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The City of Crawfordsville has parted ways with an economic development group that Mayor Todd Barton has said wasn’t marketing the city effectively.

This comes after all the disparate economic development entities in the county were brought together to try to maximize efficiency.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we hear from Mayor Barton about what other changes might be in store for pitching Crawfordsville to potential investors.

City of Frankfort

Frankfort Police spent a lot of extra effort interdicting drugs and cracking down on suspected drunk drivers in 2016.

It’s resulted in nearly 50-percent more DUI citations and a rise in drug arrests as well.

So is this the tip of the iceberg or do these numbers represent the start of a solution that gets at the core of both problems?

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Listeners to WBAA’s Ask The Mayor know we’ve spent considerable time in the last couple months talking to the mayors of Lafayette and West Lafayette about the possibility of a needle exchange in the county.

This week on our conversation with Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, a listener wants to know where the mayor gets whatever information makes him believe that handing out clean syringes to injection drug users will increase crime in a city that’s desperately trying to keep criminals in check.

City of West Lafayette

It’s no secret the city of West Lafayette aims to look significantly different in the next few years.

The State Street redesign gets underway in earnest this year, with a major portion of the road set to close this summer. But what about the buildings along the road?

City leaders have approved several new mixed-use developments – some of them so tall they may need special clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration before ground is broken.

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When the head of the budget-writing House Ways and Means Committee is from your city, there’s the temptation to ask for some carve-outs – hometown perks, if you will – in the state’s spending plan.

City of Frankfort

On a day with a sub-zero wind chill factor, a frigid breeze is a topic for discussion.

But in Frankfort today, it could be the wind itself that gets the cold shoulder at a meeting deciding the future of alternative energy in Clinton County.

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Despite objections from Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, the Tippecanoe County Commissioners have voted to move ahead with trying to create a needle exchange program in the county. This week, on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we ask Mayor Roswarski if there’s a way his community can fight both the spread of communicable disease and the rise in drug-related crime it’s seen in the past couple years.

City of West Lafayette

West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis and Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski talk frequently about how well they and their two cities work together.

It’s a key selling point for Greater Lafayette, in fact.

But on the county’s proposed needle exchange program the two appear far apart.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we talk with Mayor Dennis about a notable disagreement between the two administrations.

Also on this week’s show, what will West Lafayette’s reaction be to the type of white nationalist rhetoric that showed up in posters on the Purdue campus this week?

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When we spoke last month with Crawfordsville’s Todd Barton on Ask The Mayor, we parsed a proposed ordinance cracking down on bad behavior by landlords.

But in the intervening month, a WBAA investigation has uncovered even more fraud than the mayor or county officials appear to be aware of.

Also on this week’s program, nearly half of all Montgomery County voters chose the straight-ticket voting option at the polls in this year’s general election.

City of Frankfort

The city of Frankfort long ago identified State Road 28 as an area of concern.

The state department of transportation gave the road a topcoat of asphalt not long ago, but didn’t fix the underlying problems, pushing them off until 2019.

Now the city is trying to plan for that construction, but should it be worried the state will again kick the can down the pothole-laden road? We put that to Chris McBarnes on this edition of Ask The Mayor.

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It’s been a week Democrats in Tippecanoe County and around the state would like to forget.

But pundits say there’s not much of a left-leaning pipeline of young candidates being groomed to run in future elections.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we ask one prominent Democrat – Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski – whether he sees a coming generation of politicos in his party or whether more disappointment is in store.

City of West Lafayette

The mayor ruffled some Republican feathers a year ago by endorsing a couple candidates who weren’t Republicans.

This year, a state house race covering his city is one of the most watched in Indiana. Find out who the mayor has endorsed and why.

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Like a lot of college towns, Crawfordsville has a high percentage of rental properties – almost half the town’s residences are landlord-owned.

Also like a lot of college towns, the city sometimes has to crack down on owners of derelict properties which see more than their fair share of police calls.

This week on Ask The Mayor, we talk with Crawfordsville’s Todd Barton about how he’s trying to tackle that problem.

City of Frankfort

There are many ways a city raises money or offsets its costs. On this week’s Ask The Mayor, we chat with Frankfort’s Chris McBarnes about a few of them.

Everything from why the city favors a quick jump in its electrical rates instead of a slow phase-in to why changes had to be made to the fees charged to traveling food vendors who come to town for special events.

WBAA News

Several Indiana cities -- including Hobert, Muncie and Lafayette -- that had expected to earn revenue from advertising appearing on city-owned trash cans have seen those deals put on hold.

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski says he’s ready to sever an agreement with National Cart Marketing, which had promised to pay half-a-dozen Indiana cities for the privilege of putting advertising on trash can lids.

“Probably by January if I don’t see that they’ve got it straightened out, I’ll just cancel the contract with them,” Roswarski says.

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