Walk with Wettmar Mayor Michael Kranz

Wettmar.Time stands still in Wettmar – at least the clock at the village assembly hall. Local Mayor Michael Kranz describes himself as “terribly” impatient. The Christian Democrat has now been sitting for more than half a year, reporting on a morning walk through the village not only that the clocks have stopped, but also tall buildings and other tests of patience.

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“Timeless”: The clock in the village assembly hall stands still.

Michael Kranz chose the place in front of the village assembly hall as a starting point. his favorite place. With the clock behind him, he spreads his arms a little. “The eye can really breathe.” The large village square is a place for everyone. Even the basketball hoop is used by the youngsters. From his point of view, it is different with the village assembly hall. Kranz opens the door and points to the hallway: “These are the stairs older people are jogging up.”

The village assembly hall is too old

The building is old, too old. From Kranz’s point of view, there is no one around a new building. He imagines a transverse building, open to the village square and perhaps with a café, where confirmations are to be celebrated again, and from where parents can keep an eye on their children on the playground. But he has to wait: First he has to decide whether the fire brigade will stay in the old place with a new equipment house or look for a new one.

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Michael Kranz also had to wait longer than he might have thought before being re-elected mayor. In 2016, the majority in the municipal council passed in favor of Green Erwin Fette. Now the Christian Democrat Kranz could regain the post last year. “The others did not do it to recapture,” Kranz says, believing the local council voted for him this time. “We are working on sensible communication with each other.” He points to the stands. “Joachim did, fantastic.” His municipal council colleague Joachim Schluckebier-Risse (SPD) replaced the neon tubes with LEDs there.

Michael Kranz (CDU) on the steps of the village assembly hall: He dreams of a new building.

Michael Kranz (CDU) on the steps of the village assembly hall: He dreams of a new building.

“The construction is honest”

The Kranz stops at the large apartment building on the main street. With the eye-catching construction, the planners have exhausted everything that was possible and thus set in motion the debate about village structures. “I can understand both sides there,” Kranz says. “These are exactly the apartments we always cry out for.” He himself was already inside: expensive, but suitable for seniors and barrier-free. But he also says: “The building does not fit here, it is too big.”

Kranz continues, thinking. A death they were to die. “If you look at it that way, the building is honest, that’s what we need.” It is incomprehensible to him that the Volksbank building is empty. He tried to do it, so far there was nothing to do. The pizzeria in front of the building would then have enough space for a spacious outdoor area, Kranz says. He wants to continue: to the Thönser Trift road. It is planned to get a new asphalt pavement later this year.

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Bus stop to be moved

“Of course this path is groats,” Kranz says, looking at the sidewalk. The Council will continue to work to have it renewed. There are also considerations to narrow the road with trees. The problem: The water association’s and agricultural vehicles also have to go through. “We will try it,” Kranz promises. Another problem: “The entrance to TSV is simply too wide.” Because many people turn up there at the age of 60, it makes the bus stop a dangerous area. Therefore, it should either be moved to TSV Wettmar’s unused lane or to the area just behind the entrance to the discharge acceptance.

Should be moved: The bus stop on Thönser Trift Street is a danger area from Mayor Michael Kranz's (CDUs) point of view.

Should be moved: The bus stop on Thönser Trift Street is a danger area from Mayor Michael Kranz’s (CDUs) point of view.

There are cigarette butts behind the current stop. You can hide there, says Kranz. He picks up an empty wine bottle. With the new bus stop, there should be no more hiding place at the back. “We can not turn the world around as city councilors,” he says. But they could keep their eyes open on the ground. Living with people is important to him in the village. Previously, he, the newcomer, could only have imagined “a penthouse apartment with three potted plants”.

On the way with Mayor Michael Kranz (CDU) in Wettmar:

On the way with Mayor Michael Kranz (CDU) in Wettmar:

Mayor likes it “fast and quiet”

The 61-year-old is no longer new to the village. But there are the stones in front of the village square. Hopefully no one will think of parking there at festivals and festivities. They would have agreed with the administration. “Fast and quiet, that’s how I like it best,” he says.

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Quickly and calmly, the village assembly hall probably does not come to Wettmar like that. Kranz also wants to wait with the stopped clock until it is clear how construction will continue. “By that time it’s 10 to 6,” he says, correcting it with a glance at the clock: seven to 6. A test of patience for the Wettmar mayor? He smiles and says, “Wettmar is timeless, too.”

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