November 21, 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.

Downtown Business Improvement District : The holidays are about to arrive in Downtown Sun Prairie! Join us for the 104th Annual Fire Truck Parade and Tree Lighting Event, Santa Saturdays and Ladies Night Out! Read on to learn more.

Parks and Recreation Department: The Winter/Spring 2020 Rec Connection Guide will be available on Friday, December 6. Read on to learn more about registration dates and where to pick up a guide. Upcoming events include Thank Goodness It's Thursday and Wiggle Room Drop-In! Bundle the Elves Workshop and Gingerbread Pirates and save 10%.

Police Department: Officer Leonard Webster and Officer Nate Hoffman were presented with livesaving awards. Read on to learn more about the 20th Annual Shop with a Cop.

Public Works Department: We need your help to keep our streets safe during the winter season! Read on to learn more about the City's parking regulations for snow routes, during snow emergencies and alternate side parking. 

Sun Prairie Media Center: The Sun Prairie Media Center has begun its basketball coverage! All varsity basketball games are scheduled to be broadcast with most home games airing live on KSUN and online. Read on to learn more about coverage.

Sun Prairie Public Library: The library will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29. Upcoming events include Flicks with a TWIST, Picture Book Movies, a Holiday Harp Contest and a visit from Wisconsin Author Joy Ribar.

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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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Downtown Business Improvement District

Fire Truck Parade104th annual Fire Truck Parade and Tree Lighting Event

The City of Sun Prairie and the Sun Prairie Business Improvement District are pleased to announce that the holidays are about to arrive in Downtown Sun Prairie!

The 104th annual Fire Truck Parade and Tree Lighting event
Friday, November 29 from 5:30-8:00PM
Historical Library and Museum, 115 E. Main Street, Sun Prairie

Join us in front of the Historical Library and Museum for this colorful and energetic community tradition, which includes a special guest appearance from Santa Claus! This event is a partnership between the Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department and the Historical Library and Museum.

As we wait for the fire trucks to arrive, enjoy entertainment and treats beginning at 5:30PM, along with:

  • Cookies will be served outside of Board & Brush
  • Musical performances will take place in Cannery Square
  • Fusion Dance Academy dancers will kick-off the parade with a street performance in front of the Sun Prairie Historical Library & Museum

Area fire departments will bring their trucks to town decorated for the holiday season! The fire trucks will depart from Kroncke Drive at approximately 5:55PM. The trucks will travel east on Main Street and proceed until they are parked side-by-side in two lanes at the intersection of Main Street and Church / Market Streets.

Once all of the fire trucks are parked, watch as special guest Santa Claus uses holiday magic to light the Downtown holiday tree located in front of the Historical Library and Museum! After the tree is lit, get an up-close look at the fire trucks as they are parked on Main Street for your viewing pleasure.

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides

Friday, November 29, 10:00AM - 3:00PM
Saturday, November 30, 10:00AM - 3:00PM
Historical Library and Museum, 115 E. Main Street, Sun Prairie

Enjoy free horse-drawn wagon rides from the Sun Prairie Historical Library and Museum, from 10:00AM-3:00PM. Wagon rides leave from in front of the Sun Prairie Historical Library and Museum, at 115 E. Main Street, in Downtown Sun Prairie.

Santa Saturdays in Downtown Sun Prairie

Saturday, November 30, 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Saturday, December 7, 10:00AM - 2:00PM
New Perspective Senior Living, 222 S. Bristol Street, Sun Prairie

Bring the kids, their wish list, and a camera, and take a free photo with Santa Claus! New Perspective Senior Living is located at 222 S. Bristol Street. 

All Business Improvement District events are designed to offer a variety of engaging activities throughout Downtown Sun Prairie that hopefully appeals to a wide range of people. We hope that residents and visitors explore Downtown Sun Prairie before and after all of the events. Follow us on Facebook at Downtown Sun Prairie for more event details

Ladies Night Out

The Sun Prairie Business Improvement District is pleased to announce details for the annual Downtown Sun Prairie Ladies Night Out event on Thursday, December 5 from 5:00PM – 9:00PM.

Gather your friends for an evening of shopping, giveaways, in-store specials, entertainment, drink and food specials and more! Santa Claus will be roaming throughout Downtown Sun Prairie from 5:30PM – 8:30PM.

