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News that effects the New Chauncey Neighborhood, West Lafayette, and Tippecanoe County Indiana.

Reminder for when the Snow Falls

Below is a reminder that was shared by the City of West Lafayette and applies to any snowfall with accumulation:

With the snowfall today please avoid parking in the streets.

The Street Department closely monitors conditions and pre-treats roads when there is a possibility of snow or ice. Pre-treat loses effectiveness when rain precedes snow events. Plowing and salt operations begin once snow or ice accumulate on the streets.

Please help us by following these guidelines:

  • Keep streets clear of cars, basketball goals, etc. for full plowing access.
  • While driving, yield to snowplows – they are considered emergency vehicles.
  • Please be patient with our crew members – plowing order: main highways and streets, neighborhoods, and cul-de-sacs.
  • Shovel your sidewalk and driveway into your yard – not the streets. This will minimize the amount of snow in your driveway.
  • Clear snow away from mailboxes for mail delivery.

Designated Snow Routes Include:

  • Airport Road
  • Cherry Lane
  • First, Second, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Streets (between Russell and University Streets)
  • Grant Street
  • Harrison Street/Williams Street (from Martin Jischke Drive to Grant Street)
  • MacArther Drive (between State Street and Nimitz Drive)
  • Russell Street (between Stadium Avenue and Harrison Street)
  • Stadium Avenue west of Grant Street
  • State Street
  • Waldron Street

Helpful Links:

Updates to Lincoln Park

UPDATE 2023-10-02: From the City

Paula R. Woods Park & Lincoln Park Updates

Dear West Lafayette Residents,

Today, we are starting some construction work at Paula R. Woods Park, located at 309 Lawn Avenue. The park is getting a brand new poured-in-place surface in October, which is why we’ll need to keep it closed until the end of the month.

Likewise, Lincoln Park, situated at 255 Lincoln Street, is currently closed to the public as we’re installing a new playground and poured-in-place surface.

We just want to remind you that both Paula R. Woods Park and Lincoln Park are active construction sites. For everyone’s safety, we kindly ask that you refrain from using the parks until the removal of the snow fence.

Thank you so much for your cooperation and patience as we work to improve our local pocket parks for everyone to enjoy!

Thank you,
Your West Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department

UPDATE 2023-09-27: We spoke to John Muller, West Lafayette Parks Director, and he shared some updated information about the park updates:

  1. There was a snag with the installation team at another job, causing delays for Lincoln Park.
  2. The Team should come in early next week and begin the assembly.
  3. Another Team will be installing the PIP (Poured in Place) rubber surface for Lincoln Park sometime after the install.
  4. Paula R. Woods Park will also be shut down, starting next week, to prep the area for a PIP install as well.
  5. All work should conclude by the third week in October.

The City of West Lafayette is updating Lincoln Park in our neighborhood.

The proposal was approved at the September 2022 Redevelopment Commission meeting without any input from the neighborhood or residents.

The future park will include the following equipment:

Playground, circle swings, and a merry-go-round.

The new equipment, weather pending, should be installed by the first week in October.

Until the equipment has been replaced, the entire park is closed.

Survey for Article: Greater Lafayette Magazine Story – New Chauncey Historic District Turning 10 Years Old

We were contacted by Bradley Oppenheim from Greater Lafayette Magazine  regarding a story about the New Chauncey Historic District turning 10 years old.  The survey of his questions are linked below.  He would like responses in by the May 20th.

We know the New Chauncey neighborhood’s view on the historic district is as varied as the residents themselves and would appreciate hearing your perspective.

The article will be printed and therefore you must include your name and a method of contact in the event that Bradley wants to follow-up.

Feel free to answer as many questions as you want.

Survey about the New Chauncey Historic District

Helpers Needed for Daylily Gardens Caretaking

2022 New Chauncey Daylily Helpers
New Chauncey Neighbors (left to right) Jenny Brown, Nate and Mike Eriksen, Jan Tipton and John McLaughlin pause from rejuvenating the garden plot at the intersection of Rose and Robinson Streets. Help is needed for the 2023 growing season to maintain the daylily gardens in our neighborhood.

