Purdue committee approves U.S. 231 annexation

Photo shows U.S. 231. (WLFI File Photo)
Photo shows U.S. 231. (WLFI File Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Purdue University’s Board of Trustees voted not to remonstrate against the proposed U.S. 231 corridor annexation by the city of West Lafayette.

The board made the decision Tuesday during a meeting of the executive committee of the Board of Trustees. In addition, the committee gave the OK to enter into an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement with the city related to the annexation.

With the committee’s vote, the annexation is expected to take effect on Feb. 13, in the absence of further remonstrance efforts.

On Nov. 7, the West Lafayette City Council passed a plan to annex the area around the U.S. 231 corridor, which includes the Purdue campus and properties owned by the Purdue Research Foundation.

Purdue officials said although the annexation will absorb the territory occupied by Purdue into the city limits, the university, as a state entity, will not become subject to regulation by the city. Roads running through campus, previously under county jurisdiction, will become the city’s responsibility.

In a news release, Purdue Treasurer and Executive Vice President for Business and Finance, Al Diaz said, “This annexation provides an opportunity to enhance our partnership and explore the potential for a new joint effort in areas of mutual interest, such as public safety, community and economic development. It will provide a formal framework for future cooperation.”

The Interlocal Cooperation Agreement is a state law mechanism that allows public entities to exercise their powers in conjunction with each other. Under the agreement representatives of both entities will make up a joint board to oversee and make decisions on issues arising within their collaborative relationship.

Purdue officials said they also approved a contract with Fishers, Ind.-based SARCOM, a re-seller of Cisco IT equipment and infrastructure, for $4.3 million.

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