February 17, 2022
Don't Miss Out!
Mayor Paul Esser has begun to deliver his annual State of the City (SOTC) address to the public. This is an important opportunity for all in the community to learn about significant highlights from the previous year and major plans for the future. Additionally, the Mayor uses this time to share his traditional budget breakdown as it relates to property owners’ tax bills and highlights the upcoming budget year. There will be several opportunities to participate.
Mayor Esser kicked off his first presentation on Talk of the Town with Chris Mertes and Don Hooser on Friday, January 21 followed by the Optimist Club meeting on Tuesday, February 2. His next round of in-person presentations will occur at the following locations:
Chamber of Commerce
February 17, 2022 at 8:30am
Community Room at Sun Prairie Public Library
February 22, 2022 at 7:30am
February 24, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.
At the conclusion of the presentations, there will be a Special State of the City: Community Conversations that airs on Thursday, February 24 at 7 p.m. on KSUN. The theme for this year is about building community and resiliency. For the third year in a row, there will be featured guests that respond to questions and share their own updates. These guests include Kristin Grissom, Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Director; Scott Semroc, Sustainability Coordinator; and Alexander Brown, Transportation Coordinator. Joining the Mayor to facilitate these conversations is Jake King, the City’s Communications and Diversity Strategist.
“I always look forward to these presentations as it’s a way to inform the community about where the City is at and the direction we plan to go in,” said Mayor Esser.
Information will continue to be posted here https://cityofsunprairie.com/1406/State-of-the-City as well as the City’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cityofsunpraie
KSUN is available on Charter Spectrum (channel 983) and TDS (channels 13 and 1013). Live streams and on-demand programming are available as well on Roku and Apple TV devices, at sunprairiemediacenter.com, and on the free Sun Prairie Media Center app, available to download from the App Store and Google Play.
Get involved with the Youth and Families Commission!
Black History Month in Sun Prairie
DIY or Calling Someone? That is the question!
It's always a struggle when deciding if you should take on a home improvement project by yourself or call a professional. Our very own Brian Flannery, Director of Building Inspection, came across a particularly helpful article from Annie Millerbernd, writer from NerdWallet, that helps individuals discern between the right route to go. Check it out here!
Parks, Recreation and Forestry
The Sun Prairie Parks, Recreation & Forestry office is open: Monday – Friday 8:00am-4:30pm and available by phone at (608) 837-3449 Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm, by email at email@example.com.
Winter/Spring Guide out now!
Register today! - rec.cityofsunprairie.com
Online Guide available here - https://view.flipdocs.com/?ID=10018939_143015
Sun Prairie Historical Museum
Closed to the Public – November 1st-May 1st
“Volunteer work continues behind the scenes to develop new exhibits and advance collections inventory. Anyone interested in volunteering at the Historical Museum should email firstname.lastname@example.org”
We’re Hiring – Join our Team!
Come have the BEST SUMMER EVER with team PRF.
For a full list of our summer job openings visit: governmentjobs.com/careers/SunPrairieWI
“Recreation is for Everyone” Scholarship form!
Come join us for fun and enriching programs available for the whole family! Requesting a scholarship is easier than ever with our NEW online form! This easy, streamlined form provides "no questions asked" financial access to SPPRF programs.
In order to request the Recreation is for Everyone Scholarship you must be a resident of Sun Prairie or enrolled in the Sun Prairie Area School District.
For questions or assistance contact us at 608-837-3449 or email@example.com
- Scholarships cover 50% of enrollment fees on most programs
- No formal documentation is required for approval of financial assistance
- Online submission with approvals within 2 business days
New in 2022! – Snow Shoe Rentals
The Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department has youth and adult size snowshoes available for rent. Snowshoeing is a great way to exercise and enjoy winter in Sun Prairie. It’s an easy-to-learn activity for all ages! Available rentals are Redfeather Snowshoes made in La Crosse, WI, and will include poles and a carrying case. Request a reservation online or reserve in person at the Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department office. Reservations begin in January 2022.
New in 2022! – Fitness Flex Pass & Fitness “Try it” Week
Not sure what fitness class is right for you? Enjoy the flexibility to try them all with our new Fit Flex Pass. Click here to purchase a 5 or 10 class pass, Fit Flex Pass - Sun Prairie Parks, Recreation & Forestry (cityofsunprairie.com), passes never expire!
American Red Cross Classes:
Did you know that Sun Prairie Parks Recreation & Forestry now offers Red Cross training? Check out this informational flyer for more!
