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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Two of our regular guests on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor have been outspoken about the fact they think railroad companies have too much power and their cities don’t have enough recourse to stop trains from clogging intersections.

But neither Frankfort’s Chris McBarnes nor this week’s guest, Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton, have seen their grant requests fulfilled to try to solve the problems with which their cities have been saddled. So what’s a city to do when railroads have all the power and cities little of the money?

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Ever since the beginning of the great Bird invasion of 2018 – we’re referring here to the dropping of hundreds of electric scooters in Greater Lafayette – cities have been struggling with how to regulate the two-wheeled vehicles and their operators.

The city of Lafayette today announced creation of a pilot program that seeks to do just that with the three companies that have, so far, sent scooters to town. But what happens if – some might even say when – the rules are broken? We ask that this week of Lafayette’s Tony Roswarski on Ask The mayor.

City of West Lafayette

We already know of one New Year’s resolution for West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis – his plan to seek a fourth term in office. But some Ask The Mayor listeners have a couple others they’d like him to make.

One person wants the city to place a ban on the electric scooters on which Purdue students have been zipping around the city for a few months.

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Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton has not been shy about expressing his skepticism for the one-year old Wabash Heartland Innovation Network, which is supposed to kickstart research into the ever-buzzworthy “Internet of Things.”

The project’s organizers just released results of a small survey, and more Montgomery County residents took part than did people living in any of the other nine counties WHIN represents. But the results pose some questions, which we put to Mayor Barton this week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor.

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Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski describes himself as a “more conservative Democrat” when outlining his political philosophy. His party won a number of seats in this year’s local elections, including a couple races few predicted they'd win. But in the same year where Joe Donnelly – a Democrat who tried to endear himself to non-Democrats by saying he’d vote to build a border wall – lost his re-election bid handily, what does that mean for Democrats of Roswarski’s ilk?

City of West Lafayette

A week from today, the mayors of Lafayette and West Lafayette have been asked by a local Jewish congregation to attend a talk about how to combat hate crimes in Greater Lafayette. It’s an issue that statistics suggest local police forces have trouble grappling with, and one which doesn’t seem to be going away.

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When IU Health took over Frankfort Hospital in June of last year, executives made it clear the facility needed retrofitting.

How, the company is reportedly considering building an all-new hospital in the city. So would it offer the same basic services as its predecessor, or is it a chance for the city to boast an amenity that might draw in more investment and residents?

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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?

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