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MPD Blotter November 16 – November 22, 2020

MADRID POLICE BLOTTER

Madrid Police Contact Numbers:

Emergency – 911

Dispatch (Primary) – 515-433-0527

Police Department – 515-795-3113

Police Cell Phone – 515-795-6166

policedept@madridiowa.org

11/16/20

Officer assisted a Madrid resident with replacing a flat tire.

Officer assisted Madrid Fire/Rescue, on a medical call, in the 300 block of South Cedar Street.

Officer followed up with the owner of the County Line Road trailer park, reference the clean-up projects of several structures that are being torn down.

Officer fingerprinted an out of town subject for a job-related background check.

Officer was called to the Madrid library for kids spreading peanut butter on the library property.  Officer made contact with the group of juveniles and found the two kids that committed the act.  Officer made the kids clean up all the property and called their parents.  Both kids will be doing community service in the City.

Officer received a complaint from a Madrid resident of teenagers hanging out in his backyard and not leaving when asked to, resident was advised to call officers when the kids are there and they will be trespassed.

Officer arrested a Granger resident for OWI 1st and speeding at Kennedy Ave and 8th Street. Subject was taken to Boone County Jail.

11/17/20

Officer spoke to the owner of the County Line Trailer Park and informed him that the property will be served a 90-day abatement notice and asked him to step up the clean-up process of the property.

Officer spoke to the owner of a downtown business reference junk vehicles parked behind the business and in Veteran’s Square.  Subject was in the process of having one towed and will be transporting one out of State this weekend.  He stated that he would get on the others asap.  Officer will follow up on this soon to make sure that all space is available for winter parking and snow removal.

Officer spoke to a Dallas County resident, that lives by the City dump, reference a subject dumping leaves on the roadway.

Officer spoke with a DCI Agent and exchanged information on an on-going case.

Officer spoke to a landlord, of a residence on 22nd Street, reference a broken-down truck/trailer on his property.  Officer and landlord spoke to the owner and gave them until Friday to have the truck removed from the property or it would be towed.

11/18/20

Officer assisted Madrid Fire/Rescue with a medical call at the Madrid Home.

Officer fingerprinted an out of town subject, for a job-related background check.

Officer assisted a Madrid resident with filling out a DNR form to get a newly purchased boat registered.

Officer was dispatched to an incomplete 911 call at the Madrid High School.  Officer responded and found no issues.  The school was able to locate the student who made the accidental call and spoke with him.

Officer followed up with a trespass issue by the Green Street Apartments.  Officer located the juvenile female in question.  The mother of the juvenile will handle the incident to make sure it doesn’t occur again.

Officer spoke to the Emergency Management Coordinator.  The siren policy now changed so that the siren testing will still be the first Monday of every month, but only one of the two will be tested.

Officer spoke to a Madrid resident, reference a possible phone scam.  No personal information was given to the scammers.

Officer checked on a suspicious vehicle, just off of 22nd Street, at the drainage ditch.  Everything checked out OK.

Officer drew up an arrest warrant, for a Madrid resident, on a past case.  The warrant will be e-filed to the Clerk of Court to be signed by a Judge.

Officer received a complaint of a broken-down vehicle, on the dead-end portion, on Swede Point Road.  Officer contacted the owner of the construction company and asked them to have the vehicle removed, in which he stated that he would.

Officer responded to an alarm at the Tiger Bowl. Officer secured the building and notified a key holder.

11/19/20

Officer received a report of branches and other debris, that had been placed on the parking, in the 300 block of North State Street.  Officer stopped and left a business card on the door, after finding nobody home, asking for the debris to be removed.

Officer arrested Raymond Kenneth Svaleson, of Madrid, on two outstanding warrants.  First warrant was from a Madrid PD case for theft in the 3rd degree and the second was for a violation of a pre-trial report from another past Madrid PD case of domestic abuse assault.  Subject was transported to the Boone County Jail where he was held.  Officer was assisted by a Boone County Conservation Officer.

Officer spoke to a Madrid resident who reported she caught a subject illegally dumping in a dumpster that she paid for and that was on her property.  Officer will attempt to locate the subjects from the description given and give them a trespass warning for the property.

