September 5, 2019

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Department Updates

Economic Development Department: Buy your tickets now for the Fall Beer Taste - Downtown Sun Prairie's Oktoberfest event on Thursday, September 19 from 5-9 p.m. Enjoy a variety of fall beer, ale, and cider samples at 29 participating businesses, along with Oktoberfest-style musical entertainment.

Engineering Department: Another month, another stormwater management tip that you can use to keep our waters clean! We're sharing tips on how to best fertilize your lawn to reduce your stormwater pollution.

Parks and Recreation Department: Join us this Friday for a family workout with Family Fitness - WERQ! Looking for something else? Yoga Flow is a 6 week session designed to let you go with the flow. Other exciting classes to register for include Little Cardinals, P90X, Intro to Sport Karate and Ladies Couch to 5k with Running Diva Mom. Read on to learn more!

Planning Division: Did you know? Parking is prohibited in designated bike lanes and bus stops. Learn more about what this means for you! 

Police Department: We're celebrating a successful 2019 Youth Academy program with 31 students from the SPASD at Cardinal Heights and our Program REACH Intern, Npliaglias Vang who interned with us this summer. We're also welcoming two new officers to our patrol division. A special thank you to Swaymsevak Sangh who celebrated the festival Rakshabandhan with the Sun Prairie Police, Fire and EMS departments.

Public Works Department: Our next round of brush collection starts on Monday, September 9. We're sharing important dates for the following upcoming events: electronics recycling, cart wash cleaning and household hazardous waste collection. We hope to see you there!

Sun Prairie Public Library: Sunday hours resume on September 8 with storytime registration starting September 9. We want to hear from you! Now through September 30, we invite you to give us input on the 2020 Dream Bus Bookmobile schedule and locations. Read on to learn about our upcoming events and where to find the Dream Bus now through December!

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Economic Development

Fall Beer Taste - Downtown Sun Prairie’s Oktoberfest

Two glasses of beer in front of mural on Market Street

Buy your tickets now for the Fall Beer Taste - Downtown Sun Prairie's Oktoberfest event on Thursday, September 19 from 5-9p.m.

Link to purchase tickets:
Standard Event individual tickets are $30.00 / Designated Driver tickets are $10.00.

Enjoy a variety of fall beer, ale, and cider samples at 29 participating businesses, along with Oktoberfest-style musical entertainment including the polka-variety Tom Brusky Band, the traditional polka playing Zweifel Brothers Band, and accordionist Steve Meisner.

Event Registration will take place from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Downtown Bank of Sun Prairie location (228 E. Main Street).

Participants must be 21+ and a valid identification must be presented at registration. Please do not drink and drive. Designate a non-drinking driver.

Tickets are non-refundable and will only be sold by cash or check the night of the event during registration - if there are still tickets available!

Sponsored in part by: Bank of Sun Prairie, New Perspective Senior Living | Sun Prairie, and Eddie's Alehouse & Eatery.  

The intent of the Fall Beer Taste is to bring awareness to the variety of unique shops, specialty services, businesses, and restaurants and bars that are located in Downtown Sun Prairie, and encourage event participants to visit Downtown Sun Prairie again soon.

Follow us on Facebook at Downtown Sun Prairie for information about events and updates!

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Engineering Department

Stormwater Management Tips

Not only is September back to school for many, it is also the month that many people fertilize their lawns one last time for the year. For the greatest benefit to your lawn, be sure to use a “slow release” fertilizer.  Slow-release fertilizers come in a variety of types: organic, timed-release and coated. 

Here are a few other tips to minimize the effect that fertilizers have on our water resources:

  • Don’t assume your plants need fertilizer. Perform a soil test to reduce the chance of over-applying by replacing the nutrients your soil is actually missing .
  • Consider cutting back just to September, if you fertilize more than once a year. Fall fertilization promotes deep, healthy root systems and hardy lawns. 
  • More is not better! Use only the amount directed.
  • Check the weather forecast, and don’t apply fertilizer when heavy rain is predicted.
  • Sweep any excess product back onto the lawn. 

