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Marion Messenger - Spring 2018

A quarterly newsletter by the City of Marion, Iowa -

Spring 2018

the Top 25
THE MAYOR Ideas for

3 Marion


4 City Showcase Planned
to Highlight City Services
DEVELOPMENT Marion Among Best Small Cities in America | page 2















On Jan. 25, I was honored to Marion Ranks Among Best
deliver my third State of the Small Cities in America
City address before an audience
of more than 520 attendees. While today Urbanization might be the trend for much of the popula-
tion, but not everyone craves the bright lights and crowded
we don’t have a venue in Marion able to spaces of the big metropolis. For those who appreciate
more wiggle room, fewer degrees of separation and shorter
accommodate a crowd of this size, my commutes, small-city life can be tough to beat.

hope is that our move to the Cedar Marion recently landed in the top 10 percent of Best Small
Cities in America according to WalletHub, and landed in the
Rapids Marriott is only temporary with number two spot among all communities for lowest housing costs.

Nick AbouAssaly future hotel/event center investments To determine the best small cities, WalletHub’s analysts compared
more than 1,200 U.S. cities with populations between 25,000 and
in Marion. 100,000 based on 33 key indicators of livability. They range from
housing costs to school-system quality to restaurants per capita.
I shared just some of the ways Marion is building tre-
One of the best perks of living in a city with a relatively smaller
mendous forward momentum as we work to accommodate population? Affordability. According to the Economic Policy
Institute, the cost of living for a two-parent, two-child family in
our fast growing population and provide residents with Hanford, California, for instance, would be nearly 1 percent less
than the median U.S. household budget of $5,312, compared with
an unequalled quality of life. I also spoke of the exciting, 44 percent more for the same family in San Francisco. Even with
a lighter wallet, anyone can enjoy a comparable, or even better,
potentially transformative, projects in the works for the year quality of life for much less in a cozy place like Hanford.

ahead and beyond. A link to a video of the presentation Only two other Iowa communities, Ankeny and West Des
Moines, ranked in the top 10 percent.
and corresponding Annual Report are available at
City Seeks Applicants for
Marion continues to reach higher and create an Boards and Commissions

exceptional environment for people and businesses. The Do you want to provide input on City policies and help
shape both the city and its government? Apply to be
unprecedented growth in residential and commercial one of 100+ volunteers that serve on Marion boards
or commissions.
development is providing greater opportunities for people
Marion residents interested in being considered for a
to achieve their goals in business and in life. position may pick up an application at Marion City Hall,
Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or download
But beyond that, I am inspired by the ways our com- an application at

munity has been energized for good. Marion residents are There are currently openings on the following boards/
becoming more enthusiastic about their city’s potential and • Planning & Zoning Commission
• Historic Preservation Commission
engaged in shaping its future. And as a community we are • Construction Code Review Board
• Civil Rights Commission
collaborating in amazing ways to increase opportunity • Zoning Board of Adjustment

and serve the needs of all residents. Learn more about the openings and the
responsibilities associated with each board.
Hundreds of people are serving on city boards and
Upon review of applications, Mayor AbouAssaly will
commissions, community boards and committees for recommend appointees to City Council for approval.
For more information, call (319) 743-6301.
community events. From the Arts Council volunteers who

logged more than 1,000 hours last year, to the high school

students to who take one day each May to spruce up the

city’s core, Marion residents are giving their time and talents

to make a difference and impact quality of life in their city.

I included a call to action in my remarks, and want to

share the same invitation with you. If you’re thinking about

getting more involved, there’s no better time than the pres-

ent. If you are passionate about well-being initiatives, the

needs of seniors, opportunities for youth or finding ways

to support small businesses, we want to get you plugged in.

Visit to indicate how you

would like to make a difference in your community. We will

follow up with opportunities that align with your interests.

Friends, I hope you are as encouraged as I am about the

state of our city and as enthusiastic as I am about its future.

Of course we have much more work to do, but we also have

much to celebrate. We are all on the same team.

Let’s keep reaching higher together!




Marion using On Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Marion will host its third City Showcase event in and around City Square Park. City staff will be
to Sell Surplus on hand to visit with residents and share information about upcoming
Property projects.

In December, the City of Marion began Various City vehicles will be on display and a number of community
using as its preferred avenue partners will have a presence. A local balloon artist, face painter and
for disposing of excess or unneeded City musician will add to the atmosphere; making this a fun, festive activity
equipment. GovDeals is a national auction for the entire family.
website for government surplus and
unclaimed property including furniture, Come out and connect with the City of Marion on Saturday, May 5
vehicles, equipment, office supplies, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in City Square Park. Learn more as the event
computers and more. approaches at

GovDeals functions as an online auction Hogan-Hansen Releases
site specifically for government surplus. Audit Report for FY 2017
Any items posted will remain active for at
least 10 calendar days. Prior to this, the Hogan-Hansen, A Professional Corporation, recently released an audit report
City would occasionally hold garage sales on the City of Marion, Iowa.
or dispose of items through a sealed bid
process. The new process saves staff time The City’s revenue totaled $48,788,270 for the year ended June 30, 2017, a 6.5
and provides a larger pool of bidders. percent increase from the prior year. The revenue included $23,236,667 in property
tax and tax increment financing; $5,013,090 in local option sales tax; $5,222,522
Interested in knowing what’s for sale? Visit in other City tax and special assessments; $10,137,443 from charges for service;
the Public Notices page at www.cityofmarion. $1,218,824 from operating grants and contributions; $2,460,922 from capital
org or check out the GovDeals site at grants and contributions; $851,096 from unrestricted investment earnings; $41,578 from other general revenue; and a $606,128 gain on disposal of capital assets.

Expenses for City operations for the year ended June 30, 2017 totaled $42,172,274,
a 2.7 percent increase from the prior year. Expenses included $13,476,176 for
public safety, $8,611,779 for public works and $4,276, 781 for culture and
recreation. Also, expenses for business-type activities totaled $8,219,052.