Officer arrested Joel Eric Brenner, of Madrid, on an outstanding warrant. The warrant was for a Madrid PD case of domestic abuse assault. Subject was transported to the Boone County Jail where he was held.

11/20/20

Officer responded to Linden Lane for a medical call.

Officer received a call about people lighting fireworks at the County Line Trailer Court. Officer was unable to locate anyone.

11/21/20

Officer performed a civil standby at 917 S Kennedy Ave.

Officer performed a traffic stop for equipment in the 300 block of Kennedy Ave.

Officer received a phone call about a loud party in the 300 block of N Market St. Homeowner was advised to keep it down.

Officer performed a traffic stop for speeding in the 400 block of Fairview Dr.

11/22/20

Officer took a complaint of juveniles riding an ATV on the roadway on W. 7th St. Officer made contact with the juveniles and their father to address the complaint.

 

November 24, 2020 Special Council Agenda

November 24, 2020 Special Council Agenda

November 24, 2020 Special Council Agenda Amendment

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November 7, 2020

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Madrid City Council
Regular Meeting
November 7, 2020
5:30 p.m.

The City Council meeting was called to order at 10:00 a.m. with Mayor Tom Brown presiding. The meeting was held via Zoom due to Covid epidemic social distancing requirements.

Present at Roll Call: Nate Samples, Steve Burich, Marvin Ostrander, Chuck Rigby and Lane Shaver.

Other City Officials Present: City Clerk Mary Jo Reese, Fire Chief Randy Pecenka, Public Works Director Scott Church, Library Director Angie Strong and City Attorney Mark Powell.

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, second by Councilperson Ostrander to approve the agenda for November 7, 2020.
Ayes: Samples, Burich,Ostrander, Rigby, Shaver Motion Carried

No Councilperson wished to declare a conflict of interest.

Motion by Councilperson Rigby, second by Councilperson Burich to open a public hearing regarding Resolution # 08-20-21, – “Resolution Regarding Proposal to Vacate Alley and Convey Real Estate.”
Ayes: Samples, Burich,Ostrander, Rigby, Shaver Motion Carried

No persons were present who wished to discuss the matter. Motion by Councilperson Samples, second by Councilperson Burich to close the public hearing.
Ayes: Samples, Burich,Ostrander, Rigby, Shaver Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, second by Councilperson Samples to approve the City Council Meeting Minutes of October 19, 2020.
Ayes: Samples, Burich,Ostrander, Rigby, Shaver Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Rigby, second by Councilperson Ostrander to approve the claims for November 7, 2020 in the amount of $ 909,632.65.
Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Shaver Motion Carried

A representative from Windstream had asked to be placed on the agenda to discuss the approval of an easement. No one from Windstream attended the meeting and no action was taken by the Council regarding the easement request issue.

The Council considered a proposal to update the Community Room Rental Agreement as presented by Councilperson Samples. Samples indicated he would be adding a map to the agreement that shows renters how to set up the room when they are finished using it. Motion by Councilperson Shaver, second by Councilperson Rigby to approve the agreement with the addition of the map.
Ayes: Samples, Burich,Ostrander, Rigby, Shaver Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Burich, second by Councilperson Shaver to approve Resolution # 10-20-21, – “Resolution Approving the Annual Tax Increment Financing Indebtedness Certification Report to the County Auditor for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2020.”
Ayes: Samples, Burich ,Ostrander, Rigby, Shaver Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Rigby, second by Councilperson Samples to approve Resolution # 11-20-21, “ Resolution Approving the Urban Renewal Report for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2020.
Ayes: Samples, Burich,Ostrander, Rigby, Shaver Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Burich, second by Councilperson Ostrander to approve Resolution # 12-20-21, “Resolution Approving the TIF Appropriation for Paul and Kim Peters” The resolution approves the amount of the request for Fiscal year 21-22.
Ayes: Samples, Burich,Ostrander, Rigby, Shaver Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Rigby, second by Councilperson Burich to approve Resolution # 08-20-21, “Resolution Regarding Proposal to Vacate Alley and Convey Real Estate.”
Ayes: Samples, Burich,Ostrander, Rigby, Shaver Motion Carried

