April 4, 2019

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Department Updates

EMS Department: Saturday March 30 was the St. Baldricks' event! Thank you for all those who supported the event and helped make it happen.

Engineering Department: As we prepare for Spring weather, it's important to think about stormwater runoff and how you can reduce and remove pollutants to improve our water quality. Learn some quick tips today!

Fire Department: The third annual Citizens Fire Academy is accepting applications! Learn more about the academy and how to sign up today.

Parks and Recreation Department: The 2019 Summer Fun Guide is here! Learn more about upcoming programs and important registration dates.

Planning Department: Did you know the City is in the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan? Learn more about what the steering committee has been working on today! Other big announcements include the award of the downtown visioning contract to The Lakota Group and the new bus service coming to Sun Prairie.

Police Department: The Dane County Coordinated Entry Mobile Hub visits Sun Prairie the first Monday of each month. There's a new radio show in town and it features our very own Lieutenant Kevin Konopacki! Tune in on 103.5 The Sun this Friday. We're also celebrating our staff members who have recently received awards and those who recently graduated from the Leadership in Police Organizations course. 

Public Works Department: Pellitteri has released a notice that it will no longer pick up improperly prepared recyclables. Learn more about the update and what you can do to ensure your recyclables are picked up. Yard waste collection starts on April 15. Please ensure your materials are properly placed to ensure pickup.

Sun Prairie Media Center: After a busy season of SPHS Cardinals boys' and girls' basketball, the Media Center will be broadcasting select SPHS Cardinal baseball and softball games! Learn more about SPMC summer workshops and how to register today!

Sun Prairie Public Library: The Dream Bus starts its tour this Saturday by stopping at Vandenburg Heights Park! Upcoming events include a visit from world-renowned paranormal investigator, Chad Lewis and Storytime... with a Twist! This year's Library Spring Gala is based on Ernest Cline's popular book Ready Player One. Tickets are available online or at the Library Information Desk.

Wastewater Treatment & Collection: The Wastewater Facilities Plan remains on schedule to break ground to begin construction in 2020. Learn more about the new additions that will be a part of the facility upgrade. 

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Learn about Stormwater Runoff and How You Can Help

April showers bring May flowers, but did you know it also brings stormwater runoff? Like many communities across the country, Sun Prairie faces serious challenges on how to effectively deal with stormwater runoff, which is the water you see flowing down streets, sidewalks and rooftops when it rains. As stormwater runoff makes its way to storm drains, it picks up pollutants such as leaves, trash, sand, salt and fertilizer; all of which makes its way directly into our lakes and streams. The increased pollution is damaging as it may kill fish, close beaches and increase weed and algae growth. There are many simple things you can do to prevent pollution from entering our waterways:

  • Leave grass clippings on the lawn and out of the street and gutters
  • Direct downspouts away from paved surfaces and to lawns
  • Construct and plant a rain garden

Learn more with Ripple Effects' Stormwater Animation!

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EMS Department

Successful St. Baldrick's Event

EMS - St Baldricks event photo

Sun Prairie EMS teamed up with Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department and Sun Prairie Police Department to raise money for the St. Baldrick's foundation on March 30, 2019.  Far surpassing the initial fundraising goal of $10,000, the actual amount raised was $18,792.80.  Special thanks to all the partners who helped to make it happen, we could not have done this without your support!  Thank you!!!

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Enrollment for the Citizens Fire Academy (CFA) for 2019 is now open and the application (PDF) is here! The CFA is dedicated to increasing public awareness and creating a safer environment at home and in the workplace, and it is FUN!

The CFA begins Wednesday, May 22, 2019 and runs every Wednesday for six weeks, ending on June 26, 2019. This is an interactive program designed to familiarize the citizens of the areas we serve with the personnel, equipment, and operations of the Fire Department. It also provides a forum for the department and citizens to share information and concerns.  

Participants must be 20 years of age and reside or own a business in the City of Sun Prairie, Town of Sun Prairie, Town of Bristol, or Town of Burke.

