Horse wine. Rosefiner is not unconcerned about who might be at the helm of town for the next seven years. For the electoral forum organized by the Forum for the Future, the voters had some questions in their bags.
Prior to this, moderators Constanze Cyrnik and Alexej Vancl asked applicants for their views on citizen participation, district participation, sustainability and public transport, business development, and how young people could be persuaded to stay in Roswin.
The questions were asked by the mayoral candidates: Hubert Passer (DUP), Jens Tamke (AfD), Peter Krause (D-Link), Christina Gebhardt (SPD), Nicole Buettner (one candidate), Franco Lyman (FDP) and Robin Grimm (FDP) (one candidate).
They only had two minutes to respond. The applicants were able to prepare themselves for some of the questions asked at the outset. On others – like audience questions – no.
How do you feel about the youth center?
Hubert Bacher: The future of the youth center does not fail because of funding. The position has been announced.
Tamaki’s sex: Roßweiner guys need a place to meet. If it is for this youth center, it must also be politically neutral.
Peter Krause: Today is the first time I’ve heard that the terms of the framework are not right. To change that, we have to come together. I’m afraid the youth center won’t be around sooner or later. Offer must be secured.
Christina Gebhardt: I will continue to support the Youth Center, but involve more generations and make more shows for different groups. I’m thinking of an old people’s café.
Nicole Butner: The youth center deserves support. It is a meeting point for young people.
Franco Lehmann: I am a member of the youth club. There is nothing else to be said about it.
Robin Grimm: The youth center deserves to be preserved. The reasons for the invalidity of the framework terms must be investigated.
Would you like to support the “Welcome to Roßwein” alliance?
Hubert Bacher: Practical assistance is provided every day at Roßwein. We have to give people a chance. But we also have to be able to deal with negative experiences. I support the alliance.
Tamaki’s sex: We have to think about where the refugees could reasonably live. Homes that were available years ago are no longer owned by the city.
Peter Krause: We must support all refugees. Many Roßweiners who support the Alliance’s work with donations see this as the case. This means that assistance can be provided in a short time and without bureaucracy.
Christina Gebhardt: Of course I support the alliance. Refugees must be helped unbureaucratically.
Nicole Butner: The Alliance is great and does a good job.
Franco Lehmann: For me, supporting them is a matter of responsibility.
Robin Grimm: The alliance is a sign that we welcome refugees. It’s not about talking, it’s about processing.
How do you want to encourage citizens to enroll in the fire service?
Hubert Bacher: Where the community works, the fire brigade also works. The city may be able to mobilize people for this volunteer work by making available modern technology. In any case, the problem should be worked out more seriously.
Tamaki’s sex: We can do a good job with the youth fire brigade. When young people start apprenticeships, they are gone by now.
Peter Krause: We don’t need to mess around there: there are no guys. This is not going to change any time soon. We are ready to introduce modern technology. But when we order a fire truck in Germany today, it takes years for the vehicle to be delivered and ready to use.
Christina Gebhardt: The allure of firefighters begins with youth service. The city’s job is to give the fire department what it needs. I have already asked if I should apply to become a firefighter. But at the Roßweiner Wehr, there is no longer a locker for me. The shortage of personnel is most acute in the local defense forces.
Nicole Butner: The problem of losing firefighters cannot be solved quickly. We need someone from the fire brigade with a bite who can inspire others to volunteer.
Franco Lehmann: Fire protection is a mandatory task of the city. If necessary, men can also be committed to the fire service.
Robin Grimm: The fire department is an important issue. People should be inspired to volunteer. Great emphasis should be placed on youth work.
Should farmland and green spaces also be built?
Hubert Bacher: Agricultural land must be used to grow food. This is not always the case in the region. Many fruits are used to produce energy. If it becomes necessary to allocate a new living space, then this should be done not only in new areas, but also in areas of demolished buildings.
Tamaki’s sex: The arable land for plowing. It is not right to build solar gardens on them. In any case, they do not supply electricity at night, and we in Germany are not yet in a position to store this energy. Green settlements must be prevented.