The Council considered a request for tax abatement for a new garage at 606 S. Madison. Motion by Councilperson Rigby, second by Councilperson Shaver to approve the abatement.
Ayes: Samples, Burich,Ostrander, Rigby, Shaver Motion Carried

Public Works director Scott Church gave the Council an update on the FEMA process, stating that all invoices have been turned in to the FEMA representative and the request will be finalized on November 22nd. Stump grinding in the public right-of-way areas is in progress and bids are being taken for replacement of sidewalks damaged during debris removal due to the derecho. Work is progressing well on the sewer plant upgrade. He also advised Christmas lights have been installed, however the decorations need to be replaced due to their age. Church also advised he will be leasing a John Deere tractor to replace the Kubota tractor that’s lease has ended.

Library Director Angie Strong shared the Library’s Annual Report that was in the Council packet. She reported several repairs have been made at the library from derecho storm damage. She is currently working to develop a strategic plan. The library is still operating under temporary hours. There will not be a silent auction this year in conjunction with the annual Christmas Extravaganza due to Covid-19 restrictions. She advised the library has two new on-line features. You can go to the library’s website and live chat with a librarian. They have also added to the Brain Fuse database a feature that allows for student tutoring. The library handed out treats to 256 adults and children on Beggar’s Night.There was also a story walk that evening. Library staff is handing out “Early Out” craft kits and there is also an online book discussion.

The Council considered Resolution # 13-20-21, “Resoluton to Appoint a Member and Alternate Members to the Polk County 911 Service Board.” Fire Chief Randy Pecenka asked that the matter be approved at the next meeting as the alternate he intended to appoint per the resolution declined the position. Motion by Councilperson Rigby, second by Councilperson Samples to approve the resolution pending Pecenka appointing an alternate to the board.
Ayes: Samples, Burich,Ostrander, Rigby, Shaver Motion Carried

Pecenka advised the Council there are 16 air bottles at the fire department that need to be replaced. He would like to re-allocate money from the Fire Department Building Fund to pay for the tanks. The Council advised Pecenka to consult with the City Attorney and Mayor to determine the legal ramifications of using those funds. The cost to replace the bottles will be around $17,600.

Police Chief Rick Tasler reported he is preparing the police vehicles for winter by doing routine maintenance. Blayne Sundstrom has been hired as a part time police officer for the department. Tasler reported there was a shooting incident in Madrid recently. He is working with the DCI and the Boone County Attorney to investigate the incident. Tasler thanked part-time officer David Weidt for going the extra mile while returning a wallet to it’s owner. Mayor Brown thanked Tasler for using his spare time to fill in as a substitute teacher for the Madrid Schools.

City Attorney Mark Powell reported he has been working on legal issues concerning the final plat for the Tiger Run development.

Martha Furness of the Madrid Senior Associates Commission reported a local civic group, PEO, would like use the Senior Activities building to host a soup supper on the night of the Christmas parade. She thanked Church for his quick response in stopping a leak in the roof during a recent rental of the room. Angie Strong, president of PEO advised they would not be holding the soup supper per directions from their organization.

Chuck Rigby, representing the Labor Day Commission stated he met with three members of the group recently. The Commission will meet as soon as possible with all new members.

Mayor Brown advised there are still two seats open on the Park Board, but they currently have a full functioning board.

Martha Furness, the head of the food program for Madrid Community Schools advised all students are eligible for free lunches until the end of the school year or until funding for the program is exhausted.

Councilperson Samples thanked Rick Tasler for substitute teaching for the Madrid School System. Councilperson Rigby thanked all educators for their work during the Covid pandemic.

Citry Clerk, Mary Jo Reese reported the auditor from Bowman and Miller will be meeting with her next week. The auditor will be at the City Council meeting on November 19th to give a full report to the Council.

Mayor Brown commented on the increasing Covid-19 rates.

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, second by Councilperson Rigby to adjourn the meeting at 11:12 a.m.

