April 16 2020

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Department Updates

Sun Prairie BID and Chamber of Commerce: Sun Prairie Stronger Bingo will support local businesses during Safer At Home Order

Sun Prairie Emergency Medical Services: Ambulance Sanitization keeps you safe when you call 911

Sun Prairie Engineering Department: The risks of springtime stormwater

Sun Prairie Media Center: Registration for 2020 summer workshops open

Sun Prairie Public Library: Lots of digital programming and digital resources for your Safer At home stay.

Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department: Summer 2020 guide is out. Parks prepares for a safe Farmers Market opening 

Sun Prairie Police Department: Join us in celebrating our telecommuting staff and our retiring Sargent Dahlen this week.

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Sun Prairie BID and Chamber of Commerce

Sun Prairie BID and Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce present #SunPrairieStrongerTogether BINGO! 
To support local businesses during “Safer at Home” order

The Downtown Sun Prairie Business Improvement District and the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce are pleased to present #SunPrairieStrongerTogether BINGO! which promotes Sun Prairie businesses during Governor Evers “Safer at Home” order.

The Downtown Sun Prairie BID and Sun Prairie Chamber are providing a structured promotion that allows the community to support and engage with businesses safely, during this unprecedented time.

The goal is to feature ten businesses located in Downtown Sun Prairie, and ten Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce member businesses on each weekly card. Business squares include an activity for participants to complete. Example activities include calling the business to make a purchase, making an online purchase, or sharing a Facebook post. Each card also includes a “Your Choice” square, along with four “access for everyone” squares. An “access for everyone” is a way for participants to take part in the promotion without having to make a purchase.  

Similar to traditional BINGO, participants can enter to win with a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row completion. 

Participants must take a screenshot or a photo of the purchase as proof; or provide a selfie photo if the square’s activity allows. Participants are required to follow all of Governor Evers “Safer at Home” order while participating.  Participants must submit proof of participation via one email to visit@cityofsunprairie.com, by 11:59pm each Tuesday to be qualified as an entry into a random chance drawing. Each week two entries will be drawn. Two prizes will be awarded each week. Each prize will consist of business gift cards or swag with a value up to $250.00.    

BINGO! cards will be available weekly via social media, and will be active each Wednesday through Tuesday. BINGO! cards can be found on the following Facebook pages: Downtown Sun Prairie, Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce, and Visit Sun Prairie; it will also be promoted on the Downtown Sun Prairie Instagram page.

A printable pdf of the BINGO card and of the Rules can be found online at: https://cityofsunprairie.com/1317/BINGO-For-Businesses

Participants are encouraged to show their support on social media by sharing information found on the Facebook pages listed above, and by tagging the promotion using: #SunPrairieStrongerTogether.

The #SunPrairieStrongerTogether BINGO! promotion is important to Downtown Sun Prairie and the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce because it provides the community the opportunity to engage with and support local businesses in a fun, unique, and organized way.

Sun Prairie EMS

Sun Prairie EMS ambulance sanitization.

Sun Prairie EMS takes cleanliness seriously, and has always had an impressive regimen for cleaning and disinfecting ambulances.  Now that regimen is elevated to a new level with the implementation of aerosolized sanitization.  This program allows us to vaporize a concentrated liquid chlorine dioxide disinfectant solution that can reach nooks and crannies not otherwise accessible, and kills a wide array of bacteria and viruses on contact. 

Emergency Medical Service Ambulance Sanitization

In this photo, EMS Operations Manager Casey Jesberger demonstrates the new program by disinfecting a Sun Prairie EMS ambulance.

Sun prairie Engineering Department

Stormwater warning Image

Rain Showers And The Risks They Produce

Rain showers wash soil, litter, pet wastes, fertilizers, leaves, and grass clippings off pavement and into your storm sewer. In addition, people dump thousands of gallons of used motor oil, antifreeze, and other wastes such as cooking oil, grease, and coffee grounds into storm sewers.

Everything that washes down the storm sewer eventually ends up in the local lakes, rivers, and streams.

When the storm sewers empty into these waterways, the materials become pollutants that may kill fish, close beaches and other swimming areas, and increase weed and algae growth.

In addition, leaves, grass clippings, and other materials that are placed in the street and street gutters increase the risk of flooding by preventing the stormwater from entering the storm sewer system.

Keeping the pollutants out of the storm sewer is less expensive then installing treatment facilities. When it comes to protecting the waterways, here are a few things you can do to help:

  • Leave grass clippings on the lawn and out of the streets
  • Reduce fertilizer and pesticides use
  • Sweep, do not wash paved areas to keep waste, fertilizers, and debris out of the storm sewers
  • Direct downspouts away from paved surfaces to lawns or gardens
  • Compost your waste
  • Wash cars on lawns or at a car wash, not in the driveway
  • Clean up pet waste
  • Keep cars tuned up and in good operating condition to prevent fluid leaks
  • Recycle used oil
  • Bag leaves and keep them out of the streets
  • Construct a rain garden in your yard

For more information on practices that reduce and improve stormwater runoff into our lakes, rivers and streams, check out www.ripple-effects.com.        

