March 21, 2019

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Department Updates

Clerk's Office: Our next local election is April 2, 2019. In Person Absentee Voting ends on March 30, 2019. Not sure where to vote? Learn about where to find your polling location and preview sample ballots.

EMS Department: The EMS department is happy to announce Casey Jesberger as the new Operations Manager. EMS and Fire Department will be co-hosting a St. Baldrick’s head shaving event at the Nitty Gritty on March 30. Learn more about the upcoming event.

HR Department: Join us in celebrating our 25 city staff members who were recognized at the March 19, 2019 City Council meeting for their years of service.

Parks and Recreation Department: The 2019 Summer Fun Guide will be delivered with March 29 copies of the Star and available for pick up. Have you visited the new parks and recreation website page? Create your new account today to sign up for summer programs. Learn more about the transition period including how to transfer credits from ActiveNet to RecPro. 

Police Department: Lieutenant Konopacki and our public safety chaplains have been attending various trainings this week at the Midwest Region International Police Chaplains Conference. Learn more about upcoming community events and how you can get involved. 

Public Works Department: We're sending out reminders for the spring/summer recycle center hours and upcoming brush and yard waste collection dates. We invite you all to join the SPCGO at the library on March 30 for our Spring Program. Friday is the last day to complete the Recycle Center survey on POLCO, thank you to all those who have participated!

Sun Prairie Historical Library & Museum: Stop by the library today to see the museum's satellite exhibit. The exhibit features local Sun Prairie artists - stop by today to "meet your neighbor!"

Sun Prairie Media Center: The Media Center will be hosting two free "Be a Radio DJ" labs on March 23 and March 27. Wisconsin Community Media has announced this year's winners for the 2019 Best of the Midwest Media Fest which includes many producers of SPMC original programming. Congratulations! Find out how to watch the most recent school board forum and learn more about the upcoming forum on Friday, March 22.

Sun Prairie Public Library: March 31 is the deadline for the writing contest on "Why I love My Library," sponsored by the Friends of the Sun Prairie Public Library. Join the library for Kids Yoga, an upcoming author visit or a poetry performance from Angela Vasquez. The Dream Bus is coming to Sun Prairie starting in April! View times and locations.

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City Clerk

2019 Spring Election In Person Absentee Voting

Under Wisconsin law, voters do not need a reason to vote absentee. Any voter who prefers to vote by absentee ballot may request one.  In Person Absentee Voting for the April 2 Spring Election in the City of Sun Prairie will run from March 11 to March 30, 2019. 

The following are the hours and locations that In Person Absentee Voting is available:

City Hall, 300 E Main Street

March 18, 2019 to March 22, 20198:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
March 23, 20198:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
March 25, 2019 to March 28, 20198:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
March 29, 20198:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
March 30, 2019*8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

*No Voter Registration, only Absentee Voting on this date

Sun Prairie Public Library, 1350 Linnerud Drive

March 18, 2019 to March 21, 20199:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
March 22, 20199:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
March 23, 20199:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
March 25 to March 28, 20199:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
March 29, 20199:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
March 30, 2019*9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

*No Voter Registration, only Absentee Voting on this date

Sample Ballots Available Online

Sample ballots for the 2019 Spring Election are available online. If you are unsure where to vote, visit the MyVote website.  An online district map (PDF) is also available for further reference. As a reminder, the City of Sun Prairie has four polling places.

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EMS Department

Announcing New Operations Manager

Casey Jesberger has joined the Emergency Medical Services team as the new Operations Manager! Casey joins us from Janesville Fire Department and brings with him over 17 years of experience in public safety. Over his career, he has worked as a dispatcher, EMT, Paramedic, Firefighter, Driver/Engineer, Lieutenant, and Captain. Casey has worked in volunteer and career organizations, and has experience with support services, safety, training, material/equipment purchasing, and vehicle requisitioning and build-outs. He has multiple credentials in incident command and leadership training. Casey completed his Associate’s and his Bachelor’s degrees from Columbia Southern University, and is currently enrolled in their Master’s degree program.

Upcoming St. Baldrick's Event

Sun Prairie EMS and Sun Prairie Fire Department will be co-hosting a St. Baldrick’s head shaving event at the Nitty Gritty on March 30 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  The St. Baldrick’s Foundation raises money and donates to childhood cancer research -- some of the research is even done here in Wisconsin! 

There are many ways to participate! Whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, we hope you will join us and be a part of the excitement! Visit the event website today to learn more.

