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In his State of the City address this week, Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton declared it was, in his words, “time for us to quit kicking the can down the road and start to fix things.” That’s a big statement, which always comes with an undertone suggesting past leaders have been somewhat derelict in their duties. This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we quiz Mayor Barton on exactly what he meant and how he plans to do things differently.

City of Frankfort

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, construction is officially underway on Frankfort’s Washington Avenue—one of several new projects in the city’s pipeline. How are residents responding to all the changes slated for the coming year?

This week in our talk with Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes, we’ll talk about how communities spread information through social media, and how to handle the consequences when citizens dispute fact versus fiction. Set the record straight, or stay out of it?

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As we were preparing for this week’s Ask The Mayor conversation with Lafayette’s Tony Roswarski, a surprise announcement came from Governor Eric Holcomb’s budget wonks: the state plans to drop its support for the Hoosier State Line.

City of West Lafayette

It’s a new year on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, but we spend a good portion of our first show updating topics that were on people’s minds in 2018.

West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski has stepped down, so we ask Mayor John Dennis how he plans to pick a replacement, and whether his former chief’s new job poses any concerns.

Also, the city plans to close its recycling center, and that’s got a number of city residents who want more recycling, not less, up in arms. We dig into the financials of the situation and ask what the replacement might be.

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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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Several times in 2018, Chris McBarnes has mentioned trying to amend the ways of what he calls the “old boy network” of people who make decisions in Frankfort. This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we quiz him about a couple possible places where that cabal of city elders has taken hold.

First, are the county commissioners trying to bury the results of a financial review of the Clinton County Humane Society, sweep the whole mess under the rug and award another $100,000 to an organization two former directors say is riddled with dysfunction?

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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.

City of Frankfort

After the Gem City dealt with the first real freeze of the season, Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes talks street preparedness when the storms hit. And with Thanksgiving coming up, the city is hoping to finish some repair projects before the holiday rush.

On WBAA's Ask the Mayor, McBarnes also discusses the city's rich history when it comes to the U.S. military, and how Frankfort recently honored veterans across the community. And aside from the holidays, how Frankfort serves those who served.

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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.

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