Library Agenda – December 11, 2018

Agenda for posting – December 11, 2018



Madrid Public Library Board of Trustees’ Meeting:

December 11, 2018 – Tuesday, 5:30 pm

Call to order/Roll Call

Approve Agenda

Approval of Minutes:  November 13, 2018

Approval of Bills

Financial Report

Receipts for the month of:  November

Circulation Reports for the month of: November

Public Concerns:

Correspondence and Communications


Unfinished Business

Library book fine free policy

Boone County Supervisors meeting

New Business

Sex offender policy

Circulation policy

Public Librarian certification

Director’s Reports

Christmas Extravaganza

Silent Auction

Lowrey Grant



Board Comments

Next Council Meeting:  December 17 at 5:30 pm


Next board meeting scheduled for: January 8, 2019

MPD Blotter December 3 – December 9, 2018


Madrid Police Contact Numbers:

Emergency – 911

Dispatch (Primary) – 515-433-0527

Police Department – 515-795-3113

Police Cell Phone – 515-795-6166 

*** Effective February 1, 2019, our email address will no longer be monitored and will change to  Please enter this new email address into your contacts for email communication with the Madrid Iowa Police Department. ***


Officer located (2) horses running in Edgewood Park and up Main St.  Officer called around and was able to locate the owners of the animals.  Officer spoke to the owner who walked him through a process to get them back in the pen that worked.

Officer assisted a Madrid resident after she locked herself out of her home in the 100 Block of West 22nd  Street.

Officer assisted with a funeral procession at Saint John’s.

Officer had a follow up meeting with a Madrid high school student.

Officer returned a call to a Polk County resident reference a vehicle that has been parked in front of his house over the weekend. Officer gave him contact info for Polk County to contact. 


Officer assisted a Madrid resident in the 500 block of S Market, with jump starting her vehicle.

Officer checked on a suspicious vehicle parked in the high school parking lot, called in by staff. Vehicle turned out to be a student who left his headlights on and ran the battery down.  Officer contacted the parent who said that he would get it moved.

Officer received a call on a lost cat.  Officer was made aware of a found cat on social media.  Officer put the two subjects into contact with each other so the cat could be identified and picked up.

Officer assisted Waukee PD, with attempting to locate a subject wanted in an attempted murder case, stemming from a stabbing in their City.

Officer received a call from a Madrid resident in the 100 block of W 7th.  They complained about their neighbor having a tarp on the roof of his garage that could fly off and damage their property.  Officer checked the issue and found it be far away from the property line. 


Officer performed a vehicle unlock in the 300 block of E North St.

Officer jump started a vehicle for a Madrid resident, on a vehicle assist.

Officer followed up with DHS on an on-going case dealing with a Madrid juvenile.

Officer was dispatched to contact Westcom to assist Norwalk PD with a hit and run case from late November.  Officer contacted them and they sent a video of an incident at a Clinic.  Officer received insurance information from the subject and forwarded it on to them.

Officer responded to area of City State Bank for a suspicious person.  Officers were unable to locate.

Officer responded to City State Bank for a theft of money via fraudulent cards used at ATM on 12/4/18.  Two other City State Bank locations hit the same day by the same person. Incident is under investigation.

Officer responded to a residence in the 600 block of W 5th St for multiple 911 calls.  Person at that residence was not feeling well and was transported to the hospital by private vehicle.

Officer received notification of a vehicle that the Manager of Meadow Estates had towed on this date.

Officer assisted the son of the patient from an earlier medical call at the Market of Madrid.  Officer unlocked the vehicle so that the son could take it back to his father’s residence. Officer then gave him a ride back to his vehicle that was parked at the Market.

Officer responded to 600 block of W 5th St for more 911 calls coming from the same residence as earlier.  Officer spoke to the resident who advised that the caller was now sleeping and everything was fine.

Officer assisted Madrid Rescue/Boone Co. Ambulance with an emergent medical call at the Madrid Home. 


Officer issued a salvage tag for a deer that was hit by a vehicle sometime overnight, at the South City Limits on Highway 17.

Officer assisted Granger Police Department with a criminal investigation.

Officer was contacted by Boone County Conservation reference a stolen bike.  Officer forwarded the Officer pictures of a possible recovered bike from the City. 


Officer performed a vehicle unlock at Dollar General.

Officer spoke to a Madrid resident reference a check she received in the mail for over $3000 saying that she was hired for a secret shopper.  This is a fraud mailing.  The female shredded the check and paperwork and told the caller that she knew it was a fraud and that she was going to the police. 