Upcoming Programs Not to Be Missed:
School’s Out Programs!
School's out for SPASD, but class is in session at the Westside Community Services Building! Join us for morning and afternoon programs, or both! We also include the option for late pickup (after AM classes only) and early drop-off (PM classes only) lastly we offer the ability to stay in between programs if need be!
Registration Ends: 02/18/2022
Everything is Awesome! Join us for an awesome day of Lego building, challenges and STEM activities. You will then have your own Lego kit to take and build at home. Ages 5-8
Registration Ends: 02/18/2022
Join Ms. Jessica from Jessica’s Art Studio on these days off of school for hours of creativity! You will also learn about famous artists and popular art methods such as drawing, painting, sculpture, clay exploration and more. Wear “Art Clothes” and be prepared to get messy. It is recommended to bring an Art Bag with you to take your projects home at the end of the day. Each day will explore entirely new projects than the day before, so signing up for the whole week means TONS of new unique art projects.
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.
Upcoming Programs Continued…
Registration Ends: 02/18/2022
Explore painting with acrylics. You will start by learning about color theory, painting etiquette and color mixing and finally acrylics on canvas for your final project.
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.
These programs are open to any Sun Prairie Area School District students, regardless of the school they attend. However, no transportation is provided to the sites at this time.
Scholarships are available for this program. For more information and to apply visit rec.cityofsunprairie.com or call 608-837-3449.
This month's theme: Super Spring!
It’s Spring Break! What better way to enjoy your free time than coming to Camp Creativo - Join Ms. Jessica from Jessica’s Art Studio for this week long Art Camp and explore different art mediums such as; acrylic paints, water color paints, modeling clay, 3D building, collage, mosaics and more! Each day will explore different themes and mediums so register for one day or for all of the days! Don’t forget to wear your “Art Clothes”, as we’ll explore messy materials during Camp Creativo.
We're Accepting Applications!
The Sun Prairie Police Department is excited to announce we are accepting applications for three community service officer positions.
We are looking to hire motivated, hard-working people who are interested in serving their community. This is a non-sworn position that will be responsible for promptly and effectively carrying out routine police department service duties, which do not require the performance of a sworn police officer, and other limited code enforcement duties.
One of our full-time community service officers (CSO) has moved into a sworn police officer role, and we now have a vacancy Monday to Friday from 6:00am to 2:00pm.
In addition, we have created two part-time CSO positions to cover Monday to Saturday from 4:30pm to 10:30pm. These positions come with some flexibility to their schedule and hours.
Apply online using the link below!
Join the Virtual Session!
Police Officers Off of Probation!
The Sun Prairie Police Department would like to congratulate Officers Brett Bengsch and TJ Wagner on their successful completion of their probationary status. Brett and TJ, you are a great addition to our P.D. family, and we look forward to all your years of success.
Coffee With a Cop!
Come join us for Coffee With a Cop! 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. The next one will be:
- Monday, February 28
- 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- MOKA Sun Prairie | 900 Windsor St, Sun Prairie, WI 53590
Sun Prairie Media Center
CHIEF’S ADVISORY BOARD LIVE ON FEBRUARY 23
The Police Chief’s Advisory Board, established in 2021 to provide a collaborative forum between the Police Department and the Sun Prairie community to address safety and related issues, is having their first live community forum on Wednesday, February 23, starting at 6:30 PM. Public input is requested to make the forum as relevant to community concerns as possible.
Partly due to the size of the advisory board, the forum will be held virtually and will air live on KSUN and on the Sun Prairie Police Department Facebook page.
Questions may be submitted prior to the live forum at surveymonkey.com/r/QN3PLVM, while during the live forum on February 23, viewers are encouraged to enter questions via the Police Department’s Facebook page that could be addressed that evening.
The board exists to serve as a valuable resource for Police Chief Mike Steffes in the development of community policing concepts and programs, the formation of strategies, and to increase awareness and communications of the Sun Prairie Police Department.
Advisory Board members scheduled to take part in the forum include: Spencer Callaway, Lorie Candelmo, Thierno Diallo, Bethzabeth Fichter, Alwyn Foster, Melanie Hawk, Pastor James Hawkins, Stephanie Hindson, Bryn Horton, Michele Mackey, Luke Mwangi, Joy Matthews, David Mitchell, Pastor Larry Tabron, Rohit Vaidya, Tamara Washington, and Chia Xiong.
