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Absolutely not. I would fear the horse that could.
It is illegal to deface public property.
If I had to guess, some poor soul received a citation for tying his horse up to a hydrant back in early 1900, damaging the wooden post supporting the water line.
The 1937 code prohibited: Fasten, hitch, or tie any horse or other animal to any fire hydrant, telegraph, telephone, electric light or other pole or to any fence, tree, shrub or other property.
Drive, stop, tie or place any horse, or other animal where it may bite, eat or in any way damage any fire hydrant, telegraph, telephone, electric light or other pole or any fence, tree, shrub or other property.
No. The City Attorney represents the citizens of Marshalltown but not in their personal capacity nor in a directly capacity. The City Attorney's legal representation and ethical duty is to the Municipality of Marshalltown which exercises its home rule legal powers through the City Council and derivatively through City staff and City boards and commissions.
Thus if you have a legal problem with your employer, landlord, ex or current spouse, or any other private matter, the City Attorney cannot advise or represent you. The City Attorney's sole client is the City of Marshalltown.
Also the City Attorney's Office should not be confused with the Public Defender's Office. They can be reached at 641-752-0083. If you need private counsel and are not familiar with any private law firms, the Iowa State Bar Association oversees a lawyer referral service. Their telephone number is 515-280-7429.
Other referral agencies which may provide services sought mistakenly from the Office of the City Attorney, are:
The City department charged with the day-to-day administration and enforcement of an ordinance can answer general questions regarding how the ordinance is applied by the City. If the department is unable to answer your question, they may refer you to the City Attorney. While the City Attorney cannot give you legal advice, he will try to help in any appropriate way he can.The Marshalltown City Code of Ordinances is also found on this website.
Just because the Marshalltown Police Department was involved in the arrest or citation of a person for a crime or for a traffic ticket does not mean the prosecutor for the case is the Marshalltown City Attorney. It depends on the charges that are filed. The City, through the Office of the City Attorney, prosecutes only municipal simple misdemeanors, including violations of the City's traffic code, and municipal infractions committed inside the Marshalltown city limits.
If your ticket, citation, or court documents reference a Marshalltown city ordinance violation, then the City Attorney is the prosecutor. If your citation, ticket, or court document does not refer to a city ordinance, then the prosecutor is probably the Marshall County Attorney's Office (641-754-6314) or the prosecutor for the city where you received the ticket.
While the City Attorney may represent the City in court in enforcement matters, the enforcement officer who handles such complaints or enforcement issues is not the City Attorney. These are handled by the respective City department official or employee. Questions about enforcement and issues regarding meeting compliance should be taken up with the respective City department official.
While the City Attorney may represent the City in court in enforcement matters, the enforcement officer who handles such complaints or enforcement issues is not the City Attorney. These are handled by the respective City department official or employee. Questions about enforcement and issues regarding meeting compliance should be taken up with the respective City department official. City Code
Yes, minors under the age of 18 have a curfew see Ordinances of interest to minors
Click here to navigate to the online form to submit your application to Volunteer for a Board or Commission.
Please submit the application to the City Clerk. The Mayor will review the application, determine appointments which are ratified by the City Council.
The census of 2010 indicated Marshalltown had 27,552 residents. More information can be found on the U.S. Census Bureau's website.
The City Council sets utility rates by Ordinance. Utility rate ordinances require a public hearing and three readings of the ordinance.
Utility rates are periodically reviewed by the council to ensure revenues pay the cost of providing the utility.
For specific rate information:
Sanitary sewer utility ordinance.
Storm water utility ordinance.
Landfill / Solid Waster utility ordinance.
Water rates - Set by the Water Works Board of the Marshalltown Water Works 641-753-7913
The Marshalltown Water Works performs the utility billing service for the City of Marshalltown. You'll receive one bill for Water, Sanitary, Storm and Landfill charges.
Garbage haulers are licensed by the City. Please contact them directly to arrange service. Download a list of licensed haulers.
Alliant Energy is the Electric and Gas provider.