Questions?  Please call the City Engineering office at 608-825-1170

Sun Prairie Media Center

Summer Workshops 2020

Love to make movies and videos? Then sign up for SPMC’s summer workshops! These workshops are designed for budding journalists, filmmakers and actors who want a fun and creative way to express themselves. Participants will be introduced to media production in a fun, hands-on learning environment that is conveniently located – we are in the same building as the public library! These courses will inspire kids in a creative atmosphere to learn communication skills they can use for a lifetime. Nothing is impossible when you have a camera, an idea and a group of friends!More information and online registration is available at kids4.tv.
Registration opened on April 15. Registration will close on June 19. All workshops will meet at the Sun Prairie Media Center. Discounted rates for SPMC members are available. More information on memberships are available at sunprairiemediacenter.com.

  • Adventures in Movie Making, July 6-9.Media Center Picture of Summer Workshops laughing children
  • Adventures in Reporting, July 6-9.
  • Adventures in Animation, July 13-16.
  • Adventures in Sports Production, July 13-16.
  • Adventures in Photography. Meets July 22-25.
  • Adventures in Music Videos, July 20-23.
  • Adventures in Live Television, July 24.
  • Adventures in Internet Videos, July 27-30.
  • Adventures in Podcasting, July 27-28.
  • Adventures in Mobile Filmmaking, July 29-20.

Please note the dates above may be updated from the uncertainty of planning summer events due to COVID-19. We want to reassure you that refunds for the summer workshop fees will be honored before the registration deadline of June 19th (even if your summer plans change too!).

Questions? E-mail Mara at mtrusty@cityofsunprairie.com

Sun Prairie Public Library

Online Library Portals

The library is working to bring online programming for all age groups. See the Events Calendar on our website for up-to-date event listings, and also check out our Facebook pages:

Main: Facebook.com/sunprairiepubliclibrary/
Youth Services: Facebook.com/SPPLYS/
Teens: Facebook.com/SPPLTeens/

Children’s & Teen Services

Please find us on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram!  We are currently offering Small Fry Storytime and Storytime as LIVE programs on Facebook, which are recorded and kept for a minimum of one week on both Facebook and YouTube.  Small Fry Storytime is on Mondays at 10:00 and Storytime is on Tuesdays at 10:30!  Right on the SPPLYS Facebook page!

Family Adventure Day - Online Edition - With Ms. Sammy

Join us for 20-30 minutes of fun on Facebook Live! Each week will be something different! We’ll post about each week’s theme in the discussion so you know what you’re getting into! The activities will be geared for those in grades K-5, but all will enjoy! Videos will be posted on Facebook and uploaded to YouTube afterwards if you’re not able to attend the live viewing.

For any questions please send us a Facebook message or email Sammy at snieman@sunlib.org

Thursdays, April 16th, 23rd and 30th 1:30pm

Online D & D For Teens

If you’re a teen in 6th-12th grade and you’d like to participate in online D&D, email Melissa at mcarollo at sunlib.org. Please include answers to the following: 1. Are you a beginner, middle, or advanced player? 2. Do you already have a character built? If so, what is it? 3. Do you have access to a computer/laptop/Chromebook/smart phone where you can meet us on Zoom for the game play?

Thursdays, April 16th, 23rd and 30th 6-8pm

Character Costume Parade

For National Library Week (April 19-25), Sun Prairie Public Library is doing a parade of sorts!  During that week we’ll post submissions to our Facebook page (and hopefully to KSun and Kids4)!  Instructions: Your photo can be a specific character, book inspired, an old costume, or a combination of things found around the house.  It can be a new photo or an old one!  Don’t have a costume?  No problem – take a photo with your favorite book!  Don’t have the book?  No problem, just hold up a white piece of paper and we’ll add the book to your photo! No pressure, just have fun with it!

Submission Info:

--Please send all photos to spplcharactercostume@gmail.com

--When you send the photo please state which book you are representing/is your favorite!

--EXTRA: Tell us why you love the library!

Adult Programs

Haiku Your Heart Out: April 11th-17th 

Friday, April 17th is National Haiku Day. To celebrate, we’re writing haikus all week long! From April 11th to 17th, submit your haiku in the Haiku Your Heart Out event on our Facebook page, in the discussion section. Video submissions also encouraged! You chose the topic, just follow the haiku format: first line is 5 syllables, second line is 7 syllables, third line is 5 syllables.

Facebook Live Poetry Reading

Start your Friday off with some poetry! In celebration of National Poetry Month, our Adult Services Librarian, Shauna, will be on Facebook Live to read you some wonderful poetry.

