Ask The Mayor: Crawfordsville's Todd Barton On Status Quos And Scaling Back Stellar

Feb 23, 2017

The mayor says the city could have done a better job forecasting the fact costs for its Stellar Communities projects would rise as the economy continued to improve.
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When Crawfordsville won the state’s Stellar Cities designation a couple years ago, the project was based around a building called Fusion 54, which would bring together many economic development entities in the city and county.

But when that project went out for bid, the price came back at least 50 percent too high. So what will that mean for the rest of the city’s plans?

We put that question to Todd Barton this week on Ask The Mayor.

The mayor is also getting close to cracking down on owners of rental properties who aren’t following various rules.

But if the city wishes to go after some of these people, it may require expensive legal battles.

We ask the mayor if such tussles could bring in enough cash to justify their cost.