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Ask The Mayor: Greencastle’s Sue Murray

Greencastle Mayor Sue Murray talks about how much winter weather is making a dent into the city budget and big changes to the Putnam County airport.

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Photo: Bill Shaw

A Greencastle city truck is loaded with salt for another road of winter weather.

Joe Hren sat down with Greencastle Mayor Sue Murray to ask her about several issues the city is facing.

We started with a reoccurring news event, winter storms.

Here are some highlights from their conversation:

Murray: We’ll be talking about twelve hour shifts running around the clock until we have the roads significantly open. We had probably 55 percent of our salt budget consumed. We typically don’t use sand due to what it does to storm sewers, but we were doing a combination of mixing that to make it as safe as possible for motorists.

Hren: What happens when the snow removal and salt budget skyrockets, what gets cut?

Murray: There could be some plantings that don’t happen, there could be some purchases within the department that were going to be made that we can’t make. We do have rainy day funds, but those are our savings accounts when we have sustained problems.

Hren: Millions of dollars in investment is going into the local airport which I assume looks good from your perspective.

Murray: They’ll go from a board of airport commissioners to Putnam County Regional Airport, but they’ll be able to draw slightly from our tax rolls and that will give them some sustainable income. Federal dollars will be used to make the runways more accepting of larger aircraft and we have a hump (in the runway), so they’ll be getting rid of that and just making it more user-friendly.

Hren: There was an Indiana delegation at the Super Bowl Sunday getting ready to make another bid in April for hosting again, did Greencastle capitalize on the last Super Bowl?

Murray: We thought we’d be able to. We had a few people who took advantage of our relatively easy commute to Indianapolis, it wasn’t large. But people didn’t see quite the economic upturn we thought in outlying areas due to the nice weather.

Joe Hren

Anchor, Indiana Newsdesk - WTIU & WFIU News. Follow him on Twitter @Joe_Hren

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