Storm Damage Closes Madrid Post Office

The storm on Tuesday, May 17, 2017, caused extensive damage to the Madrid Post Office. According to the interview with USPS spokeswoman Stacy St. John by the Ames Tribune, high winds removed a portion of the roof, causing water damage to the interior. In addition, the glass front door shattered. The Madrid Post Office is closed until further notice.

Please be prepared for minor delays in mail delivery in Madrid. If you had a P.O. box in town, you have two choices:

  • you can still pick up your mail in town using the cluster box units that have been installed or
  •  you can continue using a P.O. box, but you will need to pick up your mail at the nearby post office in Woodward, located at 212 S. Main Street. It is open from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m, Monday through Friday and from 8:15 to 10:15 a.m. on Saturdays.

You can contact 1-800-ASK-USPS to find locations for other post offices.

Madrid Public Library Extends Hours

The Madrid Public Library will remain open over the lunch hour staring starting Tuesday, May 30. Library hours are Monday to
Thursday: 9 am to 7 pm
Friday: 9 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday 9 am to 12:00 pm

MAC Madrid City-Wide Garage Sale Map

The 2017 sale will be held on May 6, 2017. The list and map of sales are now available. The map is available thanks to Wilcox Printing and Publishing, and the Madrid City-Wide Garage Sale is sponsored by the Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce (MAC).

City Offers Automatic Withdrawl for Utility Payments

Another option is available for your city utility bill: ACH payments. You can pay your utility payment on the 15th (or the following Monday if the 15th is a weekend) of every month with an automatic deduction. The form is available here or by stopping by City Hall. Please contact Madrid City Hall with questions.

Annex Road Project Timeline

The Annex Road project will begin on May 1, 2017, and will last approximately 25 days.

Free Trees on Arbor Day

Celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree! Come to Jensen Park between 9 am and 12 pm on April 29, 2017, to receive a free tree. Available trees include sugar maple, red oak, aronia berry and highbush cranberry.

The Trees for Kids event was supported locally by MAC and the Madrid Park Board,  and the program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Bureau, MidAmerican Energy, Black Hills Energy, Alliant Energy, Iowa Bankers Association, Trees Forever, Iowa Tree Farm Committee, and the Iowa Woodland Owners Association.

Spring Yard Waste Days

The Boone County Landfill Yard Waste Processing Facility will accept residential yard waste free from April 15 until May 31, 2017. This includes grass clippings, leaves, weeds, brush, branches, limbs, small trees, and plant/vegetable waste (not food waste) from regular yard maintenance.

Restrictions apply when you bring a load. Hours of drop off are listed here. Call the Boone County Landfill at 433-0591 for more information about restrictions–you must meet certain standards when dropping off a load or you will need to pay a fee.

Fire Hydrant Flushing

Madrid fire hydrants will be flushed from April 17 until April 28, 2017, during weekdays from 7:00 am until 3:30 pm (and some late evenings). Don’t be concerned with water spilling onto the street.

Also, this can cause water to be cloudy in Madrid homes. It is still safe to drink, although you may want to wait to wash laundry until evening.

Fire hydrant flushing is necessary to maintain water quality, and it allows fire hydrants to be tested as well. Please contact Madrid City Hall at 795-3930 with questions or concerns.

FEMA to Review Madrid Flood Plain Area in 2018

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is mapping elevations within Iowa, and FEMA will use the updated maps to determine flood plain designations throughout town. The paving and construction of the canal throughout town has greatly improved drainage of local areas yet many citizens are still required to pay flood insurance as FEMA’s flood plain map for the area has not been updated. FEMA is scheduled to survey Madrid in the first half of 2018. Individual properties can be surveyed prior to 2018 at the homeowner’s expense to contest the flood designation status; the survey cost starts at approximately $750 for a survey and then results would be submitted to FEMA for possible map adjustment.