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Human Resources

Employee Service Recognition Presentation

At the March 19, 2019 City Council meeting, the following employees were recognized for their years of service:

Five Years 
Kristin Vander Kooi
David Walden
Connie DeKemper
Jeffrey Robbins
Chad Shelton
Nolan Pickar
Jeffrey Matt
Jason Fuss
Michael Hall
Jamison Davis
Emily Tabers-Kwak
Gregory Dustin
Travis Newell

Ten Years
Leon Igl
Cheryl Sandmire
Sarah Heling
Tracy Heath 

Fifteen Years 
Kevin Konopacki
Robert Barrix

Twenty Years
Nick Winters
Amy Bolling

Twenty-Five Years
Clinton Christenson

Thirty-Five Years 
Anita Barman

Retirement-Twenty-Five Years 
Patrick Anhalt 

Retirement- Forty Years
Jeffrey Peeler 

Thank you for all that you do!

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Parks & Recreation

2019 Summer Fun Guide - Coming Soon

The 2019 Summer Fun Guide will be delivered in the Friday, March 29 issue of the Sun Prairie Star.  It will also be available for pickup after 11:00 a.m. on March 29th at the following locations:

  • Parks and Recreation Department (2598 West Main Street)
  • Chamber of Commerce (109 East Main Street)
  • Sun Prairie Public Library (1350 Linnerud Drive)
  • The Colonial Club (301 Blankenheim Lane)
  • City Hall (300 East Main Street)

Registration Transition

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Police Department

Community Restorative Court Peacemaker Training

Community Restorative Court is a pre-charge diversion program working hard to provide an alternative, restorative-based approach to expedite certain municipal and misdemeanor cases in Dane County. This approach holds respondents (offenders) responsible by meeting with their victim in a “circle.” Victims are given an opportunity to be involved with the restorative justice process and voice their emotions, requests and concerns. Voluntary citizens, Peacemakers, also participate in the restorative justice circle process. Peacemakers represent our community and are a critical part of repairing the harm. The circle supports respondents and victims and creates a Repair Harm Agreement with the respondent which may include community service, restitution, counseling and a variety of services to assist the needs of respondents and victims. Respondents are not formally charged and do not receive a CCAP entry if they successfully complete the agreement. Studies have shown that a restorative justice approach can resolve cases more quickly, reduce recidivism and generate more satisfaction and feelings of fairness on the part of victims, respondents and, most importantly, the community at large.

Community involvement is essential. Peacemakers participate in tour trainings over a two-week span. We are able to train up to 30 Peacemakers at a time. Peacemakers learn about the Restorative Justice process and how they can contribute to their community and the young people we serve. This is also an opportunity to support the victims of crime to help repair harm. Once trained, Peacemakers participate in Circles that last 60 to 90 minutes. The Circle schedule is flexible and depends on your availability.

Email Stephanie Marino with questions and to sign up for the training or call (608) 442-4031.

April 2019 Training Dates:
Tuesday, April 2nd
Thursday, April 4th
Tuesday, April 9th
Thursday, April 11th
Dinner and refreshments provided.

5pm - 9pm each evening

Centro Hispano
810 W. Badger Road, Madison, WI

Prescription Drug Take Back Day

PD drug take back day

Safely dispose of all unwanted, unneeded or expired medications. Participants may dispose of solid, non-liquid medication(s) by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into a disposal box or into a clear seal-able plastic bag. Blister packages are acceptable without the medications being removed. Liquids, creams and sprays must be in their original packaging.

Sun Prairie Police Department, 300 E. Main Street

Saturday, April 27, 2019 to 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

Prescription (controlled and non-controlled)
Over-the-counter medications
Ointments, patches, non-aerosol sprays and inhalers
Creams, vials and pet medications

Illegal drugs, needles / sharps or aerosol cans
Bio-hazardous materials (anything containing bodily liquid or blood)
Mercury thermometers or personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, etc.)
Household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas and no acids)

Midwest Region International Police Chaplains Conference

Lieutenant Kevin Konopacki along with PPD conferenceublic Safety Chaplains Charlie Brandt, Luke Werre and Rick Bloom took a break for lunch while in Milwaukee this week for the Midwest Region International Police Chaplains Conference. Lt. Konopacki and the chaplains will get training on Death Notifications, Mass Casualty Event Response, Stress in Law Enforcement, Police Suicide Prevention, Sensitivity and Diversity and other training classes to help our first responders serve our community when responding to a traumatic call for service.

