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Madrid Parks Public Announcement

Mayor Tom Brown, in collaboration with Superintendent Brian Horn, issued the following public notice on 4/1/20. In our effort to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and encourage social distancing all playground equipment, shelters, and restrooms at Madrid City Parks and at Madrid Elementary School are CLOSED until further notice. 

Caution tape will be utilized to identify the restricted areas at all affected locations. Park visitors are asked to adhere to all closure notices and current social distancing recommendations. Please communicate this to your children to ensure their understanding and to reinforce the importance of these closures to ensure their safety and the safety of others.

City Brush Dump


To Madrid Residents:

It has come to our attention that people are utilizing the City’s tree and brush dump for their personal garbage. This dump is only for tree limbs, leaves, grass clippings and organic yard waste.

Public Works employees just returned from the city dump and discovered someone had dropped of part of a car fender and a large load of dirt at the site.

Unfortunately, if we find items that do not belong in the dump, we will be forced to permanently close it and residents will need to find other means to dispose of their yard waste.

Please be mindful of what you are leaving.

Thank you!

Instructions to login to Zoom for April 4, 2020 City Council Meeting

Mayor Brown is inviting the public to attend the April 4, 2020 Council meeting via Zoom meeting.

Topic: Madrid City Council Meeting 4/4/20

Time: Apr 4, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting Link to Join by Video

Meeting ID: 792 841 658

Password: 010480

Join Zoom Meeting by Phone at any of the following numbers. You will need to enter the meeting ID when prompted to do so, it is 792 841 658#

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2019 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) is now available online.

Every year, the Iowa DNR requires the City of Madrid to confirm that the annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) has been distributed to customers.

The report will NOT be mailed, but residents can find the 2019 CCR Report on the main page of our website,  by clicking this link or you can request a copy by stopping at City Hall.

Spring Open Burning Dates

The Madrid City Council has approved open burning from April 4, 2020 through May 26, 2020.  All fires must be extinguished by sundown.  Burning is for organic yard waste, leaves, and tree limbs only and only in small and controllable burn piles or barrels.  BURNS CANNOT BE PERFORMED ON ANY CITY STREETS OR ALLEYS.


Service Line Backup Information

If you have experienced service line backup issues AFTER electric utility boring by Alliant Energy, Michels or I-80, please read the following information:

If you have a water or sewer backup issue, please contact City Hall at (515)795-3930 so we can determine if the water or sewer main is flowing properly.  If the main is clear and flowing properly, YOU will need to contact a plumber, let them know what is going on and ask them to camera the line.  PLEASE, FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL CONCERNED, DO NOT ALLOW THE PLUMBER TO AUGER THE LINE UNTIL IT HAS BEEN VIDEOED.

If a camera cannot be used and an auger or rod is to be used, please use caution.  If your rod or auger goes more than 25 feet – PLEASE STOP.  The newly bored electric lines may be in your service line.  Please contact Alliant Energy Construction Coordinator Michael Eilderts at (515) 268-3455.

The City of Madrid is only responsible for the water and sewer mains.  The water and sewer laterals (service lines) are the homeowner’s responsibility.

If it is determined to be a true service line issue, your plumber will be able to repair your line for you.

The City of Madrid is not responsible for any service lines backup issues!

2020 Census is starting

Residents of Madrid started receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census this week.  Please take a few minutes to complete the census online using the login credentials supplied by  It doesn’t take long and it is required by all citizens under federal law.




City Hall Closure

In response to COVID-19, we want you to know about specific actions we are taking to minimize service disruptions.  The City Clerk’s office will be closed to the public until further notice.

We will continue to answer calls and questions and process utility payments.  We would like to remind residents that there is a dropbox next to the front door (along with envelopes) in which you can drop off your utility payment or you can visit and pay your water bill online (convenience fees will apply).

If you choose to deposit in the dropbox – please make sure your name and address are on your envelope to ensure credit to the proper account.  We appreciate your consideration during this time!

Library closed

The Madrid Public Library is closed until further notice.

Based on the latest information about the spread of COVID-19 we have made the decision that closing the library is in the best interest of the public and staff at this time. All library events and program are canceled. The meeting room is not available for use.

The library trustees and the city will work together to reassess the situation and will determine when we will reopen. The library’s online resources are available through the website at We will post any changes and updates to the website and Facebook page. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

All items have been renewed until May 4.  No fines or fees will be assessed during this time.   Thank you.

MLDC Bingo Cancelled

Madrid Labor Day Bingo operations will be cancelled until further notice.  Please watch or the City of Madrid facebook page for future updates.