January 2024

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Sun Prairie Utilities Earns Nationwide Recognition and Awards

Sun Prairie Utilities (SPU) garnered three accolades from the American Public Power Association (APPA) at the November 2023 Customer Connections Conference. The awards were received by SPU's Operations Administrative Assistant Lori Ewoldt, Customer Service Manager Dave Euclide, and WPPI Energy’s Senior Energy Services Manager Clint Cry.

The utility achieved a Bronze Public Power Customer Service Satisfaction Award for delivering exceptional service, based on high customer feedback in areas such as customer service, field operations, communication, reliability, value, outage response, innovation, and overall satisfaction. APPA recognized winners with gold, silver, or bronze awards, evaluated from customer surveys conducted through GreatBlue in August.

Moreover, SPU earned the Smart Energy Provider designation, valid for two years, acknowledging their commitment and expertise in energy efficiency, distributed generation, and environmental initiatives, aligned with the goal of delivering safe, reliable, low-cost, and sustainable electric service.

As a member-owner of WPPI Energy, a not-for-profit wholesale power provider comprising 51 utilities, including 27 with the esteemed Smart Energy Provider designation, SPU contributes to this collective commitment.

Additionally, during the Texas conference, SPU was honored with an Excellence in Public Power Communications Award for an innovative outage alert promotional video produced during the summer.

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Sun Prairie to Honor the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

On Monday, January 15, there will be a special community event to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This free event will be hosted at the Mckenzie Family Boys & Girls Club located at 232 Windsor Street. 

The event aims to celebrate the life and enduring legacy of Dr. King through an array of activities designed to unite and inspire. Attendees can look forward to an engaging lineup of speakers, including local Black and African American community leaders, who will share their perspectives, insights, and reflections on Dr. King's impact of their lives. 

The program will feature powerful spoken word performances and various activities aimed at fostering community solidarity and dialogue. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in conversations and build relationships centered on the themes of Dr. King’s mission. To facilitate camaraderie and fellowship, a complimentary brunch will be provided to all attendees. 

The event has been planned as a collaborative effort between Mckenzie Family Boys & Girls Club, Sunshine Place, the City of Sun Prairie, Sun Prairie Public Library, and the Neighborhood Navigators.

To follow the event page, please visit: https://fb.me/e/3TlOCGBBo 

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Get Ready to Chill at Sun Prairie's Frozen Fest!

Sun Prairie invites you to celebrate the magic of winter at the Frozen Fest! Join us for a weekend packed with frosty fun and exciting activities for the whole family. From thrilling sled dog demos to ice carving spectacles and cozy horse-drawn carriage rides, this winter wonderland has something for everyone.

Embrace the wintry vibes with various events spanning across Sheehan Park, Downtown Sun Prairie, and other charming locations. Enjoy outdoor adventures, creative contests, and delightful community gatherings. Skate under the stars, race down snowy slopes, or explore the beauty of candle-lit snowshoe hikes.

Frozen Fest promises a vibrant mix of outdoor thrills, captivating displays, and heartwarming moments to make your winter truly unforgettable. Mark your calendars and join us for a celebration of winter in Sun Prairie!

For event details and updates, please visit https://cityofsunprairie.com/1472/Frozen-Fest

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Solar APP+

Sun Prairie took a leap towards a greener future on December 1st by embracing SolarAPP+ (Solar Automated Permit Processing Plus), a cutting-edge web-based platform developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). This innovative tool instantly issues permits for residential rooftop photovoltaic (PV) and battery systems, ensuring code compliance and expediting installations.

The City recognized the significance of an automated platform like SolarAPP+ due to the common challenge of permitting causing delays in residential solar and battery projects. With this streamlined process, Sun Prairie aims to simplify and accelerate the adoption of sustainable energy solutions within the community.

 Sun Prairie stood out among communities nationwide, being selected as one of only 12 cities in the United States for the SolarAPP+ prize competition. Notably, it was among three communities in the Midwest and the sole representative from Wisconsin. This recognition earned Sun Prairie a $15,000 reward upon the successful implementation of the SolarAPP+ program.

For further details about this automated permitting platform or inquiries, reach out to Rose Daily (rdaily@cityofsunprairie.com) or Brian Flannery (bflannery@cityofsunprairie.com).

