City of Crawfordsville

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For Indiana cities, having a good relationship with railroad companies can help generate a lot of business. But trains can also clog cities, making drivers wait at blocked road crossings. Mayors have begun to fight freight railroads, who they say have too much power and not enough accountability.

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Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton recently went to Atlanta, Georgia to try to talk up his city with out-of-state investors. The trip came on the heels of last year’s visit to Japan with Governor Holcomb. But what happens to a dream deferred – in this case Crawfordsville’s economic development hopes? Does it dry up in the summer Indiana sun?

We pose that question to Mayor Barton today on this week's Ask The Mayor.

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Credit Crawfordsville residents for trying to improve safety in a number of ways – even if there may be pushback.

In the wake of recent mass shootings, the city’s police department will oversee a church gun buyback event this weekend. But is the city prepared for possible protests?

The reconstituted human rights commission has begun to meet, but what issues are they addressing first?

And, like Lafayette, the city has established a bicycle and pedestrian committee to focus on the safety of those not in cars.  But how to balance who rules the road?

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The co-owner of a film company whose movie led a police officer to fire his gun at an actor in Crawfordsville says he thinks police probably acted appropriately.

Philip Demoret was also acting in the film that his company, Montgomery County Movies, was shooting at a brewery in downtown Crawfordsville.

In it, actor Jim Duff was playing the role of an armed robber. When he walked out of the brewery, he was met by officers training guns on him and ordering him to drop the air pistol he was holding.

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The Crawfordsville police officer who fired a shot at an actor filming a movie in the city's downtown will not be charged with a crime.

Sgt. Matt Schroeter and another officer were called to the Backstep Brewery on September 26 when passersby called 911 to report what looked like a robbery in progress.

In reality, the brewpub was closed and was the scene of a motion picture -- one that included an armed robbery scene.

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There aren’t that many movies staged and shot in Crawfordsville. And probably only a small subset of those involve replica firearms. So when a Crawfordsville police officer encountered what looked like a robbery earlier this week and fired a bullet at an actor carrying an air gun, people began to formulate questions.

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The Crawfordsville City Council has approved the consolidation of several properties into a single clearinghouse which will also play home to emergency management services.

Currently, the city’s EMA department operates out of an office in the basement of Crawfordsville’s city hall.

Mayor Todd Barton says when it is, the city will move some large pieces of equipment there, including a backup fire truck and a couple incident command trailers used in emergencies.

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Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton has made visits this month to businesses granted tax abatements by the city.

It’s normal – required, in many cases – for some sort of check-in to happen, but on this week’s Ask The Mayor, we find out whether Mayor Barton thinks changes that could be afoot in the coming years thanks to Stellar Cities money may change the way the city looks at abatements.

Also on this week’s show, we check back in on the progress of the reconstituted Crawfordsville Human Rights Commission.

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When, earlier this week, a train derailed in downtown Crawfordsville, it brought to a head some of the concerns Mayor Todd Barton has lodged with the railroads that crisscross his city.

Sure, the tracks caused regular traffic jams before, and city leaders have long hoped for a railroad relocation project, but was this week’s incident the locomotive that broke the camel’s back?

We talk about that incident on this week’s Ask The Mayor program.

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The City of Crawfordsville has parted ways with an economic development group that Mayor Todd Barton has said wasn’t marketing the city effectively.

This comes after all the disparate economic development entities in the county were brought together to try to maximize efficiency.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we hear from Mayor Barton about what other changes might be in store for pitching Crawfordsville to potential investors.

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