Officer was contacted by a bank that foreclosed on a house in the 300 block of E 6th St that had (2) junk vehicles on the property that they needed checked before removal.  Officer assisted them with this.

Officer did a house check on a Madrid residence that the owners are gone on vacation.

Officer spoke to a Realtor, who is listing a foreclosed house for a bank, reference to two junk vehicles on the property. 

Officer followed up on a complaint of animals (chickens) running in the 300 block of E 1st St. Nobody was home.  Officer left business card to contact him about the issue.

Officer received a call of a black lab running at 5th and State.  The caller was able to catch the dog and brought it to the Madrid Police Department.  With the assistance of the City Clerk Staff posting a picture on Madrid Media, the dog was returned safely to his family. 


Officer was called to the 900 block of S Kennedy for an incomplete 911 call. Everything checked out OK.


Officer received a report to open burning in the 800 block of E. 1st St.

Officer received a report of barking dogs late at night in the 400 block of Fairview Dr.

Ledges State Park First Day Hike

Ledges State Park Annual Meeting

Public Works Utility Work Vacancy


The City of Madrid is seeking a qualified Public Works Utility Worker.

This full-time position involves periodic weekends and holiday work.  Duties include all operations within the streets, parks, water and wastewater facilities.

Successful candidates will need to meet these qualifications:  high school graduate or GED equivalent; three (3) years’ experience related to construction, highway/public works maintenance and repair; ability to obtain a Class B CDL, herbicide certification, water and wastewater certifications within a certain time-frame of acquiring the position.

Salary starts at $19.85 hr, depending on qualifications with excellent benefits.

Application and job description can be found here.  Return completed application, resume, and three (3) references to:

Scott Church, Public Works Director
304 S Water St
Madrid, Iowa 50156

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm on Friday, January 11, 2019

Board & Committee Members Needed!

The City of Madrid is currently looking for volunteers to sit on our Park, Labor Day, and SAM Center Boards and Commission.  Volunteers for the SAM (Senior Associates) Center should be age 40 and over to sit on the board.

If interested, please complete the contact form below:

Planning & ZoningParkBoard of AdjustmentLabor DaySAM Center-40 and over

MPD Blotter November 26 – December 2, 2018

Madrid Police Contact Numbers:
Emergency – 911
Dispatch (Primary) – 515-433-0527
Police Department – 515-795-3113
Police Cell Phone – 515-795-6166

***Effective February 1, 2019,  our email address will no longer be monitored and will change to  Please enter this new email address into your contacts for email communication with the Madrid Iowa Police Department.***


Officer filled a records request for a Madrid resident.

Officer spoke to a Madrid resident who requested extra patrol of his residence.

Officer received a lost/found cell phone that was located on the roadway on Southern Prairie Dr.  Officer located the owner at the Madrid High School and returned it.

Officer was dispatched to a welfare check in the 900 block of S Kennedy.  Subject did not show up or call in to work.  Officer made contact with the husband who stated that his wife was sick and said that he would call into work for her.

Officer spoke to a resident whom reported her dog was lost.  Officer canvassed the neighborhood and was unable to locate the dog.  A short time later a resident came to the Police Dept. with the found dog and returned it to the owner.


Officer responded to an emergency medical call in the 500 block of W 7th St, for a possible heart attack.

Officer spoke to a Madrid resident reference a civil stand-by.  Officer informed her to check and see when works and to call the department back, and if available, they would provide the service.

Officer was called to the 100 block of North State Street.  The homeowner found a bike on his property that appeared to be dumped.  Officer took the bike into evidence.

Officer assisted Madrid Fire/Rescue on a medical call in the 400 block of N Water St.

Officer assisted with a civil standby to retrieve property from their former address.

Officer was notified by a motorist that he struck the side mirror of a parked vehicle in the 500 block of E 1st St.  The owner of the struck vehicle was notified and both parties agreed to settle the incident between them personally.


Officer was dispatched to a welfare check on N Locust St.  Officer made contact with the subject who stated that he was OK and was just sleeping.

Officer was dispatched to a two-vehicle accident at Casey’s.  A vehicle backed out and struck a vehicle parked at the gas pumps getting fuel.  Officer did an exchange of information and provided a copy for both drivers.

Officer, along with a DCI Agent, interviewed a Madrid resident reference a felony theft case.

Officer received a call of homeowner finding someone inside her residence North of Madrid in Boone County. The person left the area in a vehicle which was described to the officer.  Officer located the vehicle a short time later in Madrid and conducted a traffic stop.  It was determined the suspect entered the wrong residence believed to be occupied by another person to visit and was scared by the rightful homeowner of this residence.  The victim and suspect were found to then know each other and after speaking to all parties, no malicious intent was found and no charges were requested by the victim for the mistake.

