Ask The Mayor

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.

Lafayette Mayor's Office

Last month, we asked Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski about the John Myers pedestrian bridge's readiness for some fall festivals. He said the bridge might be ready in time. A couple weeks later, WBAA first learned of the railing issues that keep the bridge closed even now.

A week after that, Roswarski formally announced the bridge’s railings had some major issues.

City of West Lafayette

The I-65 kerfuffle has caused many Greater Lafayette residents to think more about traffic lately – what causes it to back up, what makes it dangerous and what might make it flow more smoothly.

On this week’s Ask The Mayor, we let West Lafayette’s John Dennis have a crack at solving the problems brought about by infrastructure that’s uncoordinated in some places and failing in others.

Also this week: A look at Mayor Dennis’ third term in office, which is assured in November’s election. Is there a sore spot he still wants to address?

Courtesy Crawfordsville Mayor's Office

There’s an argument to be made that getting the Stellar Communities designation was the easy part for Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton.

This week on Ask The Mayor, we’ll find out from him whether the toughest parts – gathering money and implementing an ambitious plan -- are yet to come, and whether that puts significantly more pressure on him to deliver meaningful change during his second term in office.

City of Frankfort

Though the effect on the Greater Lafayette area has gotten more press, the closure of I-65 north has touched Frankfort as well.

This week on Ask the Mayor, we find out from Chris McBarnes what it’s meant to businesses and to commuters that his interstate exit is getting less traffic and that the prescribed detour leads people in the other direction when they turn onto State Road 28.

We also chat about drugs in Frankfort. What can a recent bust of four alleged drug dealers tell us about how much of a problem the city faces?

City of Lafayette

The closure of Interstate 65 northbound has proven a hassle for many a driver over the last week. But it’s hurting businesses along the route, too – including at several Lafayette exits.

This week on Ask The Mayor, we find out what Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski is hearing from business owners and whether he thinks INDOT is working fast enough to solve the problem.

We also talk crime on today’s program. There have been a number of shootings in Lafayette lately, often between people who knew one another.

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