There are a couple of ways you can accomplish this. Each department has a "contact" link on the department home page. You can fill out out the online form online or contact the Clerk directly following the instructions on the online form.
Yes. The City allows tax abatement on qualifying residential improvements and there is no dollar limit. Qualifying property must meet the following criteria:
Tax Abatement program freezes the assessed valuation prior to the eligible improvement during the Tax Abatement period for the parcel.
For more information about this topic, see our Tax Abatement application (PDF) or click here for a full page explanation
View the map of the City's Revitalization Areas and Urban Renewal Areas.
Please fill out the form and upload a sketch or google map indicating the streets blocked and where you’d like the barricades to be dropped off.
We have changed the application process to an online process. You will receive approval through email.
The city licenses garbage haulers. Please contract with a licensed hauler. Download the list of licensed haulers.
Yes. Click here for a list of licensed tree trimmers.
See Chapter 120 of the City Code for requirements.
Are you a tree trimmer that would like information about performing work in the right of way?
Please contact public works for more information about the Traffic Control Plan..
Do you need an application?
Interested in running for an elected position? This page will help you find everything you need to know to run for office.
The Council and the Mayor are elected positions. In odd years you may pick up information at the City Clerk's office or at the Marshall County Auditor's Office or the Iowa Secretary of State's office to run for the Marshalltown City Council. The seven Council positions are four-year staggered terms.
The next city election is Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Open seats: Mayor, (2) At Large, First Ward, and Third Ward. Individuals desiring to run for a ward position must live in the ward at the time of filing nomination papers and at the time of the election.
Candidates must gather 25 "eligible" signatures and return the nomination papers and the Candidate's affidavit to the City Clerk, beginning Monday, August 23, 2021, and before 5 PM, Thursday, September 16, 2021. Papers may not be submitted outside of this time frame. Please refer to the Candidate's Guide for more information.
Current Council members and their terms
View our ward map.
Resources for elected officials:
Iowa Public Information Board: - Open Meetings - Open Records
Attorney General - Sunshine Advisories - Open Meetings - Open Records
Iowa Code Chapter 400 / 2016 - Civil Service
Iowa League of Cities
Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board
Iowa Secretary of State
Yes. The Council Manual was last reviewed and adopted by the City Council on October 9, 2017.
Four council members represent the wards. Three council members serve at-large.
Click here to download the list of contact information for the Mayor and Councilors.
View our ward map.
City Council agendas are available on the Friday afternoon prior to a City Council meeting. The council meets twice each month, on the 2nd and 4th Monday. Agendas are posted at City Hall and on the City of Marshalltown's website. Click here to view the agendas and minutes.
Agendas can be e-mailed by registering through the "Notify Me" page on this website or by request by contacting the City Clerk.
The City of Marshalltown will be utilizing our website to provide the live broadcast of our meetings through YouTube. Viewers can access the meeting by clicking on the City Council Meetings page or by finding "City Council Meetings" in the Government drop-down menu on the homepage. There is also a link to the archive of City Council meetings from this page.
The City Clerk prepares the monthly calendar of meetings. If you have any questions about the meetings contact the City Clerk's Office.
The Iowa Public Information Board is an independent agency governed by nine members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. They offer training to governmental bodies and are a good source of information regarding both Open Meetings and Open Records.
The Attorney General has issued Sunshine Advisories relating to both Open Meetings and Open Records.
What is a closed session? A closed session is a session where the governmental body is able to discuss issues without members of the public present.
Iowa Code Chapter 21.5 lists valid reasons for holding a closed session, rules of conduct during closed session, and how governmental bodies may take action based on discussion during the closed session.
Iowa Code Chapter 21 governs meetings of governmental bodies.
21.1 Intent — declaration of policy.
This chapter seeks to assure, through a requirement of open meetings of governmental bodies, that the basis and rationale of governmental decisions, as well as those decisions themselves, are easily accessible to the people. Ambiguity in the construction or application of this chapter should be resolved in favor of openness.