Officer received several calls of a dog running through town.  A subject captured the dog and held it at their residence until an officer took possession of the dog.  The dog was placed in the city kennel awaiting the owner to be located.

Officer responded to an active house fire in the 500 block of E 6th St.  Officer was able to extinguish most of the flames in an exterior wall with several fire extinguishers carried in the patrol vehicle.  Madrid Fire responded very quickly, took over the scene and was able to extinguish and save the remaining structure.  Red Cross and Salvation Army were notified by officer whom met with the family and provided temporary shelter and necessities.  Officer contacted the Madrid Bakery owner, whom opened the bakery after hours, and provided a warm place to gather, hot coffee, pastries and water to the family while awaiting the Red Cross’s arrival.  A big thank you to everyone whom came together and assisted during a time of need!


Officer contacted the Boone Area Humane Society to pick up an animal that was held overnight and not claimed.

Officer assisted a Madrid resident in the 100 block of W 22nd, getting in her home, after she accidentally locked herself out.

Officer spoke to a Madrid resident in the 500 block of S Market St about a parking situation.  Officer informed the caller to call back when the parking issuing is occurring so that the Officer can see if it is occurring on private or public property.

Officer assisted DHS on a case at the Madrid High School.

Officer was contacted about an accident at the high school parking lot.  Both vehicles had been moved.  Officer will do a call for service and exchange of information for the drivers.



Officer received a call of a vehicle rollover just North of town on Highway 17.  Officer responded to assist the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.  Officer secured the scene and made sure the driver was safe until the Deputy arrived on scene to do the report.

Officer finished up an accident from yesterday and met with the two high school drivers and gave them exchange of information reports.

Officer spoke to a Madrid High School student that was having a bad day.

Officer assisted Boone County Sheriff’s Office with a two-vehicle, personal injury accident on Highway 210 at QF Lane.

Officer returned a call to a detective for a Minnesota Police Department.  Officer was asked to give a death notification to a Madrid resident and ask him to call to answer some questions.  Officer gave notification and relayed the message.


Boone County requested an officer respond to a residential burglar alarm out in the County close to Madrid.  Officer checked the residence and all appeared to be fine.

Officer spoke to a resident who had questions about an accident that occurred earlier in the week.


Officer assisted Madrid Rescue/Boone Co. Ambulance with an emergent medical in the 500 block of W Second St.

City Council Minutes – November 5, 2018

Madrid City Council
Regular Meeting
November 5, 2018
5:30 p.m.

The City Council meeting was called to order at 5:32 p.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, Deputy City Clerk Deb Biegger, Public Works Director Scott Church, Attorney John Flynn, Public Safety Director Rick Tasler, Library Director Angie Strong, Park Board member Jolynne Carlson and City Treasurer Don Fatka.

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, seconded by Councilperson Burich to approve the agenda for November 6, 2018.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

No Councilmembers declared a conflict of interest with any agenda item.

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, seconded by Councilperson Samples to approve the City Council Meeting Minutes of October 15, 2018.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Ostrander, seconded by Councilperson Rigby to approve the claims for November 5, 2018 in the amount of $ 284,214.60. Councilperson Burich questioned a payment to OSHA from the park budget in the amount of $3,325.00. Scott Church explained a part time employee was injured while cutting a branch from a tree in the park. The incident triggered an OSHA investigation and the City was fined for not providing adequate training to part-time employees. Mayor Brown questioned charges on the claims report for Fall Fest. Reese stated the claims will be paid for with funds from the cabin fund.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Ken and Jennifer Williams, owners of Wilcox Printing and Publishing, approached the Council. Ken Williams read from a prepared statement regarding a comment posted on the Madrid Media News Facebook page by Madrid Police Chief Rick Tasler. In the post, Tasler accused the newspaper of not allowing him to publish his letter to the editor supporting candidate for Boone County Attorney, Stephen Swanson. Williams feels the account of the incident is not correct as the newspaper does not publish such letters of endorsement from individuals. On the advice of their attorney, the Williams issued a cease and desist letter to Rick Tasler, Council members, the Mayor, and the City Attorney. The Williams requested the post be taken down, and that the police chief issue a correction to the false statements.

Attorney John Flynn reminded all employees the city does have a social media policy. He will review the social media policy and issue a legal statement concerning the matter once his review is complete.

Chief Tasler stated he believes all the facts he posted on social media are correct, however he has worked out his differences with Ken and Jennifer Williams.

Mayor Brown stated Chief Tasler’s post on social media does not reflect his feelings as the Mayor of Madrid, or the City of Madrid. He feels the city’s current social medial policy should not be within the Code of Ordinances of the City, but should be a separate policy for the employees of the City.

