August 15, 2019

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Department Updates

Clerk's Office: Interested in how elections work? Sign up to work on Election Day! We will be adding four new polling locations and are looking for individuals to serve as Election Officials. We're also sharing 2020 election reminders.

Engineering Department: We're sharing construction updates on our 2019 street reconstruction projects. Thank you for your  patience and cooperation!

Parks and Recreation Department: The Fall 2019 Rec Connection Guide is now available! Pick up your hard copy today or view the guide online. Registration begins on August 20. We're highlighting Back to School programs and Adult and Family Fitness classes, including free fitness classes from 9/3 - 9/5.  We want your feedback for the Sheehan Park Master Plan! Learn how you can receive updates as we move forward.

Planning Division: We need your input! The online survey to share your thoughts on the preliminary development concepts for the Main & Bristol Redevelopment Plan is now available. The Express Commuter Bus Service to Madison starts on Monday August 26. Learn more about the schedule, stops and fare information today!

Police Department: Cop on a Rooftop is this Friday, August 16. The event runs from 6:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. with all proceeds going to Special Olympics of Wisconsin. We are joining hundreds of other Wisconsin law enforcement agencies for our annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign. Learn more about our efforts and how you can help.

Public Works Department: Collections will be delayed by one day the week of September 2, 2019 due to labor day. Our next round of brush collection starts on Monday, September 9. Please have materials placed curbside by 7 a.m. on Monday. 

Sun Prairie Media Center: Save the date for our 103.5 Summer Bash on Saturday, August 24! We'll have live music, food and drink, a raffle and a silent auction! Registration is open for KIDS-4, the deadline to register is September 13. We're excited to announce that KSUN and 103.5 The Sun will once again be doing live coverage of home and away games for the SPHS football games this fall. 

Sun Prairie Public Library: The Dream Bus will be making a special visit today at Prairie Lakes during the Farmer's Market! Stop by the Dream Bus on Saturday for Story Time at 10 a.m. at Vandenburg Heights Park! Learn more about upcoming events such as Yoga 101 and two Meet the Author events with Gregory Renz and Patricia Skalka.

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Clerk's Office

Interested in how elections work?  Sign up to work on Election Day! 

Did you know that in February 2019, the City Council authorized funds to expand our polling locations from four locations to eight?  With the addition of these locations, the City Clerk’s office is looking for individuals to serve as Election Officials.

You can learn firsthand the voting process by being an Election Official!  The primary goal is to involve residents in the voting process as Election Officials and to bring awareness and understanding of the importance of voting and the voting process.  This experience also inspires residents to register, to vote regularly, and be involved in their community.

You can join this team of caring individuals who help ensure the basic right of citizenship to vote in a fair, free election.  Election Officials are required to attend a short training session prior to each election, and can choose to volunteer or earn the hourly wage.

If interested, please contact the City Clerk’s office at 608-837-2511 or email voting@cityofsunprairie.com and we would be happy to get you signed up.

2020 Election Reminders

2020 Spring Primary
February 18, 2020

2020 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary
April 7, 2020

2020 Partisan Primary
August 11, 2020

2020 General Election
November 3, 2020

Are You a Registered Voter?

Wisconsin requires 10 days to establish residency at a new address.  When registering, you must present Proof of Residence, a document showing your current name at your current address.  You cannot register to vote at a post office box.  Time spent away from your residence still counts toward the 10 days.

Online
Visit My Vote Wisconsin to register online.  If you have a valid, unexpired Wisconsin driver license or Wisconsin ID, and your address on file with the DMV matches the address at which you are registering to vote, your registration will take effect immediately.  If the DMV does not have your current address on file, either update your address on the DMV website before updating your registration, or submit Proof of Residence along with your registration form to the City Clerk’s Office.

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Engineering Department

2019 street reconstruction projects are underway! We are sharing updates and appreciate everyone's patience and cooperation!

Buena Vista Drive - Ruby Lane - N Walker Way
These streets are scheduled to be paved on Friday, August 16th. Restoration to be completed next Monday and Tuesday and pavement markings at the end of next week to complete this project.

Clara - Gerald - Ernest - Elizabeth - Schuerell:
The contractor is installing curb & gutter on Ernest, Elizabeth and Scheuerell Lane this week. They will be working on concrete all next week and plan to have paving completed the week before school starts. There will be some concrete work and restoration work to be completed early September after school is in session.

