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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.


Planning & Zoning Meeting – March 12, 2020 – Cancelled

The monthly Planning & Zoning meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 12, 2020 has been cancelled.

March 7, 2020 Council Packet (Part 2) – Due to size limitations, the council packet will be added in two parts.

March 7, 2020 Council Packet (Part 2) – Due to size limitations, the council packet will be added in two parts.

Madrid Community Endowment Fund Now Accepting Grant Applications

Madrid Community Endowment Fund Now Accepting Grant Applications for 2020

The Madrid Community Endowment Fund Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Grant Applications for 2020 are now being accepted.  The MCEF Board has determined the amount that is available for grants in 2020 is $30,300.  Application forms can be found at  The deadline for Grant applications is April 30, 2020.  The Grants will be awarded at the Madrid Historical Museum on Thursday, June 4 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, 2019, the fund balance was $610,217.43.    The fund received a generous one-time donation from the Charles & Mary Helms Family Endowment on Nov. 30, 2019 in the amount of $451,196.89.  That generous gift will have an ever-lasting impact on the community of Madrid.  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 2019, MCEF has been able to make over $74,000 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

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

Library staff training – closing early

The library will be closing at 6 pm on Thursday, February 20 for staff training.  Our regularly scheduled adult coloring program will still be held at 7 pm.

Upcoming Budget Workshop

The City of Madrid will be holding a budget workshop on February 17, 2020 after the City Council Meeting for input on the FY 20-21 budget.  The public is welcome to attend.

Iowa Bike Expo – Saturday, January 25, 2020

Be sure to stop by the Iowa Bike Expo this Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.  This event is at HyVee Hall in Des Moines.  The Madrid Area Chamber will have a booth promoting the High Trestle Trail and Madrid’s amenities.

The Boone County Trails Initiative is also sharing this booth with the vision of having a trail from the City of Boone connecting to the High Trestle Trail.


January 20, 2020 Council Packet

January 20, 2020 Council Packet

City Hall Closure

City Hall will be closing at 1:00 p.m. on January 17, 2020 due to the inclement weather.

Snow Ordinance In Effect 1/17/20 – 1/18/2020

Madrid’s snow ordinance is in effect from 6:00 a.m. Friday, January 17, 2020 through 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

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.

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.