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Upcoming Madrid City Election

Madrid’s upcoming city elections will be held on November 5, 2019.  Those interested in running for either the Mayor, Ward II or (1) At Large seat must complete an State of Iowa Affidavit of Candidacy and a Nomination Petition for Non-Partisan Office with a minimum of ten (10) signatures.  The petition for Ward II can only contain signatures from Ward II.  Please review the Candidate’s Guide with any questions.  You can complete and print the paperwork through the links above or stop by City Hall to pick up paper copies.

The first day to canvass and obtain signatures for the nomination paperwork is August 26, 2019 and all COMPLETED paperwork must be returned to Mary Jo Reese, City Clerk by 4:30 P.M. on September 19, 2019.

Please contact City Hall with any questions or click here to be taken to the Voting Information page under the LIVING IN MADRID tab on our website.

City Council Minutes – August 5, 2019

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Madrid City Council
Regular Meeting
August 5, 2019
5:30 p.m.

The City Council meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. with Mayor Tom Brown presiding.

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

Other City Officials Present: City Clerk Mary Jo Reese, Deputy City Clerk Deb Biegger, Public Works Director Scott Church, Police Chief Rick Tasler, Fire Chief Scott Maddux and Library Director Angie Strong.

Motion by Councilperson Rigby, second by Councilperson Burich to approve the agenda for August 5, 2019.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

No Councilmembers declared a conflict of interest.

Motion by Councilperson Rigby, seconded by Councilperson Shaver to approve the City Council meeting minutes of July 15, 2019, the Senior Activities Commission Meeting Minutes of July 10, 2019, by consent agenda.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Burich, seconded by Councilperson Shaver to approve the claims for July 15, 2019 in the amount of $ 252,074.24.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Travis Risvold, President of the Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce approached the Council to report success with “Food Truck Thursdays” which are being held at Jensen Park. He updated the Council concerning progress obtaining fiber optic internet from Huxcom and encouraged all residents to sign up for interest in the project. Risvold advised the Council that MAC supports the REAP grant application that is being submitted by Friends of the High Trestle Trail.

Motion by Councilperson Burich, seconded by Councilperson Ostrander to set a public hearing for the proposed West 1st Street and Edgewood Park paving projects for August 19, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Public Works Director, Scott Church, explained the West 1st Street project will be completed as scheduled, however he will hold off on starting the Edgewood Park paving project to see how much bond money remains after the elementary school and West 1st Street projects are complete.

Church updated the Council concerning the elementary school project, stating the contractors are currently running a new water main on North Main Street and hooking up service lines to the main. Once the hookups are complete, residents of that street will be under a boil order advisory until water test reports show the water is free of bacteria. He estimates North Main Street will be ready for paving during the second and third week of September. When Main Street is complete, the contractors will work on North Water Street. He has had extensive discussions with the contractors and the Madrid Schools superintendent to ensure student safety during construction in the area. Mayor Brown asked that one-way traffic be considered in the area until construction is complete.

Church reported he spoke to City Attorney John Flynn who is working to obtain the name of the owner of the shed that is attached to the back of the antique building on West 2nd Street. The building cannot be demolished until the ownership matter is settled. Church also reported updates have been done to the shed at Edgewood Park and public works employees will be painting crosswalks and handicap areas in the upcoming weeks. Public works has begun cleanup of Jensen Park, including the planting beds. He also plans to have a new sign installed in that park.

Church reported there is a tornado siren that has malfunctioned. He stated there is a storm siren at the city shed that may work to replace the damaged siren. Dennis Young of 610 South Union Street indicated there were plans at one time to place a siren behind the fire station and asked the Council to consider the project.

Library Director Angie Strong reported the Summer Reading Program finale was held and fall story times and outreach programs are being planned. The fall book sale will be held August 24th and 25th, the Library Board is currently reviewing long range plans, and she plans to have the carpet cleaned in the library. Upcoming programs include chess club, coloring and movie night.