Roland St.-Allen Ave.-Williamson Ave-Clement Ave:
The contractor is still working on underground utilities on this project and will be doing so for the next two to three weeks. They project is scheduled to be completed in mid-October.

Schuster Road - Surrey Drive:
The contractor plans to pave these streets August 19 & 20. Pavement markings will follow on the 21st & 22nd to complete these streets.

Pine Street - N Pine Street:
The contractor is working on water main and will be working on underground utilities for the next few weeks. This project is scheduled for a mid-October completion date.

Broadway Drive-Dickson Drive - Blaser Court - Steven Street:
The contractor plans to have all paving completed on this project by the week prior to Labor Day. There will be some items to be completed the following week, but it should not impact traffic.

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Parks & Recreation Department

Fall 2019 Rec Connection Guide Now Available

Registration begins at 9:00am on Tuesday, August 20. 
You can pick up a guide at the following locations...

  • The Colonial Club
  • Sun Prairie Public Library
  • City Hall
  • Westside Community Services Building
  • Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce

Or view online at rec.cityofsunprairie.com  

Coming Soon

Get Ready for Back to School with these Parks and Rec Programs!

Back to School Snacks 
Ages 6+
Saturday 8/24, 9:30-11:30 am  
$45R/$65NR

SNACKS!!  We all love them, but they aren't always healthy.  In this class family members will work together to make delicious and nutritious back to school snacks! We will be covering healthier grab and go options. Fee Includes 2 family members.  Each additional family member is $10

Thank Goodness It’s Thursday (TGIT)
Session 1: Thursdays, 9/5-9/26
Ages K-5, 2:05-5:30 pm
$52 R/$72 NR

Thursday Early Release Youth Development Program
Join us every early-release day for an afternoon of action-packed activities.  Each session will feature a healthy balance of academic, recreation and social activities that support educational achievement and personal growth.  On most days of the program participants will rotate through a variety of age-appropriate games, activities and crafts that revolve around the monthly theme.  Participants will have time carved out to complete homework and/or silently read.  An afterschool snack will be provided.

This month's theme:  Float into Fall

Little Cardinals
Ages 3-4
M/W/F Session 1: 9/9-12/20 10:00-11:45 am
M/W/F Session 2: 9/9-12/20 12:15-2:00 pm
$189 R/ $209 NR

T/Th Session 1: 9/10-12/19 10:00-11:45 am
T/Th Session 2: 9/10-12/19 12:15-2:00 pm
$126 R/$146 NR

Are you looking for an opportunity for children to learn through play? This inclusion program will be an early preschool experience incorporating music, art and movement activities. Peers will engage in activities that will develop skills in areas of expressive language development, fine and gross motor skills, and play skills.  This is a team-taught program with the Sun Prairie Parks & Recreation Department and Sun Prairie Area School District Early Childhood Special Education Department.

No class on 11/14, 11/15,11/27, 11/28, 11/29

Tot-School
Session 1: M/W, 9/30-10/30
Ages 2-3, 10:00-11:30 am
$90R/$110NR

This class will give your tot a taste of independence and an opportunity for socialization while playing fun games and learning activities.  Parents should remain onsite but not in program.  An area will be set-up in the community room for some snacks and drinks for parents while that wait.  Free WIFI is also available.

Get Ready for Fall with Adult and Family Fitness!

Walk the Prairie
Wednesdays, 9/4-10/30
Ages 16+, 9:00-9:45 am
$16R/$24NR

Sun Prairie's beautiful fall weather is a great time to get out and take walks. Join us as we walk and explore the local parks of Sun Prairie and other areas. Each week the group will meet at a different park and walk the paths for 40 minutes and end with a short stretching segment.

Note: First class meets at WCSB. Then the group will meet at a different location each week. An information packet that includes a schedule will be provided on the first day. You must provide your own transportation to each meeting location.

Family Fitness
Fridays, 5:30-6:15 pm
Ages 6+
$10 R/$15 NR

Werq®, 9/6
Bollyx, 10/18
Zumba, 12/13

Get your family together and get ready for a great dancing workout! This class allows for adults and children alike to get a great workout while having a blast listening to today's hit music. What are you waiting for?  Gather your family and come have a great time and burn some calories! Fee is for up to four family members - each additional member is $5.

Free Fitness Classes, 9/3-9/5

Are you thinking about signing up for a fitness class but you’re not sure which one? Join a FREE class (or several) during our ‘Try it’ week.  No need to register, just show up! All classes will be held at WCSB unless noted below. Ages 16+.

