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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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June 9, 2021

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On Federal Benefits Withdrawl, Vaccination Cards

Bennett says he's not interested in showing vaccination cards for benefits, he agrees with the governor's decision to halt federal benefits to unemployed workers, and casino groundbreaking will most likely happen in July.

June 2, 2021

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus' Lienhoop On Reopening, Sewer Rate, FairOaks Mall Renaming

As COVID restrictions loosen, more buildings and places are opening. Human bones were discovered during sewer work. Sewer rate proposal heads to city council. And FairOaks Mall will soon be renamed.

May 26, 2021

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Nashville Municipal Consultant Dax Norton On COVID Rates, State Park Utility Expansion

Brown Co. is in the yellow cautionary state metric level, municipal buildings open June 1, the DNR is working with the town in providing water and sewer for Brown County State Park.

May 19, 2021

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Duplex Ordinance, Annexation, Parade

City loosens COVID restrictions, UDO duplex ordinance passes with compromise, all eyes turn to annexation procedures, and Bloomington's 4th of July parade will look different this year.

May 12, 2021

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On Vaccine Hesitancy, Convention Center Progress

Bennett says media and politicians should step aside and let non-vaccinated COVID residents consult their doctor. Convention center construction is on time and on budget, and officials are waiting for rescue plan money.

May 5, 2021

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On Vaccination Hesitancy, Airpark Campus

Bartholomew County is at the blue COVID metric level, vaccine hesitancy and variants could block herd immunity, 20-year-olds are contracting the most COVID cases, and a new gateway project is in the works.

April 28, 2021

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Ask The Mayor: Nashville Enforcing Business Restrictions, Water Sewer Infrastucture

The town is enforcing businesses that choose to continue mask mandates, water and sewer infrastructure tops the list of town needs.

April 21, 2021

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On COVID Metrics, Upzoning, And Your Questions

The mayor addresses COVID metrics, uptick in cases, Rescue Plan funding, herd immunity, senior citizen parking downtown, UDO zoning, IU's new president, and more.

April 14, 2021

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On Rescue Plan Funds, Threshold For Restrictions

Bennett agrees with Holcomb's loosening of COVID restrictions and says the city would need to see cases in the 30s before imposing local restrictions. And the city is getting $38 million in federal relief funding.

April 7, 2021

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On Extending Mask Mandate, Federal $8 Million Boost

Lienhoop says COVID rates would have to reach January levels to extend a public mask mandate, the city is just starting to look into spending the $8 million in federal relief funds, and police are still looking for the individual who left white supremacist graffiti downtown.

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March 10, 2021

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On A Year Of COVID, New Fairbanks Attraction

The mayor reflects on a year of COVID, the vaccination supply is still good, a new attraction at Fairbanks park is just getting started, and a casino groundbreaking could come in April.

March 3, 2021

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On Reaching Herd Immunity, Riverfront Project

Why Columbus had a head start on the coronavirus response, when Columbus could reach herd immunity, scheduling summer events, Riverfront project costs are going up, and Exhibit Columbus returns.

February 23, 2021

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Ask The Mayor: Nashville Zoning, New Utility Board, Tree Trimming

Winter storm woes, zoning permissions, new utility service, human rights committee approval, and who trims the trees coming into Nashville.

February 17, 2021

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On UDO Zoning Changes, Hospital Site Redevelopment

Plexes are more restricted after changes to the UDO amendment, city crews are working on getting secondary roads cleared, annexation is still on pause, and a structure design bill could hamper community standards.

February 10, 2021

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On Vaccination Progress, Another Casino Delay

COVID-19 vaccinations are moving along smoothly, prison cases are declining, the new casino groundbreaking could still be in a couple weeks, and the city laid out four Community Crossings projects.

February 3, 2021

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus' Lienhoop On New Vaccination Age Limit, Urban Grocer Development

The mayor is scheduled to get his vaccination Thursday, a COVID relief bill isn't a priority, and a new downtown development has plans for a new Bloomingfoods location.

January 26, 2021

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Nashville's Municipal Consultant Dax Norton On Tourist Boom During Pandemic

Dax Norton talks about his company's contract with the town of Nashville, the Brown County Music Center, COVID cases and forward thinking in the new year.

January 20, 2021

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Vaccine Availability, Seminary Park

Monroe County's COVID-19 positivity rate is the lowest in the state, vaccination roll-out is ongoing, and why the city continues to remove people experiencing homelessness from a city park.

January 13, 2021

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On Insurrection, Vaccine Distribution

Bennett says he isn't sure there are enough vaccinations for the number they need, he's watching for any TIF changes in this year's state legislative session, and renovations are underway on the new police station building.

January 6, 2021

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On COVID-19 Vaccinations, Urban Grocer

Vaccinations are underway to frontline responders, but not much information is coming from the state on next round scheduling. Lienhoop says state legislature shouldn't limit the Governor's emergency powers.

December 16, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On COVID Vaccine, Camping In City Parks

Despite a coronavirus vaccine and lower county positivity rates, Hamilton says there's still a long way to go. And we talk about the decision to enforce the prohibition of overnight camping in city parks by those experiencing homelessness.

December 9, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On Contracting COVID-19, Restrictions

Bennett says he experienced minor symptoms with no trouble breathing and was able to continue working from home.

December 2, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On COVID Hospital Spike, Downtown Development

Hospital room supply is low - and so is the amount of healthcare workers. Enforcing the mask mandate is still a challenge. And the city is moving forward on a number of downtown developments.

November 18, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On COVID Spike, Election

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations hit all time highs, the availability of quick testing before the holidays, timeline of the IU Health downtown Bloomington Hospital site plans, and UDO proceedings continue.

October 21, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Long Early Voting Lines, COVID Case Increases

Mayor Hamilton takes your questions on where COVID cases are originating, rapid test availability, religious service mask exceptions, early voting wait times, Halloween, canopy of lights celebration, and more.

October 14, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On Coronavirus Spike, Holiday Events

The federal prison in Terre Haute isn't to blame for the county's uptick in coronavirus cases, the governor is on the right track to the pandemic response, and the new city police station is on schedule.

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.

July 15, 2020

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Vauhxx Booker, Mandatory Masks

The farmers' market long time director is retiring, more racial-profiling is being reported, the mayor's evolving relationship with civil rights activist Vauhxx Booker, and how to enforce a mandatory mask ordinance.

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 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.

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.

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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