Don Lincoln representing Friends of the High Trestle Trail approached the Council to ask for their support of a REAP grant application. The grant would provide funding to improve the Dalander Park prairie area. He also asked for approval to for the City to participate in a “Community Visioning” program which would help in the future in working with the Iowa DOT for trail related projects. Motion by Councilperson Shaver, seconded by Councilperson Burich to approve the REAP grant application request. Motion by Councilperson Rigby, seconded by Councilperson Shaver to approve the “Community Visioning” application.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Julia Badenhope, a professor at Iowa State University addressed the Council to explain improvements to Dalander park which would be available if the REAP grant was approve for Madrid. She shared a diorama of the area complete with handicap accessible walkways that would link Dalander Park to Boxtown, bird viewing areas, and habitat, species specific natural planting, and a boardwalk across Prairie Creek. The project would provide educational opportunities for the schools and the public. Mayor Brown clarified the costs of project with Bodenhope.

Fire Chief, Scott Maddux, reported five rescue calls since the last Council meeting. He also reported the recent Fireman’s ball was a success. He is currently making plans for a helicopter landing zone on Commerce Drive, and is planning for the upcoming football season.

Police Chief, Rick Tasler, requested the Council approve the transfer of John Mackey from full- time police officer to part-time officer. Motion by Councilperson Rigby, seconded by Councilperson Burich to approve the change.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, seconded by Councilperson Rigby to approve the hiring of Neal Cooley as a part-time police officer.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Rigby, seconded by Councilperson Shaver to approve moving part-time police officer Chad Koch from part-time to full-time police officer.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Tasler advised the Council of upcoming vacation time. He stated the cities of Luther and Sheldahl would like to hire the City of Madrid police department to cover their cities emergency calls. Tasler advised them the City of Madrid does not currently have the staff to cover calls out of the city limits.

The Council considered the appointment by Mayor Brown of Dave Hellickson to the Board of Adjustments. Mayor Brown stated he is aware of the gender balance provision of the City of Madrid Ordinances; however, he has not received any female applicants for the positions. Mayor Brown asked Nancy Christensen, who was in attendance at the City Council meeting if she was interested in a position on Board of Adjustments. Christensen stated it would be a conflict of interest with her spouse’s job.

Motion by Councilperson Burich, seconded by Councilperson Rigby to approve the appointment of Dave Hellickson to the Board of Adjustments.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

The Council considered Ordinance #493, “An Ordinance Enacting a New Section of 4-1-23 of Chapter 1, Title IV of the Municipal Code, Madrid, Iowa; and Fixing an Effective Date.” The ordinance allows the tagging, neutering, and release of unowned cats within Madrid. Motion by Councilperson Burich, seconded by Councilperson Ostrander to approve the first reading of the ordinance and setting of a public hearing on the matter for August 19th.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

The Council reviewed details of Ordinance # 494, “An Ordinance Amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Madrid, Iowa, 2018, by Amending Provisions Pertaining to the Policy and Administration Ordinances, Title II, Chapter 7.” The Ordinance allows for the moving of the first Council Meeting of each month to the first Saturday of each month at 10:00 A.M. Mayor Brown explained the move was in answer to the public’s request for a more accessible meeting time, and a conflict with the work schedules of the Mayor and Councilmembers. Motion by Councilperson Burich, seconded by Councilperson Shaver to approve the first reading of the Ordinance and set the public hearing for August 19th.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Mayor Brown explained he plans to hold committee workshops before the Council meetings on Saturday mornings. The committees would work through any lengthy issues and take recommended changes back to the Council.

Mayor Brown asked that the Council rescind Resolution # 19-18-19, “Resolution Authorizing Reformatting of Madrid Code of Ordinances.”, Which was passed earlier. He explained he plans to hold work sessions to update the ordinances and would like Nancy Christensen to be a part of that work group. Motion by Councilperson Shaver, seconded by Councilperson Burich to approve the change.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Kurt Kruse of 805 South Union Street approached the Council to comment that Nancy Christensen has extensive experience with formatting ordinances and feels the Council is doing her a great dis-service by voting to eliminate the resolution. He also asked why only two members of the council showed up for a scheduled work session recently. Kruse also questioned recent police hiring.

Dennis Young of 610 South Union Street, advised the Council there is a siren located at the city shed that should have been mounted behind the fire station. He feels there should be one at that location. Scott Church stated the siren currently being placed near Edgewood Park will more than cover the center of town. He also commented on safety issues concerning children in the construction area near the Elementary School.

