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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?   

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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?

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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?

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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? 

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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?

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Crawfordsville starts a new year with a third-term mayor who says he won’t be letting up on plans for the city’s enhancement any time soon. What does Crawfordsville’s continued transformation look like—and what’s on top of the priority list?

This week in our talk with Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton, we’ll discuss this month’s State of the City address, and the mayor’s small, medium, and large goals for both 2020 and his new term. How will he keep positioning the city as a place where innovative ideas work?

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It’s the start of a new year in Frankfort, with new members of city council and some new hires in key city positions on the way. How does a mayor embarking on his own third term manage these transitions?

This week in our talk with Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes, we’ll get a progress report on the ongoing construction of Frankfort’s Prairie Creek Park. How do initiatives like Prairie Creek Park and—at the moment—a seasonal ice skating rink bring people downtown, and what are the year-round strategies to keep them there?

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For some, the definition of free speech is that while one person may find another’s statement disagreeable, that doesn’t diminish the right to make that statement.

And so Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski is in a bit of a pickle regarding another drop of KKK flyers in his city. Does he speak out and raise the city’s profile on the issue of racism, or decline to give attention to the litterers and hope they’ll go away when they don’t get much traction?

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t’s getting harder for leaders of Indiana cities to predict how much their municipal construction projects are going to cost. A lack of trained workers in the state has left construction firms in high demand – and with the ability to charge rates much higher than in the past. So as the City of West Lafayette signs off on documents proclaiming its renovation of the Morton Center into its new city hall will cost $13 million, how much can those numbers really be trusted?

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It’s been a year of raucous debate in Montgomery County – about wind farms, confined feeding operations and about the lawmakers who make the decisions. Much of it is separate from the workings of the city of Crawfordsville, but it has an effect on the way public discourse is conducted throughout the county.

This week, on our last Ask The Mayor program of 2019, we talk to Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton about the tone of those talks and about whether such business needs to be put to bed more quickly.

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While Frankfort leaders are hoping to draw more people to the area this holiday season for winter festivities, they’re also faced with a problem: where all those people are going to park, especially as year-round residents get frosty about wanting to share those same spaces.

So on this week’s Ask The Mayor program, we’ll chat with Chris McBarnes about what his city’s remedy might be. Some cities have installed parking meters, while others, such as Lafayette and West Lafayette, have chosen more passive – but more costly – forms of enforcement.

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The City of Lafayette is following the lead of its western neighbor by beginning work on a climate change resolution. It’s a drafting process that could take most of 2020 to complete, but then what happens? The same challenges exist in both cities, chief among them: how to enforce something that’s non-binding and (if it’s to have any teeth at all), asks for some slightly audacious things?

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