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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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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.

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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.

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.

November 13, 2019

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

Bennett looks forward to his fourth term in office after a close election night, the casino proposal takes another step forward, and the downtown conference center undergoes some design changes.

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.

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