As used in this chapter:
1. “Governmental body” means:a. A board, council, commission, or other governing body expressly created by the statutes of this state or by executive order.b. A board, council, commission, or other governing body of a political subdivision or tax-supported district in this state.c. A multimembered body formally and directly created by one or more boards, councils, commissions, or other governing bodies subject to paragraphs “a” and “b” of this subsection.d. Those multimembered bodies to which the state board of regents or a president of a university has delegated the responsibility for the management and control of the intercollegiate athletic programs at the state universities.e. An advisory board, advisory commission, or task force created by the governor or the general assembly to develop and make recommendations on public policy issues.f. A nonprofit corporation other than a fair conducting a fair event as provided in chapter 174, whose facilities or indebtedness are supported in whole or in part with property tax revenue and which is licensed to conduct pari-mutuel wagering pursuant to chapter 99D or a nonprofit corporation which is a successor to the nonprofit corporation which built the facility.g. A nonprofit corporation licensed to conduct gambling games pursuant to chapter 99F.h. An advisory board, advisory commission, advisory committee, task force, or other body created by statute or executive order of this state or created by an executive order of a political subdivision of this state to develop and make recommendations on public policy issues.i. The governing body of a drainage or levee district as provided in chapter 468, including a board as defined in section 468.3, regardless of how the district is organized.j. An advisory board, advisory commission, advisory committee, task force, or other body created by an entity organized under chapter 28E, or by the administrator or joint board specified in a chapter 28E agreement, to develop and make recommendations on public policy issues.
2. “Meeting” means a gathering in person or by electronic means, formal or informal, of a majority of the members of a governmental body where there is deliberation or action upon any matter within the scope of the governmental body’s policy-making duties. Meetings shall not include a gathering of members of a governmental body for purely ministerial or social purposes when there is no discussion of policy or no intent to avoid the purposes of this chapter.3. “Open session” means a meeting to which all members of the public have access.
If you're interested in participating in City purchase opportunities, you may either:
a. participate in the State of Iowa purchasing program https://das.iowa.gov/procurement
b. login and sign up for city bid notifications using the City's website www.marshalltown-ia.gov
The front desk is open from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, and accepts cash and credit cards for all items. You may pay your account online here by following the online instructions.
The Waterworks is a separate department from the City, located at 205 E State Street. You may pay your water bill online here.
The City’s bond rating for the bond sales on August 24,2020 is Aa2.
Prior to November 1, 2017, 75% was used for property tax relief, 20% for Storm Sewer and Other Capital Projects, and 5% as Council designated. There was an election held August 1, 2017 and voters approved changing the allocation to 78% property tax relief and 22% as Council designates.
If you are a property owner within the city limits of Marshalltown, your total tax levy is $41.70344 per $1,000 of taxable valuations. The City receives $15.28158 and the remainder goes to the the School District $17.94963, Marshall County 6.71518, Community College 1.36842, Agriculture Extension .14644, Assessor .23909, State .00310.
$17.5 million of general obligation date was issued once voters approved the referendum in 2016. Approximately $228,000 of debt was issued in 2014 for the planning of the building.
For the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2021, the City’s adopted revenue budget is $68,389,300, which includes transfers in of $9,853,471 and Marshalltown Water Works of 6,290,898. The City’s adopted expense budget is $75,087,573 which includes transfers out of $9,853,471 and Marshalltown Water Works of $5,277,706. Marshalltown Water Works has its own Board of Trustees and management, but is required to be included in the City’s adopted budget.
Open Burning Requirements
Open burning of yard waste is allowed April 1st through June 30th and October 1st through November 30th. Burning shall occur in the backyard of single-family dwellings, Monday through Sunday between the hours of 10:00 am and 7:00 pm. All burning piles must be extinguished by 7:00 pm. Burning on the property of another is prohibited unless the property owner grants permission. Open burning is not allowed on holidays. Open burning shall not be less than 50 feet from any structure. Fire in enclosed containers with a cover to control flying embers shall not be less than 15 feet from any structure. A competent person with a means of fire control must constantly supervise all open burning. Burning by commercial business is prohibited unless a burn permit is obtained from the Fire Department. If a permit is issued, all requirements for open burning apply. No burning shall occur if the wind speeds are greater than 15 miles per hour and during extended dry weather conditions.
