November 7, 2019

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Department Updates

Building Inspection:  In the event of snowfall, sidewalks should be cleared of all accumulated snow and/or ice within 24 hours from the time the snow ceases to accumulate.  Your city's inspection team is sending out reminders about snow and ice removal.

Clerk's Office: We're sharing information on voter registration including a step by step video on how to fill out the Wisconsin Voter Application. As we prepare for the 2020 census, read on to learn more about the City's 2020 Census outreach efforts.

Parks and Recreation Department: From Wiggle Room-Drop-In to Holiday Shop Til You Drop, we have activities for all ages! Join us on Friday, November 15 for our Future Leaders of Sun Prairie: Leadership Workshop for teens and tweens alike.

Police Department: At the October 15 City Council meeting, the Sun Prairie Improvement Council presented Acting Chief Brian Teasdale with a check for $207,000. The generous gift will go towards supporting the SNPD K9 Program.

Public Works Department: Our last round of yard waste collection for 2019 starts on Monday, November 18. We're sharing helpful reminders to prepare you for these collections.

Sun Prairie Historic Library & Museum: You're invited to the Grand Opening of the Sun Prairie Historical Library & Museum!  Attend a variety of activities to celebrate this historical event!

Sun Prairie Public Library: The Great Lakes Ramblers will be at the library on November 20 for a special concert. Looking to join the company of other authors? NaNaWriMo Open Writing Sessions will be taking place this month along with Tuesday Tai Chi, Teen Gaming and Lego Club.

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Building Inspection

Snow & Ice Removal

PLEASE be thoughtful and considerate towards your community… help your neighbors travel safely to school, work, and each other’s homes. We receive calls all winter long to investigate and issue notices to those who do not maintain their property.

In the event of snowfall, sidewalks should be cleared of all accumulated snow and/or ice within 24 hours from the time the snow ceases to accumulate.  And, don’t just push the shovel one strip down the length of the sidewalk.  Sidewalks are to be kept clear of snow and ice the full width of the sidewalk or a minimum of four feet in width. 

In the event that ice has formed on any sidewalk in such a manner that it cannot be removed, keep the sidewalk sprinkled with sand and/or salt to permit safe travel by pedestrians.  The best strategy is to keep on top of it with each snowfall.

If you are aware of neighbors that can use some assistance, be a Snow Angel and help each other out!

For more information and enforcement details, please visit the City’s website for Chapter 12.32 - SNOW AND ICE REMOVAL.

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City Clerk's Office

Voter Registration Information

Registration is open until 5:00 p.m. 20 days before an election. Wisconsin requires you to be at your address for 10 days to establish residency. You cannot register to vote at a post office box. You must show Proof of Residence, showing your current name at your current address. Click to view Acceptable Forms of Proof of Residence.

During the closed registration period (which is 5:00 p.m. 20 days before an election through 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day), you can only register to vote in person at the City Clerk's Office or other City of Sun Prairie designated in-person absentee voting site. You may also refer to the Voter Registration Guide (PDF).

Eligibility to Vote
To be eligible to vote you must:

  • Be a United States Citizen.
  • Be 18 years old by Election Day.
  • Have resided at your current address at least 10 consecutive days before Election Day.
  • Have, if convicted of a felony, completed terms of sentence including probation/parole.

Register to Vote Online
If you have a valid, unexpired Wisconsin driver license or Wisconsin ID, and your zip code on file with the DOT matches the zip code in which you are registering to vote, you may register to vote online at MyVote Wisconsin.

If your current address is not updated with the DOT you can update your address on the Department of Transportation website before registering to vote online at MyVote Wisconsin.

Register to Vote by Mail
Registration forms are available on the Wisconsin Elections Commission Website. They are available in:

To register to vote by mail, download and print the application linked above and mail the form along with your Proof of Residence to the City Clerk's Office.

Mail application and Proof of Residence to:
City Clerk's Office
300 E. Main Street
Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Register to Vote in Person
You can register to vote in person at the City Clerk's Office located at 300 E. Main Street.  Remember to bring Proof of Residence.

Register to Vote during Closed Registration
Once registration closes at 5:00 p.m. 20 days before an election through 5:00 p.m. the Friday before Election Day, you may only register to vote in person in the City Clerk's Office or other City of Sun Prairie designated in-person absentee voting site with Proof of Residence.

View a quick video with step-by-step instructions on how to fill out the Wisconsin Voter Application

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2020 Census

Census logoThe 2020 Census is almost here! The City of Sun Prairie is undertaking a community outreach effort to explain why this national effort for a complete and accurate count of residents is important for our community.

What is the Census?
It is a count of all people living in the United States mandated by the Constitution to occur every 10 years. 

