Council OKs 2015 budget, welcomes new councilman

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – New developments, a new budget and transferring funds for legal fees were all topics up for votes by the West Lafayette City Council Monday night.

The council approved zoning for two new developments. The first is South Street Station. It’ll be an apartment complex at the intersection of South and Salisbury Streets. The $8 million, four-story building will have 75 bedrooms.

The second is Yeager Terrace, a retail building with the potential for a sit-down restaurant, pharmacy, bank and dentist office. That will be located at Yeager Road and Kent Avenue.

The council also voted twice to reallocate $50,000 to help with legal services centered on a fatal rental house fire that took place late last year.

Finally, the council had its first vote on the 2015 budget. The budget is up 4.4 percent from this year because of the recent annexation.

“Obviously, there’s a higher requirement for services, so it’s going to show that there’s positive growth within the budget. But the fact of the matter is we’ll be making additional revenue to cover those costs, so it will have no impact on our taxpayers,” Dennis said.

There was a new face at the meeting. Nick DeBoer had his first council meeting as the representative for the 1st District. He replaces Eddie VanBogaert who is leaving the area for a job in Chicago. DeBoer said he and VanBogaert actually worked together in 2008 on the Barack Obama campaign. They were also roommates.

DeBoer said he’s ready to represent the Purdue students and really get them involved with the annexation.

“Get them aware that they’re in the city and the services that are offered. They have our ear. The other thing is, I’m a big proponent of development. I think that the more buildings we develop, the more dense, the denser buildings help drive down the price in the rental market,” said DeBoer.

DeBoer will be there as the council holds a public hearing for the budget in September. It will then be up for a second and final vote at the October meeting.

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