What to Watch For, From this 2019 Marvin Council


The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. With this in mind, citizens interested in looking out for Marvin’s future, should keep an eye out for the following from this tentatively elected administration. Residents can download the pamphlet and use it as a ‘checklist’ to monitor how effective (or ineffective) this tentatively elected administration turns out to be.

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☐ Amending Marvin’s Charter to permit permitting the Mayor to vote on all items

☐ A commercial development proposal on Marvin Village (Hall) property

☐ Amendments to the initially Land Use Plan draft, in order to justify development

☐ Increasingly vague agenda items, to obscure council intentions & curb public awareness

☐ More attempts to obscure action under vague agenda items to curb public awareness

☐ Amendments to Village Center boundaries, to include property of friends & associates

~ See consistent efforts to incorporate Vasireddy property behind ’The Preserve’

☐ Re-introduction of higher density subdivision or commercial zoning districts

~ Brew Pubs and other uses directly behind the Preserve subdivision

☐ Efforts to institute Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) to put non-residents on Marvin Boards

~ Allows non-residents/pro-development factions on Village boards to influence land use

☐ Introduction of higher density zoning districts for Village Center development

~ High-volume trip generators (e.g. Brew Pubs, etc.) behind ‘The Preserve’

☐ Public funds on projects/services for personal associates of officials & board members

~ See Contracts for Morphis Attorney, Park Needs, Trails, Branding Services, Master Plan

☐ Amendments to vital sections of Marvin's Code of Ordinances

☐ Amendments to Codes allowing gated communities for Firethorne

☐ Amendments to transparency clauses in the new 'Initiating Development Policy'*

~ Allowing Mayor, officials, Planning Board members to skirt process and public awareness

☐ More attempts to garner votes by using public funds for what 'should be' private projects

~ See publicly funded Tullamore trails; Sudden policy change to resurface all Firethorne roads

☐ Amendments to new Statement of Economic Disclosure Policy*

~ Obscuring officials’ ties to lobby groups and/or economic interests in development

☐ Amendments to the new Employee Statement of Interest Policy*

~ Obscuring employee ties to lobby groups and/or economic interests in development

☐ Amendments to the new Village of Marvin Ethics Policy*

~ Obscuring officials’ ties to lobby groups and/or economic interests in development

☐ Amendments to the new Contract Bidding and Purchase Policy*

~ Allowing officials/employees to spend public funds on personally preferred vendors

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~ Suggest something we may have missed

*Indicate policies written and/or championed by M. Shkut to leave behind oversight measures

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