Marion County events, services impacted by coronavirus concerns
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MARION – Local events in Marion County have been canceled or postponed as a precautionary measure due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
- The Marion County Sheriff's Office has suspended processing Concealed Carry License Applications or WebCheck fingerprinting requests until further notice. The temporary suspension goes into effect Monday, March 16.
- The Marion Police Department has put all background checks and fingerprinting on hold.
- All MPACT-related events have been been canceled, including K-9 demos
- Access to the Marion Police Department by non-sworn staff has been restricted
- Marion City Hall is closed to the public until further notice. Contact Marion Municipal Court or the probation department at 740-387-2020 for information from those offices.
- The Marion Municipal Court is closed to the public, effective March 20. Almost all hearings are limited to phone or video conferencing. Most criminal and traffic arraignments have been postponed indefinitely, and trials have been postponed. All OVI arraignments will be at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays outside the back door of City Hall, according to an order issued by Judge Teresa Ballinger. Domestic violence arraignments will be 1:30 p.m. the day after arrest. All eviction hearings have been postponed until further notice.
- The city probation department is closed to the public. Probationers are to call their probation officers for information on reporting and other matters.
- City income tax documents and payments may be dropped off in the utility billing drop box inside the front doors of City Hall. Residents may also pay their city income tax online at or by mail.
- City residents may pay their utility bill online at , by mail, by automatic bank draft or by dropping off payment in the utility billing drop box inside the front doors of City Hall.
- City Sanitation and Streets will not collect yard waste at curbside until further notice. Residents may take grass clippings and yard waste to Outdoor Resource Supply, 560 Barks Road W., for free.
- All Marion City Council committee meetings have been canceled and suspended until further notice. Marion City Council held its March 23 meeting via video conferencing. The public was not permitted inside City Hall March 23. City council is prioritizing legislation that is "urgent and 'necessary'" to conduct city business. The next city council meeting is scheduled for April 13.
- All City of Marion board and commission meetings are canceled until April 13. City employees are encouraged to limit in-person meetings. All non-essential employee travel outside of Marion city limits is prohibited until April 13.
- Marion County Administrative Building, 222 W. Center St., will be closed to the public, with a few exceptions, beginning March 18, until further notice. Marion County Family Court will continue to conduct pending and scheduled matters. Groups not part of county government are not allowed to use meeting rooms until further notice.
- The Deputy Registrar's Office, located in the Marion County building, was closed by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles until further notice. The Clerk of Court's Title Office is also closed to the public.
- Marion County Commissioners will only meet on Thursdays beginning March 19, until further notice. Access will only be available via the northeast doors of the Administrative Building.
- To conduct business with the Marion County Board of Elections, residents must call 740-223-4090 to request an absentee ballot application or make an appointment.
- Access to the Marion County Prosecutor's Office, 134 E. Center St., Marion, is limited until further notice.
- Access to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, 100 Executive Dr., Marion, is limited until further notice. Groups not part of county government are not allowed to use meeting rooms until further notice.
- The Marion Area Counseling Center (MACC) has made some adjustments to current procedures. Effective March 23, MACC will have adjusted hours of 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, closed Fridays. To limit exposure, MACC asks that only those who seek services come to the agency for their appointment and non-clients such as family members and friends not enter the building. MACC can be reached at 740-387-5210 or online at Maccsite.com. Those in crisis can call the 24/7 number at Pathways of Central Ohio at 740-383-2273.
- Marion County Job and Family Services has closed its lobby to the public. The agency and its staff will continue to provide services during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Documents for all programs may be placed in the agency's drop box withing the vestibule of the main entrance, 363 W. Fairground St., Marion. There is a separate drop box for overpayments. Documents may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 740-387-2175.
- The Marion Public Library is closed until Monday, April 6. No fees or fines will be charged for any overdue materials. The materials can still be dropped off in the return boxes at any time.
- Help Me Grow of Marion County has suspended all face-to-face home visits and the office at 1339 Mount Vernon Ave. in Marion is closed to the public until further notice. Agency staff members will be available to answer questions. The phone number is 740-387-8336.
- First Federal Bank has closed offices to the public, but is still offering drive-up teller windows through April 5. Appointments may be scheduled as needed.
- The Marion Family YMCA is closed until further notice.
- All fitness centers and gymnasiums are closed until further notice by order of the Ohio Dept. of Health.
- Marion Senior Center is closed until April 13.
- Marion Matters, 790 Kenton St., Marion, is closing its office for the rest of this week. Following are contacts for those who need assistance: Michelle Ryman, Partner Family Coordinator, mr.; Courtney Walker, Program Coordinator, cj.; Natalie Longmeier, Marion Area ERN Success Coach, ern..
- Marion Community Foundation has closed its office until further notice. All employees are working remotely. Phone service is being forwarded to voicemail, which will be checked regularly and calls will be returned during standard business hours. Call 740-387-9704 to leave a message. For information, visit the website .
- The Marion County Hall of Fame induction ceremony scheduled for Sunday, April 19 at Heritage Hall Auditorium at the Marion County Historical Society has been postponed.
- The Palace Theatre has rescheduled a stage production and two touring artist shows. The production of "Nunsense: The Second Coming," originally scheduled for April 3-4, has been rescheduled for June 5-6. The Amy Grant concert scheduled for April 18, 2020, has been rescheduled for April 10, 2021. The Jefferson Starship concert scheduled for May 2, 2020, has been rescheduled for Aug. 1, 2020. Palace box office staff will be contacting all ticket holders for both events. Visit for information.
- Marion Area Chamber of Commerce's Annual Auction, scheduled for April 25, has been postponed until later in the year. For information, contact the Chamber at 740-382-2181.
- The Forge 2.0 free business classes at Marion Technical College have be postponed and will now run from April 14 through May 19.
- The Marion Area Safety Council, which is operated by the Marion Area Chamber of Commerce, has canceled its March and April meetings.
- All events at Veterans Memorial Coliseum are canceled.
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