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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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October 7, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On Early Voting, Overpass Opening, Halloween

A steady line of Columbus voters cast their ballot at FairOaks Mall Tuesday, the city celebrated the opening of the railroad overpass, and Halloween should go on as scheduled with extra precautions.

September 23, 2020

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Municipal Consultant: Is It Time For Nashville To Have A Paid Fire Department?

Merchants and eateries are preparing for an influx of tourists as autumn approaches. After a recent downtown fire, Nashville's consultant says the town needs to determine if it's time for a paid fire department.

September 16, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Coronavirus Recovery, Tax Increase Vote

The mayor speaks on the state of the coronavirus recovery effort, Big Ten Football possibly starting, and why a local income tax increase is needed during a pandemic.

September 9, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On Voting By Mail, City Budget, Positivity Rate

Indiana State University continues to test students and staff for COVID-19, Bennett has mixed feelings about voting by mail, and the coronavirus tax hit hasn't been as hard on the city budget as thought.

September 2, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On Hospitalization Spike, Mail-In Voting, Too Many Golf Courses

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Columbus reached record highs last week, unemployment is hurting the community, the city is creating a safe voting center at Fair Oaks Mall, and officials are still grappling with how to fund the city's golf courses.

August 26, 2020

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Consultant Says Nashville COVID-19 Rates Low, Shops Need To Stay Open As Fall Season Looms

Brown County COVID-19 rates are trending low, school is open with a majority of in person classes, the Brown County Music Center is being used as a multi-purpose facility, and the town's master sewer project is up for public input.

August 19, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Tax Increase, Pandemic Budget, IU Move-In

How IU students will affect Monroe County's COVID-19 totals, why propose a tax increase during a recession, how much of the budget reserves is the city using for pandemic relief, and an extended broadband effort update.

August 12, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On ISU Reopening, COVID-19 Uptick, Convention Center Plans

Students are moving back to Indiana State, positive COVID-19 cases are going up, the proposed Rocksino is on track for a groundbreaking this fall, and the mayor says the convention industry will recover.

August 4, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On Masks, Budget, Railroad Overpass

Motorists will soon be able to drive both ways over the new railroad overpass, school reopening is the mayor's number one concern during the pandemic, and about 90 percent of Columbus residents are wearing masks.

July 22, 2020

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Municipal Consultant Says Nashville Split On Mandatory Masks

This week we speak with Nashville's Municipal Consultant on COVID-19 case increases, the debate over mandatory masks, the current mask ordinance, a new drive-through testing site, and master sewer plans.

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July 8, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On SummerFest, Social Climate

SummerFest is scheduled as planned on Friday despite concerns of the pandemic. Planning is in full swing as ISU students return next month. And the city is planning for protesters in response to next week's federal executions.

July 1, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On Reopening, Social Justice

The city will most likely follow Governor Holcomb's final stage of reopening this weekend if the state stays on its plan. The downtown conference center and Fair Oaks Mall redevelopment are on hold.

June 24, 2020

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Nashville's Municipal Consultant On Social Justice, Shops Reopening

Nashville's town consultant talks about the social justice rally Saturday, grant distribution for small businesses, late utility fees being waived, and shops reopening.

June 17, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Systemic Racism, IU Reopening

More on the city's response to the 'Enough Is Enough' protests and rallies, systemic racism, Farmers' Market inclusion committee resignations, IU's reopening plan, and your questions.

June 10, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On Protests Affecting Change, ISU Reopening

The city had several days of protest with few arrests, all police should have body cams by the end of the year, and the Vigo County casino should be up and running by the end of 2021.

May 27, 2020

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Nashville's Municipal Consultant On Reopening Brown Co., TIF District Expansion

Nashville Municipal Consultant Dax Norton joins us through Zoom to talk about loosening restrictions, the town's budget facing a drop in revenue, and an expansion of a tax district.

May 20, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Reopening, Answers Your Questions

An update on the city's response to the coronavirus pandemic, metrics and plans to reopen, testing, and your questions. This week's show was done on Zoom and streamed on Facebook Live.

May 13, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On Reopening, Dropping Revenues

Mayor Bennett joins us for the first time during the pandemic to talk about his reopening plan, why positive cases are lower than expected, and how city revenues will affect the budget.

May 6, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On Coronavirus Testing Numbers, Restrictions

Lienhoop says the number of people tested for the coronavirus is much higher than the state is reporting. Columbus is following the state guidelines for reopening, and a state testing site opens Wednesday.

April 22, 2020

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Nashville's Municipal Consultant On Pandemic Response, Economic Recovery

Brown County's COAD group says its hotline has taken more than 150 calls about what to do if feeling ill and how to get assistance for food.

April 15, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton, Coronavirus Update, Market Lawsuit Response

This week we Facebook Live with Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton and get updates on the coronavirus crises and take your questions.

April 14, 2020

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31 Bloomington Businesses Have Completed Applications For Loan From City Fund

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton says 31 local businesses have completed an application for a loan from the city since funds became available last week.

March 25, 2020

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Town Consultant: Nashville Under Excellent Leadership During Coronavirus Pandemic

Nashville Municipal Consultant Dax Norton joins us through social media to talk about the town's response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the impact on the economy, and where Brown County residents can go for help.

March 18, 2020

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Bloomington's Mayor: Coronavirus Testing Has Been 'Huge Failure'

More from Bloomington's John Hamilton on coronavirus city response, medical contingencies, small business worries, state and federal assistance, and more.

March 11, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On Coronavirus, Parking Ordinance

Terre Haute is working with city staff and other officials over the coronavirus pandemic, the city is still looking for future convention center parking, and Bennett follows up with the NAACP concerns over the 'Live PD' TV show.

March 4, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On Coronavirus, State Of City

The city receives a second request to become a Second Amendment Sanctuary, city officials begin to prepare for a coronavirus outbreak, and Lienhoop prepares for his fifth State of the City Address.

February 26, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Nashville's Norton On Noise Ordinance, Strategic Direction

Updates on town council meetings over creating an utility service board, adjusting the town noise ordinance, and more on developing a brand for a tourist town that would like to attract more residents.

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.

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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