primaria

The mayoralty from Revne village, Kiţmani district was built in 1930s. By its size and design, it is not similar to the typical village buildings of the time, although the construction technique is an ordinary one for the area: using pillars and splintered beams. The walls were covered with clay and whitewashed. The two-sloping roof of the building is made of metal sheet. The two-leaf entrance door is made of massif wood, with a factory lock. At the beginning, the construction included four compartments: three rooms and a corridor. Later on, due to the fact that the gendarmerie headquarter was located here, the living room which served as a reception room, was divided into two. The construction design was changed: on the right of the entrance, the reception room, on the left, the room for counsellors, gendarmerie and the head of the office. The mayor’s room had the three-colour flag and the portrait of King Carol II on the wall facing the entrance. In this room, there are: the desk, the ink pot, the candle stick, a, folio for letters, and by the table, there are chairs. On the left, along the wall, there is a black wardrobe and under the windows, the sculpted benches.
The Mayoralty was the administrative centre of the village. The mayor of that time (the Romanian period of Bucovina) was elected by the local council, for a period of three years. Most of the times, the mayor was selected from the wealthy hard-working locals, but which frequently did not know how to write. That is why, in order for the mayor to be helped in various situations, a secretary and an accountant were appointed. Without the signature of the secretary, no decision of the mayor was valid. The importance of the secretary in terms of administrative significance can be inferred from the comparison of salaries of the two: the secretary earned between 1500 and 1700 lei, while the mayor only 550 lei.
The mayoralty controlled various aspect of community everyday life, such as: solving issues regarding the delimitation of agricultural land and infringement of these limits, tax collection, the situation of schools, roads etc. The mayor also drew up the lists with the people to be enlisted in the army. The mayor, together with the gendarmerie, was in charge of young people recruitment, suing the ones which wanted to avoid military service. One of the main duties of the mayor was to secure the collection of agriculture products and their delivery to the state, within the time limits set by the law. Besides duties, the budgetary income of the mayoralty was completed by the grazing tax, the tax for releasing a hunting license, fines, as well as the “license” to keep the barrelhouse. The fines were numerous, as there were plenty of interdictions such as: walking through the woods without a permit, gathering branches; the gendarmes were not allowed to walk barefoot.
The room of the councillors had basic furniture: table and chairs, bench, the paper locker and a clothes stand.
In the gendarmerie room, the wall facing the entrance had the map of Romania on it; under it, there was a table and a sculptured chair. Next to the table, important documents were kept. The role of gendarmes was to maintain public order, to prevent crimes, to check documents and to keep a record of foreigners.
Facing the gendarmes’ room, there was the living room of the head of gendarmerie. In this room, there are things reflecting the living standards of a townsman (the head of gendarmerie lived in the town and came to the village for work, staying overnight only if needed). In the room, there was a massif wardrobe, a bed, a round table and chairs; by the bed, a night table, above which there was a photograph with a decorative frame, and on the wardrobe, the clock and the gas lamp.