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.

MAC Madrid City-Wide Garage Sale Sign Up

Sign up to participate in the Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce (MAC)-sponsored City-Wide Garage Sale by contacting the Madrid Register-News at 515-795-2730 by April 27. The 2017 sale will be held on May 6, 2017.

LilyPad Learning Center and Preschool Registration

LilyPad Learning Center and Preschool is accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 school year in Madrid. FREE 4 year old preschool and tuition-based 3 year old preschool. Scholarships for 3 year old preschool are available. Transportation will be provided when needed. Call 515-597-3100 to sign up or ask questions.

Vehicle Donations Needed for Fire Department Training

The Madrid Fire Department will hold a Fire Fighter 1 class in Madrid. Three to four vehicles are needed for live fire training and for JAWS training. Do you have an old vehicle you don’t need on your property? Consider donating it for the training. To begin, contact Public Safety Director Rick Tasler at 795-3113. The donation can be used as a 2017 tax write off.

Madrid Flower Shop Grand Opening

The Madrid Flower Shop has a new owner! The business has been purchased by Jacquelyn Heidebrink, a 2014 graduate of Madrid High School. Come check out recent improvements, services, and products offered at the grand opening  on Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. A drawing for prizes will be held.

Madrid Booster Club Seeks Board Members

Consider joining the Madrid Booster Club (MBC) as a board member! The MBC helps promote and serve Madrid’s student athletes. Learn more at MBC Recruitment Night on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Madrid High School Commons. You will hear about

  • recent changes
  • accomplishments
  • projects
  • time commitment
  • future plans

Food and refreshments will be provided.

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.