Please submit your completed application by dropping it off at Station 1 (135 N Bristol Street) or sending it via email. The enrollment window will remain open until filled. Please direct questions and/or concerns to Captain Becky Gruber at (608) 608-837-5066.

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Parks & Recreation Department

2019 Summer Fun Guide

The 2019 Summer Fun Guide is here! You can view the guide online or pick up a copy at the following locations:

  • Parks and Recreation Department (2598 West Main Street) Summer Fun Guide Cover
  • 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)

Summer 2019 Registration Dates  

For Residents
Tuesday, April 9 at 9:00 a.m.:  Online registration opens
Wednesday, April 10 at 8:00 a.m.:  Drop-off, mail-in, fax and e-mail registrations start being processed (you may send in registration forms at any time prior to this date)
Wednesday, April 10 at 8:00 a.m.:  In-person registrations

For Non-Residents
Tuesday, April 16 at 9:00 a.m.:  Online registration opens
Wednesday, April 17 at 8:00am.:  Drop-off, mail-in, fax and e-mail registrations start being processed (you may send in registration forms at any time prior to this date)
Wednesday, April 17 at 8:00 a.m.:  In-person registrations

As a reminder, you will need to create an account with RecPro to register online for Summer 2019. Visit our website for more information.

Coming Soon

Thank Goodness It’s Thursday
Thursdays 4/4-4/25*
*no class 4/18
2:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
$52 R/$72 NR

Join us every early-release day for an afternoon of action-packed activities in collaboration with the YMCA Afterschool program! Each session will feature a healthy balance of academic, recreation and social activities that support educational achievement and personal growth. On most days of the program, participants will rotate through a variety of age-appropriate games, activities and crafts that revolve around a monthly theme. Participants will have time carved out to complete homework and/or silently read. An afterschool snack will be provided.

Note: This program is open to ALL SPASD students, regardless of the school they attend. The Parks and Recreation Department does not provide transportation.

Discover Days: Our Earth
Saturday 4/13
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
$15 R/$23 NR

We will meet at the Horizon Elementary Gym and then make our way outside to Wyndham Hills Park (weather permitting) to celebrate Earth Day. We will have crafts, activities and a story, Plan on getting a little dirt on your shirt as we plant seeds and build terrariums.

Beginner Junior Golf Lessons
Saturdays 4/13 to 5/11*
*no class 4/20
Age 6-10 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Age 11-16 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
$90 R/$110 NR

This 4 week program was created for junior golfers who have never golfed or who are looking to brush up on the basics they learned last season. Participants will learn the fundamentals of the game including an introduction to the clubs, grip, stance posture, full swing, short game, etiquette and basic rules. Not only will each student walk away knowing more about the game, they are guaranteed to have some fun along the way!

Experienced Junior Golf Lessons
Sundays 4/13 to 5/12*
*no class 4/21
Age 6-10 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Age 11 to 16 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
$90 R/$110 NR

Designed for junior golfers who have experience playing in tournaments or 2 years or more of summer golfing under their belts. Over the 5 weeks we will cover all the fundamentals including grip, set up, posture, etc. and we will also be diving into teaching the participants more about their swings and how to navigate the course in as few shots as possible. If you and your child are looking to take their golf skills to the next level, this is the chance!

Tween Cooking Series: Brunch and Punch
Saturday 4/27
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
$70 R/$90 NR

Budding master chefs will learn, create, cook and taste in this hands-on program. Each session will be customized with a different theme and lesson. Participants will even be taking home a special product to help recreate the recipes at home.

Feeling fancy? Learn how to make the perfect brunch with a delicious punch. We will be covering how to braid dough.

To register for these Winter/Spring programs you must register through our old system, Activenet.  Register for Winter/Spring programs. For more information or to register for these and other Recreation programs please visit the Recreation Department website.

