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Annual Sewer Cleaning

Madrid Public Works has contracted with AccuJet to televise and clean our city sewer collection system.

Beginning Thursday, December 5, 2019 through approximately Thursday, December 12, 2019, AccuJet will be televising and flushing the sewer lines on the NE side of town.  Door tags were hung by AccuJet for the residents who live in the affected area.

If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at (515)795-3930.

Madrid Water Plant Online

The Madrid Water Treatment Facility is back online after a main break under the Des Moines River.  We request that any household having issues with brown water, please contact the water plant at 795-2283.

MPD Blotter November 25 – November 30, 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

11/25/19

Officer assisted Boone County deputies with a missing/runaway juvenile case as they had no officers in the area.  A mother called in to report that her 14-year-old daughter was located in a parked vehicle with an adult male at the Highway 210 gravel pit.  A Madrid officer responded and handled the initial investigation.

Officer performed a welfare check on a 3-year-old in the 700 block of W. North St.  Child found to be OK and the officer reported the findings to the caller/mother.

Officer sent up a case file for the County Attorney to review and recommend charges.  Officers worked with a Polk County detective on this case as well and she sent her case file for both the Polk and Dallas County Attorney to review for charges.

Officer filled a records request for a Madrid resident reference a case that she reported back in August of this year.

Officer spoke to a Madrid resident who reported a lost set of keys on the bike trail this morning while out on his ride.  If anyone located, please turn then into the Madrid Police Department.

Officer spoke to a Madrid resident who reported a phone scam that was left on his voicemail.

Officer relocated a raccoon to the City water plant that was caught in a live trap by a Madrid resident on North Main Street.

Officer responded to the 500 block of South Main for a harassment complaint.  Subject spoken to per caller’s request regarding shining a green laser into caller’s window. 

11/26/19

Officer assisted Madrid rescue on an emergency medical call in the 400 Block of East 9th Street.

Officer followed up on a junk vehicle on County Line Road that the owner had been contacted about.  The owner had the vehicle removed over the weekend.

Officer did a home check with the elementary school principal on a student that was suspended from school.

Officer removed (2) unwanted raccoons from inside a property in the 400 Block of North Main Street for the owner.

Officer assisted a Madrid business owner with removing a bat that she located in her office.  Officer also assisted with removing a mouse from a trap and resetting it for her.

Officer responded to the 600 block of Brodie for a welfare check.  Juvenile could not locate or contact her mother.  Family contacted and picked up juvenile.  Mother eventually returned home late from work.

11/27/19

Officer spoke to a subject reference a child custody issue.

Officer started an investigation on unauthorized spending out of a Madrid residents bank account. Officer called a company where there were 6 transactions and received information, along with driving to Ames to Menards for another one.  Officer was given the name of a juvenile suspect.  Officer will interview her and see what information can be received before going the route of a subpoena for the information from the company.

Officer was called to Git N Go for a suspicious person in a vehicle.  Officer made contact with Tyler Ollerich.  It was found that the subject had a barred license through the State of Iowa so the male was placed under arrest for this crime.  Further investigation located drugs and drug paraphernalia.  Additional charges of possession of a controlled substance 3rd offense and possession of drug paraphernalia were added.

Officer removed a 4th raccoon this week from a residence in the 400 Block of North Main Street.

Officer gave a Madrid resident a ride to Git N Go from the 100 block of East 9th Street to pick up a vehicle after the driver was arrested. 

11/28/19

Officer unlocked a vehicle in the 400 block of S. Main St.

Officer responded to a report of suspicious items left in a yard in the 700 block of E. 6th St.

Officer responded to the scene of an unattended death in a residence on Fairview Dr.

11/29/19

Officer spoke to a resident in reference to a neighbor cleaning up debris.

Officer responded to a residence in the 500 block of W. First Street for a 911 hang-up call.  Officer found it to be kids playing with the phone.  All involved were advised not to do it again.

Officer assisted Madrid EMS/Boone Co. Ambulance with an emergent medical call in the 900 block of S. Kennedy.

Officer assisted BCSO on a traffic stop involving an erratic driver.

11/30/19

Officer assisted Madrid EMS/Boone Co. Ambulance on an emergent medical call in the 400 block of Gerald Street.