Dane County Coordinated Entry Mobile Hub

Are you, your client or someone you know sleeping predominantly in emergency shelter, outside, or in a a car? If so, speaking with a Dane County Coordinated Entry staff member about available resources may be a  good idea! The Dane County Coordinated Entry Mobile Hub will be at the Sunshine Place the first Monday of every month from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

View the flyer (PDF) for more information on how Coordinated Entry Staff can assist, other locations and contact information.

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Public Works

Brush & Yard Waste Information

As warmer weather arrives and spring cleaning begins, we wanted to remind residents of upcoming brush and yard waste collection dates. Please make sure collections are set out by 7 a.m. and are placed appropriately. As a reminder, materials are not collected in one day. Collections will be conducted in the most expedient method possible, but inclement weather and mechanical problems may create delays. Visit the brush and yard waste information page for guidelines and more information. 

2019 Brush Collection Weeks2019 Yard Waste Collection Weeks
Monday, April 1Monday, April 15
Monday, May 6Tuesday, May 28
Monday, June 3Monday, November 4
Monday, July 8Monday, November 18
Monday, August 5
Monday, September 9
Monday, October 7
Monday, November 4

Collections are generally completed within one week, if you have not been picked up within that time, please call Public Works to inform them of the missed collection. Items will only be considered missed and rescheduled if they were set out by the first day of collection. 

Spring/Summer Recycle Center Hours Starting

March 30 marks the beginning of Spring/Summer hours for the Recycle Center. The facility is available for use by City of Sun Prairie residents receiving city-sponsored automated curbside refuse / recycle collections. You must have a permit/sticker to use the facility. 

The Spring/Summer hours are:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit the recycling center page for information on accepted materials and how to apply for a permit. 

Have you completed the recycle center survey on POLCO? The survey closes on Friday. We appreciate all the feedback we've received so far. Thank you for participating!

Upcoming Community Event


Please join the Sun Prairie Community Garden Organization for presentations on Organic Techniques For Vegetable Growers in Small Spaces and Pollinators and Your Gardens. Visit the library's website for more information on the presentations and presenters.

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Sun Prairie Historical Library & Museum

The Sun Prairie Historical Library & Museum is excited to present local Sun Prairie artists at the library satellite exhibit! With such a long winter, we wanted to bring some color to the community. "Meet Your Neighbor" is the theme of the year and is inspired by the events of 2018. The Sun Prairie community is strong and vibrant and this exhibit celebrates the diverse talents of Sun Prairie's artist population.

Museum Exhibit

Kelly Jean Ohl creates textured ceramics, which lets you see clay in a way that you have never seen before.

Kristin Quackenbush creates beautiful colorful items by recycling broken glass.

Rachel Manzke's newborn and family photography captures the essence of new life, love and joy.

Roger and Jackie Becker's  unique and vibrant wood carvings are both utilitarian and artistic.

Sun Prairie Media Center

Free 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio Labs This Week! Media Makers Image with kids and adults

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a radio disc jockey? Ever hear radio announcers and think “Hey, I could do that!”? Did you know there was a 24/7 radio station right here in Sun Prairie that is staffed by people just like you? Well, it’s time to get on the air!

Learn how 103.5 FM the Sun broadcasts, both in the studio and on remote! You’ll talk, play announcements, spin your favorite songs – do everything our 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio DJs do! Want to be a voice of the community? Learn to be a radio DJ on 103.5 !

There are two free “Be a Radio DJ” labs this week, one for kids and one for adults:

            Saturday, March 23, 10 AM-12 noon (kids, ages 9-15)

            Wednesday, March 27, 6-8 PM (16 and up)

Please call 825-0701 to register for the kids lab or 825-7323 to register for the adult lab. Labs meet at the front of the library.

Congrats to SPMC’s Award-Winning Producers!

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Wisconsin Community Media has announced this year’s winners for the 2019 Best of the Midwest Media Fest.

The SPMC is happy to announce that no fewer than fourteen awards were won by producers of SPMC original programming, most of which were produced at the 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio studio underwritten by the Bank of Sun Prairie.

Producer Mark Gonwa, pictured above with SPMC staff, won “Best in Show” for Radio Programming for two of his weekly music shows – “Take Immediate Cover” and “Song Archaeology.” “TIC,” which airs Mondays at 4 p.m., airs cover versions of songs, usually programmed around a theme, while “Archaeology,” which airs Wednesdays at 4 p.m., focuses on exploring little-known stories and facts behind well-known tracks. 

