Ask The Mayor

Thursdays at 12 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 12 p.m. on WBAA News (AM 920 and 105.9 FM) and is rebroadcast the same evening at 7.

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Montgomery County’s health department issued a plea to residents this week to get vaccinated against COVID-19, as the school year gets closer and the Delta variant continues its spread. After the Indiana Department of Health elevated the county into its orange category this week, how do local officials plan to slow the rising tide of infections among the unvaccinated?

City of Frankfort

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Frankfort remains in the planning stages for some ambitious projects, including a new aquatic center and police station. But the city continues to run into cost concerns for both facilities. How can local officials lower the price tag without losing the original design?  

In our talk with Frankfort Mayor Judy Sheets, we’ll discuss a planned street paving project, funded in part by CARES Act dollars. How have city streets continued to experience wear and tear from heavy traffic caused by ongoing road construction?

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Lafayette’s calendar was packed this week, with July 4th celebrations and grand openings for city projects on the calendar. As summer continues, what’s up next for Lafayette residents as life slowly continues its return to normal?

In our talk with Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, we’ll discuss the progress of the construction of the city’s new public safety building, and hear about how the city’s building inspection process keeps structures safe in Lafayette.  

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: in Wabash Township, the township trustee, board members, and now all-volunteer fire department continue to grapple over the future of fire protection for township residents. What’s the impact on West Lafayette’s fire department after the township force announced this week they wouldn’t respond to dispatch calls until the trustee agrees to keep three paid firefighters on staff?

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: a production facility for Tempur Sealy is headed to Montgomery County, along with hundreds of new jobs. How will this investment impact Crawfordsville residents, the local job market, and current and future businesses in the area?

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: the future of West Lafayette’s COVID-19 mask mandate is on the table at next week’s city council meeting. As Gov. Eric Holcomb extends the state’s public health emergency through the end of June, and as Indiana continues to make its way out of the pandemic, how is the city handling the future of post-COVID life?

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Indiana’s federal unemployment pandemic benefits end next month, as Gov. Eric Holcomb underlines unfilled jobs across the state. How do Crawfordsville employers and potential employees view the state of the job market, and what’s the most accurate way to gauge how and why hiring seems more difficult?

City of Frankfort

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Frankfort’s Prairie Creek Park opens this weekend after years of anticipation and delay. What’s planned for Saturday and for the summer to come, as the city rolls out a full slate of events for residents? And what's the city's response to an act of overnight vandalism at the park?

This week in our talk with Frankfort Mayor Judy Sheets, we’ll discuss a change in plans for the city’s new police station, as cost impacts the construction timeline. Could other city projects feel the effects of rising prices?

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: construction of Lafayette’s planned public safety building and parking garage is on the way after a groundbreaking ceremony for the facilities in the first week of May. What’s next as the new spaces take shape, and how will the city continue to incorporate public feedback into the process?

In our talk with Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, we’ll discuss how new Indiana law that gives decision-making power to local elected leaders as the debate over COVID-19 restrictions continues. How will the city work with the county on future decisions?

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: West Lafayette’s mask mandate could be lifted next month. How will the city continue to transition away from COVID-19 restrictions as summer approaches and COVID vaccinations become even easier to obtain, for an even broader range of age groups?  

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: COVID-19 vaccinations are widely available in Indiana, and health departments are urging residents to sign up for their shot. As supply meets demand, what’s the outreach plan for Hoosiers who are hesitant to get vaccinated?

City of Frankfort

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: the construction of Frankfort’s new police station is on its way. What amenities are in this long-planned space, and what’s the benefit to residents? And what are the plans for the city’s current station after the police department makes the transition?

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Indiana’s statewide mask mandate ended this week, leaving it up to local governments to decide on stricter measures. While West Lafayette’s mask ordinance remains, Lafayette is following the governor’s lead and lifting the mandate – except at city hall, where face coverings are required for a few more weeks. What’s the reasoning behind these decisions?

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: mask mandates are back up for debate in Indiana after Gov. Eric Holcomb announced an end to the statewide order starting next week. In West Lafayette, the local mandate will remain in place. How will area residents navigate different rules in different places in the coming months?

City of Frankfort

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: postponed plans for a long-awaited aquatics center were set back in motion this month in Frankfort. What will the new space bring to the city and surrounding areas, and what’s next on the to-do list?

This week in our talk with Frankfort Mayor Judy Sheets, we’ll discuss the city’s downtown development, with plans for new apartments and retail space and the demolition of an old hospital. What are the mayor’s project priorities as the COVID-19 pandemic begins to slow and the city can re-focus on what’s ahead?

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