Ask The Mayor

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: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes

Dec 18, 2014
City of Frankfort

So much in city government revolves around money. If a city is flush with it, almost magical things can happen.

If, like Frankfort and many other municipalities, a city doesn’t have enough, it has to choose which to refurbish: city parks or city hall.

On this week's show, we ask how Frankfort will make that choice and where it might get more cash to make the decisions easier.

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: West Lafayette's John Dennis

Dec 5, 2014
City of West Lafayette

A major budget line item for any city is its infrastructure.

From repairing roads and bridges to maintaining a fleet of vehicles, upkeep isn’t cheap.

On this week’s Ask The Mayor, we find out from West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis what a number of developments on the state and local level mean for his city’s future.

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.

Ask The Mayor: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes

Aug 21, 2014
City of Frankfort

Some questions for the mayor on this month's program:

You and I spoke a couple weeks ago when the city pool was closed about some of the overhaul that was needed to make that facility safer. What’s the latest on those efforts?

You say in your latest 200-day plan you want to review the condition of aging police and fire facilities. Is it likely the city will have to rehab or replace several of those?

What kind of money does the city have in its capital projects budget to pay for updates to infrastructure?

Ask The Mayor: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes

Jul 17, 2014
City of Frankfort

A push by Frankfort’s mayor could help bring down blighted buildings in the city – but it might also force the people currently living in them to find a new home.

Chris McBarnes, speaking on WBAA’s “Ask The Mayor,” says letters will soon go out to as many as 20 landlords whose properties have been deemed unsafe by the city.

If those landlords don’t agree to a plan to refurbish them, the city may raze the property and evict any tenants. McBarnes says the city can’t do much more for those evicted than put them in touch with Frankfort’s landlord association, though.

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