Ask The Mayor

City of Frankfort

Frankfort mayor Chris McBarnes withstood a challenge from within his own party in May, but now will have to fend off a candidate to his right in November’s general election. On this week's Ask The Mayor, we talk a little more about how that race shapes up and about some of the things his opponents are saying about McBarnes’ future aspirations as he tries to become a two-term mayor.

City of Lafayette

It’s often said every U.S. Senator looks in the mirror and says “that looks like a President of the United States.” So is the same true for mayors, especially long-tenured ones, who might aspire to run more than just a single city?

Today, we ask Lafayette’s three-term mayor whether a higher office might suit him, regardless of the outcome of this fall’s election.

We also entertain lots of listener questions in this half hour. Everything from roadwork and overhanging foliage to chickens and recycling.

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

West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis is assured of a third term in office after no one filed to run against him by this week’s deadline. So this month on our conversation with Mayor Dennis, we talk about leadership in Indiana – and about its intersection with ambition. If he believes he’s doing a good job here, why not go for more?

On this week’s Ask The Mayor, we also address the latest delay to Amtrak service through Greater Lafayette – and how much the cities in the area might have to pay to keep it going, even though there’s now more money from the state.

Courtesy Crawfordsville Mayor's Office

Next week, Crawfordsville is set to celebrate the rebirth of the Hoosier State Amtrak line – assuming that comes to pass.

On this week’s Ask The Mayor, we talk with Todd Barton about how the city is preparing to embrace the trains – and whether their new operators still have work to do before residents can truly embrace mass transit.

Shortly after the new Amtrak service begins, site selectors from the lieutenant governor’s office will visit Crawfordsville to judge whether it’s worthy of a Stellar Communities grant.

City of Frankfort

Chris McBarnes will still be one of Indiana’s youngest mayors when he’s re-elected later this year. So how might a second term 20-something use that to his advantage?

On today’s Ask The Mayor, we ponder how Frankfort might position itself in the coming years and whether the youth of the city’s leader might be a selling point for other young professionals looking to start their careers and, more importantly, invest in a city.

City of Lafayette

Much has been made over the years about the collaboration between Lafayette and West Lafayette. But as the two cities enter into a Chamber of Commerce led proposal to win money from the governor’s Regional Cities Initiative, can they convince other West Central Indiana communities to put aside competition in favor of the region winning as a whole?

Also on this week’s program with Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, concern from listeners about how to combat possible drug activity in the city.

City of West Lafayette

A couple weeks ago, when Indiana American Water Company announced its water needed treatment for possible contamination, it wasn’t just the water that started boiling – so, too did West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis’s blood.

On this week’s Ask The Mayor program, we chat with Mayor Dennis about whether the anger about not being able to control such situations might lead to the city controlling its own utilities.

We talk infrastructure on this week's show – there’s more than enough road construction to go around.

Courtesy Crawfordsville Mayor's Office

The City of Crawfordsville is in the midst of multiple grant proposals to the state. We talk a lot on this week’s program about the ins and outs of the Stellar Communities grant for which Crawfordsville is a finalist, but there’s also the governor’s Regional Cities Initiative.

So is it considering double-dipping if one city attempts to receive multiple gifts from the state?

A lot of the Stellar application is based around attracting and keeping young people in Crawfordsville.

Ask The Mayor: Lafayette's Tony Roswarski

May 14, 2015
City of Lafayette / http://lafayette.in.gov/

Lafayette residents will soon be getting new smaller containers for their garbage and using the current larger toters for their recycling. The message is clear-- recycle more than you put in area landfills. But is a bigger container all it takes to get people to recycle?

Ask The Mayor: West Lafayette's John Dennis

May 7, 2015
City of West Lafayette / http://westlafayette.in.gov/

What’s it like to be mayor of a city where roughly 20,000 of your residents essentially disappear overnight? And why does it seem every year that as Purdue students leave town for the summer, the road construction crews move in?

We’ll get a rundown of the detours and traffic delays we can expect in West Lafayette over the next few months. And we’ll talk about this year’s municipal elections. How can we expect to engage voters when West Lafayette didn’t even have a primary this year?   

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