Denise Moore of 2267 S. Avenue commented that drivers are still stopping on Highway 17 to allow bicycles to cross. The Iowa DOT will not allow extra signage in the area.

Don Lincoln spoke regarding challenges of holding the car show with North Main Street being closed.

Councilperson Shaver commented he has noticed several homeowners cleaning up their property. He thanked Rick Tasler for his work in enforcing junk ordinances.

Mayor Brown apologized for missing the work session that was scheduled for July 26th.

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, seconded by Councilperson Rigby to close the adjourn the City Council meeting at 7:17 p.m.

Ordinance #493-Feral/Unowned Cats for Public Review

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AN ORDINANCE ENACTING A NEW SECTION 4-1-23 OF CHAPTER 1, TITLE IV  OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE, MADRID IOWA, AND FIXING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Madrid, Iowa has determined that a process of humanely trapping, sterilizing, vaccinating for rabies, ear tipping, and returning cats to their original location is an effective and humane way to manage the population of feral and unowned cats within the City; and

WHEREAS, the City Council has determined that this process, known as Trap-Neuter-Return, is the preferred approach for managing the feral and unowned cat population, and that Trap-Neuter-Return shall be the prioritized disposition for any impounded community cats;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MADRID IOWA, AS FOLLOWS:

  1. SECTION A. That a new Section 4-1-23 of Chapter 1, Title IV, of the Municipal Code, Madrid, Iowa, is hereby enacted:

SECTION 4-1-23: MANAGEMENT OF CAT POPULATION; PERMITTED ACTS.

    1. Definitions. For purposes of this Section, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
      1. Community Cat” shall mean a free-roaming unowned cat which may or may not be feral.
      2. Community Cat Caregiver” shall mean a person, whose identify may be known or unknown, who provides care, including, food, shelter or medical care to a community cat, while not being considered the owner, harborer, controller, or keeper of a community cat.
      3. Ear tipping” shall mean the removal of the distal one-quarter of a community cat’s left ear, which is approximately 3/8-inch, or 1 cm, in an adult and proportionally smaller in a kitten. This procedure is performed under sterile conditions while the cat is under anesthesia, in compliance with any applicable federal or state law, and under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. Ear tipping is intnded to identify a community cat as having been sterilized and lawfully vaccinated for rabies.
      4. Trap-Neuter-Return” shall mean the process of humanely trapping, sterilizing, vaccinating for rabies, ear tipping, and returning community cats to their original location. in accordance with and pursuant to a policy of Trap-Neuter-Return,
    2. Permitted Acts. The following actions shall be permitted in Madrid, Iowa, as part of Trap-Neuter-Return:
      1. Live humane trapping, for the sole purpose of sterilizing, vaccinating for rabies, and ear tipping community cats, in compliance with any applicable federal or state law, under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, and in collaboration with the Boone Area Humane Society.
      2. An ear tipped cat that is live trapped may be released where trapped unless veterinary care is required. Persons who release a trapped ear tipped cat shall not be deemed to have abandoned the cat.
      3. An ear tipped cat requiring veterinary care preferentially will be released to Boone Area Humane Society.  An ear tipped cat requiring veterinary care may be taken to any licensed veterinarian for treatment at the personal expense of the person in custody of the cat.
      4. Ear tipped cats who are permanently distressed by disease or injury to a degree that would result in severe and prolonged suffering shall be released to Boone Area Humane Society for humane euthanasia.  In the alternative, such cats may be euthanized by any licensed veterinarian at the personal expense of the person in custody of the cat or euthanized as provided in Iowa Code 717B.2.10.
      5. Community cat caregivers may seek to reclaim impounded community cats without proof of ownership solely for the purpose of carrying out Trap-Neuter-Return and/or returning ear tipped community cats to their original locations.
      6. Every reasonable effort shall be made to locate the lawful owner of any trapped cat that is not ear tipped.  This shall include but not be limited to checking for microchips, tattoos, and collars.  Trapped cats shall be released to Boone Area Humane Society in accordance with the requirements of Madrid Code of Ordinances Chapter 4 Section 1.
      7. Trap-Neuter-Return shall be the preferred disposition for impounded community cats. Animal control and the local shelter are authorized and encouraged to conduct Trap-Neuter-Return or to direct impounded community cats to a Trap-Neuter-Return program.
  1. SECTION B. All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are hereby expressly repealed.
  2. SECTION C. This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after the date of its passage.

