City of West Lafayette, Indiana
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711 W. Navajo St.
West Lafayette, IN  47906
  • Telephone Number: 765-775-5150
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  • Department Hours: Contact Clerk/Treasurer's Office Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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City Council

Meeting Information
The City Council meets the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at Morton Community Center (222 N. Chauncey Ave., West Lafayette). The pre-council meeting -- in which the members discuss the agenda (including unfinished and new business) -- occurs the Thursday before the council session and is also held in the multi-purpose room of Morton Community Center. The public is welcome to attend all meetings of the council.
About the Council
The City Council holds the city's legislative authority and makes the laws through ordinances, orders, resolutions and motions. The City Council has final authority over the city's property, finances and appropriation of monies. Most of the council powers are outlined in the Indiana Codes IC 36-1-4, IC 36-1-3, IC 36-4-6, IC 36-4-4-4, IC 36-4-6-18, IC 36-4-7-2, IC 36-4-7-7, and IC 36-4-6-24.
The West Lafayette City Council is comprised of nine elected council members. The city is divided into six districts with one council member elected from each district and three council members elected "at large." Council members are part-time elected officials who serve 4-year terms and may run for re-election as often as they wish. Each year, the City Council elects a council president.
The council has nine committees with three members on each. They are Street and Sanitation, Wastewater Treatment, Public Safety, Purdue Relations, Parks and Recreation, Department of Development, Personnel, Budget and Finance and Ordinance. These standing committees have only legislative functions, including recommending legislation for consideration of the City Council. The committees may hold hearings that pertain to possible future legislation and act as a liaison between the legislative and executive branch of city government. (See W.L. Code 1960 2-2; Ord No. 41-80, Ord No. 4-84, Ord No. 11-88). The council also has a representative to the Area Plan Commission, which serves as the county's metropolitan planning organization.

All council meetings are public meetings that must be announced at least 48 hours in advance unless an emergency exists. A special meeting may be called if the mayor or a majority of the elected members of the City Council see need. (IC 36-4-6-7, IC 5-14-1.5a & d)

Additional Information
West Lafayette City Code and Indiana State Code
Also see archives of Council meetings and Board of Works meetings minutes under DOCUMENT CENTER/MEETING MINUTES to the left.