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Save the Dates: Important 2024 Election Calendar

As we step into the new year, it's crucial to mark your calendars for key election dates in 2024. These dates not only define our democratic process but also represent opportunities for every eligible citizen to participate and make their voice heard.

February 20, 2024 – Spring Primary: Navigating the Selection Process

The February 20th Spring Primary marks a crucial phase in our electoral process. It's a nonpartisan primary election aimed at narrowing down the nonpartisan candidates to be voted for at the April Spring Election. For voters keen on absentee ballots, these will be mailed promptly upon receiving valid requests for 2024. The deadline for the latest mailing of these ballots is January 30, 2024. Subsequent requests will be processed within 24 hours of receipt. In-Person Absentee Voting is set to commence on February 6, 2024. Stay tuned for further details as the date approaches.

Registration Deadlines: Ensure Your Participation

For those planning to cast their vote, it's essential to take note of the following registration deadlines:

  • January 23, 2024 – Last day for voters to establish residence for the Spring Primary. Voters moving after this date may vote from their prior address.
  • January 31, 2024 – Deadline to register to vote in the Spring Primary by mail or online.
  • February 16, 2024 – Deadline to register to vote in the Spring Primary in the Clerk’s Office at 5:00 p.m.

Simplified Voting Procedures

The simplest and most convenient way to register to vote and/or request an absentee ballot is through the official website: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/. This user-friendly platform offers a hassle-free process for voters to fulfill their civic duties.

Make sure to mark your calendars, meet the registration deadlines, and engage in our democratic process. Your voice matters, and your vote counts.

Stay informed, stay engaged, and be ready to make a difference in the upcoming elections. For any further details or clarifications, please refer to the "Clerk's Office" section of the newsletter or visit https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/

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You can also tune in to 103.5 The Sun every Wednesday at 7 a.m. to hear all the interviews. 

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Clerk's Office: We have got you covered on what you need to know about elections. Check out our section for more details!

Community Development: Looking for housing or housing resources in Sun Prairie? Check out the City of Sun Prairie’s Housing Website!

Finance: Be sure to check out our section for all the details on property tax collection!

Historical Library and Museum: Ever wished you could look through the Museum’s collections from the comfort of your own home? Starting this January, you can!  

Parks, Recreation & Forestry: We are also excited to announce that we received a $25,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry Program to inventory open street terrace planting sites throughout the city.

Sun Prairie Public Library: The library will be CLOSED on Monday, January 15th for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The drive-thru book drops will remain open. 

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Voter Registration

Wisconsin requires 28 days to establish residency at a new address.  When registering, you must present Proof of Residence, a document showing your current name at your current address.  You cannot register to vote at a post office box.  Time spent away from your residence still counts toward the 28 days. 

  • Online

Visit myvote.wi.gov to register online.  If you have a valid, unexpired Wisconsin driver license or Wisconsin ID, and your address on file with the DMV matches the address at which you are registering to vote, your registration will take effect immediately.  If the DMV does not have your current address on file, either update your address on the DOT’s website (wisconsindot.gov) before updating your registration, or submit Proof of Residence along with your registration form to the City Clerk’s Office.

  • In person (CURBSIDE ONLY OFFERED FOR 2021 ELECTIONS)

Registration can take place up until the Friday before any election at the City Clerk’s Office.  When registering, you must present Proof of Residence, a document showing your current name at your current address.   View acceptable forms of Proof of Residence on the Wisconsin Elections Commission website (elections.wi.gov).

  • By Mail

Registration applications need to be postmarked 20 days before an election.  (Applications submitted within the 20 days must be received In person ONLY).  When registering, you must submit Proof of Residence, a document showing your current name at your current address.  To register to vote by mail, visit the Wisconsin Elections Commission website (elections.wi.gov) and print the Voter Registration Application. Complete the form and mail it along with Proof of Residence to the City Clerk’s Office.  

Mail application to:

City Clerk’s Office

Attn:  Elections

300 E Main Street

Sun Prairie, WI  53590

Looking for Election Officials!

In February 2019, the City Council authorized funds to expand our polling locations from four locations to eight.   With the addition of these locations, the City Clerk’s office is always looking for individuals to serve as Election Officials to effectively staff our sites on Election Day.  2024 is going to be a very busy year, and the need for Election Officials will be tremendously high.