A Public Hearing on this matter was held on September 7, 2019 in the Council Chamber at Madrid City Hall.

 

This ordinance shall be effect from and after its final passage and publication as provided by law.

 

Upon a motion by Councilperson _______________to approve the second reading and waive the third reading of Ordinance #493, Mayor Brown asked for a roll call with the following results:

 

Ayes: __________________

Nays:_________________________

 

Whereby Mayor Thomas Brown declared the ordinance passed this 7th Day of September, 2019, and ordered the City Clerk to publish Ordinance # 493 as required by law.

 

 

 

MPD Blotter August 13 – August 18, 2019

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

08/13/19
Officer spoke to a Madrid resident, who wanted to make a complaint about loud music from over the weekend, on West 8th Street.  The property in question is actually in the County so she was informed to call dispatch if the problem continues.

Officer spoke to a Madrid resident reference issues she is having with a family member and just wanted us aware of the situation.

Officer contacted the Iowa Lottery, for assistance with an on-going case.

Officer spoke to Management at Meadow Estates reference an issue with a tenant in the Park.

Officer spoke to a Polk County Attorney and exchanged information on a case and emailed them a call for service also.

Officer assisted Dallas County, with identifying a subject, that was at the Woodward Academy acting suspicious.

Officer followed up on a vehicle served in Veteran’s Square, for lengthy parking.  Vehicle had been removed by the owner.

Officer spoke to staff at Git N Go, reference a female putting garbage in their dumpster.

Officer performed a background check for a federal investigator from Border Patrol.

Officer worked on a records request received from a Madrid resident.

Officer spoke to a juvenile that was saw riding a moped carelessly. Officer called the father and let him handle it at home.

Officer responded to the intersection of Union and 21st for a motor vehicle accident.

08/14/19

Officer was dispatched to 5th and Main, for two subjects arguing in the roadway.  Officer located the subjects who were already separated.  Officer found one of them to be having some mental health issues.  A third party transported the subject to Ames, for an evaluation.

Officer was called to the Cedar’s for a subject sleeping in his truck.  Officer performed a welfare check and found that the paper delivery person was taking a break.

Officer followed up with Casey’s staff reference an on-going case.

Officer spoke to a juvenile female about a driving issue and notified her mother of the interaction.

Officer met with elementary school staff and came up with a safety plan for drop off and pick up children until the road construction project is completed.

Officer met with VFW Staff and watched a video of a couple picking up a money drop, from the business, that was accidently dropped on the sidewalk.  Investigation is on-going.

Officer met with the City Attorney and filled a records request for a Madrid resident.

08/15/19

Officer received information and was able to identify a subject that he was looking to question on a case from the VFW.  Officer spoke to the subject who located the lost/found money and she turned it in.

Officer interviewed a Madrid resident, for information on a past criminal case.

Officer released a copy of an accident report, to a Madrid resident, who was involved in an accident on Monday night.

08/16/19

Officer received a complaint of trespassing and criminal mischief in the 300 Block of West 6th Street.  Officer watched the subject’s security camera and was able to identify the male suspect.  Officer took a report and sent up for a warrant on the subject.

Officer arrested Joel Jeffress, on a Madrid warrant, for criminal mischief in the 4th degree.

08/17/19

Officer assisted Madrid Fire/Rescue on a medical call.

Officer took a report of a downed sign at Edgewood Park

Officer returned a phone call to Madrid citizen

08/18/19

Officer responded to the Madrid Service Center for a 911 hang-up call.  Officer spoke to subjects inside and found it to be kids playing with the phone.

Officer received report of vehicle travelling North on Hwy 17 all over the road.  Office located the vehicle and stopped it.  Found to be an elderly female that was tired.  Driver pulled vehicle off into HS parking lot to rest.

Officer performed a welfare check on a 2yr old child at the request of the father.   Officer also advised his child custody issues are a civil matter.

