Ask The Mayor

Courtesy Crawfordsville Mayor's Office

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.

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.

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?

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