On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, my fellow candidate, Mike Gilboy and I spoke in front of Marvin Council. Mike spoke in regards to the lawsuit that has been filed against the Village of Marvin and a Village employee. I made comments regarding the lack of information made available to the community on the official Village of Marvin website. I spoke specifically on the new Town Hall that the current council is building. After I asked questions and made comments, I was belittled and talked down to by the current council. I have included my statement I made before the Council:
Thank you Mr. Mayor, Councilmen, staff…
I am currently running for Marvin Council and have been attending council meetings and work sessions. I began hearing the current council discuss a new Village Town Hall and can not find any information regarding the new Town Hall on the official Village of Marvin website. I have been reviewing the Marvin website and the Council Mission Statement. It states: “We will strive to build strong relationships with all of our citizens and always remember that the role of government is to serve the people. We will be open and transparent at all times.” On July 11, 2017 – Councilman Ron Salimao stated: “most people don’t care about Town Hall, that’s for us.” That statement is a direct contradiction to the current council’s Mission Statement. I have been speaking with members of our community regarding the current Council’s plan for a new Town Hall and most people are not informed about the current plans.
I would like to request a Public Information Meeting (PIM) for the new Village Town Hall project. Has there been any sign advertising a PIM regarding the proposed parcel? Has there been any renderings of the building available for the public to view? Has there been an interior design plan completed? If so, where is it for public viewing? Why are you, the current council, not listening to your own Planning Board when a member said on August 31, 2017 that the new Village Town Hall “doesn’t work for me.” How are you going to address the power lines that will be obstructing the new Village Town Hall? Did the current council fill out an application when starting this project? Again, I have looked on the Village website and there is no information regarding the new Village Town Hall. It is not under “About Marvin” “Latest News” “Upcoming Events,” nor “Current Projects.” I have not been able to find any information online regarding the new Village Town Hall. Why would the current council not consider slowing down, consulting experts, and devising a master plan so you can consolidate utilities, storm water retention, and parking in order to have a Village Center that accurately reflects the #1 demographic in the state?
The current council’s own mission statement says that they will be open and transparent at all times and serve the people. In reference to the new Village Town Hall, it seems that the current council has done quite the opposite.
Thank you for your time this evening.
****I have also attached the recording from that meeting