Officer took a report of a stolen vehicle. Victim advised it was in the parking lot as late as 4pm today, Officer sent papers to county attorney for charges. While starting on paperwork the vehicle and suspect returned home. Victim decided to take care of the issue internally.

August 19, 2019 Council Agenda

August 19, 2019 Council Agenda

August 19, 2019 Council Packet

August 19, 2019 Council Packet

City Council Minutes – July 15, 2019

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Madrid City Council
Regular Meeting
July 15, 2019
5:30 p.m.

The City Council meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. with Mayor Pro Tem Lane Shaver presiding.

Present at Roll Call: Steve Burich, Marvin Ostrander, Chuck Rigby and Lane Shaver. Nathan Samples and Tom Brown were absent.

Other City Officials Present: City Clerk Mary Jo Reese, Deputy City Clerk Deb Biegger, Public Works Director Scott Church, Police Chief Rick Tasler, Fire Chief Scott Maddux, Rescue Captain Randy Pecenka, Library Director Angie Strong, City Treasurer Don Fatka, Park Board Chairperson Jolynne Carlson, Planning and Zoning Chairperson  Adam Ostert, Board of Adjustments member Randy Dalton and City Attorney John Flynn.

Motion by Councilperson Burich, second by Councilperson Ostrander to approve the agenda for July 15, 2019.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

No Councilmembers declared a conflict of interest.

Motion by Councilperson Ostrander, seconded by Councilperson Rigby to approve the City Council meeting minutes of July 1, 2019, the Library Meeting Minutes of July 1, 2019, by consent agenda.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, seconded by Councilperson Ostander to approve the claims for July 15, 2019 in the amount of $ 86,760.09.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Don Lincoln, chairman of Friends of the High Trestle Trail and Becky Roorda, High Trestle Trail member, approached the Council to ask for approval of Resolution # 06-19-20,” Bird Friendly Community Designation” Motion by Councilperson Rigby, seconded by Councilperson Burich to approve the Resolution. Lincoln and Roorda also shared ideas the committee has for Dalander Prairie, and advised they will be applying for a REAP grant in August 2019 which will need Council approval on August 5, 2019.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried.

Public Works Director, Scott Church advised the Council he received two bids for removal and haul away of the Antique Building and the Theatre building on West 2nd Street. The low bid came from Mallon Excavating at $39,750. The bid does not include asbestos testing and removal, replacing surface coverings of the empty lot, or replacement of curb and gutters. Church received a bid from Impact 7 of $3,000 to evaluate asbestos in the buildings. Money for the demolition would be used from the Local Option Sales Tax fund. City Attorney John Flynn will research how to obtain permission from the owner of a small shed which is attached to the back of the theatre building. The original owner is deceased. The Council discussed possible uses for the vacant lots once the buildings are demolished, including parking for the downtown area. Motion by Councilperson Ostrander, seconded by Councilperson Rigby to approve the bid from Mallon Excavating to demolish and haul away the theatre building and antique building contingent on findings of ownership of the attached shed from John Flynn.

Motion by Councilperson Ostrander, seconded by Councilperson Shaver to approve a bid from Impact 7G to investigate asbestos removal at the antique building and theatre building.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Burich, seconded by Councilperson Rigby to approve a bid from Dalton Concrete Construction to replace curb, and sidewalks on West 2nd Street after the demolition of the theatre and antique store buildings.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Rigby, seconded by Councilperson Shaver to set a date for bid opening of the West 1st Street resurfacing project for August 6, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Ostrander, seconded by Councilperson Burich to set a date for the public hearing regarding the West 1st Street resurfacing project for August 19, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Rigby, seconded by Councilperson Ostrander to approve an additional expense from Absolute Concrete to replace a section of storm sewer in conjunction with the Elementary School street project. The storm sewer had decayed to the point where it needed to be replaced before the new concrete was poured above. The cost of the change order is $15,341.39.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Burich, seconded by Councilperson Ostrander to approve Resolution # 02-19-20, “Resolution Closing Certain Streets During Labor Day Celebration.”

