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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - April 4, 2020

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LAST UPDATED 4/4/20 1:00 PM

City Communications Updates

Mayor Esser Updates 
Mayor Esser plans to address the city by video every few days as the COVID-19 event continues. 

3/19/2020: His first video can be viewed here (Link to video).

3/27/2020: His Second video can be viewed: https://videoplayer.telvue.com/player/O1KDXxYafTFWNyJDAq7WcuvJ9u9YH6tS/media/551526?autostart=false&showtabssearch=true&fullscreen=false&jwsource=cl

3/31/2020: His third address can be viewed here: https://bit.ly/2WVKdaE

Mayor Esser’s address of Asian-community harassment here in Sun prairie - https://www.cityofsunprairie.com/DocumentCenter/View/10312/Sun-Prairie-Asian-Community-Anti-Harassment-Statement

Fraud alert
Fraud related to COVID-19 has arisen. Read here to learn more about what to look out for: https://www.cityofsunprairie.com/DocumentCenter/View/10304/Beware-Fraud-in-the-Wake-of-COVID-19

City Administrator Updates

4/2/2020: The latest video message clarifying how to stay civically engaged during the Safer at Home order: https://bit.ly/3aGCxgr

3/25/2020: Letter from the City Administrator concerning Governor Evers Safer from Home Order
Text Version and Video Version 

3/19/2020: A letter from the City Administrator about the COVID-19 response

3/12/2020: Community letter regarding COVID-19

*NEW* Chief’s Communication:

Hear the latest message from Chief Steffes of the Police force, Chief Goff of Emergency Medical Services, and Chief Garrison of Sun Prairie Fire:

3/26/2020: Video from Sun Prairie Emergency Services Chiefs

4/4/20 - https://bit.ly/2JFCtSk

State and Public Health Updates

Governor Evers Issues Safer at Home Order:
On March 25, at the direction of Governor Tony Evers, #DHSWI Secretary-designee Andrea Palm issued the order to keep us #SaferAtHome.
Press Release - https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/282deef 
Official Order - evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/EMO12-SaferAtHome.pdf

Updated Mass Gathering Ban (3/20/2020) 

Original Mass Gathering Ban (3/17/2020 at 5:00 p.m.)
State-wide Moratorium on Mass Gatherings (Link to PDF, Updated to include limit on public gatherings to under 10 people. The order closes all bars. Restaurants can remain open only for takeout or delivery.)

Emergency order restricting the size of childcare settings found here (Link to PDF).

Wisconsin DHS Important Recommendations for Prevention of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities (Link to PDF)

Utility holds ordered by the governor includes the following:-- Learn more https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/2829591

  1. Stop utility disconnection for nonpayment for all customers, including commercial, industrial, and farm accounts. Previously this applied to residential accounts only;
  2. Cease assessing late fees to customer accounts;
  3. Halt the practice of requiring deposits from customers for reconnection of service;
  4. Allow deferred payment agreements for all customers who request them;
  5. Remove any administrative barriers for customers establishing or reestablishing utility service; and 
  6. Authorize water utilities to provide budget billing arrangements to customers. Electric and natural gas utilities are allowed to do this under current rules.

City Services Updates

Many members of the City’s staff have been asked to work from home to slow the spread of COVID-19. We are encouraging residents to utilize the City’s website to access services, pay bills and process transactions they would normally do at City Hall. Please use this document to help identify city services available online

Public Works
The City of Sun Prairie Recycle Center will be closed to the public until further notice. See the Public Works COVID-19 Update from 3/24/2020.

The City Service Center (Public Works, Storm Water and Parks) and the Fleet shop have been closed to public access. Essential services will continue, but public contact has being restricted. If anyone needs to contact Public Works they may call 608-837-3050 or 608-825-0713. For Fleet Services please contact 608-825-0712

Sun Prairie Utilities
The utility office will be closed to walk-in traffic until further notice. Residents are encouraged to communicate via email or telephone 608-837-5500 for other utility business. Payments can be made via MyAccount, the drive-up window, and the payment drop box.

*UPDATE* Elections and In-Person Absentee Voting

All 8 polling places have been consolidated into 1 polling place at Sun Prairie High School, located at 888 Grove St - See our city clerk explain how you can have the smoothest voting experience this April - https://bit.ly/344Pazj

or Read the full press release here: https://cityofsunprairie.com/DocumentCenter/View/10317/Temporary-Polling-Place-Change

Here’s the map of what voting will look like on April 7th for our in person polling place - https://cityofsunprairie.com/DocumentCenter/View/10336/April-7-2020-voting-direction-map-at-Sun-Prairie-Area-High-School

Curbside Absentee voting available until April 3rd to high risk populations. Signs will be posted at each of the designated stalls prompting voters who need to use the curbside voting option to ring the doorbell or call the City Clerk’s Office at 837-2511. High-risk populations include older adults and people with chronic health conditions.

The City of Sun Prairie’s In-Person Absentee Voting Hours are being updated. Our available hours to absentee vote In-Person will be from 8:00am – 4:30pm M-F except otherwise noted for specific dates on our website.

City Clerk’s Office is encouraging residents to request absentee ballots online at https://myvote.wi.gov or by mailing in their request to the clerk’s office

PLEASE NOTE: Online voter registration in Wisconsin through MyVote.wi.gov has been restored.  Additional information is available on the City Website at https://cityofsunprairie.com/231/Voter-Information. In addition, all Dane County voters may indicate as needed that they are indefinitely confined due to illness.  This declaration will make it easier for Dane County voters to participate in this election by mail in these difficult times. I urge all voters who request a ballot and have trouble presenting a valid ID to indicate that they are indefinitely confined.  People are reluctant to check the box that says they are indefinitely confined but this is a pandemic.  This feature in our law is here to help preserve everyone’s right to vote.  The process works like this:  

  • A voter visit’s myvote.wi.gov to request a ballot.  
  • A voter can select a box that reads “I certify that I am indefinitely confined due to age illness, infirmity or disability and request ballots be sent to me for every election until I am no longer confined or fail to return a ballot.  
  • The voter is then able to skip the step of uploading an ID in order to receive a ballot for the April 7 election.

Voters are confined due to the COVID-19 illness.  When the Stay at Home order by the Governor is lifted, the voter can change their designation back by contacting their clerk or updating their information in myvote.wi.gov.  

Voters who are able to provide a copy of their ID should do so and not indicate that they are indefinitely confined.  

Parks, Recreation and Forestry Update
Playgrounds closed effective 8:00 AM Wednesday March 25th. All athletic facilities are closed effective March 19, 2020.  The Pet Exercise Area will also be closed and locked until further notice. Park shelter rentals, park athletic facility rentals, Westside Community Services Building rentals, special events, and organized sports and recreation program activities through April 17, 2020 have been cancelled. Reservations for facilities will be taken for events that take place after May 15, 2020.

Sun Prairie Historical Museum closed tentatively until April 17th

Sun Prairie Media Center
The Sun Prairie Media Center has suspended community access to its studios effective March 23. The KIDS-4 program has been suspended until further notice. KSUN, KIDS-4, and 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio are being programmed and updated remotely. E-mail jrobbins@cityofsunprairie.com with any questions.

Sun Prairie Indoor Farmers Market
Cancelled for Weekend of March 21st and 28th. Reach out to vendors directly through Facebook or Facebook the Sun prairie Farmers Market for vendor contact information.

Madison Metro Bus Service
The City’s Commuter Bus Service will temporarily suspend bus fares to allow passengers to enter through the rear of the bus. Entering the rear of the bus will ensure that passengers do not pass the bus driver as they enter – keeping the driver and all passengers a safe distance apart.All buses will have a maximum capacity of 15 riders. Starting Monday, March 23, service will be reduced to weekend routes, with the addition of the suburban commuter routes.

  • Due to COVID-19 and the social distancing guidelines issued by both the DHS and the CDC, the shared-ride taxi operations will be modified in the following ways effective immediately and until further notice:
    • the number of passengers per vehicle will be restricted to one (1)
    • passengers will not be allowed to sit in the front seat of taxi vehicles
    • drivers will be required to sanitize vehicles after each passenger

Building Inspection:
Inspection staff will not be available to meet in-person at City Hall.  Field inspections will be evaluated as requests come in and conducted when it is determined it is both essential, and safe for both staff and our customers. Certain inspections may be postponed to a future date based on staff availability.

Sun Prairie Municipal Court
All court dates are closed until May 6, 2020.  Individuals with affected court dates will be notified by mail.

Planning Department
To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, many Planning Division staff members will temporarily work remotely.  Although, City Hall is currently open, the Planning Division will only be accepting zoning/development applications digitally or through the regular mail until further notice.

Economic Development Department
Staff is monitoring and updating a list of technical and financial resources for small businesses, including assistance programs being made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and other local, state and federal programs. More information is available at: https://www.cityofsunprairie.com/COVID19biz

Sun Prairie Public Library 
All library programs and outreach are canceled until further notice. The library will be evaluating all services, including open hours, in the days and weeks ahead. March 15 at 5pm, The Sun Prairie Public Library is closed. All Library Services including circulation services, outside book drop, programming, community meetings, outreach services, early and absentee voting, meeting room & discussion room reservations are canceled or postponed. This closure will remain in effect until at least April 5.

Sun Prairie Police Department
All tours, ride-alongs, and public fingerprinting are canceled until further notice.  Residents are directed to the Police Department web page or Facebook page for online services like public records requests or payment of citations.

Community Updates:

Important links
Unemployment Insurance Update

Sun Prairie School District Coordinated Meal Effort

CDC COVID-19 resource page

Latest Wisconsin COVID-19 Test Results  

YMCA meal program
Monday- Friday. 11:30a-12:30p. Ages 18 and Younger. Lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following morning in a brown bag. Any child up to age 18 can come to one of these sites and receive a meal. The child has to be present to receive the meal. A parent cannot say they have a child at home and take meals for them. The child must be in the car or at the site. Bags will be distributed for the child to take home in a walk up or drive through manner. We are serving the following sites in Sun Prairie: VFW parking lot, Boys and Girls Club, Element on Main Apartments and Rolling Prairie Apartments. This service WILL be offered during the SPASD spring break. Monday - Friday. 3:30p-4:30p. All ages. Meal for the day. Drive through method. This service will be at the Sun Prairie YMCA 1470 Don Simon Drive. In addition, this afternoon food site is available at the Madison branches of the YMCA as well.

Sunshine Place
Sunshine Supper will be offering carry out meals only on Mondays from 5:30 - 6:30 pm; CARDS Closet and Bed Lady program are suspending appointments for at least two weeks (starting 3/13/2020); Sunshine Legal Clinic on 4/2/2020 will now be virtual clinic (call 608-514-6210 to set up an appointment); Sunshine Ball on 4/18/2020 is being postponed.

Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry
Lobby Resource Center will remain open 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday

Colonial Club
Closed until at least 3/29/2020.  All classes, building rentals, and activities during this time are canceled.  The congregate meal site is closed.  Home delivered meals will remain operational.  Case managers can be reached at 608-837-4611.

For more information

For more information, follow general updates on the main page here on the City’s website. Additional information is also being provided at our newly created COVID-19 Information and Resource Page.

Watch for additional news and updates on the main page of the City’s website.

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LAST UPDATED 4/3/20 2:00 PM

City Communications Updates

3/26/2020: Video from Sun Prairie Emergency Services Chiefs

Mayor Esser Updates 
Mayor Esser plans to address the city by video every few days as the COVID-19 event continues. 

3/19/2020: His first video can be viewed here (Link to video).

3/27/2020: His Second video can be viewed: https://videoplayer.telvue.com/player/O1KDXxYafTFWNyJDAq7WcuvJ9u9YH6tS/media/551526?autostart=false&showtabssearch=true&fullscreen=false&jwsource=cl

3/31/2020: His third address can be viewed here: https://bit.ly/2WVKdaE

Mayor Esser’s address of Asian-community harassment here in Sun prairie - https://www.cityofsunprairie.com/DocumentCenter/View/10312/Sun-Prairie-Asian-Community-Anti-Harassment-Statement

Fraud alert
Fraud related to COVID-19 has arisen. Read here to learn more about what to look out for: https://www.cityofsunprairie.com/DocumentCenter/View/10304/Beware-Fraud-in-the-Wake-of-COVID-19

City Administrator Updates

4/2/2020: The latest video message clarifying how to stay civically engaged during the Safer at Home order: https://bit.ly/3aGCxgr

3/25/2020: Letter from the City Administrator concerning Governor Evers Safer from Home Order
Text Version and Video Version 

3/19/2020: A letter from the City Administrator about the COVID-19 response

3/12/2020: Community letter regarding COVID-19

State and Public Health Updates

Governor Evers Issues Safer at Home Order:
On March 25, at the direction of Governor Tony Evers, #DHSWI Secretary-designee Andrea Palm issued the order to keep us #SaferAtHome.
Press Release - https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/282deef 
Official Order - evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/EMO12-SaferAtHome.pdf

Updated Mass Gathering Ban (3/20/2020) 

Original Mass Gathering Ban (3/17/2020 at 5:00 p.m.)
State-wide Moratorium on Mass Gatherings (Link to PDF, Updated to include limit on public gatherings to under 10 people. The order closes all bars. Restaurants can remain open only for takeout or delivery.)

Emergency order restricting the size of childcare settings found here (Link to PDF).

Wisconsin DHS Important Recommendations for Prevention of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities (Link to PDF)

Utility holds ordered by the governor includes the following:-- Learn more https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/2829591

  1. Stop utility disconnection for nonpayment for all customers, including commercial, industrial, and farm accounts. Previously this applied to residential accounts only;
  2. Cease assessing late fees to customer accounts;
  3. Halt the practice of requiring deposits from customers for reconnection of service;
  4. Allow deferred payment agreements for all customers who request them;
  5. Remove any administrative barriers for customers establishing or reestablishing utility service; and 
  6. Authorize water utilities to provide budget billing arrangements to customers. Electric and natural gas utilities are allowed to do this under current rules.

City Services Updates

Many members of the City’s staff have been asked to work from home to slow the spread of COVID-19. We are encouraging residents to utilize the City’s website to access services, pay bills and process transactions they would normally do at City Hall. Please use this document to help identify city services available online

Public Works
The City of Sun Prairie Recycle Center will be closed to the public until further notice. See the Public Works COVID-19 Update from 3/24/2020.

The City Service Center (Public Works, Storm Water and Parks) and the Fleet shop have been closed to public access. Essential services will continue, but public contact has being restricted. If anyone needs to contact Public Works they may call 608-837-3050 or 608-825-0713. For Fleet Services please contact 608-825-0712

Sun Prairie Utilities
The utility office will be closed to walk-in traffic until further notice. Residents are encouraged to communicate via email or telephone 608-837-5500 for other utility business. Payments can be made via MyAccount, the drive-up window, and the payment drop box.

*UPDATE* Elections and In-Person Absentee Voting

All 8 polling places have been consolidated into 1 polling place at Sun Prairie High School, located at 888 Grove St - See our city clerk explain how you can have the smoothest voting experience this April - https://bit.ly/344Pazj

or Read the full press release here: https://cityofsunprairie.com/DocumentCenter/View/10317/Temporary-Polling-Place-Change

Here’s the map of what voting will look like on April 7th for our in person polling place - https://cityofsunprairie.com/DocumentCenter/View/10336/April-7-2020-voting-direction-map-at-Sun-Prairie-Area-High-School

Curbside Absentee voting available until April 3rd to high risk populations. Signs will be posted at each of the designated stalls prompting voters who need to use the curbside voting option to ring the doorbell or call the City Clerk’s Office at 837-2511. High-risk populations include older adults and people with chronic health conditions.

The City of Sun Prairie’s In-Person Absentee Voting Hours are being updated. Our available hours to absentee vote In-Person will be from 8:00am – 4:30pm M-F except otherwise noted for specific dates on our website.

City Clerk’s Office is encouraging residents to request absentee ballots online at https://myvote.wi.gov or by mailing in their request to the clerk’s office

PLEASE NOTE: Online voter registration in Wisconsin through MyVote.wi.gov has been restored.  Additional information is available on the City Website at https://cityofsunprairie.com/231/Voter-Information. In addition, all Dane County voters may indicate as needed that they are indefinitely confined due to illness.  This declaration will make it easier for Dane County voters to participate in this election by mail in these difficult times. I urge all voters who request a ballot and have trouble presenting a valid ID to indicate that they are indefinitely confined.  People are reluctant to check the box that says they are indefinitely confined but this is a pandemic.  This feature in our law is here to help preserve everyone’s right to vote.  The process works like this:  

  • A voter visit’s myvote.wi.gov to request a ballot.  
  • A voter can select a box that reads “I certify that I am indefinitely confined due to age illness, infirmity or disability and request ballots be sent to me for every election until I am no longer confined or fail to return a ballot.  
  • The voter is then able to skip the step of uploading an ID in order to receive a ballot for the April 7 election.

Voters are confined due to the COVID-19 illness.  When the Stay at Home order by the Governor is lifted, the voter can change their designation back by contacting their clerk or updating their information in myvote.wi.gov.  

Voters who are able to provide a copy of their ID should do so and not indicate that they are indefinitely confined.  

Parks, Recreation and Forestry Update
Playgrounds closed effective 8:00 AM Wednesday March 25th. All athletic facilities are closed effective March 19, 2020.  The Pet Exercise Area will also be closed and locked until further notice. Park shelter rentals, park athletic facility rentals, Westside Community Services Building rentals, special events, and organized sports and recreation program activities through April 17, 2020 have been cancelled. Reservations for facilities will be taken for events that take place after May 15, 2020.

