Ask The Mayor

Courtesy Crawfordsville Mayor's Office

Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton was unopposed in this month’s general election – usually a sign of a politician’s strength.

But it may also represent a high bar for him to clear in his next four years, especially as the city tries to make good on the promise of its Stellar Communities designation.

Today on Ask The Mayor, we find out from Mayor Barton whether he’s managing expectations about his next term in office.

City of Frankfort

In a May Republican primary and a November general election against a Libertarian challenger, Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes won overwhelming victories.

City of Lafayette

Voters last week overwhelmingly returned Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski to office, as expected.

This week, on Ask The Mayor, we get his fourth term started by talking about the city's infrastructure needs in the next four years.

Also on today’s program, we ask what the mayor thinks his electorate wants in terms of places to eat.

Is it enough to bring in a bunch of chains on the outskirts of town and a bunch of diners and sports bars downtown – or does Lafayette need a place to set itself apart?

City of West Lafayette

Since he was unopposed in Tuesday’s election, West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis has had the luxury of spending the last several months working more on the State Street redesign than running for office.

On this week’s Ask The Mayor, we ask about a couple tangential issues – whether now is the right time for the city to get its own water utility and whether the failure of a plan to secure regional planning dollars hurts the city as it gets set to pay what could be a $50 million bill for the project.

City of Frankfort

As he’s been running for re-election this year, Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes has tried to position himself as the man at the middle of multiple changes in Frankfort.

Voters will decide next week whether they like the change they’ve seen or whether they want to make another change – at the top of city government.

On this week’s Ask The Mayor, we probe a few of those changes as the 2015 municipal elections loom.

Courtesy Crawfordsville Mayor's Office

It’s been a summer of sometimes frustrating road construction for Crawfordsville. Its local streets have been buffeted by orange cones and snarled by stopped trains and its interstate construction was delayed because of the I-65 mess in Tippecanoe County.

So this week on Ask The Mayor, we have Todd Barton weigh in on Governor Pence’s new road funding plan – which doesn’t give any new money to local road projects.

Lafayette Mayor's Office

A sports marketing firm has gotten City of Lafayette officials to play ball when it comes to selling beer at Loeb Stadium.

The park has been home to several teams in the past 70 years, but none has lasted more than a few seasons. So what makes Mayor Tony Roswarski think this time will be any different?

We also talk more about crime on today’s program. A listener writes in to say she’s worried about her neighborhood.

And the city is hoping sending more police cars home with officers will stem the rising tide of violence. But is that an admission something’s wrong?

City of West Lafayette

Economic development is tricky business.

Is it worthwhile to bring in a big-name company, but only create a few jobs, or is it better to create handfuls of jobs at a time at new supermarkets and gas stations? Just how much can one high-profile company improve a city’s chances of landing similar developments in the future?

We put those questions West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis this week on Ask The Mayor.

Courtesy Crawfordsville Mayor's Office

A new 20-acre solar park has opened in Crawfordsville – providing enough energy for a few hundred homes.

But even as the city is set for a transformation through the Stellar Communities program, it lacks a real identity. Could embracing alternative energy be a gateway to getting people to think of Crawfordsville as a “green” destination?

Also on this week’s program:

City of Frankfort

It’s fair to say Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes was a little taken aback this week when an auditor declared his city was on the course to a structural budget deficit in the next few years.

Now that the mayor has had a couple days to digest those findings, we ask him whether there’s really a problem with the computations or whether, if he wins a second term, he might have to make some hard choices.

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