Ask The Mayor

Thursdays at 1 p.m. on AM 920 and 105.9 FM, with a repeat at 7 p.m.

Each week, WBAA's news team chats with the mayor of a West Central Indiana community on Ask The Mayor. It's a discussion about the most pressing civic and social issues of the day and a chance to let citizens get to know their elected leaders a little better.

E-mail questions for any of the mayors to ask@wbaa.org.

Ask The Mayor airs live Thursdays at 1 p.m. on WBAA News (AM 920 and 105.9 FM) and is rebroadcast the same evening at 7.

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We say often on Ask The Mayor that if a topic is affecting one community in our rotation, there’s a good chance it’s affecting others, too.

For months, we’ve talked to West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis about a lack of coordination between traffic signals in the city. Now, two listeners have written in to ask why Lafayette seems to be battling a similar issue.

City of West Lafayette

For months, tenants have slowly been moving out of West Lafayette’s Chauncey Hill Mall, in anticipation of the bulldozing of the space at the end of 2019. But current tenants are beginning to voice more concerns about what the redevelopment of the space – and the surrounding area – are doing to the economics of the neighborhood.

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When Crawfordsville State Representative Tim Brown was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this month, it caused many questions to come to the fore, even outside concern for his health.

But in the city he’s represented in the Indiana General Assembly for the last 24 years, who’s waiting in the wings if he’s unable to resume his position as a state lawmaker?

courtesy City of Frankfort

For the last month, Frankfort residents have been expressing their concern about the goings-on at the Clinton County Humane Society. After a well-liked director was fired, a community uproar began. What’s transpired since has led to questions not just about the shelter, but about how public funds are spent. This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, Frankfort’s Chris McBarnes weighs in.

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Right now, Lafayette’s Five Points neighborhood looks like a twisted jumble of streets surrounded by businesses and homes in need of more than a little TLC.

But in a few years, city leaders think it’ll be a hub of rebirth, with developers sinking millions of dollars into replacing the old with the new.

What hasn’t been floated publicly in those talks is the G-word: gentrification. The neighborhoods surrounding Five Points have plenty of history, but also play host to many low- and middle-income Lafayette families. If investment comes in and raises the value of the property, would that drive some of those residents out of the market?

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, Crawfordsville is on a quest for funding to mitigate train challenges through the Local Trax program — we ask where they stand in the application process, and how their application stands out. 

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Cities of all sizes have their issues. Large burgs like Indianapolis often have high rates of poverty and homelessness and often not enough services to help those in need. Small municipalities frequently don’t look like inviting places to invest, so they frequently are happy if they’re keeping the lights on and not losing residents.

But this week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, a question from a listener causes us to ponder this question: is the city of Crawfordsville’s population – about 16,000 people – exactly the wrong size? That’s one of our queries for Mayor Todd Barton.

City of Frankfort

The Wabash Heartland Innovation Network has released a survey to gather information, including how residents of Frankfort really feel about Frankfort. On WBAA’s Ask the Mayor, we put Chris McBarnes to the same test.

We also ask about the state of renewable energy in Frankfort, just after a proposal from the state’s power agency to land a solar park in the city. We find out not just the solar power in question, but the project’s power with potential investors as well.

City of West Lafayette

We’ll know Friday evening what a week of public input has done to change the plans for a redeveloped Chauncey Hill Mall.

It’s perhaps the most valuable piece of land in West Lafayette, and Mayor John Dennis – our guest this week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor – will have to balance the desire for something a little more eye-catching, clean and modern with the nostalgia some people appear to have for a piece of property that’s never really lived up to its potential.

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The city of Crawfordsville recently celebrated the return of the Montgomery County Courthouse Clock Tower after 70 years – you can see it well down US-231, but local leaders say it’s more than just a physical marker.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we’re talking visibility.

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