Sun Prairie Historical Museum closed tentatively until April 17th

Sun Prairie Media Center
The Sun Prairie Media Center has suspended community access to its studios effective March 23. The KIDS-4 program has been suspended until further notice. KSUN, KIDS-4, and 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio are being programmed and updated remotely. E-mail jrobbins@cityofsunprairie.com with any questions.

Sun Prairie Indoor Farmers Market
Cancelled for Weekend of March 21st and 28th. Reach out to vendors directly through Facebook or Facebook the Sun prairie Farmers Market for vendor contact information.

Madison Metro Bus Service
The City’s Commuter Bus Service will temporarily suspend bus fares to allow passengers to enter through the rear of the bus. Entering the rear of the bus will ensure that passengers do not pass the bus driver as they enter – keeping the driver and all passengers a safe distance apart.All buses will have a maximum capacity of 15 riders. Starting Monday, March 23, service will be reduced to weekend routes, with the addition of the suburban commuter routes.

  • Due to COVID-19 and the social distancing guidelines issued by both the DHS and the CDC, the shared-ride taxi operations will be modified in the following ways effective immediately and until further notice:
    • the number of passengers per vehicle will be restricted to one (1)
    • passengers will not be allowed to sit in the front seat of taxi vehicles
    • drivers will be required to sanitize vehicles after each passenger

Building Inspection:
Inspection staff will not be available to meet in-person at City Hall.  Field inspections will be evaluated as requests come in and conducted when it is determined it is both essential, and safe for both staff and our customers. Certain inspections may be postponed to a future date based on staff availability.

Sun Prairie Municipal Court
All court dates are closed until May 6, 2020.  Individuals with affected court dates will be notified by mail.

Planning Department
To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, many Planning Division staff members will temporarily work remotely.  Although, City Hall is currently open, the Planning Division will only be accepting zoning/development applications digitally or through the regular mail until further notice.

Economic Development Department
Staff is monitoring and updating a list of technical and financial resources for small businesses, including assistance programs being made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and other local, state and federal programs. More information is available at: https://www.cityofsunprairie.com/COVID19biz

Sun Prairie Public Library 
All library programs and outreach are canceled until further notice. The library will be evaluating all services, including open hours, in the days and weeks ahead. March 15 at 5pm, The Sun Prairie Public Library is closed. All Library Services including circulation services, outside book drop, programming, community meetings, outreach services, early and absentee voting, meeting room & discussion room reservations are canceled or postponed. This closure will remain in effect until at least April 5.

Sun Prairie Police Department
All tours, ride-alongs, and public fingerprinting are canceled until further notice.  Residents are directed to the Police Department web page or Facebook page for online services like public records requests or payment of citations.

Community Updates:

Important links
Unemployment Insurance Update

Sun Prairie School District Coordinated Meal Effort

CDC COVID-19 resource page

Latest Wisconsin COVID-19 Test Results  

YMCA meal program
Monday- Friday. 11:30a-12:30p. Ages 18 and Younger. Lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following morning in a brown bag. Any child up to age 18 can come to one of these sites and receive a meal. The child has to be present to receive the meal. A parent cannot say they have a child at home and take meals for them. The child must be in the car or at the site. Bags will be distributed for the child to take home in a walk up or drive through manner. We are serving the following sites in Sun Prairie: VFW parking lot, Boys and Girls Club, Element on Main Apartments and Rolling Prairie Apartments. This service WILL be offered during the SPASD spring break. Monday - Friday. 3:30p-4:30p. All ages. Meal for the day. Drive through method. This service will be at the Sun Prairie YMCA 1470 Don Simon Drive. In addition, this afternoon food site is available at the Madison branches of the YMCA as well.

Sunshine Place
Sunshine Supper will be offering carry out meals only on Mondays from 5:30 - 6:30 pm; CARDS Closet and Bed Lady program are suspending appointments for at least two weeks (starting 3/13/2020); Sunshine Legal Clinic on 4/2/2020 will now be virtual clinic (call 608-514-6210 to set up an appointment); Sunshine Ball on 4/18/2020 is being postponed.

Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry
Lobby Resource Center will remain open 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday

Colonial Club
Closed until at least 3/29/2020.  All classes, building rentals, and activities during this time are canceled.  The congregate meal site is closed.  Home delivered meals will remain operational.  Case managers can be reached at 608-837-4611.

For more information

For more information, follow general updates on the main page here on the City’s website. Additional information is also being provided at our newly created COVID-19 Information and Resource Page.

Watch for additional news and updates on the main page of the City’s website.

----------------------------

LAST UPDATED 4/2/20 5:30 PM

City Communications Updates

3/26/2020: Video from Sun Prairie Emergency Services Chiefs

Mayor Esser Updates 
Mayor Esser plans to address the city by video every few days as the COVID-19 event continues. 

3/19/2020: His first video can be viewed here (Link to video).

3/27/2020: His Second video can be viewed: https://videoplayer.telvue.com/player/O1KDXxYafTFWNyJDAq7WcuvJ9u9YH6tS/media/551526?autostart=false&showtabssearch=true&fullscreen=false&jwsource=cl

3/31/2020: His third address can be viewed here: https://bit.ly/2WVKdaE

Mayor Esser’s address of Asian-community harassment here in Sun prairie - https://www.cityofsunprairie.com/DocumentCenter/View/10312/Sun-Prairie-Asian-Community-Anti-Harassment-Statement

Fraud alert
Fraud related to COVID-19 has arisen. Read here to learn more about what to look out for: https://www.cityofsunprairie.com/DocumentCenter/View/10304/Beware-Fraud-in-the-Wake-of-COVID-19

*UPDATE*City Administrator Updates

4/2/2020: The latest video message clarifying how to stay civically engaged during the Safer at Home order: https://bit.ly/3aGCxgr

3/25/2020: Letter from the City Administrator concerning Governor Evers Safer from Home Order
Text Version and Video Version 

3/19/2020: A letter from the City Administrator about the COVID-19 response

3/12/2020: Community letter regarding COVID-19

State and Public Health Updates

Governor Evers Issues Safer at Home Order:
On March 25, at the direction of Governor Tony Evers, #DHSWI Secretary-designee Andrea Palm issued the order to keep us #SaferAtHome.
Press Release - https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/282deef 
Official Order - evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/EMO12-SaferAtHome.pdf

Updated Mass Gathering Ban (3/20/2020) 

Original Mass Gathering Ban (3/17/2020 at 5:00 p.m.)
State-wide Moratorium on Mass Gatherings (Link to PDF, Updated to include limit on public gatherings to under 10 people. The order closes all bars. Restaurants can remain open only for takeout or delivery.)

Emergency order restricting the size of childcare settings found here (Link to PDF).

Wisconsin DHS Important Recommendations for Prevention of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities (Link to PDF)

Utility holds ordered by the governor includes the following:-- Learn more https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/2829591

  1. Stop utility disconnection for nonpayment for all customers, including commercial, industrial, and farm accounts. Previously this applied to residential accounts only;
  2. Cease assessing late fees to customer accounts;
  3. Halt the practice of requiring deposits from customers for reconnection of service;
  4. Allow deferred payment agreements for all customers who request them;
  5. Remove any administrative barriers for customers establishing or reestablishing utility service; and 
  6. Authorize water utilities to provide budget billing arrangements to customers. Electric and natural gas utilities are allowed to do this under current rules.

City Services Updates

Many members of the City’s staff have been asked to work from home to slow the spread of COVID-19. We are encouraging residents to utilize the City’s website to access services, pay bills and process transactions they would normally do at City Hall. Please use this document to help identify city services available online

Public Works
The City of Sun Prairie Recycle Center will be closed to the public until further notice. See the Public Works COVID-19 Update from 3/24/2020.

The City Service Center (Public Works, Storm Water and Parks) and the Fleet shop have been closed to public access. Essential services will continue, but public contact has being restricted. If anyone needs to contact Public Works they may call 608-837-3050 or 608-825-0713. For Fleet Services please contact 608-825-0712

Sun Prairie Utilities
The utility office will be closed to walk-in traffic until further notice. Residents are encouraged to communicate via email or telephone 608-837-5500 for other utility business. Payments can be made via MyAccount, the drive-up window, and the payment drop box.

*UPDATE* Elections and In-Person Absentee Voting

All 8 polling places have been consolidated into 1 polling place at Sun Prairie High School, located at 888 Grove St - See our city clerk explain how you can have the smoothest voting experience this April - https://bit.ly/344Pazj

or Read the full press release here: https://cityofsunprairie.com/DocumentCenter/View/10317/Temporary-Polling-Place-Change

Curbside Absentee voting available until April 3rd to high risk populations. Signs will be posted at each of the designated stalls prompting voters who need to use the curbside voting option to ring the doorbell or call the City Clerk’s Office at 837-2511. High-risk populations include older adults and people with chronic health conditions.

The City of Sun Prairie’s In-Person Absentee Voting Hours are being updated. Our available hours to absentee vote In-Person will be from 8:00am – 4:30pm M-F except otherwise noted for specific dates on our website.

City Clerk’s Office is encouraging residents to request absentee ballots online at https://myvote.wi.gov or by mailing in their request to the clerk’s office

PLEASE NOTE: Online voter registration in Wisconsin through MyVote.wi.gov has been restored.  Additional information is available on the City Website at https://cityofsunprairie.com/231/Voter-Information. In addition, all Dane County voters may indicate as needed that they are indefinitely confined due to illness.  This declaration will make it easier for Dane County voters to participate in this election by mail in these difficult times. I urge all voters who request a ballot and have trouble presenting a valid ID to indicate that they are indefinitely confined.  People are reluctant to check the box that says they are indefinitely confined but this is a pandemic.  This feature in our law is here to help preserve everyone’s right to vote.  The process works like this:  

  • A voter visit’s myvote.wi.gov to request a ballot.  
  • A voter can select a box that reads “I certify that I am indefinitely confined due to age illness, infirmity or disability and request ballots be sent to me for every election until I am no longer confined or fail to return a ballot.  
  • The voter is then able to skip the step of uploading an ID in order to receive a ballot for the April 7 election.

Voters are confined due to the COVID-19 illness.  When the Stay at Home order by the Governor is lifted, the voter can change their designation back by contacting their clerk or updating their information in myvote.wi.gov.  

Voters who are able to provide a copy of their ID should do so and not indicate that they are indefinitely confined.  

Parks, Recreation and Forestry Update
Playgrounds closed effective 8:00 AM Wednesday March 25th. All athletic facilities are closed effective March 19, 2020.  The Pet Exercise Area will also be closed and locked until further notice. Park shelter rentals, park athletic facility rentals, Westside Community Services Building rentals, special events, and organized sports and recreation program activities through April 17, 2020 have been cancelled. Reservations for facilities will be taken for events that take place after May 15, 2020.

Sun Prairie Historical Museum closed tentatively until April 17th

Sun Prairie Media Center
The Sun Prairie Media Center has suspended community access to its studios effective March 23. The KIDS-4 program has been suspended until further notice. KSUN, KIDS-4, and 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio are being programmed and updated remotely. E-mail jrobbins@cityofsunprairie.com with any questions.

Sun Prairie Indoor Farmers Market
Cancelled for Weekend of March 21st and 28th. Reach out to vendors directly through Facebook or Facebook the Sun prairie Farmers Market for vendor contact information.

Madison Metro Bus Service
The City’s Commuter Bus Service will temporarily suspend bus fares to allow passengers to enter through the rear of the bus. Entering the rear of the bus will ensure that passengers do not pass the bus driver as they enter – keeping the driver and all passengers a safe distance apart.All buses will have a maximum capacity of 15 riders. Starting Monday, March 23, service will be reduced to weekend routes, with the addition of the suburban commuter routes.

  • Due to COVID-19 and the social distancing guidelines issued by both the DHS and the CDC, the shared-ride taxi operations will be modified in the following ways effective immediately and until further notice:
    • the number of passengers per vehicle will be restricted to one (1)
    • passengers will not be allowed to sit in the front seat of taxi vehicles
    • drivers will be required to sanitize vehicles after each passenger

Building Inspection:
Inspection staff will not be available to meet in-person at City Hall.  Field inspections will be evaluated as requests come in and conducted when it is determined it is both essential, and safe for both staff and our customers. Certain inspections may be postponed to a future date based on staff availability.

Sun Prairie Municipal Court
All court dates are closed until May 6, 2020.  Individuals with affected court dates will be notified by mail.

Planning Department
To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, many Planning Division staff members will temporarily work remotely.  Although, City Hall is currently open, the Planning Division will only be accepting zoning/development applications digitally or through the regular mail until further notice.

Economic Development Department
Staff is monitoring and updating a list of technical and financial resources for small businesses, including assistance programs being made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and other local, state and federal programs. More information is available at: https://www.cityofsunprairie.com/COVID19biz

Sun Prairie Public Library 
All library programs and outreach are canceled until further notice. The library will be evaluating all services, including open hours, in the days and weeks ahead. March 15 at 5pm, The Sun Prairie Public Library is closed. All Library Services including circulation services, outside book drop, programming, community meetings, outreach services, early and absentee voting, meeting room & discussion room reservations are canceled or postponed. This closure will remain in effect until at least April 5.

Sun Prairie Police Department
All tours, ride-alongs, and public fingerprinting are canceled until further notice.  Residents are directed to the Police Department web page or Facebook page for online services like public records requests or payment of citations.

Community Updates:

Important links
Unemployment Insurance Update

Sun Prairie School District Coordinated Meal Effort

CDC COVID-19 resource page

Latest Wisconsin COVID-19 Test Results  

YMCA meal program
Monday- Friday. 11:30a-12:30p. Ages 18 and Younger. Lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following morning in a brown bag. Any child up to age 18 can come to one of these sites and receive a meal. The child has to be present to receive the meal. A parent cannot say they have a child at home and take meals for them. The child must be in the car or at the site. Bags will be distributed for the child to take home in a walk up or drive through manner. We are serving the following sites in Sun Prairie: VFW parking lot, Boys and Girls Club, Element on Main Apartments and Rolling Prairie Apartments. This service WILL be offered during the SPASD spring break. Monday - Friday. 3:30p-4:30p. All ages. Meal for the day. Drive through method. This service will be at the Sun Prairie YMCA 1470 Don Simon Drive. In addition, this afternoon food site is available at the Madison branches of the YMCA as well.

Sunshine Place
Sunshine Supper will be offering carry out meals only on Mondays from 5:30 - 6:30 pm; CARDS Closet and Bed Lady program are suspending appointments for at least two weeks (starting 3/13/2020); Sunshine Legal Clinic on 4/2/2020 will now be virtual clinic (call 608-514-6210 to set up an appointment); Sunshine Ball on 4/18/2020 is being postponed.

Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry
Lobby Resource Center will remain open 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday

Colonial Club
Closed until at least 3/29/2020.  All classes, building rentals, and activities during this time are canceled.  The congregate meal site is closed.  Home delivered meals will remain operational.  Case managers can be reached at 608-837-4611.

For more information

For more information, follow general updates on the main page here on the City’s website. Additional information is also being provided at our newly created COVID-19 Information and Resource Page.

Watch for additional news and updates on the main page of the City’s website.

----------------------------

LAST UPDATED 4/1/20 9:05 AM

City Communications Updates

3/26/2020: Video from Sun Prairie Emergency Services Chiefs

Mayor Esser Updates 
Mayor Esser plans to address the city by video every few days as the COVID-19 event continues. 

3/19/2020: His first video can be viewed here (Link to video).

3/27/2020: His Second video can be viewed: https://videoplayer.telvue.com/player/O1KDXxYafTFWNyJDAq7WcuvJ9u9YH6tS/media/551526?autostart=false&showtabssearch=true&fullscreen=false&jwsource=cl

3/31/2020: His third address can be viewed here: https://bit.ly/2WVKdaE

Mayor Esser’s address of Asian-community harassment here in Sun prairie - https://www.cityofsunprairie.com/DocumentCenter/View/10312/Sun-Prairie-Asian-Community-Anti-Harassment-Statement

Fraud alert
Fraud related to COVID-19 has arisen. Read here to learn more about what to look out for: https://www.cityofsunprairie.com/DocumentCenter/View/10304/Beware-Fraud-in-the-Wake-of-COVID-19

City Administrator Updates
3/25/2020: Letter from the City Administrator concerning Governor Evers Safer from Home Order
Text Version and Video Version 

3/19/2020: A letter from the City Administrator about the COVID-19 response

3/12/2020: Community letter regarding COVID-19

State and Public Health Updates

Governor Evers Issues Safer at Home Order:
On March 25, at the direction of Governor Tony Evers, #DHSWI Secretary-designee Andrea Palm issued the order to keep us #SaferAtHome.
Press Release - https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/282deef 
Official Order - evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/EMO12-SaferAtHome.pdf

Updated Mass Gathering Ban (3/20/2020) 

Original Mass Gathering Ban (3/17/2020 at 5:00 p.m.)
State-wide Moratorium on Mass Gatherings (Link to PDF, Updated to include limit on public gatherings to under 10 people. The order closes all bars. Restaurants can remain open only for takeout or delivery.)

Emergency order restricting the size of childcare settings found here (Link to PDF).

Wisconsin DHS Important Recommendations for Prevention of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities (Link to PDF)

Utility holds ordered by the governor includes the following:-- Learn more https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/2829591

  1. Stop utility disconnection for nonpayment for all customers, including commercial, industrial, and farm accounts. Previously this applied to residential accounts only;
  2. Cease assessing late fees to customer accounts;
  3. Halt the practice of requiring deposits from customers for reconnection of service;
  4. Allow deferred payment agreements for all customers who request them;
  5. Remove any administrative barriers for customers establishing or reestablishing utility service; and 
  6. Authorize water utilities to provide budget billing arrangements to customers. Electric and natural gas utilities are allowed to do this under current rules.

