May 20, 2021
Administration: At the City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 18 an ordinance was passed banning the practice of conversion therapy on minors in the City of Sun Prairie.
Clerk's Office: On April 27, 2021, Governor Tony Evers ordered a special election to fill a vacancy in Assembly District 37. The Special Election will be held on July 13, 2021. If a primary is necessary, it will be held on June 15, 2021.
Parks, Recreation and Forestry: The Wetmore Park splashpad project is well underway and is anticipated to open at the end of June.
Public Safety: May 16 – 22, 2021 is National EMS Week!
Sun Prairie Media Center: 103.5 FM scores multiple Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Awards for its programming!
Sun Prairie Public Library: The library has new protocols for in-person services now that its doors have opened back up to the public.
Conversion Therapy Ban
City Council was presented with an ordinance from Mayor Esser on Tuesday, May 18 that would ban the practice of conversion therapy on minors in the City of Sun Prairie. Before being voted on by City Council, the ordinance was first presented at a meeting of the Youth and Families Commission to receive their support and recommendation. Both meetings showed unanimous support and the ordinance was passed.
Conversion therapy is the practice of trying to change an individual's sexuality from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual. It is a practice that has proven to do significant harm to a person’s physical and psychological well-being. The prevailing opinion of the medical and psychological community condemning this practice is documented in statements, articles, and reports from organizations such as the American Psychological Association, American Medical Association, World Health Organization, and many others.
This ordinance was proposed and adopted to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of the City of Sun Prairie, especially the physical and psychological well-being of minors, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, and to protect them against the exposure to serious harms caused by conversion therapy. It is important to speak out against harmful practices that impact vulnerable communities. The conversion therapy ban ordinance is a protective action that tangibly honors the City's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
On April 27, 2021, Governor Tony Evers ordered a special election to fill a vacancy in Assembly District 37. The Special Election will be held on July 13, 2021. If a primary is necessary, it will be held on June 15, 2021. Assembly District 37 covers Wards 23 and 27 in the City of Sun Prairie, however, there are no registered voters in those wards.
On May 3, 2021, Dane County Board Chair Analiese Eicher announced that a special election for Dane County Board of Supervisors District 19, which includes wards in the City of Sun Prairie, will be set by the County Board for Tuesday, July 13, 2021, to replace Supervisor Teran Peterson who resigned from the Board. If a primary is necessary, it will be held on June 15, 2021. District 19 encompasses wards 7-9, and 14-19 in the City of Sun Prairie.
The City of Sun Prairie will again be utilizing 1 polling place for the Special Election and associated Primary (if needed). The City will be utilizing City Hall, 300 E Main St as the polling place for all wards affected by the Special Election and its associated Primary.
Only voters who reside in Wards 7-9, 14-19, 23, and 27 will be eligible to cast a ballot in the Special Election. The Clerk’s Office encourages all voters to visit MyVote.WI.Gov and click on My Voter Info to determine their ward and if they are eligible to cast a ballot in the Special Election.
Parks, Recreation and Forestry
Wetmore Park Splashpad Project Update
Mayors Monarch Pledge Update
Check It Out!
Parks Department Notice: Emerald Ash Borer Treatment to Begin in May!
Summer Registration is Now Open!
Sun Prairie Family Aquatic Center Opens June 19!
Rec on the Go
WPRA Discount Tickets On Sale Now!
Moove Across Wisconsin
National EMS Week
The 2021 National EMS Week theme is "THIS IS EMS: Caring for Our Communities", which echoes the mission statement of Sun Prairie EMS. This theme is particularly meaningful now, to remind people that every day we are still there to respond, support, and care for the needs of our communities. We remember all those who have lost their lives to the pandemic and we honor all the EMS providers and other public safety personnel, too, who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Paramedic profession is positioned at the intersection of health care, public health, and public safety, and a Paramedic is cross-trained in each of these areas. A Paramedic is a highly trained and skilled medical professional who is educated and trained to carry out some of the duties of a physician. Collaboratively, Paramedics work interdependently with emergency physicians to bring the highest level of medical care to patients outside of the hospital. The Paramedic role includes being knowledgeable in disaster planning, response readiness, scene management, and emergency vehicle operations. The modern Paramedic’s role also includes:
The Paramedic supports the patient, both physically and emotionally, through an illness or injury by showing compassion and providing comfort measures.
Paramedics rely on an evidence-based approach to the practice of pre-hospital medicine, and participate in scientific research to collect and use data that drives strategies and techniques of EMS.
Paramedics reduce injury and illness in their communities by educating the public on a one-to-one basis, or in formal public education programs.
