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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.

City of Frankfort

As 2015 comes to a close, the city of Frankfort is seeing some new faces come to power.

Not the mayor, who was easily re-elected last month, but some of his deputies – people who, in many cases, will face tough choices in the year ahead.

This week on Ask The Mayor, we quiz Chris McBarnes about how he’s choosing his new allies and about what the flux means for solving some of the city’s problems.

Lafayette Mayor's Office

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski talks to WBAA's Sarah Fentem about protestors who are calling for the mayors of Greater Lafayette to sign a petition to federal congress asking them to take no action barring Syrian resettlement. Would he sign such a petition?

Roswarski also turns his attention to one listener's question about armed robberies in the city and how trash cans can generate revenue for Lafayette.

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

The city of West Lafayette is getting ready to issue bonds to pay for the State Street redesign. A proposal before the city council would allow the city to seek up to $78 million worth. But that’s in the ballpark for how much the whole project – whose cost is shared by Purdue – is supposed to cost. Today on Ask The Mayor, West Lafayette’s John Dennis helps us sort out the math.

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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.

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