Ask The Mayor

Ask The Mayor: West Lafayette's John Dennis

May 7, 2015
City of West Lafayette / http://westlafayette.in.gov/

What’s it like to be mayor of a city where roughly 20,000 of your residents essentially disappear overnight? And why does it seem every year that as Purdue students leave town for the summer, the road construction crews move in?

We’ll get a rundown of the detours and traffic delays we can expect in West Lafayette over the next few months. And we’ll talk about this year’s municipal elections. How can we expect to engage voters when West Lafayette didn’t even have a primary this year?   

City of Frankfort

In a couple weeks, there’ll be a mayoral primary election in Frankfort. Since there are no Democrats running, whoever wins the Republican vote wins the race. If that’s incumbent mayor Chris McBarnes, it means he effectively gets six months where he’ll get to focus on governing, rather than running for re-election. We ask him what he might do with that time on this edition of Ask The Mayor.

City of West Lafayette

West Lafayette’s mayor spent much of last summer speaking out in favor of allowing gay marriage in Indiana.

This week’s he’s taken a similar tack, speaking against the state’s so-called religious freedom bill.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we ask John Dennis if discrimination (and those who are for it) are winning or losing the ultimate policy battle in the state.

We also take a number of listener questions during this half hour.

Courtesy Crawfordsville Mayor's Office

Ever traveled from city to city and noticed that the police cars look the same, except for the paint?

This week on Ask The Mayor, we quiz Crawfordsville’s Todd Barton about that phenomenon and engage him on a larger discussion about purchasing.

Do cities follow a pack mentality, or can they branch out on their own and make decisions specific to them?

We also chat about the mayor’s feelings on the so-called "religious freedom" bill Governor Pence signed this morning.

City of Frankfort

The City of Frankfort has recently made some changes to streamline the way its municipal court handles cases. The goal is to handle more of them and generate more revenue.

But on the heels of an investigation into the Ferguson, Missouri legal system showing widespread problems from doing similar things, might there be unintended consequences?

City of West Lafayette

As West Lafayette’s redesign of State Street gets going in earnest, there are still more questions than answers.

What does a public-private partnership actually do for the city?

Is the collegiate feel of the area in danger?

And what does the city have to give up to the University to get it to fork over so much cash?

During this week’s discussion with West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis, we ask if he sees the State Street project as his legacy as the city’s leader.

Crawfordsville mayor's office

One of the key components of public service is communicating with one’s constituency.

In an era of multifarious electronic media, that job can be seen as either easier – because there’s so many ways to do it – or harder, because it takes additional time to meet everyone where they live in cyberspace.

We address how this phenomenon affects Crawfordsville on this week’s Ask The Mayor.

We also chat with Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton about a recent speech he gave to young men in his town, asking them to learn not just in the classroom, but about life.

City of Frankfort

A deep freeze like West Central Indiana is experiencing is more than just an inconvenience for some.

In towns like Frankfort, without the resources of some of its larger neighbors, winter can be especially cruel.

On this week's Ask The Mayor, we find out from Chris McBarnes what his city can do to help those in need.

Also on this week’s show, what happens when a local newspaper teams up with an Indianapolis TV station to, in their words “share content”?

Lafayette Mayor's Office

Even though the traditional start of the construction season is still a few months away, the City of Lafayette is already looking to some of its new projects.

On this edition of Ask The Mayor, we chat with Tony Roswarski about changes to Riehle Plaza, possible improvements for the city’s waterfront and areas of the city that can expect to see dilapidated streets fixed when spring rolls around.

And speaking of those streets – a listener wants to know: when they’re closed down, what sorts of accommodations are made for nearby businesses?

City of West Lafayette

From a grocery store to Gasoline Alley – on this week’s Ask The Mayor, the tale of what was supposed to be one mixed-use development becoming what some property owners nearby think may be an eyesore.

We ask how the city lost control over such a development and what could be done in the future to fix such issues.

We also check back with West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis on a couple issues that we chatted about on previous shows.

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