City of Crawfordsville

Courtesy Crawfordsville Mayor's Office

As it always does, the cold has descended on West Central Indiana and with it comes the annual challenges for cities: how to keep citizens warm, how to keep roads from cracking and how to make sure efficiencies are identified.

We find out how Crawfordsville is weathering those challenges on this week's Ask The Mayor.

We’re joined in-studio by Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton, and we follow up on last month’s conversation about investment in the city.

Chriss Haight Pagani /

Lafayette city leaders are trying to turn a negative into a positive when dealing with the city’s ballooning feral cat population.

Mayor Tony Roswarski says some city residents have begun to feed colonies of the homeless felines, which encourages them to breed and their numbers to grow further.

“We cannot even keep up with the number of calls that we get from the people that are complaining about the feral cats or the people that already are trying to trap some of the feral cats,” Roswarski says.

Courtesy Crawfordsville Mayor's Office

Some questions asked of the mayor this week:

You recently got back an assessment from a company in South Carolina assessing how ready the county is for economic development. Tell me your initial impressions of what the report says.

Courtesy Crawfordsville Mayor's Office

Crawfordsville’s mayor says he believes Amtrak’s Hoosier State rail line will cease operation in October unless the state – not just the cities along the route – kicks in more money.

The City of Crawfordsville and Montgomery County are working with a developer who wants to acquire the Culver Hospital building, which has been vacant for nearly 30 years.

The city is pledging $150,000 to Sustainable Solutions to buy one of the three parcels that make up the property. The county is helping the nonprofit with the other two parcels, which have issues with back-taxes. The plan is to rehab the building for affordable housing.

Mike Loizzo / WBAA Radio

Public input is needed to create a strategic plan for a National Historic Landmark in Crawfordsville.

The General Lew Wallace Study and Museum staff and board members will craft and finalize the document this year.

Museum Director Larry Paarlberg says they want to know what they’re doing right and how they can improve.

"What are concerns? What are issues? Those will be then fed into the strategic plan, so we develop something where the museum can really play a vital role in the life of the Crawfordsville community, and really, west central Indiana."

Montgomery Co. & Crawfordsville collaborations

Jan 7, 2013

Officials in Montgomery County are changing the make-up of the Visitor’s Bureau. County commissioners voted to allow the City of Crawfordsville to make three of the seven appointments to the bureau board.

Commission President Phil Bane says the change means better oversight of the innkeeper’s tax.

"Every person that stays in a hotel in Montgomery County, or motel, there's a tax. In Montgomery County it's 3% of the total room charge that comes in. It amounts to more than $200,000 per year that comes into the county coffers."