Starting locations are the Nitty Gritty, located at 315 E. Linnerud Drive, and New Perspective Senior Living, located at 222 S. Bristol Street. The first 100 shoppers in line at Nitty Gritty and at New Perspective Senior Living will receive a re-useable Bank of Sun Prairie Giveaway Bag with goodies (and a few very lucky shoppers will receive a bag with a $25.00 gift card from a Downtown Sun Prairie business)!

There are 27 participating locations involved in Ladies Night Out offering a variety of activities and promotions happening throughout Downtown Sun Prairie and the promotional offers and activities are up to the discretion of each business.

The Ladies Night Out event is sponsored in part by Bank of Sun Prairie, Faded Roots Boutique, and New Perspective Senior Living. The Ladies Night Out event is important to the Downtown Business Improvement District; it is an opportunity to promote and showcase the many unique shops, bars and restaurants, and specialty businesses throughout Downtown Sun Prairie. The Sun Prairie Business Improvement District’s goal is to bring awareness to Downtown Sun Prairie and encourage all Sun Prairie residents and visitors to shop and dine in Downtown Sun Prairie by providing a variety of engaging experiences and events throughout the year. Follow us on Facebook at Downtown Sun Prairie for more event details:

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Parks and Recreation Department

Winter/Spring Rec Connection Coming Soon

Sun Prairie Parks and Recreation Winter/Spring 2020 Rec Connection Guide will be available on Friday, December 6.

Early Registration for the following programs begins online at 9:00 am Tuesday, December 10.
Little Cardinals
Thank Goodness It’s Thursday (TGIT)
Free American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course

Registration for all other programs begins online at 9:00 am on Thursday, January 2
You can pick up a guide at the following locations or view it on our website or at:

  • The Colonial Club
  • Sun Prairie Public Library
  • City Hall
  • Westside Community Services Building
  • Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce

Coming Soon

Thank Goodness It’s Thursday (TGIT)
Thursdays, 12/5-19, 2:05-5:30 pm
Grades K-5
$39 R/$59 NR

This month's theme: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

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.

Gingerbread Pirates
Saturday, 12/7, 9:00-9:45 am
Ages 3-5
$12 R/$18 NR

The excitement of a pirate adventure with the magic of Christmas.  Pirate crafts, activities and a gingerbread snack will make this holiday adventure complete.  Please note: Food allergy alternatives will not be available for this program.
Bundle this program with Elves Workshop and save 10%.  Bundle registrations must be processed in person, via fax or emailed registration.

Elves Workshop
Saturday, 12/7, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Ages 3-8
$15 R/$23 NR

Give your kids a head start on their holiday preparation by making several gifts, the wrapping paper and gift tags in this fun workshop.  Gifts include holiday ornaments and other seasonal items.
Bundle this program with Elves Workshop and save 10%.  Bundle registrations must be processed in person, via fax or emailed registration.

Cookies For Santa
Wednesday, 12/18, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
All Ages
$12 R/$18 NR

No need to make a mess at home when you can come to the Westside Community Services Building and decorate cookies for Santa!  Pre-registered families will decorate a dozen yummy cookies to take home for Santa, and maybe even snack one for themselves.  The fun will start at 5:30 pm with a story read by Mrs. Claus, followed by cookie decorating (and maybe even another surprise or two).  Each family will have a special table prepared just for them that will include cookies, frosting, a variety of sprinkles and other supplies needed for decorating.  The program will end at 7:30 pm.  Please note:  Food allergy alternatives are not available for this program. This is a family program.  At least one adult must participate with children. Fee is per family.

Wiggle Room-Drop-In!
Tuesdays, through 12/17, will resume January 7
Ages 0-6, 9:00-11:00 am
$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.

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

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Police Department

Life Saving Awards

Officer Webster and Officer Hoffman presentation of life saving awardsOn November 11, 2019, Officer Leonard Webster and Officer Nate Hoffmann were presented with lifesaving awards for their actions during a shooting investigation in October.

Pictured left to right: Sergeant Nolan Pickar, Officer Leonard Webster, Sergeant Josh Hameister, Officer Nate Hoffmann, Officer Brittany Lowrey and Officer Dylan Kahl.

Shop with a Cop Scheduled for December 7

The Sun Prairie Police Department is celebrating its 20th Annual “Shop with a Cop” program this year. This is a community based program which assists specially selected elementary school students in shopping for their families at Christmas time, when they would not ordinarily be able to do so.