City Services Updates

Many members of the City’s staff have been asked to work from home to slow the spread of COVID-19. We are encouraging residents to utilize the City’s website to access services, pay bills and process transactions they would normally do at City Hall. Please use this document to help identify city services available online

Public Works
The City of Sun Prairie Recycle Center will be closed to the public until further notice. See the Public Works COVID-19 Update from 3/24/2020.

The City Service Center (Public Works, Storm Water and Parks) and the Fleet shop have been closed to public access. Essential services will continue, but public contact has being restricted. If anyone needs to contact Public Works they may call 608-837-3050 or 608-825-0713. For Fleet Services please contact 608-825-0712

Sun Prairie Utilities
The utility office will be closed to walk-in traffic until further notice. Residents are encouraged to communicate via email or telephone 608-837-5500 for other utility business. Payments can be made via MyAccount, the drive-up window, and the payment drop box.

*UPDATE* Elections and In-Person Absentee Voting

All 8 polling places have been consolidated into 1 polling place at Sun Prairie High School, located at 888 Grove St - Read the full press release here: https://cityofsunprairie.com/DocumentCenter/View/10317/Temporary-Polling-Place-Change

Curbside Absentee voting available until April 3rd to high risk populations. Signs will be posted at each of the designated stalls prompting voters who need to use the curbside voting option to ring the doorbell or call the City Clerk’s Office at 837-2511. High-risk populations include older adults and people with chronic health conditions.

The City of Sun Prairie’s In-Person Absentee Voting Hours are being updated. Our available hours to absentee vote In-Person will be from 8:00am – 4:30pm M-F except otherwise noted for specific dates on our website.

City Clerk’s Office is encouraging residents to request absentee ballots online at https://myvote.wi.gov or by mailing in their request to the clerk’s office

PLEASE NOTE: Online voter registration in Wisconsin through MyVote.wi.gov has been restored.  Additional information is available on the City Website at https://cityofsunprairie.com/231/Voter-Information. In addition, all Dane County voters may indicate as needed that they are indefinitely confined due to illness.  This declaration will make it easier for Dane County voters to participate in this election by mail in these difficult times. I urge all voters who request a ballot and have trouble presenting a valid ID to indicate that they are indefinitely confined.  People are reluctant to check the box that says they are indefinitely confined but this is a pandemic.  This feature in our law is here to help preserve everyone’s right to vote.  The process works like this:  

  • A voter visit’s myvote.wi.gov to request a ballot.  
  • A voter can select a box that reads “I certify that I am indefinitely confined due to age illness, infirmity or disability and request ballots be sent to me for every election until I am no longer confined or fail to return a ballot.  
  • The voter is then able to skip the step of uploading an ID in order to receive a ballot for the April 7 election.

Voters are confined due to the COVID-19 illness.  When the Stay at Home order by the Governor is lifted, the voter can change their designation back by contacting their clerk or updating their information in myvote.wi.gov.  

Voters who are able to provide a copy of their ID should do so and not indicate that they are indefinitely confined.  

Parks, Recreation and Forestry Update
Playgrounds closed effective 8:00 AM Wednesday March 25th. All athletic facilities are closed effective March 19, 2020.  The Pet Exercise Area will also be closed and locked until further notice. Park shelter rentals, park athletic facility rentals, Westside Community Services Building rentals, special events, and organized sports and recreation program activities through April 17, 2020 have been cancelled. Reservations for facilities will be taken for events that take place after May 15, 2020.

Sun Prairie Historical Museum closed tentatively until April 17th

Sun Prairie Media Center
The Sun Prairie Media Center has suspended community access to its studios effective March 23. The KIDS-4 program has been suspended until further notice. KSUN, KIDS-4, and 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio are being programmed and updated remotely. E-mail jrobbins@cityofsunprairie.com with any questions.

Sun Prairie Indoor Farmers Market
Cancelled for Weekend of March 21st and 28th. Reach out to vendors directly through Facebook or Facebook the Sun prairie Farmers Market for vendor contact information.

Madison Metro Bus Service
The City’s Commuter Bus Service will temporarily suspend bus fares to allow passengers to enter through the rear of the bus. Entering the rear of the bus will ensure that passengers do not pass the bus driver as they enter – keeping the driver and all passengers a safe distance apart.All buses will have a maximum capacity of 15 riders. Starting Monday, March 23, service will be reduced to weekend routes, with the addition of the suburban commuter routes.

  • Due to COVID-19 and the social distancing guidelines issued by both the DHS and the CDC, the shared-ride taxi operations will be modified in the following ways effective immediately and until further notice:
    • the number of passengers per vehicle will be restricted to one (1)
    • passengers will not be allowed to sit in the front seat of taxi vehicles
    • drivers will be required to sanitize vehicles after each passenger

Building Inspection:
Inspection staff will not be available to meet in-person at City Hall.  Field inspections will be evaluated as requests come in and conducted when it is determined it is both essential, and safe for both staff and our customers. Certain inspections may be postponed to a future date based on staff availability.

Sun Prairie Municipal Court
All court dates are closed until May 6, 2020.  Individuals with affected court dates will be notified by mail.

Planning Department
To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, many Planning Division staff members will temporarily work remotely.  Although, City Hall is currently open, the Planning Division will only be accepting zoning/development applications digitally or through the regular mail until further notice.

Economic Development Department
Staff is monitoring and updating a list of technical and financial resources for small businesses, including assistance programs being made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and other local, state and federal programs. More information is available at: https://www.cityofsunprairie.com/COVID19biz

Sun Prairie Public Library 
All library programs and outreach are canceled until further notice. The library will be evaluating all services, including open hours, in the days and weeks ahead. March 15 at 5pm, The Sun Prairie Public Library is closed. All Library Services including circulation services, outside book drop, programming, community meetings, outreach services, early and absentee voting, meeting room & discussion room reservations are canceled or postponed. This closure will remain in effect until at least April 5.

Sun Prairie Police Department
All tours, ride-alongs, and public fingerprinting are canceled until further notice.  Residents are directed to the Police Department web page or Facebook page for online services like public records requests or payment of citations.

Community Updates:

Important links
Unemployment Insurance Update

Sun Prairie School District Coordinated Meal Effort

CDC COVID-19 resource page

Latest Wisconsin COVID-19 Test Results  

YMCA meal program
Monday- Friday. 11:30a-12:30p. Ages 18 and Younger. Lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following morning in a brown bag. Any child up to age 18 can come to one of these sites and receive a meal. The child has to be present to receive the meal. A parent cannot say they have a child at home and take meals for them. The child must be in the car or at the site. Bags will be distributed for the child to take home in a walk up or drive through manner. We are serving the following sites in Sun Prairie: VFW parking lot, Boys and Girls Club, Element on Main Apartments and Rolling Prairie Apartments. This service WILL be offered during the SPASD spring break. Monday - Friday. 3:30p-4:30p. All ages. Meal for the day. Drive through method. This service will be at the Sun Prairie YMCA 1470 Don Simon Drive. In addition, this afternoon food site is available at the Madison branches of the YMCA as well.

Sunshine Place
Sunshine Supper will be offering carry out meals only on Mondays from 5:30 - 6:30 pm; CARDS Closet and Bed Lady program are suspending appointments for at least two weeks (starting 3/13/2020); Sunshine Legal Clinic on 4/2/2020 will now be virtual clinic (call 608-514-6210 to set up an appointment); Sunshine Ball on 4/18/2020 is being postponed.

Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry
Lobby Resource Center will remain open 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday

Colonial Club
Closed until at least 3/29/2020.  All classes, building rentals, and activities during this time are canceled.  The congregate meal site is closed.  Home delivered meals will remain operational.  Case managers can be reached at 608-837-4611.

For more information

For more information, follow general updates on the main page here on the City’s website. Additional information is also being provided at our newly created COVID-19 Information and Resource Page.

Watch for additional news and updates on the main page of the City’s website.

----------------------------

LAST UPDATED 3/31/20 4:25 AM

City Communications Updates

3/26/2020: Video from Sun Prairie Emergency Services Chiefs

Mayor Esser Updates 
Mayor Esser plans to address the city by video every few days as the COVID-19 event continues. 

3/19/2020: His first video can be viewed here (Link to video).

3/27/2020: His Second video can be viewed: https://videoplayer.telvue.com/player/O1KDXxYafTFWNyJDAq7WcuvJ9u9YH6tS/media/551526?autostart=false&showtabssearch=true&fullscreen=false&jwsource=cl

3/31/2020: His third address can be viewed here: https://bit.ly/2WVKdaE

Mayor Esser’s address of Asian-community harassment here in Sun prairie - https://www.cityofsunprairie.com/DocumentCenter/View/10312/Sun-Prairie-Asian-Community-Anti-Harassment-Statement

Fraud alert
Fraud related to COVID-19 has arisen. Read here to learn more about what to look out for: https://www.cityofsunprairie.com/DocumentCenter/View/10304/Beware-Fraud-in-the-Wake-of-COVID-19

City Administrator Updates
3/25/2020: Letter from the City Administrator concerning Governor Evers Safer from Home Order
Text Version and Video Version 

3/19/2020: A letter from the City Administrator about the COVID-19 response

3/12/2020: Community letter regarding COVID-19

State and Public Health Updates

Governor Evers Issues Safer at Home Order:
On March 25, at the direction of Governor Tony Evers, #DHSWI Secretary-designee Andrea Palm issued the order to keep us #SaferAtHome.
Press Release - https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/282deef 
Official Order - evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/EMO12-SaferAtHome.pdf

Updated Mass Gathering Ban (3/20/2020) 

Original Mass Gathering Ban (3/17/2020 at 5:00 p.m.)
State-wide Moratorium on Mass Gatherings (Link to PDF, Updated to include limit on public gatherings to under 10 people. The order closes all bars. Restaurants can remain open only for takeout or delivery.)

Emergency order restricting the size of childcare settings found here (Link to PDF).

Wisconsin DHS Important Recommendations for Prevention of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities (Link to PDF)

Utility holds ordered by the governor includes the following:-- Learn more https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/2829591

  1. Stop utility disconnection for nonpayment for all customers, including commercial, industrial, and farm accounts. Previously this applied to residential accounts only;
  2. Cease assessing late fees to customer accounts;
  3. Halt the practice of requiring deposits from customers for reconnection of service;
  4. Allow deferred payment agreements for all customers who request them;
  5. Remove any administrative barriers for customers establishing or reestablishing utility service; and 
  6. Authorize water utilities to provide budget billing arrangements to customers. Electric and natural gas utilities are allowed to do this under current rules.

City Services Updates

Many members of the City’s staff have been asked to work from home to slow the spread of COVID-19. We are encouraging residents to utilize the City’s website to access services, pay bills and process transactions they would normally do at City Hall. Please use this document to help identify city services available online

Public Works
The City of Sun Prairie Recycle Center will be closed to the public until further notice. See the Public Works COVID-19 Update from 3/24/2020.

The City Service Center (Public Works, Storm Water and Parks) and the Fleet shop have been closed to public access. Essential services will continue, but public contact has being restricted. If anyone needs to contact Public Works they may call 608-837-3050 or 608-825-0713. For Fleet Services please contact 608-825-0712

Sun Prairie Utilities
The utility office will be closed to walk-in traffic until further notice. Residents are encouraged to communicate via email or telephone 608-837-5500 for other utility business. Payments can be made via MyAccount, the drive-up window, and the payment drop box.

Elections and In-Person Absentee Voting
Curbside Absentee voting available until April 3rd to high risk populations. Signs will be posted at each of the designated stalls prompting voters who need to use the curbside voting option to ring the doorbell or call the City Clerk’s Office at 837-2511. High-risk populations include older adults and people with chronic health conditions.

The City of Sun Prairie’s In-Person Absentee Voting Hours are being updated. Our available hours to absentee vote In-Person will be from 8:00am – 4:30pm M-F except otherwise noted for specific dates on our website.

City Clerk’s Office is encouraging residents to request absentee ballots online at https://myvote.wi.gov or by mailing in their request to the clerk’s office

PLEASE NOTE: Online voter registration in Wisconsin through MyVote.wi.gov has been restored.  Additional information is available on the City Website at https://cityofsunprairie.com/231/Voter-Information. In addition, all Dane County voters may indicate as needed that they are indefinitely confined due to illness.  This declaration will make it easier for Dane County voters to participate in this election by mail in these difficult times. I urge all voters who request a ballot and have trouble presenting a valid ID to indicate that they are indefinitely confined.  People are reluctant to check the box that says they are indefinitely confined but this is a pandemic.  This feature in our law is here to help preserve everyone’s right to vote.  The process works like this:  

  • A voter visit’s myvote.wi.gov to request a ballot.  
  • A voter can select a box that reads “I certify that I am indefinitely confined due to age illness, infirmity or disability and request ballots be sent to me for every election until I am no longer confined or fail to return a ballot.  
  • The voter is then able to skip the step of uploading an ID in order to receive a ballot for the April 7 election.

Voters are confined due to the COVID-19 illness.  When the Stay at Home order by the Governor is lifted, the voter can change their designation back by contacting their clerk or updating their information in myvote.wi.gov.  

Voters who are able to provide a copy of their ID should do so and not indicate that they are indefinitely confined.  

Parks, Recreation and Forestry Update
Playgrounds closed effective 8:00 AM Wednesday March 25th. All athletic facilities are closed effective March 19, 2020.  The Pet Exercise Area will also be closed and locked until further notice. Park shelter rentals, park athletic facility rentals, Westside Community Services Building rentals, special events, and organized sports and recreation program activities through April 17, 2020 have been cancelled. Reservations for facilities will be taken for events that take place after May 15, 2020.

Sun Prairie Historical Museum closed tentatively until April 17th

Sun Prairie Media Center
The Sun Prairie Media Center has suspended community access to its studios effective March 23. The KIDS-4 program has been suspended until further notice. KSUN, KIDS-4, and 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio are being programmed and updated remotely. E-mail jrobbins@cityofsunprairie.com with any questions.

Sun Prairie Indoor Farmers Market
Cancelled for Weekend of March 21st and 28th. Reach out to vendors directly through Facebook or Facebook the Sun prairie Farmers Market for vendor contact information.

Madison Metro Bus Service
The City’s Commuter Bus Service will temporarily suspend bus fares to allow passengers to enter through the rear of the bus. Entering the rear of the bus will ensure that passengers do not pass the bus driver as they enter – keeping the driver and all passengers a safe distance apart.All buses will have a maximum capacity of 15 riders. Starting Monday, March 23, service will be reduced to weekend routes, with the addition of the suburban commuter routes.

  • Due to COVID-19 and the social distancing guidelines issued by both the DHS and the CDC, the shared-ride taxi operations will be modified in the following ways effective immediately and until further notice:
    • the number of passengers per vehicle will be restricted to one (1)
    • passengers will not be allowed to sit in the front seat of taxi vehicles
    • drivers will be required to sanitize vehicles after each passenger

Building Inspection:
Inspection staff will not be available to meet in-person at City Hall.  Field inspections will be evaluated as requests come in and conducted when it is determined it is both essential, and safe for both staff and our customers. Certain inspections may be postponed to a future date based on staff availability.

Sun Prairie Municipal Court
All court dates are closed until May 6, 2020.  Individuals with affected court dates will be notified by mail.

Planning Department
To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, many Planning Division staff members will temporarily work remotely.  Although, City Hall is currently open, the Planning Division will only be accepting zoning/development applications digitally or through the regular mail until further notice.

Economic Development Department
Staff is monitoring and updating a list of technical and financial resources for small businesses, including assistance programs being made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and other local, state and federal programs. More information is available at: https://www.cityofsunprairie.com/COVID19biz

Sun Prairie Public Library 
All library programs and outreach are canceled until further notice. The library will be evaluating all services, including open hours, in the days and weeks ahead. March 15 at 5pm, The Sun Prairie Public Library is closed. All Library Services including circulation services, outside book drop, programming, community meetings, outreach services, early and absentee voting, meeting room & discussion room reservations are canceled or postponed. This closure will remain in effect until at least April 5.

Sun Prairie Police Department
All tours, ride-alongs, and public fingerprinting are canceled until further notice.  Residents are directed to the Police Department web page or Facebook page for online services like public records requests or payment of citations.

Community Updates:

Important links
Unemployment Insurance Update

Sun Prairie School District Coordinated Meal Effort

CDC COVID-19 resource page

Latest Wisconsin COVID-19 Test Results  

YMCA meal program
Monday- Friday. 11:30a-12:30p. Ages 18 and Younger. Lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following morning in a brown bag. Any child up to age 18 can come to one of these sites and receive a meal. The child has to be present to receive the meal. A parent cannot say they have a child at home and take meals for them. The child must be in the car or at the site. Bags will be distributed for the child to take home in a walk up or drive through manner. We are serving the following sites in Sun Prairie: VFW parking lot, Boys and Girls Club, Element on Main Apartments and Rolling Prairie Apartments. This service WILL be offered during the SPASD spring break. Monday - Friday. 3:30p-4:30p. All ages. Meal for the day. Drive through method. This service will be at the Sun Prairie YMCA 1470 Don Simon Drive. In addition, this afternoon food site is available at the Madison branches of the YMCA as well.

Sunshine Place
Sunshine Supper will be offering carry out meals only on Mondays from 5:30 - 6:30 pm; CARDS Closet and Bed Lady program are suspending appointments for at least two weeks (starting 3/13/2020); Sunshine Legal Clinic on 4/2/2020 will now be virtual clinic (call 608-514-6210 to set up an appointment); Sunshine Ball on 4/18/2020 is being postponed.

Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry
Lobby Resource Center will remain open 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday

Colonial Club
Closed until at least 3/29/2020.  All classes, building rentals, and activities during this time are canceled.  The congregate meal site is closed.  Home delivered meals will remain operational.  Case managers can be reached at 608-837-4611.

