Ask The Mayor: Crawfordsville's Todd Barton On Ben-Hur Building, Drug Numbers

Sep 19, 2019

Though he admits Crawfordsville and Montgomery County have similar issues as many places in the state, the mayor says some of the numbers on drug abuse in his city are incorrect.
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Not to mix literary metaphors, but since Crawfordsville won the Stellar Communities competition a few years ago, the Ben-Hur building has been a bit of a white whale for Mayor Todd Barton. It was sold as a cornerstone of the way Crawfordsville would look when the Stellar projects were complete – but it’s been plagued by delays and confusion ever since.

Now the state has given another $100,000 for the building’s renovation, so will that kickstart development? We put that question to Mayor Barton today, on Ask The Mayor.

Also on this week’s show, Montgomery County and its southern neighbor, Putnam County, are working together to try to teach people along the U.S. 231 corridor how to start and run non-profits. It’s a partnership between two smaller communities, so does Mayor Barton think that gives it more of a chance to succeed than partnering with a bigger city that can suck all the oxygen out of the room?