You can learn firsthand the voting process by being an Election Official!  The primary goal is to involve residents in the voting process as Election Officials and to bring awareness and understanding of the importance of voting and the voting process.  This experience also inspires residents to register, to vote regularly, and be involved in their community.

You can join this team of caring individuals who help ensure the basic right of citizenship to vote in a fair, free election.  Election Officials are required to attend a short training session prior to each election, and can choose to volunteer or earn the hourly wage.

If interested, please contact the City Clerk’s office at 608-825-1148 or email voting@cityofsunprairie.com and we would be happy to get you signed up.   Looking forward to working with you!

Community Development

Sun Prairie Housing Website

The website has information for prospective renters and homebuyers, current renters and homeowners, developers, and any community members interested in joining the conversation around housing in Sun Prairie. It also includes relevant data and housing studies, racial equity resources, and regional resources that our community members can utilize. We look forward to continuing to update the site with additional helpful information moving forward, so be sure to check back soon! 

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Welcome to Sun Prairie's Housing Website! (arcgis.com)

Finance

2023 Taxes

Tax payments can be paid via mail, drop boxes, online, or in person at City Hall.

City Hall Hours

Monday to Friday 
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Full payment or 1st Installment must be paid by 1/31/24. 
E-checks & credit card payments due by 4:00 pm on 1/26/24.

Contact Us

Phone: 608-825-1192
E-mail: taxes@cityofsunprairie.com

Dog Licenses

Dog licenses can be purchased starting December 1.  Instructions are online, including a mail-in form. https://sunprairiewi.viewpointcloud.com.  If you have additional questions, call 608-837-2511 or email: licensing@cityofsunprairie.com

Additional Online Tax Resources

City of Sun Prairie Tax Information https://www.cityofsunprairie.com/321/Property-Taxes 

Past and Current Real Estate Tax Records and Payments on Access Dane website
https://accessdane.countyofdane.com/

WI Lottery Credit Info and Forms
 
https://www.revenue.wi.gov/Pages/FAQS/slf-lottcr.aspx

State of Wisconsin Credits
Lottery & Gaming, First Dollar

To qualify for Lottery & Gaming Credit, your home must be the primary residence for you, or previous owner, on January 1, 2023.

Verify you received your Lottery & Gaming Credit on your 2023 tax bill.  

  • If you did not receive credit and qualify, fill out the form from link above, and come into City Hall BEFORE January 31, 2024.

First Dollar Credit – If you have an “Assessed Value Improvement” amount on tax bill, it is automatic.  If not on your bill, contact Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue at 608-266-2486.

Payment Details

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  • Make checks payable to: City of Sun Prairie Treasurer.
  • Write parcel number on your check in the comment field.
  • Please include phone number, in case we have questions.
  • Include the payment stub from the tax bill.

Escrow Check Payment
 
On the escrow check, if there are multiple names on “Payable to:” line, with the word “AND”, all parties must endorse the back of the check. 

  • Example - Payable to: City of Sun Prairie and JJ Sunny and CC Sunny, both JJ and CC need to endorse the check before sending in tax payment.

Timing on Payments
 
For those wishing to complete payment in 2023, payment must be postmarked or in drop boxes by 12/31/23. 

Deadline for online payments is 4:00 pm on 1/26/24.

Payments after 1/31/24, and 2nd installment payments must be sent to Dane County Treasurer. Phone: 608-266-4151.

Drop Box Locations

  • City Hall Police Department Lobby
     
    Green drop box is in the lobby in FRONT of building, 300 E Main St.
  • Westside Community Service Building
     
    Drop box slot is inside the doors by the parking lot, 2598 W Main St.

Online Payment Options

Deadline for online payments is 4:00 pm on 1/26/24.

E-Checks and Credit Card Payments
 
Online payments can be processed at: https://cityofsunprairie.com/319/Online-Payments

Follow the directions for Tax Payments on the web page. 
Be advised of FIS charges of $1 for E-Check and 2.35% for Credit Card payments.

Refunds
 
If payment exceeds full amount due, a refund will be issued to name and address on tax bill, within four weeks.

Receipts
 
For receipts please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with payment. Payments can also be viewed on Access Dane website.