For more information

For more information, follow general updates on the main page here on the City’s website. Additional information is also being provided at our newly created COVID-19 Information and Resource Page.

Watch for additional news and updates on the main page of the City’s website.

----------------------------

LAST UPDATED 3/27/20 11:00 AM

City Communications Updates

3/26/2020: Video from Sun Prairie Emergency Services Chiefs

Mayor Esser Updates 
Mayor Esser plans to address the city by video every few days as the COVID-19 event continues. 

3/19/2020: His first video can be viewed here (Link to video).

3/27/2020: His Second video can be viewed here: https://videoplayer.telvue.com/player/O1KDXxYafTFWNyJDAq7WcuvJ9u9YH6tS/media/551526?autostart=false&showtabssearch=true&fullscreen=false&jwsource=cl

Fraud alert
Fraud related to COVID-19 has arisen. Read here to learn more about what to look out for: https://www.cityofsunprairie.com/DocumentCenter/View/10304/Beware-Fraud-in-the-Wake-of-COVID-19

City Administrator Updates
3/25/2020: Letter from the City Administrator concerning Governor Evers Safer from Home Order
Text Version and Video Version 

3/19/2020: A letter from the City Administrator about the COVID-19 response

3/12/2020: Community letter regarding COVID-19

State and Public Health Updates

Governor Evers Issues Safer at Home Order:
On March 25, at the direction of Governor Tony Evers, #DHSWI Secretary-designee Andrea Palm issued the order to keep us #SaferAtHome.
Press Release - https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/282deef 
Official Order - evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/EMO12-SaferAtHome.pdf

Updated Mass Gathering Ban (3/20/2020) 

Original Mass Gathering Ban (3/17/2020 at 5:00 p.m.)
State-wide Moratorium on Mass Gatherings (Link to PDF, Updated to include limit on public gatherings to under 10 people. The order closes all bars. Restaurants can remain open only for takeout or delivery.)

Emergency order restricting the size of childcare settings found here (Link to PDF).

Wisconsin DHS Important Recommendations for Prevention of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities (Link to PDF)

Utility holds ordered by the governor includes the following:-- Learn more https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/2829591

  1. Stop utility disconnection for nonpayment for all customers, including commercial, industrial, and farm accounts. Previously this applied to residential accounts only;
  2. Cease assessing late fees to customer accounts;
  3. Halt the practice of requiring deposits from customers for reconnection of service;
  4. Allow deferred payment agreements for all customers who request them;
  5. Remove any administrative barriers for customers establishing or reestablishing utility service; and 
  6. Authorize water utilities to provide budget billing arrangements to customers. Electric and natural gas utilities are allowed to do this under current rules.

City Services Updates

Many members of the City’s staff have been asked to work from home to slow the spread of COVID-19. We are encouraging residents to utilize the City’s website to access services, pay bills and process transactions they would normally do at City Hall. Please use this document to help identify city services available online

Public Works
The City of Sun Prairie Recycle Center will be closed until further notice. See the Public Works COVID-19 Update from 3/24/2020.

The City Service Center (Public Works, Storm Water and Parks) and the Fleet shop have been closed to public access. Essential services will continue, but public contact has being restricted. If anyone needs to contact Public Works they may call 608-837-3050 or 608-825-0713. For Fleet Services please contact 608-825-0712

Sun Prairie Utilities
The utility office will be closed to walk-in traffic until further notice. Residents are encouraged to communicate via email or telephone 608-837-5500 for other utility business. Payments can be made via MyAccount, the drive-up window, and the payment drop box.

Elections and In-Person Absentee Voting
Curbside Absentee voting available until April 3rd to high risk populations. Signs will be posted at each of the designated stalls prompting voters who need to use the curbside voting option to ring the doorbell or call the City Clerk’s Office at 837-2511. High-risk populations include older adults and people with chronic health conditions.

The City of Sun Prairie’s In-Person Absentee Voting Hours are being updated. Our available hours to absentee vote In-Person will be from 8:00am – 4:30pm M-F except otherwise noted for specific dates on our website.

City Clerk’s Office is encouraging residents to request absentee ballots online at https://myvote.wi.gov or by mailing in their request to the clerk’s office

PLEASE NOTE: Online voter registration in Wisconsin through MyVote.wi.gov has been restored.  Additional information is available on the City Website at https://cityofsunprairie.com/231/Voter-Information. In addition, all Dane County voters may indicate as needed that they are indefinitely confined due to illness.  This declaration will make it easier for Dane County voters to participate in this election by mail in these difficult times. I urge all voters who request a ballot and have trouble presenting a valid ID to indicate that they are indefinitely confined.  People are reluctant to check the box that says they are indefinitely confined but this is a pandemic.  This feature in our law is here to help preserve everyone’s right to vote.  The process works like this:  

  • A voter visit’s myvote.wi.gov to request a ballot.  
  • A voter can select a box that reads “I certify that I am indefinitely confined due to age illness, infirmity or disability and request ballots be sent to me for every election until I am no longer confined or fail to return a ballot.  
  • The voter is then able to skip the step of uploading an ID in order to receive a ballot for the April 7 election.

Voters are confined due to the COVID-19 illness.  When the Stay at Home order by the Governor is lifted, the voter can change their designation back by contacting their clerk or updating their information in myvote.wi.gov.  

Voters who are able to provide a copy of their ID should do so and not indicate that they are indefinitely confined.  

Parks, Recreation and Forestry Update
Playgrounds closed effective 8:00 AM Wednesday March 25th. All athletic facilities are closed effective March 19, 2020.  The Pet Exercise Area will also be closed and locked until further notice. Park shelter rentals, park athletic facility rentals, Westside Community Services Building rentals, special events, and organized sports and recreation program activities through April 17, 2020 have been cancelled. Reservations for facilities will be taken for events that take place after May 15, 2020.

Sun Prairie Historical Museum closed tentatively until April 17th

Sun Prairie Media Center
The Sun Prairie Media Center has suspended community access to its studios effective March 23. The KIDS-4 program has been suspended until further notice. KSUN, KIDS-4, and 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio are being programmed and updated remotely. E-mail jrobbins@cityofsunprairie.com with any questions.

Sun Prairie Indoor Farmers Market
Cancelled for Weekend of March 21st and 28th. Reach out to vendors directly through Facebook or Facebook the Sun prairie Farmers Market for vendor contact information.

Madison Metro Bus Service
The City’s Commuter Bus Service will temporarily suspend bus fares to allow passengers to enter through the rear of the bus. Entering the rear of the bus will ensure that passengers do not pass the bus driver as they enter – keeping the driver and all passengers a safe distance apart.All buses will have a maximum capacity of 15 riders. Starting Monday, March 23, service will be reduced to weekend routes, with the addition of the suburban commuter routes.

  • Due to COVID-19 and the social distancing guidelines issued by both the DHS and the CDC, the shared-ride taxi operations will be modified in the following ways effective immediately and until further notice:
    • the number of passengers per vehicle will be restricted to one (1)
    • passengers will not be allowed to sit in the front seat of taxi vehicles
    • drivers will be required to sanitize vehicles after each passenger

Building Inspection:
Inspection staff will not be available to meet in-person at City Hall.  Field inspections will be evaluated as requests come in and conducted when it is determined it is both essential, and safe for both staff and our customers. Certain inspections may be postponed to a future date based on staff availability.

Sun Prairie Municipal Court
All court dates are closed until May 6, 2020.  Individuals with affected court dates will be notified by mail.

Planning Department
To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, many Planning Division staff members will temporarily work remotely.  Although, City Hall is currently open, the Planning Division will only be accepting zoning/development applications digitally or through the regular mail until further notice.

Economic Development Department
Staff is monitoring and updating a list of technical and financial resources for small businesses, including assistance programs being made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and other local, state and federal programs. More information is available at: https://www.cityofsunprairie.com/COVID19biz

Sun Prairie Public Library 
All library programs and outreach are canceled until further notice. The library will be evaluating all services, including open hours, in the days and weeks ahead. March 15 at 5pm, The Sun Prairie Public Library is closed. All Library Services including circulation services, outside book drop, programming, community meetings, outreach services, early and absentee voting, meeting room & discussion room reservations are canceled or postponed. This closure will remain in effect until at least April 5.

Sun Prairie Police Department
All tours, ride-alongs, and public fingerprinting are canceled until further notice.  Residents are directed to the Police Department web page or Facebook page for online services like public records requests or payment of citations.

Community Updates:

Important links
Unemployment Insurance Update

Sun Prairie School District Coordinated Meal Effort

CDC COVID-19 resource page

Latest Wisconsin COVID-19 Test Results  

YMCA meal program
Monday- Friday. 11:30a-12:30p. Ages 18 and Younger. Lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following morning in a brown bag. Any child up to age 18 can come to one of these sites and receive a meal. The child has to be present to receive the meal. A parent cannot say they have a child at home and take meals for them. The child must be in the car or at the site. Bags will be distributed for the child to take home in a walk up or drive through manner. We are serving the following sites in Sun Prairie: VFW parking lot, Boys and Girls Club, Element on Main Apartments and Rolling Prairie Apartments. This service WILL be offered during the SPASD spring break. Monday - Friday. 3:30p-4:30p. All ages. Meal for the day. Drive through method. This service will be at the Sun Prairie YMCA 1470 Don Simon Drive. In addition, this afternoon food site is available at the Madison branches of the YMCA as well.

Sunshine Place
Sunshine Supper will be offering carry out meals only on Mondays from 5:30 - 6:30 pm; CARDS Closet and Bed Lady program are suspending appointments for at least two weeks (starting 3/13/2020); Sunshine Legal Clinic on 4/2/2020 will now be virtual clinic (call 608-514-6210 to set up an appointment); Sunshine Ball on 4/18/2020 is being postponed.

Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry
Lobby Resource Center will remain open 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday

Colonial Club
Closed until at least 3/29/2020.  All classes, building rentals, and activities during this time are canceled.  The congregate meal site is closed.  Home delivered meals will remain operational.  Case managers can be reached at 608-837-4611.

For more information

For more information, follow general updates on the main page here on the City’s website. Additional information is also being provided at our newly created COVID-19 Information and Resource Page.

Watch for additional news and updates on the main page of the City’s website.

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LAST UPDATED 3/26/20 2:30 PM

City Communications Updates

3/26/2020: Video from Sun Prairie Emergency Services Chiefs

Mayor Esser Updates 
Mayor Esser plans to address the city by video every few days as the COVID-19 event continues. 

3/19/2020: His first video can be viewed here (Link to video).

Fraud alert
Fraud related to COVID-19 has arisen. Read here to learn more about what to look out for: https://www.cityofsunprairie.com/DocumentCenter/View/10304/Beware-Fraud-in-the-Wake-of-COVID-19

City Administrator Updates
3/25/2020: Letter from the City Administrator concerning Governor Evers Safer from Home Order
Text Version and Video Version 

3/19/2020: A letter from the City Administrator about the COVID-19 response

3/12/2020: Community letter regarding COVID-19

State and Public Health Updates

Governor Evers Issues Safer at Home Order:
On March 25, at the direction of Governor Tony Evers, #DHSWI Secretary-designee Andrea Palm issued the order to keep us #SaferAtHome.
Press Release - https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/282deef 
Official Order - evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/EMO12-SaferAtHome.pdf

Updated Mass Gathering Ban (3/20/2020) 

Original Mass Gathering Ban (3/17/2020 at 5:00 p.m.)
State-wide Moratorium on Mass Gatherings (Link to PDF, Updated to include limit on public gatherings to under 10 people. The order closes all bars. Restaurants can remain open only for takeout or delivery.)

Emergency order restricting the size of childcare settings found here (Link to PDF).

Wisconsin DHS Important Recommendations for Prevention of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities (Link to PDF)

Utility holds ordered by the governor includes the following:-- Learn more https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/2829591

  1. Stop utility disconnection for nonpayment for all customers, including commercial, industrial, and farm accounts. Previously this applied to residential accounts only;
  2. Cease assessing late fees to customer accounts;
  3. Halt the practice of requiring deposits from customers for reconnection of service;
  4. Allow deferred payment agreements for all customers who request them;
  5. Remove any administrative barriers for customers establishing or reestablishing utility service; and 
  6. Authorize water utilities to provide budget billing arrangements to customers. Electric and natural gas utilities are allowed to do this under current rules.

City Services Updates

Many members of the City’s staff have been asked to work from home to slow the spread of COVID-19. We are encouraging residents to utilize the City’s website to access services, pay bills and process transactions they would normally do at City Hall. Please use this document to help identify city services available online

Public Works
The City of Sun Prairie Recycle Center will be closed until further notice. See the Public Works COVID-19 Update from 3/24/2020.

The City Service Center (Public Works, Storm Water and Parks) and the Fleet shop have been closed to public access. Essential services will continue, but public contact has being restricted. If anyone needs to contact Public Works they may call 608-837-3050 or 608-825-0713. For Fleet Services please contact 608-825-0712

Sun Prairie Utilities
The utility office will be closed to walk-in traffic until further notice. Residents are encouraged to communicate via email or telephone 608-837-5500 for other utility business. Payments can be made via MyAccount, the drive-up window, and the payment drop box.

Elections and In-Person Absentee Voting
Curbside Absentee voting available until April 3rd to high risk populations. Signs will be posted at each of the designated stalls prompting voters who need to use the curbside voting option to ring the doorbell or call the City Clerk’s Office at 837-2511. High-risk populations include older adults and people with chronic health conditions.

The City of Sun Prairie’s In-Person Absentee Voting Hours are being updated. Our available hours to absentee vote In-Person will be from 8:00am – 4:30pm M-F except otherwise noted for specific dates on our website.

City Clerk’s Office is encouraging residents to request absentee ballots online at https://myvote.wi.gov or by mailing in their request to the clerk’s office

PLEASE NOTE: Online voter registration in Wisconsin through MyVote.wi.gov has been restored.  Additional information is available on the City Website at https://cityofsunprairie.com/231/Voter-Information. In addition, all Dane County voters may indicate as needed that they are indefinitely confined due to illness.  This declaration will make it easier for Dane County voters to participate in this election by mail in these difficult times. I urge all voters who request a ballot and have trouble presenting a valid ID to indicate that they are indefinitely confined.  People are reluctant to check the box that says they are indefinitely confined but this is a pandemic.  This feature in our law is here to help preserve everyone’s right to vote.  The process works like this:  

  • A voter visit’s myvote.wi.gov to request a ballot.  
  • A voter can select a box that reads “I certify that I am indefinitely confined due to age illness, infirmity or disability and request ballots be sent to me for every election until I am no longer confined or fail to return a ballot.  
  • The voter is then able to skip the step of uploading an ID in order to receive a ballot for the April 7 election.

Voters are confined due to the COVID-19 illness.  When the Stay at Home order by the Governor is lifted, the voter can change their designation back by contacting their clerk or updating their information in myvote.wi.gov.  

Voters who are able to provide a copy of their ID should do so and not indicate that they are indefinitely confined.  

Parks, Recreation and Forestry Update
Playgrounds closed effective 8:00 AM Wednesday March 25th. All athletic facilities are closed effective March 19, 2020.  The Pet Exercise Area will also be closed and locked until further notice. Park shelter rentals, park athletic facility rentals, Westside Community Services Building rentals, special events, and organized sports and recreation program activities through April 17, 2020 have been cancelled. Reservations for facilities will be taken for events that take place after May 15, 2020.

Sun Prairie Historical Museum closed tentatively until April 17th

Sun Prairie Media Center
The Sun Prairie Media Center has suspended community access to its studios effective March 23. The KIDS-4 program has been suspended until further notice. KSUN, KIDS-4, and 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio are being programmed and updated remotely. E-mail jrobbins@cityofsunprairie.com with any questions.

Sun Prairie Indoor Farmers Market
Cancelled for Weekend of March 21st and 28th. Reach out to vendors directly through Facebook or Facebook the Sun prairie Farmers Market for vendor contact information.

Madison Metro Bus Service
The City’s Commuter Bus Service will temporarily suspend bus fares to allow passengers to enter through the rear of the bus. Entering the rear of the bus will ensure that passengers do not pass the bus driver as they enter – keeping the driver and all passengers a safe distance apart.All buses will have a maximum capacity of 15 riders. Starting Monday, March 23, service will be reduced to weekend routes, with the addition of the suburban commuter routes.

  • Due to COVID-19 and the social distancing guidelines issued by both the DHS and the CDC, the shared-ride taxi operations will be modified in the following ways effective immediately and until further notice:
    • the number of passengers per vehicle will be restricted to one (1)
    • passengers will not be allowed to sit in the front seat of taxi vehicles
    • drivers will be required to sanitize vehicles after each passenger

Building Inspection:
Inspection staff will not be available to meet in-person at City Hall.Field inspections will be evaluated as requests come in and conducted when it is determined it is both essential, and safe for both staff and our customers. Certain inspections may be postponed to a future date based on staff availability.

Sun Prairie Municipal Court
All court dates are closed until May 6, 2020.  Individuals with affected court dates will be notified by mail.

Planning Department
To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, many Planning Division staff members will temporarily work remotely.  Although, City Hall is currently open, the Planning Division will only be accepting zoning/development applications digitally or through the regular mail until further notice.

Sun Prairie Public Library 
All library programs and outreach are canceled until further notice. The library will be evaluating all services, including open hours, in the days and weeks ahead. March 15 at 5pm, The Sun Prairie Public Library is closed. All Library Services including circulation services, outside book drop, programming, community meetings, outreach services, early and absentee voting, meeting room & discussion room reservations are canceled or postponed. This closure will remain in effect until at least April 5.

Sun Prairie Police Department
All tours, ride-alongs, and public fingerprinting are canceled until further notice.  Residents are directed to the Police Department web page or Facebook page for online services like public records requests or payment of citations.