It is the opinion of the auditing firm that the City of Marion’s financial
statements as of June 30, 2017 fairly present the financial position and cash
flows of the City and were conducted in conformity with generally accepted
accounting principles.

A copy of the audit report is available for review in the office of the Auditor
of State, the City Clerk’s office and at


GMreaatriJono!b A 23-member selection committee has been hard at work
reviewing over 3,000 ideas that were submitted as part of
Marion’s ImagiNEXT community visioning process. Ideas covered
a wide-range of topics from parks and recreation programs, to
infrastructure improvements, to a need for private businesses
and restaurants.

The committee’s first order of business was to narrow the list
for the community vote. The list is now available and community
members are invited to vote through early March to help establish
the top 25 ideas. From there it is up to the committee to name a
final 3-5 ideas for Marion.

Those 3-5 ideas will be incorporated into an application to the
Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs to have Marion re-designated
as an Iowa Great Place. Designation is given to communities with
a strong vision for innovation and desire to enhance the quality
of life. The program supports the development of new and
existing infrastructure intended to cultivate the unique and
authentic qualities for regions in Iowa.

Find the latest information at


By 2025, 68% of jobs in Iowa will Developers of Squaw Creek Crossing, Ridge, part of the local development
require training beyond high school Marion’s first large-scale mixed use group behind the project. “The Country
What does this mean for you? development, are proud to announce Inn & Suites is a great fit for Marion’s
plans for a Country Inn & Suites to growing community, and we’re looking
Let us play a part be built at 5993 Carlson Way, in forward to working with the team at
Marion, with construction set to Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group to provide
Communityy begin this spring. quality, reasonably priced hospitality
for the city of Marion and its visitors.”
Powered by TM The new 100-room, 3-story hotel
will anchor a 20 acre mixed use “As our community grows, access
development that will serve as a gate- to quality hospitality is paramount,”
way to Marion for visitors from the said Nick Glew, President of Marion
north, south and east. In addition to a Economic Development Corporation.
previously announced state-of-the-art “Squaw Creek Crossing is a key gate-
Dupaco Community Credit Union, way to Marion that will serve the
Squaw Creek Crossing will be home growing needs of both our tourism
to residential, commercial, service, and industry sectors. We couldn’t be
and hospitality properties. more pleased with the quality of this
“There is already high demand for an
upper-midscale hotel in Marion’s eastern Construction will begin this spring,
gateway, and demand will continue to with anticipated completion in spring
grow upon completion of the Prospect of 2019. The hotel will be operated
Meadows baseball complex.” said Brian by Dora Hospitality.


Dan Whitlow RCeittiryesEanfgteirn17eeYerars as

At the end of January, with 17 years as Marion’s City Engineer and a 39-year
career in public service, Dan Whitlow retired from the City of Marion.

Whitlow joined the City of Marion in January 2001. He had previously
spent 16 years with the City of Muscatine, Iowa and 7 years as the public
works director for the City of Washington, Iowa.

As the director of the Engineering Department, Whitlow was charged
with implementation of the Capital Improvement Program; particularly
the construction and reconstruction of streets, bridges, traffic signals, new
subdivision development, sewers and sidewalks. With a focus on improved
safety and efficiency, the department employed use of roundabouts, traffic
signal video detection, new materials and construction techniques. It also
enforced ADA and storm water requirements.

Over the course of his career, Whitlow said technology has impacted the
engineering field the most. “I started in 1978 as an engineering technician/
draftsman using T-squares, Mylar paper and Leroy ink pens to draw project
construction plans after weeks of calculations using basic calculators and slide
rules,” noted Whitlow. Today, those tools have been replaced by computers
and design software.

“I am very proud of the Engineering Department and its accomplishments.
There is a special camaraderie created when working towards a common goal,
particularly when it concerns public safety,” said Whitlow. “I am also deeply
appreciative to my family for their support during the long hours and for
accepting the amount of passion I have committed to my career.”

Whitlow’s future plans include more time for travel, biking, volunteering
and of course his grandkids.

The City’s two assistant city engineers will provide for the continuation of
services. Mike Barkalow will serve as interim city engineer until a replacement
is named.

Please remember that it is state law to yield to
pedestrians in the crosswalk. This includes stopping

as required for crossing guards and for the newly
placed rapid flashing beacons.




Building Codes
Smoke and Carbon and Permits?
Monoxide Detectors
We All Do
Whether in our homes, offices, schools, stores,
If your house is over 10 years old and you’ve had smoke detectors installed factories or places of entertainment, we rely
for that time or longer, you may not have heard the “end of life” chirping on the safety of structures that surround us
reminding you to change the battery. The reason may be that the detector has in our everyday living. The truth is, building
died and installing a new battery won’t revive it. The lifespan of older smoke permits are very beneficial to all members of
detectors is 10 years or less, and they should be replaced. the community. City of Marion code officials
work to ensure your construction project is
Upgraded smoke alarms must comply with minimum specified standards. built right, will be safe and will last.
Iowa Law mandates the use of a dual sensor alarm device and heavily empha-
sizes having an interconnected system with all detector devices tied together. Your home or business is an investment.
This can be done by hard-wiring all devices with a communication wire. If your construction project does not comply
with the codes adopted by the City, the
Combination smoke and carbon detectors are acceptable in lieu of the dual value of your investment could be reduced.
sensor requirement. As well, radio frequency (RF) connection may be accepted Property insurers may not cover work done
in some retrofit projects if wiring is deemed to be an extensive measure. without permits and inspections. Further-
However, it is never acceptable to remove required hard-wired smoke alarms more, building codes can help protect future
and replace them with any type of battery-only operated device. Furthermore, home purchasers who deserve reasonable
the law states that smoke detectors should from now on be replaced every assurance that the home they buy will be safe.
10 years or less or if the manufacture date cannot be determined.
A building permit is required when any
Dwelling units with a gas fired appliance, such as a gas water heater, or an building or structure is erected, constructed,
attached garage are required to have a carbon monoxide detector installed altered, repaired, removed or demolished.
in the immediate vicinity of all sleeping areas. For example, one detector This applies to work done by a contractor or
installed in the hallway outside bedrooms would suffice for all bedrooms home owner. There are four types of permits
served by that hallway. This code requirement will soon be enforced on all required in residential construction; building,
rental properties in the City of Marion. electrical, plumbing and mechanical.