Dog License and Dog Park Permits

We are now selling Dog License and Dog Park Permits for the Licensing Year 2024. You will need to have a copy of your dog’s current Rabies certificate, there is no exceptions. You may visit the website https://sunprairiewi.viewpointcloud.com/  to apply at your convenience.

Dog Licenses Fees

  • $20.00 for spayed or neutered dogs
  • $25.00 for intact dogs
  • 16.00 for a spayed or neutered puppy under 5 months (Puppies are dogs who become 5 months of age after July 1 of the license year.  The puppy’s D.O.B. would be after Feb. 1st, 2024.)
  • $18.50 for an intact puppy under 5 months (Puppies are dogs who become 5 months of age after July 1 of the licensing year. The puppy’s D.O.B. would be after Feb. 1st, 2024.)

Dog Park Permit Fees

  • $43.00 for the first dog.
  • $20.00 for 2nd and 3rd dog.
  • $20.00 for Senior/ Disabled
  • $20.00 For Military/Veteran

Historical Library and Museum

Sun Prairie Historical Library and Museum

The Museum is open to the public this winter on Wednesdays 11:00am-4:00pm and by appointment for research and special events. To learn more, visit www.cityofsunprairie.com/museum.  

Staff can be reached by phone at (608) 825-0837 or by email at museum@cityofsunprairie.com.

The Historical Library and Museum is located at 115 East Main St. Sun Prairie with parking behind the building. Admission is always free.

Announcements:

Going Public with the Past

Ever wished you could look through the Museum’s collections from the comfort of your own home? Starting this January, you can! This fall, the Museum’s database migrated to an online platform that makes public access possible. Visit our Facebook page to learn how you can explore the collections: www.facebook.com/CityOfSunPrairieMuseum

Parks, Recreation and Forestry

January can only mean one thing….Frozen FUN Prairie has officially begun!  There is so much winter fun to be had around the city, where do we begin?!

Did you know the Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department has snowshoes available to rent?  For only $10 per pair, there are weekend and weekday rental options.  Get out and enjoy the many powdery trails!

Frozen Fest starts January 26th and goes until February 2nd.  Activities include a candle-lit snowshoe hike, sled dog demo, puzzle contest, and much more!  For more information, visit cityofsunprairie.com/frozenfest


RECREATION

The Recreation Division has many fun winter programs happening for all ages.  Whether you are into sports, dance, fitness, music or school-based activities, we’ve got you covered.  We’re especially excited to offer several NEW programs such as Coding for Teens, Chess Club, 55+ Strength & Balance and Burn Boot Camp Pop Ups.  To view and/or to register for programs, visit rec.cityofsunprairie.com or stop by the office during business hours, Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Pick up a 2024 Winter/Spring Rec Connection at the Westside Community Services Building, Library, or City Hall and/or view the guide online at rec.cityofsunprairie.com.

PARKS

Looking to brave the cold and get outside this winter?!  Come ice skate at Stoneridge Estates and Renstone Parks this winter!  Trails will be groomed for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat tire bikes at Sheehan Park!  In addition, there are sledding hills at Carriage Hills Estates and Sheehan Park! Keep an eye out January 26 – February 2 for Frozen Fest activities throughout the parks!

FORESTRY

Winter is the perfect time for tree care!  We will be conducting structural and clearance pruning on street trees throughout the city.  We are also excited to announce that we received a $25,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry Program to inventory open street terrace planting sites throughout the city and develop a planting plan in hopes to reforest areas in the city that lack tree canopy cover.   This project works in tandem with our recently installed Gravel Bed that will allow us much more flexibility in our tree planting operations.   

Sun Prairie Public Library

Library Closed on Monday, January 15th 

The library will be CLOSED on Monday, January 15th for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The drive-thru book drops will remain open. 

Crafting Paper Buildings

Wednesday, January 10 from 6:30-8 p.m.

Gear up for the Model Train Show with a demo on how to make structures for your model train sets, tabletop games, or holiday displays out of paper!  Members of the Southern Wisconsin Sandhouse Crew will be here to show you all the tips and techniques you need to construct your very own buildings. No experience necessary and all supplies will be provided.  

Model Train Show

  • Saturday, January 13th from 9:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 14th from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Join us in the Library Community Room for the Southern WI Sandhouse Crew Model Train show!