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Library Director Angie Strong reported the Madrid Library will be receiving county funding for FY 19-20 in the amount of $19,300. She also reported online audio books are now linked to the card catalog at the library. Patrons can locate books available on “Bridges” through the card catalog. Upcoming programs include the NASA program at 6:30 on July 15th, book discussion, Kate Shelley Musical Preview, Family Board Game night, Make and Take Activity, Teen after Hours Event and Adult Coloring. The summer reading finale will be held on July 31st.

Jolynne Carlson, Parks and Recreation Board Chairperson reported there is an issue with animals disturbing the ground at Cassel Corner Park causing problems with the picnic tables. There was also an issue with local residents being disturbed by disk golf users retrieving their disks from residents’ yards. Signage will be placed in the area addressing the issue. She reported the Wishing Well at Edgewood Park and the water fountain at Jensen Park were not working, but have been repaired. Carlson noted several businesses have donated towards the bands and entertainment for Food Truck Thursdays. Carlson has plans to obtain a 501c designation for the parks. The designation would open up more grant opportunities. The Soccer Association has been working to construct a shed on the east side of the park. They will work with the Public Works/Parks director on the project. A soccer field needs to be regraded and re-seeded. They would like approval from the City Council to use the field purchased for the public safety building during the reconstruction of the existing field. Carlson reported on a successful swim program. The price for bus transportation will be increasing for next year. Carlson also plans to move forward with plans for a cabin at Edgewood Park.

Fire Chief Scott Maddux reported there has been 12 rescue, 2 fire and 1 water rescue since the last Council meeting on July 1, 2019. He stated the department has a new probationary member, Andrew Brown. Maddux is getting estimates for new tires for the rescue truck.

Motion by Councilperson Ostrander, seconded by Councilperson Shaver to approve Resolution # 03-19-20, “Resolution Closing South State Street for Fireman’s Ball.”

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Ostrander, seconded by Councilperson Burich to approve the use of the cul-de-sac on Southern Prairie Drive as a helicopter landing pad. Fire Chief Maddux will work with Scott Church to have the “H” painted on the pavement and add no parking signs.

Police Chief Tasler reported the recent arrest of a fugitive wanted by several other agencies. Tasler announced the full-time resignation of John Mackey. Mackey has accepted another position, but will continue part time employment with the City of Madrid. Tasler is currently considering the hiring of a full-time replacement police officer. Tasler is also working on cleaning up areas for the Labor Day Celebration.

Vanessa Heenan of the Boone Area Humane Society approached the Council to ask for changes in the City of Madrid Ordinances to allow “Trap, Neuter and Return”. This gives the humane society permission to neuter, spay, microchip, vaccinate and return to the original area, any cat that arrives at the Humane Society from the City of Madrid, that is deemed not adoptable. She stated that Madrid has many colonies of stray cats. Grants are available for the program. Heenan will supply a sample ordinance to proceed with the “TNR” policy.

Adam Ostert of the Planning and Zoning Commission and Randy Dalton of the Board of Adjustments approached the Council along with Madrid business owner Justin Rankin. Rankin asked for a variance of the building code which would allow him to place rock instead of concrete or asphalt around his storage unit on Commerce Drive. He feels concrete is cost prohibitive to his project. He is currently planning to build another storage unit, but cannot proceed forward unless the existing project is approved. Rankin is willing to concrete the handicapped area and the approach to the area. Planning and Zoning cannot change the building codes. The City of Madrid currently does not have a functioning Board of Adjustments who can decide the matter. Councilperson Rigby did not have a problem with using rock as long as it did not create dust. Attorney John Flynn advised the Planning and Zoning Commission cannot approve a variance and there is currently no active Board of Adjustments. The matter has been tabled until a Board of Adjustments can be created by obtaining one more member.

