West Lafayette

'Community of Choice' recommendations unveiled

Sep 18, 2012

A list of ideas is out for how to make Greater Lafayette better.

WBAA’s Sam Klemet reports on one group’s recommendations on how to improve the area now and in the future.

Next Generation to unveil "Quality of Life" ideas

Sep 17, 2012

After months of conversations and surveys, a group is prepared to make its recommendations on how to make Greater Lafayette better.

Next Generation Consulting is outlining eight goals to improve the area’s “Quality of Life.”

Those include making the community greener, enhancing bicycle access, and hosting diversity roundtables.

The group also proposes ways to keep young professionals from taking jobs elsewhere and moving away.

Undergrad, Freshman enrollment down at Purdue

Sep 10, 2012

S-A-T scores of first year Purdue students are up, but enrollment among these Boilermakers is down on the West Lafayette campus.

The incoming freshman scored an average of 18-points better than their peers last year on the standardized test.

But, there are about 400 fewer first year students.

Purdue Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs Dale Whittaker says he expects the decline to change over time.

Overall undergraduate enrollment also is down.

WL finalizing historic ordinance

Sep 7, 2012

West Lafayette is nearing completion of its Historic Neighborhoods Ordinance.

A 12 member group has worked on the document for about a year.

Director of Development Chandler Poole, who serves on the panel, says it’s about 95-percent finished.

He hopes to have the ordinance presented to the city council by the end of the year.

The city council created the historic commission last year with mixed support.

Those against the idea believe a historical preservation ordinance will take away individual property owner rights.

WL CDBG funding cut

Aug 8, 2012

Social service programs in West Lafayette are losing some federal funding, but not as much as officials thought.

The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development is cutting the amount of Community Development Block Grants to the city by 4.3-percent next year.

However, Director of Development Chandler Poole was expecting more than three times that amount.

He says the city braced for a cut of up to 15-percent.

Poole says the decrease still means less money will go to services such as those for the homeless and elderly.

WL outlines 2013 budget

Aug 7, 2012

Raises and a pair of infrastructure projects are two reasons for a budget increase next year in West Lafayette.

The city is planning to give employees a two-percent pay hike in 2013 and begin work on the intersection of Salisbury and Navajo and another on Happy Hollow Road.

That brings the spending plan to a little more than $18-million, which is 9.2-percent more than this year’s budget.

Clerk-Treasurer Judy Rhodes says the increase will be paid for through reserves and won’t come at the expense of tax payers.

WL considers increase to trash rates

Jul 31, 2012

Trash fees in West Lafayette have been the same for 20 years.

Now the city is looking to adjust the rate to keep up with inflation.

Councilor Eddie VanBoegart believes an increase of between four and five-dollars a month is needed.

Most city residents pay $9 a month for trash services.

Some get a discount because of their income level.

VanBoegart does not expect the council to take immediate action, but says he would like to see the change as part of the 2013 budget.

APC approves two new apartment complexes

Jul 19, 2012

The Tippecanoe Area Plan Commission must take another vote on a proposed 206 unit apartment complex just outside of Lafayette.

Commissioners voted seven-to-five to deny the project on Veteran’s Memorial Parkway and U.S 231, but eight votes are required to move forward.

APC staff is pushing for denial because they say the proposed development represents residential sprawl.

The commission did approve two other apartment projects. 

Members voted ten-to-two in favor of a complex along Northwestern Avenue in West Lafayette’s New Chauncey Neighborhood.

New recycling bins in WL

Jul 18, 2012

West Lafayette is stepping up its recycling efforts.

The city is paying for 48-gallon recycling bins which will be distributed in September or October.

Those are about three times the size of the current city-issued bins.

Public Works Director Dave Downey says the large devices are needed due to people recycling more.

He also says if people don’t have enough space to put their recyclables in the bin, they will throw it away.

Downey says that is counterproductive and the bigger bins help cut down on those incidents.

Faith West Breaks Ground

Jul 16, 2012

Faith Church is taking the next step in opening a community center in West Lafayette.

The congregation broke ground on the $12-million project Sunday.

The facility, called Faith West, is slated to open in July, 2013.

Pastor Steve Vyers says the goal is to be a resource for all area residents.