Ask The Mayor

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As often happens on the last day of a legislative session, schedules change and rules are suspended, but the show must go on and deadlines must be met. Such is the case with this week’s Ask The Mayor, featuring Crawfordsville’s Todd Barton pinch-hitting during the second Thursday of the month for Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski. 

We probe Mayor Barton’s thoughts on a push by the League of Women Voters to establish a non-partisan commission to draw Indiana’s legislative boundaries.

City of West Lafayette

One of the traits of many mayors that is spoken of frequently but embodied less often is leadership. It’s a subject we spend some time on with West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis on this edition of Ask The Mayor. In what may be his last term in office, does he get in front of issues or just try to make operations run smoothly for his last four years?

Also on this week’s show, the League of Women Voters wants the Lafayette and West Lafayette city council presidents to lobby for a non-partisan redistricting commission.

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It’s fairly common for city-owned utility companies to ask for rate increases.

Most cases are like Crawfordsville’s – the city asks for the rate hike because it needs money for new construction or rehabilitation of existing property.

But what happens when those projects are completed? Today on Ask The Mayor, we ask Crawfordsville’s Todd Barton if those costs will ever go back down.

Also on today’s show: Like Frankfort, Crawfordsville is struggling with a golf course that regularly loses money.

City of Frankfort

The city of Frankfort has taken its transition to police body cameras slowly. But when it comes to police sharing information on social media, the city jumped right in last month.

On this edition of Ask The Mayor, we chat with Mayor Chris McBarnes about whether there are any of the same privacy concerns on Twitter that there are about video of traffic stops.

City of Lafayette

For months, Mayor Tony Roswarski has tried to balance perceptions of an increase in drug crime in Lafayette with sunnier statements of economic development and improvements to quality of life.

But when 2015 crime stats were announced last week, a nearly 50-percent increase in assaults brought the problem into sharp relief.

Also on this week’s show, the city has released a new smartphone app. Now, residents can geotag potholes on their street that need fixing.

City of West Lafayette

To live in West Lafayette these days is to follow the continuing saga of the State Street redesign.

The $120 million project looms over the future of the city – but just how in unclear.

Today on Ask The Mayor, we quiz West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis about what he’s learned of the project after being kept in the dark by confidentiality agreements.

And we’ll get his take on whether Purdue now wields more influence than the city itself.

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In many cities, it matters very little who sits on the tourism board.

But when you’re trying to make your town seem hip and you’ve got a one-time influx of Stellar Communities money in your back pocket to spend on that task, it may matter a great deal.

Today on Ask The Mayor, we see if Todd Barton of Crawfordsville has any aces up his sleeve who might help him use that cash to raise the city’s profile.

City of Frankfort

The prospect of turning Interstate 65 into a toll road would have a significant impact on the city of Frankfort – especially if some of the money generated would be directed to road funding.

In this week's conversation with Mayor Chris McBarnes, we ask him if he’s for highway tolling and whether his plans to annex land out to the interstate might be affected by plans at the Statehouse.

Also on today’s show, we circle back to Frankfort’s desire to address derelict properties.

Lafayette Mayor's Office

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski was an invited guest to this week’s State of the State address. This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we get his feelings on Governor Pence touting Indiana’s gun laws – even as Lafayette is seeing firearms used in some of the increasing number of violent crimes it’s experiencing.

Also on today’s show: the Mayor said a couple months ago he’d be glad to stop hearing questions about the Myers bridge, but some still linger.

City of West Lafayette / http://westlafayette.in.gov/

The State Street redesign is one of the most ambitious – and costly – projects the city of West Lafayette has ever attempted.

But is its expected $60-80 million price tag an albatross around the city’s neck that prevents leaders from improving water infrastructure at a time some west side residents are complaining they’re poorly served?

John Dennis faces that question and more this week on Ask The Mayor.

Also coming up in this half hour: Speaking of projects that have hung around too long, a listener wants to know when she can get back into Happy Hollow Park.

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