Who We Are
Marion Utilities is an organization comprised of four individual and independent utilities; Water, Wastewater, Solid Waste, and Storm Water. Although the utilities share common administrative and managerial oversight, by state statute, each division must remain financially independent of the others. Revenues from one utility division may not be used in support of another. Operational and Capital Improvement Budgets for each division are funded independently through revenues generated by the division.
The Utility Service Board provides general purview over the operations and functions of the Water, Wastewater, Solid Waste, and Storm Water Utilities. The Board establishes policy, approves budgets and capital expenditures, and recommends to the City Council adequate rates to support the financial needs of the utilities. It is the responsibility of the Board to employ a competent executive who is responsible for directing the business and technical operations of the utilities. The Assistant Director for Operations manages the day-to-day operations of the Water and Wastewater Utilities while the Assistant Director for Engineering manages the day-to-day operations of the Stormwater and Solid Waste utilities, as well as providing leadership for Engineering Services.
The mission of Marion Utilities is to bring added value to the City of Marion by providing excellent customer service, maintaining the highest of standards for the lowest possible cost, and promoting environmental stewardship to ensure the future of our community.
The Water Utility was first established in Marion in 1877 as a means of providing fire protection and potable water supply for a growing and thriving community. For over 100 years, the utility services grew and evolved to meet the ever-changing and demanding needs of the city. Sewer installation began in the late 1800s and was followed by the construction of the wastewater treatment plant beginning in 1938. In 1971, Marion Utilities was officially established and assumed responsibility for managing, operating, and maintaining water and wastewater services for the community. Storm water service was added in 1995. In the 2014, the Solid Waste utility was created by the city council and began operation in 2015.
Chuck Binkerd has served the Marion community throughout his employment at Marion Utilities since July 1998. Since September 2012, he has served in the capacity of Executive Director. Since its inception, Chuck has served as a member of the Community Revitalization Enhancement District Board and is also a member of the Grant County Economic Growth Council. For more than 34 years, he has served in various capacities throughout the municipal utilities industry. Chuck and his wife, Becca, also enjoy their work and involvement in their church. They have three children and three grandchildren and appreciate every opportunity to travel to Florida for family time.
Utility Service Board
The Marion Utility Service Board is the steward of the money that you pay for utility services. These private citizens represent you in determining the future of your utilities and how the money that you pay can best be used to ensure reliable services, both now and for generations to come. Listed below are the individuals currently serving you as the Marion Utilities Service Board:
- Robert Logan, Chairman, City Council Appointment
- Douglas Carl, Vice Chairman, City Council Appointment
- Kristen Barney, Member, City Council Appointment
- William Dorsey, Member, Mayoral Appointment
- Von Jackson, Member, Mayoral Appointment
- Herschel Lewis, Member, Mayoral Appointment
- Michael Conner, Utility Attorney
The Board meets every first and third Thursday of the month in our Administrative Board Room at 1540 N. Washington Street in Marion. Check our Agenda & Meeting Minutes for updated information on meetings.
Agenda & Meeting Minutes
In June of 2013, we launched the Help to Our Community (H2O Community) Program to provide the people of Marion with the help they need to make monthly water payments. We have partnered with The Salvation Army, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide for the needy, and Via Credit Union, a local financial institution, to help struggling families by providing a payment supplement to keep their utilities going, as well as offering financial education classes to teach families about simple budgeting skills. This supplement is need-based and can extend up to $100 per year.
In order to qualify for help from this program, Marion Utilities clients must fall below the established poverty level criteria and not have been able to pay their utility bills for many days.
Daily Capacity: 12 million gallons
Average Daily Production: 4.2 million gallons
Water Distribution System
180 miles of underground pipe
3 overhead storage tanks
2 booster pump stations
1,700 fire hydrants
2,000 control valves
Daily Capacity: 17 million gallons
Average Daily Flow: 6 million gallons
Collection System: 180 miles of underground pipe
Storm Water System
120 miles of underground pipe
10,000 pick-ups weekly
The Indiana Water Environment Association (IWEA) awarded our Wastewater Plant with the Safety Excellence Award, and our Wastewater Lab with the Laboratory Excellence Award.