Present of the town
The town was established according the Act No. 369/1990 the Collection of Laws about Municipal Establishment amended by subsequent changes and regulations.
It has the Town Statute, worked out and adopted by the by the Town Assembly, by which the Town is being governed.
In the area of the town there were smaller industrial enterprises processing wood such as DREVINA and TATRA Furniture; GEOLOGICKY PRIESKUM/GEOLOGICAL RESEARCH Company dealing with the research of solid and fossil fuels and mineral and non-mineral ore. The workshops belonging to GEOLOGICAL RESEARCH were equipped for repairs of the of machinery park; later the drilling machines, mobile stokeholds and clamshells were produced here. Other enterprises in the industrial zone of Turcianske Teplice were CESKOSLOVENSKE AUTOMOBILOVE ZAVODY/CZECHOSLOVAK CAR FACTORY providing car repairs, PREFA producing concrete – concrete tubes, tiles, cable and melioration bricks and components for wire-drawing blocks and SEVEROSLOVENSKE TEHELNE/NORTHEN SLOVAK BRICKWORKS producing bricks. The surrounding forests have created the base for development of forest economy that was governed and regulated by SEVEROSLOVENSKE STATNE LESY/NORTHERN SLOVAK STATE FORRESTS Company. From the above mentioned enterprises and companies nowadays only STATE FORRESTS and PREFABETON are still in business. The rest of them are either in the tender process or have gradually perished.
Natural conditions of the Upper Turiec region with the average elevation of 450 – 600 m and average temperature 7 – 8 C have enabled the development of agriculture with the support of the enterprises such as AGROKOMPLEX Turcianske Teplice, JRD/Farmers Cooperative in Diviaky, an agricultural purchasing and supplying company, a sheep-cheese plant, a machine and tractor workstation, the State Fishing Company – trout producing company in Diviaky, the Seminal State Farmstead Diviaky and the Corporate Poultry Enterprise Turcianske Teplice. 71 % of the total cadastral area is agricultural soil. Agriculture has had a similar fate as the industrial enterprises of this area because nowadays it deals with great difficulties and much smaller amount of employees. A portion of self-employed farmers is only 2.8 % from the whole amount of people running their own business.
There are 5 Kindergartens (on Skolska Street, in Horne Rakovce, Diviaky, Turciansky Michal, Dolna Stubna), 4 Elementary Schools (on Skolska Street, in Horne Rakovce, Diviaky and Dolna Stubna), and the Basic Art School in Turcianske Teplice. These schools were affiliated into four schools with legal subjectivity on January 1 2004.
There are two High Schools (Grammar School, Pedagogical and Social Academy; Business Academy) in Turcianske Teplice.
The Agency for Cultural Affairs and Information (KIA) should be mentioned as the main organizer of cultural life in Turcianske Teplice, as well as the cinema TURIEC, the auditorium, the culture centers/houses, the local public library and the Gallery of Mikulas Galanda. Ball of the Turcianske Teplice Town, Fancy-Dress Ball for Adults, Children’s Carnival on Ice, Summer Fairs, Folk Art and Craft Fairs, Christmas Fairs, Musical Spa Summers, St. Nicolas Welcoming, Christmas Caroling and Concerts, The Days of Blacksmiths – an exhibition of art blacksmiths’ works, „Art in the Spa“ Symposium - an exhibition of works of fine art artists, “Four-leaf Clover of Turiec” – an exhibition of works of four generations from the region, exhibitions of important Slovak and foreign fine artists in the Gallery of Mikulas Galanda belong to traditional events organized by this Agency.