Burning of garbage and rubbish is prohibited.
Any violation of the rules concerning prohibited burning and open burning, which requires a response by the Marshalltown Fire Department to control or extinguish such combustion, will be subject to a response fee of $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second offense, and $300 for the third offense as established by Ordinance of the City of Marshalltown, Iowa.
Recreational Fire means an outdoor fire burning seasoned hardwood contained in appliances specifically designed for this purpose, with a total fuel area of three (3) feet or less in diameter and two (2) feet or less in height, for the purposes of:
Recreational burning shall be allowed for food preparation and camping purposes or as defined in the definition section. The material to be burned is limited to seasoned wood, and the fire shall comply with all other applicable state and local codes related to open burning.
The Fire Department is covered under Iowa Civil Service law. We generally will test for new hires at approximately 3-year intervals, unless we hire everyone off a list. The Civil Service Commission will certify a list of ten candidates from which we hire. The process includes an application with a $15 fee, a written test, physical agility test, and an oral interview. If an individual wishes to be included in the process, it is best for them to contact the Personnel Department with the City of Marshalltown. Because there is no set time frame for testing, applicants can have their information added to our contact list to have an application sent to them when we open the testing process. It is important that applicants keep their information updated if it changes.
The Marshalltown Fire Department is a full-time, career department with 28 employees, operating 3 shifts, on a 24/48 basis. We provide fire suppression and extrication services, and first responder service within the City limits. We are also trained in high angle, confined space, trench, and water rescue.
Contact the City Fire Marshal at 641-754-5751 during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
The City of Marshalltown has adopted and follows the 2006 International Fire Code which includes a chapter that defines when a permit is to be issued. The most common permits issued include, but are not limited to:
We do not charge for fire calls. There may be a response fee for open burning calls. Annual fire inspections are completed across a wide variety of businesses or organizations and may have a fee associated.
Office hours for administrative personnel are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. til 5 p.m. Reference our home page for complete office hours information. There is always someone at the station unless we are responding to a call for service.
No, we do not provide that service. Qualified service companies may be located in the telephone book under fire extinguisher sales and service.
Their number is 515-725-6145.
Use of the burn trailer and associated training devices may be accessed by contacting the Deputy Chief of the Marshalltown Fire Department at 641-754-5751, or by contacting Marla Williams at IVCE at 641-844-5624.
We recommend that residents purchase dual-sensor detectors for every level of the home and hallways outside the bedrooms. These detectors sense both slow smoldering fires and rapid growth fires. We also recommend the 10-year lithium battery models to eliminate the need to remember to change the battery. Visit our smoke detector page to see if you qualify for a free one.
Common accessory buildings include sheds and detached garages. Accessory buildings 120 square feet (10 feet by 12 feet) and over require a building permit. Download a residential building permit packet (PDF) online, or contact the Building Division at 641-754-5737.
For detailed information concerning a building permit, contact the Building Department. Generally a permit will be required to erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, or convert any building or structure in the City. Download a permit packet for a single-family or two-family residential building (PDF), or download a building permit packet for a multi-family or commercial building (PDF).
A fence does not require a permit, however there are height and material restrictions. For residential districts a fence in the front yard cannot exceed 4 feet in height. A fence in the side or rear yard cannot exceed 6 feet in height. Fences in commercial and industrial districts cannot exceed 8 feet in height west of 18th Avenue or 10 feet in height east of 18th Avenue. There are additional regulations for corner lots. lease contact the Zoning Office at 641-754-5756 for more information. You contact "One Call" at 811 to locate underground utilities before commencing construction.Residential fences must be constructed of materials originally made for fences. This includes:
The finished side of any new fence must face outward.
