February 6 2020

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Department Updates

Administration: A more interactive State of the City will round out the 2020 addresses from Mayor Esser, Monday February 10 from 7 - 8:30 PM at Sun Prairie Public Library

Building Inspection Division: Reminder that 6 more weeks of winter means snow maintenance is everyone’s responsibility. 

City Clerks Office: Know your voting options from in-person absentee to new polling places.

Sun Prairie Police Department: Car seat vouchers available at Sunshine Place Car Seat Safety Class

Sun Prairie Public Library: Lot’s of programming coming from Lego building to meditation. Note the library will be closed February 21st. 

Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department: Another open hiring event will be held at the westside service building February 22nd. 

Sun Prairie Planning Department:  With new bus options in Sun Prairie we have all of you’re questions answered on how to take advantage of our newest public asset. 

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State of the City: Community Conversation

A more interactive State of the City will round out 2020 addresses February 10, 7-8:30 PM at Sun Prairie Public Library. Mayor Paul Esser will deliver his annual State of the City address, where he will share his traditional budget breakdown as it relates to your tax bill and the 2020 budget. This year’s SOTC will also feature voices from the community as local community leaders give context and perspective to a few highlighted budget initiatives and city priorities. These short insights will be followed by a panel discussion with said speakers where residents can engage with speakers and the Mayor around city priorities. Send questions via this event or through Facebook Message and these will be complemented by question collection at the event. The event will close with a final look at what you can expect to see from Sun Prairie in 2020.

Our featured local leaders this year will speak to:
Senior Services

Submit Questions Early Here

Building Inspection Division


Why was the snowman sad? Because he had a meltdown!   42 days until Spring… we can DO this!

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 and crosswalk aprons should be cleared of all accumulated snow and/or ice within 24 hours from the time the snow ceases to accumulate.  If your home is on a corner lot and you have sidewalks in the front and on the side of your property, you get twice the fun. 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.

Help each other out.  If you are aware of neighbors that can use some assistance, be a Snow Angel  J

For more information and enforcement details, please visit the City’s website. 

From the home page, click on the ‘Code of Ordinances’ icon and type Chapter 12.32 to find Chapter 12.32 - SNOW AND ICE REMOVAL.

Clerks Office

Absentee Voting

Under Wisconsin law, voters do not need a reason to vote absentee. Any voter who prefers to vote by absentee ballot may request one. You have several options for requesting an absentee ballot and casting your vote.

Voters will be required to show proper photo identification (ID).

In-Person Absentee Voting Dates and Times - City Hall

January 27 - January 31, 2020

Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

February 3 - February 7, 2020

Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

February 10 - February 13, 2020

Monday - Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

February 14, 2020

Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Absentee voting only; no voter registration)

In-Person Absentee Voting Dates and Times - Library

January 27 - January 30, 2020New Polling Places Frequently Asked Questions

Monday - Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

January 31, 2020

Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

February 3 - February 6, 2020

Monday - Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

February 7, 2020

Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

February 10 - February 13, 2020

Monday - Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

February 14, 2020

Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Absentee voting only; no voter registration)

Voting Locations

There are 8 voting locations used in our city; the ward you live in determines your voting location. To view your voter record, check your voter status, and check your polling place location, voting history, absentee ballot status and sample ballot, visit the My Vote Wisconsin website at https://myvote.wi.gov/.

District 1: Wards 2, 3

Voting Location: Colonial Club

301 Blankenheim Lane

District 3: Wards 10, 11, 12

Voting Location: Sun Prairie Public Library

1350 Linnerud Drive

District 1: Wards 1, 4, 5

Voting Location: The Faith Place Church

211 East Linnerud Drive

District 3: Wards 13, 14, 20-22, 24-26

Voting Location: Living Water Church

3075 Prospect Drive

District 2: Wards 6, 7, 23, 27

Voting Location: Heartland Church

800 Wilburn Road

District 4: Wards 15, 18, 19

Voting Location: Westside Community Services Building

2598 West Main Street

District 2: Wards 8, 9

Voting Location: United Methodist Church

702 North Street

District 4: Wards 16, 17

Voting Location: Focus Church

411 North Thompson Road

Sun Prairie Police Department

Shift Change

End of an era! Sergeant Ray Thomson and Sergeant Brandon Lingle worked their last second shift together on Friday, January Sergeant Ray Thomson and Sergeant Brandon Lingle 24th. After six years on seconds, Sgt. Thomson will start on day shift as of February 1st.

Car Seat Vouchers

Our friends at the Sunshine Place are hosting a free Car Seat Safety Class on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Those in attendance will earn a voucher for a free car seat. Call or text 608-259-1605 to register or for more information.

Sun Prairie Public Library


(Registration recommended but not required)

Storytime is geared for children ages 2½ to 5, but all ages are welcome! Storytimes are about 30 minutes long and are filled with books, songs, action rhymes and more! Each week is a new theme. Registration is recommended, but not required. Registration began Tuesday, January 21 for the Winter/Spring session.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

Library Storytime Room

Small Fry Lapsit Storytimes

(Registration recommended but not required)

This lapsit storytime is geared for little ones ages birth-3, but all ages are welcome. Lapsit storytimes are about 20 minutes long and are filled with short books, songs, action rhymes and more! Registration is recommended, but not required. Registration began Monday, January 27 for the Winter/Spring session.

