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September 12, 2019 Planning & Zoning Meeting – Cancelled

The September 12, 2019 Planning & Zoning Meeting has been cancelled.  The next meeting will be held October 10, 2019 at 6:30 in the City Hall Board Room.

Huxley Communications Informational Fiber Optics Presentation – September 30th

A public informational meeting regarding the potential for fiber optic internet/TV in our community will be held Monday, September 30, 2019 in the Madrid Community Room at 7:00 PM.  Huxley Communications will present information relevant to the Madrid community and be available for questions afterwards.


Medicare Basics

The Madrid Public Library will host a Medicare basics program, the program will be conducted by licensed insurance agents Aaron Thacker and Ali Chambers.  Our program will be on Thursday, September 26 from 10 to 11am.  This program is free and open to the public.

The program will provide an overview of Medicare and what it does/does not cover, information on supplements and Advantage plans, as well as advice on how to protect your savings from out-of-pocket expenses.

If you are approaching 65 or making plans for retirement, plan to attend this helpful seminar.  Registration is required, please call the library to reserve your spot at 515-795-3846.

Volunteers Needed for the Labor Day Commission

The City of Madrid is currently taking applications from individuals who are interested in sitting on our Labor Day Commission.  If you are interested, please complete the form below by October 1, 2019 or contact Mary Jo Reese, City Clerk at (515)795-3930 regarding your interest.  Appointments will be made at the October 6, 2019 Council Meeting.

The City of Madrid thanks you for your interest and your time!

Planning & ZoningParkBoard of AdjustmentLabor DaySAM Center-40 and over

Highway 210 Closure

Highway 210 will be closed at the intersection of Locust Street and Highway 210 (W. North Street) for approximately ten (10) days beginning on September 8th.  The City will be widening the current curve and replacing storm sewer drains in that area.

The detour will be west on W. 1st Street to N. Walnut Street and then north to Highway 210.

We appreciate your patience while we work to improve Madrid’s city streets.

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.

Ordinance #493-Feral/Unowned Cats for Public Review

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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;


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


    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: __________________



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.




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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Community Visioning Project Volunteers Needed!

Visionary and Strategic Thinkers Needed!

Are you interested in helping create a safer community for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists? Would you like to work with others in the community who share similar goals? Would you like to help find solutions with the help of ISU professionals? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, your help is needed.

The Iowa Living Roadways Community Visioning program is a joint project of the Iowa DOT, Trees Forever, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Community Visioning is a process that encourages visionary and yet strategic thinking about transportation improvements. The centerpiece of this process is the development of conceptual plans that graphically illustrate the vision of the community for an improved transportation system.

The Madrid Visioning Coalition (City of Madrid, Friends of the High Trestle Trail, Madrid Area Chamber, Madrid Historical Society, Madrid Lions Club) is applying for the Iowa Living Roadways Community Visioning for this coming year. We need individuals to participate in a Community Visioning Project Steering Committee to look at safe transportation interactions near the trail and Highway 17 as well as improving connections in all parts of town, especially between residential areas and schools.

We need between 8 to 15 volunteers to serve on the Steering Committee, if our Visioning application is approved. Meetings would start in early October, and the project would be completed by September 2020. Volunteers are asked to commit approximately 100 hours to this project over 11 months, which would consist of participating in meetings, work groups and site visits to develop specific recommendations. Meetings will be scheduled by the committee and every effort will be made to make them as convenient as possible.

Volunteers should represent a cross section of the community, including youth. We are looking for new faces as well as experienced volunteers.

If you are interested in being part of the Madrid Community Visioning Steering Committee please sign up at Madrid City Hall no later than August 28 at 4:30 pm.


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