saturation when it comes to available housing and rental units here in the area," said Glenn.  "I think better use for our community is to develop business and to bring growth for jobs rather than more housing."

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