February 20 2020

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Department Updates

Building Inspection Division: Do "Home Improvement Season" right with these top tips. 

Sun Prairie Media Center: Talk of the Town to feature candidate forums

Sun Prairie Police Department: Awards and pinning’s are a small token of appreciation for years of dedicated service

Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department: We’re having another hiring event! Plus great programming for adults and kids alike

Sun Prairie Public Library: Lot’s of great programming from concerts to yoga! Please note the library will be closed Friday, February 21st but the drive-through book drop will remain open 

Public Works: We need your help as we get through the last of this winter weather. We’re also looking forward to spring with community gardens!

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Building Inspection

Home Improvement


Tis the season for home improvement!  Since it’s your time and hard-earned money at stake, it would be well worth the next 15 minutes of your day to peruse the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection web page at:


When it comes to protecting consumers contracting for home improvements, the page is full of valuable information, such as:

  • Tips on hiring contractors
  • Contractor requirements
  • Tips on contracts
  • The “Right to Cure” Law
  • Your right to cancel

All contractors must be certified and should be able to show you their registration card, which will also list the expiration date. We strongly encourage you to ask for the names of their recent customers – in the City of Sun Prairie – and reach out to them for feedback. Your neighbors would be happy to provide praise or urge you to steer clear, as would you if you had a wonderful or horrific experience.

Additionally, for information on home-related projects requiring permits, please visit the City’s website. 


For your protection, always make sure a building permit has been obtained by the contractor.  Ask to see the permit and make sure it’s displayed in the front window of your home while the work is going on.  Part of an approved permit includes important inspections by City Code Officials to be sure work is being done to State Building Code. The permit fees will certainly be built into your project cost, so you may as well be sure you’re receiving the services you’re paying for and have peace of mind.




Sun Prairie Media Center

Chris Mertes and Don HooserSun Prairie Candidate Forums

Sun Prairie residents will have a lot to decide when they head to the polls on April 7. And the Sun Prairie Media Center is offering extensive programming to help residents make those decisions.

Thanks largely to candidate forums hosted by Chris Mertes and Don Hooser of the public-affairs program “Talk of the Town,” KSUN, sunprairiemediacenter.com, and the new Sun Prairie Media Center app will soon be loaded with shows specifically produced to assist voters in making informed choices during the upcoming spring election.

“Talk of the Town” will tape three candidate forums at the Sun Prairie Media Center in the upcoming weeks: On February 21, District 4 incumbent Mary Polenske and challenge David Virgell will be featured, followed by a March 6 tape date for District 3 incumbent Maureen Crombie and challenger Hugh Cha, and then finally a March 13 tape date between District 2 incumbent Theresa Stevens and Brent Eisberner.

After taping, the forums will be featured on demand at sunprairiemediacenter.com, on the Sun Prairie Media Center app, and through the Media Center’s Roku and Apple TV channels. The forums will also air on KSUN, which is available on channel 983 on Charter Spectrum and channels 13 and 1013 on TDS. Please check sunprairiemediacenter.com/ksun-schedule for the upcoming schedule.

The focus on candidate programming is a source of pride for the Sun Prairie Media Center. “Our main mission is to provide programming that informs the citizens of Sun Prairie,” said SPMC director Jeff Robbins. “At no time is that mission more significant than when our viewers our facing important decisions at the polls. And we are very lucky to have volunteers, particularly Don Hooser and Chris Mertes, willing to produce that programming, as well as candidates willing to participate.”

The Sun Prairie Media Center app is now available to download for free from either the App Store or Google Play.

Parks, Recreation & Forestry

Hiring Event Feb 22ndFeb 22 Hiring Event

Sat. Feb. 22 at the Westside Community Services Building
Free child watch available during the event for interested applicants.

Chicago Fun Day

Fri. May 15 – Join the City of Sun Prairie and Village of Deforest Park, Recreation & Forestry Departments for a trip to Chicago.  Two stops available in downtown Chicago! Register by April 15.

Chicago trip

Programs Coming Soon, Register Today!

Aqua Zumba
Ages 16+
Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6:15-7:00 pm
Session 2: 3/10 - 4/2
Session 3: 4/7 - 4/30
$40/Residents, $60/Non Residents
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.

Jr. Ballers Basketball – Token Springs Elementary School
Mondays, 3/2-4/6
Ages 5-6, 6:00-6:45 pm
$33/Residents, $50/Non Residents
Hit the hardcourt for a fast-paced, fun introduction to basketball.  Classes focus on hand-eye coordination, balance and teamwork, while beginning to develop fundamental basketball skills such as dribbling, shooting, passing and catching.