Community Updates:

Important links
Unemployment Insurance Update

Sun Prairie School District Coordinated Meal Effort

CDC COVID-19 resource page

Latest Wisconsin COVID-19 Test Results  

YMCA meal program
Monday- Friday. 11:30a-12:30p. Ages 18 and Younger. Lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following morning in a brown bag. Any child up to age 18 can come to one of these sites and receive a meal. The child has to be present to receive the meal. A parent cannot say they have a child at home and take meals for them. The child must be in the car or at the site. Bags will be distributed for the child to take home in a walk up or drive through manner. We are serving the following sites in Sun Prairie: VFW parking lot, Boys and Girls Club, Element on Main Apartments and Rolling Prairie Apartments. This service WILL be offered during the SPASD spring break. Monday - Friday. 3:30p-4:30p. All ages. Meal for the day. Drive through method. This service will be at the Sun Prairie YMCA 1470 Don Simon Drive. In addition, this afternoon food site is available at the Madison branches of the YMCA as well.

Sunshine Place
Sunshine Supper will be offering carry out meals only on Mondays from 5:30 - 6:30 pm; CARDS Closet and Bed Lady program are suspending appointments for at least two weeks (starting 3/13/2020); Sunshine Legal Clinic on 4/2/2020 will now be virtual clinic (call 608-514-6210 to set up an appointment); Sunshine Ball on 4/18/2020 is being postponed.

Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry
Lobby Resource Center will remain open 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday

Colonial Club
Closed until at least 3/29/2020.  All classes, building rentals, and activities during this time are canceled.  The congregate meal site is closed.  Home delivered meals will remain operational.  Case managers can be reached at 608-837-4611.

For more information

For more information, follow general updates on the main page here on the City’s website. Additional information is also being provided at our newly created COVID-19 Information and Resource Page.

Watch for additional news and updates on the main page of the City’s website.

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LAST UPDATED 3/25/20 3:00 PM

City and Community Programs Update:

*NEW* Online Voter Registration to be Restored 

Online voter registration in Wisconsin through MyVote.wi.gov has been restored.  Additional information is available on the City Website at https://cityofsunprairie.com/231/Voter-Information

*NEW* Message from Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell:

"During this emergency and based on the Governors Stay at Home order I am declaring all Dane County voters may indicate as needed that they are indefinitely confined due to illness.  This declaration will make it easier for Dane County voters to participate in this election by mail in these difficult times. I urge all voters who request a ballot and have trouble presenting an valid ID to indicate that they are indefinitely confined.  People are reluctant to check the box that says they are indefinitely confined but this is a pandemic.  This feature in our law is here to help preserve everyone’s right to vote.  The process works like this:  

  • A voter visit’s myvote.wi.gov to request a ballot.  
  • A voter can select a box that reads “I certify that I am indefinitely confined due to age illness, infirmity or disability and request ballots be sent to me for every election until I am no longer confined or fail to return a ballot.  
  • The voter is then able to skip the step of uploading an ID in order to receive a ballot for the April 7 election.

Voters are confined due to the COVID-19 illness.  When the Stay at Home order by the Governor is lifted, the voter can change their designation back by contacting their clerk or updating their information in myvote.wi.gov.  

Voters who are able to provide a copy of their ID should do so and not indicate that they are indefinitely confined.   Please let me know if you have any questions. 

 - Scott A. McDonell, Dane County Clerk, 210 MLK Jr. Blvd, Room 106A, Madison, WI 53703; (608) 266-4121; mcdonell@countyofdane.com 

*NEW* Fraud alert - Fraud related to COVID-19 has arisen. Read here to learn more about what to look out for: https://www.cityofsunprairie.com/DocumentCenter/View/10304/Beware-Fraud-in-the-Wake-of-COVID-19

*UPDATE* Address from the City Administrator concerning Governor Evers Safer from Home Order -
Text Version -
https://www.cityofsunprairie.com/DocumentCenter/View/10303/Community-Adress---Evers-Safer-at-Home-Order
Video Version -
https://bit.ly/2QMNK78

Governor Evers Issues Safer at Home Order:  Press Release - https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/282deef 
Official Order - https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/282deef 

Today, at the direction of Governor Tony Evers, #DHSWI Secretary-designee Andrea Palm issued the order to keep us #SaferAtHome. Read it here: evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/EMO12-SaferAtHome.pdf

Mayor Esser plans to address the city by video every few days as the COVID-19 event continues: https://videoplayer.telvue.com/player/O1KDXxYafTFWNyJDAq7WcuvJ9u9YH6tS/media/549884?autostart=false&showtabssearch=true&fullscreen=false&jwsource=cl 

A letter from the City Administrator about the COVID-19 response:

Unemployment Insurance Update

Sun Prairie School District Coordinated Meal Effort

CDC COVID-19 resource page

Latest Wisconsin COVID-19 Test Results  

City services available online

Updated Mass Gathering Ban - https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/WIGOV/2020/03/20/file_attachments/1406848/EO%208%20Clarification_3.20.2020.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0j2_-r3OPQLz_TgmeUPeJmgRbVwcDKSzS00xG74ZicHPIFOfQd7qZfqJQ 

Original Mass Gathering Ban -  State-wide Moratorium on Mass Gatherings (Link to PDF, Updated to include limit on public gatherings to under 10 people. The order closes all bars. Restaurants can remain open only for takeout or delivery. The orders are in effect at March 17, 2020 at 5:00pm.)

Emergency order restricting the size of childcare settings: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/WIGOV/2020/03/18/file_attachments/1404852/DHS%20Order_3.18.2020.pdf?fbclid=IwAR35EZ8otOKbZox9Lou_5hm-9CUESu6GByiv3EUlbdmucvPJAuHvFbA-bVY

Wisconsin DHS Important Recommendations for Prevention of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities (Link to PDF)

Sun Prairie Schools Closed on Monday 3/16/2020 Through at Least Sunday 4/ 5/2020 (Link) Updated 3/15/2020 5:00 pm

  • NEW* The City of Sun Prairie Recycle Center will be closed until further notice
  • Public Works COVID-19 Update - https://cityofsunprairie.com/DocumentCenter/View/10293/Public-Works---COVID-19-Update-32420
  • Utility holds ordered by the governor includes the following:-- Learn more https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/2829591
    1. Stop utility disconnection for nonpayment for all customers, including commercial, industrial, and farm accounts. Previously this applied to residential accounts only;
    2. Cease assessing late fees to customer accounts;
    3. Halt the practice of requiring deposits from customers for reconnection of service;
    4. Allow deferred payment agreements for all customers who request them;
    5. Remove any administrative barriers for customers establishing or reestablishing utility service; and
    6. Authorize water utilities to provide budget billing arrangements to customers. Electric and natural gas utilities are allowed to do this under current rules.
  • City of Sun Prairie UPDATED: In-Person Absentee Voting Hours: Curbside Absentee voting available until April 3rd to high risk populations. Signs will be posted at each of the designated stalls prompting voters who need to use the curbside voting option to ring the doorbell or call the City Clerk’s Office at 837-2511. High-risk populations include older adults and people with chronic health conditions.
    The City of Sun Prairie’s In-Person Absentee Voting Hours are being updated. Our available hours to absentee vote In-Person will be from 8:00am – 4:30pm M-F except otherwise noted for specific dates on our website.

  • YMCA meal program: YMCA Free Food Sites. Monday- Friday. 11:30a-12:30p. Ages 18 and Younger. Lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following morning in a brown bag. Any child up to age 18 can come to one of these sites and receive a meal. The child has to be present to receive the meal. A parent cannot say they have a child at home and take meals for them. The child must be in the car or at the site. Bags will be distributed for the child to take home in a walk up or drive through manner. We are serving the following sites in Sun Prairie: VFW parking lot, Boys and Girls Club, Element on Main Apartments and Rolling Prairie Apartments. This service WILL be offered during the SPASD spring break. Monday - Friday. 3:30p-4:30p. All ages. Meal for the day. Drive through method. This service will be at the Sun Prairie YMCA 1470 Don Simon Drive. In addition, this afternoon food site is available at the Madison branches of the YMCA as well.
  •  Sun Prairie Historical Museum closed tentatively until April 17th
  •  Parks and Recreation Programs: Playgrounds closed effective 8:00 AM Wednesday March 25th. All athletic facilities are closed effective March 19, 2020.  The Pet Exercise Area will also be closed and locked until further notice. Park shelter rentals, park athletic facility rentals, Westside Community Services Building rentals, special events, and organized sports and recreation program activities through April 17, 2020 have been cancelled. Reservations for facilities will be taken for events that take place after May 15, 2020
  • The Sun Prairie Media Center has suspended community access to its studios effective March 23. The KIDS-4 program has been suspended until further notice. KSUN, KIDS-4, and 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio are being programmed and updated remotely. E-mail jrobbins@cityofsunprairie.com with any questions.
  • Sun Prairie Indoor Farmers Market: Cancelled for Weekend of March 21st and 28th.Reach out to vendors directly through Facebook or Facebook the Sun prairie Farmers Market for vendor contact information.
  • The City’s Commuter Bus Service will temporarily suspend bus fares to allow passengers to enter through the rear of the bus. Entering the rear of the bus will ensure that passengers do not pass the bus driver as they enter – keeping the driver and all passengers a safe distance apart.All buses will have a maximum capacity of 15 riders. Starting Monday, March 23, service will be reduced to weekend routes, with the addition of the suburban commuter routes.
  • Due to COVID-19 and the social distancing guidelines issued by both the DHS and the CDC, the shared-ride taxi operations will be modified in the following ways effective immediately and until further notice:
    • the number of passengers per vehicle will be restricted to one (1)
    • passengers will not be allowed to sit in the front seat of taxi vehicles
    • drivers will be required to sanitize vehicles after each passenger
  • There are coordinated efforts to provide meals to 18 and under community members. Locations for that meal service found here - https://www.sunprairieschools.org/district/distance-learning/meal-service 
  • City Clerk’s Office is encouraging residents to request absentee ballots online at https://myvote.wi.gov or by mailing in their request to the clerk’s office
  • Building Inspection: Inspection staff will not be available to meet in-person at City Hall.Field inspections will be evaluated as requests come in and conducted when it is determined it is both essential, and safe for both staff and our customers. Certain inspections may be postponed to a future date based on staff availability.
  • Sun Prairie Municipal Court:  All court dates are closed until May 6, 2020.  Individuals with affected court dates will be notified by mail.
  • Planning Department: To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, many Planning Division staff members will temporarily work remotely.  Although, City Hall is currently open, the Planning Division will only be accepting zoning/development applications digitally or through the regular mail until further notice.
  • *UPDATE*Sun Prairie Public Library Programs: All library programs and outreach are canceled until further notice. The library will be evaluating all services, including open hours, in the days and weeks ahead. March 15 at 5pm, The Sun Prairie Public Library is closed. All Library Services including circulation services, outside book drop, programming, community meetings, outreach services, early and absentee voting, meeting room & discussion room reservations are canceled or postponed. This closure will remain in effect until at least April 5.
  • Election Information (City Clerk’s Office):  New absentee ballot information has been posted on the City Clerk’s web page.
  • Sun Prairie Police Department:  All tours, ride-alongs, and public fingerprinting are canceled until further notice.  Residents are directed to the Police Department web page or Facebook page for online services like public records requests or payment of citations.
  • Sunshine Place: Sunshine Supper will be offering carry out meals only on Mondays from 5:30 - 6:30 pm; CARDS Closet and Bed Lady program are suspending appointments for at least two weeks (starting 3/13/2020); Sunshine Legal Clinic on 4/2/2020 will now be virtual clinic (call 608-514-6210 to set up an appointment); Sunshine Ball on 4/18/2020 is being postponed.
  • Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry: Lobby Resource Center will remain open 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday
  • Colonial Club: Closed until at least 3/29/2020.  All classes, building rentals, and activities during this time are canceled.  The congregate meal site is closed.  Home delivered meals will remain operational.  Case managers can be reached at 608-837-4611.
  • The City Service Center (Public Works, Storm Water and Parks) and the Fleet shop have been closed to public access. Essential services will continue, but public contact has being restricted. If anyone needs to contact Public Works they may call 608-837-3050 or 608-825-0713. For Fleet Services please contact 608-825-0712

For more information, follow general updates on the main page here on the City’s website. Additional information is also being provided at our newly created COVID-19 Information and Resource Page.

Watch for additional news and updates on the main page of the City’s website.

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LAST UPDATED 3/24/20 2:40 PM

City and Community Programs Update:

*UPDATE* Governor Evers Issues Safer at Home Order:  Press Release - https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/282deef 
Official Order - https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/282deef 

Today, at the direction of Governor Tony Evers, #DHSWI Secretary-designee Andrea Palm issued the order to keep us #SaferAtHome. Read it here: evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/EMO12-SaferAtHome.pdf

*NEW* - Online Voter Registration to be Restored 

Pursuant to a federal court order issued last night, the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) is working to reactivate the online voter registration functionality of MyVote Wisconsin through March 30, 2020.    **NOTE THAT ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION HAS NOT YET BEEN RESTORED, BUT WEC IS WORKING TO IMPLEMENT THE COURT’S DECISION AND RE-ESTABLISH IT AS PROMPTLY AS POSSIBLE**  This will require developing changes to MyVote Wisconsin, testing and then implementing those modifications.  Especially this close to an election, it is important that they ensure that these changes are implemented successfully and that they do not inadvertently impact other functionalities of the system.  WEC staff hopes to complete the change back to online registration within a few days (please be patient with them and us) and will inform clerks and the public when that functionality is again available. The City of Sun Prairie will work just as diligently to ensure our residents are provided with the most current information.  Click here for more information: https://cityofsunprairie.com/231/Voter-Information

Mayor Esser plans to address the city by video every few days as the COVID-19 event continues: https://videoplayer.telvue.com/player/O1KDXxYafTFWNyJDAq7WcuvJ9u9YH6tS/media/549884?autostart=false&showtabssearch=true&fullscreen=false&jwsource=cl 

A letter from the City Administrator about the COVID-19 response:

Unemployment Insurance Update

Sun Prairie School District Coordinated Meal Effort

CDC COVID-19 resource page

Latest Wisconsin COVID-19 Test Results  

City services available online

Updated Mass Gathering Ban - https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/WIGOV/2020/03/20/file_attachments/1406848/EO%208%20Clarification_3.20.2020.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0j2_-r3OPQLz_TgmeUPeJmgRbVwcDKSzS00xG74ZicHPIFOfQd7qZfqJQ 

Original Mass Gathering Ban -  State-wide Moratorium on Mass Gatherings (Link to PDF, Updated to include limit on public gatherings to under 10 people. The order closes all bars. Restaurants can remain open only for takeout or delivery. The orders are in effect at March 17, 2020 at 5:00pm.)

Emergency order restricting the size of childcare settings: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/WIGOV/2020/03/18/file_attachments/1404852/DHS%20Order_3.18.2020.pdf?fbclid=IwAR35EZ8otOKbZox9Lou_5hm-9CUESu6GByiv3EUlbdmucvPJAuHvFbA-bVY

Wisconsin DHS Important Recommendations for Prevention of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities (Link to PDF)

Sun Prairie Schools Closed on Monday 3/16/2020 Through at Least Sunday 4/ 5/2020 (Link) Updated 3/15/2020 5:00 pm

  • *NEW* Public Works COVID-19 Update - https://cityofsunprairie.com/DocumentCenter/View/10293/Public-Works---COVID-19-Update-32420
  • Utility holds ordered by the governor includes the following:-- Learn more https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/2829591
    1. Stop utility disconnection for nonpayment for all customers, including commercial, industrial, and farm accounts. Previously this applied to residential accounts only;
    2. Cease assessing late fees to customer accounts;
    3. Halt the practice of requiring deposits from customers for reconnection of service;
    4. Allow deferred payment agreements for all customers who request them;
    5. Remove any administrative barriers for customers establishing or reestablishing utility service; and
    6. Authorize water utilities to provide budget billing arrangements to customers. Electric and natural gas utilities are allowed to do this under current rules.
  • *NEW* City of Sun Prairie UPDATED: In-Person Absentee Voting Hours: Curbside Absentee voting available until April 4th to high risk populations. Signs will be posted at each of the designated stalls prompting voters who need to use the curbside voting option to ring the doorbell or call the City Clerk’s Office at 837-2511. High-risk populations include older adults and people with chronic health conditions.
    The City of Sun Prairie’s In-Person Absentee Voting Hours are being updated. Our available hours to absentee vote In-Person will be from 8:00am – 4:30pm M-F except otherwise noted for specific dates on our website.