Ed Jeffress of 501 South Main Street requested information on the budget for sidewalk repairs. Mayor Brown advised he will speak with Scott Church concerning the matter. Jeffress also commented on a stretch of sidewalk that is paved with bricks. He would like the City to force the property owner to replace the sidewalk. He also feels the city should oversee any water line replacements done within Madrid. Mayor Brown asked that Jeffress meet with him and Church to discuss these matters after the meeting.

Jessica Geneser of 505 South State Street approached the Council to voice her concerns with the handling of a civil harassment issue and child abuse report. She stated Police Chief Tasler and  his officers did not follow the law concerning mandatory reporting by failing to report information to Child Protective Services. Geneser reported the information to the Boone County Sherriff as she did not feel the case was being properly handled by local law enforcement officials. Mayor Brown asked that Geneser file a formal complaint through the City of Madrid complaint procedure concerning the incident. Geneser stated she intends to follow through legally if the matter is not handled with the Police Department. Geneser will file a formal complaint. John Flynn stated he will contact Geneser’s attorney to facilitate conversation concerning the matter.

Councilperson Burich asked the audience present at the meeting to refrain from comments during Council meetings as these type of things cause divide within the community.

Chief Tasler stated Geneser needs to sign a slander statement as her dialog is untrue, and he has the entire incident on film.

Travis Risvold, president of the Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce approached the Council to request of designated local option tax funds to the Commerce. He pointed out several recent accomplishments of MAC. Risvold stated MAC is currently in the process of hiring a MAC representative. He reported the Christmas Extravaganza will be held on December 1st starting with a vendor show at the elementary school, and ending with a parade at 5:00p.m.

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, seconded by Councilperson Samples to approve a payment in the amount of $14,407.00 to Joe Clark Construction LLC. The invoice covers the cost to replace the door, install an awning and other miscellaneous items. The cost is partially covered by a grant in the amount of $5,000 which was received from Boone County Endowment.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Public Works Director Scott Church and City Clerk Mary Jo Reese discussed the future of the SAM center as they feel the building is under-utilized. Costs to maintain the building are high, with little use. Mayor Tom Brown suggested seeking feedback from the community regarding the matter. Deputy Clerk Deb Biegger will collect information from Pinkie Gibbons regarding expenses and usage and report back to the Council.

Church advised the City of Madrid water department received the Water Fluoridation Quality Awards for 2017.

Church reported upcoming public works projects include street patching, hydrant flushing, installation of brine tank at the shop and preparing vehicles for winter use. The salesman will be shut down this week, and the restrooms at the park and softball fields are being closed. Church also reported the resurfacing project on East 6th Street is complete as well as the drain repair at the corner of 6th Street and State Street. Church explained the process he uses to patch the streets.

Jerry Lowe asked the Council if there was any consideration to banning open burning in the City of Madrid. Mayor Brown stated there is a process that can be followed to change the open burning policy.

Ed Jeffress of 501 South Main Street also voiced his support of banning open burning. He stated he is a bicycler and wants public works to smooth off the areas of new patches on the streets. Church responded that those patched areas will smooth out over time, and he plans to continue filling holes as weather permits.

Mayor Brown asked that Church consider safety and sidewalks if the proposed upgrade of streets around the elementary schools were to be approved by the Council.

Library Director Angie Strong reported on recent programs including early out movie day and Trick or Treat night. She also reported new chairs and  lap top carts have been received and are in use at the Library. Virtual reality headsets will arrive soon. Strong is planning staff training and trustee training this month. Upcoming programs include early out game day, Pinterest party, adult coloring and family board game night.

Jolynne Carlson of the Madrid Park Board reported bad weather affected Fall Fest. Carlson was happy with the turnout for the event which raised over $2,500. Donations continue to come in for the project. Next steps for the Cabin Project include grant writing and different design options. Carlson plans to meet with committee, and community members to plan for 2019. A local citizen stated the cottonwood stump at Edgewood Park is dangerous and needs to be removed. Carlson stated there is a safety concern with the stump at this time. Councilperson Samples asked that the matter be placed on the agenda for the next City Council Meeting.

Scott Maddux of the Madrid Fire Department reported on upcoming EMT classes. He also wished to congratulate the Cross-Country Team for their recent state rankings.

The matter of the tanker truck repair estimates was tabled at the request of Fire Chief Jim Murry until the next City Council meeting.

