議長序 防災治水救經濟 莫忘政治責任
議長-莊啟旺

防災治水救經濟 莫忘政治責任
   Flood Prevention, Water Control and Saving the Economy-The Political Responsibility Must Not Forget

  2010年12月25日高雄縣市合併後改制成為新的「高雄市」,而有30年歷史的高雄市議會也將隨著高雄市的改制,完成階段性任務後,重新再出發。年末,本屆會期圓滿之際,祝福全體議會同仁和市民,再次攜手開創大高雄的全新格局。

  高雄市議會的組織從台灣光復以來,經歷參議會、省轄市議會及直轄市高雄市議會等時期的變革,但無論是哪個階段,議會均匯聚了來自各界的傑出人士、秉持急公好義的精神參與時政。2010年因應台灣城市競爭力的全面提升及五都並起的新局面,高雄市議會在去年完成了「高雄縣市合併改制計畫」的歷史任務,合併後,除了帶來新的發展能量,但同時也面臨新的考驗,特別是初期的人事體制的磨合、區域性均衡發展的規劃及行政治理能力的表現。

  過去4年高雄市在整個城市建設上,著重在環境的營造,包括捷運的通車、自行車道的施設、世運的主辦等,固然帶給市民不一樣的生活感受,但同時高雄市負債依然遞增、家庭所得逐年減少、失業率逐年升高,投資環境未見起色,都使高雄發展前景堪慮,市府團隊要負最大的責任。

  而在本會期結束之前,高雄市也遭逢了凡那比風災帶來水患的侵襲,本會同仁在第一時間,在不同的淹水地區,協同里長、地方人士全面投入救災,精神令人感佩,但也暴露出市府防災準備的缺口。隨著縣市合併在即,高雄市救災、防災工作也會更加嚴峻,也是大部分同仁在市政總詢中,對市府一再耳提面命的課題,本會也期許市府團隊記取教訓,負起政治責任,讓市民身家財產獲得保障。

 

   On 25th December, 2010, Kaohsiung city and county will be merged into a new “Great Kaohsiung City", whilst the 30-year-old Kaohsiung City Council successfully reached the milestones of the times will have a brand new start along with the reorganization of Kaohsiung City. At the end of present session is completed, I wish all the best to every councilor and the public, and hope we will work together again to create a new horizon of Great Kaohsiung.

The organization of Kaohsiung City Council has undergone changes in different stages in Taiwan from Kaohsiung City People's Political Council, Kaohsiung City Council (in the period of provincial city), to Kaohsiung City Provisional Council (in the period of special municipality). No matter at which stage, the Council was brought together eminent talents from all walks of life, and ready to stand out for public interests. In 2010, in order to increase the overall city competitiveness in the new picture of five municipal cities in Taiwan, last year the Kaohsiung City Council completed the historical task, "Restructuring and Merger plan of Kaohsiung City and County". After the merger, in addition to new development momentum, there are also new challenges coming ahead, particularly, on aspects such as adjustments of personnel system in the newly merged organizations, planning strategies for balanced development among regions and administrative performance on greater areas.

In the past 4 years, the city development focused on reshaping the new city environment including the opening of the MRT, building bike paths and facilities, and hosting the World Games 2009. Of course, the efforts gave the public a different life experience, yet the liabilities of Kaohsiung increased, the family income decreased, the unemployment rate increased year by year, and no improvement observed in investment environment. The City Government is the one to hold responsible for the worrying prospects of Kaohsiung.

Before the end of the present session, Kaohsiung City was hit by the typhoon Fanapi which lead to severe floods. The councilors immediately and fully dedicated to disaster relief in different flooded areas collaborating with chiefs of villages and local residents. The spirit is admirable. The flood exposed the gaps in the disaster relief planning of the City Government. After the merger of the City and County, the challenges of disaster relief and prevention efforts will be more severe, which were exactly the subjects questioned and reminded by most of the councilors in the council general query. As the merger is coming soon, the council hope the City Government remember the hard lesson learnt, take the political responsibility to strive to safeguard the families and assets of people.