UPDATE: The water main break has been repaired. The Public Works Department is currently flushing the hydrants. The western side of Marengo may experience discolored water. Please run your cold water for several minutes to help that move through your water system.
There is a water main break on North Street. Crews are working to repair. Residents in the area can expect disruptions to water services throughout the day.
RAGBRAI STREET CLOSURES ON 7/28/23
That South Street shall be closed, including intersections, from the intersection of Cherry Avenue to the Iowa County Fairgrounds beginning at 6:00 a.m. on July 28, 2023 and remaining closed until 3:00 pm.
That Court Avenue shall be closed, including the intersection of South Street, to North Street beginning at 7:00 pm on July 27, 2023 and remain closed until July 28, 2023 at 3:00 pm.
That North Street shall be closed, including intersections, from the intersection of Court Avenue to Eastern Ave beginning at 6:00 am on July 28, 2023 and remain closed until 3:00 pm.
That Washington Street shall be closed, including intersections, from the intersection of Franklyn Avenue to Marengo Avenue beginning at 7:00 pm on July 27, 2023 and remain closed until July 28, 2023 at 3:00 pm.
That Main Street shall be closed, including intersections, from the intersection of Franklyn Avenue to Marengo Avenue beginning at 6:00 am on July 28, 2023 and remain closed until 3:00 pm.
That Hilton Street shall be closed, including intersections, from the intersection of Franklyn Avenue to Marengo Avenue beginning at 6:00 am on July 28, 2023 and remain closed until 3:00 pm.
That Marion Street shall be closed, including intersections, from the intersection of Franklyn Avenue to Marengo Avenue beginning at 6:00 am on July 28, 2023 and remain closed until 3:00 pm.
That May Street shall be closed from the intersection of Court Avenue east to Marengo Avenue, including the intersection, beginning at 6:00 a.m. on July 28, 2023 and remain closed until 3:00 pm.
All streets will only be reopened when deemed safe enough to allow vehicle traffic again by a Marengo Police Officer.
ATTENTION DOWNTOWN BUILDING AND BUSINESS OWNERS
As part of the city's updated urban renewal plan, City Council developed a downtown district Local Business Support Program that offers three different types of grants intended to help create a positive, inviting, and thriving downtown district.
Funding has been allocated for:
Commercial Exterior Grants - supporting the restoration/rehabilitation of facades/exterior walls on commercial buildings in the downtown district. Area Acquisition Assistance Grants- supporting the acquisition of properties in the eligible downtown project area. Sign Grants - to encourage the installation of business signage, and any associated lighting, to help identify and promote area businesses.
Program funding will be allocated on a first-come, first -served basis beginning July 1 and ending June 30. For additional information regarding the grant programs, go to: https://www.marengoiowa.com/grants.html
Request for Proposals:
City of Marengo Public Works Facility 6" sewer service installation, City of Marengo Public Works Facility water 2" water service installation, and City of Marengo Public Works Facility Water 6" main installation
Pet Registration is open and available for $5 a pet through March 31, 2023. After March 31, 2023, the fee will increase to $10 a pet. We will need this form (click here)and a copy of your pet's current rabies vaccination to complete the registration.
NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR MOWING SERVICES FOR THE MUNICIPAL CEMETERY OF THE CITY OF MARENGO, IOWA
The City of Marengo, Iowa is seeking proposals from qualified firms and parties for the performance of mowing, trimming, and spraying services of the cemetery grounds for the 2023 & 2024 mowing season. Proposals will be received until 3:00 p.m. on the 10th of February, 2023 at the Marengo City Hall, 153 E. Main St., Marengo, Iowa.
For a copy of the specifications and forms to be used in submitting a proposal, contact Lonnie Altenhofen, Public Works Director at 319-642-3232 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Marengo reserves the right to reject any and all proposals.
UPDATE - Explosion and Fire - 810 E. South Street
December 9, 2022
PRESS RELEASE – UPDATE Explosion and Fire, 810 E. South Street, Marengo, IA 52301 Fire operations efforts to combat the explosion and fire at C6-Zero, 810 E. South Street, Marengo, IA, ceased at approximately 4:00 am. Significant structural damaged occurred. Engineers were on site today to access the damage. Several persons were held overnight at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Two are reported in serious condition. Residents evacuated during the fire were able to return to their homes at approximately 7:00 p.m. The Linn County Regional Hazmat Teams were onsite obtaining air samples while the fire crews were fighting the fires, and reported no indications of concern. The C6-Zero facility is a shingle remanufacturer.
