City of Marion

Mayor Scott Schertzer is announcing that offices in City Hall will be closed on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 in observance of Veteran’s Day. 

The following city departments will operate as noted:

  • Sanitation crews will collect garbage and recycling.  Customers normally having refuse collected on Tuesday are requested to have their collections at curbside by 7:00 am. 
  • The Marion Senior Center will be open normal operating hours.  On this day, the Center will be honoring and providing a complimentary lunch for all local Veterans.    The 12:00 pm luncheon will be followed by a performance of patriotic music by Sweet Adelines and a special military-focused presentation.  Honor Flight information will also be available.  Dinner tickets are $3 per person (FREE for veterans).  Contact the Senior Center at 387-6100 by November 7, 2014 to RSVP or for additional information.
  • Marion Area Transit buses will not be in operation on November 11.

Essential services including fire, police, and airport will operate as usual. 


The Mayor would also like to remind residents of the options available for disposal of leaves:

1)  Leaves may be raked to the tree lawn area to be vacuumed (Residents are reminded that leaves are not to be raked into the street);

2)  Leaves may be placed in biodegradable paper bags (limit 3 per week) for City sanitation workers to pick up; or

3)  Leaves can be taken to the free drop off location at 560 Barks Rd. W. in biodegradable paper-bags.  Proof of City residence may be required.



Mayor Scott Schertzer is announcing that leaf collection for city residents will begin Monday, October 20 and continue through Friday, December 12, 2014.  The three options for disposal of leaves by city residents are:

  1. Place leaves in the tree lawn area to be vacuumed.

    A vacuum-type collector will collect leaves raked to the tree lawn area, with each street having leaves collected during the leaf pick-up season.

    As a note, residents should NOT rake leaves into the street in order to keep from blocking catch basins and drains, so water can drain properly into the city’s storm sewer system.

  2. Place leaves in biodegradable paper bags for City pick up, which will follow yard waste limits of a pick-up of 3 bags per week.

    Residents wishing to bag leaves may do so by placing them in clearly marked biodegradable paper bags sold at local retail stores.  The filled bags should be placed at curbside for pick-up.  The City will continue to follow its yard waste limits of collecting 3 bags and 3 bundles per residence per week.

  3. Take biodegradable paper bagged leaves to 560 Barks Rd. W.

    Park Enterprise Construction located at 560 Barks Rd. W. is the location of the City’s free drop off site.  This location will be open to city residents free of charge.  Residents may call 223-7275 for Park Enterprise hours of operation.  Proof of city residency is required.  PLEASE NOTE:  If non-biodegradable bags are used, leaves must be emptied from the bag at site.

For additional information, contact the Sanitation/Streets Department at 382-1479.



Trick-or-Treat for the City of Marion will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Friday, October 31.

In 1999, Marion City Council pass an ordinance which set October 31 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm as Trick-or-Treat night in the City of Marion, unless October 31 falls on a Sunday in which Trick-or-Treat night will be observed on the preceding Saturday.  As a result of the passage of this Ordinance in 1999, the date of Trick-or-Treat cannot be moved unless legislation was presented before full City Council.

Halloween Safety Tips:

  • Trick-or-Treat in a group or with an adult.
  • Accept treats only in doorways.  Never go into a house.
  • Visit homes that have the porch light on.
  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Walk, don't run, and stay on sidewalks.
  • Look both ways before crossing streets and only cross the street at corners.
  • Wear reflective clothing.
  • Be sure your costume is not too long ... you don't want to trip or fall.
  • Shoes should fit comfortably (even if they don't match your costume).
  • Carry only flexible swords, knives, and props.
  • Consider using "face paint" instead of a mask.  If you wear a mask, be sure you can see out of it clearly.
  • Be sure your parents always know where you are going to trick-or-treat and stay in familiary neighborhoods.
  • Do not ride a bicycle.  Your costume might get tangled in the wheels.
  • Keep away from candles and open fires.
  • Be cautious of animals.
  • Let parents check your treats before you eat them.
  • Never eat unwrapped candy, opened candy, or fruit given to you on Halloween.



The City of Marion has upgraded to a new automated phone system.  When a citizen calls the City at 387-2020, they will be greeted with an automated message with menu options helping to direct them to one of several city departments.  This new system will automatically connect various departments without using a live person.

The City’s new Mitel phone system utilizes Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP), which is an automated calling technology that uses the internet instead of traditional phone lines.  Moving to an automated phone system allows the City to handle incoming calls more efficiently and provides the City with the ability to include a professional greeting and/or message that can be updated throughout the year as needed.  Other benefits include flexible calling between departments and the efficient handling of multiple incoming calls simultaneously.