For more information regarding smoke alarm installation requirements, Permits are usually not required when
refer to the Smoke Alarms Brochure on the City of Marion website performing normal maintenance on your home. Small projects such as changing a
toilet, garbage disposal, sink faucet, light
There is a proven record that smoke alarms do save lives! fixture or electrical outlets do not require a
permit. However, adding or moving an elec-
trical outlet, light fixture, sink, or dishwasher
would need a permit. Some appliances that
require a permit when changing out are
water heaters, furnaces and air conditioners.

Building permits can be obtained by either
a home owner or a licensed contractor. If a
home owner is obtaining the permit, he or
she must be doing the work for their owner-
occupied, single-family home. (Note, some re-
strictions apply to an owner-occupied condo.)
Licensed contractors are required by law to
obtain permits on all work that they do.

For a permit to be complete, a rough and
final inspection of each aspect of work is
required. If a person does not call for a rough
and a final inspection, the work and the permit
will become void. This means that the work
was never accepted or approved by the City,
leaving the home owner potentially exposed
to future liabilities.

The Building Inspection Department has
an extensive list of brochures on the City
of Marion website for reference on permit
requirements. If you’re unsure whether your
project requires a permit, please contact
the Building Department at (319) 743-6330.

❱❱May is Building Safety Month! Watch for Swimming Pool Safety and
information about getting Deck Permits.


2018 Water Department Construction Projects 2018 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

The Marion Water Department has multiple capital improvement projects
underway for 2018. Water main relay project locations are listed below:

Location Estimated Cost Work Performed By
13th St. from 8th - 10th Ave. $130,000 Water Department
13th St. from 10th - 13th Ave. $100,000

Northview Drive and 11th Ave. $211,000 Garbage & Recycling Collection

Other capital improvement projects included completing Well #10 con- Date Pick Up Schedule
struction and putting the new well online at an estimated cost of $150,000.
The 29th Avenue booster station project will increase water pressure east of Memorial Day
Highway 13. This project cost an estimated $350,000. Other projects include
water meter change out to radio read units (approximately $300,000) and May 28 – Monday One day late all week
water valve exercising and valve replacements. Additional information about
any of these projects may be obtained by contacting Todd Steigerwaldt, Independence Day
general manager of the Marion Water Department at (319) 743-6311.
July 4 – Wednesday One day late
Water Rate Increase Anticipated in April 2018 Wednesday-Friday

The Marion Water Department’s Board of Trustees will be considering a Labor Day
future water rate increase for April 2018 at their next two public meetings.
The water rate increase is needed in part to pay down the department’s Sept. 3 – Monday One day late all week
$2.2 million SRF loan from 2010 for Well #7 and to fund the capital
improvement projects referenced above. Thanksgiving Day

Nov. 22 – Thursday Pickup on Friday

Radium Level Update Day After Thanksgiving
Nov. 23 – Friday Pickup on Saturday
The latest quarterly water test results for November 2017 showed a drop in
the radium level from the July 2017 radium test results. The November 2017 Christmas Day
test result was 4.4 pCi/l. The EPA maximum contaminant level (MCL) for
combined radium 226 and 228 is 5 pCi/l. The Marion Water Department Dec. 25 – Tuesday O ne day late
will continue to test quarterly for radium levels at source/entry point 05 Tuesday-Friday
per the DNR regulations. If there is an exceedance in the maximum
contaminant level, (MCL) the public will be notified and the Marion New Year’s Day
Water Department will implement measures to resolve the issue. For more
information, visit the Water Department pages at Jan. 1, 2019 – Tuesday One day late
or contact Todd Steigerwaldt, general manager, at (319) 743-6311 or Tuesday-Friday

Hydrant Flushing
Planned for March/April

It may not feel like it, but warmer weather is around the
corner. Each spring, the Marion Water Department flushes
the water system to remove sediment from the mains and
to exercise and check operation of the City’s fire hydrants.
Flushing typically begins some time during March or April.
During this time, Marion residents may notice some tempo-
rary discoloration of the water and should postpone laundry
until it clears and minimize use of hot water to prevent
build-up within the water heater. The rusty color in the water
is due to accumulation of iron sediment in the water mains
and is not harmful. Questions may be directed to the
Water Department at 319-743-6310.


