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City of Frankfort

It’s no secret Indiana has a drug problem. Many cities and town have been racked with drug crime, overdoses and increased incidence of the diseases that are shared through contact with dirty needles.

But this month, Frankfort leaders got news that their problem may be continuing to worsen. This week on Ask The Mayor, we chat with Chris McBarnes about what his limited resources allow him to do about it.

Lafayette Mayor's Office

Much has already been written about Lafayette revamping its downtown Main Street this year – a project aimed at beautification and at luring more business to the area.

But this week on Ask The Mayor, we find out whether certain business owners are getting more bang for their buck than others are the new amenities are installed.

Also on this week's show: Amtrak officials are in Lafayette today to talk about improvements to the Hoosier State line.

City of West Lafayette

It’s an open question how much money the city of West Lafayette will have in the coming years.

It’s going to be stretched thin to help pay Purdue back for the State Street overhaul and a major bridge tax would put many property owners at state-mandated tax caps. So does the city need to get bigger to net more money?

We put that question to West Lafayette’s John Dennis this week on Ask The Mayor.

Last month, Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski said on this program that the local media played some role in causing anxiety about road construction.

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Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton says a growing rift within county Republicans can begin to mend after Thursday’s announcement that Republican Party Chairman John Pickerill would step down.

“Removing him from the mix certainly helps the healing process,” Barton says.

The mayor had spoken for months about his concerns with an increasing split between more moderate Republicans in the county and Pickerill’s more conservative wing of the party.

Pickerill says he doesn’t see himself and Barton as the two wings of the conservative establishment in the county.

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As he completed his final meeting as chair of the University Senate, Purdue professor Kirk Alter chided Provost Deba Dutta and administrators who sit in the Senate for acting on their own behalf, but under the guise of representing the rank-and-file in their departments.

On this Monthly Conversation with Mitch Daniels, we ask Purdue’s president if the line has become too blurred between faculty and staff and whether those administrators are wolves in sheep's clothing.

City of Frankfort

We’ve talked a lot with Frankfort’s Chris McBarnes about road repaving here on Ask The Mayor.

Usually, it’s a question about why SR28 is in such bad shape.

But this week, a more positive tone – when the city’s bids come in lower than expected, more paving can be done, But how much more?

Also on this week’s program, some talk about public safety. The city has had a hard time gaining accreditation from a group of police chiefs, in part because of poor evidence handling. We’ll ask what’s held that up for three years.

Lafayette Mayor's Office

Months ago, the city of Lafayette announced it was contracting with a Michigan company to subsidize the purchase of new recycling bins and the cost of picking up recyclables each week.

That was supposed to start two months ago.

So this week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we talk with Lafayette’s Tony Roswarski about the updated timeline for advertising on trash toters.

City of West Lafayette

The city of West Lafayette has settled a legal case brought by a man shocked with a stun gun at Chauncey Hill Mall in 2013 for taping a police takedown of another person.

On this edition of Ask The Mayor, we talk with John Dennis about whether the incident has led to disciplinary action for any of the officers or changes in the way the city’s police conduct their business.

Also on today’s show, in a construction season where Greater Lafayette’s motto might as well be “you can’t get there from here,” why is the city doing seemingly non-essential roadwork?

Crawfordsville mayor's office

It’s common to hear presidential candidates or those running for statewide office asked to affirm their allegiance to a particular party.

But when local candidates on the same ballot are asked to defend themselves against charges they aren’t Republican enough, has the national rhetoric permeated too deeply?

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

Also on this program, we ask whether election year partisanship might be hurting the city’s ability to hire people to keep up its website better than it has been.

City of Frankfort

There are 17 candidates for nine open seats in Clinton County’s May primary elections. Only one is a Democrat.

This week on Ask The Mayor, we quiz Republican Chris McBarnes of Frankfort whether he thinks his party’s stranglehold on local government – while expeditious for him – might actually be hurting his ability to portray his city as forward-thinking and a desirable place to live.

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