Mondays at 9:30 or 10:15 a.m. beginning February 3.

Library Storytime Room

Toddler Tales and Baby & Me 

(Advanced registration required)

Toddler Tales is for toddlers 16-32 months and their caregivers on Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m. Advance registration is required: registration begins Tues/Wed February 4/5 at 9 a.m. in person at the library. Baby & Me is for babies up to 15 months and their caregivers on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. Advance registration is required: registration begins Friday, February 7 at 9 a.m. in person at the library.

Library Storytime Room

LEGO® Club

Build with the library’s LEGO® collection! Bring your creativity, but leave your LEGO®s at home! School age children only (Kindergarten - 5th grade). Registration at the door required.

Thursday, February 6th  2:30-4:00pm.

Library Community Room

Heartfulness Meditation

Heartfulness meditation is a practice of meditation and relaxation that is followed by millions of practitioners around the world. It is offered in schools, colleges and corporations with more than 10,000 trainers located around the world. Experience the benefits of this practice for yourself during these free workshops where all are welcome! Facilitated by certified trainer, Santosh Marepally. No registration required.

Sunday, February 9th 2-3:15pm

Library Conference Room

Family Adventure Day: Heart Crafts

Families come and play, create, and explore together!  Geared for Grades K-5, but ALL ages welcome with their adult! Heart crafts of all kinds! Glue, paint, and color your heart out! No registration - just come, stay, & play!

Thursday, February 13th 2:30-4:00 p.m.

Library Community Room

Parks, Recreation and Forestry Division

Hiring Event

February 22 Hiring Event

Programs Coming Soon, Register Today!

Aqua Zumba

Ages 16+

Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6:15-7:00 pm, 2/11-3/5

$40/Residents, $60/Non Residents

Aqua Zumba blends the Zumba philosophy with water resistance for one pool party you don’t want to miss.  There is less impact on your joints during an Aqua Zumba class so you can really let loose.  Water creates natural resistance, which means every step is more challenging and helps tone your muscles.

Jr. Ballers Basketball – Westside Elementary School

Wednesdays, 2/19-3/18

Ages 5-6, 4:45-5:30 pm
Ages 7-9, 5:45-6:30 pm
Ages 10-11, 6:30-7:15 pm

$28/Residents, $42/Non Residents

Hit the hardcourt for a fast-paced, fun introduction to basketball.  Classes focus on hand-eye coordination, balance and teamwork, while beginning to develop fundamental basketball skills such as dribbling, shooting, passing and catching.

Cookie Decorating

Ages 18+
Thursday, 2/20, 6:30-8:30 pm
$35/Residents, $53/Non Residents

Parent/Child Cookie Decorating

Ages 6+

Thursday, 3/5, 6:00-8:00 pm
$65*/Residents, $85*/Non Residents
*Price includes 2 participants

Learn to decorate cookies with the lady from Pretty Killer Cookies, Laura!  She will show you basic royal icing cookie decorating techniques.  Decorating cookies has never been more fun! Each participant will go home with their own set of cookies

Friday Frenzy, Ages 5-7

$15 Residents/$23 Non Residents

All dates are no school days for Sun Prairie Schools

Let Go and Lego

Friday, 2/21, 10:00-11:30 am

Everything is Awesome!  Join us for an awesome day of Lego building challenges and STEM activities.  You will then have your own Lego kit to take and build at home.

I Spy!
Friday, 3/27, 10:00-11:30 am

Calling all super sleuths!  Someone stole Mr. Bear and we need your help.  The crime scene is set where you can put your CSI skills to work finding clues to hopefully find Mr. Bear and bring him home. 

G.A.T.O.R.: Games, Art, Tag and Outdoor Recreation

Friday, 4/10, 10:00-11:30 am

Spring is here!  Time to grab your friends for a fun filled day with group games, art projects and other outdoor activities.  Tennis shoes are required!  Be sure to dress for the weather, it is Wisconsin after all.


Saturday, 2/29

Ages 6-14, 1:00-2:00 pm
$33/Residents, $50/Non Residents

We’re teaming up with our friends to the west!  This is a cooperative program offered by the Village of Waunakee.  Battledarts is a mobile Nerf party that includes nerf blasters and inflated bunkers to provide the layout of a battlefield.  All participants will be divided into two to four teams and will have the opportunity to play games such as capture the flag and team elimination,  There will be an official to help monitor games. All equipment will be provided included safety glasses.

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

Sun Prairie Planning Department

Sun Prairie Bus Options and How To’s

We know that taking the bus for first time can be intimidating. Where does it stop? When will it be here? How do I pay? How do I tell the driver to stop?

These are all common questions answered with the FAQ linked below so you feel comfortable and prepared on your very first ride!

Metro customer service representatives are also always available help plan your trip, find your bus, or answer any questions. Give us a call at 608-266-4466 or email at mymetrobus@cityofmadison.com

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Commute Cards

Metro Transit has a variety of commuter options for area businesses and organizations, including 31-Day Unlimited Passes, 10-Ride Cards, and our unlimited ride Commute Card.

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