January 2nd 2020

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Department Updates

City Clerks Office: A busy year coming up with twice the polling stations means we're in need of election workers!

Sun Prairie Library: The library is part of your winter indoors and out with great centralized programming for the whole family as well as the traveling Dream bus!

Sun Prairie Media Center: New Interactive App stream audio and visual content right to your phone!

Police Department: Retirements, K9 updates and police academy graduations all mark the end of 2019 for the police department.

Parks and Recreation Department: Register for Winter/Spring programming now!

Public Works: Reminders for holiday Tree Pickup starting January 6th.

Sun Prairie Planning Department: The City’s recently adopted comprehensive plan is now available on the City’s website by clicking here.

Access to all of the chapters, maps, and background information is included at this location within the City’s website.  Please contact the Planning Division staff if you have questions about this important document.

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Sun Prairie Clerks Office

Double the Polling Locations

The City Clerk’s Office is getting ready for a busy year!  In an effort to reduce wait times and increase voter flow, the City of Sun Prairie will now be utilizing 8 polling locations.  Residents may view their polling location by looking at myvote.wi.gov.  Additionally, postcards will be mailed to all registered voters with their polling location listed. 

The increase in polling locations means that the Clerk’s Office is looking for more election workers!  Becoming an election worker is a great way to learn about the voting process and workers are paid for their time.  All qualified electors in Dane County are eligible to be election workers.  Anyone interested in becoming an election worker should stop by the Clerk’s Office or apply online at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/SunPrairieWI

Sun Prairie Library

Come in or See Us in Town

LEGO® Family Time

Drop in and create with LEGOs® as a family! Our LEGO® and DUPLO® collections will be open for free play and creativity in the Community Room. This is not a drop-off program--parents must stay with kids and make creations together! All children under the age of 8 must be actively supervised by an adult.
Saturday, January 4th 10:00am- 12:00pm or 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Library Community Room

Dream Bus Bookmobile

The Dream Bus bookmobile is a library on wheels! Sign up for a library card, return materials, and get free books, movies, Wi-Fi and more!

Monday, January 6th 4-6pm

C.H. Bird Elementary School


Kids Yoga

Join us for an active afternoon of yoga fun! Geared to ages 2-5. The therapists at CI Pediatric Therapy Centers will lead an interactive yoga session for caregiver and child.

Wednesday, January 8th 1:30pm 

Library Community Room

Teen Gaming

Gaming fun for teens in 6th-12th grade! Play games, or create your own! We have snacks! Come play games with us from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room. Lately we've been playing Mafia and Spyfall (so fun!), but we are always open to something new.

Thursday, January 9th 6-8pm

Library Community Room

Heartfulness Meditation

Heartfulness meditation is a practice of meditation and relaxation that is followed by millions of practitioners around the world. It is offered in schools, colleges and corporations with more than 10,000 trainers located around the world. Experience the benefits of this practice for yourself during these free workshops where all are welcome! Facilitated by certified trainer, Santosh Marepally. No registration required.

Sunday, January 12th 2pm

Library Conference Room

Sun Prairie Media Center


The Sun Prairie Media Center, home to TV channels KSUN, KIDS-4, and 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio, is pleased to announce the launch of a brand-new, free, all-inclusive app for all mobile devices. The app is available to download now from the App Store and Google Play.

Unlike the Media Center’s previous app that focused on audio content only, this new app includes both video and audio programming. Once the app is downloaded, users have access to live streams of KSUN, KIDS-4, and 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio. Users can also access literally hundreds of KSUN programs, City of Sun Prairie meetings, SPHS sports productions, SPASD school board meetings, and dozens and dozens of podcasts recorded at the 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio studios underwritten by the Bank of Sun Prairie.

Fittingly enough, this new app is also sponsored by the Bank of Sun Prairie. “We are thrilled that the Bank of Sun Prairie is partnering with us on this new endeavor,” said SPMC director Jeff Robbins. “The team at BOSP is great to collaborate with and their support of our staff, volunteer producers, and the important content that we produce together is greatly appreciated.”

