Ask The Mayor: Crawfordsville's Todd Barton

Aug 28, 2014

The mayor says he's more optimistic about the future of the Hoosier State Line, whose future he worried about last month.
Credit Courtesy Crawfordsville Mayor's Office

Some questions for Mayor Barton this month:

You weren’t optimistic last month about the future of Amtrak service, in part because several cities along the line didn’t intend to pay. In that time, both Indianapolis and Beech Grove have agreed to pay through the end of January. To what do you attribute that?

So now the line will keep running at least until the legislative session is underway. You also said last month the state needs to help fund the line. Do you think that’s more likely now that legislators will at least be meeting as the next service termination deadline approaches?

Of course, the head of the House Ways and Means Committee, which writes the budget, is Tim Brown, who’s from Crawfordsville. Have you talked with him at all about this?

You referenced Lafayette earlier this week as the city moved toward putting all of its economic development organizations in the same building. What finally caused the move?

Earlier this year, the Crawfordsville School Board changed its policies regarding what staff members could carry weapons on school grounds. What are your feelings on how they proceeded?

Several Indiana school corporations have voted to let administrators or teachers carry guns. What helped Crawfordsville make that decision?

There’s been construction on US 231 for some time now on the stretch of the road heading north out of downtown. What will it mean to the city when INDOT finishes all that?