Peter Krause: It is no longer possible to build on a green field. We have enough sliver areas to be able to offer suitable land for those who want to build. We need farmland. It also must not be sealed with solar panels. This is complete nonsense.
Christina Gebhardt: I am also against the cultivation of arable land. However, we must think about the places where we can offer construction sites. If we want more people in Roßwein again, we have to make shows.
Nicole Butner: I am against the cultivation of arable land. We have enough potential in the city and regions. In this way, gaps can be closed or old houses renovated. I don’t want new residential areas. But there are many homes in the city that can be renovated. We have to make it attractive to interested parties.
Franco Lehmann: Anyone who has ever searched for a plot of land in the Roßwein region will find few. And if so, it is less attractive. We need to build the land to be fun for the people who want to live here. However, these areas should not be in the field, but existing areas can be treated and used accordingly. What we urgently need is a downtown concept.
Robin Grimm: The agricultural areas must remain so and the farmers must cultivate them as well. We should use the areas that we have, as well as the areas. However, this is not easy as there are again many regulations, eg for outdoor areas.
Are there considerations for bypassing Roßwein?
Hubert Bacher: The latter traffic concept assumes that there is no traffic through Roßwein. But at that time there was more industry in Roßwein. Some people didn’t have to work outside. The situation has changed with the development of the Berbersdorf industrial area. But there are no new concepts yet.
Franco Lehmann: Only when there is the first real traffic jam in Roßwein will we discuss overtaking. I am in favor of turning the state road in the Roßwein district into zone 30, and possibly even the entire city area. How are people supposed to be able to shop in stores when danger lurks behind them?
Peter Krause: Before anyone spends a euro on a detour, trucks will likely be banned on a state road. In 1990, we once thought of a bypass. But then we still have 5,500 jobs in the city. We, as a municipality, do not play any role in making decisions to change the location of state roads. Overtaking is an illusion.
Five candidates were nominated by one party. How do you intend to assert their interests?
Hubert Bacher: We have always done it this way: it does not matter which party we belong to, we work for the good of the city, and the party ideology is excluded.
Tamaki’s sex: You have allowed me to nominate the party whose ideas are closest to mine. Voters can now put everything in one hand, from the mayor to the county manager, to have a tangle up to the federal level. this is important.
Peter Krause: The city council’s biggest controversy revolves around things that come from above, like custody contributions. We are bound by many requirements. Otherwise, we do for the city what the budget allows.
Christina Gebhardt: Although I was nominated by the SPD, I was still not partisan. I would support the town of Roßwein, and there are rules for that.
Nicole Butner: As a single candidate, the question does not concern me much. However, good cooperation with all parties is important to me. Because the mayor is only one of 18 city councilors and we can only make a difference together.
Franco Lehmann: I think the question is perfectly legitimate. Belonging to a party, in my case to the Liberal Democrats, shapes us and reflects a position and will certainly have an impact on questions of content.
Robin Grimm: I don’t belong to any party, but I do want to take sides – to those who need help, to those who feel left out.
The organizers asked candidates to bring a distinctive feature of the candidate’s position.
- cup full of water It is for Hubert Paßehr a symbol of how normal many things are for most people. It always shows that there are two perspectives: the glass is half full or half empty.
- broom Tamke’s gender selection. It should symbolize two things: New brooms sweep well. W: It should be completely overwhelmed.
- sledgehammerWith him was Peter Krause. As a spring maker, he had to hit hard with such a tool.
- Work tape and gloves The souvenirs were from Christina Gebhardt. Masking tape as a symbol of cohesion you wish across the board, and work gloves to tackle things.
- small wooden heart It symbolizes Nicole Buettner’s love for her hometown Rosswin.
- Historical post and photo Franco Lehmann had brought von Rosswin with him. “The prism helps me see what’s around the corners,” Lyman says. The historical image of the Carl Wolff factory helps him to keep his goal in mind: to boost the economy.
- His trombone Robin Grimm was with him. In order to derive joyful tones from the instrument, tact is required. It is not always easy to strike a balance between harmony and rhythm. It is no different in the city.