The students are selected by school staff and shop with Police Officers from the Sun Prairie Police Department who volunteer their time for the program. We have already had seventeen awesome years and are looking forward to our eighteenth with this successful program. The children selected for the program shop with money donated by many special citizens and businesses of our community.Shop with a Cop

The 20th Annual “Shop with a Cop” day is Saturday December 7th and starts at 8 A.M. with the children and officers having breakfast provided by McDonald's. They are then transported by Kobussen buses to Wal-Mart to shop for their families. The children and Officers are brought back to the Sun Prairie Police Department to wrap the gifts and also receive special gifts, which have included T-shirts donated by CopperFire Tees. The Shop with a Cop event will conclude at approximately 11A.M. when the children return to their homes with their gifts for their families to await Christmas Day.

Over the past nineteen years we've been able to make Christmas a little brighter for over 270 families in the Sun Prairie area and will continue to do so each year. This program is a great experience for both the children and the Officers, hoping to make the holidays a little nicer for everyone.

For more information on this event or if you would like to make a donation to this great program please contact Officer Amy Bolling, Program Coordinator at 608-837-7336.

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Public Works

When Winter Conditions Hit, We Need Your Help

You can help keep our streets safe during the snow season by following the winter parking regulations. The less traffic our snowplow drivers encounter, the faster and more efficiently they can clear the streets.

The City of Sun Prairie has the following parking regulations residents should be familiar with:

Snow Routes

Parking is prohibited on Snow Routes from midnight to 7 a.m. beginning December 1 through March 31, regardless of whether there is any snow on the ground. Per city ordinance there is a $50 fine for violations.

Snow Routes are the first to be cleared because they are used by emergency vehicles. These routes are clearly marked throughout the city.

Snow Route Map (PDF)

Snow Emergency

When 3 or more inches of snowfall occurs the city declares a 'Snow Emergency.' Parking is prohibited on all streets until the Snow Emergency has been canceled.

Per city ordinance there is a $50 fine for violations. Call the Public Works Department at 837-3050 to find out if a 'Snow Emergency' has been announced. Sun Prairie Police Department offer Snow Emergency alerts via Nixle.

Alternate Side Parking

Alternate side parking is in effect from November 15 to March 31 on Wyoming Avenue.

What does a snow fall mean for me?

When snow falls, many questions are asked. Will my street get plowed? When will my street get plowed? Can I park on my street?

According to City Policy, Priority One streets (Snow Routes) will be plowed as necessary until they have been substantially cleared from curb to curb. Priority One streets are determined to be major traffic streets either by design or actual traffic flow and are intended to be used by emergency response vehicles and motorist as the access routes to and from major areas of the city.

Priority Two streets included typical subdivision streets, cul-de-sacs, and bike paths and are plowed after snowfall accumulations measure two inches or more.

These practices are of a general nature only and may vary to a great degree depending on storm factors including: wind, temperatures, moisture content, and other conditions encountered.

Snow and ice control operations will include such work as plowing, blowing, and the spreading of salts and/or abrasives. The use of salts shall be limited to:

Priority One streets, as necessary, to meet the goal of providing curb access as soon as possible.

As necessary on such potentially hazardous locations on Priority Two streets at intersections, curves, hills, school areas, valley gutters, and as necessary to prevent rutting or other abnormal winter roadway conditions from potentially becoming highway defects or when the use of plowing or abrasives alone will not correct the hazardous conditions.

Salt may be used as part of a plowing operation to prevent the formation of hard-packed snow, which would adhere to the pavement.

What can I do to help make plowing operations easiest, safest, and most effective?

  • When a snowfall is anticipated, parking off the street is appreciated when available. This allows the plows to more effectively clear the street, making travel safer for all vehicles.
  • Place refuse and recycle carts out properly, in the driveway or terrace area. Proper cart placement is especially critical during the winter months. Keeping the street and gutters free from carts helps us plow close to the curb, helps eliminate cart damage, and helps water run through the gutters as snow melts.
  • Be patient as the plows work their way through the city, clearing and making travel safe. Be aware of the road conditions and travel at safe speeds and leave plenty of room for stopping.
  • City Parking Lots are available for overnight parking during snow emergencies. Residents in the Prospect Commons area may park at Merchant Square at 3011 Prospect Drive.

Collections Delayed due to Holiday

Due to Thanksgiving, all residents that receive City-sponsored refuse and recycling collections will be delayed by one day beginning 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. 

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Sun Prairie Media Center

SPHS Cardinals Basketball Coverage Tips Off

Sun Prairie Media Center - Sports pictureIt may be cold outside, but the action on the hardwood will be heating up beginning this week as the Sun Prairie Cardinal boys’ and girls’ varsity hoops teams are set to tip off their 2019-2020 seasons!