Explosion and Fire - 810 E. South Street
December 8, 2022
PRESS RELEASE – Explosion and Fire, 810 E. South Street, Marengo, IA 52301
An explosion and fire occurred at 810 E. South Street in Marengo, Iowa at 11:16 a.m. on Thursday, December 8, 2022. Fire departments and emergency ambulance personnel from multiple counties responded. All persons in the building at the time of the explosion were accounted for. Five persons were transported to the University of Iowa hospital by ambulance. An unknown number of individuals were transported by personal vehicles to Compass Memorial Hospital and the University of Iowa hospital. Fire crews are actively working to extinguish the blaze. Fire departments from multiple counties are assisting at the scene. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Additional details will be released at a later time.
City Updates & Information for Marengo Residents
IEDA Catalyst (CAT) Building Remediation Grant Info
The City of Marengo is currently accepting requests from commercial property owners within the Marengo city limits, that would like to be considered for the IEDA Community Catalyst (CAT) Building Remediation Program grant. Deadline is October 21, 2022. For additional details, click here.
Sale of Property at 730804031; E. Miller Street, Marengo, IA NOTICE OF INTENT TO SELL PROPERTY AND REQUEST FOR BIDS FOR PURCHASE OF LOT LOCATED AT Parcel ID 730804031; E. Miller Street, Marengo, IA
The City of Marengo is soliciting bids from parties interested in purchasing a city-owned lot located at Parcel ID 730804031; E. Miller Street, Marengo, IA.
The property is legally described as Parcel ID 730804031; E. Miller Street, Marengo, IA; Sec: 25; Twp: 81; Rng: 11; E62’Lot 3 Blk D Durants (Old Water Tower), and is included in and forming a part of the City of Marengo, Iowa County, Iowa.
Bidders shall submit their bids in a sealed envelope, plainly marked “Bid for City-owned lot – Miller Street, parcel ID 730804031”, no later than 4:00 p.m, local time, on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at Marengo City Hall, 153 E. Main, Marengo, Iowa.
At the above time and place, all bids received by the City will be opened and publicly read with the results being reported to the Marengo City Council at its meeting on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at 6:00 p.m., at which time the Council may take action on the proposals submitted.
Submission Requirements: • A minimum bid of $5,000.
For additional information regarding bid specifications, download the "rfp_for_miller_street_v2.pdf" To obtain a copy of the officials bid sheet, download the "official_bid_sheet_miller_street_property.pdf"
Notice that the Marengo City Council Intends to Fill Council Vacancy
Notice is Hereby Given:
That the City of Marengo, Iowa, intends to fill a City Council position, vacated July 1, 2022, by appointment at the July 27, 2022 council meeting, to be held at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, Marengo City Hall, 153 E. Main Street.
Eligible electors of the City of Marengo, wanting to be considered for appointment, should submit a request in writing to the Marengo City Clerk, 153 E. Main Street, by 4:00 p.m. on July 22, 2022, or contact the Mayor or any Council Member to express their interest.
A special election will then be held September 13, 2022 to fill the vacancy. Eligible electors of the City of Marengo, wanting to be on the ballot, must file with the County Auditors office by 5:00 p.m. on August 19, 2022.
This notice is given pursuant to the provisions in Marengo City Code Section 5.10 and Sections 372.13(2)(a) and 362.3 of the Code of Iowa.
Karla Marck City Clerk City of Marengo
Special Election planned for September 13, 2022 to Fill Vacancy
A special election will be held September 13, 2022 to fill the current city council vacancy.