November 18, 2020 Labor Day Agenda

November 18, 2020 Labor Day Agenda

MPD Blotter November 9 – November 15, 2020

MADRID POLICE BLOTTER

Madrid Police Contact Numbers:

Emergency – 911

Dispatch (Primary) – 515-433-0527

Police Department – 515-795-3113

Police Cell Phone – 515-795-6166

policedept@madridiowa.org 

11/09/20

Officer received several complaints of a building being moved onto County Line Road at the trailer park.  Officer made contact with the property owner and informed him that no permits were pulled for the structure and that it needed to be immediately removed.  Damage was done to the roadway in the moving process.  Public Works Director will get an estimate for that damage to access to the property owner.  DOT was also notified reference the incident.

Officer received a complaint of theft of water from a property at West 6th and Market.  Officer attempted to locate the owner but nobody was home.  Officer left a business card for the owner to return a phone call reference this incident along with a junk car that is on the property.

Officer responded to a complaint of a person looking through their basement window. Officer searched the house and found no one inside.

Officer received a parking complaint on Fairview Drive.  Officer will follow up with the owner in reference to parking behind driveways and lengthy parking.

11/10/20

Officer was dispatched to a fire, North and West of the elementary school.  Officer located a controlled burn, in the County, on Rose Road.  Officer disregarded Madrid Fire/Rescue.

Officer was called by the Public Works Director, reference a lengthy parked vehicle, at the city shed. Officer contacted the owner from Des Moines who will be up asap to get it removed.

Officer returned a call to a Nevada police officer, reference a case dealing with a series of bad checks.

Officer was called to the Madrid Elementary School reference an out of control child assaulting teachers and her mother.  Officer arrived and made contact with the first grader and her mother and calmed the situation down.

Officer returned a phone call to a Polk County deputy, referencing a missing person.

11/11/20

Officer attempted to locate a missing female from Polk County.  Officer was unable to locate.

Officer followed up on a notice served at South Market and West 6th Street.  Officer spoke to the property owner about theft of utilities and about city ordinance violations on a junk vehicle and garbage all over the property.  Officer also spoke to him about complaints of loud music and constant traffic in and out of the house late at night.  Officer contacted the landlord and informed them of all the complaints on the property as well.

Officer assisted Madrid Fire/Rescue, on a medical call, in the 600 block of Kingman Blvd.

Officer performed a vehicle unlock in the 400 block of South Water.

Officer was called to East 1st Street and County Line Road for a subject that damaged the roadway and was trying to fix it himself.  The Public Works Director called and had officers order him to stop the work.  A professional company was already coming in to fix the damaged manhole.  Officer informed him that he needed to stay off of City property and clean up his own property.

Officer performed a traffic stop on Hwy 210 Eastbound, Driver was cited for no license and no insurance.

Officer advised a Madrid resident that open burning was over and advised him to extinguish his fire.

Officer followed up on a motor vehicle accident from earlier in the week.

11/13/20

Officer fingerprinted a person for an employment background check.

Officer spoke to a Madrid resident reference a phone scam dealing with social security. No private information was exchanged.

11/14/20

Officer assisted medical with a call at Dollar General.

Officer responded to Casey’s for a report of an erratic driver that pulled in there. Determined to be tired.

Officer responded to Highway 210 for a report of a reckless driver.  Officer was unable to locate the vehicle.

Officer responded to a medical at the Madrid Home.

11/15/20

Officer responded to a stray dog by Jonathan Drive. Officer was unable to locate the dog.

Officer responded to an alarm at Flat Tire Lounge. Officer secured the building and called the keyholder.

November 16, 2020 Council Packet

November 16, 2020 Council Packet

Madrid City Council Meeting

Nov 16, 2020 at 05:30 PM

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November 16, 2020 Council Agenda

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Madrid City Council Meeting

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November 14, 2020 P&Z Agenda

November 14, 2020 P&Z Agenda

Madrid Planning and Zoning Commission

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October 19, 2020

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Madrid City Council
Regular Meeting
October 19, 2020
5:30 p.m.

The City Council meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. with Mayor Tom Brown presiding. The meeting was held via Zoom due to Covid epidemic social distancing requirements.

Present at Roll Call: Steve Burich, Marvin Ostrander, Chuck Rigby and Lane Shaver.

Other City Officials Present: City Clerk Mary Jo Reese, Fire Chief Randy Pecenka and City Attorney Mark Powell.