National Puzzle Day Puzzle-A-Thon

Monday, January 29th from 9am-8:30pm 

How many puzzles can Sun Prairie do in one day?!

We are hosting an all-day Puzzle-a-Thon on National Puzzle Day: Monday, January 29, 2024 from 9am-8:30pm, as a part of Frozen Fun Prairie Fest! We are challenging community members of all ages to stop by to help complete a puzzle, whether it be big or small. We will be offering beverages and entertainment while community members work on a variety of puzzles, including jigsaw, crossword and Sudoku. This program is free and open to all.

Generously funded by the Friends of the Sun Prairie Public Library and the Sun Prairie Public Library Foundation.

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Community Needs Assessment 

The Sun Prairie Wellness Coalition in partnership with Sunshine Place are conducting a Community Needs Assessment. 

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Spanish Flyer 

Spanish CNA Flyer.pdf

Lobby Hour Changes

The lobby hours at Sunshine Place and the Food Pantry hours will be changing in 2024.  See the attached flyer for the information and please share! 

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Free Financial Literacy Course

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Sun Prairie to Honor the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On Monday, January 15, there will be a special community event to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This free event, running from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will be hosted at the Mckenzie Family Boys & Girls Club located at 232 Windsor Street.

The event centers on celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King through an array of activities designed to unite and inspire. Beginning at 10 a.m., the documentary “Been to the Mountaintop: Martin Luther King, Jr.”, which includes original footage from some of Dr. King’s major speeches, will be screened. Following the documentary, attendees can look forward to an engaging lineup of speakers compiled of local Black and African American community leaders, who will share their perspectives, insights, and reflections on Dr. King's impact of their lives.

The program will feature powerful spoken word performances from student groups and various activities aimed at fostering community solidarity and dialogue. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in conversations and build relationships centered on the themes of Dr. King’s mission. To facilitate camaraderie and fellowship, a complimentary brunch will be provided to all attendees.

The planning of this event is a collaborative effort between Mckenzie Family Boys & Girls Club, Sunshine Place, Community Schools, City of Sun Prairie, Sun Prairie Public Library, and Neighborhood Navigators. To follow the event page, please visit: https://fb.me/e/3TlOCGBBo 

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Committee of the Whole

The Committee of the Whole, consisting of all 8 seated City Council members, addresses multi-committee issues, reviews the annual budget, manages real estate transactions, engages in long-term planning, has the authority to sanction Council members and officials, and handles matters not assigned to specific committees. Chaired by the Council President, it convenes on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 300 E. Main St., Downtown Sun Prairie, with meeting times occasionally subject to change (refer to the events calendar for specific times).

Check out the latest Committee of the Whole meeting (12/19/2023)

City Council

The City Council represents Sun Prairie's citizens, exercising legislative powers for governing the city. Its responsibilities include overseeing city property, finances, infrastructure, and public services, all in the interest of public health, safety, and welfare. The city is divided into four aldermanic districts, each with two alderpersons serving two-year terms. You can determine your district by contacting the City Clerk or checking the district map. City Council convenes regularly on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 300 E. Main Street, Downtown Sun Prairie.

Check out the latest Common Council meeting (12/19/2023)


Sun Prairie Media Center

Sun Prairie Media Center consists of three main entities, each with its own individual mission:

KSUN: The mission of KSUN is to train and nurture Sun Prairie residents in providing original video programming designed to educate, inform, entertain, and enlighten the city of Sun Prairie. KSUN programming should appeal to a wide range of Sun Prairie residents and reflect the diverse nature of the Sun Prairie population.

KIDS-4: The mission of KIDS-4 is to promote media literacy to the youth population of Sun Prairie as well as to teach students all aspects of producing original video and audio content. Students enrolled in KIDS-4 become more discriminating consumers of media, better communicators, better collaborators, and receive vital hands-on experience on a wide range of media-making tools.

103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio: The mission of 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio is to train and nurture Sun Prairie residents in providing original radio and podcast programming designed to educate, inform, entertain, and enlighten the city of Sun Prairie. 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio programming should appeal to a wide range of Sun Prairie residents and reflect the diverse nature of the Sun Prairie population.

Check out the abundance of quality community programming at https://www.sunprairiemediacenter.com/

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