The new budget is development-oriented again

Despite the uncertain situation, the municipality of Šentilj is optimistic about the budget for 2021. The budget is strategic - developmental, sustainable and, most importantly for the citizens, will have an impact on raising the quality of life in the municipality.
The participatory budgeting mechanism was introduced in the municipality three years ago, and since it has proven to be an extremely successful system, they are continuing to do so. They note that citizens make more suggestions from year to year.
The budget of 2021 is, as has been said, development-oriented. In the municipality of Šentilj, more than 6 million euros will be allocated for investments next year.
This sewer network will then be connected to the treatment plant. Precisely for this reason, the largest funds for next year are tied to the construction of the network. Funds in the amount of more than 3 million euros are planned for the investment in the construction of a new sports hall.
The budget for 2021 was discussed by councilors in the first reading. The budget will now also be in public discussion, where interested citizens can submit written comments and proposals to the proposed budget decree after the general discussion. The expected date for the second reading of the 2021 budget will be in February next year.

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Miklavž is unaccompanied this year

In the municipality of Šentilj, it is a tradition that on December 6 every year St. Nicholas also visits their places, but this year, due to the health crisis, without accompaniment and cultural events.
Miklavž presents children every year according to the same key, which begins in the church in Šentilj, which is always considered the location of gift preparation and counting letters, and here Miklavž usually devises a plan which children will be especially richly gifted for such and other reasons.
The first good man to visit the children in the beginning of December will continue his journey towards the Vlado Pipan Cultural Center, and to conclude he will also visit the children in Zgornja Velka, this year exceptionally alone, without a horse-drawn carriage and hoofs.
The response of the children, as every year, is numerous and positive, and all together they want to see the arrival of St. Nicholas next year in normal conditions by associating with peers and handing over holiday pleasures, without health measures.
St. Nicholas, as we usually call St. Nicholas in our country, is certainly one of the most popular saints. Children look forward to it with special joy, when on the evening before their birthday he walks around and brings them gifts - he rewards the diligent, and leaves the naughty to the punishments of his companions, the parking lot. The image of this lovely saint has been so vividly alive in us since childhood, more so than the image of a few other saints.

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Smaller municipalities are becoming more attractive to young people

The trend in the past has been for young people to emigrate en masse to cities. They had a job there, got an apartment and arranged a family life. But the trend is changing and more and more young people are migrating to the countryside, also because the Podravina municipalities provide them with many benefits.
Migration is something normal in the history of mankind. In different historical periods, the Slovenian space was also covered by one or another migration wave. And if in the past they emigrated en masse from the countryside, today this is not the case because of the smaller municipalities that offer them a number of benefits.
In Dornava, accommodation units will be built for young people at affordable prices.
Scholarships will be announced in Cirkulane, and the lowest municipal contribution among the surrounding municipalities has been taken care of.
With various subsidies, they want to attract young families and enable them to buy plots at affordable prices.
This opens up many opportunities for young people in rural areas to arrange their existence. Since smaller municipalities invest a lot of money in roads and basic infrastructure, they will probably fill the free capacities quickly.

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Co-financing of social programs in Podlehnik

The municipality of Podlehnik, despite being one of the less populated parts of Slovenia, has a diverse cultural heritage. Namely, there are many associations in Podlehnik, which over the years have represented the place in a positive light. The most active are in the folklore society Podlehnik, the youth society and the cultural society Podlehnik.
Every year, the municipality publishes a public tender for the co-financing of tourist associations that are engaged in promoting the development of tourism in the Municipality of Podlehnik. Especially in these difficult times and the prohibition of any cultural events, any financial contribution comes in handy.
This year's most important projects in Podlehnik concern the rehabilitation of local roads that connect settlements in hard-to-reach higher-lying places. The total length of public paths is approx. 61 km, due to the complexity of the terrain, the resurfacing of certain roads is also very difficult, so the municipality decided for a strategic and more sophisticated rehabilitation.
According to Mayor Sebastian Toplak, arranging the infrastructure is a priority, which is followed by the so-called soft investments.
It is explicitly first mentioned only in 1334 as Castrum Liechteneck. Throughout history, it has become the center of the central part of Haloz, whose institutions were established around the MARTIN KORES Primary School. in the 70s. During this time, the municipality also became an important strategic center, as the international border crossing Gruškovje, which connects Slovenia with the Republic of Croatia, is located in this area.

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Delivery of lunches during the epidemic

In the Maribor dom pod Gorco, they offer daily delivery of lunch to the home, which, in times without restrictions, is personally brought in a suitable container for transporting food, in order to preserve the nutritional value and quality and appearance of the prepared lunch.
The demand for lunches did not change significantly during the epidemic, as the capacities they could provide on a daily basis were already fully occupied. However, the delivery of lunches itself changed significantly during the epidemic
in the home under the hill, they provide a daily meal of quality lunch, prepared according to a pre-planned menu. Deliveries take place every day of the week between 11:30 and 14:30.
The kitchen at home under the hill also cares for the weakest in Maribor, of course there are currently strict measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, so people are encouraged to take a meal and eat it at home.
The Municipality of Maribor provides just under half a million euros in budget funds for the purpose of the social kitchen on an annual basis. So far, there is no greater demand for meals in the social kitchen, otherwise the records are kept by the Center for Social Work. However, this situation is likely to change dramatically in the long run.
Otherwise, the price of lunch with delivery costs just under 6 euros, a slightly more expensive is a vegetarian or diet lunch. Payment is made via money order, monthly, and is paid through a transaction account.

