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.