Four of Michiana’s mayors got together on Sunday to answer questions from the public on WNIT’s show “Politically Speaking.”
Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Alan Kauffman of Goshen, Dick Moore of Elkhart, and Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood sat around the table to discuss everything from bike lanes and violence, to what it means to be a mayor.
According to Buttigieg, being a mayor is like having two jobs at once: running a city government well while simultaneously setting a tone to get citizens to become engaged in their community.
Part of the job also involves giving the people what they want, which in many areas is bike lanes. Mayor Wood said bike lanes are on the agenda, but that they are looking at it from the “perspective of safety.” He says he is concerned that painting lanes into main thoroughfares would invite children into these lanes which eventually end at busy intersections.
Buttigieg talked about working in conjunction with the other mayors to bring more businesses to the Michiana area.
”We're competing in a world where people don't care about the difference between Goshen, Elkhart, Mishawaka, we really will rise and fall as a region and that's why as a new mayor it’s such a pleasure to be working with counterparts who get it and who understand why we may be in a tug of war, we're all in this together,” said Buttigieg.
Speaking of working together, Dick Moore raised concern over tax phase ins to resolve the issue of unemployment.
“Our Common Council was approving tax phase ins, but I’m looking at that, do we want to continue to offer phase ins for jobs like that,” said Moore.
Buttigieg addressed the recent formation of the city’s anti-violence commission, saying he hopes this summer will not be like the violence-filled summer of 2012.