News from the City of Marion

Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 1:06pm

Mayor Scott Schertzer is announcing that the Utility Billing Department will be closed to the public beginning Monday, November 30, 2020 for an extended period due to multiple employees being out of the office due to quarantine requirements resulting from positive COVID-19 tests or exposure to an individual with COVID-19.  This closure is being put in place to protect the remaining staff members of this department. 

When notice was received of the positive COVID-19 test result, the affected areas of City Hall were disinfected following established protocols.

Options for making payments while the department is closed are: 

  • Make payments online (https://www.marionohio.us/online-utility-payment),
  • Send payment through U.S. Postal Service
  • Automatic bank draft (contact Utility Billing Department for additional information), or
  • Place payment in the locking drop box between the two front doors of City Hall.

 

 

Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 10:04am

Mayor Scott Schertzer is announcing that the last week for curbside yard waste collection during the 2020 season is scheduled for December 7-11.     The Mayor notes that this will also be the last scheduled week for leaf pick-up as well.

Yard waste collection service is curtailed during the winter to allow employees to fulfill other duties during these months.  Residents may continue to take yard waste materials, free of charge, to Outdoor Resource Supply (formerly Park Enterprise), located at 560 Barks Rd. W.  Requirements for yard waste drop off are:

  1. Must stop at office or other designated location (verification of City residency may be required - i.e. license, utility bill, etc.)
     
  2. Items being dropped off must be weighed by Outdoor Resource Supply employee before materials are discarded.
     
  3. Residents using plastic bags are required to remove waste from bags and then discard of plastic bags properly.  Biodegradable paper bags are available at most local retail stores.

Call Outdoor Resource Supply at 740-914-8227 for additional information on their acceptance program or for hours of operation.

 

 

Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 3:29pm

Mayor Scott Schertzer is announcing upcoming closures that will affect services over the Thanksgiving holiday for City of Marion residents.  The following closures and modifications in operational schedules are being announced for various city departments:

  • All offices in City Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27, 2020.
     
  • The Sanitation and Streets Department will not collect trash, recycling, yard waste, or leaves on Thursday, November 26, 2020.  Services by these crews will resume on Friday, November 27, with the Sanitation Department collecting refuse, recycling and yard waste for both Thursday and Friday on this day; therefore, residents who normally have Thursday sanitation  and  recycling  service  are  asked  to  have  their  collections  at  curbside  by 7:00 a.m. on Friday.  Leaf collection will also resume on Friday.
     
  • Marion Area Transit will be closed and have no bus service available on Thursday, November 26 or Friday, November 27.  Bus service will resume normal hours of operation on Monday, November 30, 2020.
     
  • Marion Senior Center continues to be closed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to protect the health and welfare of its members.  Contact the Senior Center (740-387-5444) for senior transportation available weekdays from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm.  The Senior Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26) with no transportation available that day.  Transportation will be available for dialysis appointments only on Friday, November 27.

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

 

 

Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 5:02pm

With COVID-19 cases rising at an alarmingly rapid rate, Mayor Schertzer issued an Executive Order for the operation of Marion City Hall.  Highlights of this Executive Order are shown below.

  • As of Monday, November 23, 2020, City Hall will be open to the public on Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm until further notice.  These hours are in effect for all departments in City Hall, with the exception of Marion Municipal Court and Probation.  Contact the Marion Municipal Court Office at 740-387-2020 option 1 or Misdemeanor Probation at 740-387-2020 option 2 to obtain the hours of operation for either of these offices.
     
  • In order to help reduce potential exposure during this new wave of the virus, City officials request that only one person per party enter City Hall to conduct necessary business.
     
  • Due to a statewide mandate issued on July 23, 2020, individuals entering City Hall will be required to wear a facial covering at all times.  This mandate is in effect for any person that is 10 years of age and older.  Other alternatives will be offered to those that cannot wear a mask due to medical conditions or disability.
     
  • At the City Hall security screening area, all individuals will be required to state the reason for their business, complete a temperature check, and sign in for contact tracing purposes.

Please note, if circumstances change and conditions warrant, modifications will be made to the services provided by the City of Marion.  If this occurs, information will be relayed to the media and shared on the City of Marion website.

 

 

Posted: Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 12:17pm

Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission has announced that they may be able assist residents with their sewer and sanitation bills.  Residents should call 740-383-2154 ext. 529 for additional details and information.

 

Posted: Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 8:28am

Mayor Scott Schertzer is announcing that in observance of the Veterans Day holiday, many City of Marion departments will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2020; however, some departments will operate on a regular schedule for the day.  The following departments will operate as noted below:

  • All offices in City Hall will be closed.
  • Sanitation crews will collect garbage, recycling and yard waste on November 11.  It is requested that customers with Wednesday sanitation service have their collections at curbside by 7:00 am.
  • Bus service through Marion Area Transit will be closed on November 11.  Marion Area Transit will resume normal hours of operation on Thursday, November 12.
  • Marion Senior Center will be closed on November 11.  The Center continues to be closed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to protect the health and welfare of our members.  Contact the Senior Center (740-387-5444) for transportation options that are available through the Center on this day.

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

 

City residents are also reminded that yard waste and fall leaf pick-up will continue through Friday, December 11, 2020.  The options available for disposal of leaves are as follows:

  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 or parking lane);
  2. Leaves may be placed in biodegradable paper bags (limit 3 per week) for City sanitation workers to pick up; or
  3. Leaves may be taken to the free drop off location at 560 Barks Rd. W. in biodegradable paper-bags.  Proof of City residency may be required.