To find the app, users of the App Store and Google Play should search “Sun Prairie Media Center.” Once installed, users can also download and save programs to watch or listen to at their convenience, even at a time when they are at a location with unreliable Internet availability.

The release of the app is perhaps the greatest example yet of the Media Center’s desire to improve how its programming is distributed, an objective that has been of upmost importance to the SPMC for a couple of years now.

“In order to attract member producers and users to our channels, it basically breaks down into two main areas, content and distribution,” said SPMC director Jeff Robbins. “Although we can never have too much content, we are very fortunate to have a dedicated staff and passionate member producers supplying literally hundreds of shows and recorded events every month. So then the focus shifts to distribution. In 2018 we added our channels to TDS, improved the reliability of our KSUN and KIDS-4 online streams, and added our channels to Roku and Apple TV. But this app is our biggest leap forward yet. It took about a year of development but we feel it was well worth the wait.”

The app, developed in collaboration with Lloyds Design, a digital and design agency, allows users looking for videos to choose from recent videos, a series of “playlists” each consisting of related video programming (i.e., a “Reel Reviews” or “Common Council” playlist), or a live stream of either KSUN or KIDS-4 programming. Users looking for audio programming can choose between a live stream of 103.5 FM The Sun or a list of podcasts sorted by newest to oldest.

“The app is a living, breathing extension of the Media Center,” says Robbins. I hope users will download it, use it, and let us know what they like about it or what could be improved. But the bottom line is our programming has never been more readily and easily accessible than it is now.”

For more information, please go to sunprairiemediacenter.com or call 608-837-4193.

Happy streaming!

Sun Prairie Police Department

Police Academy Graduation

Dalton Davies and Cody Ennis are our department’s newest sworn officers. They have been in the academy since August 19th. In that time, they have performed outstandingly on all that they have been doing, representing our agency extremelyPolice Academy graduation well. They both have been at or near the top in all of their performance exams both in the classroom and on the range. For those of you who do not know, Cody was selected as the class president of the 141st Law Enforcement Academy and gave the speech at their graduation ceremony on December 20th at MATC. Congratulations, Dalton and Cody!

Officer Johnson retiring

After 18 dedicated years, Community Service Officer Dennis Johnson is retiring. Celebrations were held the week of December 16th with many in attendance.Johnson Identification Photo

Police Toy CarOne of the really nice, unexpected gifts from the first celebration for Denny was a gift from Belco, the company that does our department’s squad setups and graphics. They made a miniature set of our graphics and put them on a toy model truck (attached).

We thank Denny for his service to the Sun Prairie Police Department and Sun Prairie Community.

K9 Passing

It is with a heavy heart that the Sun Prairie Police Department announces the passing of retired K9 Chako on December 16th.

At 13 years of age, Chako crossed the Rainbow Bridge with his family at his side. He served our department and community faithfully along with his handler, former Officer Mike Gough, from 2009 until his retirement from duty in 2015. Retired K9 Chako

Mike said it best when speaking of Chako: “I often wonder how much different the world would be, if we had the capacity to love one another, the way that dog loved me. That kind of loyalty is something few will ever know in this world.”

(Originally posted on December 18th on the Sun Prairie Police Department’s Facebook page).

Parks, Recreation & Forestry

Registration opens today for all winter/spring programs!

To Register Online:

  • Log in prior to make sure you know your password and that your account is up to date, including street address and email address.
  • If you don’t already have an account, create your account.
  • If you have not registered for a program since March 2019 you will need to create a new account as we have transferred to a new system.  If you think you have an account, but cannot find yourself on the website, please do not add yourself again.  Call the Recreation Department office at 608/837-3449 and we will assist you.
  • If you do not have a Sun Prairie address, but live in the Sun Prairie School District, the system will not know that and will charge you Non-Resident rates.  If you continue your registration and pay Non-Resident rates, the difference is non-refundable.  Please contact our office prior to your registration so that we may adjust your account to reflect the proper designation.
  • If you accidentally register for the wrong program, do not immediately register for the correct program.  Call us (608/837-3449) and we can make the transfer for you

Programs Coming Soon!

