Ask The Mayor

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Next week, Crawfordsville is set to celebrate the rebirth of the Hoosier State Amtrak line – assuming that comes to pass.

On this week’s Ask The Mayor, we talk with Todd Barton about how the city is preparing to embrace the trains – and whether their new operators still have work to do before residents can truly embrace mass transit.

Shortly after the new Amtrak service begins, site selectors from the lieutenant governor’s office will visit Crawfordsville to judge whether it’s worthy of a Stellar Communities grant.

City of Frankfort

Chris McBarnes will still be one of Indiana’s youngest mayors when he’s re-elected later this year. So how might a second term 20-something use that to his advantage?

On today’s Ask The Mayor, we ponder how Frankfort might position itself in the coming years and whether the youth of the city’s leader might be a selling point for other young professionals looking to start their careers and, more importantly, invest in a city.

City of Lafayette

Much has been made over the years about the collaboration between Lafayette and West Lafayette. But as the two cities enter into a Chamber of Commerce led proposal to win money from the governor’s Regional Cities Initiative, can they convince other West Central Indiana communities to put aside competition in favor of the region winning as a whole?

Also on this week’s program with Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, concern from listeners about how to combat possible drug activity in the city.

City of West Lafayette

A couple weeks ago, when Indiana American Water Company announced its water needed treatment for possible contamination, it wasn’t just the water that started boiling – so, too did West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis’s blood.

On this week’s Ask The Mayor program, we chat with Mayor Dennis about whether the anger about not being able to control such situations might lead to the city controlling its own utilities.

We talk infrastructure on this week's show – there’s more than enough road construction to go around.

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The City of Crawfordsville is in the midst of multiple grant proposals to the state. We talk a lot on this week’s program about the ins and outs of the Stellar Communities grant for which Crawfordsville is a finalist, but there’s also the governor’s Regional Cities Initiative.

So is it considering double-dipping if one city attempts to receive multiple gifts from the state?

A lot of the Stellar application is based around attracting and keeping young people in Crawfordsville.

Ask The Mayor: Lafayette's Tony Roswarski

May 14, 2015
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Lafayette residents will soon be getting new smaller containers for their garbage and using the current larger toters for their recycling. The message is clear-- recycle more than you put in area landfills. But is a bigger container all it takes to get people to recycle?

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.

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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.

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