Lil’ Ballers Basketball
Mondays, 3/2-4/6
Ages 3-4, 5:00-5:45 pm
$33/Residents, $50/Non Residents
Hit the hardcourt for a fast-paced, fun introduction to basketball.  Classes focus on hand-eye coordination, balance and teamwork, while beginning to develop fundamental basketball skills such as dribbling, shooting, passing and catching.

Parent/Child Cookie Decorating
Ages 6+
Thursday, 3/5, 6:00-8:00 pm
$65*/Residents, $85*/Non Residents
*Price includes 2 participants
Learn to decorate cookies with the lady from Pretty Killer Cookies, Laura!  She will show you basic royal icing cookie decorating techniques.  Decorating cookies has never been more fun! Each participant will go home with their own set of cookies. 

Friday Frenzy, Ages 5-7
$15 Residents/$23 Non Residents
All dates are no school days for Sun Prairie Schools

I Spy!
Friday, 3/27, 10:00-11:30 am
Calling all super sleuths!  Someone stole Mr. Bear and we need your help.  The crime scene is set where you can put your CSI skills to work finding clues to hopefully find Mr. Bear and bring him home. 

G.A.T.O.R.: Games, Art, Tag and Outdoor Recreation
Friday, 4/10, 10:00-11:30 am
Spring is here!  Time to grab your friends for a fun filled day with group games, art projects and other outdoor activities.  Tennis shoes are required!  Be sure to dress for the weather, it is Wisconsin after all.

Tot School
Ages 2-3
M/W, 10:00-11:15 am, 3/9-4/22 (no class 3/23,3/25,4/6, & 4/8)
$100/R $120/NR
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.

Drums Alive
Session 2: Mondays, 3/9-4/20, no class 4/6
Session 2: Wednesdays, 3/11-4/22, no class 4/8
Ages 16+, 9:00-9:45 am
$30/Residents, $45/Non Residents
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.

Hatha Yoga 
Mondays, 3/9-4/20, no class 4/6
Ages 16+, 6:30-7:30 pm
$38/Residents, $57/Non Residents
Participants will use asanas (postures), movement and breath to find a connection between body and mind.  We’ll blend different styles of Yoga and the use of props to help build strength, find balance, release tightness, and discover the calm we all need and deserve.  All levels are welcome.  Please wear confortable clothing and bring a mat (there are some available to use)

Hatha Yoga Babysitting Service
Mondays, 3/9-4/20, no class 4/6
Ages 0-10, 6:30-7:30 pm
$15/Residents, $23/Non Residents
Need a babysitter? No problem! Have Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department staff entertain your little one each week while you attend class! Must be registered for Hatha Yoga  in order to register for Fitness babysitting.

Yoga For Beginners
Wednesdays, 3/11-4/22, no class 4/8
Ages 16+, 7:00-7:45 pm
$34/Residents, $51/Non Residents
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).

Painter’s Palette @ the Sun Prairie Historical Museum painters pallete
Thursday, 3/12
Ages 18+, 6:00-8:00 pm
$27/Residents, $41/Non Residents
March is Women’s History month!  Let’s celebrate by painting in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe at Sun Prairie’s own Historical Museum.
Learn how artists use light and color in their paintings through a step-by-step process taught by a licensed art teacher.  Fee includes all materials, snacks and beverages.
What to wear?  We will provide paint shirts, but recommend that you wear older, paint friendly clothes.  Everyone WILL get paint on their hands at some point during the class!

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

Sun Prairie Police Department

Awards Badge Pinning

The Sun Prairie Police Department’s 2019 award presentation and badge pinning ceremony will occur on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at the city council meeting.

The award recipients for 2019 are:

Officer of the Year: Detective Michael Hartman
Employee of the Year: Records Administrative Assistant Hayley Steele
Chief’s Award: Sergeant Brenda Dahlen

Lifesaving Awards:

Officer Jill Koll
Officer Matt Koll
Officer Barb Waldinger
Officer Ryan Barnes
Officer Jason Lingle
Officer Leonard Webster
Officer Nate Hoffmann (2)
Officer Brandon Reigstad
Officer Dylan Kahl

Badge Pinning:
Lieutenant Ryan Cox
Sergeant Nolan Pickar
Officer Leloni Broesch
Officer Cody Ennis
Officer Dalton Davies

Service Awards: 

5 Years:
Officer Mackenzie Miller
Officer Jason Scott
Officer Royse Sessums
Dispatcher Cassie Fleischman
Officer Lamont Crockett
Officer Cody Ennis

