WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – It’s been four months since West Lafayette’s annexation took effect. Several county residents who became city residents said the transition has been seamless, including a few who were most vocal in opposition to the annexation.
The Sugar Hill subdivision, with a little more than dozen homes, is located off McCormick Road next to Westwood. The quiet neighborhood is the only neighborhood in the newly annexed area of West Lafayette.
“It’s very convenient to have Purdue so close to us. It’s the perfect spot to be in,” said Paula Baitinger.
It’s a big change in tune for Baitinger.
Just nine months ago, these were her words to the West Lafayette City Council, “Why do you really need us? Why? Why? Look in your hearts and tell me, why you think you need Sugar Hill Drive,” said Baitinger.
But since the annexation took effect in February, she’s been surprisingly pleased with the services of the city.
“The winter was a challenge for all of us, but they came through with flying colors,” said Baitinger.
Other neighbors agree that the transition with snow removal, trash collection and even recycling has been seamless.
“It’s been a fairly painless transition. I think that there was a general consensus in the neighborhood that we didn’t want to be annexed because we already had a good situation here,” said Cliff Johnston.
“They’ve been extremely responsive to everything,” said Lisa Goffman. “So, I’m very happy to be a citizen of West Lafayette, you could say.”
Goffman used to live in the city of West Lafayette, so she said she knew going into the annexation that the services would be good. However, she has one concern that she would like to see taken care of — the 50-mile an hour speed limit on McCormick Road.
“I thought one of the real perks of 231 coming in and being part of the city, and having all the Purdue playing fields moving to across McCormick Road, was that now McCormick Road would now have the opportunity to become a real in-town street,” said Goffman.
Mayor John Dennis says police are out enforcing the speed on McCormick Road. He said traffic counts and studies have to be done before the speed limit can change.
As the cars continue to zoom by on McCormick Road, the neighborhood seems to be adjusting to the city life.
“Change has to occur and progress must go on,” said Baitinger.
Dennis and city officials knew the neighbors here at Sugar Hill were reluctant about the annexation, so the city initiated service before the annexation actually went into effect in February.
Neighbors are expecting their taxes to increase by $300 to $500 as part of the annexation.