Did you know that the daylily image on our New Chauncey street signs represents the Stella d’Oro daylilies in our intersection gardens?

Our daylily garden corners have been growing for many years in the New Chauncey Neighborhood.  They were started with private funds and labor with the city’s permission.  Over the years, pedestrian traffic, lawn mowers and other factors have caused us to lose some of the garden plots.  At present we have daylily garden plots located at 7 intersections in the neighborhood. 

A commitment from a few more dedicated residents can help ensure that the plots we have can thrive.  The job involves tending one or more corner gardens during the growing season, pulling out weeds and keeping the gardens looking their best.  On average, each small garden may need 15-20 minutes of attention every 2 weeks during the growing season.  “Time-sharing” a garden between neighbors is fine if needed. 

If you have questions or would like to help during the 2023 growing season, please call Carl Griffin at 765-743-8087.   Funds are also needed and welcome for purchasing new plant stock for some of the gardens.

NCNA Meeting, July 31st, 2022

Neighbors have organized another New Chauncey Neighborhood Association (NCNA) Meeting. All are welcome.

Sunday, July 31st, 2022
2pm EST
705 North Chauncey Avenue (Home of Catherine Grossman)
[at present, there isn’t a remote option]

Can’t make the meeting? Send us your ideas, questions, or comments via our contact form.

Agenda of Topics

Below are the currently slated items.  Please bring your ideas, along with other topics for discussion and action. References are below.

  1. What support does the NCNA need from the City?
  2. What is the current status of the New Chauncey Housing, Inc organization?  How can NCNA and NCHI work together?
  3. How can we ensure that the upcoming redistricting efforts by the City ensure New Chauncey remains a community of interest? [See below for more details. This may be solved already.]
  4. How can the NCNA work with the Joint Board to collaborate on neighborhood and City projects?

References

New Chauncey Housing, Inc

Mission:  Low income housing and neighborhood stabilization in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Sadly, their old website is down:  https://www.newchaunceyhousing.org/
Previous 990 Filings
Latest Filing:  2019 990 Filing

Redistricting

Current redistricting proposals for August 1st City Council Meeting.  Both possibilities show a District 2 that covers New Chauncey.

District 2 is the orange. It appears that the layout is the same for Possibility #1 and #2.

Joint Board

From the City’s Website: The City of West Lafayette and Purdue created the Joint Board in order to provide a consistent and equitable mechanism to address issues that arise in the future regarding this Interlocal Cooperation Agreement and its interpretation and implementation, as well as the implementation of the Annexation.  The Joint Board is composed of three members from each of the parties appointed by the responsible executive of each party.

More Gas Line Updates are coming May 2017: Meridian, N. Chauncey, Grant, Lawn, Oak, & Vine

We Need Your Help!

The nightmare isn’t over. Starting May 30th of this year, Miller Pipeline will begin replacing the gas lines along Meridian, N. Chauncey, Grant, Lawn, Oak, & Vine.

The project ID for this round is N-676. A number we will need to reference in the future while talking with Vectren to make sure this doesn’t happen again:

The New Chauncey Neighborhood Association has contacted the City of West Lafayette Engineering, Development, Mayor,and City Council offices to setup a meeting with Vectren. If you would like to be involved in the meeting, organizing around this effort (including existing repair issues from previous gas line updates elsewhere in the neighborhood), please contact us over Twitter, Facebook, Nextdoor, e-mail.

This time around, we are asking residents to photograph their existing lawns, sidewalks, curb strips (land between street and sidewalk), trees, etc. This will allow us an accurate reference to ensure Vectren returns the area to its original state.

Spread the word! Stay vigilant! Say hello to your neighbors!

More Information:

Map of Vectren Gas Projects
Gas pipeline upgrades to begin in Lafayette, West Lafayette