April 18, 2019

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Department Updates

Engineering: Did you know that the City of Sun Prairie is a member of the Madison Area Municipal Storm Water Partnership? Learn more about the coalition and what you can do to protect our lakes and streams!

Fire Department: Sun Prairie Fire and Rescue Company has released its 2018 Annual Report. It is our pleasure to serve the residents of Sun Prairie and the Towns of Sun Prairie, Burke, and Bristol. We are proud of this report and the accomplishments of our organization.

Human Resources Department: The City of Sun Prairie and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive. Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today. Looking for a summer position? We are hiring! Check out our current openings today!

Parks and Recreation Department: Use the new Parks and Recreation Department website to register for programs and stay up-to-date on all things Parks & Rec. We're seeking teen volunteers to join our Teen Community Leader Program.

Planning Division: We want you at our next community event! You're invited to join us at our Comprehensive Plan open house events! This will be an opportunity to learn more about the draft Plan and provide input. The Downtown Steering Committee will host its first meeting with the Lakota Group on April 18. The Lakota Group will be hosting their first public engagement activity for the downtown visioning process during the Downtown Artful Wine Walk on May 2.

Police Department: The Sun Prairie Police Department has released its 2018 Annual Report. The annual report summarizes and highlights the relationship building and problem solving that we engage in to help keep our community safe and strong. 

Public Works Department: It is the law in Wisconsin that electronics must be recycled. Resource Solutions will be at the Sun Prairie Recycle Center on May 11 from 8:30 a.m. - noon to collect electronics. City facilities including the Recycle Center will be closed on Friday, April 19, refuse and recycling collections will occur as scheduled. 

Sun Prairie Public Library:  The Library will be closed on Sunday, April 21st. The drive-through book drop will remain open. Join us at the library for Teen Gaming or learn about the world of pet therapists and their people! The Library Spring Gala is on Saturday April 27. Tickets are available online or at the library.

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Engineering Department

A Member of the Stormwater Partnership

Did you know that the City of Sun Prairie is a member of the Madison Area Municipal Storm Water Partnership? Also known as MAMSWaP, the partnership consists of 21 Dane County municipalities and organizations. Collectively, the partnership holds a storm water discharge permit to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Rather than applying for the permit individually, these municipal entities joined forces to save time, money, and resources. Together, we can promote practices that reduce and improve stormwater runoff!

Want to learn more about how you can make an impact on Dane County waters? Visit the Ripple Effects website today for more information and resources to protect our lakes and streams!

Fire Department

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As I look back on 2018 it is unfortunate that 2018 will always be the year we lost Captain Cory Barr. Outside of July 10th our organization reached a level of honor and accomplishment that exceeded our expectations. We as an organization continue to strive to exceed recognized minimum standards for fire organizations around the country and succeed through public education, fire prevention, training and dedication to our craft. 

On July 10th, 2018 our warriors went to battle with our amazing Police, EMS, and Public Works allies. We walked into an escalating situation that was impossible to predict. Migrating natural gas distributed through arteries of the city’s 140 year infrastructure. All Emergency Personnel on the scene knew what could happen and continued the task of getting all residents out of the hot-zone. As sworn protectors of the public, we will always “Risk a lot to save a lot” and all of our first responders stayed true to this course that fateful day, including Cory. 

Every firefighter knows that they are susceptible to this type of tragedy. We as firefighters go to work every day knowing we are doing something positive, and as First responders never hesitate to put our lives on the line to save others. 

On our most sorrowful day, many lives were saved, but we lost one of our own. There are no words to ease the unbearable pain we all felt that day and every day since. A wife lost her husband, two little girls lost a father, a family lost a son and a sibling, Public safety lost a brother, and a community lost a friend and a smile that can never be rivalled. 

We as an organization had two choices after that fateful day. We would either fail and fall into mediocracy, or hold our heads high and honor the life of Captain Cory Barr, his family, and our community who stood next to us in this tragedy. We chose the latter! 

I would be remiss if I were not to thank our community. The outpouring of support we experienced from the people of Sun Prairie was amazing. We were strong, but now we are SUN PRAIRIE STRONG!

