West Lafayette

Local unemployment down, state figures up

Sep 21, 2012

Tippecanoe County and the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette are seeing encouraging unemployment figures while the state, as a whole, struggles.

Both the county and Lafayette saw their rates fall a half-a-percent from July to August.  Unemployment in West Lafayette is down two-tenths to 5.6

But, Indiana’s overall unemployment rate rose despite adding 72,000 private sector jobs last month.

The state’s rate was 8.3-percent in August, up a tenth of a point from July.

APC rejects duplex development

Sep 19, 2012

A plan to build a 178 lot duplex development just outside of West Lafayette is not getting the backing of the Tippecanoe Area Plan Commission.

Members voted eleven-to-one against the project between Kalberer Road and County Road 500 North.

Assistant Director Ryan O’Gara says the proposal does not align with the makeup of the community.

“Staff just generally has a problem with this whenever there is an increase in density on the suburban fringe, which this certainly qualifies for that designation,” he said.

'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.