 

Greater Love Ministries Holiday Schedule

With the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons fast approaching, Greater Love Ministries has announced the schedule for your shopping plans.  For eligible families, a holiday food basket will be prepared upon request.  Please call (515)795-3913 for details for food assistance.

Thanksgiving (Signup Dates are November 1st through November 15th)
Monday – Friday  9:00 to 10:00 A.M.
Wednesday 4:00 to 5:30 P.M.

Food Distribution – Wednesday, November 20th
9:00 to 11:00 A.M.
4:00 to 5:30 P.M.

Christmas (Signup dates are November 1st through November 15th)
Monday – Friday  9:00 to 10:00 A.M.
Wednesday 4:00 to 5:30 P.M.

Food Distribution – Wednesday, December 18th
9:00 to 11:00 A.M.
4:00 to 5:30 P.M.

Christmas Shopping day at Greater Love is Wednesday, December 18th
Monday – Friday  9:00 to 11:00 A.M.
Wednesday 4:00 to 5:30 P.M.

Selections of new clothing, toys and other miscellaneous gift items will be display for ALL Madrid area residents to choose for your Christmas gifts.  All items are given at no charge – two shopping bags (provided by Greater Love Ministries) per customer.

GLM will be closed December 19, 2019 through January 1, 2020.

Madrid Snow Ordinance Review

With the changing of the season’s and the advent of colder weather, the City of Madrid would like to remind all residents of our community’s snow ordinance.  When snow is forecast and the snow ordinance is in effect – please remove your vehicles from the streets to facilitate snow removal.

PARKING: Vehicles shall NOT be parked or left standing on any part of a public street, alley, or City-owned off-street parking area during times when snow removal operations are in progress and before such operations have resulted in the removal or clearance of snow or ice from streets. Snow removal operations will begin when there is an accumulation of at least ONE INCH of snow.  Main arterial streets are plowed and cleared first, then secondary side streets and finally alleys.  Alleys will not be cleaned until all city streets are plowed.

SIDEWALKS: Property owners will remove snow, ice and accumulations promptly from sidewalks. If a property owner fails to remove snow, ice or accumulations with 24 hours from end of snow event, the City may do so and assess the costs against the property owner.

DUMPING OF SNOW: It is unlawful for any person to throw, push or place any snow from private property, sidewalks or driveway into the street. Snow must remain on your property.

MPD Blotter November 18 – November 23, 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

11/18/19

Officer was dispatched and performed a vehicle unlock in the 100 Block of Jonathan Lane.

Officer received (2) requests for background checks from a federal background investigator.  Officer checked the subjects through dispatch, filled out the paperwork and faxed the requests back to the agent.

Officer followed up with a company removing debris from a demolished home on North Main Street.  They confirmed that work will be starting as soon as the DNR paperwork gets back.

Officer responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of West First and Dalander.  Car vs Deer.  No injuries.  Report made.

11/19/19

Officer sat in on a safety meeting at the elementary school.

Officer had a mentor meeting with a Madrid Elementary student, having a few issues with running away from teachers.

Officer received a call from a Meadow Estates resident reference a subject going under several homes in the community and stated that he was from the water department.  Officer did a drive through the park, and saw a subject in a park vehicle was doing this and working on water issues.  This subject was not a City water department employee.

Officer was dispatched to the 400 Block of South Water Street for a female wanting a walk through her house, when she came home and found that the garage door was shut after knowing she left it open.  Officer cleared the house and found nothing had been entered or disturbed.

Officer met with a Madrid resident and gave them a copy of an accident report from the previous night.

Lost dog in the area of 400 Block Southern Prairie Dr.  Officer picked up animal and transported to City Hall.  Owners located and animal turned over.

Officer responded to an assault call in the 600 Block of Brodie.  No assault occurred.  Juveniles playing and escalated.  Parents and juveniles spoken to.

Officer responded to the 100 Block of Madelyn.  Parents requested officer speak to their son about urinating in public.

Officer responded to the Madrid Police Department for a report of suspected child abuse.  DHS referral made.

Officer took a phone call regarding a missing cat.

Officer responded to the 100 Block of Jonathan Drive for a report of harassing text messages.

11/20/19

Officer received a call from elementary school staff, reference a 5th grader that had assaulted 3 teachers.  Officer arrived and after staff spoke to the student’s guardian, gave him a ride home, due to the guardian not having a way to transport the student home.