Resolution calling an election on the proposition of entering into a General Obligation Swimming Pool Loan Agreement and borrowing money thereunder in a principal amount not to exceed $3,800,000
WHEREAS, it is deemed advisable that the City of Marengo, Iowa (the “City”), enter into a loan agreement and issue its general obligation bonds in an amount not exceeding $3,800,000 to provide funds to pay the cost, to that extent, of the demolition of an existing pool and the furnishing, equipping and constructing of a new swimming pool, splash pad, bathhouse, concession stand, slide, and diving board (the “Project”); and
WHEREAS, pursuant to Chapter 384 of the Code of Iowa, before the City may enter into a loan agreement and issue its general obligation bonds for such purpose, the City must hold a special election upon such proposition and receive a favorable vote from at least 60% of the total votes cast at such special election;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Marengo, Iowa, as follows: Section 1. A special municipal election is hereby called and ordered to be held in and for the City, on September 13, 2022, at which there will be submitted to the voters of the City the following proposition: “Shall the City of Marengo, in Iowa County, State of Iowa, enter into a loan agreement and issue general obligation bonds in an amount not exceeding $3,800,000 for the purpose of paying the cost, to that extent, of the demolition of an existing pool and the furnishing, equipping and constructing of a new swimming pool, splash pad, bathhouse, concession stand, slide, and diving board?”
Section 2. The Iowa County Commissioner of Elections is hereby authorized and requested to issue a proclamation and notice of the election on the aforementioned proposition and of the time and place thereof and to take all other actions necessary pursuant to state law to conduct the election.
Section 3. All of the foregoing matters are adopted and resolved by this City Council, and the City Clerk is hereby directed to give written notice thereof by submitting a copy of this resolution at least forty-six (46) days before the date of the election to the Iowa County Commissioner of Elections, who has the duty to conduct this election, for approval, ratification and confirmation to the extent required by Iowa law, and such County Commissioner of Elections shall signify such approval, ratification and confirmation and shall order the election to be conducted in the manner set forth herein by each signing the order attached to this resolution.
Section 4. All resolutions or parts of resolutions in conflict herewith are hereby repealed, to the extent of such conflict.
Passed and approved June 29, 2022.
Marengo Police Department National Night Out 2022
ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS FOR 3RD OF JULY, 2022 CELEBRATION
MARENGO CITY WIDE CLEANUP May 19th and 20th
UPDATED FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps Have Been RELEASED
Marengo’s FEMA Flood Rate Insurance Maps, that reflect the recently completed accreditation of the levees along the Iowa River and Big Bear Creek, were released today (3/10/22).
Registration for ORV/Golf Carts and Pet Registration is open for 2022. Please come get your new tags at City Hall! If you have any questions, call City Hall.
City Park Fountain Update
Alan Schumacher, on behalf of the fountain committee, provided a status update during the November 24 council meeting, Schumacher reported delivery date of the fountain is structure unknown due to current supply chain issues. Final installation now targeted for spring 2022. Will be completing the reservoir install and reinforcing the base under the fountain basin prior to December 4.
ATTENTION Marengo AREA RESIDENTS! Survey Request.
You may be receiving a letter from ECICOG requesting you take a survey. If you do, please take two minutes to complete it - right away! The surveys must be completed for the City to apply for up to $1.1 million in grant funding. Your participation is essential and greatly appreciated!
Election Day - November 2, 2021
Election Day Winners were:
Adam Rabe, Mayor Jason Kriegel, 2-year council member, to fill council vacancy Travis Schlabach, 4- year council member Bill Kreis, 4-year council member John Hinshaw, 4-year council member
New FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps and Flood Insurance Requirement
Effective October 21, 2021, FEMA released new Iowa County Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) which included updates to the Special Flood Hazard Areas (i.e. 100-year flood plain) for the city of Marengo. Unfortunately, those maps do NOT reflect the recently completed accreditation of the levees along the Iowa River and Big Bear Creek. The new effective FIRMs currently depict much of the City of Marengo in the Special Flood Hazard Area.
A Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) was issued by FEMA on October 22, 2021 to illustrate the levees as providing protection from the 100-year flood event. The LOMR is currently scheduled for release on March 10, 2022. Although some flood plain changes will occur within the city, the new maps will depict the Special Flood Hazard Area comparable to the maps in use prior to October 21, 2021.
