After the election defeat last year, Großweil's ex-mayor Manfred Sporer had to take another blow.
The local council refused him honorary citizenship - despite an 18-year term in office.
One can only speculate about the background.
- Actually, as you can hear, it should be a surprise for the 60th birthday of the former town hall chief.
But it backfired.
The CSU village community had submitted an application to the Großweiler municipal council to appoint former mayor Manfred Sporer an honorary citizen.
However, the committee said “No” in a closed session - a decent watschn for CSU man Sporer, who had lost the mayoral election in 2020 against his challenger Frank Bauer (Free Voting Association).
Request from four local councils
Right at the beginning of the municipal council meeting, Bauer informed about the delicate decision. With a few words he closed the subject again to move on to the next item on the agenda. The reasons for the rejection remained in the dark. He is not allowed to speak about the consultation and the discussion, only to announce the decision, says Bauer, referring to the fact that it is not public. But a look at the CSU village community application, signed by the municipal councilors Markus Luidl, Dr. Johann Kirner, Stefanie Promberger and Horst Piller can of course be thrown. The reasoning states that Sporer, who was in charge of the town hall for three terms of office, “rendered outstanding services to the well-being of the citizens and the reputation of the place”. Then follows a list of major projects that were realized in his time,for example the new crib building, a local model, the recreational home extension, the new fire station, the acquisition of communal storage areas and the hydropower project on the Rauen Rampe.
The balance of power in the Großweiler municipal council is clear: The FWG has eight seats plus a mayor's vote. For the four CSU village councils who had introduced the proposal, the appointment of Sporer as an honorary citizen seemed only logical. "We would like to point out that the two predecessors (18 years in office) were also made honorary citizens," says the paper that was received by the Ohlstadt administrative community on March 1st. With the award, Sporer would have followed his predecessors in office: Josef Burkart (1966 to 1984) and Franz Xaver Wild (1984 to 2002) were made honorary citizens like the clergy, Pastor Josef Stadler.
According to Article 16 of the Municipal Code, “municipalities can make people who have rendered outstanding services to them honorary citizens”.
Details are not regulated.
The CSU village community cannot explain the process - and poses a number of questions in a statement.
It is suggested that aspects such as “personal animosity, resentment or even envy of individual council members of the Free Voting Community” could have played a role.
"Speculations have a wide range to choose from here," it says.
Disappointment at Sporer
In any case, Sporer cannot hide his disappointment. “I would have been delighted,” he says, referring to the lost honorary citizen title. After all, he has achieved a lot in the 18 years - not only the flagship projects mentioned, but also improvements to the infrastructure. Sporer also suspects “human” motives. Some representatives of the political competition may not have granted him this award.
Sporer's successor, Bauer, comments dryly on the delicate matter. "In our case, the former mayor Sporer did his job as mayor, for which he was also financially rewarded," he explains. Looking at the major projects listed in the application, Bauer says that "the nine points listed by the CSU village community for an 18-year term of office are not sufficient for such a special honor". Bauer does not fail to mention that Sporer was awarded the title of former mayor in the summer of last year. "And he was proposed by me for the Communal Merit Medal," adds Bauer, who, according to his own account, "tried to ensure a dignified and honorable transition" when changing office.