WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The West Lafayette City Council voted to move up from a Class 3 city to a Class 2 city Tuesday night, but the process isn’t complete for the city to move forward.
The recent annexation upped the city’s population to more than 35,000 residents, which by state law means the city can move from a Class 3 to Class 2 city. The move means two councilors would be added to the council, and there’s an opportunity for more state funding.
The council voted 6-1 to allow that to happen, with Vicki Burch voting no. There was some discussion about tabling the vote because the official numbers from the U.S. Census report won’t be available until Sept. 13.
“I want the proper documentation. I want the certified census, I want the district maps. I think it’s important for council people to have the information in order to make a proper informed decision and vote,” said Burch.
Tuesday night’s affirmative vote to change classes means the council will soon have to vote on redistricting. That vote must be complete by November because the state mandates that district lines are drawn one year before an election.
Mayor John Dennis said the council has some work ahead of them.
“In order for that ordinance to actually be legally binding, they need then go ahead and pass the redistricting. So, they made the conscious decision to pass the ordinance first and set up some work sessions, so they can get the redistricting based on the certified data from the census,” said Dennis.
The council also approved to refinance some bonds, as well as a 71-home subdivision on Morehouse Road.
Council members also wrote and signed a letter to the Board of Zoning Appeals, expressing their opposition to the proposed stone quarry near Americus.