Zumba
Tuesday, 9/3, 6:00-6:45 pm
Thursday, 9/5, 5:30-6:15 pm*
*FREE fitness babysitting for ages Birth-10 years for the Thursday, 9/5 Zumba class.

Aqua Zumba*
Tuesday, 9/3, 6:15-7:00 pm
*Aqua Zumba is held at New Perspectives Living Center, 222 S Bristol St

Zumba Gold
Thursday, 9/5, 8:45-9:30 am

Drums Alive 
Wednesday, 9/4, 9:00-9:45 am

Yoga for Beginners 
Wednesday, 9/4, 7:00-7:45 pm

For more information or to register for these and other Recreation programs please visit the Recreation Department page at rec.cityofsunprairie.com

Sheehan Park Master Plan

A long-range plan is being developed that will:

  • Evaluate current uses and amenities
  • Provide recommendations for new uses, facilities and amenities
  • Address the aging FAC bathhouse and provide concept plans for an updated facility
  • Provide recommendations and concept plans for a Community Recreation Center

The Parks and Recreation Department will be seeking community input as it develops this plan.

To stay up to date with updates on the Sheehan Park Master Plan project and public engagement opportunities, sign up for text alerts below.

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Planning Division

Main & Bristol Community Survey Online

Take the Online Survey

The City of Sun Prairie Planning Division needs your input! The online survey to share your thoughts on preliminary development concepts for the Main and Bristol site is now available at https://bit.ly/33gFQYA.

In preparation for the survey, you can review the concepts and read through the State of the Area report before you engage by visiting the project website sunprairiestrongerplan.com. A link to the survey is also available from that website.

Paper copies of the survey are available at City Hall, 300 E. Main Street and the Library, 1350 Linnerud Drive.

The survey will ask you to provide input on various concepts and land use scenarios for the Main and Bristol site that have been developed by The Lakota Group, the consultant retained by the City to assist with the development of a vision and redevelopment plan for the area impacted by the July 2018 explosion.

Almost 1,000 Sun Prairie residents shared their thoughts and ideas earlier this year. Many big ideas, thoughts, and concerns were shared, and have guided the planning team into the ‘Envision’ phase of the project.

Your input in this critical phase of the planning process is key to ensure everyone’s voice is heard. Input received now will help in formulating refined development concepts that will be incorporated into the final plan, which is expected to be completed later this fall.

Route 23 - Express Commuter Bus Service to Madison

Starting Monday, August 26, the City of Sun Prairie and Metro Transit will offer express commuter service between a new park-and-ride on the corner of Reiner Road and O’Keeffe Avenue (south of Reiner Rd Hwy 151 exit) and downtown Madison. Stops will also be available within Prairie Lakes, on West Main Streemetro bus at the yt, and on O’Keeffe Avenue. 

This route operates between the Capitol Square and Sun Prairie during morning and afternoon peak hours with a limited stop zone along East Washington Avenue.

Have your pass or exact cash fare ready when boarding. Drivers are not able to make change. If your ride requires a transfer, please ask the driver for a free transfer pass upon boarding.

Bus passes can be purchased online and mailed directly to you. Stay tuned for sales outlets here in Sun Prairie!

Fare Information

Adult$2.00
Youth$1.25
Senior/Disabled Fare$1.00
Child (under 5, with chaperone)Free
2-4-6 Weekend/Holidays (buy from driver)$6.00
1-Day Pass (buy from driver$5.00


Print Bus Flyer PDF 
Map/Schedule: Effective Monday, August 26 

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Police Department

Cop on a Rooftop

On Friday, August 16, 2019, the Sun Prairie Police Department will once again be participating in the Cop on a Rooftop Law Enforcement Torch Run event at the Sun Prairie Dunkin’ location (950 Windsor Street). The event will run from 6:00am to 11:00 a.m. All proceeds will be donated to Special Olympics of Wisconsin. The Sun Prairie Police Department will be joined by members of the Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department, Sun Prairie EMS Department, and the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.

This year will be the fifth year that the Sun Prairie Police Department has been involved in this event and we have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from community members who have attended the event. It is important to remember that this event benefits Special Olympics of Wisconsin, including a large number of athletes from our own community.

Below are some pictures of our cops enjoying the rainy day at Dunkin’ last year. We look forward to seeing all who are able to stop by this year’s Cop on a Rooftop event!

