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Ask The Mayor: West Lafayette's John Dennis

Apr 2, 2015
City of West Lafayette

West Lafayette’s mayor spent much of last summer speaking out in favor of allowing gay marriage in Indiana.

This week’s he’s taken a similar tack, speaking against the state’s so-called religious freedom bill.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we ask John Dennis if discrimination (and those who are for it) are winning or losing the ultimate policy battle in the state.

We also take a number of listener questions during this half hour.

Ask The Mayor: Crawfordsville's Todd Barton

Mar 26, 2015
Courtesy Crawfordsville Mayor's Office

Ever traveled from city to city and noticed that the police cars look the same, except for the paint?

This week on Ask The Mayor, we quiz Crawfordsville’s Todd Barton about that phenomenon and engage him on a larger discussion about purchasing.

Do cities follow a pack mentality, or can they branch out on their own and make decisions specific to them?

We also chat about the mayor’s feelings on the so-called "religious freedom" bill Governor Pence signed this morning.

Ask The Mayor: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes

Mar 19, 2015
City of Frankfort

The City of Frankfort has recently made some changes to streamline the way its municipal court handles cases. The goal is to handle more of them and generate more revenue.

But on the heels of an investigation into the Ferguson, Missouri legal system showing widespread problems from doing similar things, might there be unintended consequences?

Ask The Mayor: West Lafayette's John Dennis

Mar 5, 2015
City of West Lafayette

As West Lafayette’s redesign of State Street gets going in earnest, there are still more questions than answers.

What does a public-private partnership actually do for the city?

Is the collegiate feel of the area in danger?

And what does the city have to give up to the University to get it to fork over so much cash?

During this week’s discussion with West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis, we ask if he sees the State Street project as his legacy as the city’s leader.

Ask The Mayor: Crawfordsville's Todd Barton

Feb 26, 2015
Crawfordsville mayor's office

One of the key components of public service is communicating with one’s constituency.

In an era of multifarious electronic media, that job can be seen as either easier – because there’s so many ways to do it – or harder, because it takes additional time to meet everyone where they live in cyberspace.

We address how this phenomenon affects Crawfordsville on this week’s Ask The Mayor.

We also chat with Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton about a recent speech he gave to young men in his town, asking them to learn not just in the classroom, but about life.

Ask The Mayor: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes

Feb 19, 2015
City of Frankfort

A deep freeze like West Central Indiana is experiencing is more than just an inconvenience for some.

In towns like Frankfort, without the resources of some of its larger neighbors, winter can be especially cruel.

On this week's Ask The Mayor, we find out from Chris McBarnes what his city can do to help those in need.

Also on this week’s show, what happens when a local newspaper teams up with an Indianapolis TV station to, in their words “share content”?

Ask The Mayor: Lafayette's Tony Roswarski

Feb 12, 2015
Lafayette Mayor's Office

Even though the traditional start of the construction season is still a few months away, the City of Lafayette is already looking to some of its new projects.

On this edition of Ask The Mayor, we chat with Tony Roswarski about changes to Riehle Plaza, possible improvements for the city’s waterfront and areas of the city that can expect to see dilapidated streets fixed when spring rolls around.

And speaking of those streets – a listener wants to know: when they’re closed down, what sorts of accommodations are made for nearby businesses?

Ask The Mayor: West Lafayette's John Dennis

Feb 5, 2015
City of West Lafayette

From a grocery store to Gasoline Alley – on this week’s Ask The Mayor, the tale of what was supposed to be one mixed-use development becoming what some property owners nearby think may be an eyesore.

We ask how the city lost control over such a development and what could be done in the future to fix such issues.

We also check back with West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis on a couple issues that we chatted about on previous shows.

Ask The Mayor: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes

Jan 22, 2015
City of Frankfort

The beginning of a calendar year is often the time for “state of” addresses: State of the Union, State of the State, etc.

Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes is getting set to deliver his state of the city address and this week we ask him what he feels he’s accomplished and what’s been pushed to the back burner.

Also on the show: we talk money in education. Should taxpayers be expected to pick up a $30 million tab for renovating Frankfort High School, even as the school district flounders on state grading metrics?

Ask The Mayor: Lafayette's Tony Roswarski

Jan 15, 2015
Lafayette Mayor's Office

There are finally some positive signs that the trains might keep running on time in Lafayette.

This week on Ask The Mayor, we’ll chat with Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski about the latest developments in the saga of keeping Amtrak service in the community and ask him about a sudden change of heart from Governor Pence.

Ask The Mayor: West Lafayette's John Dennis

Jan 9, 2015
City of West Lafayette

Now that the winter weather has set in, is West Lafayette stocked up on salt, sand and other supplies needed to keep the city moving, especially if the upcoming months prove to be as harsh as last winter?

We ask that question of West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis on this edition of Ask The Mayor.

Also, this week candidates could officially file paperwork to run for municipal offices in 2015. Is Mayor Dennis planning on running again?

Ask The Mayor: Crawfordsville's Todd Barton

Dec 24, 2014
Crawfordsville mayor's office

Crawfordsville has joined the ranks of area communities attempting to revitalize neighborhoods, in part, by razing blighted properties. Why is now the right time to do that? And when the city knocks down a neglected building, is there already have a plan in place that suggests what will go in that space next?

We ask those questions of Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton on this edition of Ask The Mayor.

Also, a look at the courthouse clock tower project and the Ben Hur Building project. Plus, Mayor Barton tells us what his ideal downtown looks like.

Ask The Mayor: Lafayette's Tony Roswarski

Dec 11, 2014
Lafayette Mayor's Office

Cold weather conjures many seasonal thoughts in Lafayette: everything from buying holiday gifts to road work.

We address some of those topics on this week's Ask The Mayor with Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, wherein we’ll also try to forecast the legislative session. Is there enough money in the budget for Lafayette – and does that money have strings for city officials?

Also in the first month of the legislative session, the state hits a deadline to decide if it’s going to keep Amtrak service running through Lafayette.

Ask The Mayor: Crawfordsville's Todd Barton

Nov 26, 2014
Courtesy Crawfordsville Mayor's Office

As it always does, the cold has descended on West Central Indiana and with it comes the annual challenges for cities: how to keep citizens warm, how to keep roads from cracking and how to make sure efficiencies are identified.

We find out how Crawfordsville is weathering those challenges on this week's Ask The Mayor.

We’re joined in-studio by Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton, and we follow up on last month’s conversation about investment in the city.

Ask The Mayor: Crawfordsville's Todd Barton

Oct 30, 2014
Courtesy Crawfordsville Mayor's Office

Crawfordsville, like many cities in West Central Indiana, has a bit of an identity crisis. Do leaders follow the Lt. Governor’s motto of “rural is cool” or do they position themselves as the vanguard of technological expansion?

We ask those questions of Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton on this edition of Ask The Mayor, as well as how he plans to weigh those competing interests.

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