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Comprehensive Plan Update

Did you know the City is in the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan? The city’s comprehensive plan is intended to represent a vision of Sun Prairie’s future. The plan itself is not a regulation, but serves as a long-term guide for the community, helping City leaders with decision making and setting policies. The last time the City undertook a complete re-write of its plan was in 2009. A lot has happened since that time!

The process began in February 2018 and a steering committee was formed to spearhead this approximately 18-month effort. The content of the plan will encompass many topics including, but not limited to: housing, transportation, land use, community facilities, the preservation and management of natural resources, and economic development.

Follow along on reviewing draft chapters, project and meeting notices and meeting minutes on the project website. Keep an eye out for upcoming public engagement meetings!

Downtown Visioning Contract Awarded to The Lakota Group

The Lakota Group, a Chicago-based planning and urban design firm, was awarded an $83,358 contract at the April 2 City Council meeting to provide urban design services to guide future redevelopment efforts at the Main-Bristol Street intersection in downtown Sun Prairie. This intersection was the site of last summer’s natural gas explosion and fire that took the life of Fire Captain Cory Barr and destroyed several properties at this intersection.

The project involves working with the public, property owners and many other stakeholders to identify the preferred course of action to redevelop the area. The Council also created an ad hoc Downtown Steering Committee to help guide the process, and approved the Mayor’s appointments to the committee.

Express Commuter Bus Servicemetro-logo_stacked-blue

At the April 2 COW and Council Meeting, Council discussed and approved a Transit Service Agreement with Metro Transit and a transit route for Express Commuter Bus Service between the City of Sun Prairie and downtown Madison. The approved route will run during peak hours in the morning and evening. It also includes a short local "circulator" loop that will operate before reaching the park-and-ride in the mornings and after stopping at the park-and-ride in the evenings. The route is slated to open in late August 2019. For more information, visit the Express Commuter Bus Service web page.  

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Sun Prairie Police Department

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.

Police Anniversary Awards

At the March 19th City Council meeting, Chief Pat Anhalt was recognized for 25 years of employment with the City of Sun Prairie, along with Administrative Assistant Anita Barman (35 years) and Officer Nolan Pickar (5 years). We'd like to commend all three for their many years of dedicated service!

Police Anniversary AwardsPictured, L to R: Sergeant Ray Thomson, Community Service Officer Cody Ennis, Administrative Assistant Anita Barman, Chief Pat Anhalt, Officer Nolan Pickar, Officer Jesse Davila

Coffee with a Cop

Mark your calendars! Tune in to local station 103.5 The Sun on Friday, April 5th at 9:00 AM for the very first episode of Coffee with a Cop, featuring our very own Lieutenant Kevin Konopacki! Episodes will be the 1st Friday of every month and the inaugural show has a special guest: soon-to-be retiring Chief Pat Anhalt. 

You can expect lots of animated discussions on a variety of law enforcement related topics, plus a few sidebar conversations on Kevin’s other favorite topic - sports! Add to that a couple of semi-lame jokes (sorry Kevin!) and the occasional Seinfeld reference, and you’ve got yourself a can’t miss hour of local radio! Topic suggestions are always welcome. Stream it live or get the app via the App Store.

Police LPO Graduates

We are proud to announce that Officer Jamey Davis & Detective Michael Hartman recently graduated from the Leadership in Police Organizations course, considered the International Chiefs of Police flagship leadership development program. This nationally recognized three-week training delivers modern behavioral science concepts and theories uniquely tailored to the law enforcement environment. Congratulations to Officer Davis and Detective Hartman on this achievement!

LPO graduates

Officer of the Year

On March 25th, Officer Chris Pederson was presented the 2019 Theodore Chase Police Officer of the Year award by American Legion Post 333. On hand to celebrate this great honor with Officer Pederson were (L to R): Chief Pat Anhalt, Officer Nolan Pickar, Sergeant Ray Thomson, Sergeant Brandon Lingle and Community Service Officer Cody Ennis. Congratulations, Officer Pederson!

