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Rural District Administrator Becomes Town Mayor
February 4, 2010   
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Jerzy Fitek, the first mayor of the Siechnice urban district, talks to Barbara Deręgowska from The Wrocław Voice.

How long did the ¦więta Katarzyna rural district have an administrator and why does it no longer have one?
As in any other rural district, the administrator of the ¦więta Katarzyna district has been an elected office since 1990, that is, since local governments were established in rural districts. Until 2002, rural district administrators chaired district boards and were elected by the district council for four-year terms. Since a change of the regulations, district administrators have been elected by the local population in direct elections. I have been the administrator since 1998-first I was elected by the ¦więta Katarzyna District Council in 1998-2002 and then in 2002 and 2006, I was elected by the people of ¦więta Katarzyna in direct elections. Under a government ordinance, the headquarters of the district authorities were moved from ¦więta Katarzyna to the town of Siechnice Jan. 1, 2010, and from that day our district has been renamed the Siechnice urban district. That way, the administrator of the ¦więta Katarzyna rural district became the first mayor of Siechnice.

Those formal and legal changes have not caused any personnel changes. Councilors of the ¦więta Katarzyna rural district are now councilors in the Siechnice Town Council. The move of the authorities from the village of ¦więta Katarzyna to the town of Siechnice finalized efforts which a very large group of locals had started in 1993 to relocate the district authorities to the largest municipality with the status of a town. The move put an end to discussions about whether the district should be divided into two smaller ones: the rural district of ¦więta Katarzyna and the urban district of Siechnice.

The term of the present local government expires in November this year and in the coming elections locals will elect the mayor and 15 councilors of the Siechnice urban district.

What effect will this change have on the future of the district?
The new headquarters of the authorities in Siechnice and the resulting new name of the district should once and for all settle long-lasting conflicts between local residents on this issue. That, I believe, will have a beneficial effect on the development of the entire area. I would like to underline the fact that for eight years, we have been among the top 100 districts in Poland. We have won a number of distinctions and awards. With a less conflicted community, we will be able to join forces to carry out the District Development Strategy until 2020.

Do EU funds have a major influence on investment in the district?
A long-term investment plan will be carried out in 2010-2015 and a large part of it is subsidized using EU funds. Without significant support in the form of external funds, the dynamic growth of our district that our councilors anticipate would not be possible.

We have new land assigned for attractive projects to which we invite potential investors from Poland and abroad. The main projects subsidized by EU funds include the enlargement of sewage systems, the construction and modernization of local roads, new schools and new sports and recreational facilities. The projects are worth a total of zl.50 million.

Jerzy Fitek, the administrator of the ¦więta Katarzyna rural district (now the mayor of the Siechnice urban district) receiving the "Fair Play District" statuette in December from the Polish Chamber of Commerce, along with a certificate awarded to the district for winning the title for the fifth year in a row.
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