WL council puts trash and recycling expansion on hold

An ordinance expanding trash and recycling services for West Lafayette has been tabled. This comes after some neighbors on the outskirts of the city voiced concerns.

Posted: Nov. 7, 2017 10:07 AM
Updated: Nov. 7, 2017 10:07 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — An ordinance expanding trash and recycling services for West Lafayette has been tabled. This comes after some neighbors on the outskirts of the city voiced concerns.

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The ordinance would align the utility service area with the trash and recycling area. There are about 1,100 people who receive sewage services outside of city limits. They would then be included in the trash and recycling routes.

"It's time to make a change because we are in the process of redesigning all of our routes when it comes to trash pickup. It seemed like this was the best time to go ahead an provide that service," said Mayor John Dennis.

At Monday night's meeting, representatives of The Orchard neighborhood spoke against the proposal. They said the change would cost them $36 more a year for services.

However, that's not all they were upset about.
"It's more a principle of how far can the city overreach and why would they put private businesses in jeopardy to impose their services on people that haven't asked for them?" said Jay Smith, a board member of the Apple Ridge Homeowner's Association.

The council decided to table the ordinance and revisit it at next month's meeting.

The council also voted to expand a riverfront redevelopment district. This means more liquor licenses could be available for businesses.
To sell beer, wine, and liquor at an Indiana restaurant, they must have a three-way liquor license and they're sometimes hard to come by. That's because the state caps the number of licenses that can be distributed.

However, a state statute allows cities around a river to make a riverfront redevelopment district. If that is done, the city can issue special three-way liquor licenses.

There is already a district, but the council voted to expand it.

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