To limit public interactions and gatherings, Marion City Hall and all municipal facilities will be closed to the general public until further notice. This closure will be in place for a minimum of two weeks starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020.
“Be assured, the City of Marion and Marion City Council are taking the coronavirus seriously. We all have an important responsibility to keep our community as safe and as healthy as possible,” said Mayor Nicolas AbouAssaly. “The situation remains very fluid, but even with these closures, know that your elected leaders and City staff continue to serve you.”
Emergency services continue. Other City staff will work on-site and remotely to continue offering all essential services. Residents and businesses may conduct City business online, by phone or via email. Find contact information and an overview of service implications at www.cityofmarion.org/COVID-19response.
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.
At this time, 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. Payments may be made online, by phone, mail or drop box.
All non-essential public meetings and events will be cancelled with any updates or format changes indicated on the City’s online calendar. City Council Office Hours will continue to be offered by phone. To reach a member of the City Council call 319-743-6305 between 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturdays, or contact any council member as needed using this directory on the City website.
Marion Public Library remains closed to the public. Hours of operation will be modified. Starting Monday, March 23 the hours will be Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and closed on Sunday. Library staff continue to provide online and reference help. Holds are also able to be picked up by appointment. Additionally, the library’s free Wi-Fi signal has been boosted to reach beyond the building walls, making it possible to connect your personal device from outside the building.
The City of Marion is committed to updating residents as new information becomes available via the City website www.cityofmarion.org and its Facebook and Twitter channels.