Open Burn from March 25 to May 28

Burning is allowed during daylight hours in Madrid from March 25 until May 28, 2017.

City Administrator Resigns

City Administrator Todd Kilzer has resigned, effective March 9, 2017. He his full time duties will be covered by the current city clerk and planning and zoning administrator. His status continues as a city employee on paid administrative leave with employee benefits through March 9 of 2018. Kilzer has served Madrid for almost 23 years and has accumulated a significant amount of unused personal, vacation, and sick days, which factored into administrative leave agreement.
Be sure to thank Todd for his dedication and years of service when you see him around town.

Administration duties are being covered by other city staff; Mary Jo Reese is now City Clerk, and Deborah Biegger is now Deputy City Clerk, and new hire Scott Church is helping as well. Options for filling administrative needs long term are being discussed.

Girls on the Run Comes to Madrid

The spring season for Girls on the Run is starting so sign up before March 6! Girls on the Run is a positive youth development program for girls in 3rd to 6th grade to encourage them to participate in physical activity. This ten-week program, which begins March 20, supports personal development, team building, and community connection. Each week, girls will meet at Madrid Elementary on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:30 pm and will participate in lessons, discussions and running games. A 5K will finish the season, and participants will have earned a shirt and water bottle. A fee is charged, but scholarships are available. More information and registration is available on the Girls on the Run website.

Volunteer of the Year Nominations Needed

The Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce (MAC) would like to recognize local individuals with a Volunteer of the Year award. Nominate someone who deserves this honor by giving the name to Don Lincoln at the Larson Agency before March 29, 2017.
The Larson Agency
PO Box 155
Madrid, IA 50156

Sign up for Kindergarten Round Up

If you have a child who will be five years old (or older) by September 15, 2017, please call the Madrid Elementary at 795-3240 and add him/her to the list for the 2017-2018 school year. Kindergarten round up will be held on Friday, April 7 from 9:00 am to 1: 00 pm (children only).

Sign Up for Space in Madrid Community Gardens

Get ready for warm weather and plan your garden now! Sign up for either a 4 x 4 foot or a 4 x 8 foot raised bed in the new Madrid Community Garden. Reserve a gardens for a $20 refundable deposit. These small garden plots will produce lots of fresh vegetables to feed your family. Depending on the size of plot you choose and the type of plants you decide to use, you can harvest and plant again for a fall crop. Compact planting prevents weed growth and conserves water. Your crops can be reached easily from all sides of the garden bed.

The Gardens are open to anyone with a Madrid address. For more information or to reserve your bed, please contact Rhonda Reynolds Bingman at 515-480-7017. The number of plots is limited.

Join the Labor Day Commission

The Labor Day Commission is looking for one more person who is willing to help prepare Madrid’s annual Labor Day Celebration. Plans for 2017 have already begun, and your help would be appreciated! E-mail the Commission at to join.

Join the Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce (MAC)

Support Madrid’s growth and development by joining the Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce (MAC). Individual and business memberships are available, and your business’ contact information can be included in Madrid’s Business Directory.

Join MAC — an investment in MAC is an investment in our community!

Each year, MAC organizes and funds the following:

  • Marketing and promotion of Madrid businesses
  • Madrid City-Wide Garage Sale
  • Madrid Christmas Extravaganza
  • Community beautification (downtown flower pots)

Recently, MAC has coordinated the creation and installation of welcome signs along Highway 17 and has offered a Social Media Workshop. Additional 2017 goals include the following:

  • Partner with the City to provide welcome packets for new residents
  • Promote businesses with large map signage on the High Trestle Trail
  • Provide incentives for downtown building improvements
  • Work with the City to increase beauty and safety of downtown
  • Increase attendance at meetings and events sponsored by MAC

Share your feedback on these projects and more by attending a MAC meeting or contacting Mary Swalla Holmes at

Trestle Trail Runners Group Begins in Madrid

By Traci Havlik

Get moving and feel great! Join the Trestle Trail Runners at 8:00 am every Saturday at Jensen Park (location to change when weather improves). All levels of runners and walkers are welcome. If you’re looking for accountability, motivation, and fun, look no more! Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram @trestletrailrunners!

Online Payment Option Available for Water Bill

You can now pay your water bill online-day or night! “Pay my water bill is available under the “Living” menu or on the link on the upper right hand of the homepage. This is one more way our current council, Mayor and city officials are making progress for Madrid!!!