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Help Wanted – Library Clerk

The Madrid Public Library is looking for a part time library clerk to work evenings and Saturday mornings approximately 7 to 10 hours a week.  There is the opportunity to fill in hours as needed.  Job duties include working at the front desk, shelving books and other duties as assigned.  Must have the ability to safely climb, stoop, kneel, crouch, reach, stand, grasp and move throughout the library.   Must be at least 16 years old, have excellent customer service skills and a knowledge of computers.

Complete job descriptions and applications are available at the library and for download below.  Interested applicants should  submit an application to the library director, at angie@madrid.lib.ia.us or to the Madrid Public Library, 100 West 3rd Street, Madrid, IA 50156. The initial application deadline is Wednesday April 21st at 6:00 pm but this position will remain open until filled.  The City of Madrid is an equal opportunity employer.

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Black Hills Energy Assistance Programs

GRIMES, Iowa – March 25, 2021–April 1 is an important date to observe as the end of the annual Iowa Winter Moratorium, and rules governing payment arrangements, energy assistance and bill-related service interruption changes until next fall. This date is important to remember for any customer anticipating a budget crunch ahead with their bills.

Natural gas utility Black Hills Energy is encouraging any customer struggling with their budget to call the company to explore its billing options and payment plans toll-free at 888-890-5554. Black Hills Energy also provides contact information for local energy assistance agencies the company partners with, including the Iowa Community Action Association. This information is available at blackhillsenergy.com/billing-and-payments/assistance-programs/iowa-assistance-programs.

Customers are urged to call as soon as possible. “We want to help our customers all we can,” said Shirley Welte, Black Hills Energy’s vice president of Iowa operations. “There are more payment options and assistance available to customers who call before their bill is past due.”

Energy assistance agencies receive a portion of their funding from the Black Hills Cares program. “Black Hills Energy matches tax-deductible donations from employees and customers, and we forward the total to the local community action agency for distribution,” Welte said.

Black Hills Energy provides space on its bills to allow customers to make an optional one-time or monthly donation to Black Hills Cares. Information on Black Hills Cares, energy assistance and all of the other energy solutions Black Hills Energy offers is available at blackhillsenergy.com/bhcares or by calling Black Hills Energy toll-free at 888-890-5554.

 

Library seeks candidates for Board of Trustees

Library seeks candidates for Board of Trustees:

The Madrid Public Library is seeking applicants for a position on the Library Board of Trustees.  Currently our open position is for an applicant that resides within the Madrid city limits.  By Iowa law, library boards must be gender balanced.  Applicants must be able to attend monthly meetings.  Meetings are held at 5:30 pm to 7 pm on the second Tuesday of the month.  Trustees are expected to participate in library activities when needed during the year.

The Board of Trustees is the governing and policy-making board for the Madrid Public Library.  Trustees are responsible for the library budget, advocating for the library in the community, overseeing the general operation of the library and monitor its effectiveness, establishing policies and helping in the library’s strategic planning.  Board positions are voluntary and residents chosen to fill them are selected to serve six year terms.  There is no compensation for this position.

Trustee duties include: attend meetings, read board minutes and other materials sent out before a meeting, become informed about library operations, serve on committees when needed, become acquainted with library services, be an advocate for the library and participate in 3 to 5 hours of board training each year.

If you are interested in serving on the library board, please complete the form below and return it to the library director at angie@madrid.lib.ia.us or 100 West 3rd Street Madrid, Iowa 50156.   Applications are also available at the library.  The applications will be reviewed by the current board of trustees, final candidates will be recommended for appointment by the mayor and the city council.  This process will remain open until a new trustee is selected.

 

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City Administrator Position Available

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City of Madrid, Iowa

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  • Job: City Administrator
  • Where: Madrid, Iowa
  • Salary: $58,000 to $80,000
  • Population: 2543 (2010 census)
  • Form of Government: Mayor/Council

Community: The City of Madrid, located in Boone County, Iowa, is a growing community centrally located just 25 miles north of Des Moines, and 22 miles southwest of Ames.