As a result of the new effective FIRMs issued on Oct. 21st, you may be contacted by your mortgage company indicating the need to purchase or increase your flood insurance coverage if your home or business is located in the Special Flood Hazard Area. Please advise your lender that FEMA has issued a LOMR depicting accreditation of the levees that is currently scheduled for release on March 10, 2022. A copy of the official LOMR and an image of the final Flood Insurance Rate Maps, can be found here: LOMRMAP
Homes and businesses in the Special Flood Hazard Areas (labeled as Zones A, AE, AH on the FIRMs) with government-backed mortgages are required to carry flood insurance. There are five different types of federally-backed mortgages:
The mandatory purchase of flood insurance requirements also applies to loans and mortgages issued by lending institutions that have their deposits insured through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). While flood insurance is not federally required if your home or business is located outside of the Special Flood Hazard Area, your lender may still require you to carry a flood insurance policy.
Policies purchased from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) or an agent that services flood insurance on behalf of the NFIP might be eligible for a pro-rated refund if the LOMR depicts a structure outside of the Special Flood Hazard Area. If you have any questions regarding a quote or the purchase of flood insurance, please reach out to your insurance agent for more information. For questions regarding whether or not you need to purchase flood insurance, please reach out to your lender. Additional information can be obtained at fema.gov > Floods & Maps.
Marengo Pool Committee Update as of May 10, 2022:
Fun 8/24/21: Pool Committee met. Members present included: Adam Rabe, Karla Marck, Sue Petersen, Ben Wagner, Courtney Stubblefield, Leanne Slaymaker, Jason Kriegel, John Hinshaw, Holly Hinshaw, Lou McMeen. Committee discussed whether to consider renovation of existing pool or building new. Kriegel reported that based on discussions with multiple pool vendors regarding structural integrity of the existing facility and preliminary cost estimates, ranging from $250,000 (without mechanical updates) to $970K with mechanical updates and no bath house, recommendations are to build new. Committee decided to not pursue renovation and work towards designing a new facility. 9/15/21: Pool Committee listened to presentation from Burbach Aquatics. 9/29/21: Pool Committee listened to presentation from Pool Tech. 10/14/21 Pool Committee listened to presentation from JEO Engineering. 11/17/21: Pool committee recommended JEO for consideration of project concept and feasibility discussions. Targeting January to provide initial project scope to council. 2/24/2022: JEO lead discussions for developing pool concept. Discussed preferred location site is the lot north of city hall/public works. Targeting between 4600 – 5800 sq feet. Desire amenities for kids of all ages: space for aerobics, a place for lap swim, 1-meter diving board, slide, place for toddler parents to sit in the zero entry, and a feature to entertain the 5-9 year olds. Rosie Disterhoft volunteered to lead the fundraising committee. Next meeting is scheduled for March 30th at 6pm at the Library. JEO to provide renderings and cost estimates. 3/30/22: LEO lead discussions and provided two design concepts in the 4,000-5,000 sq. feet ranges. Cost estimates ranged from $4.2M and $4.9M, including bath house. Discussed staffing requirements for various pool features/amenities. To provide breakdown of pricing and annual operating budget estimates. Council to provide pool committee with city plans for funding contributions. Rosie Disterhoft and Barb McMeen volunteered to lead committee’s fund-raising efforts. A campaign logo and list of proposed activities were presented. Discussions regarding donation collection processes occurred. Pledges will be obtained until September referendum is completed. Final donations will be made to the city. Next meeting is scheduled for May. 5/10/22: Two design concepts were presented. Committee chose to move forward with “Concept E1,” with noted cost changes for water slide, $274,150, and volleyball net, $6,000. Minimum pool requirements to include play structure, water slide, diving board, and heater, plus the infrastructure required for all other listed alternatives to support installation when funding secured. JEO to provide quotes for: referendum assistance, tri-fold brochure, 3D rendering, 2D poster boards, etc. JEO to obtain quote on soil testing. Intent is to complete soil testing prior to beginning informational meetings. Fundraising team is participating in Fireside Wine Run, but holding off on additional fundraising efforts until after Sept referendum. Once soil testing complete and site location confirmed, will complete brochure, and arrange for informational meetings before referendum.
August 17, 2021 - Marengo Pool Committee Developed A committee of nine Marengo residents has been selected, with the stated purpose to make a final recommendation to the city council in regards to a pool or aquatics facility. Committee updates will be provided, as necessary, via regular city council meetings. Minutes from each council meeting are posted at www.marengoiowa.com and published in The Current.