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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, 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.documentcloud.org/documents/6817530-Stay-at-Home-Executive-Order.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.