West Lafayette

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.

New lift station in the works in West Lafayette

Jul 10, 2012

West Lafayette is moving forward with a nearly $4.5-million project.

The city is accepting bids for a lift station and force main.

Designer Joe Teusch says it will serve a roughly 780 acre area around Kalberer Road, Soldiers Home Road, and Kent Avenue.

He hopes to accept the best bid by September.  Teusch says if everything goes according to schedule, the lift station could be complete by late next year.

The city is applying for state revolving fund loans to help pay for the project.

Faith Church requests tax exemption

Jun 28, 2012

Land in West Lafayette acquired by a local church appears to be tax exempt.

The Tippecanoe Tax Board of Appeals is reviewing Faith Church’s plan to build a community center along Northwestern Avenue.

County Assessor Linda Phillips says there is no reason to believe the land won’t be granted a tax exemption.

Under Indiana law, land owned by religious organizations is exempt from being taxed.

The board has 90-days to review Faith’s proposal.

Fireworks ban extends to Purdue, WL

Jun 26, 2012

West Lafayette and Purdue are joining Lafayette in prohibiting the use of fireworks.

The move is done to prevent any fires during the current drought.

Both the university and cities also have implemented a burn ban.

The restrictions on fireworks will last through the ban or until Friday night at five. That’s when state law specifically allows the use of fireworks prior to the 4th of July holiday.

Anyone who violates the ban could face fines up to $250.

West Lafayette is partnering with the Purdue Research Foundation to fund a study of the New Chauncey neighborhood.

The city’s Redevelopment Commission approved a contract not to exceed 30-thousand dollars for its half of the cost.

Mayor John Dennis says one goal is to identify what areas of the historic neighborhood need to be revitalized.

He says concerns from residents about the Wang Hall project encroaching on residential areas prompted the idea for the study.

Dennis says that is why the Research Foundation is involved.

Local unemployment rises in May, steady statewide

Jun 15, 2012

Unemployment is up by more than one-percent in West Lafayette compared to a month prior.

The city’s rate was 5.3-percent in May compared to 4.2 in April.

Lafayette is experiencing a similar trend, but not as drastic.

There, the unemployment jumped from 7.4 in April to 7.8 last month.

Tippecanoe County as a whole in May was at seven-percent, more than a half-of-a-percent more than in April.

Statewide, the unemployment rate remained unchanged during that time at 7.9-percent.

That’s three tenths less than the national average.

A more than $5-million project through Purdue expects to help traffic flow easier.

The first phase of what is known as the Perimeter Parkway is complete along Harrison Street near the Veterinary School.

It’s part of a long range plan to improve travel through campus and parts of West Lafayette.

City public works director Dave Buck says the project makes getting around Purdue more efficient.

The project took just over a year to complete and came in under budget.

It cost $5.1-million, which is $500,000 less than projected.