     

Posted: Friday, October 16, 2020 - 8:05am

Mayor Scott Schertzer is announcing that leaf collection for city residents will begin on Monday, October 26 and continue through Friday, December 11, 2020.  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.
 
  NOTE:  Residents should NOT rake leaves into the city streets and parking lanes, so water can drain properly into the city’s storm sewer system, with catch basins and drains not becoming blocked.
     
2. Place leaves in biodegradable paper bags for City pick up, which will follow yard waste pick-up limits 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 each week.
   
3. Take biodegradable paper bagged leaves to 560 Barks Rd. W.
 
  Outdoor Resource Supply (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 740-223-7275 to obtain hours of operation for Outdoor Resource Supply.  Requirements for drop off are:
     
  a.  Must stop at office or other designated location where verification of City residency (i.e. license, utility bill, etc.) may be required.
  b. Items being dropped off must be weighed by an Outdoor Resource Supply employee before materials are discarded.
     
  PLEASE NOTE:  If non-biodegradable bags are used for collection, leaves must be emptied during drop-off.
 

For additional information, contact the Sanitation/Streets Department at 740-382-1479.

 

Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 3:56pm

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

In 1999, Marion City Council passed legislation which set "Trick-or-Treat" night within the City of Marion for October 31 of each year between the hours of 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm, unless October 31 falls on a Sunday.  If October 31 falls on a Sunday, "Trick-or-Treat" night will be observed on the preceding Saturday.  As a result of the passage of this Ordinance, the date for Trick-or-Treat must be held as noted above.

While “Trick-or-Treat” is an annual tradition, parents/guardians are encouraged to exercise their own judgment on whether they allow children to participate.

Suggestions and Tips for 2020:

  • Practice Social Distancing;
  • Wear a face covering;
  • It is suggested that individuals trick-or-treat with family members only (do not carpool with other neighbors or go out in large groups of friends);
  • It is suggested that adults hand candy to each child rather than allowing children to grab candy from a bowl or a pile which reduces the number of hands touching the remaining candy and potentially spreading the virus;
  • Everyone in the household should monitor for symptoms leading up to trick-or-treat night.  If someone in the household is sick or may have had contact with a positive COVID-19 case, stay home and/or do not give out candy. 

 

Inclement weather:  In the event of inclement weather, the set date will not change. Parents/guardians are encouraged to exercise their own judgment on whether they allow children to participate.

 

Posted: Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 8:10am

Mayor Scott Schertzer is announcing the following closures for the City of Marion on Monday, September 7, 2020 in observance of the Labor Day holiday:

  • All offices in City Hall will be closed.
  • Sanitation crews will not work on Monday, September 7.  Residents that normally have Monday sanitation service are asked to have their collections at curbside by 7:00 am on Tuesday, September 8.  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 7.  Normal bus service will resume on Tuesday, September 8.
  • Marion Senior Center will be closed on Monday, September 7.  Contact the Senior Center (740-387-6100) for transportation options that are available through the center.

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

 

Posted: Friday, August 28, 2020 - 11:42am

It’s important, safe & easy – and not too late to respond!

Mayor Schertzer is reminding those citizens that have not already done so, to complete their 2020 Census Questionnaire.  Schertzer said, “I would encourage our residents to take a few minutes out of their busy lives to complete the 2020 Census because the impact for multiple agencies and programs throughout our local community is significant .”

U.S. Census Bureau worker are knocking on doors in Marion at homes that have not already responded to the 2020 Census, in order to complete this vital national count.

Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, with the Census counting our population and households.  The Census provides the basis for distributing more federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs – impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, healthcare and public policy, as well as reapportioning congressional seats and redistricting.

  • It’s not too late!  You can still respond online, by phone, or by mail.  Answer today, save a visit by census takers to your home, and save taxpayer dollars too!
  • Taking the Census is quick and easy with residents having the option to complete as follows:
     

          - Online at https://my2020census.gov/ (multiple languages available)
          - By Phone 1-844-330-2020 (multiple languages available)
          - By Mail - Complete information sent by U.S. Census Bureau in March or April.

  • Census takers will have official photo ID badges and wear face masks for COVID-19 safety.

* Census workers will NEVER ask for your social security number, bank account information, political party, religion, or citizenship information.  You can verify a Census employee by going to:  https://www.census.gov/cgi-bin/main/email.cgi
 

 


What is the Census?

The census is a 10-year count of all persons living in the United States, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.  The census also inventories various demographic information on persons living in the United States, including age, gender, and race.

Why should I take the Census?

The Census determines how millions of dollars in federal funding will get distributed and we want Marion to get all it deserves.  For every person who does not take the Census, Marion stands to lose out on $20,000 in federal funds over the next decade.  The Census also determines our representation in Congress.  It is vitally important for every single person living in Marion to be counted! 

Who should be counted?

You should count every person living in your home.  This includes infants and grandparents, citizens and non-citizens, family members and non-family members.  If someone is living in your home and therefore using City resources, they should be counted there.   Have questions about how to count your college student, service member, etc?  Check the Census website for details.

How will I take the Census?

For the first time ever, you can take the Census online.  You should have received an invitation in the mail with directions on how to take the Census online for your household.  If you do not have internet access, you can choose to visit your local library branch to use a computer there or you can call the Census Bureau to give your answers by phone.  There will also be a paper Census option.  Different languages are available.

Is it safe to provide answers for the Census?

All data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau is confidential and may only be used for statistical purposes.  The Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about an individual, their home, or business, even to law enforcement agencies.  The law ensures that an individual’s private data is protected and their answers cannot be used against them by any government agency or court.

Is the Census a requirement?

Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution mandates that the Census be completed every 10-years.

 

 

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