CITY DEPARTMENTS Seconds count in emergencies and not being able

City Hall to find a house number can literally mean the
1225 6th Avenue
Marion, IA 52302 difference between life and death!
Administrative Offices Help First Responders
319-743-6300 Find You in an Emergency
City Manager The Marion Fire Department responds to emergencies every day
319-743-6301 and sometimes it takes longer to get there because the address number on the home or business missing or hard to see.
City Clerk/Finance
319-743-6350 Some of the reasons include: 1. Numbers were never put on the building.
Planning & Development 2. The building was painted or re-sided and the numbers were not
319-743-6320 put back up.
Building Department 3. The numbers faded over time.
319-743-6330 4. The numbers are very close in color to the building
Engineering Department background so they blend in.
319-743-6340 5. Vegetation grows and blocks the numbers. 6. Decorations or furniture blocks the address numbers.
Water Department Address numbers should be at least 4 inches tall with a ½ inch letter
319-743-6310 stroke and visible from the street. Think about what it might be like for someone who doesn’t know where you live to find your house at 3 a.m.
Parks & Recreation The Marion Fire Department has responded to a number of emergencies
Lowe Park, 4500 10th Street lately with no visible address. Please take a few minutes to make sure
319-447-3590 your address is clear so help can get to you as quickly as possible.
Thomas Park, 343 Marion Blvd. Where is your
319-447-3580 Closest Fire Hydrant?
Public Services You may be able to save your house or a neighbor’s house just by
(solid waste, sewer, streets) making sure the neighborhood fire hydrant is visible and not blocked.
195 35th Street
319-377-6367 When the Marion Fire Department responds to a building on fire, they carry
Marion Public Library between 500-1,000 gallons of water on
1095 6th Avenue the fire apparatus. They can go through
319-377-3412 that amount of water in 3-5 minutes, so locating a fire hydrant quickly is critical.
Fire Department
3933 Katz Drive In the winter, snow can quickly bury
Emergency – 911 a fire hydrant. In the other seasons,
Non-Emergency – 319-377-8237 vegetation can block hydrants and make them hard to locate. Please help every-
Police Department one in your neighborhood by keeping
6315 Highway 151 at least 3 feet of clearance all the way
Emergency – 911 around the fire hydrant during every
Non-Emergency – 319-377-1511 season of the year!
Records – 319-200-7714
Administration – 319-200-7727


TWO NEW CHAPLAINS Mayor Nicolas AbouAssaly

Matt Proctor Gregory Williamson The Marion Police Department is pleased 1225 6th Ave. | (319) 743-6305
to welcome two area pastors as the newest
members of the department. Pastor Matt
Proctor of Cornerstone Church and Senior At-Large – Randy Strnad
Pastor Gregory Williamson of St. Paul’s
Lutheran Church have begun their service as 1820 Agate Circle | (319) 377- 3276
chaplains to the department. These pastors
are completely voluntary in their chaplaincy
role and bring enthusiasm and a sincere de- At-Large – Paul Draper
sire to serve the Marion Police Department.
4670 Fairways Ct. | (319) 377-8393

Sgt. John Chipman In November Marion was proud to have its first 933 8th Ave. | (319) 491-7179
member graduate from the Southern Police Institute
at the University of Louisville. Sgt. John Chipman
represented Marion in an exemplary fashion through Ward Two – Steve Jensen
his participation in the 3.5-month, in-residence,
leadership development school. Southern Police 3830 Monarch Ave. | (319) 360-7009
Institute is one of the top three leadership schools
in the United States for law enforcement.
Ward Three – Will Brandt
Police Department
Listening Session 2745 4th Ave. | (319) 389-9918
happening March 20

On Tuesday, March 20 the Marion Police Department will hold a public listening Ward Four – Rene Gadelha
session from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Marion City Hall, 1225
6th Avenue, to garner input from citizens. 797 Oak Park Circle | (319) 538-7888
The command staff of the Police Department is interested in hearing ideas Send the same email to all members
residents have to improve the quality of service the Police Department provides, at:
suggestions on strategies the department should consider, options for partner- Marion’s City Council meets in
ships with the community and other issues that may help the department in work session (no action taken,
their pursuit of a 5-year strategic plan. just discussion) on the 1st and
3rd Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m.
The department will not provide any feedback or make any presentations Regular session meetings are held
during this session, it is intended to be a forum for the community to voice the Thursday following the Tuesday
their thoughts and suggestions. Residents will be limited to 5 minutes in their work session at 5:30 p.m. All meet-
remarks and may provide supporting documentation if they deem appropriate. ings are held at Marion City Hall.
Suggestions may also be sent via
The Marion Messenger is published
quarterly for the residents of Marion,
Iowa, to keep them informed of city
policies, new developments and
community events. If you have com-
ments or suggestions concerning
this or future issues, please contact:
Amber Bisinger, Editor
Marion City Hall


Marion Weekly Farmers’ Market FOCreiaemkneSdthseaordyfe

The Parks and Recreation Department is now Oak Shade Cemetery is one
accepting lease applications for the 2018 of the earliest cemeteries in
Marion Farmers’ Market. The market is located Iowa with graves dating back
at Taube Park on Saturdays, May 5 through
Sept. 29 from 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. each week.
Please call the Recreation Office at (319)
447-3590 for availability, rental rates and
any other questions.

Help Wanted! to 1840. After more than 175
years, many of the monuments
The Marion Parks and Recreation Department are naturally in need of pres-
is currently hiring seasonal employees. Are ervation or restoration. While
you or someone you know interested in being the City owns and manages
a lifeguard or swim lesson instructor at the the land, maintenance of the
Marion Municipal Swimming Pool in the monuments is the responsibility
summer? Lifeguards must be at least 15 years of lot/space owners. However,
of age and lifeguard certified prior to May 28. for many graves, there are no
known surviving families.
The department is also accepting applica-
tions for parks maintenance staff. Applicants As far back as 1875, volun-
must be at least 18 years of age. Applications teers have played a significant
are due by March 1 at Thomas Park. role in caring for the cemetery. Friends of Oak Shade picked up those
reins in 2013 and during 2017 alone, volunteers contributed 886
Applications are available at hours of time cleaning, straightening and repairing grave markers. Some volunteers were engaged in research to correct records and
assist families in pursuit of their genealogy, others helped locate
Keep Sidewalks Clear graves and take pictures for families via the Internet.
of Snow and Ice There are plenty of volunteer opportunities available besides leaf
raking and reading old newspapers.
Per City ordinance, property owners are There is a continuing need for people to tell the story of Oak
required maintain their sidewalks and clear Shade Cemetery to community groups, to brainstorm activities and
snow and ice within 12 hours of the snow or yes, to raise money for equipment and materials. Anyone interested
ice being deposited on the sidewalk. The entire is invited to attend the group’s regular meeting at the Thomas Park
sidewalk along the property must be cleared, Safe Room on the first Friday of each month beginning at 3 p.m.
including any corners leading into the street.
If the snow/ice is not removed by the date and Upcoming Coffeehouse Nights
time stated above, the City will clear the side-
walk. The resulting charges will be 85 cents
per square foot, plus a $25 administrative fee.
Questions may be directed to the Parks and
Recreation Department at (319) 447-3590.

