War memorial: Irschenberg municipal council lets the mayor rebuff
Created: 12/27/2022, 5:28 p.m
By: Dieter Dorby
From the church to the neighboring gymnasium: the Irschenberg municipal council supported the wish of the warriors' and veterans' association.
The county road is not a suitable place for commemoration.
© Max Kalup
A good ten years have passed since the first attempt to move the war memorial from its place at the church of St. Johann, directly on the district road MB 1, over to the free wall of the gymnasium.
Now the decision has been made – although a front against Mayor Klaus Meixner (CSU) was necessary.
That had happened: In the most recent meeting of the Irschenberg municipal council, the transfer was to be finalized after years of planning, but Meixner wanted to put the issue on hold again.
The topic should be taken off the agenda right from the start with the justification that “there is still a need for discussion”.
The result was a lack of understanding in the plenum.
"Klaus, with all my love, but I see no reason to postpone the decision again," replied Klaus Waldschütz (independent).
However, Meixner's reaction ("let's vote") backfired: the entire panel voted against him.
"Need for discussion" not specified
When the point was then regularly due, Meixner also did not go into the reasons for the need for discussion.
Rather, he reminded of the existing need for renovation of the monument, which must be repaired in any case - "regardless of where it is".
However, nothing stands in the way of the relocation - the district office and monument protection have already given their approval.
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However, there are still concerns.
"There are two different opinions," Meixner explained.
"Those who say the monument shouldn't be moved.
And others who say you can't stand in front of the memorial because of the street.” The former believe that the memorial belongs to the church and that over by the gymnasium there is a danger that “children will scramble on it”.
That was advised umpteen times.
"So I wanted it to be public, so that people would be involved."
Broad approval for new location
However, the municipal council members saw no reason to reject the transfer – on the contrary.
"I like that, I think it's bearish," said Franz Nirschl (FWG Irschenberg).
"The time has come to put a tick on the subject."
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Waldschütz rated it positively, "as a community to draw attention to the war".
For Margarete Stöger (FWG Niklasreuth), the monument does not have to be in the church: "On the day of commemoration it is better in the gym than on the street."
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Kathleen Ellmeier (FWG Reichersdorf) advocated the timely implementation of the project, which was already included in the 2022 budget with 25,000 euros.
In a second step, an explanation board should be attached to the monument.
"That will enhance the town center."
"That's where the monument belongs"
Third Mayor Tom Niggl (CSU) considered the monument to be appropriate in a visible place, "because they defended our homeland".
Regina Gruber (FWG Irschenberg), on the other hand, admitted that she was also "shocked" when she first heard about it.
"But at second glance I realized: That's where the monument belongs." And Marinus Waldschütz (FWG Reichersdorf) said: "The monument belongs in the middle:"
In the subsequent vote, Florian Kirchberger (FDP/Active Citizens) was the only one who voted against moving the war memorial.
As justification, he referred to his statements in the non-public preliminary consultation for this public municipal council meeting - a long-standing practice in Irschenberg, which, as is well known, is not covered by the municipal code.
Perhaps there was already broad agreement behind closed doors and Meixner's "need for discussion" arose.