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.
City facilities in Marion will remain closed to walk-in traffic until public health trends indicate it is safe to reopen.
Business may be conducted by appointment only, if alternative methods of meeting are not available.
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 library will begin offering low or no-contact curbside hold pickup of library materials beginning Friday, May 22. Marion Public Library remains closed to the public and all library programs and events, both public and private, have been cancelled through June 16. Due dates on library materials have been moved to June 16, 2020.
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.
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 to walk-in traffic until public health trends indicate it is safe to reopen. Business may be conducted by appointment only, if alternative methods of meeting are not available.
Marion parks remain open for the community to enjoy. Pavilions are available on a first-come, first-served basis as long as group size restrictions and social distancing protocols are followed. Restrooms remain closed at this time and park users are responsible for carrying out any garbage brought into the park system.
- Playgrounds, basketball courts, exercise equipment, tennis courts, and the skate park will reopen on June 1.
- All programming (day camps, youth, adult and senior activities) are cancelled for the time being.
- Facility rentals or usage will not be permitted, staff are contacting those directly to reschedule or issue a refund.
Engineering Department office staff are working remotely.
Outside inspections will continue as long as they can be done in a safe manner.
Please call the Engineering Department for inspections as you normally do and we will coordinate the inspections as soon as possible.
Leave a message if you do not get a response and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Plans out for bid will continue to be distributed via electronic methods only.
Bids to be submitted will still be dropped off at City Hall with specific instructions at the entrances.
Weather permitting, bid opening will likely occur outside the building to provide for adequate social distancing.
If you have site plans and/or subdivision plans that need to be reviewed it is recommended to submit them electronically, but they can be dropped off at City Hall. [Dropping off hard copies will slow the review process down since staff are working remotely.]
Meetings will continue but in an electronic format.
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 walk-in traffic until public health trends indicate it is safe to reopen.
Business may be conducted by appointment only, if alternative methods of meeting are not available.
Curbside garbage and recycling collection will continue as scheduled.
**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.
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 for the time being.
The Recycling Drop-off Center has resumed its normal hours of operation:
Tuesdays: noon - 5:45 p.m.
Saturdays: 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
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 is expected to resume on Monday, May 18, 2020, with certain restrictions. Learn more at www.cedar-rapids.org.
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
- May 21 - Marion Pool to Remain Closed for the 2020 Season
- May 20 - Governor Reynolds Eases Restrictions on School Sports and Additional Businesses
- May 15 - Marion Extends Closure of City Facilities through May 31, Available by Appointment Only June 1-15
- May 15 - Task Force Initiates Resident Readiness Online Survey
- May 13 - Governor Reynolds Eases Restrictions Allowing Restaurants and Hair Salons to Open
- May 13 - Marion's Community Recovery Task Force Releases Reopening & Recovery Toolkit for Business
- May 7 - City of Marion Announces Changes to Spring/Summer Event Line-Up
- May 7 - Governor Reynolds Lifts Restrictions for Select Businesses
- May 6 - Test Iowa Site to Open in Cedar Rapids on Thursday
- April 29 - Marion City Facilities Remain Closed through May 15
- April 27 - Gov. Reynolds extends Restrictions in Linn County to May 15
- April 21 - Gov. Reynolds launches Test Iowa Initiative to Expand Testing Capacity
- April 17 - City of Marion Initiates COVID-19 Community Recovery Task Force
- April 17 - Governor Extends School Closures through end of School Year
- April 17 - Marion Parks & Recreation Closes Legion Park Disc Golf Course
- April 16 - Governor Reynolds Orders Additional Protective Measures in Linn County
- April 7 - Marion Extends Closure of City Facilities through April 30
- April 3 - Garage Sales Prohibited in Marion During Emergency Declaration
- 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
- 2-1-1 - First Call for Help
- Iowa Legal Aid
- Foundation 2 Crisis Services