May 16, 2019

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Department Updates

Building Inspection Division: Join us for a special Expo & Open House on May 18 at City Hall. We'll have a variety of agencies on hand to share information and answer questions!

EMS Department: Sun Prairie EMS was recently awarded a grant to participate in community outreach for stroke awareness and education. Contact us today if you'd like to have us come speak!

Engineering Department: Street projects have started and we have an update to give on the construction projects. We're continuing to share tips on how you can be an active participant against stormwater pollution!

Human Resources Department: We're hiring for a variety of seasonal and LTE positions. Check out all of our openings today! 

Parks & Recreation Department: In cooperation with the Wisconsin Parks and Recreation Association, we are selling discounted tickets for the 2019 summer season. Learn more about upcoming events such as golf lessons, our Off to College series and Sports Foundations. 

Planning Division: We want your feedback! There is still time to share your thoughts on the Comprehensive Plan. We also want your input on a new survey for the Main & Bristol site.

Police Department: Last week was National Police Week. See photos from the city council and school board meetings where our officers were recognized. Join us at the Westside Community Services Building on May 22 for A Night for HEROES, sponsored by the Sun Prairie Optimist club. 

Public Works Department: Thanks for joining us at our first electronics recycling event of 2019! Due to Memorial Day, all residents that receive City-sponsored refuse and recycling collections will be delayed by one day that week. Our last yard waste collection this Spring starts on Tuesday, May 28.

Sun Prairie Media Center: Are your kids interested in making movies, short films, or working on the radio? If so, sign them up for the SPMC Summer Workshops! Learn more about what classes are available and how to register. 

Sun Prairie Public Library: Stop by and celebrate our 20th Anniversary Celebration with us all weekend long! We have exciting events coming up! Dr. Christy Clark Pujara will be presenting on Black Male Suffrage on Tuesday May 21. Dr. Khalil "Haji" Dokhanchi will be presenting on The Emerging Refugee Crisis on Wednesday May 22.  Sun Prairie native Sue Spahn will be at the library on Thursday May 30 to talk about her book, Never Giving Up.

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Building Inspection Division

Join us at City Hall this Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Building Safety Expo & Open House, hosted by the City of Sun Prairie Building Inspection Division. The event is focused on building safety and maintenance, and is aimed at helping residents who may have questions or need information about their own homes.BSM

We have staff available from a variety of agencies to provide information and answer questions. If you have questions about sump pumps, water quality, renewable energy solutions, home repairs and maintenance, etc. we should have someone on hand to talk to. The Wisconsin Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association will have its fire sprinkler trailer on hand, as well as a smokehouse trailer sponsored by the Dane County Fire Chiefs Association, to provide demonstrations on fire safety.

The event is free and open to the public, and will be held in conjunction with the Farmer’s Market, which will be operating out of the City Hall parking lot that morning from 7 a.m. - noon.

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EMS Department

Community Outreach Opportunity

Sun Prairie EMS Department was awarded a grant through the Coverdell Stroke Program to deliver community outreach logo coverdell stroke programabout stroke awareness and recognition. The EMS department is looking for groups that might be interested in having them come out to speak. 

Fore more information about the Coverdell Stroke Program, please visit their website. If interested, please contact the EMS department at

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Engineering Department

Stormwater Tips

Did you know? Pet waste is a major contributor to stormwater pollution. Pet waste that makes its way down our storm drains are washed into our lakes and rivers where it decays, depletes oxygen levels and releases ammonia which may be harmful to fish and other aquatic organisms. Pet waste also contains nutrients that lead to weed and algae growth.

You can make a difference by being a responsible pet owner! Carry bags with you at all times and encourage your neighbors to do the same! Once you’ve collected your pet’s waste, throw it in the trash, never in the storm drain.

Street Reconstruction Project Updates

Buena Vista Drive, N Walker Way to Ruby Lane
This will be a Ruby Lane Reconstruction & N Walker Way Rehabilitation Project. Work has begun on Ruby Lane. Work on N Walker Way and Buena Vista Drive from N Walker Way to Garnet Drive will not start until June 12.

Clara Street, Gerald Ave, Ernest Ave, Elizabeth Lane, Elizabeth Ct, Scheuerell Lane 
Work has started on Clara St and Gerald Ave and will continue until June 12. Ernest, Elizabeth and Scheuerell construction will start after June 12.