Officer received a call of a property at 6th and South Kennedy Avenue having junk piled on the curb.  Officer checked and found it appeared to be garbage waiting for Walter’s Sanitation to pick up.  Officer will follow up after garbage pick-up, and if the items are still there, speak to the owner about removal.

Officer met with a Madrid resident reference turning in a lost and found license plate.

Officer assisted the elementary school principal with a welfare check on a student that had not been at school the last 3 days with no call.

Officer followed up on a civil case, dealing with a dog, from over the weekend.  The victim just wanted the subject called and given a trespass warning and no other legal action taken.  Officer will call the subject and advise her of the property owners wishes.

Officer spoke to a repo company employed by US Bank reference a vehicle that was in impound on a case.  Officer released the vehicle so that the company could stop accruing costs.

Officer responded to a report of a reckless driver, southbound through Madrid on Hwy 17.  Officer located and stopped vehicle.  Driver was apparently normal.  Warning issued for driving behavior.

Officer responded to a medical call in the 100 Block of West 2nd.  Assisted EMS.

Officer returned a phone message regarding shots fired.  Incident occurred outside of City Limits.  Caller had already notified Boone County Sheriff’s Office.  Caller stated Deputy did not respond to area.

11/21/19

Officer spoke to a Madrid resident who reported that she woke up at 5:45am and found a male subject standing over the top of her bed.  The male subject was known to her.  She yelled at him and he ran out.

Officer checked on a vehicle parked at the Park with a female subject sleeping inside.  Female was from out of town waiting for her child to get out of pre-school.

Officer did a background check on Iowa Courts Online for a local realtor on a possible tenant.

Officer received a call from a Madrid resident reference a scam call claiming to be Social Security.  A short time later, a second resident called reference the same scam.  REMINDER:  The Social Security Office will not call you, so if you get a call threatening that you have to call back or send payment or they will suspend your social security number, it is a scam and simply hang up.

Officer assisted with unlocking a vehicle at Dollar General.

11/22/19

Officer responded to a panic alarm at Tiger Bowl, turned out to be false alarm everything ok

Resident turned in an ID and insurance card found on the trail. Officer attempted to contact owner.

Officer received a records request from another department.

Officer received a call from Madrid Elementary regarding a student.

Officer assisted Boone County deputies with a two-vehicle accident near 310th at S. Ave.  All the county’s deputies were on the other side of the county so the officer assisted the motorists with medical attention and exchange of information.   

11/23/19

Officer responded to the Madrid Home for a fire alarm ultimately determined to be a false alarm.  Officer disregarded fire response per the facility staff.

Officer was dispatched to Casey’s reference suspicious activity in the parking lot. The officer forwarded the info on to Dallas County.

 

City Hall Thanksgiving Holiday Closure

Madrid Fair Housing

AFFIRMATIVE FAIR HOUSING POLICY

This notice is published pursuant to the requirements of Executive Order 11063 on equal opportunity in housing and nondiscrimination in the sale or rental of housing built with Federal assistance, and with Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended, which prohibits discrimination in the provision of housing because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, political affiliation, familial status or citizenship.

The City of Madrid, Iowa, advises the public that it will administer its assisted programs and activities relating to housing and community development in a manner to affirmatively further fair housing and it shall also take action to affirmatively further fair housing in the sale or rental of housing, the financing of housing and the provision of brokerage services.

The City of Madrid shall assist individuals who believe they have been subject to discrimination in housing through the resources of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The City of Madrid has designated the following office as the contact to coordinate efforts to comply with this policy.  Inquiries should be directed to:

Name:     Mayor

Office:     City Hall

Address:     304 S. Water Street – Madrid IA 50156

Phone Number:     515-795-3930

Hours:     Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

           (Closed over noon hour)

City Council Minutes – November 2, 2019

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Madrid City Council
Regular Meeting
November 2, 2019
10:00 a.m.

The City Council meeting was called to order at 10:00 a.m. with Mayor Tom Brown presiding.

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

Other City Officials Present: City Clerk Mary Jo Reese, Police Chief Rick Tasler, Police Officer Chad Koch, Public Works Director Scott Church, Library Director Angie Strong and Library Board Member Alice Sharp, City Treasurer Don Fatka, Senior Activities Commission Member Martha Furness, Fire Chief Scott Maddux, and Labor Day Commission Member Melanie Samples.

