WEST LAFAYETTE -- Some old "favorites" will return to the West Lafayette Hometown Festival next year.

According to West Lafayette Chamber of Commerce President Christie Maurer, "We're just trying to make some more changes for the next year."

Maurer said a carnival ride company has already been contracted and rides will be available for both kids and adults to enjoy. The rides had not been offered for the past three years when the committee chose to have inflatable rides. She said the popular baking contest will also return for next year as well.

Maurer said surprises are in the works and the festival will further be discussed at the chamber's next regular meeting. She said a special fund-raiser auction is being planned in which 10 granite-type wall plaques will be auctioned. The plaques will feature an early Main Street scene from a picture that came from the historical archives of West Lafayette. The plaques will be numbered and limited to 10 only. They will be auctioned to the highest bidders, and are expected to become highly collectible and sought-after by local history enthusiasts.

The festival is scheduled for July 29-31. More details are forthcoming.

The next chamber meeting will be Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. at Lafayette Pointe. The chamber will also sponsor the ever-popular Yellow Flag yard sales that are scheduled for May 7-8.

Items discussed and approved by village council during the regular session (Dec. 14) included:

* Third reading was given, and ordinance approved regarding the water and sewer rates for 2010.

* Permanent appropriations for 2009 were amended, adding funds for the OWDA grant and sewer project funding.

* A first reading was given for establishment of 2010 benefits and pay schedule.

* Funding was approved for soil testing that is required for the sewer plant upgrade.

* Village Administrator David Kadri said two houses in the village have been identified to qualify for the dilapidated structure funding. One house is on west Main and another on east Fifth Street.

* Council approved to retain the current insurance carrier at a 24 percent increase. The carrier was determined to have the best insurance plan out of all others that were assessed by the village, in spite of the increased rate.

* Council approved councilmember Ron Lusk to investigate any available funding for a possible new bicycle-walking path. Brief discussion was for the path to be developed near the new ball diamond.

* Council wished to thank the street department workers for putting up the Christmas lights in Burt Park.