Graduation Parties MARION Don’t miss these upcoming Coffeehouse Nights at the
(May–June Reservations)
Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center hosted by the

Marion Arts Council. The musical performances feature

To accommodate more families and rentals for COUNCIL talented local acoustic artists in a relaxed coffeehouse type
graduation parties during May and June at Lowe atmosphere. Admission is free and coffee, cocoa and
Park, rentals for graduation parties are limited
to one time period per renter. The hours avail- pastries are available for purchase. Performances run from 7-8:30 p.m.

and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

able to rent are 9 a.m.–3 p.m. or 4:30–10:30 CAROL MONTAG & CARLIS FAUROT l FRIDAY, MARCH 2
p.m. All rental facilities may be reserved up to
364 days in advance. Alcohol is not permitted Carol and Carlis have been performing concerts together for 15 years.
at any high school graduation party rental. For Though not an official duo, the sound of them together keeps bringing
questions regarding availability, please contact people back. Expect to hear folk, jazz, classical, blues, Irish tunes and a
the Parks and Recreation Office at Lowe Park little bit of rock ‘n roll.
at (319) 447-3590

Electric roots rocker and Eastern Iowa native, David Zollo has made a

name for himself as a solo artist, a sideman and an independent label

owner. Enjoy his milk-and-whiskey rasp and tunes that run the gamut

from honky tonk to country-rock to blues-rock.



Children grades K–8th (Fall 2018/19) l Adults age 18+ l Get in shape and Adults age 18+ l One of the most enjoy-
Rugby is one of the fastest growing improve your tennis game! Fun and able forms of recreational tennis is the
sports in America. Join the Cedar exciting tennis games and exercise; round robin. Join us for mixed (co-ed)
Rapids Rugby Club for this new rugby “Cardio Tennis is the exercise that doesn’t open play. Each participant plays with
instructional league. Learn all the skills, feel like exercise”! In the event that only multiple players throughout the evening.
fundamentals and terminology to begin 1 student is in attendance, the class will Participants should bring their own
playing rugby. This is a NON-CONTACT be held as a 30 minute private lesson. racket. Balls will be provided on a weekly
style instructional league. Kids will be basis. For questions about the format of
divided into separate teams based on SUMMER SESSIONS: this program, please contact Penny Raia
their grade. The first part of each night Session 1: PM, Mondays, June 4–July 2 at Participants
will be team practices with drills and 8–8:55 p.m. must register with the Marion Parks and
skill building activities to enhance the REGISTRATION DEADLINE SESSION 1: Recreation Department prior to playing.
understanding of the game. The last May 25, 2018
portion of the evening will be modified Session 2: PM, Mondays, July 9–August 6 FEE: $15 for one session $25 if you
flag rugby games (non-contact). 8–8:55 p.m. sign-up for both sessions
FEE: $55, includes team shirt and your REGISTRATION DEADLINE SESSION 2:
own rugby ball June 29, 2018 DAYS/DATES: Session 1: Thursdays,
DAYS/DATES: Wednesdays, June 6– FEE: $65 (5 meetings) May 3-June 28
July 18 (no program July 4) LOCATION: All programs/sessions held Session 2: Thursdays, July 5-August 30
TIME(S): 5:30–7 p.m. at Marion High School tennis courts TIME(S): 6:30–8 p.m.
LOCATION: Marion High School Tennis

LOCATION: Lowe Park New! NAME THAT NOTES: All levels of play are welcome,
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 4, 2018 but please note, no instruction is
TUNE MUSIC TRIVIA provided. This is not a tennis lesson,
New! LEARN-TO-PLAY but rather an open play format.
Adults age 18+ l Looking for more
PICKLEBALL trivia? Well look no further than this new New! ADULT WIFFLE-
trivia night that will test your knowledge
Children ages 8–14 l A paddle sport for of all things music. Assemble your best BALL TOURNAMENT
all ages and athletic abilities...Pickleball team of friends, family or coworkers
is like over-sized ping-pong played on a to compete in rounds of music trivia. Adults age 18+ l Your reason to act
badminton sized court with a tennis net. From album covers, to lyrics, to records, like a kid again is finally here! Sign up
With simple and easy to follow rules it awards and more. This is sure to test your for this new adult wiffleball tournament.
is the perfect game for all ages to learn trivial knowledge of all genres of music. No need to run the bases or worry about
and play. Led by USAPA Ambassador Participants are welcome to bring food chasing never ending ground balls. If you
and Iowa singles/doubles champion, and drinks to share with their team. can throw and catch a ball and swing a
Lyle Theisen, come learn all the rules, Prizes will be awarded to the winning bat, this league is for you. There will be
techniques and strategies to start playing teams. Minimum of 6 teams; Maximum designated hitting area marked out for
pickleball yourself. All paddles, balls, of 12 teams. the batters and a strike-zone (K-Zone) for
and equipment will be provided. FEE: $80 per team (Max: 8 people per the pitchers. Each team will be guaran-
FEE: $10 team) teed a minimum of 2 games. Minimum
DAYS/DATES: Wednesday, June 6 DAYS/DATES: Saturday, April 28 of 6 teams required to hold tournament.
TIME(S): 9–11 a.m. TIME(S): 6–9 p.m. (doors open at FEE: $50 per team (Min–3 players;
LOCATION: Marion High School Tennis 5:30 p.m.) Max–5 players)
Courts LOCATION: Lowe Park Arts & DAYS/DATES: Saturday, May 12
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 11, 2018 Environment Center TIME(S): Games start at 10 a.m.