Motion by Councilperson Rigby, second by Councilperson Shaver to approve the agenda for October 19, 2020 with the following addition: Under 6.) Administration add 4.) Request for Approval – Resolution # 9-20-21, “Resolution Requesting Reimbursement from the Iowa Covid-19 Government Relief Fund for the City of Madrid, Iowa.”
Ayes: Samples, Burich, Rigby, Shaver Motion Carried

No Councilperson wished to declare a conflict of interest.

Due to technical difficulties, Steve Burich left the meeting at 5:35 and did not return until 5:41.

Motion by Councilperson Samples, second by Councilperson Ostrander to approve the City Council Meeting Minutes of October 3, 2020, Special City Council Meeting Minutes of October 6, 2020, Board of Adjustments Meeting Minutes of September 17, 2020, Board of Adjustments Meeting Minutes of August 27, 2020 and Library Meeting Minutes of September 8, 2020 by consent agenda.
Ayes: Samples, Ostrander, Rigby, Shaver Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Ostrander, second by Councilperson Samples to approve the claims for October 19, 2020 in the amount of $339,554.25.
Ayes: Samples, Ostrander, Rigby, Shaver Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Rigby, second by Councilperson Shaver to approve Resolution # 08-20-21, “Resolution Regarding Proposal to vacate Alley and Convey Real Estate.” The resolution sets a public hearing 10:00 a.m. on November 7, 2020.

Mayor Brown recommended the appointment of Darren Douglas to the Labor Day Commission. Douglas introduced himself to the Council and gave a brief description of his background. Motion by Councilperson Rigby, second by Councilperson Shaver to approve the appointment.
Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Shaver Motion Carried

Mayor Brown also asked the Council to consider the appointment of Katelyn Seiler to the Labor Day Commission. She also introduced herself to the Council. Motion by Councilperson Rigby, second by Councilperson Ostrander to approve the appointment.
Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Shaver Motion Carried

Rachel Knutsen introduced herself to the Council and Mayor Brown asked that the Council also approve her appointment to the Labor Day Commission. Motion by Councilperson Rigby, second by Councilperson Ostrander to approve the appointment. Councilperson Burich was again absent from the meeting.
Ayes: Samples, Ostrander, Rigby, Shaver Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Samples second by Councilperson Ostrander to approve a price increase from Wellmark insurance of 7.68% for employee health benefits starting in January 2021.
Ayes: Samples, Ostrander, Rigby, Shaver Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Rigby, second by Councilperson Shaver to approve Resolution # 09-20-21, “Resolution Requesting Reimbursement from the Iowa COVID-19 Government Relief Fund for the City of Madrid, Iowa.”
Ayes: Samples, Ostrander, Rigby, Shaver Motion Carried

The Council reviewed a letter of acceptance issued by SEH Engineering for completion of the 2020 Water Main Replacement project.

Councilperson Burich returned to the meeting.

The Council considered two bids to replace the roof on the Senior Activities building. The first bid was from The Duerson Corporation for the amount of $37,240 with a 15-year warranty. The second bid was from Academy Roofing with a bid of $36,500 with a 15-year warranty. Motion by Councilperson Samples, second by Councilperson Burich to approve the bid from Academy Roofing.
Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Shaver Motion Carried

Councilperson Ostrander passed along comments from a citizen who was concerned with how much time the police department was spending on dogs running loose.

Councilperson Burich advised there are contractors in town who are not happy with how city work is being granted. Mayor Brown stated that the Public Works Director is following the parameters he has been given and the Council will need to consider changing those directions if necessary.

Councilperson Rigby thanked all applicants to the Labor Day Commission. They now have a full five-member board. The ordinance allows for a seven-member commission if they were to receive applicants that would allow for the correct gender balance. Mayor Brown plans to appoint two more members to the commission.

Councilperson Shaver commented that City Staff were doing a good job. He also stated the Council should not micro-manage any staff member. He feels the direction given to the Public Works Director may need to be changed and he will be working on that in the future.

Mayor Brown commented that direction has been given from FEMA to go ahead and work on stump removal. The request previously made by the Fire Chief to use a take home vehicle will be on the agenda for the next meeting.

Motion by Councilperson Samples, second by Councilperson Rigby to adjourn the City Council meeting at 6:26 p.m.