DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) – Every month, News 18 This Morning invites a local mayor to appear on its Mayor Monday segment. Delphi’s Randy Strasser was the May subject for Mayor Monday. Strasser, a Democrat, is currently serving his second term as the mayor of the town of roughly 3,000.
A lot has happened in the Carroll County town in the past two years. The opening of the Hoosier Heartland Highway has bridged the gap between Lafayette and Logansport by taking drivers around the town of Delphi when previously they had to drive through it. While some were initially concerned business in Delphi would suffer, Strasser said it’s been mostly a positive thing.
“We’ve seen a pretty drastic reduction in the amount of traffic,” said Strasser. “A lot of truck traffic has been reduced in the downtown area…It’s easier for pedestrians to get around. We think it’s a positive fashion – less congestion in the downtown area.”
In 2012, Delphi was awarded a Stellar Communities grant and received more that $17 million in the process. That money was divided into several projects including the renovation of the Delphi Opera House and revitalizing the town’s downtown area. News 18 This Morning asked Mayor Strasser about the current stages of the opera house.
He replied, “The opera house is in the final stages of the bid. We hope to have that actually by the end of this month. Construction will possibly start maybe within 60 to 90 days after that. So, by August-September, we should see some activity on it.”
News 18 This Morning also opened the floor to our Facebook followers to see if anyone had a question for the mayor. Several people inquired about the possibility of some sort of community or activity center for young people.
“Things that we’re trying to do with the recreational department is making that [activities for young people] more of a seasonal type thing,” Strasser explained. “When schools out, being able to provide programs that get the teenagers and some of the youth in the community active in different things…Look for those in the summer and into the fall.”
As for the immediate future, Mayor Strasser said residents can expect construction, adding that work will begin on the northern part of the Gateway trail within the next week and a half.
Click on the video for the complete interview with Mayor Strasser. The mayor for next month’s edition of Mayor Monday will be Rensselear’s Stephen Wood on Monday, June 2.