Yours in Service/
Chief Christopher Garrison

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Human Resources Department

Upcoming Community Blood Drive

The City of Sun Prairie and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive. Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!

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Sun Prairie City Hall
300 E Main St, Sun Prairie, WI, 53590
Community Room
Thursday May 2, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Make an appointment

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Questions? Contact Brenda Sukenik at 608-825-1172. Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program! 

Now Hiring for Summer!

Looking for something to do this summer? We have a variety of seasonal positions available! Apply today

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Parks & Recreation Department

Summer 2019 Teen Community Leader Program

The Parks and Recreation Department is seeking teens ages 12-17 to volunteer for community events, summer programs and at the Family Aquatic Center.  Teen Community Leaders will assist with leading activities, program prep, working one-on-one with participants, assisting with administrative duties and more! Learn more about the program and how to sign up on by visiting our website.

Registration for Summer 2019 Rec Guide

Registering for programs from the Summer 2019 Rec Guide? As a reminder, you will need to register through our new system! To do so, visit our new website and click "Sign In" in the top right hand corner. 

Our new app is also available for download for Android and Apple devices. Register for Parks and Recreation activities on your phone faster with this app. Search Sun Prairie Recreation in the Google Play or Apple App Store to download the app today!  

As always, you can continue to drop off, mail in, fax or email registrations.

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Planning Division

Comprehensive Plan Open House Events

The City of Sun Prairie Planning Division is hosting public open house events on April 30, May 1 and May 4 to receive input on the development of the City’s new comprehensive plan. The open houses will be held at the following dates and locations:

  • Tuesday, April 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Westside Elementary School Cafeteria, Room 158 (1320 Buena Vista Drive)
  • Wednesday, May 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Meadow View Elementary School Cafeteria (200 N. Grand Avenue)
  • Saturday, May 4 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.: City Hall Community Room (300 E. Main Street)

Over the past year the Planning Division has been working with a Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee to refine and develop the City’s policies on various components of the plan, including Housing, Transportation, Economic Development and Land Use.

The open houses will provide residents an opportunity to learn more about the draft Plan and provide input before it is finalized and presented to the Plan Commission and City Council for consideration.

The City encourages residents and others interested in Sun Prairie’s future to attend. Individuals can stop by at any time during the events, and can choose the date that best fits their schedule.

The May 4 event will coincide with the Sun Prairie Farmer’s Market, which will be holding its first outdoor market of the season in the City Hall parking lot from 7:00 a.m. to noon.

In addition to monthly meetings with the citizen steering committee, prior public input efforts included a series of community forums in May 2018, a comprehensive community survey completed in June, and 15+ focus group discussions with community residents and organizations last fall.

Downtown Steering Committee to Hold Initial Meeting on April 18

The newly formed Downtown Steering Committee will hold its first meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. The meeting will be held in the first floor Community Room of the Sun Prairie Municipal Building, 300 E. Main Street.

The Committee was formed to oversee a community visioning effort and the preparation of a redevelopment strategy for properties at Main and Bristol Streets – the site of the July 2018 gas leak and explosion.

The April 18 meeting will be the first opportunity for dialogue with The Lakota Group, the consultant hired by the City to guide the visioning process and prepare the redevelopment strategy for this portion of the downtown.

The initial meeting will include, among other items, an overview of the proposed project, including the project schedule, and discussion of the proposed community engagement plan. The community engagement plan will kick-off with a planned event to be coordinated with the Artful Wine Walk event on Thursday, May 2 from 5 to 9 p.m. This event will be held at New Perspective at 222 S Bristol Street. Learn more below. 

All steering committee meetings will be open to the public.

Main-Bristol Visioning Open House Event Set for May 2

Please join the City of Sun Prairie on May 2 for the first Community Open House to provide input regarding the future vision for properties at Main and Bristol Streets – the site of the July 2018 gas leak and explosion.

