Auburn Mayor talks new projects such as BMX park and downtown improvements

AUBURN, Ind. (WANE) — New tasks are popping up all above Auburn. Final year the town begun much more than 40 initiatives. Even even though the pandemic transformed how men and women achieved and interacted with every other in 2020, the metropolis held much more than 1,500 meetings.

In his second year as mayor, Michael Ley suggests he has no ideas to sluggish down.

“It was an amazing year to be the mayor of this community,” Mayor Michael Ley explained. “We are operating really hard to sustain and enhance what we have. We were psyched about last 12 months but we are extremely fired up about this calendar year.”

Presently, there are numerous jobs in various phases that Ley hopes will be useful to the Auburn group and bring extra folks to the metropolis.

Citywide Movement:

The Citywide Movement is one of several initiatives that begun in 2020. Nonetheless, do the pandemic the job went digital.

“It’s not definitely about bricks and mortar it is about what can we do to enable our people,” Ley explained. “It’s about bringing jointly the distinct teams in our community, whether or not that’s training, organization, nonprofits, churches, or federal government. We are functioning in a unified way to assistance systemic troubles in our local community.”

In Auburn, the systemic problems consist of mental health issues, dependancy, abuse, poverty, and homelessness. The group’s goal is to work collectively to brainstorm and occur up with strategies to assistance tactical the concerns and support residents. By coming jointly Ley suggests the group and collaborate and learn about what systems are in spot to support and come up with other ideas to support citizens battling.

“We are locating out that a great deal of the businesses maybe really don’t know what the other business seriously does or how they operate,” Ley said. “We are all performing on these problems independently so how much much more could we achieve if we mixed our resources and work alongside one another.”

Ley hopes that the motion will choose up steam and the group will be equipped to fulfill in greater groups as COVID begins to subside.

Downtown Small business:

Walking all around the square in downtown Auburn is challenging to overlook the building at the corner of 7th Street and Cedar Road.

Credent Wealth Management, a neighborhood community that provides money and estate setting up providers, is presently setting up a new corporate headquarters.

The new three-story workplace setting up will 30 thousand sq. toes. The initially flooring will dwelling retail space with business office place on the upper concentrations.

The proposed creating site would occupy what now are four independently owned a lot and a few buildings will be taken out. Ley states the building is a welcome addition to downtown and the city’s economic system.

It’s anticipated that the constructing will be comprehensive and the business enterprise open the to start with quarter of 2022.

Feral Cat Administration:

As Auburn continues to grow, so does the populace. Even so, area leaders are hoping to shrink the cat population.

“We really do not want to get to the level wherever we have a feral cat concern,” Ley mentioned. “People really care about the animals but we obtained to retain the inhabitants under regulate.”

This calendar year the city will get started the TNR Plan if not regarded as the Trap/Neuter/Launch: Feral Cat Management Method. The program is real to its title. The county humane culture will go out, lure cats, have them neutered and then launch them back again on the streets.


A job continuing into the new yr is the metropolis sidewalk and household replacement software. The intention is to help exchange and extend the city’s sidewalks. Late very last 12 months the town gained a shock donation from a community businessman. The money will go toward a matching grant plan for town sidewalks.

BMX Park:

In Sept. 2020 the city open the new Eckhart Skate Park. The park was transformed from an outdated pool. Ley states that the park has been a ‘huge hit’ but consider it could be much better.

“We’ve created what we simply call Skate Park 2.,” Ley stated. “We are heading to insert a dust monitor to the skate park. A person exactly where you can get your BMX bike on.”

The racetrack will have jumps and turns and other capabilities for people to use. Also becoming included is the principal entrance and seating areas where by families and spectators can sit and enjoy.

The undertaking is in it’s final design and style section and is currently wanting for funding.

Tasks to come:

The largest grievance the mayor’s office gained final year experienced to offer with targeted traffic and streets. Most of the issues surround Point out Street 8 and acquiring stuck by railroads.

Condition Highway 8 runs via the metropolis of Auburn. The metropolis is doing the job with the Indiana Department of Transportation to assistance with the expanding targeted traffic problems with citizens.

South of city railroads has led to a feasibility analyze for a railroad overpass. The effects of the examine and wherever the overpass will be created are scheduled to be launched in the next few months.

Mayor Ley claims that however announcements are coming this yr, development won’t start off right until mid to late 2020s.

“These are two significant points the group has been crying out for many years and many years and a long time and they are lastly in movement,” Ley stated.

During the interview with WANE 15, Mayor Ley hinted that there are numerous tasks in the works that would be unveiled in the approaching 12 months.