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Welcome to the City of Marion

As Mayor of the City of Marion, welcome to our official website.  The purpose of this website is to provide information about our city government, departments, services, and activities.  Whether you are a resident, business owner or visitor, we invite you to explore and access the resources throughout our web pages.

The Marion community is rich in heritage and history, including the Home and Memorial Tomb of 29th U.S. President Warren G. Harding and his wife Florence.  I invite you to stop and experience our history, attractions, culture, food and more.

Sincerely,
Scott Schertzer - Mayor

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Latest News from the City of Marion

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 11:52am

Mayor Scott Schertzer announced that the City of Marion will shepherd a Pilot Program to assist residents in a two day clean the street program on Decatur Street in Marion. 

Currently this is a pilot program to assist residents in combating an issue of neighborhood education and awareness through a street cleanup pilot program event.  The program came about after Mayor Schertzer received a call from a resident on Decatur stating that she believed her neighbor may need some assistance. “After speaking with the neighbor and surveying the area, I knew the City needed to help.  I saw a need to help the residents of the street and collectively a new pilot program was formed to help the residents dispose of yard waste, debris, junk cars, and general waste.” 

A committee was formed consisting of Officer Casey Thomas, Code Enforcement Sanitarian Sindy Thrapp, Sanitation Supervisor Matt Large, Service Director Cathy Chaffin, 1st Ward City Councilman Kai Meade and Mayor Scott Schertzer.  After much collaboration and discussion, the committee found the best way to help was to devote the time and resources to assist the residents of Decatur Street with a specialized cleanup effort.

Residents are often unaware of the Marion City Code regulations regarding junk vehicles, tires, and general waste; therefore, an educational and informative letter was sent to every resident and property owner on Decatur Street.  A Community Meeting was held at the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church on July 15th to discuss how the City could and will be helping.   The results of that meeting were very encouraging.  The City is appreciative to Mt. Zion and Bishop Greg Draper for their involvement in this and many other projects.

The committee continued with the coordination and execution of a specialized cleanup program and enlisted the assistance of the Marion Municipal Court Probation Department Community Service Program to provide workers for the upcoming event. 

This team of Community Service workers, as well as City of Marion staff will be ready and available to help residents.  We believe that with the dedication of the resources we can help lift the neighborhood and provide the helping hand.

The event will take place on Thursday, July 23 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm and on Friday, July 24 from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm. 

“I want to thank Hessler’s Screen Printing for their generous donation of T-shirts for our staff and volunteers.  This effort would not have been possible without the collaborative efforts of Officer Casey Thomas, Sindy Thrapp, Matt Large, Cathy Chaffin, Kai Meade, Marion City Police Department MPACT, Lt. BJ Gruber, Administrative Assistant Janell O’Neil and the Marion Municipal Court Probation Department Staff.  We are looking forward to a successful pilot program that we can implement throughout the City.”

For additional information regarding this program or other questions regarding regulations on code enforcement issues, including junk vehicles, tires, etc., call 740-387-2248.

 

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 4:19pm

With the approach of the July 4th holiday and due to a significant uptick in illegal fireworks complaints, the Marion Police Department wishes to proactively remind residents that the use of 1G fireworks (inclusive of firecrackers, bottle rockets, etc.) is illegal according to Ohio Revised Code section 3743.65 (B).

“Many Ohio residents find it confusing that you can legally purchase these fireworks in Ohio but it is illegal to set them off in Ohio,” said Marion Police Chief Bill Collins. Chief Collins added that residents who purchase 1G fireworks in the State of Ohio are required by law to take the fireworks out of the State of Ohio within 48 hours of purchase.

 Quick Facts According to the 2018 Consumer Product Safety Commission Fireworks Annual Report

  • There were 121 non-occupational fireworks related deaths between 2003 and 2018
  • 9,100 people were injured due to fireworks related incidents in 2018.
  • Between June 22nd and July 22nd of 2018, there were 5,600 emergency room visits related to fireworks.
  • Children 15 and younger accounted for 37% of Emergency Room visits.

Fireworks, particularly in the hands of untrained persons pose multiple safety risks to the person using the fireworks, but also to others nearby. Numerous injuries are caused by malfunctioning or improperly altered fireworks which can often result in unintended explosions of a serious nature. Also, the consumption of alcohol or use of drugs while handling fireworks significantly increases the risk of injury and/or death. Additionally, fireworks pose a fire hazard to nearby areas, particularly during dry spells with infrequent rains.

Chief Collins also points out that beyond the dangers of fireworks, they also cause an unwelcome noise disturbance for many who live in our community. Chief Collins states, “We hear from our complainants that they have dogs that are agitated and disturbed. Some have loved ones with PTS (post-traumatic stress) who indicate that the sudden and loud noises can be a triggering event for them. Others simply complain that they need to work in the morning and the sound disturbs their sleep”.

Regardless of their motivation, the simple reality is that 1G fireworks as defined by the Ohio Revised Code are both dangerous and illegal. As a result, the Marion Police Department will actively enforce all relevant sections of Ohio law and Marion City Ordinance relating to the illegal possession or lighting of illegal fireworks.

This educational release should serve as the only warning that will be issued relative to the use of illegal fireworks in the City of Marion. Those charged with a first offense fireworks violation are subject to a First-Degree Misdemeanor charge which carries a $1,000 fine, up to six months in jail and the confiscation of any contraband fireworks.

For more information relating to fireworks in the State of Ohio, please visit the Ohio Department of Commerce/ State Fire Marshal FAQ page at https://www.com.ohio.gov/fire/FAQ.aspx.

 

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 10:57am

As a result of the Independence Day holiday falling on Saturday, July 4, 2020, the federal observation of the holiday will occur on Friday, July 3, 2020.  Therefore, Mayor Scott Schertzer is announcing the following closures for the City of Marion on Friday, July 3:

   - City Hall All offices in City Hall will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2020.
 
    PLEASE NOTE:  As a result of City Hall offices being closed on Friday, offices in City Hall will be observing their weekly early closure day on Thursday, July 2, with notable early closures being the Municipal Court and Utility Billing offices closing at 2:00 p.m.
 
  - Sanitation   Sanitation crews will NOT collect refuse, recycling, or yard waste on Friday, July 3.  Residents who normally have sanitation service on Friday are asked to have their collections at curbside no later than 7:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6.  Crews are scheduled to collect both Friday and Monday’s refuse, recycling, and yard waste on Monday, July 6, with the possibility that some of Monday’s collection could extend into Tuesday.
 
  - Transit Buses for Marion Area Transit will NOT be in operation on Friday, July 3.  Normal hours of operation will resume on Monday, July 6.
 
  - Senior Center Marion Senior Center continues to be closed as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  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.