Introducing Scott Church, Public Works/Park Director

Scott Church was hired by the Madrid City Council  as the new Public Works/Park Director for the City of Madrid.

Church has over 18 years of experience working for the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) in the Highway Maintenance Division. During his time with the DOT, he has served as an equipment operator, equipment operator senior, and highway maintenance supervisor. Church attended Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri, and DMACC in Ankeny. He currently lives in Ogden.

The Public Works/Park Director position is brand new with a two-year, salary contact. A vehicle and new equipment are needed. Mayor Riggenberg said, “His number one job will be to economize the work force.”

5th Annual Animated and Musical Holiday Lights Display

Check out 611 South Market Street to see a beautiful display of Christmas lights and music. The display will begin December 5 and continue until January 1, 2017. Lights are lit from 6 to 10 pm each night. Nick Snider and Sarah Carr create the display each year, and they have about 13,000 lights this year! Tune in to 101.7 FM to listen to music to the lights.

MAC Donates $250 to Greater Love Ministries

The Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce (MAC) raised $250 from the Avenue of Trees event, which was part of the 2016 MAC Christmas Extravaganza, and donated it to Greater Love Ministries.

Madrid Selected for Iowa Small Town Poll

Madrid, Iowa, has been chosen as a participant in the Iowa Small Town Poll. In the past, this poll was administered every ten years, but distribution frequency has been increased to once every two years to better capture the ways rural life is changing.

250 Madrid households be invited to fill out the survey with 2016 topics ranging from population change, recession recovery, crime, to drinking water quality. The survey can be filled out online, and each participant is entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card (30 winners will be chosen). Paper surveys can be requested if needed.

David Peters, associate professor of sociology is coordinating this project at Iowa State. Learn more about the upcoming Iowa Small Town Poll here.

Christmas Extravaganza on December 5

The Madrid Christmas Extravaganza will be on Monday, December 5, 2016. The Lighted Parade will begin at 6:00 pm.
Lighted Parade Map

The Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce (MAC) sponsors this event.

2016 Election Details

Make your vote count! All Madrid residents will vote in the Madrid Community Room, but check out the Ward map if you need more detail. The sample ballot was in the October 20 issue of the Madrid Register News, which is available at the Library and included more detail about voting locations. If you have questions, contact City Hall with contact info on the City Government page.

Habitat for Humanity House for Madrid

What some would call fate, others call the workings of a loving God. After Habitat for Humanity secured a building lot for its first new home to be built in Madrid since 2008, an unexpected challenge became finding a qualified and worthy family prepared for the rigors of building, maintaining and paying for their own home.

As a Christian ministry, Habitat first reached out to the Madrid Ministerial Association, asking local pastors and church staff who they might know struggling to secure decent housing. None surfaced.

Free public information meetings at the Madrid Public Library were advertised and offered. Not a single person attended. Posters were placed throughout the community and Habitat volunteers spread the word for families interested in owning a home for less than the cost of renting. A couple of applications came in, but the right fit was elusive. And then one day the skies opened. After Heart of Iowa Habitat executive director, Erich Kretzinger, stopped at Madrid City Hall to share his struggles in finding a qualified family, staff members recalled “this one guy”. He’s so happy and nice all the time, even after riding his wheelchair across town to pay the family’s water bill each month. They knew he and his wife had great kids, but that they were also struggling with their current housing. Maybe Habitat should give them a try.

Making their apartment his next stop, Kretzinger found only the teenage daughter at home. She took his business card, thanked him and the door closed. Another dead end. Or so it seemed. But before he could get to the edge of town his phone was ringing with an excited Kim Mohr on the other end hoping this might be the answer to their many prayers. They had been needing assistance with housing for some time and had all but given up hope. Upon meeting the family, Kretzinger knew right away how truly special they were. Strong in their Christian faith, they had indeed been praying for an answer like Habitat for Humanity.

Mark Mohr, fully disabled and in a wheelchair, was brain-injured in a high school car accident that landed him in an Omaha hospital for six months, with the first six weeks in a coma. Afterward he was unable to speak, but eventually started speech and physical therapy that allowed him to talk and walk with assistance once again. He returned home requiring eight hours of rehabilitation each day.

After placing an ad in the local newspaper for housekeeping assistance, Mark soon met the love of his life in Kim, who just happened to be his new in-home caregiver. He instantly became a father for four stepchildren Mark calls “beautiful”, and they later welcomed their own son. Today he chases after that active 4-year- old while also doing the family’s laundry and dishes. Most importantly, he continues to enjoy the blessings of life.

And there’s also Tank, an always-happy and muscle-bound golden retriever mix that gets daily workouts pulling Mark around the neighborhood for his favorite pastime – visiting. Having become disabled at such a young age, Mark does not receive much in the form of financial assistance. As a genuinely caring person, Kim continues to work as an in-home caregiver, though the rate of pay can make it a struggle to cover basic living expenses. Through careful budgeting and avoiding unnecessary extras, they have still been able to remain nearly debt-free.

What the Mohr family needs most is a home that Mark can easily enter and get around in for many years to come while also being safe, healthy, efficient and affordable for the entire family. When prospects were most bleak, both the Mohrs and Habitat for Humanity believe it was God’s loving hand that answered prayers and guided them to each other.

Construction of the Mohr’s Habitat for Humanity home begins in April, 2017, at 406 South Water Street in Madrid.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard and poverty housing. All persons are welcome as partner families and volunteers regardless of religious beliefs or affiliations.

You Can Subscribe to Learn about Urgent Madrid News!

The MADTAP App is now ready to use! Find out about emergencies and other important community information by signing up for our “MADTAP” App. This notification system is for the residents, businesses, and visitors within the city limits and rural areas of Madrid, Iowa.

By using “MADTAP” you will find out when important things happen in the City via text alerts. Once you’ve signed up, you will receive several different types of notices from the City of Madrid. Types of notices include general releases, weather notices, Labor Day notices, emergency notices with the possibility of adding others as the city deems necessary. These notifications could include but are not limited to text alerts from the City of Madrid for time-sensitive notifications such as parking restrictions during snow events, mosquito spraying and boil orders. Once you choose your topics, just sit back and wait for the pertinent information to come directly to you.

You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify,

You pick where, you pick how.

A valid cell phone number capable of receiving is required to sign up for “MADTAP”. Register your name and cell phone number below.

Kiltzer on Ballot for Extension Council

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Boone County Council has one open slot with four potential candidates to fill it, and Todd Kilzer is one of the four! Kimberly Rinker of Ogden, Kyle Chesnut of Boone, and Charles Irwin of Boone are the other three potential candidates. Council members bring educational opportunities to Boone County, and the successful candidate will begin in January of 2017. Learn more about ISU Extension and Outreach at www.extension.iastate.edu.

Halloween Light Show in Madrid

Check out the Halloween light display at 611 S Market Street in Madrid. The light show syncs with the radio, channel 101.7 FM. The show will run from October 21 until October 31. Happy Halloween!