Motion by Councilperson Rigby, seconded by Councilperson Burich to approve Resolution # 04-19-20, “Resolution Amending the Rate for Water Utility.”. Beginning with the July 30, 2019 billing, water rates will raise by 10%.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Rigby, seconded by Councilperson Burich to approve Resolution # 05-19-20, “Resolution Amending the Rate for Sewer Utility. “The Resolution raises the rate for sewer usage by 5% beginning July 30, 2019.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Ostrander, seconded by Councilperson Shaver to approve a five-year tax abatement to the owner of 613 S. Greene Street.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

The Council considered Resolution # 07-19-20, “Resolution Reformatting Select Sections of Madrid Code of Ordinances. “The Resolution cleans up some grammatical errors and edits to Ordinances 1-1-3, 1-1-4, 1-1-5, 1-1-6 and 1-1-7. The Council could not come to an agreement as it could not be determined by those present if at the work group function was correctly advertised to the public. Ordinance # 07-19-20 along with the first reading of Section 1-1-8 were both tabled until a second work session can be held to discuss the changes. The meeting is scheduled for Saturday, July 27th at 8:00 A.M.

Motion by Councilperson Burich, seconded by Councilperson Rigby to approve the hiring of Simmering-Cory to proceed with writing and administering a CDBG grant for the City of Madrid.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

The Council discussed renewing its membership in the Region XII Council of Governments at a cost of $3,318.62. The Council decided not to renew the membership at this time, as services offered by the Region XII Cog are available from other sources.

Motion by Councilperson Rigby, seconded by Councilperson Burich to approve the renewal of liquor license for Pancho Villa Restaurant.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Martha Furness, chairperson of the Senior Activities Commission reported Pinkie Gibbons has formally resigned from the management of the Senior Center, however will continue as a consultant. The group is currently working on a mission statement, and is considering changing the name of the center to “Madrid Social Center”.

Don Lincoln of 1672 334th Road sharing renderings of the “Bird Friendly” community program. The sketches show what Dalander Park could look like when fully developed as a bird friendly area.

Jolynne Carlson suggested using the land currently occupied by the theatre and antique building on West 2nd street as city parking with metered parking spaces, should those buildings be demolished.

Lane Shaver updated the Council on communication with HuxCom on bringing fiber optics to Madrid. HuxCom is currently asking residents of Madrid to reply to a survey of interest in the matter.  A link to the website is located on the Madridiowa.org website. HuxCom needs between 400 and 500 commitments from Madrid residents in order to bring fiber optic internet access to the town.

Motion by Councilperson Rigby, seconded by Councilperson Shaver to adjourn the City Council Meeting at 7:19 p.m.

 

Madrid Elementary Traffic News Release

Hello families!  As we are sure you know, the roads to the west and north of the elementary building will not be open for the start of school.  By working together and having patience we will have a great start to the year.  We want to put forth a plan and ask for everyone’s help and support in implementing this plan.  A few items to share:

A CHANGE IN CAR RIDER RELEASE TIME

While road construction is taking place to the west and north of the elementary, car riders will be released at 2:55.  The other release times stay the same with bus riders being released at 3:05 and walkers at 3:10.  This change will only take place until Main and 21st Streets are reopened.  This is in an effort to allow car riders to park a block or two away and still clear the roads before buses leave and walkers are released.

BUS LOADING AREA

The bus loading area will be at the southeast corner of the elementary building on Water Street.  It will be on the west side of Water Street so the bus doors will face the school and the front of the buses will face Highway 210.  The bus loading zone will run from the “no parking anytime” sign that is close to Highway 210 back to the cut-in in front of the main office doorway.  There will be no drop off and no parking in this area.  The buses need access to run students and shuttles before school, during school and after school.

DROPPING OFF STUDENTS IN THE MORNINGS

Drop off in the mornings will be on the east side of the building.  Students should not be dropped off before 7:55.  We ask that families approach the playground and building on Water Street from the north using 22nd Street so they are heading south on Water Street and their passenger door is to the playground and school to drop off.

  • Students not eating breakfast should be dropped off at the east gate of the playground.
  • Students eating breakfast should be dropped off at the main office door to go up to the cafeteria.

THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

We recognize that the first day of school is the busiest drop off day of the year.  Families want pictures and to see their students off for the first day.  Please understand this and be prepared to park a block or two from the school if you drive.  Much like what you will read in “Picking Students Up After School” explained below.

PICKING STUDENTS UP AFTER SCHOOL

If you child is a car rider and you are meeting your child after school for pick up, parking near the school on Water Street is going to be difficult.  It will be very helpful and probably quicker to park one to two blocks away.  Some preferred roads would be State Street from 22nd Street to 2nd Street; Union Street from 22nd Street to 2nd Street and North Market Street.