Event Details:

May 2, 2019  from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

New Perspective Senior Living, 222 S Bristol Street

Parking is available in the City’s Public Works facility parking lot across the street

The open house will coincide with the Downtown Sun Prairie Artful Wine Walk event, but all community members are invited to participate in the open house. The event will feature a number of interactive exercises for the community to voice their ideas and goals for the future of this area.

The City encourages residents and others interested in Sun Prairie’s future to attend. Individuals can stop by at any time during the open house event.

This will be the first of many opportunities that members of the community will have to participate in the process of developing a vision and redevelopment strategy for properties at Main and Bristol Streets. The City anticipates about a 6-month process to complete the plan.

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Police Department

Police Chief Retirement


After 25 years with the Sun Prairie Police Department, the last 10 of which he served as police chief, Pat Anhalt has retired. His commitment to the community and the department will be missed. Congratulations, Chief!


2018 Annual Report

The Sun Prairie Police Department’s 2018 annual report summarizes and highlights the relationship building and problem solving that we engage in to help keep our community safe and strong. Thank you for turning to the report to learn more about us! Cover 2018 Sun Prairie Police Annual Report

Police K9 Visit

Several weeks ago, Officer Ben Pluim and his partner, K-9 Lasko, along with K-9 teams from around the state visited a 7-year-old terminally ill girl, Emma Mertens, in Hartland to share encouragement. The Sun Prairie K-9 team was made aware that Emma loves dogs, especially police dogs, and wanted to visit during her fundraiser. We were honored to visit this courageous young girl.

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*Photos courtesy of Hartford Police Department K9 Unit and Emma’s fundraiser organizer

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 - 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)

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Public Works Department

Electronic Recycling Special Collection Date 

It is the law in Wisconsin that electronics must be recycled. Residents can no longer dispose of their electronics in the refuse cart.

The following electronics can be recycled under E-Cycle Wisconsin: computers (desktop/laptop), desktop printers, computer monitors, TVs, DVD players, VCRs, DVRs, fax machines, mice, keyboards, hard drives, speakers, flash drives, modems, and cell phones. 

The City Recycle Center will accept electronics on May 11 with Resource Solutions from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Residents of Sun Prairie may bring these items to the Sun Prairie Recycle Center, located at 1798 S. Bird Street, during this time. There is a charge for collection of some items. 

Refuse and Recycling to Occur as Scheduled on April 19

City facilities will be closed on Friday, April 19, this includes the Recycle Center. Refuse and recycling services are contracted and do not follow the city's holiday schedule.  Refuse and recycling collections will occur as scheduled on Friday. Visit Holiday Schedules to see what holidays impact the refuse and recycling schedule.

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Sun Prairie Public Library

The Library will be closed on Sunday, April 21st. The drive-through book drop will remain open.

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Gear up for National Bike Month in May with a free screening of the quirky classic, Breaking Away! This 1979 multi-award winner recounts the tale of a small town American boy absolutely obsessed with the Italian cycling team -- and winning the affections of a local college girl. This film is rated PG and 101 minutes. Refreshments served!
Thursday, April 18th 5:30 p.m.
Library Conference Room

Picture Book Movies
Children’s picture books brought to life on the big screen!  We will show a few short (about 10 minutes each) movies based on picture books. No registration.
Tuesday, April 23 at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Library Storytime Room

Teen Gaming
Gaming fun for teens in 6th-12th grade! Play games, or create your own! We have snacks! Lately we've been playing Coup Rebellion and Spyfall (so fun!), but we are always open to something new.
Thursday, April 25th 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 
Library Community Room

Pet Therapy
Ever wondered about the world of pet therapists and their people?  Meet Dan Darmstadter -- and his glorious golden retriever, Hannah! -- to learn more about the basics of the business, how to get your pet certified, and the surprisingly many opportunities in the realm of animal therapy can be found right here in Sun Prairie. Dan will also share powerful personal stories gleaned via his 19 years as a volunteer.
Monday, April 29th 6:30 p.m.
Library Community Room

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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 & raffles! Complementary onsite childcare for children ages 2 -10 is available, reservations required. Tickets are available online or at the Library Information Desk.
Saturday, April 27th 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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