Handout on fences (English) (Spanish)
Marshalltown has eight commercial districts and two industrial districts:
To verify what the zoning classification of a particular property is, contact the Zoning Office or submit a zoning confirmation request form. A setback is the distance from the property line to the structure. All commercial and industrial districts have front, side, and rear yard setbacks. Corner lots may have additional setback requirements.
Marshalltown has six solely residential districts:
To verify what the zoning classification of a particular property is, contact the Zoning Office. A setback is the distance from the property line to the structure. All residential districts have front, side, and rear yard setbacks. Corner lots may have additional setback requirements.
View the differences between townhomes, rowhouse, condos, single-family attached homes, and duplexes (PDF).
Marshalltown regulates all signs within the City. Almost all signs require a Sign Permit. Signs in the Historic District have additional design guidelines (PDF) . Download a sign permit application (PDF).
Yes, if the pool is deeper than 18 inches. The fence should be between 5 feet and 6 feet tall. The fence must have a self latching gate of at least 4 feet above the ground.
Lead has no biological value. Lead is a poison and can have detrimental health effects on the body (in extreme cases, lead poisoning can cause death).
Both adults and children can be lead poisoned. Children are at greater risk of lead poisoning than adults.
Impacts of lead poisoning on children include:
The only way to verify a child is lead poisoned is to have them tested. Children under the age of six should be tested. Your child can be tested by your family physician or through Primary Health Care Inc.
Intact lead-based paint that is well maintained is not hazardous. Lead paint is a hazard when it is peeling or chipping. Lead paint is considered hazardous when it is present on a friction, impact, or child-accessible surface.
Yes, all residential rental units within the City of Marshalltown must be registered with the City Rental Inspection Program.
In order to contest a parking ticket, you must appear in person at the police department within 30 days of the ticket issue date. You will then be issued a police citation so that you can receive an initial court date appearance. Contact Administrative Services for more information.
Parking tickets can be paid by mailing your payment in the envelope provided with your ticket, by dropping it in the 24-hour drop box in the lobby of the police department on the south wall, or it can be paid directly at the front desk of City Hall at 24 North Center Street, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets can be written for overtime parking in designated timed areas, failure to be on the correct side in alternate parking areas, inappropriate use of a handicap parking spot, parking in a fire lane or within five feet of a fire hydrant, parking along a yellow curb, parking over the white lines separating parking stalls, and parking with a vehicle's left side to the curb on a two way road. For further information, contact the Police Department.
While our Utilities Division maintains traffic control signals, the Public Works Department is not responsible for maintenance of street lighting. If you need to report a street light that is not working, please call Alliant Energy at 1-800-255-4268, or report the problem online at: Alliant Energy - Report a Street Light for Repair
This voluntary program offered by SLWA (Service Line Warranties of America will provide warranty protection to help cover the costs of an unexpected repair to sewer lines. The program is aimed to help mitigate some of the risks that homeowners in Marshalltown often face. Customers are often unaware that they are responsible for the sewer service lines that go from the utility connection to their home. If these lines break or leak, repairs can be very expensive. The Service Line Warranty program offers customers an affordable way to avoid the unexpected and often large expenses involved with a sewer line break.
Citizens may choose to purchase voluntary warranty protection that will cover sewer line repairs up to $4,000, plus an additional allowance of $4,000 for public street cutting, if necessary. The program is offered at no cost to the City of Marshalltown, and no public funds are used to promote the program.
We at the City urge you to read the Service Line Warranty Program’s information carefully and inquire of insurance provider if repairs to sewer line systems are covered in your homeowners insurance policy. If your policy does not cover sewer utility lines, we suggest that you look into this program. The following link has been furnished to aid you in your research and to demonstrate the National League of Cities Service Line Warranty Program and Service Line Warranties of America’s ability to ensure competent, quick and safe repairs to your sewer line in the event of a sewer line leak, break, or emergency.
National League of Cities
Service Line Warranties of America