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.

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.

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.

Open Burn from March 25 to May 28

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

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.

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.

Madrid Community Chest Campaign Begins October 4

The annual Madrid Community Chest fundraiser begins October 4, 2016. A packet will be delivered to each Madrid residence, and donations support local programs, such as Madrid Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts; Madrid Little League, Softball, and Soccer; Madrid Public Library, Tiger Tots, Greater Love Ministries, youth and Shelter Services, Boone Community Services, Boone County Transportation, the Salvation Army, the Quad County Saddle Club, and the Mid-Iowa Council.

Helms Farmstead Available for Tours

The Helms Farmstead has been in the Helms family since 1901. This century farm is located a mile south of Madrid along Highway 17, and it is being restored to show what a historical farm would have looked like and what machinery would have been used. The farm is now owed by the Madrid Historical Society. Clark Helms, the grandson of the original owners, Charles C. Helms and Mary Ellen Helms. Tours are available; call Clark at 515-202-3325.

Support Madrid by joining a Board: Library Board, Park Board, or Planning and Zoning Commission

Several local boards have vacancies. Join the Madrid Public Library Board of Directors, the Madrid Park Board, or the Planning and Zoning Commission. Fill out an application at the Library to join the Library Board. Contact City Hall in Madrid to express interest in the Park Board or Planning and Zoning Commission.