Mertesheim

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Mertesheim
Coat of arms of Mertesheim
Coat of arms
Mertesheim is located in Germany
Mertesheim
Mertesheim
Location of Mertesheim within Bad Dürkheim district
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Coordinates: 49°34′18″N 08°08′08″E / 49.57167°N 8.13556°E / 49.57167; 8.13556Coordinates: 49°34′18″N 08°08′08″E / 49.57167°N 8.13556°E / 49.57167; 8.13556
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Bad Dürkheim
Municipal assoc. Leiningerland
Government
 • Mayor Tony Schuck
Area
 • Total 2.20 km2 (0.85 sq mi)
Elevation 201 m (659 ft)
Population (2017-12-31)[1]
 • Total 402
 • Density 180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 67271
Dialling codes 06359
Vehicle registration DÜW
Website www.gruenstadt-land.de

Mertesheim 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 and belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Leiningerland, whose seat is in Grünstadt, although that town is itself not in the Verbandsgemeinde.

History[edit]

In 771, Meldrisheim had its first documentary mention. Until 1969 it belonged to the now abolished district of Frankenthal. Currently it is in the district of Bad Dürkheim, and it joined the newly formed Verbandsgemeinde of Grünstadt-Land in 1972.

Religion[edit]

In 2007, 43.5% of the inhabitants were Catholic and 35.3% Evangelical. The rest belonged to other faiths or adhered to none.[2]

Politics[edit]

Municipal council[edit]

The council is made up of 8 council members, who were elected by majority vote at the municipal election held on 7 June 2009, and the honorary mayor as chairman.[3]

Mayors[edit]

As part of the 2014 local elections, no candidate approached to direct elections to the Mayors. According to the arrangements in Rhineland-Palatinate in local elections measures in existence [7] has been selected for the new city mayor Doris Nitzsche by the local council. It replaced Tony Schuck in that office from that held this since 2007.

Coat of arms[edit]

The German blazon reads: In Rot auf grünem Dreiberg ein schreitender widersehender silberner Hirsch mit einem goldenen Wiederkreuz statt des Geweihs.

The municipality’s arms might in English heraldic language be described thus: Gules on a mount of three in base vert a stag passant reguardant argent unguled Or with a cross crosslet of the same instead of attires.

The German blazon, however, does not mention the stag’s golden hooves (“unguled Or”).

The arms were approved in 1926 by the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior and date from a 16th-century seal.[4]

Economy and infrastructure[edit]

Transport[edit]

Mertesheim lies on the Eis Valley Railway, which runs between Grünstadt and Ramsen and is served by scheduled Regionalbahn trains. Public transport is integrated into the VRN, whose fares therefore apply.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Statistisches Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz "Bevölkerungsstand 2017 - Gemeindeebene" Check |url= value (help). Statistisches Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz (in German). 2018.
  2. ^ KommWis, Stand: 31.12.2007 Archived 2007-09-29 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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