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City Follows Governor’s Order to Close All Offices; Minimizes Staff during Emergency Shutdown Share

Mar 23, 2020  |  Web Administrator

City of Mar­i­on gov­ern­ment is fol­low­ing Gov­er­nor Holcomb’s order to close all offices by shut­ting down its local offices and reduc­ing work­ers to those able to work from home and/​or pro­vide essen­tial ser­vices for the City in response to the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic. All City offices will shut down at close-of-busi­ness today, most of which were already closed as of Noon today.

May­or Alum­baugh issued an exec­u­tive order last Tues­day, March 10th, 2020, allow­ing cer­tain employ­ees to work remote­ly in order to min­i­mize employ­ees to essen­tial staff in antic­i­pa­tion of the Governor’s order.

The Build­ing Depart­ment will shut down ser­vices at City Hall after close-of-busi­ness today. May­or Alum­baugh has extend­ed the Rental Prop­er­ty Reg­is­tra­tion require­ment from April 1st to July 1st, 2020.

The City’s main num­ber – 765.662.9931 – will remain oper­a­tional. Callers should dial this num­ber to be trans­ferred to prop­er depart­ment con­tacts. Most, but not all, employ­ees will con­tin­ue to use email for com­mu­ni­ca­tion as well, but fax­ing or mail­ing for imme­di­ate response is not rec­om­mend­ed at this time.

The plan for the Trans­porta­tion Dept. is the same as announced last week with few­er bus dri­vers on shifts. The ter­mi­nal remains closed, and rou­tine ser­vice is sus­pend­ed until fur­ther notice. How­ev­er, bus­es are pro­vid­ing ADA and essen­tial call-ahead ser­vice. This spe­cial ser­vice is being pro­vid­ed on a call-ahead basis with at least a 24-hour notice for essen­tial trips to med­ical appoint­ments, phar­ma­cies, gro­cery stores, and oth­er essen­tial cir­cum­stances. Call Trans­porta­tion at 765.668.4445 to sched­ule spe­cial tran­sit service.

The Parks sys­tem will remain open to encour­age walk­ing and exer­cise, but pub­lic play­grounds will be closed to pre­vent the spread of the virus. All shel­ters at all parks are closed to the pub­lic includ­ing the Gar­den House. All rentals have been can­celed which were sched­uled through April 30th, 2020, and no fur­ther reser­va­tions will be accept­ed until fur­ther notice. Refunds will be issued to those who pre­vi­ous­ly reserved shel­ters dur­ing the affect­ed dates. Rentals and event sched­ul­ing will be reeval­u­at­ed mid-April.

Mar­i­on City Court is respond­ing in the same man­ner as Grant Coun­ty. All non-essen­tial in-per­son court pro­ceed­ings shall be post­poned until May 4th, 2020. The fol­low­ing pro­ceed­ings will con­tin­ue as sched­uled: all in-cus­tody tri­als and hear­ings, all ini­tial hear­ings, and all oth­er court pro­ceed­ings deemed essen­tial by the Judge of Mar­i­on City Court. All indi­vid­u­als who have been sum­moned to appear in Mar­i­on City Court between now and May 4th, 2020, shall imme­di­ate­ly con­tact Mar­i­on City Court at any of the fol­low­ing num­bers — (765) 668.4425, 668.4424, or 668.4423 — to be advised as to whether their appear­ance in court is required or their court pro­ceed­ing has been continued. 

Again, until fur­ther notice, the Clerk’s Office is request­ing all items for the City Coun­cil for the month of April, 2020, be filed through email to kkiley@​cityofmarion.​in.​gov and dgoodman@​cityofmarion.​in.​gov, and only if it is per­ti­nent to the finan­cial run­ning of the city.

The City­wide Main­te­nance facil­i­ty is not accept­ing or pick­ing up brush until fur­ther notice. Access to the facil­i­ty by the pub­lic is prohibited.

The City of Mar­i­on strong­ly rec­om­mends that indi­vid­u­als fol­low the Governor’s orders to stay at home except in lim­it­ed cir­cum­stances deemed essen­tial, until fur­ther direct­ed. The Gov­er­nor out­lines essen­tial cir­cum­stances, spe­cial rec­om­men­da­tions for senior cit­i­zens, and more with­in his exec­u­tive order dat­ed today which may be found at: http://​www​.doc​u​ment​cloud​.org/​d​o​c​u​m​e​n​t​s​/​6817530​-​S​t​a​y​-​a​t​-​H​o​m​e​-​E​x​e​c​u​t​i​v​e​-​O​r​d​e​r​.html.

If you live in Grant Coun­ty and are dis­play­ing symp­toms of COVID-19 out­lined on CDC​.gov, please call the MGH hot­line at 765.660.6999.

Please be well and check in with your fam­i­ly, neigh­bors, and friends to ensure their needs are met.

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