Officer of the Year

St. Baldrick's Event

Here’s a pre-head shaving pic of Sun Prairie Police Officers at the Sun Prairie EMS and Fire St. Baldrick’s event at the Sun Prairie Nitty Gritty on Saturday, March 30th.

Police Department at St Baldricks

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. Officers, firefighters and paramedics helped give hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers!

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Sun Prairie Media Center

Cardinals Baseball and Softball Coming to 103.5 The Sun Community Radio

Coming off a very busy year of covering SPHS Cardinals boys’ and girls’ basketball (over 40 games broadcast including a trip to state), for the third consecutive season the Sun Prairie Media Center will be broadcasting a select group of SPHS Cardinal baseball and softball games beginning Saturday, April 6.

“We have received an overwhelmingly positive response to our previous coverage of SPHS baseball and softball games,” said SPMC director Jeff Robbins. “There is something about the sound of the crack of the bat on the radio that is an irreplaceable and welcoming sign of spring. We are looking forward to more radio broadcasts again this year and hopefully following the Cardinals all the way to the state tournaments both in Madison and Grand Chute.”

Regular-season games scheduled to be broadcast on 103.5 The Sun Community Radio include: SPMC Baseball Pic

•    Saturday, April 6 versus Kimberly at 11 AM (baseball doubleheader)

•    Saturday, April 13 versus Menomonee Falls at 10 AM (softball)

•    Monday, April 15 at DeForest at 5 PM (softball)

•    Tuesday, April 16 at Janesville Craig at 5 PM (baseball)

•    Thursday, April 18 versus Janesville Craig at 5 PM (baseball)

•    Monday, April 22 versus Fort Atkinson at 5 PM (softball)

•    Thursday, April 25 at Verona at 5 PM (baseball)

•    Monday, April 29 versus Horicon at 5 PM (softball)

•    Wednesday, May 1 at Arrowhead at 4:30 PM (baseball)

•    Saturday, May 11 versus Bay Port, Holmen, Oak Creek at 11 AM (baseball tournament)

•    Thursday, May 16 versus Middleton at 5 PM (softball)

•    Saturday, May 25 versus Eau Claire Memorial at 10 AM (baseball)

For more information or for potential sponsorship opportunities, please call the SPMC at 608-837-4193 or e-mail.

Registration for Media Center Summer Workshops

Do you have Summer Workshops Picchildren who love to make movies and videos or maybe get on the radio? Then sign them up for the Sun Prairie Media Center’s summer workshops! These workshops are designed for budding journalists, filmmakers, actors, and DJs who want a fun and creative way to express themselves, learn how to make movies, or star in them.
In these workshops students will be introduced to media production in a fun, hands-on learning environment. These courses will inspire kids in a creative atmosphere to learn communication skills they will use for a lifetime.

More information is available online now at kids4.tv. There will be online registration live at kids4.tv beginning on April 9.

There is also more information available in the 2019 Summer Fun Guide published by the Sun Prairie Parks and Recreation Department.

Registration will close on June 14. All workshops will meet at the Sun Prairie Media Center. Discounted rates for SPMC members are available. More information on memberships are available on our website.

Workshops will include:

  • Adventures in Reporting. Meets June 24-27, 1-4 PM each day.
  • Adventures in Radio Podcasting. Meets July 1-2, 1-4 PM both days OR July 29-30, 9 AM-12 noon both days.
  • Adventures in Movie Making. Meets July 15-18, 9 AM-12 noon each day OR July 22-25 1-4 PM each day.
  • Adventures in Animation. Meets July 8-11, 1-4 PM each day OR July 15-18 1-4 PM each day.
  • Adventures in Live Television. Meets July 19, 9 AM-4 PM.
  • Adventures in Photography. Meets July 22-25 , 9 AM-12 noon each day.
  • Adventures in Internet Videos. Meets July 29-August 1. 1-4 PM each day.