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Are we going to ski at all this winter?

Despite the uncertainty due to the declared epidemic and restrictive measures, the managers of Slovenian ski resorts are accelerating their preparations for the new ski season. Although the ski workers have not been lucky with the snow in recent seasons and are worried about the current situation, they are optimistic about the new season.
While calls are coming from Europe to close all ski resorts, practically all Slovenian ski resorts are dealing with existential issues. The ski resorts, which have been preparing for the new season since the summer, will find it difficult to survive the closure. In the winter season, they produce about two thirds of their earnings. Jobs are also at risk.
The start of the ski season is proposed in the second half of December. To begin with, however, they need the release of three government measures.
The Association of Slovenian Cable Car Operators hopes to reach an agreement with the government next week. However, if the government does not allow the opening of the ski resort, they are announcing a claim for compensation.
If the ski resorts remain closed, other activities such as accommodation, catering and trade are practically endangered throughout Slovenia, which would only worsen the financial crisis of winter tourism.

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In the new year with new projects

They had a varied year in Cirkulane. Despite the epidemic, they completed a number of planned investments and even exceeded the planned plans and realized more. Nevertheless, they are entering the next fiscal year with big plans and anticipate quite a few major investments.
In the municipality of Cirkulane, they have mostly met all the set goals and are thus concluding the investment year 2020 very successfully, especially with infrastructure projects.
They also succeeded in rehabilitating some landslides, which are a big problem for Haloze municipalities.
Many other investments are underway, including the replacement of the dilapidated bridge in the Medribnik settlement, which will be realized next year, and the cemetery will be gradually revitalized.
At today's session, they will adopt the budget for the next two years 2021 and 2022, in which they also envisage the rehabilitation of some landslides, as well as the arrangement of the road.

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It often burns in chimneys

The heating season also brings with it the possibility of chimney fires, which have been quite common in the Podravje region in recent days. Although such fires due to the use of advanced materials in construction or. chimney repairs have become increasingly rare, and Maribor firefighters have intervened in such fires more than 20 times this year.
The risk of chimney fires also increases during the heating season, and although they have calmed down somewhat in recent years, a large number of residential buildings are still affected each heating season.
The causes of fires are various, but most often the cause of fires is old and dilapidated chimneys built of brick. Chimney fires are especially common in buildings that have solid fuel heating.
Carbon monoxide poisoning often occurs when extinguishing chimney fires.
With good prevention, we could prevent many more chimney fires, which often require huge property losses, and rarely lives.

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Investments for all citizens

In 2020, as in the previous year, there were many activities in the field of investments in the municipality of Pesnica. In the local community Jakobski dol, this year the work took place mainly on and next to the school building.
All four local communities in the municipality received outdoor fitness centers this year. Firefighters were also taken care of in the local community of Jarenina.
All four primary schools in the municipality also received more modern and economical lighting this year. In the local community of Pesnica, they took care of the rehabilitation of a decade-old sewer.
The local community of Pesnica hoped to bring the investment of the Pesnica Sports Park under one roof this year, but there was no suitable bidder in 2 public tenders, so now the third one is open.
Mayor Žmak hopes that with such a pace of activity or. investments in the municipality will continue in the next two years.

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For culturists a year like they are not used to

At the initiative of the Ministry of Culture since 2000, December 3 in Slovenia is marked by this Happy Day of Culture. In recent years, cultural institutions have been happy to open their doors to this day and prepare a free offer of events for visitors. But this year, in the style of "New Normality", the day of culture takes place mostly in the virtual world.
This year's Happy Culture Day is different, less sociable and happy due to the covida-19 epidemic, and the offer of cultural institutions has, wherever possible, been moved online or broadcast on television and radio.
Slovenian cultural centers, theaters and music institutions prepared 24.914 cultural events last year, which brought approx. 68 events per day. Most of them were theatrical performances, followed by lectures, literary evenings, exhibitions and other events. There were slightly fewer events related to music and film and video productions. This year's balance sheet will certainly be different.
Last year, 4,45 million visitors to cultural events were counted in Slovenia, and on average more than 11 euros were deducted for a ticket. 21% of the events were free. This year, however, this percentage is different, the vast majority of cultural events held in the virtual world are free.
Narodni dom Maribor has prepared more than 20 events for December this year, of course online. Among them, on December 19, it will be time for the grand finale, and the virtual concert hall will be filled by cellist Luka Šulić. Another in a line of artists who, like the organizers, wants this Happy Day of Culture in 2021 to take place differently, but not like in previous years, but differently than this year.

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