Taking a very quick breather from another year of exciting Cardinal football coverage that just wrapped on November 8, the Sun Prairie Media Center began its basketball coverage with the girls’ varsity team taking on Monona Grove at home on Tuesday, November 19. Coverage of all games is set for 7 PM with the tip off scheduled for 7:15 PM.

As in years past, all varsity basketball games are scheduled to be broadcast, with most home games airing live on KSUN (Spectrum Cable 983, TDS 13/1013, streamed at and also available on Roku and Apple TV) and simulcast live on 103.5 The Sun Community Radio. The away games will be broadcast exclusively on 103.5 The Sun Community Radio with audio streamed at

When KSUN coverage of home basketball is not possible due to live City of Sun Prairie meeting coverage, basketball will be broadcast live on KIDS-4, SPMC’s unique “for kids, by kids” channel. KIDS-4 is available on Spectrum Cable 984, TDS 14/1014, streamed at and also at Roku and Apple TV. Games broadcast on KIDS-4 are not scheduled to feature a radio simulcast. Games scheduled to be on KIDS-4 include: Tuesday, November 19 (Girls’ Basketball vs. Monona Grove), Tuesday, December 17 (Girls’ Basketball vs. Verona), Tuesday, January 7 (Boys’ Basketball vs. Madison LaFollette), Tuesday, January 28 (Boys’ Basketball vs. Madison West), and Tuesday, February 18 (Boys’ Basketball vs. Madison East).

Following the live broadcast, all boys’ and girls’ home games will be made available for on demand viewing at A full schedule of games to be covered by the SPMC is available at

Handling the call for the boys’ games will be Mike Mathison -- coming back to the SPMC for his sixth straight year of basketball broadcasts! -- and Getonn Harper, who is coming back for his third. The girls' games will be called by James Wyngaard, who has previously called everything from basketball to hockey to baseball to football to softball for the Sun Prairie Media Center.

The SPMC would like to thank its basketball sponsors for the 2019-2020 season: Culver’s of Sun Prairie, West Prairie Dental, Bank of Sun Prairie, Woodman’s, Local Source Foods, Concrete Lifting Technologies, Monk’s, Hebl & Hebl Attorneys at Law, Skalitzky Jewelers, Wilde East Towne Honda, and Day One Pizza.

Go Cardinals!

Sun Prairie Public Library 


Sun Prairie Public Library LogoThe Library will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29.
The outdoor drive-thru book drop will be closed from Wednesday, November 27 at 8:45 pm until Saturday, November 30 at 9am.

Coming Soon

Flicks with a TWIST: Princess Bride Quote Along
This will be a rollicking loud, good time! Costumes welcome! We challenge you to a Battle of Wits! Boo along with the old lady, blow bubbles at the wedding, and shout out those epic one-liners. We won't shush you! In fact, we'll give you props. Don't worry, you can still build with our awesome LEGO® collection while watching a movie on the big screen! No registration — just come! Movie Length: 1 hour, 36 minutes
Thursday, November 21 at 2:30-4:30pm
Library Community 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. In the Community Room. No registration.
Tuesday, November 26 and Wednesday, November 27 at 10:30am
Library Community 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.
Tuesday, November 26 at 2:30-3:30pm
Library Community Room

Wisconsin Author Joy Ribar
Madison author Joy Ann Ribar invites you to visit Deep Lakes, Wisconsin to meet Francine “Frankie” Champagne, the 40-something owner of Bubble and Bake – a bakery by day & a wine lounge by night. Frankie is a spitfire pastry maker, vintner, and budding journalist who finds herself on the perimeter of a suspicious death when the local pastor is found dead. Join us for an evening with the author, discussing the first book in her new series, Deep Dark Secrets! A book sale and signing will immediately conclude the event.
Tuesday, December 3 at 6pm
Library Community Room

Holiday Harp Concert
Last year's lovely holiday harp concert left everyone clamoring for more, so we're cheered to welcome back gorgeous Gaelic Harpist, Jeff Pockat for another divine musical experience! Performed on the Ancient Wire Strung Celtic Harp, Jeff's beautiful blend of traditional and original pieces are at once rejuvenating and restorative and sure to be enjoyed by all -- and all are welcome, so please join us if you can! This Live Concert Series Event is generously funded by the Friends of Sun Prairie Public Library.
Wednesday, December 4 at 6pm
Library Community Room