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Parks & Recreation Department

Parking Reminder for the Westside Community Service Building

As a reminder our parking lot is under construction, please park on W Main St and enter the building through the entrance on W Main St.  The parking lot and entrance from the parking lot are currently inaccessible.  Please check our Facebook page or call our office at 608-837-3449 for updates.  Thank you for your continued patience during construction. When finished, we will have a beautiful parking lot with additional parking!

Coming Soon

Thank Goodness It’s Thursday (TGIT) @ Meadow View Elementary School
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

Family Fitness - WERQ
Friday, 9/6, 5:30-6:15 pm
Ages 6+
$10 R/$15 NR

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.

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

Yoga Flow
Mondays, 9/9-10/14
Ages 16+, 6:30-7:30 pm

Let's go with the flow.  In this 6 week session you will learn to link your movements with your breath to discover what your body can do.  Using your body, along with other props to balance, strengthen and relax.  You are sure to get a great workout!  All levels are welcome.  Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat (there are some mats available to use).

Mondays, 9/9-10/14
Ages 16+, 5:30-6:15 pm

P90X is a total-body workout that will keep your body guessing - and transforming- with a variety of strength training moves, cardio conditioning, and core work. In every class you'll tone strong, lean muscle, and together, you'll bust through any plateau that stands in your way.
*Babysitting service available for this class, visit our website for rates and details. 

Intro to Sport Karate – Infinity Martial Arts
Mondays, 9/9-10/28
Ages 16+, 5:00-5:30 pm

Learn the building blocks of jumping, spinning and flipping like a karate master. Participants in this class will become more focused, confident and well-behaved. Did we mention exercise? They are sure to stay active during this dynamic style of sport karate. For an example, watch this video:

Discover With Me
Tuesdays, 9/10-11/26
Ages walking to age 3, 9:30-10:00 am

Explore the joy of movement with your little one and discover the many benefits of early childhood dance classes.  We will dance, sing and play in both one-on-one activities and group activities.  Through circle songs, open exploration and gross motor development exercises, children will blossom with each passing class as they grow with their caregiver during this precious time together.

This is a parent/child program.  A parent/guardian must participate with the child. Child must be able to walk.

Drums Alive 
Mondays, 9/9-10/21*, 9:00-9:45 am
Wednesdays, 9/11-10/16, 9:00-9:45 am

* No class 9/30

Using rhythm as the source of inspiration to discover a new group fitness experience, Drums Alive combines the benefits of a traditional physical fitness program with the brain affected benefits of music and rhythm. Drums Alive is a program that fosters a healthy balance physically, mentally, emotionally and socially! Join a class and experience how it provides an element of fun and creative expression.

Aqua Zumba

Session 1: T/Th, 9/10-10/3, 6:15-7:00 pm

Aqua Zumba blends the Zumba philosophy with water resistance for one pool party you don't want to miss.  There is less impact on your joints during an Aqua Zumba class so you can really let loose.  Water creates natural resistance, which means every step is more challenging and helps tone your muscles.

Tuesdays, 9/10-10/22*, 6:00-6:45 pm
Thursdays, 9/12-10/17, 5:30-6:15 pm
*No Class 10/1

ZUMBA is a fusion of Latin and International music/dance themes that create a dynamic and exciting environment. Based on the principle that a workout should be "FUN AND EASY TO DO." The routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body.

Yoga For Beginners
Wednesdays, 9/11-10/16
Ages 16+, 7:00-7:45 pm

In this 6-week session, participants will learn the fundamentals of body alignment and breath-work within a rejuvenating flow of postures. The class will offer step by step verbal cues and demonstrations which will allow those new to yoga to discover its many benefits. This class is designed to meet the needs of beginners as well as those seeking continued understanding of postures.

Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat (there are some mats available to use).

Ladies Couch to 5K 
Wednesdays, 9/11-11/6, 6:00-6:45 pm

Are you interested in running your first 5K?  Join Jamie Adcock, Madison's Running Diva Mom. For this gentle introduction to running.  Jamie's program slowly and painlessly prepares your mind and body to run a 5K race in a supportive community environment.  You'll start off alternating between walking and running small distances, and slowly build up endurance over the course of nine weeks, so you're ready to run 5 kilometers-or 30 minutes non-stop for the Girls on the Run 5K on Saturday, November 9.  This program also includes injury prevention and stretching tips.  Program participants also receive a team shirt to wear on race day and a celebration party from Beans 'N Cream Coffeehouse.  Race registration not included and is optional. Fee includes technical shirt and dinner celebration. Food donated by Beans 'N Cream Coffeehouse.