Organization: The City of Madrid operates under the Mayor-Council form of government. The Mayor is elected to 4-year terms, and five Council Members also serve 4-year terms. We have a City Attorney that supports the City and the City Council with legal matters. Madrid had a City Administrator in 2017 but decided transition to a City Clerk and Deputy City Clerk model. The Current City Clerk is retiring, and the Mayor and City Council have upgraded the City Clerk position to the City Administrator position.

The City of Madrid has 15 full-time employees and 9 part-time employees who provide services including public works, police, water and sewer. This includes a full-time Public Works Director and a full-time Chief of Police. The Madrid Fire Department is a volunteer organization that provides fire and EMS service to the City under the scope of the Chief of Police.

Experience: The successful candidate will have two to four years of experience in a municipal organization. Experience as a City Administrator or City Clerk is required. Candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge and skill in city operations, supervision, human resources, city budgeting and finance, and have excellent communication skills for interacting with employees and the community in a positive manner.

Job Duties: Prepares agenda and council packets and attends all City Council meetings, completes council meeting minutes and assures timely publication of agendas, minutes and claims reports.

Prepares resolutions, ordinances and legal notices required for publication. Maintaining all permanent records as required by state law.

Manages and invests city funds in accordance with Council and public finance guidelines and sound financial practice. Prepares for and oversees annual audit. Keeps the Council informed of the financial condition of the city. Transfers funds between accounts following standard accounting practices, as required.

Represents the City with other governmental agencies and officials. Participates in negotiations with the employee union.

Maintains accurate personnel records and facilitates the payroll process.

Prepares annual budget and all required state and county reports and assures filing of these items in a timely manner as required by state code.

Assumes responsibilities of planning and zoning coordinator with assistance from contracted building inspectors and maintains accurate records of all planning and zoning activities.

Oversees daily operations of City Hall and represents the city in direct contact with citizens. Receives and investigates complaints.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in public administration or comparable education and work experience.

Apply: Interested parties may apply by submitting a (digital only) resume and cover letter to cityclerk@madridiowa.org. Resumes will be accepted until April 2, 2021.

The City of Madrid, Iowa is an equal opportunity employer

 

Madrid Community Endowment Fund Now Accepting Grant Applications for 2021

The Madrid Community Endowment Fund Board of Directors is pleased to announce that grant applications for 2021 are now being accepted.  The MCEF Board has determined the amount available for grants in 2021 is $31,500.  Application forms can be found at https://www.desmoinesfoundation.org/affiliates/madrid-community-endowment-fund.  The deadline for grant applications is April 30, 2021.  The grants will be awarded at the Madrid Historical Museum on Thursday, June 3rd at 7:00 PM.

Grants from the endowment fund may be made to organizations as described in Section 501(C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and units of government and which are consistent with the purposes and mission of MCEF.  As of December 31, 2020, the fund balance was $646,373.32. MCEF is authorized to make awards up to 5% of fund balance.  The principal is never touched so the funds keep growing and your gift will keep on giving forever.

Since the MCEF’s inception in 2004 through the awards of 2020, MCEF has been able to make over $97,000.00 in grants to the local community.  The purpose of the Madrid Community Endowment Fund is to assist in providing resources for a broad range of existing and future charitable needs throughout the Madrid, Iowa area.  The “Madrid, Iowa Area” shall be defined as the area encompassed by the 50156 area zip code.  The Madrid Community Endowment Fund is an affiliate fund of the Greater Des Moines Community Foundation, which administers our fund and over 500 others.

Thank you for your past support and donations and we hope you will consider additional support of the endowment fund in the future.  Donations can be sent to Madrid Community Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 1, Madrid, IA 50156 or on-line at http://www.desmoinesfoundation.org/.

If you have any questions about the application form or eligibility, please call Dustin Andersen at 515-321-5588.

Spring Open Burning Dates

The Madrid City Council has approved open burning from March 15, 2021 through May 31, 2021.  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.

 

Max Levy Notice

Max Levy Notice

Residing Your Home and the Sensus Meter Box

PLEASE REMEMBER – when removing or replacing siding – this box MUST remain with the home.  This MXU unit is how the City of Madrid reads your water meter.

If this box is removed or damaged it is the homeowners responsibility to replace it and replacement cost is $177 plus tax.

Please contact City Hall with any questions.  Thank you!