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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.

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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For the last month, Frankfort residents have been expressing their concern about the goings-on at the Clinton County Humane Society. After a well-liked director was fired, a community uproar began. What’s transpired since has led to questions not just about the shelter, but about how public funds are spent. This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, Frankfort’s Chris McBarnes weighs in.

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Right now, Lafayette’s Five Points neighborhood looks like a twisted jumble of streets surrounded by businesses and homes in need of more than a little TLC.

But in a few years, city leaders think it’ll be a hub of rebirth, with developers sinking millions of dollars into replacing the old with the new.

What hasn’t been floated publicly in those talks is the G-word: gentrification. The neighborhoods surrounding Five Points have plenty of history, but also play host to many low- and middle-income Lafayette families. If investment comes in and raises the value of the property, would that drive some of those residents out of the market?

City of West Lafayette

During last month’s Ask The Mayor show with West Lafayette’s John Dennis, one intrepid listener had time to measure how long it took him to travel the length of the redesigned State Street as he listened to the program. It’s a stretch of road that still frustrates drivers, and people have begun to ask whether the large price tag was worth it.

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, Crawfordsville is on a quest for funding to mitigate train challenges through the Local Trax program — we ask where they stand in the application process, and how their application stands out. 

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, the school safety conversation continues. Frankfort has placed school resource officers in local schools—but will they be opting into the state’s handheld metal detector program? Is there more than one way to ensure student safety? And how can Frankfort stay prepared outside of school?

We’ll also discuss Frito-Lay’s plans to expand in Frankfort, with two new production lines in the works and additional warehouse space—but is there room for even more job creation?

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, a study shows more housing units will be needed in the downtown Lafayette area in the next few years to meet demand—and that both older and younger professionals looking to move there are part of that equation. How does the city create a downtown that appeals to everyone?

In this week's talk with Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, we’ll discuss concerns surrounding road construction and traffic at the Sagamore Parkway and State Road 26 intersection--and how about those decorative lights?

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