PD at Dunkin DonutsChief Anhalt at Dunkin Donuts

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign

The Sun Prairie Police Department will join hundreds of other law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin for the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign from August 16 through Labor Day (September 2).

“These high-visibility law enforcement efforts are intended to discourage motorists from engaging in dangerous driving behaviors that endanger everyone,” Sgt. Lefeber said.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled OverLast year in Wisconsin, alcohol-related crashes resulted in 159 deaths and nearly 3,300 injuries. While alcohol-impaired drivers remain a concern, a growing problem involves drug-impaired drivers - people whose ability to safely operate a motor vehicle is compromised by legal or illegal drugs including prescription and over-the-counter medications. To help combat impaired driving, Wisconsin has:

  • Nearly 5,000 police officers trained in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) to help detect and remove impaired drivers from the roadways;
  • 301 highly-trained Drug Recognition Experts - among the most in the nation;
  • 23 multi-jurisdictional high-visibility enforcement task forces operating throughout the year, across the state.

There are several ways citizens can help:

  • Never allow someone to get behind the wheel impaired. Find a safe alternative to get them home. If you plan to celebrate, identify a sober designated driver;
  • Report impaired drivers to law enforcement by calling 911. Provide as much detail
  • as possible on the driver, vehicle, and location;
  • Download the free “Drive Sober” mobile app from the WisDOT website. The app includes a “find a ride” feature to help locate mass transit and taxi services;
  • Some taverns and restaurants have programs to provide patrons a safe ride home. Visit www.tlw.org/ and click on Safe Ride;
  • Make sure that everyone in your vehicle is buckled up – every trip. Watch your speed and eliminate distractions.

“We do all we can to keep our roads and communities as safe as possible, but we need cooperation from motorists and citizens,” Sgt. Lefeber said.

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Public Works Department

Labor Day Collections Delayed

Due to Labor Day (September 2, 2019), all residents that receive City-sponsored refuse and recycling collections will be delayed by one day that week. The Monday route will be picked up Tuesday. The Tuesday route will be picked up on Wednesday. The Wednesday route will be picked up on Thursday. The Thursday route will be picked up on Friday. The Friday route will be picked up on Saturday. Please have your refuse and/or recycling material curbside by 7:00 a.m. 

September Brush Collection

Our next brush collection is scheduled for Monday September 9. To ensure your brush is collected, place materials curbside appropriately by 7 a.m. Brush may not get collected if placed out incorrectly. 

To ensure pick-up, please follow the following guidelines:

  • Brush must be stacked neatly at the curb, piled no more than 4 feet high, with cut ends facing the curb.
  • Leave branches in long segments, as long as 1 person can handle. Do not cut into small segments.
  • Brush should not be piled in a manner that affects motorist visibility, and should also be kept away from trees, signs, parked cars, mailboxes, fire hydrants, and utility poles.
  • Do not put brush in bags, boxes, or trash containers - we will not pick it up. Keep brush in back of curb.
  • Materials greater than 8 inches in diameter must be cut into manageable pieces, and kept separate from brush. Logs and branches 4 inches or more in diameter must be trimmed of all small branches. Materials less than 1 inch in diameter must be tied together in 4 foot bundles, not exceeding 50 pounds.
  • We will not collect brush that is cut or trimmed by contractors. Contractors hired by property owners are responsible for removing the material. Collections are for brush and tree trimmings from a typical residential clean-up, not entire tree removals.
  • Do not mix yard waste in with your brush pile, neither will be collected.
  • Keep brush free of wire, tape, or inorganic materials. The use of string or twine is acceptable.


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Sun Prairie Media Center

2019-2020 KIDS-4 Registration Now Open!

SPMC KIDS-4 Registration NEWA new year of KIDS-4 is just around the corner! KIDS-4 is an after-school media production and literacy program for SPASD students in 4th through 8th grade. KIDS-4 “crews” will start in mid-October and will run through the end of April. KIDS-4 Registration for 2019-2020 crew year opened on August 1. Registration forms can be found online at: kids4.tv/kids-4/.  

Students enrolled in KIDS-4 work after school once a week in "crews" and their work airs on KIDS-4, a 24-hour public access station available on Charter, TDS, Roku and Apple TV devices, as well as streaming on kids4.tv. Some projects will air on 103.5 The Sun Community Radio. If your child is interested in touring KIDS-4 before they sign up, please contact us for an informal tour during normal business hours.