Session 1: M/W, 9/30-10/30
Ages 2-3, 10:00-11:30 am

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 they wait.  Free WIFI is also available.

 **For more information or to register for these and other Recreation programs please visit the Recreation Department page at

Fundamentals Speed Strength for Youth
M/W, 9/9-10/12, 4:30-5:30 pm
T/Th, 9/10-10/3, 6:00-7:00 pm
Ages 9-11, $96R/$96NR

This is a 60 minute training session designed for 9-11 year old athletes with the focus of learning and developing fundamental sport skills and refining fundamental movement skills.  This approach is rooted in a long-term athlete development philosophy.  This age is known as the "Golden Age of Skill Development".  This is an optimal time to learn and even perfect fundamental skills the athlete can use to further enhance their athletic development.  Each session will focus on a combination of the following skills:

  • Athletic Position
  • Body Awareness
  • First-step quickness
  • Hand-eye/foot-eye coordination
  • Integrated Core Stability
  • Fundamental Movement Skills for Sports
  • Foundational Strength (Body Weight)

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Planning Department

Parking Reminder

Did you know? City Council recently adopted an ordinance repealing and recreating Chapter 10.16 – Parking Regulations Generally to Restrict Parking within Bike Lanes and in, along or in front of Public Transit Lanes. This ordinance prohibits parking at all designated bike lanes and public transit bus stops.

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Police Department

Police Youth Academy

2019 Youth AcademyThe 2019 Youth Academy is in the books, and it was a great success! The program ran from Monday through Thursday of this week and hosted 31 kids from our school district from the ages of 12 through 15.

Officers Tommy Foy, Lamont Crockett and Jesse Davila were in charge of planning and executing this four day mini police academy held at Cardinal Heights, but received a large amount of help from members of the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, UW Madison PD, Madison PD, along with Sun Prairie Fire and EMS.

The program included topics such as Use of Force (both hands-on and simulation firearms), Room Clearing, Interview/Interrogations, Traffic Stops, Report Writing, Evidence Collection, K9, Tactical Vehicle use, Stop the Bleed, Dispatch, State Statutes, an obstacle course and physical fitness testing. The kids also spent a full day with Sun Prairie Fire and EMS learning about the tools and equipment they use and completing a CPR course.

The program concluded with a full day of scenario training involving a burglary scene where multiple types of evidence were processed and collected, a domestic investigation where actors had to be separated and interviewed/arrested, and traffic stops with a fleeing subject.

The program culminated with a graduation ceremony. The kids all did so well and were excited to come back each day. We are truly impressed with all of the hard work our instructors and volunteers put in to make this program a wonderful experience for the kids, and look forward to doing it again next year!

Swearing In

Officer Davies and City Clerk Elena HilbyCody Ennis and Dalton Davies were both recently sworn in as the newest members of the Sun Prairie Police Department patrol division. Officer Ennis has been with our department for several years, first as a Dispatcher and most recently as a Community Service Officer. Officer Davies comes to us from the Beloit School District where he was a special education teacher. Both men will start the police academy this month. We are beyond excited to welcome them both to our patrol ranks!

Rakshabandhan Celebration

Rakshabandhan CelebrationEvery year, a non-profit group called Swaymsevak Sangh celebrates the festival “Rakshabandhan”. The festival is celebrated to recognize people who protect individuals and society. 

This year they celebrated this event with the Sun Prairie Police, Fire and EMS Departments to recognize and appreciate our work for the whole community.

Project REACH Intern

It has been an absolute joy having Npliaglias Vang as our intern for the police department this summer. During her time here, she has helped tremendously with our daily tasks.

Some of these tasks include: documenting payments received from the City Attorney’s Office, notating old citations that payment is to be collected through the State Department of Collections, documenting payments taken in by pulling, documenting, and filing the tickets, scanning in documents received by our police officers into our Records Management System under specific case numbers, which includes double checking attachments to make sure they were properly scanned in and to the correct case number, processing Wednesday’s court paperwork, filing, and entering in warnings issued.