  • YMCA meal program: YMCA Free Food Sites. Monday- Friday. 11:30a-12:30p. Ages 18 and Younger. Lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following morning in a brown bag. Any child up to age 18 can come to one of these sites and receive a meal. The child has to be present to receive the meal. A parent cannot say they have a child at home and take meals for them. The child must be in the car or at the site. Bags will be distributed for the child to take home in a walk up or drive through manner. We are serving the following sites in Sun Prairie: VFW parking lot, Boys and Girls Club, Element on Main Apartments and Rolling Prairie Apartments. This service WILL be offered during the SPASD spring break. Monday - Friday. 3:30p-4:30p. All ages. Meal for the day. Drive through method. This service will be at the Sun Prairie YMCA 1470 Don Simon Drive. In addition, this afternoon food site is available at the Madison branches of the YMCA as well.
  •  Sun Prairie Historical Museum closed tentatively until April 17th
  •  *UPDATE* Parks and Recreation Programs: Playgrounds closed effective 8:00 AM Wednesday March 25th. All athletic facilities are closed effective March 19, 2020.  The Pet Exercise Area will also be closed and locked until further notice. Park shelter rentals, park athletic facility rentals, Westside Community Services Building rentals, special events, and organized sports and recreation program activities through April 17, 2020 have been cancelled. Reservations for facilities will be taken for events that take place after May 15, 2020
  • The Sun Prairie Media Center has suspended community access to its studios effective March 23. The KIDS-4 program has been suspended until further notice. KSUN, KIDS-4, and 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio are being programmed and updated remotely. E-mail jrobbins@cityofsunprairie.com with any questions.
  • Sun Prairie Indoor Farmers Market: Cancelled for Weekend of March 21st and 28th.Reach out to vendors directly through Facebook or Facebook the Sun prairie Farmers Market for vendor contact information.
  • The City’s Commuter Bus Service will temporarily suspend bus fares to allow passengers to enter through the rear of the bus. Entering the rear of the bus will ensure that passengers do not pass the bus driver as they enter – keeping the driver and all passengers a safe distance apart.All buses will have a maximum capacity of 15 riders. Starting Monday, March 23, service will be reduced to weekend routes, with the addition of the suburban commuter routes.
  • Due to COVID-19 and the social distancing guidelines issued by both the DHS and the CDC, the shared-ride taxi operations will be modified in the following ways effective immediately and until further notice:
    • the number of passengers per vehicle will be restricted to one (1)
    • passengers will not be allowed to sit in the front seat of taxi vehicles
    • drivers will be required to sanitize vehicles after each passenger
  • There are coordinated efforts to provide meals to 18 and under community members. Locations for that meal service found here - https://www.sunprairieschools.org/district/distance-learning/meal-service 
  • City Clerk’s Office is encouraging residents to request absentee ballots online at https://myvote.wi.gov or by mailing in their request to the clerk’s office
  • Building Inspection: Inspection staff will not be available to meet in-person at City Hall.Field inspections will be evaluated as requests come in and conducted when it is determined it is both essential, and safe for both staff and our customers. Certain inspections may be postponed to a future date based on staff availability.
  • Sun Prairie Municipal Court:  All court dates are closed until May 6, 2020.  Individuals with affected court dates will be notified by mail.
  • Planning Department: To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, many Planning Division staff members will temporarily work remotely.  Although, City Hall is currently open, the Planning Division will only be accepting zoning/development applications digitally or through the regular mail until further notice.
  • Sun Prairie Public Library Programs: All library programs and outreach are canceled through April 3. The library will be evaluating all services, including open hours, in the days and weeks ahead. March 15 at 5pm, The Sun Prairie Public Library is closed. All Library Services including circulation services, outside book drop, programming, community meetings, outreach services, early and absentee voting, meeting room & discussion room reservations are canceled or postponed. This closure will remain in effect until at least April 5.
  • Election Information (City Clerk’s Office):  New absentee ballot information has been posted on the City Clerk’s web page.
  • Sun Prairie Police Department:  All tours, ride-alongs, and public fingerprinting are canceled until further notice.  Residents are directed to the Police Department web page or Facebook page for online services like public records requests or payment of citations.
  • Sunshine Place: Sunshine Supper will be offering carry out meals only on Mondays from 5:30 - 6:30 pm; CARDS Closet and Bed Lady program are suspending appointments for at least two weeks (starting 3/13/2020); Sunshine Legal Clinic on 4/2/2020 will now be virtual clinic (call 608-514-6210 to set up an appointment); Sunshine Ball on 4/18/2020 is being postponed.
  • Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry: Lobby Resource Center will remain open 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday
  • Colonial Club: Closed until at least 3/29/2020.  All classes, building rentals, and activities during this time are canceled.  The congregate meal site is closed.  Home delivered meals will remain operational.  Case managers can be reached at 608-837-4611.
  • The City Service Center (Public Works, Storm Water and Parks) and the Fleet shop have been closed to public access. Essential services will continue, but public contact has being restricted. If anyone needs to contact Public Works they may call 608-837-3050 or 608-825-0713. For Fleet Services please contact 608-825-0712

For more information, follow general updates on the main page here on the City’s website. Additional information is also being provided at our newly created COVID-19 Information and Resource Page.

Watch for additional news and updates on the main page of the City’s website.

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LAST UPDATED 3/23/20 10:30 AM

City and Community Programs Update:

*NEW* - Online Voter Registration to be Restored 

Pursuant to a federal court order issued last night, the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) is working to reactivate the online voter registration functionality of MyVote Wisconsin through March 30, 2020.    **NOTE THAT ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION HAS NOT YET BEEN RESTORED, BUT WEC IS WORKING TO IMPLEMENT THE COURT’S DECISION AND RE-ESTABLISH IT AS PROMPTLY AS POSSIBLE**  This will require developing changes to MyVote Wisconsin, testing and then implementing those modifications.  Especially this close to an election, it is important that they ensure that these changes are implemented successfully and that they do not inadvertently impact other functionalities of the system.  WEC staff hopes to complete the change back to online registration within a few days (please be patient with them and us) and will inform clerks and the public when that functionality is again available. The City of Sun Prairie will work just as diligently to ensure our residents are provided with the most current information.  Click here for more information: https://cityofsunprairie.com/231/Voter-Information

Mayor Esser plans to address the city by video every few days as the COVID-19 event continues: https://videoplayer.telvue.com/player/O1KDXxYafTFWNyJDAq7WcuvJ9u9YH6tS/media/549884?autostart=false&showtabssearch=true&fullscreen=false&jwsource=cl 

A letter from the City Administrator about the COVID-19 response:

Unemployment Insurance Update

Sun Prairie School District Coordinated Meal Effort

CDC COVID-19 resource page

Latest Wisconsin COVID-19 Test Results  

City services available online

Updated Mass Gathering Ban - https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/WIGOV/2020/03/20/file_attachments/1406848/EO%208%20Clarification_3.20.2020.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0j2_-r3OPQLz_TgmeUPeJmgRbVwcDKSzS00xG74ZicHPIFOfQd7qZfqJQ 

Original Mass Gathering Ban -  State-wide Moratorium on Mass Gatherings (Link to PDF, Updated to include limit on public gatherings to under 10 people. The order closes all bars. Restaurants can remain open only for takeout or delivery. The orders are in effect at March 17, 2020 at 5:00pm.)

Emergency order restricting the size of childcare settings: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/WIGOV/2020/03/18/file_attachments/1404852/DHS%20Order_3.18.2020.pdf?fbclid=IwAR35EZ8otOKbZox9Lou_5hm-9CUESu6GByiv3EUlbdmucvPJAuHvFbA-bVY

Wisconsin DHS Important Recommendations for Prevention of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities (Link to PDF)

Sun Prairie Schools Closed on Monday 3/16/2020 Through at Least Sunday 4/ 5/2020 (Link) Updated 3/15/2020 5:00 pm

  • *NEW* Utility holds ordered by the governor includes the following:-- Learn more https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/2829591
    1. Stop utility disconnection for nonpayment for all customers, including commercial, industrial, and farm accounts. Previously this applied to residential accounts only;
    2. Cease assessing late fees to customer accounts;
    3. Halt the practice of requiring deposits from customers for reconnection of service;
    4. Allow deferred payment agreements for all customers who request them;
    5. Remove any administrative barriers for customers establishing or reestablishing utility service; and
    6. Authorize water utilities to provide budget billing arrangements to customers. Electric and natural gas utilities are allowed to do this under current rules.
  • Curbside Absentee voting available until April 4th to high risk populations. Signs will be posted at each of the designated stalls prompting voters who need to use the curbside voting option to ring the doorbell or call the City Clerk’s Office at 837-2511. High-risk populations include older adults and people with chronic health conditions.

  • YMCA meal program: YMCA Free Food Sites. Monday- Friday. 11:30a-12:30p. Ages 18 and Younger. Lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following morning in a brown bag. Any child up to age 18 can come to one of these sites and receive a meal. The child has to be present to receive the meal. A parent cannot say they have a child at home and take meals for them. The child must be in the car or at the site. Bags will be distributed for the child to take home in a walk up or drive through manner. We are serving the following sites in Sun Prairie: VFW parking lot, Boys and Girls Club, Element on Main Apartments and Rolling Prairie Apartments. This service WILL be offered during the SPASD spring break. Monday - Friday. 3:30p-4:30p. All ages. Meal for the day. Drive through method. This service will be at the Sun Prairie YMCA 1470 Don Simon Drive. In addition, this afternoon food site is available at the Madison branches of the YMCA as well.
  •  Sun Prairie Historical Museum closed tentatively until April 17th
  •  Parks and Recreation Programs: All athletic facilities are closed effective March 19, 2020.  The Pet Exercise Area will also be closed and locked until further notice. Park shelter rentals, park athletic facility rentals, Westside Community Services Building rentals, special events, and organized sports and recreation program activities through April 17, 2020 have been cancelled. Reservations for facilities will be taken for events that take place after May 15, 2020
  • *NEW* The Sun Prairie Media Center has suspended community access to its studios effective March 23. The KIDS-4 program has been suspended until further notice. KSUN, KIDS-4, and 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio are being programmed and updated remotely. E-mail jrobbins@cityofsunprairie.com with any questions.
  • Sun Prairie Indoor Farmers Market: Cancelled for Weekend of March 21st and 28th.Reach out to vendors directly through Facebook or Facebook the Sun prairie Farmers Market for vendor contact information.
  • *UPDATED* , the City’s Commuter Bus Service will temporarily suspend bus fares to allow passengers to enter through the rear of the bus. Entering the rear of the bus will ensure that passengers do not pass the bus driver as they enter – keeping the driver and all passengers a safe distance apart.All buses will have a maximum capacity of 15 riders. Starting Monday, March 23, service will be reduced to weekend routes, with the addition of the suburban commuter routes.
  • Due to COVID-19 and the social distancing guidelines issued by both the DHS and the CDC, the shared-ride taxi operations will be modified in the following ways effective immediately and until further notice:
    • the number of passengers per vehicle will be restricted to one (1)
    • passengers will not be allowed to sit in the front seat of taxi vehicles
    • drivers will be required to sanitize vehicles after each passenger
  • There are coordinated efforts to provide meals to 18 and under community members. Locations for that meal service found here - https://www.sunprairieschools.org/district/distance-learning/meal-service 
  • City Clerk’s Office is encouraging residents to request absentee ballots online at https://myvote.wi.gov or by mailing in their request to the clerk’s office
  • Building Inspection: Inspection staff will not be available to meet in-person at City Hall.Field inspections will be evaluated as requests come in and conducted when it is determined it is both essential, and safe for both staff and our customers. Certain inspections may be postponed to a future date based on staff availability.
  • Sun Prairie Municipal Court:  All court dates are closed until May 6, 2020.  Individuals with affected court dates will be notified by mail.
  • Planning Department: To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, many Planning Division staff members will temporarily work remotely.  Although, City Hall is currently open, the Planning Division will only be accepting zoning/development applications digitally or through the regular mail until further notice.
  • Sun Prairie Public Library Programs: All library programs and outreach are canceled through April 3. The library will be evaluating all services, including open hours, in the days and weeks ahead. March 15 at 5pm, The Sun Prairie Public Library is closed. All Library Services including circulation services, outside book drop, programming, community meetings, outreach services, early and absentee voting, meeting room & discussion room reservations are canceled or postponed. This closure will remain in effect until at least April 5.
  • Election Information (City Clerk’s Office):  New absentee ballot information has been posted on the City Clerk’s web page.
  • Sun Prairie Police Department:  All tours, ride-alongs, and public fingerprinting are canceled until further notice.  Residents are directed to the Police Department web page or Facebook page for online services like public records requests or payment of citations.
  • Sunshine Place: Sunshine Supper will be offering carry out meals only on Mondays from 5:30 - 6:30 pm; CARDS Closet and Bed Lady program are suspending appointments for at least two weeks (starting 3/13/2020); Sunshine Legal Clinic on 4/2/2020 will now be virtual clinic (call 608-514-6210 to set up an appointment); Sunshine Ball on 4/18/2020 is being postponed.
  • Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry: Lobby Resource Center will remain open 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday
  • Colonial Club: Closed until at least 3/29/2020.  All classes, building rentals, and activities during this time are canceled.  The congregate meal site is closed.  Home delivered meals will remain operational.  Case managers can be reached at 608-837-4611.
  • The City Service Center (Public Works, Storm Water and Parks) and the Fleet shop have been closed to public access. Essential services will continue, but public contact has being restricted. If anyone needs to contact Public Works they may call 608-837-3050 or 608-825-0713. For Fleet Services please contact 608-825-0712

For more information, follow general updates on the main page here on the City’s website. Additional information is also being provided at our newly created COVID-19 Information and Resource Page.

Watch for additional news and updates on the main page of the City’s website.

-------------------

LAST UPDATED 3/22/20 1:40 PM

City and Community Programs Update:

*NEW* - Online Voter Registration to be Restored 

Pursuant to a federal court order issued last night, the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) is working to reactivate the online voter registration functionality of MyVote Wisconsin through March 30, 2020.    **NOTE THAT ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION HAS NOT YET BEEN RESTORED, BUT WEC IS WORKING TO IMPLEMENT THE COURT’S DECISION AND RE-ESTABLISH IT AS PROMPTLY AS POSSIBLE**  This will require developing changes to MyVote Wisconsin, testing and then implementing those modifications.  Especially this close to an election, it is important that they ensure that these changes are implemented successfully and that they do not inadvertently impact other functionalities of the system.  WEC staff hopes to complete the change back to online registration within a few days (please be patient with them and us) and will inform clerks and the public when that functionality is again available. The City of Sun Prairie will work just as diligently to ensure our residents are provided with the most current information.  Click here for more information: https://cityofsunprairie.com/231/Voter-Information

Mayor Esser plans to address the city by video every few days as the COVID-19 event continues: https://videoplayer.telvue.com/player/O1KDXxYafTFWNyJDAq7WcuvJ9u9YH6tS/media/549884?autostart=false&showtabssearch=true&fullscreen=false&jwsource=cl 

A letter from the City Administrator about the COVID-19 response:

Unemployment Insurance Update

Sun Prairie School District Coordinated Meal Effort

CDC COVID-19 resource page

Latest Wisconsin COVID-19 Test Results  

City services available online

*UPDATED* Updated Mass Gathering Ban - https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/WIGOV/2020/03/20/file_attachments/1406848/EO%208%20Clarification_3.20.2020.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0j2_-r3OPQLz_TgmeUPeJmgRbVwcDKSzS00xG74ZicHPIFOfQd7qZfqJQ 

Original Mass Gathering Ban -  State-wide Moratorium on Mass Gatherings (Link to PDF, Updated to include limit on public gatherings to under 10 people. The order closes all bars. Restaurants can remain open only for takeout or delivery. The orders are in effect at March 17, 2020 at 5:00pm.)

Emergency order restricting the size of childcare settings: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/WIGOV/2020/03/18/file_attachments/1404852/DHS%20Order_3.18.2020.pdf?fbclid=IwAR35EZ8otOKbZox9Lou_5hm-9CUESu6GByiv3EUlbdmucvPJAuHvFbA-bVY

Wisconsin DHS Important Recommendations for Prevention of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities (Link to PDF)

Sun Prairie Schools Closed on Monday 3/16/2020 Through at Least Sunday 4/ 5/2020 (Link) Updated 3/15/2020 5:00 pm

