A special production of Comcast Newsmakers from the Accelerate Indiana Municipalities Idea Summit at the Old National Events Center in Evansville, Indiana.  The annual summit features local officials from across the state as they visit together in exchange of development ideas, economic success and needs.

This segment highlights the city of Greendale from Mayor Alan Weiss. Hosted by Taylor Bennett. Part 1 of 1.

Read a partial transcript of the interview here:

Bennett: Tell me about your city.

Weiss: We are a beautiful, tree city in southeastern, Indiana. We have a population of about 4500. We have 7 parks.

Bennett: You’ve been working on something for a while and it looks like it is finally going to happen…curbside recycling.

Weiss: It’s a very good thing. When I was campaigning this one of the issues many people brought to my attention. It was a very complicated issue to do in our city but we worked very hard. We applied for an IDEM grant and were awarded $42,000 to put toward our curbside recycling program; we’re hoping to start in spring of 2018.

Bennett: What were residents doing before/

Weiss: Currently, people take their recycling to one location and put it into the county recycling containers. But they had to separate it, take it there themselves. We will be giving every resident 65 or 96 gallon container on wheels. They’ll put it to their curb and taken once a week.

Bennett: You said that was one of your campaign issues, what else would you like to have done as mayor?

Weiss: I never make promises because you just never know what you can keep. We’re adding bicycle lanes on Ridge Ave. as a speed control method. We’ve got online bill pay coming, that was something citizens wanted. We have a new website and will tweak that in the coming year to make it even better. The list of concerns was long and little by little we’re taking care of them. I never really had a platform when I was running for mayor. I felt the city was being run pretty good as it was. The list of things from citizens became my platform.

Bennett: is that why you wanted to become mayor?

Weiss: I felt I could do that. That list from the citizens of Greendale became the incentive. It was something as simple as moving a light that was directed toward a flag but it was shining in one of the resident’s windows.

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