Adults age 15+ l A paddle sport for all ages and athletic abilities...Pickleball is like
over-sized ping-pong played on a badminton sized court with a tennis net. With
simple and easy to follow rules it is the perfect game for all ages to learn and play.
Led by USAPA Ambassador and Iowa singles/ doubles champion, Lyle Theisen,
come learn all the rules, technique and strategies to start playing pickleball
yourself. All paddles, balls, and equipment will be provided.

FEE: $10 DAYS/DATES: Saturday, June 9

TIME(S): 8–10 a.m. LOCATION: Marion High School Tennis Courts



Girls Grades 3rd–9th (Fall 2018/19) l Recreational softball league
Open to all High School Students l ATTENTION ALL with an emphasis on developing skills and learning basic funda-
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS! Gather a team of friends or mentals of softball. Teams are divided into divisions based on their
students, or sign-up individually as a free-agent for these grade (2nd/3rd, 4th/5th, 6th-8th). Games played at Peg Pierce
new recreational programs for high school students. Softball Complex. VOLUNTEER COACHES NEEDED! Please visit
A way to stay active, meet and socialize with other to learn more.
fellow high schoolers in the area. All leagues are CO-ED
and will be divided into 2 separate divisions (9th/10th MARION BOYS BASEBALL
and 11th/12th). Free agent will either be placed on team
randomly or a new team will be formed if enough free Children ages 8—18* (BY APRIL 1, 2018) l *8 year olds may
agents sign-up. Minimum of 6 teams required to hold choose between PeeWee League (coach-pitch) and Marion Boys
leagues/tournaments. Baseball’s Pony League (player pitch). Games played at Starry Park
FEE: $15 per person for the first program, includes baseball complex or Lowe Park baseball complex. Practices will
league shirt; $10 for any league after that during the year begin mid-April with games beginning May 5. VOLUNTEER COACHES
TEAMS: Must have a minimum of 5 players and a NEEDED! Please visit to learn more.
maximum of 8 players. Teams must be a mix of both
male and female. YOUTH TENNIS LESSONS
Children ages 5–13 l The Marion Parks and Recreation Department
DAYS/DATES: Saturday, April 14 will once again be offering youth tennis classes as part of a part-
TIME(S): Games begin at 10 a.m. nership with the Westfield Tennis Club. Classes are led by instruc-
LOCATION: Butterfield Park tors that have been trained by highly qualified and certified tennis
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 23, 2018 professionals. Minimum class size 2, maximum class size 10. Only
NOTES: Double elimination style tournament rain dates will be made up. All programs/sessions held at Marion
High School Tennis Courts.


DAYS/DATES: Saturday, May 5
TIME(S): Games start at 10 a.m.
LOCATION: To Be Determined
NOTES: Double elimination style tournament

FEE: $40 per child, per session
DAYS/DATES: Saturday, June 30 DAYS/DATES: Saturday, April 28
TIME(S): Games start at 10 a.m. TIME(S): 8 a.m.-11 a.m.
LOCATION: Lowe Park LOCATION: Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 8, 2018 Lesson schedules and related information is available at
NOTES: Double elimination style tournament

Children ages 6–18 l Open to all swimmers who are able to
DAYS/DATES: Saturday, July 28 swim 25 yards. Participants have the opportunity to compete
TIME(S): Games start at 10 a.m. against other area teams. Coached by the Marion pool staff.
LOCATION: Thomas Park Basketball Courts FEE: $80
NOTES: Double elimination style tournament TIME(S): Practices Monday–Friday, 6:45–8 a.m.
LOCATION: Marion Municipal Swimming Pool (Willowood Park)

DAYS/DATES: Saturday, August 18
TIME(S): Games start at 10 a.m.
NOTES: Double elimination style tournament


Find registration information at

Tiny Goal Kickers Soccer (ages 4-6) l March 2, 2018 PeeWee Baseball (ages 5-8) l April 20, 2018
Kick Star Soccer (age 3) l March 2, 2018 Girls PeeWee Softball (entering K-2nd) l April 20, 2018
Indoor Bags Camp (grades K-5th) l March 2, 2018 Little Sluggers Blastball (ages 3-4) l April 20, 2018
Indoor Golf Camp (grades K-5th) l March 2, 2018 Little Sports Camp (ages 3-5) l April 20, 2018
Lil’ Leprechaun’s Day Camp (grades K-5th) l Live Healthy Iowa Track Championships (ages 7-14) l
March 2, 2018 May 4, 2018

EGGStraordinary Egg Hunt (ages 3-8) l March 2, 2018 Little Kickers Kickball (ages 3-4) l May 11, 2018

B-Ia-tNL-oGw-Oe PNaigrkhts Save the Date

Join us at the Lowe Park Arts & Environment Summer Nights Under The Stars...
Center for nights of fun, socializing and a chance
to win some cash! Games of BINGO will be played FREE, Family-Friendly Entertainment at the
for $0.25 per card, per game. Cash prizes are paid Klopfenstein Amphitheater at Lowe Park
to the winner of each game. There will also be a Mark your calendars for these events:
few bonus games with increased payouts. The Moonlit Movies
night will conclude with a winner-take-all game of Friday, May 11 at 8:30 p.m.
blackout. Participants are welcome to bring food and Friday, August 10 l 8:30 p.m.
and drinks to enjoy while they play. Doors will open Picnic on the Prairie Summer Concert
at 6 p.m. Seats and cards are limited and are on Saturday, June 16 l 7 p.m.
a first come, first serve basis. Dogs of Society, Ultimate Elton Rock Tribute
Saturday, June 23 l 7 p.m.
FEE: FREE to attend, but cards are $0.25 per card, Pianopalooza, Dueling Pianos with Band
per game Saturday, July 14 l 6 p.m.
Picnic on the Prairie Fall Concert
DAYS/DATES: Friday, March 9 & Friday, April 13 Saturday, August 18 l 7 p.m.
TIME(S): 6:30–8:30 p.m. Brule’, A Native American Experience
LOCATION: Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center in Sight, Sound, and Soul
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: No registration required, Saturday, August 25 l 7:30 p.m.
but seats and cards are limited and are first come,
first serve. Sponsored in part by the Marion Hotel/Motel Grant Program

to All Ages


MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR Mobile Printing Available