Roland St, Allen Ave, Williamson Ave
This reconstruction project is tentatively scheduled to start on July 1.

Broadway Drive, Steven Street, Blazer Ct, Dickson Drive
This construction project is scheduled to start on May 20.

Pine Street, N Pine Street, Vandenburg Street, Jerico Lane
This project is tentatively scheduled to start after July 1.

Surrey Drive, Schuster Road 
This project is tentatively scheduled to start after July 1.

Multi-Purpose Path Projects

STH 19 Multi-Purpose Path
Reconstruction on North side of STH 19 between Broadway Drive to approx. 800 feet west of Eddington Drive.

Providence Multi-Purpose Path 
Construct connection of path from Hoepker Road to existing path in Providence Subdivision, approx. 250 feet west of Merchant Square.

Both projects have a start date window sometime between June 1 - October 1, 2019. 

Are you interested in receiving project updates? If so, please contact the project manager for the corresponding project to be added to the listserv.

Clint Christenson
  • Buena Vista Drive - Ruby Lane Reconstruction & N Walker Way Rehabilitation Project
  • Clara Street-Gerald Avenue-Ernest Avenue-Elizabeth Lane-Elizabeth Court and Scheuerell Lane Project
  • Roland Street-Allen Avenue-Williamson Avenue-Clement Avenue Reconstruction Project
  • STH 19 Multi-Purpose Path
  • Providence Multi-Purpose Path
Adam Gross
  • Broadway Drive-Steven Street-Blazer Court-Dickson Drive Project
  • Surrey Drive-Schuster Road Project
  • N Pine Street-Pine Street-Vandenburg Street-Jerico Lane Project

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Human Resources Department

THE CITY OF SUN PRAIRIE IS HIRINGWe are hiring for various LTE, seasonal and full-time positions. Visit our website to view, browse and apply for all of our current job openings! Please direct all questions and correspondence to Human Resources at (608) 825-1174 to ensure the most prompt response. 

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Parks & Recreation Department

WPRA Discount Tickets On Sale Now!

In cooperation with the Wisconsin Parks and Recreation Association, we are selling discounted tickets for the 2019 summer season.  With the exception of Great America WPRA Week 6/30-7/8, tickets for attractions are good any day of the week during the summer.  Tickets are on sale now through August 31 during the hours of 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday at the Westside Community Services Building.  We accept cash and credit card payments only for WPRA Discount Tickets, Customers will be charged a 2.5% convenience fee for card purchases.

Discount tickets are available for the following attractions:

Jet Boat Adventure
Milwaukee County Zoo
Mt. Olympus Theme & Water Park
Noah’s Ark Waterpark
Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf
Six Flags Great America – Daily Passes Only
Upper Dells Boat Tour
Wisconsin Ducks Tour

For more information see page 14 of our Summer Fun Guide.


Beginner Junior Golf Lessons
Saturdays 5/25-6/15
Ages 11-16 1:00-1:45pm
$85 R/$85 NR

Designed 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 intro to the clubs, grip, stance posture, full swing, short game, etiquette and basic rules.

Experienced Junior Golf Lessons
Sundays 5/26-6/16
Age 6-10 12:00-12:45pm
Age 11-16 1:00-1:45pm
$85 R/$85 NR

Designed for junior golfers who have experience playing in tournaments or 2 years or more of summer golfing under their belts. We will cover all the fundamentals including grip, set up, posture, etc. & you’ll also learn more about your swings and how to navigate the course in as few shots as possible.

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Pampered Chef Cooking: Get Your Grill On!
Saturday 6/1
$45 R/$65 NR

Burgers, Hot Dogs and Brats, Oh My!  Nothing says summer in Wisconsin like the smell of charcoal.  This class will teach you some fancy grilling techniques that you can show off to your friends at your next summer party or tailgating event.

Learn To Kayak 
Sunday 6/2
$100 R/$120 NR

Join Rutabaga Paddlesports for this introduction to kayaking in your own backyard!  Recreational kayaks are easy to paddle, hard to tip, and fit any body shape or type.  Discover why paddling these kayaks is so popular and so much fun!  You'll learn about proper boat fit, safe launching and landing, equipment and clothing, basic strokes, safety, and what to do if you tip over.  After this class, you're all set to enjoy a peaceful, low-impact activity that you can share with others.