The Sun Prairie Police Department wishes to thank these individuals for their dedication to the community and for joining us in our mission of building relationships and solving problems.
KSUN is available on Charter Spectrum (channel 983), TDS TV (channels 13 and 1013), and available for on-demand viewing through the SPMC’s Sun Prairie Media Center app, on sunprairiemediacenter.com, and through the Media Center’s Roku and Apple TV channels.
Join Mayor Esser for "Community Conversations"!
The Sun Prairie Media Center is happy to announce the return of “Community Conversations” for the second year. This special segment is produced with the intent of informing the Sun Prairie community about what happened within the City during 2021 and what lies ahead in 2022.
The cornerstone of the special is the presentation by Mayor Esser and Taylor Brown, Economic Development Director, of the Mayor’s annual “State of the City.” Esser and Brown will look at the breakdown, impact, and distribution of residents’ tax bills, challenges and successes the City had in 2021 and what major steps will be taken in the upcoming year. Following that portion will be the Mayor and Jake King, Communications and Diversity Strategist, facilitating conversation with some important individuals on the theme of "resiliency". These special guests include Kristin Grissom, Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Director; Scott Semroc, Sustainability Coordinator; and Alexander Brown, Transportation Coordinator.
All three staff members will speak to many issues, but central among them will be how they are working to make the community a more livable, sustainable, and accessible place to live, work, and play.
“Community Conversations” will premiere on KSUN at 7 PM on Thursday, February 24. KSUN can be viewed on Charter Spectrum (channel 983), TDS TV (channels 13 and 1013), through Roku and Apple TV devices, on sunprairiemediacenter.com, and on the Sun Prairie Media Center mobile app.
CANDIDATE FORUMS COMING TO KSUN
Sun Prairie residents will have some important decisions to make when they head to the polls on April 5. 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 viewers will soon have access to programs specifically produced to assist voters in making informed choices during the upcoming spring election.
“Talk of the Town” will soon tape two candidate forums: On March 4, District 4 challengers Russ Wied and David Virgell will record a forum at the Sun Prairie Media Center. Wied and Virgell are vying for the seat left open by departing City Council Alder Mary Polenske.
Then on March 18 SPASD School Board candidates Stephen Elmer, Lisa Goldsberry, Latoya Holiday, Diana McFarland, and Steve Schroeder will record a “Talk of the Town” forum taped at Sun Prairie City Hall Council Chambers. The five candidates are vying for three available seats.
Also, on Sunday, March 6, SPARC will be hosting a candidate forum at the Sun Prairie East High School’s Performing Arts Center that will include all candidates listed above as well as candidates (such as incumbents Steve Stocker and Maureen Crombie as well as Brent Eisberner) who are running unopposed. This forum is scheduled to be moderated by SPMC director Jeff Robbins and will air live at 3 PM on March 6 on KSUN.
All forums will be broadcast on KSUN and available for on-demand viewing through the SPMC’s Sun Prairie Media Center app, on sunprairiemediacenter.com, and through the Media Center’s Roku and Apple TV channels. For times when the forums will be seen on KSUN, please check the schedule at sunprairiemediacenter.com/ksun-schedule/.
In addition, there are several interviews with candidates being taped for 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio. For times when those interviews will run, please check sunprairiemediacenter.com/103-5-the-sun-schedule.
“SUN PRAIRIE, DID YOU KNOW?: A PERSONAL SHARING OF BLACK HISTORY” IN SUN PRAIRIE PREMIERES
City staff have collaborated with the Sun Prairie Media Center, Sun Prairie Historical Library & Museum, and community members to produce “Sun Prairie, Did You Know…?”, an ongoing digital storytelling project where Black community leaders share their Sun Prairie experiences. The focus of this project is to honor the history of different Black leaders while also teaching the community about who these individuals are.
The content of this project centers on the interviewee sharing a variety of personal information that ranges from their family background, personal contributions to the community, and positive or negative experiences as a resident. Visual content is included that is personal for the individual and highlights their shared history. Although the project has launched in February, it will continue without a set end date.
Donna Mackey, a longtime Sun Prairie resident, is the first to share her story in this series. She will be followed by Marilyn Ruffin, who will teach the community about her experience as the first Black elected official to serve on the Sun Prairie School Board.
“We are excited to work with the community and use Media Center resources to teach Sun Prairie about Black History that is specific to our community,” said Jeff Robbins, Executive Director of the Sun Prairie Media Center.
