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The City of Crawfordsville, like many smaller Indiana municipalities, struggles to provide a comprehensive set of medical services. But anticipated investment in an autism treatment center for kids could help to lessen the number of families who have to seek treatment elsewhere.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we chat with Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton about how much his push to recruit young professionals is impacted by becoming a one-stop shop for amenities people expect in the 21st Century – and whether such a thing is even possible in a town of 16,000 people.

City of Lafayette

For months, Mayor Tony Roswarski has tried to balance perceptions of an increase in drug crime in Lafayette with sunnier statements of economic development and improvements to quality of life.

But when 2015 crime stats were announced last week, a nearly 50-percent increase in assaults brought the problem into sharp relief.

Also on this week’s show, the city has released a new smartphone app. Now, residents can geotag potholes on their street that need fixing.

Lafayette Mayor's Office

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski was an invited guest to this week’s State of the State address. This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we get his feelings on Governor Pence touting Indiana’s gun laws – even as Lafayette is seeing firearms used in some of the increasing number of violent crimes it’s experiencing.

Also on today’s show: the Mayor said a couple months ago he’d be glad to stop hearing questions about the Myers bridge, but some still linger.

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Indiana Department of Homeland Security officials have issued a travel advisory for Tippecanoe County because of increasing snow cover on local roads.

An "advisory" is the lowest of three levels of concern the state uses. It means anyone on the roads should use caution. As of midday Sunday, several Indiana counties had advanced to the "watch" level, which means that nonessential travel should be curtailed.

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.

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It’s fairly common knowledge that more well-traveled roads will see plows before residential streets do – it’s a function of trying to keep an entire city’s streets from becoming snarled with snowbound traffic.

But there’s more that goes into the equation which decides what streets receive salt and the edge of a plow blade first.

And it starts with making sure the plows can get on the road. At the West Lafayette street garage, Doug Perkins is using an ice pick on the salt spreader of one of the city’s plows.

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National Weather Service meteorologists say the cold snap heading to Indiana beginning Tuesday night is going to hang around for at least the next ten days.

"Teens and twenties at night and thirties for highs," says National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Ryan. "Still looks like potential maybe for some light snow on Sunday and then also some maybe some later next week. But again, that being out a few days -- need to fine-tune that."

Ryan says the system is funneling cold air down from Canada over much of the eastern U.S.

Governor praises response to the winter storm

Jan 6, 2014

State officials say they’re meeting the challenges presented by the winter storm, but admit the work is not done yet.

Governor Mike Pence says the frigid cold is still dangerous and Hoosiers should stay home if they don’t need to go out.

He’s declaring a state of emergency for 27 counties, and says more could be added to the list.

Indiana State Police superintendent Doug Carter says the crisis center will continue operating until late Tuesday. More than 300 troopers are on patrol or helping coordinate activities Monday.

Snow removal after the storm

Jan 6, 2014
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Lafayette area leaders are urging residents to use caution when going outside. The bitter wind chills can lead to frost bite quickly.

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski also wants people to be patient when it comes to the cities and county removing snow.

“We’re going to need people, if they could, to get their cars off the roadways, get them up in their driveways, give us as much room as possible to plow, because we’re going to have to go over stuff over and over and over again. And there’s not going to be a lot of places to put it. It’s going to be very difficult.”

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