The former Swisscom skyscraper towers high in the east of Bern. Next to it is a line that is invisible, but lately there is more and more to talk about: the municipal border between Bern and Ostermundigen. From this invisible line went on Thursday night in the community parliament of the Ostermundiger.
Two developments have been discussed that come from different camps, but in the same direction. The SP wants Ostermundigen to start a fusion research with the city of Bern. The FDP puts it more openly: one should explore "possibilities for closer cooperation to the merger with the surrounding communities".
Parliament has submitted both proposals to the municipal council. To the SP's statement, it said yes with 21 to 10 votes, to the less binding of the FDP, even without a different voice.
"Sparzitrone is squeezed out"
Both initiatives are only test assignments, until a possible merger still stands in the way of different obstacles and votes. And yet Thursday's decision is historic: for the first time since Ostermundigen became an independent municipality in 1983, it was the policy for serious fusion investigations.
The step is done out of financial need. "We can not increase the load further and the lemon juice is squeezed out", explains Rolf Rickenbach (FDP). "So we have to change something."
But like other bourgeois people, he pleaded for not being a partner from the beginning to the city of Bern. "Maybe there are other possibilities."
«Better today than tomorrow»
But for the majority in parliament it is clear that the city of Bern is primarily eligible as a partner. If you come from Bern to Ostermundigen, you will not notice the city boundary "perhaps only because of the changing street name", explained Christian Zeyer (SP). It was time to move on.
"The longer we continue with our structural deficit, the less attractive we become as a bride," says Zeyer. Or in the words of Faction colleague Bettina Fredrich: "The city of Bern has indicated that it is open to negotiations about mergers, and we have to use this negotiation window." Even SVP member Hans Rudolf Hausammann agreed: "We would rather need to merge than tomorrow. "
Two years of work
The city council of Ostermundiger now has until the end of 2020 the time to submit decision-making principles for a merger or other forms of cooperation to the parliament. The city council is expected to inform about the further procedure later this year. (Berner newspaper)
Created: 23.08.2018, 22:56 clock