Supervisors close County offices

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The scene during the March 17 Marion County governmental meeting. (photo by Steve Woodhouse)

The Marion County Board of Supervisors intends to hold closed session meetings every day for at least the rest of the week to discuss the status of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). On Tuesday afternoon, the supervisors returned to open session and took the following actions.

– The supervisors approved a resolution declaring a disaster in the County, which will open up access to additional funds and resources as necessary.
– All non-essential travel for County employees has been suspended until further notice.
– All County employees are encouraged to limit discretionary travel.
– From 9 a.m.-noon every day, the board will be in session at 3014 North Main. Meetings will be closed, unless the board moves to return to open session.
– All employees who return from traveling out-of-state will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days, and provide notice to their department heads prior to returning to work.
– Effective the morning of Wednesday, March 18, services will be suspended at the offices of the Treasurer, Assessor, Recorder and Auditor. The Auditor’s Office will be open to receive candidate filing papers through March 25. The Zoning Office and the physical location of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office will be closed to the public. Marion County Public Health will conduct business on an appointment-only basis. Marion County Treasurer Michaela Bigaouette reports that more information regarding business at her office, as well as that of the Recorder, can be found on their respective Facebook pages.

Board Chairman Mark Raymie praised Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Anderson and Public Health Director Kim Dorn for the many hours of work they have put in to respond to this crisis. A special Joint Information Command website is being developed. For now, to receive updates, send an email to marionjic@marioncountyiowa.gov. Facebook and Twitter accounts will also be set up, specific to Marion County’s COVID-19 news and information.

Everything else regarding the County is “fluid,” Raymie said, as the local government is taking its direction from the state and federal offices. Additional actions are expected tomorrow (Wednesday, March 18).

Look to the Marion County Tribune to keep you updated as more information becomes available.