LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A pair of requests related to a new employee parking lot for an automobile dealership were approved by Lafayette City Council Monday night, this time with some neighborhood backing.
Bob Rohrman Toyota on State Road 26 had been asking the city to give up some land for parking, as well as rezone it. As News 18 has reported, the requests weren't popular with some residents and some council members who wanted to get compensation for the land.
Monday night, the dealership presented a binding letter saying it will build a trail around a detention pond, as well as donate almost a .45 acre to the city for a future trailhead.
The requests were passed unanimously.
"We're very pleased that there's a letter of commitment that says what Mr. Rohrman will do as far as the parking lot and that land is concerned," said neighbor Larry Gross.
The council also heard and passed unanimously the first reading for doubling the fees for not paying parking meters downtown, from $10 to $20. The move comes at the same time as the city will take over enforcement. City officials believe with things like more advanced equipment, paying tickets on the city's website and better accountability, it will help free up spaces for people to shop and eat downtown.
On first reading, the council also passed the 2014 budget. It includes a two percent increase for all staff, along with six new police officers and two new dispatchers. There's a public hearing set for Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 5:30 p.m.
The Council also passed the CityBus budget, as well as tax abatements for Heartland Automotive. The city will phase in taxes on $38 million of improvements for the manufacturer, half for a major building expansion, half for new equipment.
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