Npliaglias Vang - Project REACH InternShe had the opportunity to tour our facilities, including the Wastewater Treatment Plant, our Dispatch Center, the Fire Department, EMS, the evidence/property room, and even got to experience a ride along with an officer. She has been very busy!

During her time here, she has been a pleasure to work with. She always has a smile on her face and is an absolute delight. We loved having her be a part of our team! She will be missed!

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Public Works Department

September Brush Collection

Our next brush collection starts the week of Monday, September 9. Brush should be set curbside by 7 a.m. on the 1st day of the collection week. To ensure your brush is collected, please place materials curbside appropriately. 

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.

Not sure of how to place your brush? Review the Do's and Do Not's here.

Please note, materials are not collected in one day. Collections will be conducted in the most expedient method possible, but inclement weather and mechanical problems may create delays.  Collections are generally completed within one week, if you have not been picked up within that time, please call Public Works at 608-837-3050 to inform them of the missed collection. Items will only be considered missed and rescheduled if they were set out by the first day of collection.

Upcoming Events

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING Electronics Recycling 
The City Recycle Center will accept electronics on September 14 with Resource Solutions from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Residents of Sun Prairie may bring these items to the Sun Prairie Recycle Center, located at 1798 S. Bird Street, during this time. 

There is a charge for collection of some items. See the flyer (PDF) for more information about the September 14 event and the cost for items.

Cart Wash Event
Biannually the City of Sun Prairie Public Works hosts a free refuse and recycle collection cart wash for residents who receive city-sponsored collections. The event takes place at 201 South Bristol Street from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Bring your refuse and recycle carts to be washed on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
The city will hold a free collection of Household Hazardous Wastes on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Recycle Center, located at 1798 South Bird Street. A Recycle Center Permit will be required to take advantage of this event. Review the event brochure (PDF) for items that will be accepted. 

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Sun Prairie Public Library

Sun Prairie Public Library LogoSunday Hours Resume on September 8
Starting on September 8th, the library is open from 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. 

Storytime Registration Starts September 9th
Storytime is geared for children ages 2½ to 5, but all ages are welcome! Storytimes are about 30 minutes long and are filled with books, songs, action rhymes and more! Each week is a new theme. Registration is recommended, but not required. Registration begins September 9. Storytimes begin the week of September 16. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. 

Dream Bus Bookmobile Fall Schedule and Survey 
September through December, the Dream Bus bookmobile will visit C.H. Bird Elementary on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 10am-12pm and the Sun Prairie YMCA on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 9-11am. Visit our website for the full schedule.

Now until September 30th, the Sun Prairie Public Library is looking for input on the 2020 Dream Bus Bookmobile schedule and locations. Please considering filling out a quick (5 minute) survey here, or in person at the library. Thank you! 

Hidden Pasts & Desires: Gay and Lesbian Lives During WWII 
This presentation will explore the experiences of gays and lesbians during World War II. The history of gay and lesbian lives during WWII is foundational to understanding the gay and lesbian rights movement through today. Presented by Ashley Barnes-Gilbert, who currently lectures at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she teaches a number of courses, including Feminist Theories, Women: Race and Ethnicity, Women and Work, and Queering American History.
Wednesday, September 11 6:30 p.m.
Library Community Room

Family Adventure Day: Mystery Craft Exploration 
Explore your inner Forky! You never know what you might find and create…and they might just be your new best friend. Geared for Grades k-5, but ALL ages welcome with their adult! No registration - just come, stay, & play!
Thursday, September 12 2:30-4 p.m.
Library Community Room

On Spice 
Part reading, part spice lesson, join author Caitlin PenzeyMoog for a tour of the spice trade, with an emphasis on pepper and cinnamon. Grind long pepper in a mortar and pestle, see the tree bark that becomes cinnamon, and learn some of the fascinating history and science behind two of the world's most popular spices. Caitlin PenzeyMoog is the author of On Spice: Advice, Wisdom, and History with a Grain of Saltiness. She grew up in Wisconsin, working at her family's spice stores. A book sale and signing will conclude the event.
Tuesday, September 17 6 p.m.
Library Community Room

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