Increasing Access: Printer on the fritz? Want to print a document, image,
New Streaming Services at or website from your phone or tablet? From home on
the Marion Public Library Sunday morning? You can do that. Use the library’s new
mobile printing service from your desktop at home, or
At Marion Public Library, we take access seriously. Our from your phone or tablet from anywhere. Download
focus is always on getting patrons the resources they need, the free PrinterOn app from your app store, or visit
whether these materials are for educational or recreational our mobile printing page to send your document:
pursuits. DVDs are among our most popular items; patrons love Stop in at the library
within 24 hours to pay and print.
to check out both fiction and nonfiction titles. We’re proud of our
West African Art
large, diverse collection of DVDs—our holdings currently include
Tuesday, March 13 l 7 p.m. l Meeting Room A
over 17,820 DVDs—but we recognize that the format itself is not Vero Smith, Assistant Curator at the University of Iowa
Museum of Art, will present on the West African Art
a great fit for all patrons. collection in this Linn Area Reads Program.

Supplementing our physical DVD collections Linn County Master Gardeners

with streaming services allows us to offer more Wednesdays in March l 6:30-7:30 p.m. l Meeting Room B
Learn from a local expert in this free series!
options in a format that works for a wide range
Community Shred Day
of patrons. We’re thrilled to be expanding our
Saturday, April 21 l 9-11 a.m.
collection in a way that allows simultaneous use, Bring your personal papers for a free secure shredding
with Onsite Information Destruction. The shredder
is easy to browse and search, can be accessed truck will be in the Katz Parking Lot across the street
from the library.
and viewed anytime, from any device with
Culinary History of Iowa
internet access (including computers, mobile
Tuesday, April 24 l 7-8 p.m. l Meeting Room A
Elsworth Carman devices, and some smart TVs) and does not Iowa’s delectable cuisine is quintes-
rely on a physical copy of a DVD. sentially Midwestern, grounded in
its rich farming heritage and spiced
Two new, on-demand services—Kanopy and Hoopla—were with diverse ethnic influences. Dig in
as author and lifelong Iowan Darcy
rolled out in early January and are available to any cardholder Dougherty Maulsby serves up Iowa’s
tastiest traditions. From the chili-and-
with an address in Marion or one of the communities that con- cinnamon-rolls phenomenon to Maid-
Rites to the moveable feast known as
tracts with the library for services (Robins, Alburnett, and rural
RAGBRAI, discover the remarkable stories behind Iowa
Linn County). The Cedar Rapids Public Library also recently classics and savor a smorgasbord of other unique Iowa
food traditions with Darcy’s fun, interactive program.
began offering Kanopy for library cardholders with a Cedar Relish the tantalizing tidbits you missed in history class!

Rapids address. Our Neighbors: the Amish

Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the Tuesday, May 15 l 6-8 p.m. l Meeting Room A
Calling all Beverly Lewis fans! This presentation given
world’s best films, including award-winning docu- by Don and Dianne Kramer, neighbors of the Amish,
contains the story and beliefs of the Amish people.
mentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival “Join us for a program about the beliefs and culture
of Amish communities, Amish refreshments provided!
favorites, indie and classic films, instructional films
Did You Know … ?
and K-12 lessons, and world cinema with collec-
• T he Marion Library provides notary service at no charge?
tions from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel • T he Marion Library has hotspots available to check out?
• The Friends of the Marion Library provides book
Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS
delivery for homebound patrons?
and thousands of independent filmmakers. Kanopy provides • The Marion Library has book club kits to check out?
• T he Friends of the Marion Library Bookstore has
public performance rights, which allow a user to share the con-
new lower prices!
tent with a group as long as fees are not being charged for access. • You can access the Marion Library’s FREE Wi-Fi in

Additionally, Kanopy provides closed captioning, transcripts, the Lowe Park Arts & Entertainment building and in
the Thomas Park building? Just look for MPL Wi-Fi;
and is compatible with screen readers. there’s no password.

Hoopla is a digital media service that allows library card-

holders to borrow comic books, movies, music, audiobooks,

eBooks and TV shows to enjoy directly on a computer, tablet,

smart phone, or TV via Roku, Fire TV, or Apple TV. Hoopla

content can be either streamed or temporarily downloaded for

offline access, and the platform offers responsive font size and

is compatible with screen readers.

When library cardholders establish a Kanopy account, they are

given a bank of 15 credits for the month. One play credit allows

unlimited access for 72 hours per title.

Hoopla services are available for varying periods: TV shows/

films—three days; comic books—21 days; music--seven days;

eBooks and audio books—21 days. Patrons can borrow five titles

every month.

Patrons can access these services and sign up to start streaming

content immediately by visiting

streaming. Just click on each service and follow instructions for

signing up. As always, library staff is happy to assist patrons in

exploring these resources, come see us, give us a call, or email

for more information or assistance.