To be involved in the project and recommend other Black community leaders to be featured, please contact Jake King, Communications and Diversity Strategist, at firstname.lastname@example.org. To see the first video, please go to https://bit.ly/3GoU0ZQ.
SPMC HAS CARDINAL PLAYOFF COVERAGE
Why wait for March for a little bit of Madness?
The Sun Prairie boys’ and girls’ hockey teams and the girls’ basketball team are ready for WIAA tournament play, and the Sun Prairie Media Center will be there with all the coverage.
The Media Center already had coverage of the boys’ hockey team home opening regional playoff win versus Onalaska on February 15. Next the #8 Cardinals will travel to take on #1 Edgewood on Thursday, February 17, at 7 PM. The game will be live on 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio, which is also available on tunein.com and the Sun Prairie Media Center app. Dan Corcoran will have that live call.
The #3 Cardinals girls’ hockey team will begin their playoff run with a showdown against #6 Baraboo on Friday, February 18 at 7 PM at the Sun Prairie Ice Arena. That contest will begin at 7 PM with Zach Sielaff on the live call. Should Sun Prairie win, they will play either Beaver Dam or Viroqua on Tuesday, February 22. Again, all games will be on 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio.
The #3 Cardinals girls’ basketball team will face #14 Middleton in their opening regional game on Friday, February 25 beginning at 7 PM. That game will be live on KSUN and 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio with Todd Richmond on the live call. Should the Cardinals win, KSUN and 103.5 will carry their next game the following evening (Saturday, February 26 at 7 PM) against either Milwaukee Pulaski or Watertown.
The Sun Prairie Media Center would like to thank its sponsors for these playoff games: Woodman’s, TDS, Culver’s, Pro Active Engineering, Concrete Lifting Technologies, and the Bank of Sun Prairie.
KSUN can be viewed on Charter Spectrum (channel 983), TDS TV (channels 13 and 1013), through Roku and Apple TV devices, on sunprairiemediacenter.com, and on the Sun Prairie Media Center mobile app.
Sun Prairie Public Library
We’re very excited to share a walk-through video of our Conceptual Design, now available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FscSJVPMBU. More details on the Library Expansion project are available at https://www.sunprairiepubliclibrary.org/library_expansion
Public Health Madison & Dane County will be holding walk-in vaccine clinics in the library’s Community Room on Fridays 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11 and 3/18 from 3:00-5:30 p.m. Everyone 5 and older is welcome. No ID or insurance required, but children 5-17 must have a parent or guardian present. First, second, and booster doses will be offered. Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson available while supplies last.
Storytimes have resumed and we plan to offer both virtual and in-person options. Please keep an eye on the website and social media for more details! Other programs starting or resuming, in a mix of virtual and in-person formats, include: Young Explorers Club, Lego Club, Family Fun, Gaming with Sammy, Tween Book Club, Teen Creativity Club, Teen Book Club, Teen Gaming and more! Visit https://www.sunprairiepubliclibrary.org/sppl-kids-page for more information.
Sunday, February 20, 2:00 p.m., via Zoom
Are you a big coffee lover? Would you like to learn more about the history and chemistry of coffee, as well as where some of the best coffee in the world comes from? Then join us for a virtual live and interactive tour through a Costa Rican coffee plantation! Take a virtual walk around the farm with Alejandro Cano, a Certified Naturalist Tour Guide with 20+ years of experience and founder of Enjoy Virtual Tours Costa Rica. Please register here and Zoom details will be emailed to you.
Sunday, February 27 4-5 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! This month's book selection is “Forbidden” by Beverly Jenkins. Copies will be available at the library's Information Desk for those who register, and may also be available in digital formats from Hoopla. The Urban SUN book club will meet via Zoom until further notice. Please register here, and Zoom details will be emailed to you.
The Sun Prairie Public Library has a new and exciting opportunity for high school students, 16 years or older to serve as Student Trustee Advisory Members to the Sun Prairie Public Library Board. Deadline to apply is May 2, 2022. More information, including the position description and application can be found here: www.sunprairiepubliclibrary.org/library-board.
Sun Prairie Utilities
Sun Prairie Utilities feels that it is our responsibility to give something back to the community and contribute to educational efforts. Because of this, each year we sponsor two $1,000 scholarships for seniors attending Sun Prairie High School.
Scholarship applications must be turned into the Sun Prairie High School Guidance Office by April 1. Contact your school guidance counselor if you have any questions.