Todd Barton

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?   


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? 


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?


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.


When Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton reconstituted his city’s defunct Human Rights Commission, it was seen as a chance to adjudicate some lingering issues concerning different types of prejudice in the city.

But since, meetings have become scarce – and this week a member of the commission sent a letter to Mayor Barton, and to WBAA, signaling her displeasure with the actions of the board and her intention to resign from it.

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Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton says he has confidence in the Crawfordsville Police Department after a federal lawsuit filed Monday highlighted the conduct of an officer during an interview about an alleged sexual assault.


Not to mix literary metaphors, but since Crawfordsville won the Stellar Communities competition a few years ago, the Ben-Hur building has been a bit of a white whale for Mayor Todd Barton. It was sold as a cornerstone of the way Crawfordsville would look when the Stellar projects were complete – but it’s been plagued by delays and confusion ever since.

Now the state has given another $100,000 for the building’s renovation, so will that kickstart development? We put that question to Mayor Barton today, on Ask The Mayor.

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This coming weekend is the biggest of the year in terms of visitors to Crawfordsville. With the annual Taste of Montgomery County overlapping with a big, nationally-televised motocross race, many more eyes than usual will be on the city.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we attempt to suss out what kind of opportunity that presents. Can it help Mayor Todd Barton lure more young professionals to live in the city, or does he have to be happy with just the once-a-year influx of cash into the local economy?

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Montgomery County is searching for ways to improve travel and roadways, and Crawfordsville is at the center of that discussion. Intercity train travel took a hit late last month with the loss of the Hoosier State Line. So how is Crawfordsville working to improve transportation and travel for residents?

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Montgomery County’s first-ever comprehensive plan, passed earlier this year, outlines a list of desired land uses in the county, as well as what the residents would like to keep out. On that second list? Low-income housing.

Crawfordsville sits at the heart of the county’s housing debate, and city officials complain the market is oversaturated with subsidized and low-income units. But oversaturation is difficult to define.