The final deadline to register for KIDS-4 is September 13. However, please note that in order to provide the best experience possible for your child, registration numbers are limited for KIDS-4! Please visit kids4.tv/kids-4/ today to register your child for the 2019-2020 KIDS-4 crews!

For additional information, please contact Rachel at 837-4193 or email at: rpackard@cityofsunprairie.com.


103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio Turns Four!

On Saturday, August 24, the Sun Prairie Media Center will host the annual “103.5 The Sun Summer Bash," a concert and SPMC-Summer Bash 2019birthday celebration to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the broadcast launch of 103.5 The Sun Community Radio. The concert will be held at Sun Prairie’s Wetmore Park at 555 North Street. Festivities are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

The free event will feature live musical performances from Wise Jennings and Jake O’. The Sun Prairie Lions Club will host a beer tent, and food and other beverages will be available for purchase from Dickey's Barbecue Pit, the Sun Prairie Optimist Club, Kona Ice, and Kettle Korn by Matty. In addition to the bands, food and drink, a 50-50 raffle and a silent auction will be held with proceeds going to the Friends of the Sun Prairie Media Center.

See you on August 24!

Sun Prairie Cardinal Football on KSUN and 103.5 FM The SUN

SPMC football liveThe Sun Prairie Media Center is pleased to announce that KSUN, sunprairiemediacenter.com, and 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio will once again be the places to tune to for live coverage of home AND away Sun Prairie Cardinals high school football games this fall.

The first broadcast is set for Friday, August 23 at 7:00pm. The Cardinals will take on Madison Memorial at Ashley Field. This is the final season for the Cardinals on Ashley Field before it undergoes construction in the off-season.

All home games will be broadcast live on KSUN (Charter cable channel 983 and TDS channels 13/1013), streamed on sunprairiemediacenter.com, and aired on 103.5 The Sun Community Radio. Home games are also available on the KSUN channel on Roku devices and on Apple TV.

Away games will also be aired live on 103.5 The Sun, which is also streamed at sunprairiemediacenter.com.

The season promises to be an exciting one, and the Sun Prairie Media Center will be there every step of the way with announcers Mike Powers, Jamison Rabbitt, and Bill Baker calling all of the action.

Sun Prairie Media Center is actively soliciting business underwriters through the end of this week for its 2019-2020 coverage of Cardinals sports. For more information, call Jeff Robbins at 608-837-4193 or e-mail him.

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Sun Prairie Public Library

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Dream Bus Special Visit: Prairie Lakes Farmers Market
The Dream Bus will be making a special appearance at the Prairie Lakes Farmer's Market on Thursday, August 15th from 3:30-6:30 p.m.. From 3:30-5:00 p.m., visit library staff at the Dream Bus for a fun activity and free giveaways!

Dream Bus Special Visit: Storytime at Vandenburg Heights Park
Join the Dream Bus at its regular stop at Vandenburg Heights Park on Saturday, August 17th from 9-11 a.m. At 10am, Ms. Thiede from C.H. Bird Elementary will do a storytime, along with a craft and surprise giveaways!

Yoga 101
Is Yoga right for you? Worried about what poses to prepare yourself to do yoga? Come be in a ‘no judgment zone’ yoga workshop that allows you to explore the foundational poses in a friendly and fun environment! Gentle yoga is quiet, meditative, restorative, & healthy! So, dispel any preconceived notions and discover your bliss as local certified instructor, Jennifer Bradley, guides you through the basics to help get your started! Just be sure to wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat! No registration required, but adults only please.
Monday, August 19th 6-7 p.m.
Library Community Room

Meet the Author: Gregory Renz
Gregory Renz is a retired firefighter who was inducted into the Wisconsin Fire and Police Hall of Fame in 2006 following the dramatic rescue of two little boys from their burning basement bedroom. He'll be here to talk about his long career as a Fire Captain with the Milwaukee Fire Department, as well as his gripping debut novel, Beneath the Flames. Book sales and signing will follow the event.
Tuesday, August 20th 6:30 p.m.
Library Community Room

Wisconsin Suspense Author: Patricia Skalka
Join us for engaging evening with Patricia Skalka, Wisconsin's 'Mistress of Mystery,' and author of the best-selling Dave Cubiak series, which pits a former troubled Chicago cop against a roster of clever killers on the Door County Peninsula. Patricia turned to fiction following a successful career in nonfiction, including stints as a Staff Writer for Reader’s Digest, freelancer, ghost writer, writing instructor, and book reviewer.
Wednesday, August 21st 6:30 p.m.
Library Community Room

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