Why is it Important?
Census data determines political district boundaries. The census count also affects state and federal funding for our community over the next decade. $675 billion in annual funding is tied to the census. All data collected by the US Census Bureau is confidential and your information is prohibited from being shared with any governmental agencies or private agencies including law enforcement, courts, landlords and credit agencies. 

Help the City of Sun Prairie Shape Our Future!
Join City and Census staff to learn about the 2020 Census and how you can help to make sure everyone is counted by joining Sun Prairie's Complete Count Committee!

NOV 13, 2019 FROM 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Dinner will be served

What are Complete Count Committees?
Complete Count Committees are volunteer committees established to increase awareness and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 Census. CCCs play an integral part in ensuring a complete and accurate count of the community in the 2020 Census.

Learn more by visiting our 2020 Census page and resources.


Leaf-free Streets for Clean Waters

DID YOU KNOW? More than 50 percent of the annual amount of phosphorus in urban stormwater can come from leaves in the street.

Leaves and yard waste contain phosphorus. When it rains, stormwater flows through leaf piles in streets creating a phosphorus rich “leaf tea” that travels through storm drains to our lakes. The excess phosphorus leads to toxic algae blooms, low oxygen levels and green murky water in our lakes.

Join us in keeping streets leaf-free this fall!  Before the rain…
  1. Safely remove leaves from the street in front of your home and nearby storm drains.
  2. Compost and mulch your leaves into lawns and gardens so that it can act as a natural fertilizer.
  3. Residents with a recycle permit can bag and drop off leaves at the Recycle Center located at 1798 South Bird Street. 
  4. Bag your leaves in preparation for Yard Waste Collection which will start Monday, November 4. 
  5. Sign up to receive Leaf-free Streets Rain Alerts this fall (Oct. 1- Nov. 30) from Ripple-Effects Wisconsin. Alerts will be issued (via text or email) 1-2 days before a significant rain event reminding you that it's time to remove street leaves.

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Parks and Recreation Department

Coming Soon

Thank Goodness It’s Thursday (TGIT)
Thursdays, 11/7-21, 2:05-5:30 pm
Ages K-5
$39 R/$59 NR

This month's theme: Animal Adventures

Join us every early-release day for an afternoon of action-packed activities.  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 the monthly theme.  Participants will have time carved out to complete homework and/or silently read.  An afterschool snack will be provided.

Soccer Stars
Tuesdays, 11/12-12/17, 6:00-6:45 pm
Ages 5-6
$33 R/$50 NR

Kick your way into soccer this fall!  This program will teach proper dribbling, passing and shooting techniques.  There will also be a focus on the basic rules of soccer.  Participants will stay active and engaged while having a great time!

Fitness, Fun & Friends
Thursday, 11/14-12/12*, 5:30-6:30 pm
Ages 7-11
$42 R/$62 NR
*No Class November 28

Girls ages 7-11 will support each other and have fun as they explore fitness in an unintimidating and encouraging atmosphere through games and play. Girls will have fun using props and resistance bands as they learn the basics of flexibility, core and resistance training. Each girl will leave these sessions feeling confident, strong and empowered. Please bring water and a yoga mat to class if you have one. Some will be available. Space is limited to ten participants.

Future Leaders of Sun Prairie: Leadership Workshop
Friday, 11/15, 8:00 am-2:00 pm
Ages 12-17
$0 R/$10 NR

This active and engaging leadership program will inspire and motivate teens and tweens to become leaders within the community. The program focuses on building character, college/career readiness and community service.  Through interactive activities and exercises, teens will gain greater control over their lives and learn how to recognize and harness the power of their own leadership skills.  Free for residents!

Discussion and learning topics include:

  • Happiness and gratitude
  • Professionalism
  • Commitment
  • Self-confidence
  • Communication
  • Goal Setting

Lunch will be provided and free transportation available.  Transportation to/from Rolling Prairie Apartments, Vandenburg Heights Park & The Element on Main.  See registration for pick up and drop off times or call 608-837-3449 for more information. 

Wiggle Room-Drop-In!
Tuesdays, through 12/17, 9:00-11:00 am
Ages 0-6
$3/child**payable at the door
**children 1 year old and under are free

We have the room for your little ones to get their wiggles and giggles out! The Community room in the Westside Community services Building will be opened up and transformed into the perfect place for your kids to play, socialize and get some exercise.  This program is most appropriate for children over 12 months and under 6 years old.  Pre-registration is not available for this program.  A parent/caregiver is required to attend with their child(ren).  New for 2019! We have extended the program from 1.5 hours to 2 hours.

Holiday Shop ‘Til You Drop In Chicago
Friday, 11/22, 8:00-8:30 pm
All Ages
$50 R/$70 NR

Enjoy a day of holiday shopping in Chicago! This trip is open to all family members; however, all minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.  Set your own course for a day of sightseeing or shopping.