  • Curbside Absentee voting available until April 4th to high risk populations. Signs will be posted at each of the designated stalls prompting voters who need to use the curbside voting option to ring the doorbell or call the City Clerk’s Office at 837-2511. High-risk populations include older adults and people with chronic health conditions.
  • YMCA meal program: YMCA Free Food Sites. Monday- Friday. 11:30a-12:30p. Ages 18 and Younger. Lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following morning in a brown bag. Any child up to age 18 can come to one of these sites and receive a meal. The child has to be present to receive the meal. A parent cannot say they have a child at home and take meals for them. The child must be in the car or at the site. Bags will be distributed for the child to take home in a walk up or drive through manner. We are serving the following sites in Sun Prairie: VFW parking lot, Boys and Girls Club, Element on Main Apartments and Rolling Prairie Apartments. This service WILL be offered during the SPASD spring break. Monday - Friday. 3:30p-4:30p. All ages. Meal for the day. Drive through method. This service will be at the Sun Prairie YMCA 1470 Don Simon Drive. In addition, this afternoon food site is available at the Madison branches of the YMCA as well.
  •  Sun Prairie Historical Museum closed tentatively until April 17th
  •  Parks and Recreation Programs: All athletic facilities are closed effective March 19, 2020.  The Pet Exercise Area will also be closed and locked until further notice. Park shelter rentals, park athletic facility rentals, Westside Community Services Building rentals, special events, and organized sports and recreation program activities through April 17, 2020 have been cancelled. Reservations for facilities will be taken for events that take place after May 15, 2020
  • The Sun Prairie Media Center will have limited staff presence beginning Thursday, March 19. The SPMC is working to maintain community access to our studios for our members and city staff as necessary during this time. The KIDS-4 program has been suspended through at least April 5. The SPMC staff will be accessible through mail and e-mail. Please call 608-837-4193 or e-mail staff@cityofsunprairie.com or jrobbins@cityofsunprairie.com if you need assistance, are requesting access to the SPMC TV or radio studios, or have any questions. Sun Prairie KIDS-4 Programs: KIDS-4 programs suspended through March 30th.
  • Sun Prairie Indoor Farmers Market: Cancelled for Weekend of March 21st and 28th.Reach out to vendors directly through Facebook or Facebook the Sun prairie Farmers Market for vendor contact information.
  • All buses will have a maximum capacity of 15 riders. Starting Monday, March 23, service will be reduced to weekend routes, with the addition of the suburban commuter routes.
  • Due to COVID-19 and the social distancing guidelines issued by both the DHS and the CDC, the shared-ride taxi operations will be modified in the following ways effective immediately and until further notice:
    • the number of passengers per vehicle will be restricted to one (1)
    • passengers will not be allowed to sit in the front seat of taxi vehicles
    • drivers will be required to sanitize vehicles after each passenger
  • There are coordinated efforts to provide meals to 18 and under community members. Locations for that meal service found here - https://www.sunprairieschools.org/district/distance-learning/meal-service 
  • City Clerk’s Office is encouraging residents to request absentee ballots online at https://myvote.wi.gov or by mailing in their request to the clerk’s office
  • Building Inspection: Inspection staff will not be available to meet in-person at City Hall.Field inspections will be evaluated as requests come in and conducted when it is determined it is both essential, and safe for both staff and our customers. Certain inspections may be postponed to a future date based on staff availability.
  • Sun Prairie Municipal Court:  All court dates are closed until May 6, 2020.  Individuals with affected court dates will be notified by mail.
  • Planning Department: To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, many Planning Division staff members will temporarily work remotely.  Although, City Hall is currently open, the Planning Division will only be accepting zoning/development applications digitally or through the regular mail until further notice.
  • Sun Prairie Public Library Programs: All library programs and outreach are canceled through April 3. The library will be evaluating all services, including open hours, in the days and weeks ahead. March 15 at 5pm, The Sun Prairie Public Library is closed. All Library Services including circulation services, outside book drop, programming, community meetings, outreach services, early and absentee voting, meeting room & discussion room reservations are canceled or postponed. This closure will remain in effect until at least April 5.
  • Election Information (City Clerk’s Office):  New absentee ballot information has been posted on the City Clerk’s web page.
  • Sun Prairie Police Department:  All tours, ride-alongs, and public fingerprinting are canceled until further notice.  Residents are directed to the Police Department web page or Facebook page for online services like public records requests or payment of citations.
  • Sunshine Place: Sunshine Supper will be offering carry out meals only on Mondays from 5:30 - 6:30 pm; CARDS Closet and Bed Lady program are suspending appointments for at least two weeks (starting 3/13/2020); Sunshine Legal Clinic on 4/2/2020 will now be virtual clinic (call 608-514-6210 to set up an appointment); Sunshine Ball on 4/18/2020 is being postponed.
  • Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry: Lobby Resource Center will remain open 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday
  • Colonial Club: Closed until at least 3/29/2020.  All classes, building rentals, and activities during this time are canceled.  The congregate meal site is closed.  Home delivered meals will remain operational.  Case managers can be reached at 608-837-4611.
  • The City Service Center (Public Works, Storm Water and Parks) and the Fleet shop have been closed to public access. Essential services will continue, but public contact has being restricted. If anyone needs to contact Public Works they may call 608-837-3050 or 608-825-0713. For Fleet Services please contact 608-825-0712

For more information, follow general updates on the main page here on the City’s website. Additional information is also being provided at our newly created COVID-19 Information and Resource Page.

Watch for additional news and updates on the main page of the City’s website.

-------------------

LAST UPDATED 3/21/20 6:00 PM

City and Community Programs Update:

*NEW* - Online Voter Registration to be Restored 

Pursuant to a federal court order issued last night, the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) is working to reactivate the online voter registration functionality of MyVote Wisconsin through March 30, 2020.    **NOTE THAT ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION HAS NOT YET BEEN RESTORED, BUT WEC IS WORKING TO IMPLEMENT THE COURT’S DECISION AND RE-ESTABLISH IT AS PROMPTLY AS POSSIBLE**  This will require developing changes to MyVote Wisconsin, testing and then implementing those modifications.  Especially this close to an election, it is important that they ensure that these changes are implemented successfully and that they do not inadvertently impact other functionalities of the system.  WEC staff hopes to complete the change back to online registration within a few days (please be patient with them and us) and will inform clerks and the public when that functionality is again available. The City of Sun Prairie will work just as diligently to ensure our residents are provided with the most current information.  Click here for more information: https://cityofsunprairie.com/231/Voter-Information

Mayor Esser plans to address the city by video every few days as the COVID-19 event continues: https://videoplayer.telvue.com/player/O1KDXxYafTFWNyJDAq7WcuvJ9u9YH6tS/media/549884?autostart=false&showtabssearch=true&fullscreen=false&jwsource=cl 

A letter from the City Administrator about the COVID-19 response:

Unemployment Insurance Update

Sun Prairie School District Coordinated Meal Effort

CDC COVID-19 resource page

Latest Wisconsin COVID-19 Test Results  

City services available online

State-wide Moratorium on Mass Gatherings (Link to PDF, Updated to include limit on public gatherings to under 10 people. The order closes all bars. Restaurants can remain open only for takeout or delivery. The orders are in effect at March 17, 2020 at 5:00pm.)

Emergency order restricting the size of childcare settings: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/WIGOV/2020/03/18/file_attachments/1404852/DHS%20Order_3.18.2020.pdf?fbclid=IwAR35EZ8otOKbZox9Lou_5hm-9CUESu6GByiv3EUlbdmucvPJAuHvFbA-bVY

Wisconsin DHS Important Recommendations for Prevention of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities (Link to PDF)

Sun Prairie Schools Closed on Monday 3/16/2020 Through at Least Sunday 4/ 5/2020 (Link) Updated 3/15/2020 5:00 pm

  • Curbside Absentee voting available until April 4th to high risk populations. Signs will be posted at each of the designated stalls prompting voters who need to use the curbside voting option to ring the doorbell or call the City Clerk’s Office at 837-2511. High-risk populations include older adults and people with chronic health conditions.
  • YMCA meal program: YMCA Free Food Sites. Monday- Friday. 11:30a-12:30p. Ages 18 and Younger. Lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following morning in a brown bag. Any child up to age 18 can come to one of these sites and receive a meal. The child has to be present to receive the meal. A parent cannot say they have a child at home and take meals for them. The child must be in the car or at the site. Bags will be distributed for the child to take home in a walk up or drive through manner. We are serving the following sites in Sun Prairie: VFW parking lot, Boys and Girls Club, Element on Main Apartments and Rolling Prairie Apartments. This service WILL be offered during the SPASD spring break. Monday - Friday. 3:30p-4:30p. All ages. Meal for the day. Drive through method. This service will be at the Sun Prairie YMCA 1470 Don Simon Drive. In addition, this afternoon food site is available at the Madison branches of the YMCA as well.
  •  Sun Prairie Historical Museum closed tentatively until April 17th
  •  Parks and Recreation Programs: All athletic facilities are closed effective March 19, 2020.  The Pet Exercise Area will also be closed and locked until further notice. Park shelter rentals, park athletic facility rentals, Westside Community Services Building rentals, special events, and organized sports and recreation program activities through April 17, 2020 have been cancelled. Reservations for facilities will be taken for events that take place after May 15, 2020
  • The Sun Prairie Media Center will have limited staff presence beginning Thursday, March 19. The SPMC is working to maintain community access to our studios for our members and city staff as necessary during this time. The KIDS-4 program has been suspended through at least April 5. The SPMC staff will be accessible through mail and e-mail. Please call 608-837-4193 or e-mail staff@cityofsunprairie.com or jrobbins@cityofsunprairie.com if you need assistance, are requesting access to the SPMC TV or radio studios, or have any questions. Sun Prairie KIDS-4 Programs: KIDS-4 programs suspended through March 30th.
  • Sun Prairie Indoor Farmers Market: Cancelled for Weekend of March 21st and 28th.Reach out to vendors directly through Facebook or Facebook the Sun prairie Farmers Market for vendor contact information.
  • All buses will have a maximum capacity of 15 riders. Starting Monday, March 23, service will be reduced to weekend routes, with the addition of the suburban commuter routes.
  • Due to COVID-19 and the social distancing guidelines issued by both the DHS and the CDC, the shared-ride taxi operations will be modified in the following ways effective immediately and until further notice:
    • the number of passengers per vehicle will be restricted to one (1)
    • passengers will not be allowed to sit in the front seat of taxi vehicles
    • drivers will be required to sanitize vehicles after each passenger
  • There are coordinated efforts to provide meals to 18 and under community members. Locations for that meal service found here - https://www.sunprairieschools.org/district/distance-learning/meal-service 
  • City Clerk’s Office is encouraging residents to request absentee ballots online at https://myvote.wi.gov or by mailing in their request to the clerk’s office
  • Building Inspection: Inspection staff will not be available to meet in-person at City Hall.Field inspections will be evaluated as requests come in and conducted when it is determined it is both essential, and safe for both staff and our customers. Certain inspections may be postponed to a future date based on staff availability.
  • Sun Prairie Municipal Court:  All court dates are closed until May 6, 2020.  Individuals with affected court dates will be notified by mail.
  • Planning Department: To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, many Planning Division staff members will temporarily work remotely.  Although, City Hall is currently open, the Planning Division will only be accepting zoning/development applications digitally or through the regular mail until further notice.
  • Sun Prairie Public Library Programs: All library programs and outreach are canceled through April 3. The library will be evaluating all services, including open hours, in the days and weeks ahead. March 15 at 5pm, The Sun Prairie Public Library is closed. All Library Services including circulation services, outside book drop, programming, community meetings, outreach services, early and absentee voting, meeting room & discussion room reservations are canceled or postponed. This closure will remain in effect until at least April 5.
  • Election Information (City Clerk’s Office):  New absentee ballot information has been posted on the City Clerk’s web page.
  • Sun Prairie Police Department:  All tours, ride-alongs, and public fingerprinting are canceled until further notice.  Residents are directed to the Police Department web page or Facebook page for online services like public records requests or payment of citations.
  • Sunshine Place: Sunshine Supper will be offering carry out meals only on Mondays from 5:30 - 6:30 pm; CARDS Closet and Bed Lady program are suspending appointments for at least two weeks (starting 3/13/2020); Sunshine Legal Clinic on 4/2/2020 will now be virtual clinic (call 608-514-6210 to set up an appointment); Sunshine Ball on 4/18/2020 is being postponed.
  • Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry: Lobby Resource Center will remain open 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday
  • Colonial Club: Closed until at least 3/29/2020.  All classes, building rentals, and activities during this time are canceled.  The congregate meal site is closed.  Home delivered meals will remain operational.  Case managers can be reached at 608-837-4611.
  • The City Service Center (Public Works, Storm Water and Parks) and the Fleet shop have been closed to public access. Essential services will continue, but public contact has being restricted. If anyone needs to contact Public Works they may call 608-837-3050 or 608-825-0713. For Fleet Services please contact 608-825-0712

For more information, follow general updates on the main page here on the City’s website. Additional information is also being provided at our newly created COVID-19 Information and Resource Page.

Watch for additional news and updates on the main page of the City’s website.

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LAST UPDATED 3/20/20 1:15 PM

Mayor Esser plans to address the city by video every few days as the COVID-19 event continues: https://videoplayer.telvue.com/player/O1KDXxYafTFWNyJDAq7WcuvJ9u9YH6tS/media/549884?autostart=false&showtabssearch=true&fullscreen=false&jwsource=cl 

A letter from the City Administrator about the COVID-19 response:

Unemployment Insurance Update

Sun Prairie School District Coordinated Meal Effort

CDC COVID-19 resource page

Latest Wisconsin COVID-19 Test Results  

City services available online

State-wide Moratorium on Mass Gatherings (Link to PDF, Updated to include limit on public gatherings to under 10 people. The order closes all bars. Restaurants can remain open only for takeout or delivery. The orders are in effect at March 17, 2020 at 5:00pm.)

Emergency order restricting the size of childcare settings: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/WIGOV/2020/03/18/file_attachments/1404852/DHS%20Order_3.18.2020.pdf?fbclid=IwAR35EZ8otOKbZox9Lou_5hm-9CUESu6GByiv3EUlbdmucvPJAuHvFbA-bVY

Wisconsin DHS Important Recommendations for Prevention of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities (Link to PDF)

Sun Prairie Schools Closed on Monday 3/16/2020 Through at Least Sunday 4/ 5/2020 (Link) Updated 3/15/2020 5:00 pm

City and Community Programs Update:

  • *NEW* Curbside Absentee voting available until April 4th to high risk populations. Signs will be posted at each of the designated stalls prompting voters who need to use the curbside voting option to ring the doorbell or call the City Clerk’s Office at 837-2511. High-risk populations include older adults and people with chronic health conditions.
  • YMCA meal program: YMCA Free Food Sites. Monday- Friday. 11:30a-12:30p. Ages 18 and Younger. Lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following morning in a brown bag. Any child up to age 18 can come to one of these sites and receive a meal. The child has to be present to receive the meal. A parent cannot say they have a child at home and take meals for them. The child must be in the car or at the site. Bags will be distributed for the child to take home in a walk up or drive through manner. We are serving the following sites in Sun Prairie: VFW parking lot, Boys and Girls Club, Element on Main Apartments and Rolling Prairie Apartments. This service WILL be offered during the SPASD spring break. Monday - Friday. 3:30p-4:30p. All ages. Meal for the day. Drive through method. This service will be at the Sun Prairie YMCA 1470 Don Simon Drive. In addition, this afternoon food site is available at the Madison branches of the YMCA as well.
  •  Sun Prairie Historical Museum closed tentatively until April 17th
  •  Parks and Recreation Programs: All athletic facilities are closed effective March 19, 2020.  The Pet Exercise Area will also be closed and locked until further notice. Park shelter rentals, park athletic facility rentals, Westside Community Services Building rentals, special events, and organized sports and recreation program activities through April 17, 2020 have been cancelled. Reservations for facilities will be taken for events that take place after May 15, 2020
  • The Sun Prairie Media Center will have limited staff presence beginning Thursday, March 19. The SPMC is working to maintain community access to our studios for our members and city staff as necessary during this time. The KIDS-4 program has been suspended through at least April 5. The SPMC staff will be accessible through mail and e-mail. Please call 608-837-4193 or e-mail staff@cityofsunprairie.com or jrobbins@cityofsunprairie.com if you need assistance, are requesting access to the SPMC TV or radio studios, or have any questions. Sun Prairie KIDS-4 Programs: KIDS-4 programs suspended through March 30th.
  • Sun Prairie Indoor Farmers Market: Cancelled for Weekend of March 21st and 28th.Reach out to vendors directly through Facebook or Facebook the Sun prairie Farmers Market for vendor contact information.
  • All buses will have a maximum capacity of 15 riders. Starting Monday, March 23, service will be reduced to weekend routes, with the addition of the suburban commuter routes.
  • Due to COVID-19 and the social distancing guidelines issued by both the DHS and the CDC, the shared-ride taxi operations will be modified in the following ways effective immediately and until further notice:
    • the number of passengers per vehicle will be restricted to one (1)
    • passengers will not be allowed to sit in the front seat of taxi vehicles
    • drivers will be required to sanitize vehicles after each passenger
  • There are coordinated efforts to provide meals to 18 and under community members. Locations for that meal service found here - https://www.sunprairieschools.org/district/distance-learning/meal-service 
  • City Clerk’s Office is encouraging residents to request absentee ballots online at https://myvote.wi.gov or by mailing in their request to the clerk’s office
  • Building Inspection: Inspection staff will not be available to meet in-person at City Hall.Field inspections will be evaluated as requests come in and conducted when it is determined it is both essential, and safe for both staff and our customers. Certain inspections may be postponed to a future date based on staff availability.
  • Sun Prairie Municipal Court:  All court dates are closed until May 6, 2020.  Individuals with affected court dates will be notified by mail.
  • Planning Department: To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, many Planning Division staff members will temporarily work remotely.  Although, City Hall is currently open, the Planning Division will only be accepting zoning/development applications digitally or through the regular mail until further notice.
  • Sun Prairie Public Library Programs: All library programs and outreach are canceled through April 3. The library will be evaluating all services, including open hours, in the days and weeks ahead. March 15 at 5pm, The Sun Prairie Public Library is closed. All Library Services including circulation services, outside book drop, programming, community meetings, outreach services, early and absentee voting, meeting room & discussion room reservations are canceled or postponed. This closure will remain in effect until at least April 5.
  • Election Information (City Clerk’s Office):  New absentee ballot information has been posted on the City Clerk’s web page.
  • Sun Prairie Police Department:  All tours, ride-alongs, and public fingerprinting are canceled until further notice.  Residents are directed to the Police Department web page or Facebook page for online services like public records requests or payment of citations.
  • Sunshine Place: Sunshine Supper will be offering carry out meals only on Mondays from 5:30 - 6:30 pm; CARDS Closet and Bed Lady program are suspending appointments for at least two weeks (starting 3/13/2020); Sunshine Legal Clinic on 4/2/2020 will now be virtual clinic (call 608-514-6210 to set up an appointment); Sunshine Ball on 4/18/2020 is being postponed.
  • Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry: Lobby Resource Center will remain open 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday
  • Colonial Club: Closed until at least 3/29/2020.  All classes, building rentals, and activities during this time are canceled.  The congregate meal site is closed.  Home delivered meals will remain operational.  Case managers can be reached at 608-837-4611.
  • The City Service Center (Public Works, Storm Water and Parks) and the Fleet shop have been closed to public access. Essential services will continue, but public contact has being restricted. If anyone needs to contact Public Works they may call 608-837-3050 or 608-825-0713. For Fleet Services please contact 608-825-0712

For more information, follow general updates on the main page here on the City’s website. Additional information is also being provided at our newly created COVID-19 Information and Resource Page.

Watch for additional news and updates on the main page of the City’s website.

