Gerolsheim

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Gerolsheim
Coat of arms of Gerolsheim
Coat of arms
Gerolsheim   is located in Germany
Gerolsheim
Gerolsheim
Coordinates: 49°32′50″N 08°15′50″E / 49.54722°N 8.26389°E / 49.54722; 8.26389Coordinates: 49°32′50″N 08°15′50″E / 49.54722°N 8.26389°E / 49.54722; 8.26389
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Bad Dürkheim
Municipal assoc. Grünstadt-Land
Government
 • Mayor Erich Weyer
Area
 • Total 4.81 km2 (1.86 sq mi)
Elevation 104 m (341 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 1,731
 • Density 360/km2 (930/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 67229
Dialling codes 06238
Vehicle registration DÜW
Website www.gruenstadt-land.de

Gerolsheim is an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Bad Dürkheim district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

The municipality lies in the northwest of the Rhine-Neckar urban agglomeration. It belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Grünstadt-Land, which was formed in 1972, and whose seat is in Grünstadt, although that town is itself not in the Verbandsgemeinde.

History[edit]

In 915, Gerolsheim had its first documentary mention as Geroltesheimero.

Until 1969, the municipality belonged to the now abolished district of Frankenthal. In 1972 came the amalgamation with the newly formed Verbandsgemeinde of Grünstadt-Land.

The Sondermülldeponie Gerolsheim (“Special Garbage Dump”) was closed in 2003 after decades-long efforts by residents to reach that goal.

Religion[edit]

In 2007, 41.2% of the inhabitants were Evangelical and 29.5% Catholic. The rest belonged to other faiths or adhered to none.[2]

Politics[edit]

Gerolsheim town hall

Municipal council[edit]

The council is made up of 16 council members, who were elected at the municipal election held on 7 June 2009, and the honorary mayor as chairman.

The municipal election held on 7 June 2009 yielded the following results:[3]

SPD CDU FWG Total
2009 4 3 9 16 seats
2004 5 - 11 16 seats

Mayor[edit]

In the mayoral election, 1,421 citizens were eligible to vote, of whom 919 actually went to the polls. Ortsbürgermeister (Mayor) Erich Weyer (FWG) was confirmed in his office with 713 votes (79.7%) against opponent Volker Rossel’s (SPD) 182 votes (20.3%).

Coat of arms[edit]

In Rot ein dreizackiges silbernes Fischspeereisen, unten beidseits von je einer goldenen Rose mit blauen Butzen beseitet.

The municipality’s arms is described thus: In Rot ein dreizackiges silbernes Fischspeereisen, unten beidseits von je einer goldenen Rose mit blauen Butzen beseitet. It might in English heraldic language be described thus: Gules the head of a trident palewise argent, the points to chief, between two roses Or seeded azure in base.

The arms were approved in 1926 by the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior and go back to a seal from 1541. The trident stands for the church’s patron saint, Leodegar.[4]

Famous people[edit]

Honorary citizens[edit]

  • 23 October 2004 Adolf Buch, 40 years as a municipal politician, just under 25 of which as mayor
  • 23 October 2004 Ilse Buch (Adolf Buch’s wife), 40 years of social and club work

Further reading[edit]

  • Alexander Thon: Gerolsheim. In: Jürgen Keddigkeit (Hrsg.): Pfälzisches Burgenlexikon. Beiträge zur pfälzischen Geschichte Bd. 12/2, Institut für Pfälzische Geschichte und Volkskunde, Kaiserslautern 2002, S. 130-188, ISBN 3-927754-48-X.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gemeinden in Deutschland mit Bevölkerung am 31. Dezember 2015" (PDF). Statistisches Bundesamt (in German). 2016. 
  2. ^ KommWis, Stand: 31.12.2007 Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Kommunalwahl Rheinland-Pfalz 2009, Gemeinderat
  4. ^ Karl Heinz Debus: Das große Wappenbuch der Pfalz. Neustadt an der Weinstraße 1988, ISBN 3-9801574-2-3

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