Setback for Beuting: the municipal council will decide in the future on the formation of working groups
Created: 05/21/2022, 18:37
By: Roland Lory
Place of the dispute: the Murnau town hall.
In the future, the Murnau municipal council will decide whether working groups will be formed.
The main management committee has spoken out in favor of this.
This is a defeat for Mayor Rolf Beuting.
– A tight program was planned for the mobility working group.
14 dates were planned until June 2023.
Some of the Murnau municipal councils were to talk about "Mobility in Murnau 2030" and "concept modules".
The whole thing was intended as an offer to the parliamentary groups to develop their view of future mobility and the preferred ways to get there.
But Mayor Rolf Beuting (ÖDP/Bürgerforum), who installed the working group, faced opposition from the municipal council.
Phillip Zoepf, parliamentary group spokesman for Mehr Move, suggested that future working groups could only be formed by a municipal council decision.
"I would rather not have submitted the application," he emphasized at the meeting of the Main Administrative Committee.
The initiative was born “out of necessity”.
Because Zoepf did not like the fact that the mayor simply created a new working group on his own initiative.
"The municipal council gives work orders and not the mayor to the municipal council," he emphasized.
The committee members are aware “that the activity of the municipal council is associated with work.
It's about how a working group is brought into being".
The administration recommended a different approach than the one suggested by Zoepf: according to the town hall, commissions should not be set up in principle to prepare important issues that are finally to be dealt with in the municipal council.
The concept of working group/commission brought CSU parliamentary group spokesman Rudolf Utzschneider onto the scene, who felt reminded of the "hidden camera".
But there is a difference.
The members of a commission must be appointed by the municipal council, so that participation is generally obligatory.
In working groups it is voluntary.
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Apart from that, it was about the money.
Because Zoepf had also suggested a decision "that the municipal council be given the opportunity to decide in individual cases whether an expense allowance for working group meetings is paid out".
He sees this as a possible control element to curb the inflationary number of working groups.
Michael Manlik, spokesman for the ÖDP/citizens' forum, was against it.
Additional funds for the elected representatives would “not go down well with the population”.
Veronika Jones (Greens), on the other hand, found: "We spend many hours in order to be able to fill out our mandate." In some cases, this is a "second full-time job".
An expense allowance is therefore “not an enrichment”, but a “compensation.
It's right that we get something for it.” Manlik then raised the question of whether the citizens who sit in a working group also receive money.
"Nobody answered that here."
In the end, the main committee decided, with Beuting dissenting, that a working group could only be established by a resolution of the municipal council.
In addition, it was decided that the councilors would receive 50 euros per meeting attended for the necessary participation in meetings of the market town council, a committee or a working group (votes against: Beuting, Manlik).
The councils rejected an individual decision, as brought into play by More Movement.
Only Reiner Oppelt (moving more) was in favor.
The municipal council has the final say in the matter.
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