Mayor Pete Buttigieg joins 16 Morning News to discuss hot topics

South Bend, Ind. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg joined us on 16 Morning News Wednesday to discuss about the latest happenings in South Bend.

Wiretapping Settlement

On Tuesday, the city announced it reached a settlement in the wiretapping case. Click here for the full story.

Wednesday morning, Buttigieg said the money in the settlement will come from a self-insurance fund the city has for legal claims.

“This moves us much closer to closure. This is about saving taxpayer money and it’s about allowing our community to begin to move on. So having an opportunity to bring two of these legal actions to a close was a good opportunity for the city," Buttigieg said. "We are a community that’s got a lot of challenges and a lot of opportunities in front of us and the sooner we can put this chapter behind us, the better off our whole city is going to be.”

Regarding the tapes and whether they will be released, the mayor said it isn't up to him.

"It’s up to a federal judge, so the council and the administration are both before federal court asking them to clear up this legal question," Buttigieg said. "And I think that’s going to be the key thing that’s going to allow all of us, one way or the other, to be able to move forward.”

Youth Task Force

The mayor says he often meets young people who want to get more involved with the city and wants to bring them into the conversation.

"So we're starting up a youth task force, we're taking applications right now," Buttigieg said. "We're trying to assemble a broad range of students who are going to come together, meet every month, and help us think about different issues, talk about what they think is important."

They're looking for high school students in 9th-12th grade that live in South Bend. To learn more about applying, click here.

Passport to Play

The December "Passport to Play" event at Howard Park in South Bend was rescheduled to Thursday, Dec. 19. starting at 6 p.m. due to severe cold weather last week. It is a free event for families.

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