Avoiding Mosquito Misery

Have you seen any mosquitoes yet this year? The recent rains are creating ideal conditions for mosquitoes to flourish this summer, but it is also the perfect time to stop them. Mosquitoes need standing water to breed so you can have a significant influence on preventing outbreaks in your yard. Take a quick walk around your yard and look for places where water has pooled since the rain. Check yard décor and look for trash that may have blown in or been dropped in your yard. If you have any items you are storing, check them for water. Tires especially allow water to pool and also tend to conceal the water. Yard toys like shovels or trucks have lots of spaces that can collect water so tip them over to learn which ones store water, and plan to empty toy buckets or pools regularly. If you see a puddle in your yard, keep an eye on it a couple days to see if it drains completely, and consider filling it in. Bird baths with standing water, watering cans, or even a rain gauge can produce mosquitos, but you can easily avoid this if you empty them regularly because it takes several days for the larvae to grow, pupate, and then emerge as an adult. Up to 400 eggs can be laid by a female at one time so preventing them from reaching the adult, biting stage and denying them a place to lay eggs pays off.

What about mosquito spraying?

Madrid does pay for mosquito spraying in city limits in June, July, and August, but working together to avoid puddling water will help more than spraying because spraying only kills adult, airborne mosquitos. If water is available, they have already laid several clutches of eggs so spraying provides a few days of reprieve before the next hatch of bloodthirsty monsters are unleashed to torment the town. Essentially, spraying is most helpful when breeding areas are also removed.

Spraying is done when weather conditions are favorable so dates are not set far in advance. You can sign up for the Madrid app to be notified when spraying will occur so you can keep your windows shut and ensure your family is inside

Donate Old Eyeglasses

The Madrid Lions are collecting eyeglasses to be refurbished and distributed to those in need. This program is called, “RECYCLE for Sight,” and you can donate by putting old glasses in dropboxes located at the Library, City Hall, City State Bank, Madrid Historical Museum, and the Madrid Home.

If you are interested in joining the Lions, learn more at the website: www.madridlions.com.

Madrid Kids Summer Lunch Program

gazebo at parkMadrid Kids Summer Lunch program will serve free lunches in Jensen Park on Tuesdays and Thursday this summer from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm starting June 13, 2017. All Madrid Kids are welcome! Dates are: June 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 & July 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27. Sponsored by the Madrid Ministerial Association, City of Madrid and Greater Love Ministries. To sign up to help serve, click the button below. For more information, contact Mary Swalla Holmes at 515-681-5525 or email mswallaholmes@gmail.com.

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Storm Damage Closes Madrid Post Office

The storm on Tuesday, May 17, 2017, caused extensive damage to the Madrid Post Office. According to the interview with USPS spokeswoman Stacy St. John by the Ames Tribune, high winds removed a portion of the roof, causing water damage to the interior. In addition, the glass front door shattered. The Madrid Post Office is closed until further notice.

Please be prepared for minor delays in mail delivery in Madrid. If you had a P.O. box in town, you have two choices:

  • you can still pick up your mail in town using the cluster box units that have been installed or
  •  you can continue using a P.O. box, but you will need to pick up your mail at the nearby post office in Woodward, located at 212 S. Main Street. It is open from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m, Monday through Friday and from 8:15 to 10:15 a.m. on Saturdays.

Madrid Public Library Extends Hours

The Madrid Public Library will remain open over the lunch hour staring starting Tuesday, May 30. Library hours are Monday to
Thursday: 9 am to 7 pm
Friday: 9 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday 9 am to 12:00 pm

MAC Madrid City-Wide Garage Sale Map

The 2017 sale will be held on May 6, 2017. The list and map of sales are now available. The map is available thanks to Wilcox Printing and Publishing, and the Madrid City-Wide Garage Sale is sponsored by the Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce (MAC).

City Offers Automatic Withdrawl for Utility Payments

Another option is available for your city utility bill: ACH payments. You can pay your utility payment on the 15th (or the following Monday if the 15th is a weekend) of every month with an automatic deduction. The form is available here or by stopping by City Hall. Please contact Madrid City Hall with questions.

Annex Road Project Timeline

The Annex Road project will begin on May 1, 2017, and will last approximately 25 days.

Free Trees on Arbor Day

Celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree! Come to Jensen Park between 9 am and 12 pm on April 29, 2017, to receive a free tree. Available trees include sugar maple, red oak, aronia berry and highbush cranberry.

The Trees for Kids event was supported locally by MAC and the Madrid Park Board,  and the program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Bureau, MidAmerican Energy, Black Hills Energy, Alliant Energy, Iowa Bankers Association, Trees Forever, Iowa Tree Farm Committee, and the Iowa Woodland Owners Association.