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Coronavirus in Iowa, live updates for May 15: Coralville continues closures, opens farmers market Monday

A bald eagle is seen on the side of a tractor truck trailer as members of the Iowa National Guard work at the Kirkwood C
A bald eagle is seen on the side of a tractor truck trailer as members of the Iowa National Guard work at the Kirkwood Community College Test Iowa coronavirus testing site in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, May 14, 2020. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

12:10 P.M.: MARION INITIATES RESIDENT READINESS SURVEY

Marion’s Community Recovery Task Force is assisting businesses reopen with the creation of a consumer confidence survey.

The Resident Readiness Survey was designed as an indicator of resident’s comfort level as businesses prepare to reopen. Residents can take the survey online.

“Our first priority is the health and safety of our residents,” Mayor Nicolas AbouAssaly said. “Marion was on a great trajectory before this pandemic, and we want to do everything in our power to help our business community adapt and emerge successfully.”

The tool is one of multiple surveys planned to help inform Marion’s Building CommUNITY Task Force, including upcoming surveys to gauge attitudes and specific needs such as mental health and social services.

Survey participants who share the original Facebook post will be eligible to win a $100 gift card to a Marion business of their choice.

The survey will remain active for 30 days and answers are confidential. For more information, visit Marion’s website.

10:08 A.M. CORALVILLE CONTINUES CLOSURE OF CITY FACILITIES

The City of Coralville announced city facilities will remain closed through May 27, including City Hall, Coralville Public Library, Coralville Recreation Center, North Ridge Pavillion and Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Further decisions on reopening will be made based on the situation at that time. Al public and private events set for those facilities are canceled.

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The City of Coralville is working to address the COVID-19 public health challenge together with local, state, and federal partners. Services continue to the greatest extent possible while working to protect the health of citizens and staff.

City Hall is closed but staff remains available via phone at 319-248-1700 weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Payments and other services can be paid online. More information is available at the Coralville website.

Registration for summer recreation programming will begin Wednesday. A list of activities and registration information can be found at the city’s parks and recreation website or Facebook page.

The library will continue to provide services through OverDrive (Libby), RB Digital, TumbleBooks and video streaming services through Kanopy with access to online databases. Due dates have been extended to June 15 without fines. Check the library Public

website for more information, including reference services, story times, book groups and summer programs.

All public meetings are scheduled to continue electronically. City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission meetings can be viewed on Mediacom 118-8 or online at Coralvision TV.

Coralville parks, trails, and Brown Deer Golf Club remain open. Playgrounds are closed as required by state proclamation.

According to the news release, transit operations continue. Fare collection has been paused and riders are asked to board from the rear entrance when possible. The front door remains available for riders with mobility concerns to board and exit. Riders needing assistance, including the ramp to board, are asked to knock on the front door or indicate to the driver that assistance is needed. Riders are asked to practice social distancing while waiting for and riding the bus.

 

10:10 A.M.: CORALVILLE FARMERS’ MARKET OPENS MONDAY

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The Coralville Farmers Market will open Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Coralville Community Aquatic Center parking lot. Farm and take-home food items, including baked goods, will be available for purchase. The market will allow drive-through and walk-up customers.

A list of vendors is available at the Coralville website or the Farmers Market Facebook page.

9:39 a.m.: IOWA CITY RESUMES NORMAL PARKING RATES, ENFORCEMENT

City of Iowa City announced Friday that it will resume normal rates and enforcement at parking decks and street meters, beginning Monday at 7 a.m.

Hourly fees have been waived since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of downtown businesses.

Street parking spaces will remain available for curbside pickup and to-go orders from restaurants and other businesses throughout the summer.

Officials encourage the use of mobile apps, credit cards and automated pay equipment to reduce face-to-face transactions.

Parking facilities and equipment continue to be disinfected daily. For more information, visit City of Iowa City parking meters website.

9:39 a.m.: JOHNSON COUNTY EXTENDS BUILDING CLOSURES

Johnson County Board of Supervisors has extended the closures of government buildings, except for the Johnson County Courthouse. The Board voted and approved to continue the closures until June 8 at 7:30 a.m.

Public access to the courthouse will remain limited.

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Many Johnson County services are available online, by phone, or through mail or email. Contact information for all County departments and offices are available on the Johnson County website.

CEDAR RAPIDS LINN COUNTY SOLID WASTE AGENCY CONTINUES SERVICE

Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency will continue to provide services for Linn County residents and businesses.

According to a news release Friday, Linn County residents can currently schedule appointments and prepay to drop-off garbage, appliances, tires, and scrap metal. Services will expand Monday, allowing glass, household hazardous materials, televisions and monitors, electronics, fluorescent bulbs, batteries, medical sharps and syringes to be dropped off by appointment and paid in advance.

Appointment times are available from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointment scheduling and prepay is accepted weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. by calling 319-377-5290.

Household recyclables, including paper and plastic products, aluminum and tin cans and cardboard, are not being accepted at this time. Residents are encouraged to use their curbside services for those items. If curbside services are not available for recyclables, the items can be thrown away.

The measures are an attempt to provide essential services while keeping its staff and customers safe during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

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