Mayor Monday: West Lafayette’s John Dennis

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis was the latest guest on News 18 This Morning’s Mayor Monday.

Dennis last appeared on Mayor Monday in November, and West Lafayette has seen huge changes since then — most notably the annexation passing, city hall offices moved due to a mold outbreak, and the State Street Master Plan moving forward.

Mayor Dennis expanded upon the future of State Street and said, “The basic tenets of the master plan are going to remain consistent. Obviously, when you start actually doing a project and doing construction, there’s going to be a lot of things that will change that probably but won’t be significant. [But we are looking forward to changes like] the roundabout, pedestrian and bikes, plus making the street two-way.”

We also asked him about the current status of city hall.

Dennis replied, “The building is seeping moisture into the lower level which is obviously feeding the mold problem.” He continued, “The plan right now is to continue assessing the building. There’s no immediate plans to go anywhere. We have the different departments spread throughout the city — between the Morton Center, the fire department and police department. As it stands right now, we’re looking at what’s going to be best thing to do. The building itself is probably going to be cost-prohibitive to move back into…We’re gonna make sure what we choose to do isn’t going to present a big liability to our taxpayers.”

Drivers in West Lafayette will no doubt have had to navigate around construction this summer, particularly around Navajo and Salisbury streets. Dennis said a change is coming to that intersection that will affect both drivers and bicyclists. “One of the things that people will notice as they drive through that intersection is we have used some relatively contemporary icons to indicate that the lanes are to be shared with both bicycles and vehicles. What you’ll see is, basically, three chevrons and the icon of a bike. What that means is the bicycle is going to shift to the center lane as it goes straight,” explained Mayor Dennis.

Click on the video for the full interview, including how the city is already planning ahead for this year’s winter.

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