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A weekly program where mayors from Bloomington, Columbus, Terre Haute, and Nashville answer questions about your community. We also delve into new and long-term city topics.

The show airs on WFIU on Wednesday mornings at 6:45 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.

Submit a question or comment to news@indianapublicmedia.org and follow us on Twitter: @AskTheMayor 

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From left: Mayor Jim Lienhoop (R-Columbus), Mayor Duke Bennett (R-Terre Haute), Mayor John Hamilton (D-Bloomington), and Nashville Municipal Consultant Dax Norton.
  • First Wednesday of the month: Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop (R)
  • Second Wednesday of the month: Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett (R)
  • Third Wednesday of the month: Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton (D)
  • Fourth Wednesday of the month: Nashville Municipal Consultant Dax Norton
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February 19, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Schooner Creek Lawsuit, Prioritizing Budget

The city is redesigning the Fourth Street Parking Garage to the original footprint with plans to expand if necessary, Hamilton says the Schooner Creek Farm lawsuit is meritless, and a preview of Thursday's State of the City Address.

February 5, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On Second Amendment Sanctuary

Lienhoop begins his second term as mayor, Cummins begins layoffs, railway overpass under construction, riverfront project gets more design money, and the city takes over Otter Creek Golf Course.

January 29, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Nashville's Dax Norton As Town's Consultant, Tourism

We make our first visit to Nashville to visit with municipal operations consultant Dax Norton.

January 27, 2020

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Submit Your Questions For Nashville's 'Ask The Mayor'

Send us your questions or comments for Nashville's Municipal Consultant Dax Norton during Tuesday's interview.

January 21, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On Casino Smoking Policy, Live PD

Bennett says he's receiving positive feedback over A&E's 'Live PD' program, the city will have to address how the proposed casino enforces the city's smoking ban, and the relationship between the city and federal prison during executions.

January 15, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On First Amendment Rights, 4th Street Garage

Officials are working on an interlocal agreement for the convention center expansion, the city continues to fight for land to build the 4th Street Garage, and the mayor wants an income tax increase to combat climate change.

December 18, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Hamilton On Privatizing Market, Commissioner Clash

The city is looking for developers for the hospital site and a parcel of land next to Switchyard Park. Also, next year's Farmers' Market and the ongoing convention center expansion delays.

December 4, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus' Lienhoop On Election, S.R. 46 Overpass

Lienhoop talks about how he's held accountable despite the lack of a challenger in this year's election. Also updates on the S.R. 46 overpass, Fair Oaks Mall redevelopment, and conference center project.

November 26, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Kokomo Greg Goodnight's Final Show

Mayor Goodnight says good-bye after 12 years on "Ask The Mayor."

November 20, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Farmers' Market Mediation, Switchyard Park

The city's long-awaited Switchyard Park is officially open, elected leaders meet Thursday on how to move the convention expansion along, and the mayor says 'plexes' are key to more affordable housing.

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October 23, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Kokomo's Goodnight On Conference Center Developer, GM Strike

A GM strike update, the downtown conference center has a new developer, the ice rink returns to Municipal Stadium, and the mayor is wrapping up two months left in office.

October 16, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Housing Study, Car Charging Stations

The city should hear from a judge over the eminent domain hearing later this month, the mayor is presenting 2018 Greenhouse Gas Inventory report, and Switchyard Park is on track to open next month.

October 9, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Duke Bennett On Casino, Budget

Vigo Co. residents will be voting on the casino referendum, mayor, city council, and school referendum. Bennett also talks about the fifth straight balanced budget recently passed for 2020.

October 2, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On Overpass, Columbike

Railway overpass construction could begin in 8 weeks, the city salary ordinance goes to city council, and the city's bike share program Columbike will end this year.

September 25, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Kokomo's Goodnight On GM Strike, Vaping Bans

An update on Monday night's deadly shooting, the role of a Union President during a strike, IU Kokomo seeing record enrollment, and the mayor's last three months on the job.

September 17, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Convention Center Expansion, UDO

Officials met to discuss the financial footing of the convention center expansion project, the city's UDO is still under review with the plan commission, and a sewer rate increase is coming.

September 11, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On Casino Operator, Convention Center Impact

What the city is looking for in a casino operator, new jail renderings are out, next year's budget is submitted, Tiny Homes are being planned, and a new city marketing effort hopes to keep the city's population from decreasing.

September 4, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On Riverfront, Exhibit Columbus

The city is submitting permits to regulatory agencies to continue development of the riverfront, Exhibit Columbus is in full swing, and it's budget time.

August 28, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Kokomo's Greg Goodnight On Economy, Douglas School

Ivy Tech Kokomo and IU Kokomo are growing, the city is looking into acquiring the former Douglas School for city use, and more on the skirmish with the republican mayoral candidate.

August 21, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Farmers' Market Return, Budget Reviews

Attention turns to long term plans for the Farmers' Market, the city's 2020 budget is 8 percent higher, a grant gets the city a new electric bus, and the city responds on the convention center expansion memorandum.

August 14, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Duke Bennett On Budget Loan, YMCA Pool

More on the city's efforts to maintain a year-round pool, groundbreaking is set for the convention center project, and city council approves an internal loan to keep a balanced budget.

August 7, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On Farmers' Market, E-Scooters

The mayor says the city hasn't had to deal with alleged white supremacists vending at their market, the city is preparing for possible E-scooters, and a new transit study reveals the need for a new location for the transfer station.

July 24, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Kokomo's Goodnight On Championship Park

The city is working on rezoning land for a $86 million project called Championship Park, conference center build is going through some changes with a new developer, and Koko Go bike share program is underway.

July 17, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Convention Center Costs, Solar Panel Install

Updates on the Farmers Market vendor controversy, improperly installed solar panels, and the added cost of expanding the Monroe Convention Center.

July 10, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On Convention Center Delay, Casino Vote

The city Eva Kor called home is grieving over the loss of the Indiana legend, city officials are preparing for the casino referendum this fall, and the construction of the convention center is slightly delayed.

July 2, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On Flooding, Solar Power, E-cig Ban

Fourth of July holiday events, homeowner repair shop dispute, health officials urging an e-cig ban, and four developers are vying for the conference center project.

June 26, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Kokomo's Goodnight On Conference Center Developer, New Garage

The new conference center is a few months behind schedule due to a new developer and the city is paying cash to build a new downtown parking garage and retail space.

June 19, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Evening Ambassador, Farmers' Market

Hamilton says he expects a new memorandum of understanding between the city and county over the expansion of the convention center any day.

June 12, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On New Police Station, Casino Referendum

Mayor Bennett is 95 percent certain the Terre Haute casino referendum will be on this fall's ballot, convention center construction could begin in August, and the new police station should start going up this fall.

June 5, 2019

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On City Land Purchase, Railway Overpass

The city is purchasing land to entice development, plans for the railroad project are 95 percent complete, and the city hopes to have three to five proposals for a downtown conference center by the end of the week.

August 15, 2018

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington’s Hamilton On Convention Center, Housing

Students are returning for the start of another school year, the I-69 substantial completion date is pushed back, and more on the dispute between the city and county over the convention center hotel developer.

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