Questions? Call 837-4193 or e-mail.

See you at the Media Center this summer!

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Sun Prairie Public Library

The Dream Bus starts April 6th!dreambus
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. Visit our website for more details!

Hunting Elusive Creatures
Please join us for this special 'Wild Wednesday' event with world-renowned paranormal investigator, Chad Lewis (Unexplained Research, LLC.) Chad will discuss his eclectic travels in search of the world's most elusive creatures including: the Chupacabras of Puerto Rico and Costa Rica, Vampires and Werewolves of Transylvania, the Loch Ness Monster, the Tata Duende of Belize, the Bigfoot of Canada, and fairies of Ireland. No registration required.
Wednesday, April 10th  6:30 p.m.
Library Community Room

Family Adventure Day: Spy School
Become a Super Sleuth! Test your spy/sleuth/detective skills! Puzzles, memory games, and disguise making! Geared for Grades K through 5th. All ages are welcome with their adult. No registration — just come in! Adults, stay and play!
Thursday, April 11th 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Library Community Room

Live Music: Nickel and Rose
Nickel&Rose is an American folk-music duo made up of Upright Bassist Johanna Rose and Guitarist Carl Nichols. The Milwaukee-based group has toured extensively and has been featured everywhere from music festivals to intimate singer-songwriter shows. This once in a lifetime live music event is generously sponsored by the Friends of Sun Prairie Public Library.
Sunday, April 14th 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Library Community Room

Storytime with a Twist
One week only! Join us for a special week of storytime, featuring puppets and a short craft. Geared for children approx. ages 2 to 5; all ages are welcome to attend! No registration.
Tuesday, April 16 at 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, April 17 at 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. 
Thursday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Library Storytime Room

Library Spring Gala
You do not want to miss this year’s Spring Gala! Based on Ernest Cline’s popular book Ready Player One, this year’s gala will be a celebration to remember.  The event will feature arcade games, 80s dance hits, nostalgic food favorites, silent auctions and raffles! Complimentary onsite childcare for childre2019-Gala-Promon ages 2 to 10 is available, reservations required. Tickets are available online or at the Library Information Desk.
Saturday, April 27th 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Public Works

Recycling Notice from Pellitteri

Due to industry changes, Pellitteri has announced that improperly prepared recycling will no longer be picked up effective April 1, 2019. To be considered properly placed, all materials need to be in the recycling cart. Extra recycling may be placed in a clear, plastic bag (up to 32 gallons and no more than 50 pounds) and placed next to your cart. This includes cardboard boxes which must be cut down to fit in the bag or cart. This ensures that all materials stay dry and recyclable. 

Improperly prepared recyclables will not be collected and notification stickers will be left on carts. As a reminder, residents should only put approved recyclables in their cart - you can find the complete list of approved materials here.

The notice in its entirety (PDF) can be viewed. 

Yard Waste Collection Information

Our first collection for yard waste starts on Monday, April 15! Yard waste collection occurs twice in the spring and twice in the fall. Yard waste is categorized as leafy vegetation that composts in a short period of time. Leaves, grass, garden waste, shrub trimmings, and twigs (thinner than a pencil) are yard waste. 

Materials must be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday in open trash bags, garbage cans (no lid) or storage containers (no lid). They will be picked up sometime during that week or the next (depending on weather, equipment/crew availability, and amount of materials out to be collected throughout the city).

Yard waste can also be disposed of at the Recycle Center. Please visit the yard waste collection information page for guidelines and more information. 

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Wastewater Treatment Collection

The City of Sun Prairie is continuing to work with engineering firms MSA and Donohue in designing upgrades to the treatment plant. Upgrades will include new technology to meet the more stringent phosphorus treatment requirements that go into effect on October 1, 2022 and will add treatment capacity to handle future growth of the City over the next 20 years. Tentative start of construction is mid-April, 2020. 

Interested in learning more? Visit the Wastewater Facilities Plan page today!

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