Ask The Mayor

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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?

City of West Lafayette

During last month’s Ask The Mayor show with West Lafayette’s John Dennis, one intrepid listener had time to measure how long it took him to travel the length of the redesigned State Street as he listened to the program. It’s a stretch of road that still frustrates drivers, and people have begun to ask whether the large price tag was worth it.

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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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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, the school safety conversation continues. Frankfort has placed school resource officers in local schools—but will they be opting into the state’s handheld metal detector program? Is there more than one way to ensure student safety? And how can Frankfort stay prepared outside of school?

We’ll also discuss Frito-Lay’s plans to expand in Frankfort, with two new production lines in the works and additional warehouse space—but is there room for even more job creation?

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, a study shows more housing units will be needed in the downtown Lafayette area in the next few years to meet demand—and that both older and younger professionals looking to move there are part of that equation. How does the city create a downtown that appeals to everyone?

In this week's talk with Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, we’ll discuss concerns surrounding road construction and traffic at the Sagamore Parkway and State Road 26 intersection--and how about those decorative lights?

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we’re going back to school. School shootings have dominated the headlines over the past year, and the state of Indiana is supplying free handheld metal detectors to schools who request them--but will the West Lafayette School Corporation sign on? What’s the best way to ensure safety, with an awareness of gun violence heightened after the Noblesville shooting in May?

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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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