Sport Foundations
Mondays 6/3-6/24
$56 R/$76 NR

Wednesdays 6/5-6/26
$56 R/$76 NR

Sport Foundations is a 60-minute training session designed for 9-11 year old athletes with the focus of learning and developing fundamental sports skills and refining fundamental movements. This approach is rooted in a long-term athlete development philosophy. This age is known as the "Golden Age of Skill Development". This is an optimal time to learn and even perfect fundamental skills the athlete can use to further enhance their athletic development. Each session will focus on a combination of the following skills:

  • Athletic position
  • Body awareness
  • First-step quickness
  • Hand-eye/foot-eye coordination
  • Fundamental movement skills for sports
  • Integrated core stability
  • Foundational strength (body weight)

Painter’s Palette Adult
Tuesday 6/4
$25 R/$38 NR

Learn how artists use light and color in their paintings through a step-by-step process taught by a licensed art teacher.  Fee includes all materials, snacks and beverages.  Snacks will include sweet and salty treats; beverages will include soda and bottled water.
What to wear?  We will provide paint shirts, but recommend that you wear older, paint friendly clothes.  Everyone WILL get paint on their hands at some point during the class!

Thank Goodness It’s Thursday
$13 R/$20 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. Meadow View Elementary School Gym
200 Grand Avenue
Note: This program is open to ALL SPASD students, regardless of the school they attend. The Parks and Recreation Department does not provide transportation.

Beanbag Toss In The Park
Thursdays 6/6-8/1
$33 R/$50 NR

Nothing says summer like beanbag toss!  Get your arm ready, and enjoy the satisfying thump of the bags hitting the boards while enjoying one of Sun Prairie's beautiful parks.  This is an open play structure so register ahead of time and come when you can.  Sign up with a friend or pair up with someone on site. Does not meet 7/4.

Beginning Ballroom Dance
Wednesdays 6/19-7/24
$45 R/$65 NR

Impress your friends and relatives with your dancing skills at your next social occasion.  In these classes you will learn a variety of dances that will make you feel confident on any dance floor! Session will focus on General Ballroom/Social Dance (Swing and Nightclub Two-Step).

**For more information or to register for these and other Recreation programs please visit our website.

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Planning Division

Comprehensive Plan Update

Our three open house events are over, but if you were not able to attend one of the sessions, the materials that were presented can be accessed by clicking on the links below:

We want to hear from you! What do you think about the direction the City is going after looking at the materials? Click here to give us your thoughts!Sun Prairie Survey Picture

Downtown Sun Prairie: Main & Bristol Visioning

Thank you to those who stopped by at New Perspectives Senior Living for our first Community Open House to provide input regarding the future vision for properties at Main and Bristol Streets. We'd like to continue the conversation with a survey! 

Please share your thoughts and help us shape the heart of the Sun Prairie community! Take this short survey to identify the type of developments and open spaces that you would like to see on the Main & Bristol site. 

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Police Department

Police Week Proclamations

Last week the Sun Prairie Police Department celebrated National Police Week, which was established in 1962 by Congress. We remember and honor fallen officers, while recognizing the dedication and commitment of those who live and serve.

On Tuesday May 7, at the city council meeting, the mayor introduced a proclamation reminding our community of police officers, past and present, who, by devotion to their duties, have rendered dedicated service.

Police Week Proclamation 3Photo Credit: Chris Mertes (The Star)

On Monday May 13, at the School Board Meeting, the school board recognized acting Chief of Police Brian Teasdale and our two School Resource Officers, Tommy Foy and Lamont Crockett through a proclamation for their service to our schools and recognizing the efforts of the SPPD in protecting and serving the community. 

PD Proclamation School 2

A Night of Heroes

The Sun Prairie Optimist Club is sponsoring the annual A Night of HEROES event to recognize and appreciate the public safety services of our police, fire and EMS departments.

The event will take place on Wednesday, May 22nd in the community room at the Westside Community Services Building (2598 W. Main St.) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will be a short presentation at 7:00 p.m.