When calling the City, callers will be asked to listen to the menu options and then make their menu selection using their keypad.  Callers will respond to the voice prompts and be routed to the right extension, or else request a staff directory listing to find the extension number of the person that they want to reach.  

The City is reminding residents that 911 should only be used in emergency situations and should not be used to bypass the automated phone system or to be connected to a department.



The Sawyer Park Disc Golf Course will be closed Thursday, September 18 through Sunday, September 21 for the Marion Historical Society's “Travel Through Time” event that will be taking place at Sawyer Park.



Mayor Scott Schertzer is announcing that on Tuesday, September 2nd at 6:00 pm detours will begin being posted in the downtown Marion area to accommodate activities for the 2014 Marion Popcorn Festival.  Streets will remain closed until the festival’s conclusion at midnight on Saturday and may remain closed into early Sunday morning for festival clean-up.  The following downtown streets will be closed to traffic beginning September 2nd at 6:00 pm:

  • Center St. between State St. and Campbell St.
  • Church St. between Prospect St. and Main St
  • Main St. between Church St. and Huber St.
  • Prospect St. between Church St. and George St.
  • Oak St. between Center St. and Huber St.

Closure of a number of area streets will begin at 4:00 pm on Thursday, September 4th in preparation for and during the Popcorn Parade. The following is a list of these street changes and closures:

  • Kensington St. will become two-way at 4:00 pm.
  • East Center St. between Kensington St. and State St. will close at 5:00 pm.
  • Forest Lawn Blvd. from Center St. to Mt. Vernon Ave. will close at 5:00 pm.
  • The following streets will be closed between East Center St. and East Church St.:
         -  Pennsylvania Ave.                        -  Merchant Ave.                            -  Homer St.
         -  Kenmore Ave.                              -  Clover Ave.
  • The following streets will be closed between East Center St. and Wilson Ave.:
         -  Chicago Ave.                               -  Boone Ave.                                -  Franconia Ave.
         -  Johnson St.                                 -  True Ave.
  • The following streets will be closed until the conclusion of the parade:
    -  State St. between Center St. and Washington St.
    -  Main St. between Church St. and Hill St.
    -  Delaware Ave. between Hill St. and Washington St.
    -  Hill St. between Main St. and State St.

As a result of the various street closures taking place in preparation for the Popcorn Festival Parade, on Thursday, September 4th, Marion Area Transit will be making final pick-ups at 2:00 pm, with final drop offs scheduled for 2:30 pm.  Normal operating hours will resume on Friday, September 5th. 



Mayor Scott Schertzer is announcing the following closures for the City of Marion on Monday, September 1st in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

  • All offices in City Hall will be closed.
  • Sanitation crews will not work on Monday, September 1st.  Residents that normally have  Monday  sanitation  service  are  asked  to  have  their  collections  at  curbside  by 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 2nd.  Sanitation crews will collect both Monday and Tuesday’s refuse on Tuesday, with the possibility that some of Tuesday’s collection could extend into Wednesday.
  • Marion Area Transit buses will not operate on Monday, September 1st.  Normal bus routes will resume on Tuesday, September 2nd.
  • Marion Senior Center will be closed on Monday, September 1st.

Necessary services including fire, police, and airport will operate as usual.



The City Parks Department will be fogging for mosquitoes on Friday mornings from 5:00 - 8:00 am, as weather conditions permit and as needed.  City Parks and high mosquito population areas will be targeted during the fogging times.

Residents with respiratory conditions are advised to keep doors and windows closed during these hours.



The following notice will appear on all billing statements processed in the months of July, August, and September:


Information appearing on monthly statements will serve as notice in lieu of separate letters mailed with identical information.  Affected accounts must be paid or have payment arrangements made by September 30, 2014 to avoid delinquent sanitary sewer and storm sewer charges being certified and forwarded to the Marion County Auditor’s Office for assessment to property tax records.



Mayor Scott Schertzer is announcing that in observance of the Independence Day holiday, City Departments will be closed on Friday, July 4, 2014.

Please Note:  Due to closures on Friday, City Hall’s weekly early closure day will be observed on Thursday, July 3, 2014.  Therefore, on July 3rd most offices in City Hall will close at 3:00 pm, with the exception of the Municipal Court and Utility Billing Offices which will close at 2:00 pm.

The following departments will operate as noted below on Friday, July 4th:

  • All offices in City Hall will be closed.
  • Sanitation crews will not work on Friday, July 4, 2014.  Residents who normally have Friday sanitation service are asked to have their collections at curbside by 7:00 a.m. on Monday, July 7.  Sanitation crews will collect both Friday and Monday’s refuse on Monday.
  • Marion Area Transit buses will not operate on July 4, 2014.
  • The Marion Senior Center will be closed on July 4, 2014.

Necessary services including fire, police, and airport will operate as usual.