WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The city of West Lafayette is one step closer to having a historic preservation commission.
A proposal passed Monday night by a 5-2 vote by council on its first reading with Vicki Burch and Gerry Keen voting against it.
The ordinance states the 9- member commission will determine which homes, almost exclusively in the New Chauncey neighborhood, should be deemed historic for architectural reasons. If approved in a second vote next month, the commission's approval would be needed to demolish or move a building.
Also on the the agenda was the 2014 city budget which grew slightly bigger.
Mayor John Dennis (R) says that he is excited for the new budget.
"A lot of the increase is directly related to a predicted increase in health care cost, and also includes a two percent raise. I can't compliment the council and the department heads enough, they worked very closely together and I feel it's a very good budget," says Dennis.
As News 18 has already reported, the proposed budget is less than one percent larger than this year's budget.
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Eskenazi Health hospital will officially open for business in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday while nearby Wishard Memorial Hospital will begin to close.
State police say a southern Indiana man has been arrested after a six-hour standoff that began when he fired several shots at family members.