We are grateful and appreciative of the work our Paramedics do and the Department would like to pay special recognition to the Paramedics of Sun Prairie EMS during National EMS Week 2021. We are very fortunate to have such a skilled group of professionals on our team. Please take a moment to remember the Sun Prairie Paramedics throughout this week.
Police Department 2020 Annual Report
The Sun Prairie Police Department 2020 Annual Report is ready and available to review. Take a look here to see the full report. Content includes:
- The Chief's Message
- Retirements and New Hires
- Awards and Anniversaries
- Staff Promotions and Transitions
- Community Support
- Mental Health Response Team and School Liaison Officers
- Police Chief's Community Advisory Board
- And more...
Update to Coffee With A Cop!
You can stop and have coffee with a cop! This will be held at different locations throughout Sun Prairie. Community members interested in this opportunity to connect with officers can go to the Sun Prairie Police Department Facebook account and then follow the event page for updates. The next one will be Monday, June 28 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Beans n Cream Bakehouse | 1120 West Main Street - Suite 2101, Sun Prairie, WI 53590.
The mission of Coffee With a Cop is to break down barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve by removing agendas and allowing opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know officers in your neighborhood.
Changes in date and time may occur due to police-related circumstances. You can stay connected by following updates posted from Facebook and Twitter on the Sun Prairie Police Department's webpage. Just click here!
Sun Prairie Media Center
This year's ceremony is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 11, beginning at 5:30 PM. For the first time, the ceremony will be held at the new Bank of Sun Prairie Stadium at Ashley Field. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 12, at 10 AM, also at the Bank of Sun Prairie Stadium at Ashley Field. Any weather-related decision will be made by the SPASD by the morning of June 11.
At the time of this writing, only two tickets were being allowed per graduate. For anyone unable to get into the ceremony, SPMC’s coverage will be seen live on KSUN Charter channel 983 or TDS channels 13 or 1013. The ceremony will also be streamed at sunprairiemediacenter.com/ksun as well as available on KSUN’s Roku and Apple TV channels and on the SPMC app, available to download for free from the App Store or Google Play.
In addition, the SPMC is offering DVD and USB copies of the graduation ceremony for sale. DVDs and USBs make great gifts for grads, family members, and anyone else wishing to relive this once-in-a-lifetime event! 2021 graduation DVDs & USBs can be ordered by going to sunprairiemediacenter.com/sphsgraduation.
Sponsorship opportunities for SPMC's coverage are currently available! Sponsors are recognized on every live and replay broadcast, every live stream and on demand airing viewed, and every DVD and USB sold. Interested businesses can sign up at sunprairiemediacenter.com/sphs-graduation-ceremony-sponsorship-form. For more information please contact Jeff Robbins at 837-4193 or at email@example.com.
The SPMC is also currently planning to record the Prairie Phoenix Academy graduation ceremony happening on Thursday, June 10. That ceremony will not be aired live but will be broadcast later on KSUN and made available on demand at sunprairiemediacenter.com. DVDs and USBs for the PPA ceremony will also be made available for purchase.
103.5 FM Wins the Awards!
The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association recently handed out their annual awards for broadcasting excellence and Sun Prairie’s own 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio scored with five awards.
Heading the list of winners was Dan Presser, whose “Sun Prairie In Focus” won First Place for Best Newscast. Though also produced for video, WBA voters decided that the audio version was strong enough on its own to be honored.
103.5 FM’s sole Second Place award winner – for Best Pandemic-Related Service to Community -- also went to a production originally produced for video, a series of public service announcements produced in collaboration with the Sun Prairie EMS Department and Healing Hearts Family Counseling regarding maintaining good mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Elsewhere, 103.5 FM took home three Third Place showings in three very competitive categories: Best Morning Radio Show for Bill Baker’s “Good Morning Sun Prairie: Baker Street,” Mark Gonwa’s “Song Archaelogy” for Best Radio Show, and “Homeroom with Brad Saron” for Best Specialty Programming. “Homeroom” is hosted by Todd Milewski and produced in conjunction with the Sun Prairie Area School District.
Want to be part of this award-winning team? The Sun Prairie Media Center is currently looking for radio and podcast producers to take advantage of its awesome studio facilities and excellent staff. Anyone interested should call 608-837-4193, email SPMC director Jeff Robbins, or check out sunprairiemediacenter.com, where program ideas can be submitted directly to SPMC staff.
Episodes of 103.5 FM’s award-winning programs can be accessed for on-demand listening by downloading the Sun Prairie Media Center app, available for free from the App Store or Google Play.
Multicultural Fair Radio Reboot
You can tune in for the May Radio Reboot hosted by Sarah Milweski on 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio to learn more about Caribbean culture, history, and its rich diversity with Rachel Virnig, June Virnig, and John Delgado.