The chartered coach bus will board at the Family Aquatic Center, 920 Linnerud Drive at 7:45 am, leave by 8:00 am and will arrive in Chicago at approximately 10:30 am.  The bus will drop you off on Michigan Avenue near the "Magnificent Mile". You will be on your own until approximately 5:00 pm when the bus will pick you up at the drop-off location and depart for home.  We will return to Sun Prairie around 8:00 pm.  We will not be stopping on the way home, so bring a brown bag super, eat before departing Chicago or purchase food in Chicago to eat on the way home.

**For more information or to register for these and other Recreation programs please visit the Recreation Department page at

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Public Works

Last Yard Waste Collection

Yard waste is categorized as leafy vegetation that composts in a short period of time. Leaves, grass, garden waste and shrub trimmings are yard waste. Collections are scheduled in advance to attempt to meet the needs of residents and is collected curbside twice in the spring and twice in the fall.

Our last collection of 2019 starts November 18.

Materials must be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday of the designated collection week and 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).

To ensure pick-up, please follow the following guidelines:

  • Materials placed at the curb for collection on the scheduled weeks 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. Materials will not be collected if mixed with other materials.

 Residents with a recycle permit can also dispose of yard waste at the Recycle Center.

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Police Department

K9 Donation

At the October 15 City Council meeting, the Sun Prairie Improvement Council presented Acting Chief Brian Teasdale with a check for $207,000. The generous gift will be used to cover the cost of adding a second K9 unit (including vehicle and equipment), as well as a replacement for current K9 Officer Lasko upon his retirement. The funds presented were the last of the proceeds from the sale of lots in the Sun Prairie Business Park. Donations were also made to the Sun Prairie Media Center, Library Foundation and Education Foundation.

SPIC presenting check to Acting Chief TeasdalePhoto from The Star, courtesy of Chris Mertes

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Sun Prairie Historical Library & Museum

Grand Opening November 15-16, 2019

Attend a variety of activities to celebrate this historical event!

Georgia O'Keeffe Birthday Tea at the Historic Crosse House (133 W. Main Street)
Living History Presentation and Afternoon Tea Menu
Donations Welcome
Friday, Nov. 15, 2-4pm

Museum Grand Opening Reception at the Historical Library & Museum (115 E. Main Street)
Friday, Nov. 15, 4-7pm(Remarks at 6 PM)

Open House & Family Fun Day at the Museum
Children's Activities and Party Snacks
 Saturday, Nov. 16, 10am - 2pm

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Sun Prairie Public Library 

Coming Soon

LEGO® Club
Build with the library’s LEGO® collection!  Bring your creativity, but leave your LEGO®s at home! For school-age children only (Kindergarten - 5th grade).  Register at the door. Children can be left with the librarian as long as they are registered. We'll take photos of their creations and post them to our Facebook Page. This month we'll have a special challenge: Build a structure on stilts!
Thursday, November 7th 2:30-4pm
Library Community Room 

NaNoWriMo Open Writing Sessions
Participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Looking for a supportive environment to write in the company of other writers? The library is hosting open writing sessions throughout the month of November for writers looking to hit that 50,000 word goal. The Conference Room will be open three Tuesday evenings and three Fridays for writers to drop-in, enjoy refreshments, and write in the company of other authors. 

Come Write In:
Tuesdays 11/12 and 11/19 5:30-8:30pm
Fridays 11/8, 11/15 and 11/22 10am-5pm

Library Conference Room 

Tuesday Tai Chi
Tai Chi is slow, mindful exercise and attention to the breath proven to be helpful for strength, alignment, flexibility, stress management, cognitive fitness, and balance of body, mind and spirit. It can be modified for a wide range of special needs, and it feels good! If you can move, you can do this! Jody Curley, M.A. Is a certified master instructor of Tai Chi Chuan with 35 years of training. No registration required, but please note that this program is geared for adults. Loose, comfortable attire is also recommended.
Tuesdays 11/12, 11/19 and 11/26 2:30-3:30pm
Library Community 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 Mafia and Spyfall (so fun!), but we are always open to something new.
Thursday, November 14th 6-8pm
Library Community Room 

Great Lakes Ramblers
Join us as we commemorate the Gales of November with this special concert celebration! Comprised of song-smiths Skip Jones and Dan Robinson, The Great Lakes Ramblers entertain audiences with songs and stories of the Lakes, sharing their love of these waters & encouraging everyone to take care of these invaluable watersheds that sustain us all. This Live Concert Series event is generously funded by the Friends of Sun Prairie Public Library.
Wednesday, November 20th 6-7pm 
Library Community Room