Village of Marvin on government shut down

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A dispute among local council members is forcing the Village of Marvin to shut down.

Village leaders announced over the weekend that the Village of Marvin "will temporarily cease all Village operations until the adoption of the annual budget," which is scheduled for July 10, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. 

Pending official adoption, on July 11, 2018, the Village office will reopen at 9:30 a.m. and Marvin Efird Park will reopen at 8:00 a.m.   

The shutdown relates to the dispute of appointed council member Mary Shkut.

Marvin has a four-person council -- with the mayor being the tiebreaker vote, if needed. Two council members appointed Shkut while one council member was out of town -- preventing a tie, that could have been broken by the mayor.

"And to think that might be because they were trying to avoid sitting with me at the table, I would have to ask why?" Shkut said.

Shkut has hired an attorney and feels she followed proper procedure as she gained the council seat.

Shkut, who has been on Marvin's planning board, said certain council members not wanting her could be about controversial development issues in the Village of roughly 6,000.

"A large majority of the residents did not want high-density development, did not want large-commercial development," Shkut said. "...I do believe there's a lot of pressure to develop Marvin...the pressure to develop is something that's felt by officials or staff but particularly officials in the Village.

Mayor Joe Pollino released the following statement: 

2017-07-03 Shkut Statement Regarding Shut-Down and Council Appointment