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!!!

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.