Come honor our first responders and all they do to make Sun Prairie a great place to live and work!

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Public Works

Electronics Recycling

Thanks to those who came out to recycle their electronics at the Recycle Center! If you weren't able to attend, you can drop off items at Resource Solutions, without appointment, anytime during their regular business hours. 

Resource Solutions Corp
5493 Express Circle
Madison, WI 53916
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 - Noon

Join us for our next round of electronics recycling which will occur on September 14, 2019 from 8:30 - noon at the Recycle Center. 

Collections Delayed due to Holiday

City facilities will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019 in observance of Memorial Day. All residents that receive City-sponsored refuse and recycling collections will be delayed by one day that week. The Monday route will be picked up Tuesday. The Tuesday route will be picked up on Wednesday. The Wednesday route will be picked up on Thursday. The Thursday route will be picked up on Friday. The Friday route will be picked up on Saturday. Please have your refuse and/or recycling material curbside by 7:00 a.m. 

Yard Waste Collection

Our second round of yard waste collection will take place the week of Memorial Day. Due to the holiday, collection will start on Tuesday, May 28. Collections are generally completed within one week, but may be delayed depending on weather, equipment/crew availability, and amount of materials out to be collected throughout the city). Please have materials curbside by 7 a.m. For more information, please visit our Yard Waste Information page.


  • Materials placed at the curb for collection must be placed into open trash bags, garbage cans (no lids) or storage containers (no lids).
  • If you would like your bags back after collection-leave an empty container out for crews to put the bags back in.
  • Please do not mix brush or garbage with the materials.

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Sun Prairie Media Center

Are your kids interested in making movies, short films, or working on the radio? If so, sign them up for the SPMC Summer Workshops! These workshops are designed for budding journalists, filmmakers, actors, and DJs who want a fun and creative way to express themselves! 

They will create digital media projects that include reporting, radio broadcasting, digital storytelling, stop-motion animation, photography, green screen and special effects. Register soon as classes are beginning to fill.  Visit to register online or email Mara at for more information.  

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Sun Prairie Public Library Sun Prairie Public Library Logo

Sunday Hours End on May 19

The library will be closed Sundays, May 26 -September 1 but you can visit the Dream Bus! The Dream Bus will be in the library parking lot on Sundays, May 26 -September 1 from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. 

The library will be closed on Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day. The drive-thru book drop will be closed Saturday, May 25 at 4:45 p.m. until Tuesday, May 28 at 8 a.m.

Upcoming Events

Sun Prairie Public Library 20th Anniversary Celebration Weekend!
As part of SPPL's 20th Anniversary Celebration Weekend, we have spectacular storytimes and all age program samplers in store for you! The 'party' gets started with storytimes in our Storytime Room and something meditative in our Community Room. The festivities continue with music, theater and celebratory receptions. Help us sing "Happy Birthday!" to the library and join the fun!
Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19

Black Male Suffrage
Historians have noted Wisconsinites’ defiance of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law and highlighted the Republican Party’s commitment to black suffrage. Wisconsin Republicans were among the most progressive in the country. Yet, the efforts of antislavery and abolitionist Wisconsinites failed to alter the political marginality that black Wisconsinites faced in the founding decades of the state. Dr. Christy Clark-Pujara, Professor of History in the Department of Afro-American Studies at UW-Madison, presents the history of black male disenfranchisement during the first years of our statehood.
Tuesday, May 21 6:30 p.m.
Library Community Room

The Emerging Refugee Crisis
In this interactive presentation, Professor Dokhanchi will discuss recent migration patterns, how they have shaped the current refugee crisis, & what can be learned from the example of asylum seekers in Germany. He'll also share an exhibit portraying the refugee experience. Dr. Khalil “Haji” Dokhanchi is a Professor of Political Science & the Social Inquiry Chair at the UW-Superior.
Wednesday, May 22 6:30 p.m.
Library Community Room

Meet the Author: Sue Spahn
Sun Prairie native Sue Spahn will talk about her book Never Give Up, which highlights the true story of her brother's courageous battle against paralysis following a diving accident, and his amazing determination to retrain his body and regain his life. Copies of the book will be available for purchase following her presentation.
Thursday, May 30 6:30 p.m.
Library Community Room

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