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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute’s Duke Bennett

Mayor Duke Bennett

Indiana Newsdesk’s Joe Hren sat down with Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett to answer YOUR questions!

Listen to their full conversation above. Here are some highlights:

Hren: The past couple of weeks have been rough for law enforcement after three Indiana officers were killed in the line of duty. Senator Jim Merritt plans to pursue gun violence legislation to what he calls a ‘crisis’ in Indiana’s urban areas. Is Indiana in crisis mode?

Bennett: If you’re from Indianapolis you feel it, Gary… name your place. We had a police officer that was killed here just a few short years ago. What I think is happening is a society kind of thing. I don’t know if you can say it’s Indiana, big cities or small cities. I think it’s people thinking it’s the only way they can protect their turf.

Hren: Climate change was the major focus of the U.S. National Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Dallas – what are those common issues that mayors talk about?

Bennett: It’s mostly related to emissions and what you’re doing as a community on reducing the reliance on fuels and electricity. That seems to be the biggest play that you usually hear.

Hren: A question from Twitter, they’d like to hear more about the splash pad that would come with the new aquatic center.

Bennett: The aquatic center construction starts in the next couple of months and their intent is to open it up for the next school year… next August. So we’re hoping sometime next year we can do a few upgrades to Vorhees Park. One would include a trail around the park and a splash pad next to the playground.

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