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LAST UPDATED 3/19/20 4:00 PM

 *NEW*  Mayor Esser plans to address the city by video every few days as the COVID-19 event continues: https://videoplayer.telvue.com/player/O1KDXxYafTFWNyJDAq7WcuvJ9u9YH6tS/media/549884?autostart=false&showtabssearch=true&fullscreen=false&jwsource=cl 

*NEW* A letter from the City Administrator about the COVID-19 response:

*NEW* Unemployment Insurance Update

*NEW* Sun Prairie School District Coordinated Meal Effort

*NEW* CDC COVID-19 resource page

Latest Wisconsin COVID-19 Test Results  

City services available online

State-wide Moratorium on Mass Gatherings (Link to PDF, Updated to include limit on public gatherings to under 10 people. The order closes all bars. Restaurants can remain open only for takeout or delivery. The orders are in effect at March 17, 2020 at 5:00pm.)

*NEW* Emergency order restricting the size of childcare settings: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/WIGOV/2020/03/18/file_attachments/1404852/DHS%20Order_3.18.2020.pdf?fbclid=IwAR35EZ8otOKbZox9Lou_5hm-9CUESu6GByiv3EUlbdmucvPJAuHvFbA-bVY

Wisconsin DHS Important Recommendations for Prevention of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities (Link to PDF)

Sun Prairie Schools Closed on Monday 3/16/2020 Through at Least Sunday 4/ 5/2020 (Link) Updated 3/15/2020 5:00 pm

City and Community Programs Update:

  • *NEW* YMCA meal program: YMCA Free Food Sites. Monday- Friday. 11:30a-12:30p. Ages 18 and Younger. Lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following morning in a brown bag. Any child up to age 18 can come to one of these sites and receive a meal. The child has to be present to receive the meal. A parent cannot say they have a child at home and take meals for them. The child must be in the car or at the site. Bags will be distributed for the child to take home in a walk up or drive through manner. We are serving the following sites in Sun Prairie: VFW parking lot, Boys and Girls Club, Element on Main Apartments and Rolling Prairie Apartments. This service WILL be offered during the SPASD spring break. Monday - Friday. 3:30p-4:30p. All ages. Meal for the day. Drive through method. This service will be at the Sun Prairie YMCA 1470 Don Simon Drive. In addition, this afternoon food site is available at the Madison branches of the YMCA as well.
  • *NEW* Sun Prairie Historical Museum closed tentatively until April 17th
  • *UPDATE* Parks and Recreation Programs: All athletic facilities are closed effective March 19, 2020.  The Pet Exercise Area will also be closed and locked until further notice. Park shelter rentals, park athletic facility rentals, Westside Community Services Building rentals, special events, and organized sports and recreation program activities through April 17, 2020 have been cancelled. Reservations for facilities will be taken for events that take place after May 15, 2020
  • *UPDATE* The Sun Prairie Media Center will have limited staff presence beginning Thursday, March 19. The SPMC is working to maintain community access to our studios for our members and city staff as necessary during this time. The KIDS-4 program has been suspended through at least April 5. The SPMC staff will be accessible through mail and e-mail. Please call 608-837-4193 or e-mail staff@cityofsunprairie.com or jrobbins@cityofsunprairie.com if you need assistance, are requesting access to the SPMC TV or radio studios, or have any questions. Sun Prairie KIDS-4 Programs: KIDS-4 programs suspended through March 30th.
  • Sun Prairie Indoor Farmers Market: Cancelled for Weekend of March 21st and 28th.Reach out to vendors directly through Facebook or Facebook the Sun prairie Farmers Market for vendor contact information.
  • All buses will have a maximum capacity of 15 riders. Starting Monday, March 23, service will be reduced to weekend routes, with the addition of the suburban commuter routes.
  • Due to COVID-19 and the social distancing guidelines issued by both the DHS and the CDC, the shared-ride taxi operations will be modified in the following ways effective immediately and until further notice:
    • the number of passengers per vehicle will be restricted to one (1)
    • passengers will not be allowed to sit in the front seat of taxi vehicles
    • drivers will be required to sanitize vehicles after each passenger
  • There are coordinated efforts to provide meals to 18 and under community members. Locations for that meal service found here - https://www.sunprairieschools.org/district/distance-learning/meal-service 
  • City Clerk’s Office is encouraging residents to request absentee ballots online at https://myvote.wi.gov or by mailing in their request to the clerk’s office
  • Building Inspection: Inspection staff will not be available to meet in-person at City Hall.Field inspections will be evaluated as requests come in and conducted when it is determined it is both essential, and safe for both staff and our customers. Certain inspections may be postponed to a future date based on staff availability.
  • Sun Prairie Municipal Court:  All court dates are closed until May 6, 2020.  Individuals with affected court dates will be notified by mail.
  • Planning Department: To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, many Planning Division staff members will temporarily work remotely.  Although, City Hall is currently open, the Planning Division will only be accepting zoning/development applications digitally or through the regular mail until further notice.
  • Sun Prairie Public Library Programs: All library programs and outreach are canceled through April 3. The library will be evaluating all services, including open hours, in the days and weeks ahead. March 15 at 5pm, The Sun Prairie Public Library is closed. All Library Services including circulation services, outside book drop, programming, community meetings, outreach services, early and absentee voting, meeting room & discussion room reservations are canceled or postponed. This closure will remain in effect until at least April 5.
  • Election Information (City Clerk’s Office):  New absentee ballot information has been posted on the City Clerk’s web page.
  • Sun Prairie Police Department:  All tours, ride-alongs, and public fingerprinting are canceled until further notice.  Residents are directed to the Police Department web page or Facebook page for online services like public records requests or payment of citations.
  • Sunshine Place: Sunshine Supper will be offering carry out meals only on Mondays from 5:30 - 6:30 pm; CARDS Closet and Bed Lady program are suspending appointments for at least two weeks (starting 3/13/2020); Sunshine Legal Clinic on 4/2/2020 will now be virtual clinic (call 608-514-6210 to set up an appointment); Sunshine Ball on 4/18/2020 is being postponed.
  • Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry: Lobby Resource Center will remain open 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday
  • Colonial Club: Closed until at least 3/29/2020.  All classes, building rentals, and activities during this time are canceled.  The congregate meal site is closed.  Home delivered meals will remain operational.  Case managers can be reached at 608-837-4611.
  • The City Service Center (Public Works, Storm Water and Parks) and the Fleet shop have been closed to public access. Essential services will continue, but public contact has being restricted. If anyone needs to contact Public Works they may call 608-837-3050 or 608-825-0713. For Fleet Services please contact 608-825-0712

For more information, follow general updates on the main page here on the City’s website. Additional information is also being provided at our newly created COVID-19 Information and Resource Page.

Watch for additional news and updates on the main page of the City’s website.

-------------------

LAST UPDATED 3/18/20 11:30AM

Latest Wisconsin COVID-19 Test Results  

City services available online

State-wide Moratorium on Mass Gatherings (Link to PDF, Updated to include limit on public gatherings to under 10 people. The order closes all bars. Restaurants can remain open only for takeout or delivery. The orders are in effect at March 17, 2020 at 5:00pm.)

Wisconsin DHS Important Recommendations for Prevention of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities (Link to PDF)

Sun Prairie Schools Closed on Monday 3/16/2020 Through at Least Sunday 4/ 5/2020 (Link) Updated 3/15/2020 5:00 pm

City and Community Programs Update:

  • *NEW Sun Prairie Indoor Farmers Market: Cancelled for Weekend of March 21st and 28th.Reach out to vendors directly through facebook or facebook the Sun prairie Farmers Market for vendor contact information.
  • *NEW* All buses will have a maximum capacity of 15 riders. Starting Monday, March 23, service will be reduced to weekend routes, with the addition of the suburban commuter routes.
  • *NEW* Due to COVID-19 and the social distancing guidelines issued by both the DHS and the CDC, the shared-ride taxi operations will be modified in the following ways effective immediately and until further notice:
    • the number of passengers per vehicle will be restricted to one (1)
    • passengers will not be allowed to sit in the front seat of taxi vehicles
    • drivers will be required to sanitize vehicles after each passenger
  • *NEW* There are coordinated efforts to provide meals to 18 and under community members. Locations for that meal service found here - https://www.sunprairieschools.org/district/distance-learning/meal-service 
  • City Clerk’s Office is encouraging residents to request absentee ballots online at https://myvote.wi.gov or by mailing in their request to the clerk’s office
  • Building Inspection: Inspection staff will not be available to meet in-person at City Hall.Field inspections will be evaluated as requests come in and conducted when it is determined it is both essential, and safe for both staff and our customers. Certain inspections may be postponed to a future date based on staff availability.
  • Sun Prairie Municipal Court:  All court dates are closed until May 6, 2020.  Individuals with affected court dates will be notified by mail.
  • Planning Department: To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, many Planning Division staff members will temporarily work remotely.  Although, City Hall is currently open, the Planning Division will only be accepting zoning/development applications digitally or through the regular mail until further notice. 
  • Parks and Recreation Programs: All recreation programs and services, as well as in-person registration, has been suspended until April 3.  Starting March 18, 2020, reservation of park shelters will no longer be required to be done in person.  Both reservations of park shelters and registration for general classes can be done online at http://rec.cityofsunprairie.com.
  • Sun Prairie Public Library Programs: All library programs and outreach are canceled through April 3. The library will be evaluating all services, including open hours, in the days and weeks ahead. March 15 at 5pm, The Sun Prairie Public Library is closed. All Library Services including circulation services, outside book drop, programming, community meetings, outreach services, early and absentee voting, meeting room & discussion room reservations are canceled or postponed. This closure will remain in effect until at least April 5. 
  • Sun Prairie KIDS-4 Programs: KIDS-4 programs suspended through March 30th.
  • Election Information (City Clerk’s Office):  New absentee ballot information has been posted on the City Clerk’s web page.
  • Sun Prairie Police Department:  All tours, ride-alongs, and public fingerprinting are canceled until further notice.  Residents are directed to the Police Department web page or Facebook page for online services like public records requests or payment of citations.
  • Sunshine Place: Sunshine Supper will be offering carry out meals only on Mondays from 5:30 - 6:30 pm; CARDS Closet and Bed Lady program are suspending appointments for at least two weeks (starting 3/13/2020); Sunshine Legal Clinic on 4/2/2020 will now be virtual clinic (call 608-514-6210 to set up an appointment); Sunshine Ball on 4/18/2020 is being postponed.
  • Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry: Lobby Resource Center will remain open 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday
  • Colonial Club: Closed until at least 3/29/2020.  All classes, building rentals, and activities during this time are canceled.  The congregate meal site is closed.  Home delivered meals will remain operational.  Case managers can be reached at 608-837-4611.
  • The City Service Center (Public Works, Storm Water and Parks) and the Fleet shop have been closed to public access. Essential services will continue, but public contact has being restricted. If anyone needs to contact Public Works they may call 608-837-3050 or 608-825-0713. For Fleet Services please contact 608-825-0712

For more information, follow general updates on the main page here on the City’s website. Additional information is also being provided at our newly created COVID-19 Information and Resource Page.

Watch for additional news and updates on the main page of the City’s website.

-------------------

LAST UPDATED 3/17/20 3:00 PM

Latest Wisconsin COVID-19 Test Results  

*NEW* City services available online

*NEW* State-wide Moratorium on Mass Gatherings (Link to PDF, Updated to include limit on public gatherings to under 10 people. The order closes all bars. Restaurants can remain open only for takeout or delivery. The orders are in effect at March 17, 2020 at 5:00pm.)

Wisconsin DHS Important Recommendations for Prevention of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities (Link to PDF)

Sun Prairie Schools Closed on Monday 3/16/2020 Through at Least Sunday 4/ 5/2020 (Link) Updated 3/15/2020 5:00 pm

City and Community Programs Update:

  • *NEW* City Clerk’s Office is encouraging residents to request absentee ballots online at https://myvote.wi.gov or by mailing in their request to the clerk’s office
  • *NEW* Building Inspection: Inspection staff will not be available to meet in-person at City Hall.Field inspections will be evaluated as requests come in and conducted when it is determined it is both essential, and safe for both staff and our customers. Certain inspections may be postponed to a future date based on staff availability.
  • *NEW* Sun Prairie Municipal Court:  All court dates are closed until May 6, 2020.  Individuals with affected court dates will be notified by mail.
  • *NEW*  Planning Department: To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, many Planning Division staff members will temporarily work remotely.  Although, City Hall is currently open, the Planning Division will only be accepting zoning/development applications digitally or through the regular mail until further notice. 
  • Parks and Recreation Programs: All recreation programs and services, as well as in-person registration, has been suspended until April 3.  Starting March 18, 2020, reservation of park shelters will no longer be required to be done in person.  Both reservations of park shelters and registration for general classes can be done online at http://rec.cityofsunprairie.com.
  • Sun Prairie Public Library Programs: All library programs and outreach are canceled through April 3. The library will be evaluating all services, including open hours, in the days and weeks ahead. March 15 at 5pm, The Sun Prairie Public Library is closed. All Library Services including circulation services, outside book drop, programming, community meetings, outreach services, early and absentee voting, meeting room & discussion room reservations are canceled or postponed. This closure will remain in effect until at least April 5. 
  • Sun Prairie KIDS-4 Programs: KIDS-4 programs suspended through March 30th.
  • Sun Prairie Indoor Farmers Market: Cancelled for Weekend of March 14th.
  • Election Information (City Clerk’s Office):  New absentee ballot information has been posted on the City Clerk’s web page.
  • Sun Prairie Police Department:  All tours, ride-alongs, and public fingerprinting are canceled until further notice.  Residents are directed to the Police Department web page or Facebook page for online services like public records requests or payment of citations.
  • Sunshine Place: Sunshine Supper will be offering carry out meals only on Mondays from 5:30 - 6:30 pm; CARDS Closet and Bed Lady program are suspending appointments for at least two weeks (starting 3/13/2020); Sunshine Legal Clinic on 4/2/2020 will now be virtual clinic (call 608-514-6210 to set up an appointment); Sunshine Ball on 4/18/2020 is being postponed.
  • Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry: Lobby Resource Center will remain open 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday
  • Colonial Club: Closed until at least 3/29/2020.  All classes, building rentals, and activities during this time are canceled.  The congregate meal site is closed.  Home delivered meals will remain operational.  Case managers can be reached at 608-837-4611.
  • The City Service Center (Public Works, Storm Water and Parks) and the Fleet shop have been closed to public access. Essential services will continue, but public contact has being restricted. If anyone needs to contact Public Works they may call 608-837-3050 or 608-825-0713. For Fleet Services please contact 608-825-0712

For more information, follow general updates on the main page here on the City’s website. Additional information is also being provided at our newly created COVID-19 Information and Resource Page.

Watch for additional news and updates on the main page of the City’s website.

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LAST UPDATED 3/16/20 3:00 PM

*NEW*  Latest Wisconsin COVID-19 Test Results (Updated Link 3/15/2020 4:45 pm) 

*NEW* County-wide Moratorium on Mass Gatherings (Link to PDF, Updated to include 3/15/2020 expansion of moratorium on gatherings of 50+ people, and operating guidance for restaurants)

Wisconsin DHS Important Recommendations for Prevention of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities (Link to PDF)

*NEW* Sun Prairie Schools Closed on Monday 3/16/2020 Through at Least Sunday 4/ 5/2020 (Link) Updated 3/15/2020 5:00 pm

City and Community Programs Update:

  • *UPDATED* Parks and Recreation Programs: All recreation programs and services, as well as in-person registration, has been suspended until April 3.  Starting March 18, 2020, reservation of park shelters will no longer be required to be done in person.  Both reservations of park shelters and registration for general classes can be done online at http://rec.cityofsunprairie.com.
  • *UPDATED(3/16 @3pm)* Sun Prairie Public Library Programs: All library programs and outreach are canceled through April 3. The library will be evaluating all services, including open hours, in the days and weeks ahead. March 15 at 5pm, The Sun Prairie Public Library is closed. All Library Services including circulation services, outside book drop, programming, community meetings, outreach services, early and absentee voting, meeting room & discussion room reservations are canceled or postponed. This closure will remain in effect until at least April 5. 
  • Sun Prairie KIDS-4 Programs: KIDS-4 programs suspended through March 30th.
  • Sun Prairie Indoor Farmers Market: Cancelled for Weekend of March 14th.
  • *NEW* Election Information (City Clerk’s Office):  New absentee ballot information has been posted on the City Clerk’s web page.
  • *NEW* Sun Prairie Police Department:  All tours, ride-alongs, and public fingerprinting are canceled until further notice.  Residents are directed to the Police Department web page or Facebook page for online services like public records requests or payment of citations.
  • *NEW* Sun Prairie Municipal Court:  All court dates are closed until May 6, 2020.  Individuals with affected court dates will be notified by mail.
  • *NEW* Sunshine Place: Sunshine Supper will be offering carry out meals only on Mondays from 5:30 - 6:30 pm; CARDS Closet and Bed Lady program are suspending appointments for at least two weeks (starting 3/13/2020); Sunshine Legal Clinic on 4/2/2020 will now be virtual clinic (call 608-514-6210 to set up an appointment); Sunshine Ball on 4/18/2020 is being postponed.
  • *NEW* Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry: Lobby Resource Center will remain open 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday
  • *NEW* Colonial Club: Closed until at least 3/29/2020.  All classes, building rentals, and activities during this time are canceled.  The congregate meal site is closed.  Home delivered meals will remain operational.  Case managers can be reached at 608-837-4611.
  • *NEW* The City Service Center (Public Works, Storm Water and Parks) and the Fleet shop have been closed to public access. Essential services will continue, but public contact has being restricted. If anyone needs to contact Public Works they may call 608-837-3050 or 608-825-0713. For Fleet Services please contact 608-825-0712

For more information, follow general updates on the main page here on the City’s website. Additional information is also being provided at our newly created COVID-19 Information and Resource Page.

Watch for additional news and updates on the main page of the City’s website.

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