Historical buildings and sites listed in the List of Historical Buildings and Sites of the Slovak Republic:
- The St. Michael the Archangel Church in Turciansky Michal listed under the No. 633 on 26 November 1963 (the owner: Roman Catholic Church)
- The Belfry in Diviaky listed under the No. 538 on 26 November 1963 (the owner: the Turcianske Teplice Town)
- The Rococo Manor- House and a park with the area of 3.1 ha in Diviaky listed under the No. 540/1-2 on 26 November 1963 (the owner: NOE, Ltd. Turcianske Teplice)
- The Renaissance Manor-House (Pallathys‘ Manor-House) and the park with area of 0.8 ha listed under the No. 539/1-2 on 26 November 1963 (the owner: The National Library, Martin)
- The Renaissance Church in Dolna Stubna listed under the No. 550 on 26 November 1963 (the owner: Roman Catholic Church)
- The Monument in Bor, the work of sculptors Ban and Gross listed under the No. 688 on 26 November 1963 (the owner: Turcianske Teplice Town)
- The Gallery of Mikulas Galanda ( a birth house of the artist Mikulas Galanda) listed under the No. 3237/1-2 on 13 July 1979 (the owner: Turcianske Teplice)
- The St. Jan Nepomucky Chapel (a former orphanage) listed under the No. 635 on 26 November 1963 (the owner: Roman Catholic Church)
- The Blue Bath and the park with the area of 5.7 ha listed under the No. 634/1-2 on 26 November 1963 (the owner: The Slovak Spas, Inc. Turcianske Teplice)
In 1964 Turcianske Teplice were granted a town status. Since this year it used a town emblem placed on the front wall of the Cultural Center/the Town Hall building although it was not approved by the Heraldic Committee of the Slovak Department of Home Affairs.
The author of the present coat-of-arms is Zdenko Alexy. The color of the shield is blue and this color has been adopted from the Kremnica coat-of-arms, the former owner of spa in Turcianske Teplice. In the upper part there are three small roses in silver or white color adopted from the Turiec county coat-of-arms. Under the three small roses there are three warped strips of golden or yellow color depicting three thermal springs.
The coat-of arms was approved by plenum of Municipality Council on 23rd December 1986 by the Act 19/1986.
The Turcianske Teplice Boroughs Coat-of-Arms
In May there was an exhibition of the artists Gita and Peter Matis in the Gallery of Mikulas Galanda. The Mayor and Peter Matis agreed upon executing not just the Turcianske Teplice Town coat-of-arms but also of the boroughs coat-of-arms. There were no records about coloring of the coat-of-arms in the library of Matica Slovenska ( in available publications they are presented as seals) therefore Peter Matis has used as a source of information about the coat-of-arms a book „Turcianske Chotare“ (Farm-Lands of Turiec). Nowadays the town has not just its own coat-of-arms approved by the Heraldic Committee of the Slovak Department of Home Affairs in 1986 but also another three coat-of-arms of the boroughs.
The village Diviaky joined Turcianske Teplice in 1960. The coat-of-arms dates back to the 18th century. There is a plough in it; above the plough crossed scythe and axe, symbols of occupation of inhabitants, farmers and wood-cutters.
The village Dolna Stubna joined Turcianske Teplice in 1960. The coat-of-arms of the village dates back to 1733. It is blue with an apple-tree and a snake in the middle, Adam and Eve of silver color standing next to it, green earth and leaves, the symbol of Eden.
The village Turciansky Michal joined Turcianske Teplice together with a small village Zorkovce in 1951. In the coat-of-arms of this village St. Michal with a sword in his hand is represented. The shield is blue, St. Michal in golden color and the sword with a golden hallow.
Although the borough coat-of-arms have not been approved by the Heraldic Committee they can serve as a remainder of past development of these villages as independent subjects.
7. ABROAD CONNECTIONS
Turcianske Teplice is mostly visited by tourists from Poland and the Czech Republic. Visitors form Germany prefers spa stays. The town has signed a partnership contract with Skawina in Poland and Arandjelovac in Serbia. The partnership is mainly aimed at culture and sports.
8. SHOPPING NETWORK
Shopping network of the town is mainly oriented at grocery selling throughout the net of SAMA and JEDNOTA grocery stores. In the department store JEDNOTA there are smaller stores selling various goods: jewelry, cosmetics, electric appliances, textiles, clothes, footwear, mobile phones and stationary. There are private stores in the town such as footwear store, florist’s, underwear store, stationary, hardware store and textile stores.
Services are provided by a Health Care Clinic, a Clinic of Urgent Medicine/Central Rescue Station, non-state doctors, special doctors, pharmacies, a post office, banks (Slovenska sporitelna, VUB, DEXIA) and an insurance company (Slovenska poistovna). Service network is widened by services important for visitors and tourists – travel agencies, hairdressers, shoe repair shop, optical shop, and bicycle and car repair shops.
