Ask The Mayor

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we reflect on 2017 with Lafayette’s Tony Roswarski.

His city has finished some major construction projects, is waiting on some others and is dealing with public comments about both, including that flooding along the newly redone Main Street has gotten worse, not better.

Also, we talk about the ongoing debate over affordable housing in the city. Roswarski and other official opposed one plan for more low-income housing on the city’s south side, but the project’s developer simply moved to another site that didn’t require rezoning.

City of West Lafayette

The construction may be done for the season along West Lafayette’s State Street, but questions about road work are not.

This week, on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we chat with West Lafayette’s John Dennis about road construction going on in several places and whether it’s trampling both travel times and flower beds.

Also on this week’s program, the Tippecanoe County Commissioners have approved a one-year extension of the county’s syringe exchange program, which Mayor Dennis was for before he was against it.

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It’s been more than two years since Crawfordsville was named one of the winners of Indiana’s Stellar Communities grant program.

In that time, there’s been a lot of planning, but not a lot of construction.

Mayor Todd Barton says 2018 will see much of that building get underway, but there are still a few priorities which appear behind schedule.

City of Frankfort

It turns out it might cost more than originally planned to retrofit what Frankfort’s police chief calls the city’s “1970s” police department. The city has already raised utility rates and at least one tax, so how much further is Mayor Chris McBarnes willing to go before he thinks he’ll encroach on his fiscal conservative bona fides?

We put that question to Mayor McBarnes on this edition of WBAA’s Ask The Mayor.

City of West Lafayette

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor with West Lafayette’s John Dennis, we talk about things getting thrown away.

A listener wants to know how recycling in the city really works – can he be sure his plastic bottles are going to a landfill?

Also, there’s new data about the county’s syringe exchange program, which Mayor Dennis is against, along with his police chief and their counterparts across the river. About half the needles given out so far haven’t come back. So where are they ending up?

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For the next 100 years, a time capsule will be buried at Crawfordsville’s city building. What, from this time, will leave a lasting impression on the city and what will the residents of the future think of what Crawfordsville was like in 2017?

In our talk with Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton, we’ll also talk about the Community Showcase – an event designed to promote the city and its surrounding county as a prime place to do business. But was it successful? What do investors notice when they get to Crawfordsville?

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we’re talking about what’s going to happen when the dust clears from the coming months’ construction. Will we see a new, or just a slightly improved, Lafayette? When it comes to improving quality of life, how swiftly is the city prepared to act?

We ask Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski how the city balances cleaning up the streets while launching a string of projects this past year, meant to attract people to Lafayette. But once they’re here, how do you get them to stay?

City of West Lafayette

As more development is planned along West Lafayette’s State Street, the city is counting the dollars it’ll reap in tax revenue and dreaming of the shiny new buildings the area will house in a couple years.

But who’s building all those gleaming new retail, apartment and office edifices? Increasingly, it looks like just a couple companies will be the primary owners.

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There aren’t that many movies staged and shot in Crawfordsville. And probably only a small subset of those involve replica firearms. So when a Crawfordsville police officer encountered what looked like a robbery earlier this week and fired a bullet at an actor carrying an air gun, people began to formulate questions.

City of Frankfort

For the third time in two years, a Frankfort police officer has left his post due to bad behavior off the clock. That’s an amount equal to an entire shift of patrolmen under the current scheme. So is it time for stronger words and actions from department leadership?

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