On Friday 28 October, the local council of Merelbeke organized a meeting of its former representatives for the first time. They sat on the municipality or OCMW council (from 1977), the Autonomous Municipal Company (from 2018) or the Special Committee for Social Services (from 2019). In the council chamber, the former representatives were welcomed with a breakfast during which the general manager and members of the management team gave an update on the multi-year plan.. This was followed by a tour of the Cultuurhuis Merelbeke. The day ended with a lunch at the Cultuurcafé.
The question for this meeting came from former councilor Luc Eeckhout from Bottelare.
Council chairman Bertrand Vrijens emphasized that Merelbeke wants to bring his former councilors together as an appreciation for their commitment to the municipality. “The commitment as a mandate holder cannot be underestimated. The tasks of a municipality are extensive and require more professionalism. We notice that the combination of a mandate and a profession is not obvious.”
Mayor Filip Thienpont was pleased with the numerous presence, including three councilors from the first legislature, Alfons Van De Steene, Eric Van Renterghem and Luc Pontzeele. “Municipality of Merelbeke now works in a different administrative and organizational landscape than before. We are proud that we have a well-functioning city council where all political groups are represented and that we work together for the general interest of our population.”