Motion by Councilperson Samples, second by Councilperson Ostrander to approve the agenda for November 2, 2019.

Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Samples          Motion Carried

No Councilmembers declared a conflict of interest.

Motion by Councilperson Rigby, second by Councilperson Burich to approve the City Council meeting minutes of October 21, 2019, and the Board of Adjustments meeting minutes of October 16, 2019, by consent agenda.

Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Samples          Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Burich, second by Councilperson Shaver to approve the claims for November 2, 2019 in the amount of $ 153,609.29.

Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Samples          Motion Carried

The Council read a letter received from Paul Peters who submitted his resignation from the Senior Activities Commission effective December 1, 2019, due to business commitments. The Commission is currently accepting applications for the board.

Martha Furness of the Senior Activities Commission reported she feels there may be foundation issues with the building that houses the SAC Center, and Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce. The Commission is currently planning activities that will coincide with meals at the SAC Center. The Commission is reviewing plan to update the décor at the center.

Melanie Samples of the Labor Day Commission advised the group met on October 29th to review the 2019 celebration. The group will meet on January 14th at 6:00 p.m. to review the budget for 2019 and discuss recommendations for 2020 as well as assign duties to each commission member.

Library Director Angie Strong advised the Council of the Annual Report stating use of the library is up significantly from last year and the library had more programs compared to the previous year. She also discussed the November calendar at the library. One highlight will be storyteller Darren Crow on November 18th. Crow will be reading from Edgar Allen Poe. Strong advised the “Silent Auction” will be held again this year in conjunction with the Christmas Extravaganza. Bidding this year will end on Saturday, December 7th. The Library will be open the day of the Christmas Extravaganza from 9-5 for the “Avenue of Trees”.

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, second by Councilperson Burich to approve Resolution # 18-19-20, “Resolution to Appoint a Member and Alternate Member(s) to the Polk County 911 Service Board.” The Resolution appoints Scott Maddux as representative, and Randy Pecenka as alternate to the board.

Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Samples          Motion Carried

Fire Chief Scott Maddux reported eight fire, and one rescue calls since the last Council meeting. He thanked the high school for allowing them to store the department’s gator at the football field during the football season. Maddux advised the department will need to replace their CO2 detectors. He also advised he will be sending department members to the EMS conference. Jason Springer, fire department member stated he has applied for a grant for the department.

Police Chief Rick Tasler reported he has followed up on the property located at 407 North Main Street. He advised he has a contract with the demolition company stating the remainder of the rubble will be removed from the property within 30 days. Mayor Brown will obtain an executed copy of the contract.

Tasler advised the department is investigating stolen car cases. He also plans to hire a fourth full time officer for FY 20-21.

Jason Springer spoke with the Council concerning the Tiger Run housing development project. He discussed anticipated tax revenue, and possible tax increment funding for the project. He would like the City to move forward with updating the urban renewal plan in preparation for construction of building lots in April of 2020. He would then apply to the City for Tax Increment Financing to help pay for infrastructure costs associated with the project. He gave the Council a brief explanation of the TIF project and LMI financing. Motion by Councilperson Samples, second by Councilperson Ostrander to direct the updating of the Urban Renewal Plan.

Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Samples          Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Burich, second by Councilperson Samples to approve Resolution # 21-19-20, “Resolution Approving TIF Appropriation for Paul and Kim Peters”. The resolution approves the dollar amount for FY 20-21 per the development agreement.

Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Samples          Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Rigby, second by Councilperson Shaver to approve Resolution # 17-18-19, “Urban Renewal Report.

Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Samples          Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, second by Councilperson Samples to approve Resolution #19-19-20, “Transfer Resolution.” The Resolution transfers money from the TIF fund to establish an LMI set aside fund.

Ayes: All Present                                                                  Motion Carried

The Council considered the renewal of the health insurance plan for employees. Blue Cross Blue Shield is asking for and increase of 1.36% for the same plan the city has had for the past several years. Motion by Councilperson Shaver, seconded by Councilperson Rigby to approve the renewal of the Blue Cross Health Insurance Plan for employees.

Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Samples          Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, seconded by Councilperson Samples to approve a tax abatement request for the owners of 515 West 1st Street.

Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Samples           Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Rigby, second by Councilperson Samples to approve the Annual Financial Report.

Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Samples          Motion Carried

Resolution # 16-19-20, “Transfer Resolution”, was tabled until a later date. The resolution called for the “borrowing” of money from the LOST account to the water fun to pay for the new pipe to well #10. The Council will take action on this resolution at a later date.

Motion by Councilperson Rigby, second by Councilperson Burich to approve Resolution # 20-19-20, “Resolution to Fix a Date for a Public Hearing on Proposal to Enter into a General Obligation Water Improvement Loan Agreement and to Borrow Money Thereunder in a Principal Amount not to Exceed $300,000.” The money would be use to pay for the replacement of the water line to well #10 under the Des Moines River.

Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Samples          Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, seconded by Councilperson Ostrander to change the time of the Council Meeting on December 7th, from 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 A.M. to accommodate those who which to attend the Christmas Extravaganza planned for that date.

Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Samples          Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, seconded by Councilperson Samples to approve the release of LOST donations to the following agencies: Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce-$2,000, Madrid Youth Basketball-$100, Iowa Arboretum – $800 and Youth and Shelter Services -$500.

Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Samples           Motion Carried

The Council and Mayor discussed the need to upgrade the current Madtap system to increase it’s capabilities. The current system is not large enough to send texts to all residents who have signed up for Madtap. The cost of the upgrades will be around $1,400. Motion by Councilperson Shaver, second by Councilperson Samples to approve the cost of the upgrades.

Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Samples           Motion Carried

The Council discussed a change order request from Absolution Concrete. The request allows Absolute Concrete to finish the Elementary School Project on Water Street after the close of school for the summer of 2020. Motion by Councilperson Rigby, second by Councilperson Samples to approve the change order.

Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Samples           Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, second by Councilperson Burich to approve Change Order #1 to Des Moines Asphalt in the amount of $566.50. The pay application covers extra work needed on the West 1st Street Project

Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Samples           Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Burich, seconded by Councilperson Shaver to approve Pay Application #1 to Des Moines Asphalt. The payment covers most of the cost of the West 1st Street Project.

Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Samples          Motion Carried

Public Works Director, Scott Church, advised the elementary school road is now open. Boring at the water treatment plant is progressing well. He hopes the project will be finished within two weeks. Church stressed this project is not a “bandage fix”, It is anticipated the line will last for at least the next 20 years. Church reported on a recent water main break along Highway 210, between the water plant and the city. He feels the line, which has failed several times, needs to be replaced and plans to have the project figured into the next fiscal year budget. Church reported there is a collapsed sewer line at 707 North Street that will be repaired this fall. He stated work on the city shop is complete, and the new fence around the tennis courts at Edgewood Park that was damaged by vandals, has been replaced, all restrooms in the parks have been winterized. Councilperson Rigby inquired about having stripes painted on the Veteran’s Square parking lot. Church advised the project will need to wait until spring 2020.

Jeremy Walters at 516 West 4th Street asked how he should replace his sidewalk where a tree root is heaving his walkway. Scott Church will answer his questions at a later date.

City Attorney John Flynn advised there have be two complaints filed with the Iowa Public Information Board from Kurt Kruse, and Nancy Christensen. He is handling the matter and will respond to the complaint.

The Council reviewed a letter received from ACCESS for a donation from the Local Option Sales fund.

Councilperson Shaver commented he hoped the same Council was still on board after the upcoming elections, and hopes to move forward in a positive direction.

Councilperson Rigby congratulated the Madrid Tiger Cross Country Team. He encouraged everyone to vote in the upcoming election.

Councilperson Ostrander thanked participants in todays meeting for explaining agenda items so they can be understood. He also encouraged everyone to vote.

Councilperson Burich encouraged anyone with comments to contact their ward representative and participate in decision making.

Councilperson Samples reminded people in his ward they can contact him at any time and he values everyone’s input.

Mayor Brown reported he met recently with Madrid Schools and Chief Tasler concerning routing of traffic around the elementary school project. Brown also advised he met recently with D&J’s Computers to develop a plan where the City Clerk would be able to retrieve the information from city owned email accounts.

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, second by Councilperson Samples to adjourn the City Council Meeting at 12:20 p.m.

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