Intro to Strength Training and Fitness, Fun, and Friends.

Thank Goodness It’s Thursday (TGIT)

Thursdays, 1/9-30, 2:05-5:30 pm

Grades K-5

$52 R/$72 NR

NEW site added for 2020 – now at C.H. Bird Elementary School & Meadowview Elementary School

This month's theme: Winter Wonderland

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. New payment option, register for January – June today and pay each month, or register monthly.

Wiggle Room-Drop-In! – RESUMES January 7

Ages 0-6, 9:00-11:00 am

$3/child**payable at the door
**children 1 year old and under are free

We have the room for your little ones to get their wiggles and giggles out! The Community room in the Westside Community services Building will be opened up and transformed into the perfect place for your kids to play, socialize and get some exercise.  This program is most appropriate for children over 12 months and under 6 years old.  Pre-registration is not available for this program.  A parent/caregiver is required to attend with their child(ren). 

Introduction to Strength Training for Women
Ages 16+

Wednesdays, 5:00-5:45 pm, 1/8-2/12

Thursdays, 9:15-10:00 am, 1/9-2/13

$30/R $45/NR

This introductory series will focus on strength, core and flexibility training for women.  Women will learn to use light weights, resistance bands, props and their own body weight effectively - to become leaner, stronger and feel empowered.  This is a no-impact class and absolutely no experience is necessary.

Please bring water, light hand weights and a yoga mat to class if you have one.  Some will be available.  Space is limited to 10 participants.

Fitness, Fun & Friends

Ages 7-11

Wednesdays, 4:00-4:45 pm, 1/8-2/12

$42/R $62/NR
Girls ages 7-11 will support each other and have fun as they explore fitness in an unintimidating and encouraging atmosphere through games and play. Girls will have fun using props and resistance bands as they learn the basics of flexibility, core and resistance training. Each girl will leave these sessions feeling confident, strong and empowered. Please bring water and a yoga mat to class if you have one. Some will be available. Space is limited.

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

Public Works

Holiday Tree Curbside Collection

Holiday trees will be collected curbside on the following 2020 dates:

  • January 6
  • January 21

All trees from residential housing, condominiums, multi-family units, schools, churches, and businesses will be included in the collection.

Tree Collection Rules

Please follow these simple rules for holiday tree collection:

  • Set out by 7 a.m.
  • Trees should be placed curbside with the cut end facing the street for collection
  • Everything should be removed from the tree (ornaments, lights, wires, garland, tinsel, etc.)
  • Do not bag the tree
  • Wreaths and rope materials, due to their wire content should be placed in your refuse cart for collection
  • Please keep tree(s) clear of snow

The crews collect city-wide beginning on those days. Depending on the amount of trees out and size of crew we have collecting, it can take a few days to complete but do not count on this because we only travel each street once. Also, if snow or rain fall we will clear that first as it is a potential safety concern. Please be patient and we will get out to you.

Late Set Outs

If trees are not placed out for collection by the 2nd collection date (January 21), residents are responsible for disposal. We will not collect late set outs.

Holiday Collection Schedule

Due to Christmas Day, all residents that receive City-sponsored refuse and recycling collections will be delayed by one day that week beginning 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.

Due to New Year’s Day, all residents that receive City-sponsored refuse and recycling collections will be delayed by one day that week beginning 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.

Sun Prairie Planning Department

Sun Prairie's Comprehensive Plan

The City’s recently adopted comprehensive plan is now available on the City’s website by clicking here.

Access to all of the chapters, maps, and background information is included at this location within the City’s website.  Please contact the Planning Division staff if you have questions about this important document.