You'll be able to hear Rachel, June, and John share information about the Caribbean Association of Madison and the great work the organization is doing as well as how they all got involved.
How can you hear this interview? You can listen to it on 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio! The episode will be airing for the next couple of weeks on Saturdays at 4 PM. It is also available to listen to via the Sun Prairie Media Center app as well as right here.
If you know of someone aged 9-15 who loves to make videos, movies, or even podcasts and wants help taking their creativity to the next level, then you need to sign up for these workshops!
These week-long workshops are designed for budding journalists, filmmakers, actors, and social media influencers who want a fun and creative way to express themselves. Participants will be introduced to media production in a fun, hands-on learning environment that is conveniently located – the Media Center is in the same building as the public library!
These courses will inspire kids in a creative atmosphere to learn communication skills they can use for a lifetime. Nothing is impossible when you have a camera, an idea and a group of friends!
Online registration is open now and will remain open until June 18. But hurry – there are only a few spots available! Find more information on these classes and register online at kids4.tv.
- Adventures in Movie Making, Session 1, June 28-July 1.
- Adventures in Movie Making, Session 1, June 28-July 1.
- Adventures in Animation, July 12-15.
- Adventures in Sports Production, July 12-15.
- Hybrid, Adventures in Photography. July 19-22.
- Hybrid, Adventures in Reporting, July 19-22.
- Adventures in Podcasting and Vlogging, July 26-29.
- Adventures in Music Videos, July 26-29.
All workshops will meet at the Sun Prairie Media Center. Discounted rates for SPMC members are available. More information on memberships is available at sunprairiemediacenter.com. Scholarships are also available.
Questions? E-mail Mara at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you at the Media Center this summer!
Sun Prairie Public Library
Hours and In-Person Services
M-F: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sun: 1-5 p.m.
- Quick Browsing (30 minute limit for browsing & check out)
- In person reference service, technology assistance, readers’ advisory service, circulation service
- Additional computer stations (one hour limit for computers)
- Faxing, photocopying, printing, microfilm reader, wi-fi
- In-person holds pick up
- Linkcat stations for catalog searching
- Adult Services will accommodate magazine and newspaper requests
- Services by appointment: Resume writing assistance, Teleconferencing, Telehealth, Test Proctoring, Project Recovery Counseling. These services will take place in the Discussion Room and will be coordinated by Adult Services.
- Walk-up window (Circulation & Youth Services)
- Summer Library Program for Youth & Adults
- Outdoor programs
- Bus passes, ride share taxi booklets, recycle stickers
Masks and social distancing required. Occupancy limits will be in place. Time limits will be in place: 30 minutes for browsing and 1 hour for computer use. All PHMDC (Public Health Madison Dane County) recommendations and guidelines will be followed.
Our inside book sorter is currently closed for patron use. Please continue to use the drive-up book drops for all returns.
Drive-up and walk-up pickups are by appointment only. Reservations can be made at www.sunlib.org and click on "Schedule a curbside pickup". We will not be able to process unscheduled pickups, but scheduled pickups will be available throughout the day either at the drive-up window or the walk-up window. Please make sure to check "walk up" or "drive up" on the reservation form so staff can prepare items correctly. The window will not be staffed directly, and interaction must be done through the intercom.
Although pickups will be limited, the building is open from 9am - 6pm, Monday - Friday, as well as 9am - 1pm on Saturdays and 1pm - 5pm on Sundays for in-person hold pickup and self check-out. To limit close interaction between staff and patrons, all in-person pickups will be expected to make use of the self-checkout.
Children’s & Teen Services
Youth Programs will take a pause in May while we enter Phase II Reopening and prepare for Summer Programs.
Thursday, May 20th 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Are you ready to get back on track after a challenging and life-altering year? Join Community Action Coalition's Project Recovery counselors for this hour-long workshop that focuses on self-awareness and growth by discovering your roots, strengths, and goals. Through this interactive workshop, participants will creatively evaluate their comforts, establish their core values, and organize a plan to obtain their achievable goals. Participants will receive an electronic workbook for journaling activities during this workshop. This program will be held via Zoom, and is free and open to all adults. Please register here, and Zoom details will be emailed to you.
Sunday, May 23rd 3-4 p.m.
A monthly book club devoted to creating meaningful conversations about race by exploring works of contemporary and historical African-American authors. Discussions are led by Sun Prairie residents, Donna Mackey and Marilyn Ruffin. Get ready to get uncomfortable and get real! May's book selection is “You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey” by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar. Copies will be available at the library, please call the Information Desk at 825-0702 to schedule a pick-up. The Urban SUN book club will meet via Zoom until further notice. Please register to attend the discussion here, and Zoom details will be emailed to you.