While student release at the end of the day is taking place on the east side of the building during construction, crosswalk supervision will be moved from the west side to the east side.  The supervision will be at the corner of Water Street and Highway 210 and at the mid-block crossing on Water Street.

Finally, if you meet your students on the grounds, we are asking that you meeting them in the grassy area to the southeast of the building.  Students will not be released to the west and there will be no access to the west.

THANK YOU!

A big thank you for your help and support during the projected 3-4 weeks we will need to do this!  Also, a big thank you in understanding that we very well may need to make some adjustments to help things run even more smoothly.  We will communicate any adjustment with a letter home and through Infinite Campus message.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone!

Jana Surratt, Elementary Principal
Brian Horn, Superintendent

August 15, 2019 Special P&Z Meeting

August 15, 2019 Special P&Z Meeting Agenda

 

MPD Blotter August 5 – August 12, 2019

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

08/05/19
Officer was dispatched to the 900 Block of South Kennedy Ave, for a vehicle parked on a neighbor’s property, that they wanted moved.  Owner immediately removed the vehicle from the neighbor’s driveway.

Officer was called to the City Shed by Madrid street employees for a dog that wondered into the shop.  Officer was able to return the animal to its owner, due to it being registered with the City.

Officer assisted Boone County and checked on all sirens in the City, working on the new radio system that is being installed.

Officer spoke to a Madrid resident reference fraudulent spending on her credit card.

Officer returned a call to a federal background investigator, and shared information about two past Madrid residents.

Officer met with post office staff, who turned in a lost/found wallet left at the business.  Officer returned the wallet to the rightful owner.

Officer received a call from a street department worker, reference a young female walking West on Highway 210.  Officer checked on the 12-year-old female who was walking home to the Reddish Addition.  Officer gave her a ride due to distance and amount of traffic.

Officer spoke to an insurance investigator, working on a case, who exchanged information.

Officer responded to a juvenile welfare check.  All children were safe.

Officer responded to the 600 Block of South Union for a bat in the home.  Officer provided assistance.

08/06/19
Officer returned a phone call to a parent of a Madrid juvenile, reference issues going on in Madrid.

Officer was dispatched to a firm alarm at the Madrid Home.  Officer arrived and found it to be a false alarm.

Officer was dispatched to an open line 911 call.  Caller was moving around City streets in a vehicle.  Officer was able to locate the caller and found it to be an accidental dial.

Officer finger printed a Madrid resident for a job related back-ground check.

Officer spoke to two property owners downtown again, reference clean-up on city property, getting ready for the annual Labor Day Celebration.

Officer responded to 100 block East 2nd for a medical assist.  Officer assisted EMS.

08/07/19
Officer arrested Jake Shaw on valid Polk County warrants and transported him to the Des Moines river bridge to meet Polk County Deputy and transfer custody.

Officer responded to 400 Block of East 1st for an emergency medical call.  Officer assisted EMS.

Officer responded to the Madrid Market for a vehicle unlock.  Successfully unlocked.

8/8/19
Officer picked up a subject on a Madrid PD warrant at the Dallas Co. Jail and transported to the Boone Co. Jail.

Officer responded to the Meadow Estates park reference suspicious activity.

Officer was dispatched to the 800 block of S. State Street reference an animal at large. The dog’s owner came to pick up the dog.
 
08/09/19
Officer spoke with detective from DMPD looking for a believed resident of Madrid, subject had made terroristic threats on Facebook.

Officer asked Madrid resident to move vehicle to allow road workers better access.

08/10/19
Officer responded to a parking complaint in the cul-de-sac off Southern Prairie Dr.  Semi parked in the circle area.  Semi was moved by driver.
 
08/12/09
Officer recovered a vehicle that was reported stolen from Madrid.  Items were collected from the vehicle as evidence and the vehicle was then turned over to the owner.

Officer picked up lost wallet from the Market of Madrid.

Officer provided traffic control for a stalled motorist on S. Kennedy Drive.

Officer responded to the Madrid Home for a vehicle unlock.  Successfully unlocked.

Officer fingerprinted medical applicant.