Premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄) was warmly welcomed by residents of Tainan and politicians of all stripes during an inspection trip to Tainan County and City yesterday.
The visit came one day after the Cabinet agreed to merge the two administrative districts into a municipality.
“I especially wanted to thank Premier Liu as he made the last push to make our goal of merging Tainan County and Tainan City possible,” Tainan Mayor Hsu Tain-tsair (許添財) said.
A Cabinet meeting called by Liu on Monday approved the Tainan proposal, which had been unresolved following an initial review by a commission of 10 officials and 15 academics.
“When I heard our application was approved, my reaction was reminiscent of how, when I was a lawyer, I heard that Liu, who was then the minister of transportation and communications, agreed to the construction of the Taiwan High Speed Rail,” Hsu said.
Liu said Tainan had occupied an important position in Taiwan from the very beginning, adding: “The Executive Yuan was just returning it to its original status.”
Liu and Cabinet officials visited Tainan County and Tainan City to inspect flooding construction work ahead of the typhoon season.
In other news, Central Personnel Administration Secretary-General Chang Nien-chung (張念中) told a press conference yesterday that the administration was considering setting a ceiling on the size of local governments to bring budgets under control.
In accordance with the Local Government Act (地方制度法), a municipal city is allowed to have a maximum of 15,400 employees in its government, several thousands more than the number of staff in a county or city government.
Meanwhile, Liu said that the Ministry of the Interior on Monday designated the Taikiang Black Strait Park (台江黑水溝公園), located in Tainan County and City, as the country’s eighth natural park.
The park encompasses the Black-Faced Spoonbill Conservation District (黑面琵鷺保護區), the Cigu Lagoon Wetland (七股潟湖), Luerhmen (鹿耳門) and the public-owned land between Yanshuei River (鹽水溪) and the Tsengwen River (曾文溪).
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