10. INHABITANTS AND HOUSING
Recently the Turcianske Teplice Town has gone through some changes that have had ominous impact at the employment of its inhabitants and their employment on labor market.
Population (altogether with the boroughs): 7 031
Turcianske Teplice – town 4 620
Dolna Stubna Borough 685
Turciansky Michal Borough 478
Diviaky Borough 1 248
Statistical data that are the results of the last census and houses and apartments summation that took place on 26th May 2001 are:
Economically active inhabitants: 3507
Working outside the town/commuting inhabitants: 934
Inhabitants working in public sector: 1412
Inhabitants working in private sector: 1706
Jointly operating households: 2626
The Town became the owner of 382 apartments which were formerly properties of Housing Enterprise. 314 apartments have become personal properties which represent about 82.2 %.
Nowadays the Town owns 68 apartments.
The housing stock of the Town is 2281 apartments and 1328 houses. The Town continues with utilization of a state program supporting rental housing by building a rental apartment house in Horne Rakovce. 22 rental apartments were submitted in October 2003. In 2005 14 rental apartments were submitted and 49 rental apartments are to plan to be building in the same year.
11. TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE
The State Road No. 55 comes through the Town (north – south) and continues to the south in the direction of Ziar nad Hronom and to the north in the direction of Martin. The Road No. 577 leads from the Town in Banska Bystrica direction.
A railway Vrutky – Zvolen runs through Turcianske Teplice. Express trains stop here. Nearby Vrutky is an important railway junction on the route Bratislava-Zilina-Vrutky.
For air transport it is possible to use a state airport Sliac at Banska Bystrica but it does not have any regular flights linkage.
100% of inhabitants are connected to fresh water-supply. An owner of the public fresh water-supply is Northern Slovak Waterworks and Canalization (SeVaK), the State Enterprise Zilina, Martin branch. Recently 70 % of the town has the sewage system. Dolna Stubna and Diviaky Boroughs have the uncompleted sewage system. There is no sewage system in Turciansky Michal Borough. Sewage collectors are partly in the ownership of SeVaK and partly of the Town. The Town has signed up the rental contract with SeVaK. SeVaK is the operator of the whole fresh water-supply and sewage network as well. The sewage collector for the whole area of the town mouths into a mechano-biological sewage plant for wastewater situated in Diviaky Borough. Only 50 % of the sewage plant capacity is utilized nowadays.
With a few exceptions, an owner and operator of electrical power distribution is Slovak Energetics, a.s. Zilina (SSE). 49 % is administrated by a share-holder (a French Energy Concern – Electricite de France). Electric energy is available to100% of the inhabitants.
Investments connected to distributing network regular maintenance and restoration are drawn continuously and financed by the owner. There are no barriers for the further development of existing energetic infrastructure.
Natural gas supplying is provided by the branch of Slovak Natural Gas Industry, Inc. Bratislava (SPP) in Zilina. SPP is the owner of all regulating stations and distributing networks (gas distribution system, feeder lines). Existing infrastructure provides gas supply to 100 % of inhabitants. Both, local gas pipelines and distributing networks are in satisfactory technical conditions.
Collecting, transferring and disposal of communal waste in the town and surrounding areas are provided by a municipal contributory organization Technical Services (TS). Waste disposal is divided into separated collection and disposal of communal and small constructional waste. Communal waste is loaded into a landfill dump in Horna Stubna, 8 km away from Turcianske Teplice. The owner of the landfill dump is the Municipalities Association for Environmental Protection of Horny Turiec. The assumed capacity of the dump after its completion is 80-90 years. The dump fulfills all valid environmental specifications and provisions and is designated for communal waste only. The dump is rented and operated by TS infinitively. The durability of the 1st coffer of the dump was till 2004. Building operations for finishing of the 2nd coffer are in preparation recently. The completion is going to be financed from own sources of the Association, by the Ministry of Environment and submissions of villages. Dangerous waste is disposed by contract partners according their nature.