Ask The Mayor


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, warmer weather means more people heading outside—and possibly more people not practicing the social distancing that’s key right now as Tippecanoe County heads for a possible surge in COVID-19 cases in the coming week. What restrictions has the city of Lafayette put in place—and will they be followed?


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Indiana is in week two of a statewide stay-at-home order. How are West Lafayette residents responding to the restrictions, and how will the city respond if the order is extended? And what’s the continued impact for local businesses on lockdown?


Montgomery County began announcing their first confirmed cases of coronavirus this week. What measures has the city of Crawfordsville put in place to keep residents healthy and at a distance—and how are residents on day two of Indiana’s statewide stay-at-home order? As COVID-19 continues to spread, how does local government reinforce that staying at home, or staying at a distance, is key?   

City of Frankfort

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, a brand new mayor joins the program. Frankfort Mayor Judy Sheets was sworn in on March 2, after several terms as the city’s clerk-treasurer, and was immediately faced with the challenge of overseeing the city’s response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. How does a brand-new mayor tackle a big task?

This week in our talk with Mayor Sheets, we’ll get an update on how Frankfort is handling COVID-19, how local officials are working together, and what measures the city is taking to ensure the health and safety of residents.  

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: the new coronavirus is putting communities on high alert across the country. Cities, schools, and businesses everywhere are trying to decide what’s best for citizens, students, and employees--today, tomorrow, and in the weeks to come. How do leaders stay ahead of a rapidly evolving situation?


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we continue our discussion with area leaders on coronavirus. How does West Lafayette plan to handle potential outbreaks? What are the contingency plans for city agencies and employees? How can citizens stay informed, stay safe, and avoid alarm?

This week in our talk with West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis, we’ll discuss this week’s city council vote on the West Lafayette Downtown Plan. What’s next for downtown, and what concerns remain? Why is park space so important?


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: as the coronavirus response ramps up on a national level, what are local governments and health departments planning in case of an outbreak? How does a city prepare its citizens if and when the coronavirus hits close to home?

In our talk with Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton, we’ll discuss the five-year plan for the Montgomery County Child Care Task Force. What does the future of childcare look like for the city’s employers and employees? And how can Crawfordsville act as a model for other communities? 

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, a departing mayor looks back on his two terms and two months in office.

We’ll have our final monthly conversation with Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes, whose last day in office is next week. As McBarnes prepares to end not only his time as mayor, but his time in Indiana, what does he see as his biggest successes and his biggest regrets—and what does the future hold in his new home, Wyoming?

We’ll talk about this weekend’s upcoming caucus for McBarnes’s successor, and where he thinks the next mayor's priorities should lie. 

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, another distribution of KKK flyers in a Lafayette neighborhood has a listener asking for real action from city leaders. But what measures can be taken to assure residents they’re being heard—and that Lafayette isn’t the type of place where this will continue to happen?

In this week's talk with Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, we’ll discuss the results of last month’s climate change town hall. What solutions did citizens propose, and which of them does the city plan to carry out? When does discussion turn to action? 


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, wintry weather impacts school delays and closures—and now, officially, where some West Lafayette residents can legally park their cars. How does the city decide when it’s time to tow a vehicle or salt a road? And how can residents adjust to inclement weather that doesn’t usually appear on a schedule?