A city council mandate is more than just a hobby

A city council mandate is more than just a hobby

Has the interest in personal involvement in local politics become stronger or weaker?? That’s what we wanted to know from members of the five parties represented in the staffelstein city council – and also from the afd, which will be running for the first time with a city council list.

When asked if it has been difficult to find 24 candidates for the list for the city council election, winfried ernst (freie wahler) answers: "i have not had any difficulties in acquiring people. We are a broad-based grouping. It’s important to us to include all localities, to have a broadly diversified field of candidates, and to get older and younger people on the list."

Competent candidates wanted

Winfried ernst admits that, compared to the last municipal election six years ago, it has become a bit more difficult to get those candidates whose cooperation and expertise would be welcome. "Those you want to have, usually already have a lot around their ears", he says, but that does not mean filling up the list with just anyone. A certain amount of persuasion is required if one has the ambition to find the right people and persuade them to run for office.

Couple donates one million euros

Couple donates one million euros

The matthias and margrit wendel foundation was established in 2008 with a capital stock of 300,000 euros. The couple has now increased its capital to one million euros through endowments. In their wills, both have already stipulated that after their deaths, their remaining assets will also go to the foundation. The first donation was made to the kulmbach animal welfare association: 20,000 euros from the proceeds and another 6,000 euros as an additional private donation were handed over by the wendels to chairwoman gabriele folsche.
The 26,000 euros are earmarked for veterinary costs and will be enough to finance them for a year. "At first I could hardly believe that there are people who are so rude and think of us first", says the chairwoman. The club spent around 140,000 euros last year, while the grants from the local authorities amounted to only 17,000 euros. The difference must be covered by membership fees, donations and activities such as festivals and flea markets. "The grant from the foundation is a great help for us."

No children as heirs

Matthias wendel used to work as a lawyer in kulmbach and switched to business twelve years ago. Together with his wife, he is now an entrepreneur in the quarry industry. "We don't have any children and wanted to decide early on what to do with the money we earn", tells margrit wendel. For the 48-year-old, it is clear that overpriced luxury items are not a sensible investment: "why should we buy a car for 100,000 euros that we don't even need??"
Financing good deeds seems much more valuable to the couple. "It gives us pleasure to be able to decide for ourselves, as young donors with a temperament, who we support."

Ebern’s problem is the flat

Eckehard kiesewetter

the city of ebern wants to have more commercial space available soon. The loss of a business location that was thought to be safe has upset the mayor. In a press release distributed on tuesday, jurgen hennemann (SPD) reports that he has initiated a workshop of the city council members to discuss internally the future development possibilities of the business location. In the future, he said, "the principle should apply in all cases that no more commercial areas should be designated that are not owned by the city, so that the city can respond quickly to requests and designated flats are also sold." The planning and development of areas would also be worthwhile.

A disaster

The wind is blowing rougher in ebern – an election year is coming, the opposition is forming and SPD mayor jurgen hennemann has to dress warmer. In addition, it is now necessary to digest a defeat that has to do with meat (in bottles) and was allowed to lie in the stomachs of many members of the city council for some time to come.
The disaster surrounding the planned settlement of nutrition-solutions-gmbh has shown that the city is not sufficiently prepared for the settlement of new commercial enterprises. While the municipalities in the surrounding area are wooing investors with large, flat sites and, in some cases, better infrastructure, ebern has given up on a promising (sic!) investor spat in the protein soup.
The decisive factor for the withdrawal of the entrepreneur rolf stumpf was not only the debate about his building project. The problem lies deeper, as the mayor, who brought up several possible locations for the meat-in-bottle filling plant during the negotiations, had to realize. He could not offer a desired flat on a silver platter, as is possible in other municipalities.

Thyssenkrupp in crisis: high losses, poor prospects

thyssenkrupp in crisis: high losses, poor prospects

Thyssenkrupp still deep in the red under new chairman martina merz.

With a net loss of 372 million euros in the first three months of the current fiscal year, the steel and industrial group has already posted a higher loss than in the whole of the previous year, as the company announced on thursday.

Debt has risen sharply, equity is almost depleted. And no improvement is in sight for the time being. For the year as a whole, the essen-based company is expecting a significantly worse result than in 2018/19, which ended with a deficit of 260 million euros.

Groblangheim helps finance animal shelter

The new construction of the kitzingen animal shelter has occupied the city and county of kitzingen for years. This is also confirmed by a letter from the district association of the bavarian municipal association, which was read out by mayor karl hochner at the meeting of the groblangheim market town council on tuesday evening. The community of groblangheim is involved in financing the new building, which cost between 2.4 and 2.6 million. The decision to do so was unanimous.

Since the funds of the kitzingen animal welfare association are not sufficient and the municipalities are responsible for lost and found animals, which are then handed over to the animal shelter, the district association of municipalities agreed in february of this year to co-finance the new home, since there would be a coverage gap of about 1.5 million euros, after the district council promised a grant of 300,000 euros. To close the funding gap with a 20-year loan, an annual fee from the municipalities is necessary. After 70 cents per inhabitant had been paid to the animal shelter as a rule in the past, an amount of 1.5 to 1.7 euros now had to be paid, according to the suggestion of the district association.

Final per-capita amount not yet determined

The groblangheim council voted unanimously to contribute proportionately to the repayment and the interest burden yet to be determined, which is why the final amount of the per capita burden could not be disclosed. "This is a balanced method of payment, which does not overburden the municipalities and also leaves a certain margin", the mayor stated.