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You’ll always find programs at the library for many interests and Upcoming Spring Library Events for Teens
they are always free to attend!
REGULAR WEEKLY PROGRAMMING INCLUDES: There’s something for middle school and high school
• Scrabble Club, Thursdays at 1 p.m. students going on every week at the Marion Public Library:
• Knit Wits stitching group, Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. MPL Teen Choice Awards l Pick your favorite books, movies,
• Morning Genealogy Junkies, Thursdays at 10 a.m. music and more in the MPL Teen Choice Awards! Stop by the
• Evening Genealogy Junkies, Wednesday at 7 p.m. library in February to see how you can vote. Register for an
RECURRING PROGRAM SERIES INCLUDE: after-hours Teen Lock-In on Friday, March 9 from 5-7 p.m. We’ll
HACAP MOBILE FOOD PANTRY l Income guidelines apply. have food, fun and door prizes—and announce the winners!
1st Wednesday of the month, 4-5 p.m. Teen Fandemonium: Spring Break! l Monday, March 12 – Friday,
ADULT BOARD GAME NIGHT l 1st Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 16 from 2:30-5 p.m. l Five days of fandom pandemonium!
TECH TUESDAYS l Learn more about vetted online resources Join us every afternoon during spring break to celebrate a differ-
through demos and Q&As with a trained librarian. First Tuesday ent favorite fandom. Check late February to find out which fandoms
of the month, 6-6:30 p.m., Conference Room we’re celebrating and how you can register to win door prizes!
NOVELS@NIGHT l Get the inside scoop on popular titles from Rockwell Roadshow for Teens l Friday, March 23 from
Adult Services Coordinator Madeline Jarvis! Feel free to bring book 3:30-4:30 p.m. l Join us for a special STEAM Fridays presentation
recommendations to share. First Wednesday of the month, by the Rockwell Collins Roadshow! Witness awesome science
Noon-1 p.m., Conference Room experiments and get a chance to talk to engineers about what
ADULT WRITING GROUP l 1st Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. they do and why it’s cool.
FINANCIAL PLANNING l Let professionals from the Strellner Graphic Novels and Comic Art l Friday, May 4 from 4-5 p.m. l
Agency Group help you plan for a secure financial future at our Come see the University of Iowa Museum of Art’s amazing graphic
monthly programs. Programs are presented by Vince Welsh and novel and comic art collection! Learn about the history of comic
Blake Helms. There’s no cost and no obligation. Each session books and graphic novels, and choose one of the Marion Library’s
includes a program and time for questions. Refreshments provided. free comic books to take home.
2nd Tuesday of the month September-May at 6:30 p.m. Weekly Programs for Teens and Tweens:
MONDAY MORNINGS AT THE LIBRARY (MEETING ROOM A) • Travel Tuesdays: every Tuesday 4-5 p.m.
TIMELESS TRIVIA l Stretch your memory and have some fun with • Game Day Wednesdays: every Wednesday 3-5 p.m.
Timeless Trivia! Through film clips, historic photos and commentary, • Community Connections: every Thursday 4:15-5:15 p.m.
there will be a new theme every month. First Monday of the month, • STEAM Fridays: every Friday 4-5 p.m.
10:30-11:30 a.m.
CARD SHARKS l Canasta champions and Euchre enthusiasts alike Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers, Families All
are invited to join a game the 2nd Monday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Have Special Times at Marion Library
MOVIE MONDAY l Do you love the old classic movies? Want to
share your love with others over coffee and donuts? On the 3rd Have little ones in your life? The Marion Public Library hosts free
Monday morning of each month, we’ll show a classic film and year-round, weekly story times for babies, toddlers, preschoolers,
program sponsor Humana provides coffee and donuts. and families.
CRAFT CONNECTION l Join us for crafts, conversation and coffee Baby Time l Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Brain building songs,
the 4th Monday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Bring your work in bounces and books followed by playtime, for newborns-18 months.
progress, or try your hand at our project of the month. Toddler Times l Tuesday and Friday mornings at 10 a.m.
Developmentally appropriate stories, songs and bubbles!
Aimed at ages 18 months-3 years.
Preschool Story Times l Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at
10:45 a.m. We read stories, sing songs and encourage skills that
will help get kids ready for Kindergarten. For children ages 3-5.
Family Time l Mondays at 6:30 p.m. for all ages. We’ll feature a
different activity each week, such as crafts, movies, stories and
Babble & Brew l Rotating monthly event for caregivers to meet,
enjoy coffee (from Wit’s End) and a place for kids to play with our
toys. Drop in between 10-11:30 a.m. Upcoming dates are: Tues.,
March 13, Thurs., April 26, Wed., May 16.
Early Literacy Kits are available at the library. These backpacks
include toys, books and ideas for new ways to play.
Pick one up today!

1225 6th Avenue
Marion, IA 52302

Save the date for these Uptown Marion events!

Thursday, March 22 l 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday, May 4

The Uptown Marion real estate market is primed with Open 4 Business was developed by Main Street Iowa
opportunity! Whether a business owner, investor, aspir- and the Iowa Economic Development Authority, in part-
ing entrepreneur, or looking for housing Uptown, we’re nership with Uptown Marion and Main Street commun-
excited to share the opportunities that await you in ities around the state, to help provide local financial
Uptown Marion. Join us for a short program, properties and technical support for business retention, expansion,
tour, and networking event. View available properties, and recruitment efforts within each Main Street district.
recently renovated properties and some excellent ex- Previous local winners include Giving Tree Theater,
amples of historic preservation. Don’t miss out on this Synergy Metalworks and Ramsey’s Wine Bistro. Uptown
exciting time of revitalization, growth and prosperity. businesses and entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply.

Saturday, April 21 l 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 9, July 14, August 1 1 l 8 a.m.-Noon
September 29 l 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Grab your girlfriends and enjoy a fun day in Uptown
Marion! From your morning latte to your afternoon Shop locally sourced produce and goods while enjoying
glass of wine, you’ll be sure to make memories as you a festival-like atmosphere in City Square Park. Applica-
shop and dine Uptown. The first 100 attendees will tions are available at
receive exclusive coupons to participating businesses
AND the first 50 people will also receive a FREE gift. EAT. DRINK. & BE MARION.
Thursday, July 12 l 5:30 p.m.

Enjoy a fun night on the town while supporting the
Uptown Marion Main Street Program. This adult-only
event showcases offers from local restaurants and
establishments. Watch for more information on tickets.

August 2, 9, 16 and 23 l 6-9 p.m.

Grab your chairs and coolers and meet your neighbors
for music in City Square Park!

Uptown Marion Market and Uptown Getdown are sponsored by
Marion Chamber Platinum Community Partners: Farmers State Bank,
Fosters Heating & Air Conditioning, ImOn Communications,
MercyCare Community Physicians and Townsquare Media.

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