City Service Implications
Based on the latest guidance from Linn County Public Health and the State of Iowa, and to help ensure the health and safety of our community given the presence of coronavirus in eastern Iowa, all City facilities are closed to the general public. Specifics are outlined below. It is best to communicate with the respective departments via phone or email.
Marion City Hall is closed as of 8 a.m. on Friday, March 20. This closure will be in place for a minimum of two weeks.
Door bells have been installed on both the north and south doors at Marion City Hall to accommodate deliveries, bids, and other scheduled appointments. Payments and other paperwork that would be normally dropped off in person may be left in the Marion Water Department drop-boxes adjacent to City Hall and will be routed accordingly.
The Marion Chamber of Commerce and MEDCO offices are closed to the public as well. The organizations are in regular communication with the business community and can be reached by phone, email or through their respective websites www.marioncc.org or www.medcoiowa.com.
Marion Public Library is closed to the public. Online and reference help will still be available during normal hours of operation.
The drop-offs at all Hy-Vee locations are closed. If you have materials you are ready to return, we ask that you hold onto them. All due dates have been extended and we will be waiving fines until we reopen.
Holds pick up service at Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Hiawatha Public Libraries will discontinue.
During this time, we are also working to increase the availability of online resources and will keep you updated in this regard. Thank you for your patience as we do everything we can to continue to provide you with library service.
The free WiFi at the Marion Public Library has been boosted and is available from outside the building 24/7.
Administrative offices at Lowe and Thomas Parks are closed.
- Playgrounds, basketball courts, exercise equipment and the skatepark are also closed to the public to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
- All programming (day camps, youth, adult and senior activities) are cancelled through April 30. This includes Encore Cafe.
- Facility rentals or usage will not be permitted, staff are contacting those directly to reschedule or issue a refund.
The Engineering Department continues to conduct outside inspections. City Hall is closed to the public. All other department-related permit applications are available on the City website.
Building Inspection services continue to be provided, with some restrictions. Photos are not an acceptable substitute for inspections.
- Residential, Commercial, Accessory Buildings
- Wait until all trades are finished, we request that only the general contractor be present
- Rough-ins, only if accessible through an exterior door
Roofing or Siding
- With advance notice to the owner and a time given
Stand-Alone Sub Permits
- Only if someone is out of power or water
Remodel and Basement Finish
- Permitted if the home or structure is uninhabited, otherwise will have to wait
- Postponed until further notice
- COVID-19 Landlord/Tenant legal help - Iowa Legal Aid
To contact Permit Techs and Building Inspectors:
- Call 319-743-6330
To apply for permits, please do so via email:
- Payments will only be processed via credit card over the phone
- The City will mail the green card and permit; a scanned copy will be emailed upon request
Marion Water Department is closed to the public. Utility payments may be made online, by phone or through the payment drop boxes outside of Marion City Hall (1225 6th Avenue).
The Marion Water Department has temporarily suspended disconnections for non-payments until further notice. However, please note that customer bills are due as rendered and payment obligations will continue to accrue. Payment arrangements may be made by calling 319-743-6310.
During the COVID-19 emergency, late fees will be waived for bills due March 23 and after.
The Public Services Department is closed to the public.
Curbside garbage and recycling collection will continue as scheduled. From March 30-April 10, the department will allow one extra free bag/container of garbage per household.
**Please be sure to have bins/containers at the curb before 7 a.m. on your collection day. Due to shift changes, you may notice your garbage being collected earlier than usual.
Curbside yard waste collection is expected to resume on Monday, April 6. The Yard Waste Drop-off Facility remains open weekdays from 7 a.m.-3:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.- 4:15 p.m.
- Bulk item collection is suspended.
- Recycling Drop-off Center is closed
- The Linn County Solid Waste Agency is closed to the public
Marion Fire Department is closed to the public. Emergency personnel are following the protocol as provided by Linn County Emergency Management and the CDC.
Please note, some members of the incident response team will be stationed at Lowe Park, to provide separation among staff.
Marion Police Department is closed to the public. Emergency personnel are following the protocol as provided by Linn County Emergency Management and the CDC.
For the safety of our personnel and the public, for the next 30 days, the Marion Police Department will be suspending public fingerprinting and the drug drop box.
The City of Marion contracts with Cedar Rapids Transit to provide public transportation. Cedar Rapids Transit service has been suspended until April 13, 2020.
Neighborhood Transportation Service (NTS) at Horizons will be expanding their after-hours service to provide day-time rides to work for those with critical employment transportation needs such as work at hospitals, grocery stores, care facilities, and convenience stores/gas stations. To schedule a ride, citizens should call 319-363-1321 at least 24 hours in advance. For more information about NTS services, schedules and regulations visit www.horizonsfamily.org.
Linn County LIFTS Paratransit service will continue to provide rides to existing customers for essential services including medical trips, pharmacy, dialysis or grocery. All other persons in need of essential medical transportation can contact LIFTS at 319-892-5170 to see if rides are available. Priority will be given to seniors and persons with disabilities. Vehicle capacity will be limited to follow social distancing protocols.
NTS and LIFTS fares will be waived until further notice.
Be in the Know about COVID-19
- The virus causing COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified, and causes a respiratory illness ranging from a mild cold-like illness to severe respiratory disease.
- Similar to influenza, the people who are most likely to have severe disease and complications from COVID-19 are believed to be the very old, very young and those with other chronic or underlying medical conditions.
- No vaccine or treatment is currently available for COVID-19, so prevention is very important.
How the Virus Spreads
- COVID-19 is believed to spread primarily the same way the common cold or flu spreads—through respiratory droplets that are produced when someone coughs or sneezes.
- People who are most at risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 are those who have been in close contact (within about 6 feet) with someone who has the disease.
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
What You Can Do Now
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if soap and water are not available.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow/inside of arm.
- Stay home if you are sick and do not go out in public until you are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer) or have signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).
What to Expect when you Call 9-1-1
- If you need emergency services, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1. We are still responding to emergency calls.
- Our dispatchers may ask questions to determine if you have been exposed to or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
- You may only see one medic at first, with the rest of the response team waiting outside. They may ask questions from a distance before making physical contact.
- Our medics may be wearing protective equipment such as masks, gowns and eye protection. Do not be alarmed, this is to protect our staff so that we may continue to serve this community.
A Message from the Mayor
City of Marion news updates:
- April 2 - Marion Parks & Recreation Issues Park Reminders and Programming Cancellations
- March 29 - First COVID-19 Death Confirmed in Linn County
- March 26 - Public Services Department to Allow Extra Garbage at the Curb for Two Weeks
- March 25 - Park Playgrounds and Outdoor Exercise Equipment Temporarily Closed in Marion
- March 24 - Mayor Declares Local State of Emergency in Marion
- March 21 - COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Linn County
- March 19 - All Marion Municipal Facilities to Close to the Public
- March 19 - City Council Appointment Postponed
- March 17 - Longbranch Restaurant and Bar Attendees Asked to Self-Isolate
- March 16 - Marion Requesting Bars/Restaurants Limit Patron Activity
- March 16 - Marion's Response to the Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) Concerns
- March 12 - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Marion Residents
- March 10 - Be in the Know about COVID-19
- Marion Economic Development Corp.
- Marion Chamber of Commerce
- Marion Delivery, Carry-out & Curbside Options
- Linn-Mar Community School District
- Marion Independent School District
- Iowa Legal Aid