10 Years:
Detective Michael Hartman
Officer Barb Waldinger

20 Years:
Dispatcher Joe Hack
Court Clerk Cindy Piper

25 Years:
Assistant Chief Brian Teasdale
Dispatch Supervisor Sher Vike

Sun Prairie Public Library

**The library will be closed Friday, February 21st for Staff In-Service. The drive-through book drop will remain open.   

Flicks and Bricks: Abominable 

Build with our awesome LEGO® collection while watching a movie on the big screen! All ages welcome; children under the age of 8 must be actively supervised by an adult at all times. Adults: please research the movie in advance and decide if it is a good fit for your family.  Snacks and drinks from home are welcome! No registration.
Thursday, February 20th 2:30 pm
Library Community Room 

Brewhaus Polka Kings Concert 

Don those dancing shoes and get ready polka! Milwaukee’s celebrated Brewhaus Polka Kings are coming to town! Inspired by their many years playing with the legendary Frank Yankovic, the band continues to carry on his one of a kind sounda “crossover” style with wide appeal! It’s an “American” polka that stands on its own and is fun for the whole family!
Sunday, February 23rd 2:00pm
Library Community Room 

Adult Yoga 

2nd in a 4-part gentle yoga series that explores poses & techniques from Yin, Restorative and Slow Flow traditions. Facilitated by local certified instructor and owner of Sun Prairie’s Rose Yoga Studio, Jennifer Bradley. No registration required, but adults only. Loose, comfortable clothing is recommended and you may wish to bring a towel, yoga mat and/or cushion for back support.
Monday, February 24th 6 pm
Library Community Room 

The Wives: Civil War Generals 

Dive into the little known world of four Civil War general’s wives spies and watch history come alive. Presented by Shannon Ferguson-Munns, Sun Prairie’s own women’s history expert, and proud owner of Paradigm in Time. Shannon will don heirloom attire in honor of the event and share items from her extensive collection of 19th century artifacts.
Wednesday, February 26th 6 pm
Library Community Room 

Teen Board Gaming with Melissa and Michael 

Board game fun for teens in 6th-12th grade! Play games, or create your own! Teens must register themselves by phone or in person at the Children’s Desk. Join us in the Community Room for games and snacks.
Thursday, February 27th 6 - 8 pm
Library Community Room

Public Works

Community GardensCommunity Gardens

The Sun Prairie Community Garden is located at 1340 Linnerud Drive next to the Sun Prairie Public Library. The site is leased to Sun Prairie Community Garden Organization from the City of Sun Prairie. SPCGO subdivides the site into 143 plots that are available for rent to people who reside within the city limits, reside within the city school district, or work within the city limits.

The goal of SPCGO is to provide gardening opportunities for those who desire to rent space where they may grow vegetables for home use only, in an open and welcoming community environment. The annual rental fee includes use of water hoses and hand tools.

Applications for a plot in the community garden are now being accepted and can be found online at: https://cityofsunprairie.com/429/Community-Garden

Winter Weather

When Winter Conditions Hit, We Need Your Help

The City of Sun Prairie has 2 winter parking regulations residents should be familiar with.

Snow Emergency:  When 3 or more inches of snowfall occurs the city declares a ’Snow Emergency.’ Parking is prohibited on all streets until the Snow Emergency has been canceled.

Per city ordinance there is a $50 fine for violations. Call the Public Works Department at 837-3050 to find out if a ’Snow Emergency’ has been announced. Sun Prairie Police Department offer Snow Emergency alerts via Nixle.

Snow Routes: Parking is prohibited on Snow Routes from midnight to 7 a.m. beginning December 1 through March 31, regardless of whether there is any snow on the ground. Per city ordinance there is a $50 fine for violations.

Snow Routes are the first to be cleared because they are used by emergency vehicles. These routes are clearly marked throughout the city with red and white signs. A full list of snow routes can be found at: https://cityofsunprairie.com/531/Snow-Ice---Winter-Parking-Info

Sand Barrel Locations

Did you know? Barrels containing a mixture of sand and salt for use on public sidewalks are available throughout the city at the following locations:

  • Bird Street at St. Albert the Great Drive/Tower Drive Campfire Drive at North Musket Ridge Drive
  • Columbus Street at Church Street
  • Edmonton Drive at North Heatherstone Drive
  • Fountain Drive at Sunny Valley Park
  • Harvest Lane at Timber Ridge
  • Hill Street at Dewey Street
  • Kelvington Drive at Westmount Drive
  • East MacArthur Street at North Bristol Street
  • West MacArthur Street at North Street
  • Main Street at O’Keeffe Avenue
  • Main Street at Ruby Lane
  • Main Street at Walker Way
  • North Musket Ridge Drive at Harvest Lane
  • Pennsylvania Avenue at Thompson Road
  • Town Hall Drive at Prairie Rose Drive
  • Vine Street - Just North of City Hall
  • Windsor Street at Broadway Drive
  • Windsor Street at North Street