Joining the MVV and building a new district office: This is coming to the district in 2023
Created: 01/02/2023, 10:00 am
By: Stephen Hank
One district, many topics: Joining the MVV and thus improving public transport services are also on the agenda, as is visitor management in the mountains.
Our recording was made in Neuhaus.
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Various challenges will keep the district administrator and administration busy in 2023.
One of the bigger events is likely to be joining the MVV.
– Actually, the district administrator hopes only one thing: that there will be no new major crises.
Because the corona pandemic and most recently the Ukraine war, according to Olaf von Löwis (CSU), have placed great demands on the district and tied up human resources that are lacking elsewhere.
In 2023 he himself is in the middle of his first and, due to his age, his last term in office and hopes to continue to advance many of the projects that are already in place or that he has initiated.
"I would like to leave something behind," emphasizes the 68-year-old.
The refugee problem is currently tying up a lot of work for the district administrator himself.
"The accommodation of the people takes a toll on me mentally, physically and morally," admits Löwis.
Even if a short-term solution is not yet in sight due to the persistently high number of allocations and bureaucratic hurdles on the part of the higher authorities, he has a clear goal for 2023: "The gyms should be free again."
The necessary search for new accommodation, the registration of the refugees and their care put a massive strain on the staff at the district office.
And that's not all. From January 1st, the changes in the law in terms of citizens' allowances and housing allowances will take effect.
The first applications from affected citizens have already been received without the authority having the necessary EDP at their disposal.
"We will have to increase our staff in 2023 and position ourselves in such a way that we can handle this flood of applications," says the district administrator.
This requires attractive jobs, and that is one of the next major challenges.
Actually, 750,000 euros were to be set aside for a voluntary system of allowances in the district budget, but this could not be presented financially.
The authority is now trying to make the positions attractive to potential employees in other ways.
Among other things, digitization should help, for example with the topic of working from home.
"Working from home would be easier with the e-file," says Löwis.
The authorities want to take big steps here in 2023.
There are currently 40 vacancies, and there are bottlenecks in the building authority in particular.
As a result, approval procedures are currently taking far too long.
New district office building
The new construction of the district office is a contribution to increasing the attractiveness of the workplace.
It will definitely start in 2023, initially with the demolition of ailing existing buildings.
Löwis is happy to have put the planning to the test again.
“The construction costs are already high,” he says.
"With the earlier dimensioning, however, we would now have a real financing problem."
The district also spends a lot of money joining the Munich Transport and Tariff Association (MVV).
Exactly how much that will be is not yet clear.
"The decisions should be made in the district committees by February at the latest, by then we need the exact figures from MVV and the Ministry of Transport," emphasizes the district administrator.
Ideally, accession should take place at the end of 2023.
"We're going full throttle," he promises.
There should also be further impetus in the areas of climate protection and energy.
Photovoltaics, wind power and hydroelectric power – Löwis would like the Climate Round Table to have more clout and power to reduce CO2 emissions in the district and increase the proportion of renewable energies.
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water protection zone
The district administrator will continue to deal with the subject of water protection zones.
Sebastian Schuh, who was involved in the process, will leave the authority, but there will be another legal position from January.
Löwis therefore hopes to have the human resources to continue the process.
At the same time, the issue of old rights must be clarified – now in court.
"In my opinion, it does not delay the process because it is independent of the operator," says Löwis.
"It's reasonable for the two stories to run parallel."
With the safeguarding of the existing landscape protection areas, the district office now has at least two years to redefine the areas in a sustainable manner.
"I would like the topic of mountain biking to be anchored there," announces the district administrator.
There is a chance to identify one or the other trail in the course of the reorganization.
Visitor management in the Mangfallgebirge should also be established further.
The two full-time rangers and the two area supervisors are now supported by up to 20 volunteer rangers and members of the nature conservation watch to sensitize the hikers to nature.
Löwis does not anticipate that the number of people pouring into the district will decline overall.
He hopes, however, that the pilot projects for traffic control measures that have already been initiated will make rapid progress, so that day-trippers will soon be informed via an app about the utilization of the streets and parking spaces.
The tourism experts of Regionalentwicklung Oberland (REO) play an important role here.
Overall, the district administrator is very satisfied with the development of the newest subsidiary of the district - "my baby", as he says.
He sees a focus for the municipal company in the dovetailing of schools and companies and thus the elimination of the shortage of skilled workers in the district.
At the hospital, Löwis has good hopes that the high deficit that has accumulated in 2023 can be reduced by a huge amount.
"The working group is doing fantastic work," he says.
He also expects new ideas for the Schwaighof senior center.
Managing director Alexander Herrmann is to present a concept over the course of the year as to how and to what extent the facility can be renovated and expanded.
New offers such as day care are under discussion.