Other honored shows include “The Tallest Building in Town,” produced by Sun Prairie Public Library staff, “My World and Welcome to It,” a literary talk show hosted by local author Rex Owens, “Schmozcast” (a talk show devoted to wrestling) and “Good Morning Sun Prairie” hosted by Anthony Denu, “Community Conversations” and “Forward Forum,” two public-affairs shows hosted by John Quinlan, “Authentic Business Adventures,” a talk show hosted by James Kademan, and “Pop Culture Time Capsule,” a review of each year’s best movies, TV, and music. 

In addition, James Wyngaard was honored for his Cardinals sports announcing, and Gonwa was also recognized for his additional programs “Bluesology,” “Sounds of Soul and Memories of Motown,” and “Now You Know.”

The awards will be distributed at the Wisconsin Community Media Media Fest in early May.

SPMC, SPARC, Talk of the Town Partner on School Board Forums

School Board Forum

The Sun Prairie Action Resource Coalition hosted a forum with all six candidates running for a seat on the Sun Prairie Area School Board on Sunday, March 17, from 1-3 p.m. The forum featured a wide variety of questions and covered a myriad of important topics.

Participating in the forum were all six candidates, superintendent Brad Saron, who talked briefly about the upcoming school referendum, and SPMC director Jeff Robbins, who moderated the forum.

The forum, which was broadcast live on KSUN and 103.5 FM, is also available to be viewed on demand here.

On Friday, March 22, “Talk of the Town” hosts Don Hooser and Chris Mertes are scheduled to hold a second SPASD school board candidate forum at council chambers at City Hall. The forum will air live on KSUN and will be available to watch on demand shortly thereafter.

A great thanks to SPARC, Don and Chris, and the candidates for organizing and participating in these forums so voters can make an informed choice on April 2!

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Sun Prairie Public Library

Upcoming Events

Friends of the Library Writing ContestSun Prairie Public Library Logo

The Friends of the Sun Prairie Public Library are sponsoring a writing contest on “Why I Love My Library” from Friday, February 8th until Sunday, March 31st. We encourage kids, teens and adults to write a personal short story, essay or poem on this topic. A prize will be awarded in each of three age categories. This project is funded by the Dick Wanless Memorial Fund. Please see the guidelines for more information.

Teen Creativity Club

Each month is a new creative endeavor! March will be Sketching with Ms. Mikaela--grab a pencil and put your creativity to the test. Only for teens in 6th to 12th grade.
Thursday, March 21st 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Library Community Room

Oscar Monday: The Wife

Please join us for a free screening of The Wife, a penetrating story about a woman forced to confront the sacrifices she’s made in order to achieve the life she thought she wanted as her husband is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. Based on the best-selling novel by Meg Wolitzer. Starring Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, & Christian Slater. Refreshments served. This film is rated R & has a run time of 100 minutes.
Monday, March 25th 6 p.m.
Library Community Room

Kids Yoga with Divya

Intro to yoga with Divya Ma Lovingly, author of the picture book Happy Leaf. Please bring your own mat or towel.Geared for children ages 2-5 and their accompanying adults. Happy Leaf will be available for purchase and the author can sign books after the program.
Tuesday, March 26th 2pm
Library Community Room

Author Visit: David Benjamin

Madison author David Benjamin will be here to share his latest trio of books. Mr. Benjamin will tell us about his two new novels, Summer of ’68 and Skulduggery in the Latin Quarter, as well as his latest collection of essays, Almost Killed by a Train of Thought.
Tuesday, March 26th 6:30 p.m.
Library Community Room

Angela Vasquez Poetry Performance

Angie Trudell Vasquez, award-winning poet, performer, author, & activist, will share selections from her forthcoming poetry release, In light, Always Light and perform pieces from her two previously published collections, The Force Your Face Carries and Love in War Time. A Q and A will conclude the event, with book signing to follow. No registration required.
Wednesday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Library Community Room

Coming Soon: The Dream Bus

There isn’t always time to get to the library, so this spring the library will be coming to a neighborhood near you! In a partnership with the Dane County Library Service, the Dream Bus, a brand new bookmobile, will be making stops to serve residents in Sun Prairie starting in April.dreambus

Vandenburg Heights Park
1st and 3rd Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Sun Prairie YMCA
2nd and 4th Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Sun Prairie Public Library
Sundays, May 26th through September 1st, 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The Sun Prairie Dream Bus service is generously sponsored by the Sun Prairie Public Library Foundation.

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