Randy Dalton of the Planning and Zoning Commission stated the developers of the proposed Tiger Run subdivision are requesting a vote of confidence from the Council in order to move forward with the project. Jason Springer, developer of Tiger Run would like to see the area zoned as a planned development. He is unable to obtain the remaining land he needs from the Madrid School District without the rezoning support of the Madrid City Council. Motion by Councilperson Samples, seconded by Councilperson Shaver to give preliminary support for zoning change of Tiger Run. Official rezoning will take place at a later time, following state laws.

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

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, seconded by Councilperson Burich to approve the renewal of Blue Cross Blue Cross Health Insurance for employees. The cost of the insurance will be decreasing for 2019 by 4.51%.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Samples, seconded by Councilperson Shaver to approve FY19 Local Option Sales Tax donations by consent agenda to Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce – $2,000, TIPS Youth Basketball – $200, Iowa Arboretum – $1,500 and Youth and Shelter Services $750.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Ostrander to approve Resolution #15-18-19, “Tax Increment Financing Report.”

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Rigby, seconded by Councilperson Samples to approve Resolution # 16-18-19. “ Urban Renewal Report”.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

The Council considered an offer to purchase city owned property at 118 North Kennedy Avenue from Steve Magnani. John Flynn explained Magnani offered to purchase the property for $55,000 less a credit for asbestos removal and less a credit to demolish the house. The final net amount to the city would be around $25,000 after fees. Real Estate Agent Don Lincoln indicated the potential buyer has no current plans for the vacant lot. Motion by Councilperson Samples, seconded by Councilperson Shaver to make a counter offer to Steve Magnani for a purchase price of $55,000 minus a credit for asbestos removal of $13,607.00.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Samples, seconded by Councilperson Ostrander to approve a payment of $998.00 to J & D Computers for the purchase of Adobe Reader Pro software. Another request from J & D in the amount of $3,366 was tabled until more information could be received on the details of that invoice.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Samples, seconded by Councilperson Samples, seconded by Councilperson Shaver to approve a pay increase to Nick for from $20.41 per hour to $21.02 per hour. Furness would normally have received an increase on July 1, 2018, however he was not employed by the City of Madrid at that time.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Attorney John Flynn summarized a recent request from the Council to investigate an incident between Police Chief Rick Tasler and the Madrid Register News. He will also investigate allegations made by Jessica Geneser against Rick Tasler and the Madrid Police Department, and a letter received by Nancy Christensen who also filed a complaint against Rick Tasler.

Councilperson Samples stated he was contacted by a citizen concerned with the amount of time the computer upgrades are taking, as citizens cannot contact their councilperson via email. This same person was concerned with Rick Tasler’s Facebook post concerning the Madrid Register News. Samples stated there was a delay receiving the new equipment and additional security deficiencies were analyzed and upgraded. Citizen access to email contact with councilmembers will be reinstated this week.

Councilperson Rigby also received comments concerning the Wilcox Publishing and Tasler issue. He thanked both parties involved for handling the situation.

Councilperson Shaver asked that everyone be considerate of their neighbors during open burning season.

Mayor Brown read a letter from HIRTA requesting a volunteer to represent Madrid as a voting member on the HIRTA board. Mayor Brown asked for volunteers from the public to contact City Hall by November 15th.

Ken Williams of the Madrid Register News commented that social media can hurt people and feels the leaders in the community need to lead by example concerning social media.

Don Lincoln thanked John Flynn for his comments encouraging everyone to get along.

Mayor Brown advised he received some comments concerning the updates to the city ordinances boards and commissions sections. The City Clerk and Councilperson Samples will be meeting to work on a revised boards and commissions ordinances.

Councilperson Samples stated he will be finishing up Councilmembers tablet preparations and they will receive their tablets for council use next week.

Mayor Brown reported he has requested bodycam policies from the City of Boone, City of Ogden and Boone County Sherriff’s office. A policy for Madrid’s bodycam usage will be developed.

Mayor Brown commented on social media usage stating he has been criticized for not commenting on social media regarding issues in Madrid. He stated he is disgusted with what he has seen on social media. He asks everyone who participates in social media to think about how their comments and posts affect Madrid and to remember posts are often misinterpreted. Mayor Brown stated he has deleted all access to social media and asks that no one send him links to social media or screen shots of posts. He will not respond to these items. He does not think there is a divide in the community; that there are fewer than 1% of the population that are participating in negative social media, which is damaging the other 99% of the population. He asked that everyone think about what they are doing before they comment or post on social media.

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, seconded by Councilperson Shaver to adjourn the City Council meeting at 8:13 p.m.

Council Agenda – December 3, 2018

Council Agenda – December 3, 2018

December 3, 2018 Council Packet

December 3, 2018 Council Packet