Fridays 4/17 and 4/24 at 9:00am

Library Book Groups

We have several book groups that meet monthly at the library. During the library’s closure, all of them are meeting online! For more information, please visit: https://www.sunprairiepubliclibrary.org/book-groups, or check the library’s Event Calendar for dates and times.

Digital Access Accounts and Online Resources

Digital Access Accounts

The Sun Prairie Public Library has new Digital Access accounts available for people who are looking for digital material during the Safer At Home order. Visit our website at www.sunlib.org and choose “Get a Library Card” from the “Using the Library” menu. You’ll find a form to fill out with your name, address, and email. After the form is sent, library staff will create an account for you and send you an email with the account number and log-in information. With a Digital Access account, you will have access to our enhanced digital services during Safer At Home, as well as our usual digital subscriptions for eBooks, streaming movies and TV shows, digital music, comic books, and research assistance. Enhanced digital services include Ancestry.com, TumbleMath, and the Transparent Language app. When the library reopens, you will be able to bring your account number to the Welcome Desk and receive a physical library card with full access to all library materials and services.

A full list of online resources are available here: https://www.sunprairiepubliclibrary.org/databases

A list of COVID-19 resources are available here: https://www.sunprairiepubliclibrary.org/coronovirus-crisis-resources

Sun Prairie Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department

Parks and Park Facilities

Parks remain open, but the dog park, athletic facilities and playgrounds remain closed. We have received an influx of calls reporting heavy users on basketball courts and playgrounds. SPPRF wants to remind people that these facilities do remain closed and anybody who is found removing signage and/or tampering with deterrents will be referred to the Police Department. We ask that you all do your part in keeping the community safe!

Aside from the dog park, athletic facilities and playgrounds, our parks and trails do remain open. We want to remind people to use physical distancing in the parks and follow these safe and simple rules when using them:

  • Do not use parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms
  • Follow CDC’s guidelines on personal hygiene prior to visiting parks or trails
  • Be prepared as restrooms and drinking fountains are not available
  • Share the trail and warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass.
  • Observe CDC’s minimum recommended physical distancing of 6 feet from other persons at all times.

Program credits for cancelled programs/missed classes

The remainder of Winter/Spring programs have been cancelled, with the exception of Little Cardinals and the Thank Goodness it’s Thursday (TGIT) afterschool program. Little Cardinals and TGIT have been cancelled for April, and May and June remain on hold.

Program participants received program credits through April 17 and will now begin to see program credits for the remaining classes in their RecPro account balances.

Summer Programs and Registration

At this time, SPPRF is planning to run programs beginning June 1, with the understanding that this could change and programs may need to be modified. Registration for summer programs begins on Wednesday, April 15 at 9:00 am for residents and Wednesday, April 22 at 9:00 am for non-residents.

If it is not safe to begin programs on June 1, a modified schedule has been adapted to begin programs on July 1. If this contingency plan needs to be enacted, information will be posted mid-May. Please note that not all classes will be able to be rescheduled for a July 1 start.

In the event of summer program cancellations, all registrations will automatically be credited to the family account, with the option of a full refund.

The Summer Fun Guide can be found online at: http://rec.cityofsunprairie.com 

Family Aquatic Center

The Family Aquatic Center is scheduled for a delayed open on July 1, 2020. More information regarding the pool opening will be available as the date draws closer. Pool Passes with a prorated fee to reflect the change in opening date will be available for purchase online beginning April 15.

In the event of the FAC not opening, all pool pass fees will automatically be credited to the family account, with the option of a full refund.

SPPRF Office

SPPRF staff is still telecommuting and is available by phone or e-mail at (608) 837-3449 or rec@cityofsunprairie.com. Please bear with us if your phone call is not answered immediately as we have a limited team with access to our main line. Please leave us a message and we will return your call within 48 hours. Staff is regularly checking the rec@cityofsunprairie.com e-mail account.

All in-person services remain suspended until further notice. We highly encourage participants to take advantage of our online registration system, RecPro, which will allow users to register for programs, book private rentals for shelters, the Westside Community Services Bulding and the Family Aquatic Center.

SPPRF no longer requires shelter, FAC and building reservations to be made in person. Reservation requests may be made online by visiting http://rec.cityofsunprairie.com and selecting the “Facility Availability” button under the “Rentals/Reservations” tab on the menu bar. Requestors will be notified of the status of their reservation request within five (5) business days of the submission of their request.

Sun Prairie Historical Library and Museum

The SPHLM remains closed. Museum staff is available by e-mail at museum@cityofsunprairie.com and is regularly checking e-mails. The main line, (608) 825-0837, is not being monitored on a regular basis. Staff is encouraging e-mail communication as the museum voicemail is being monitored intermittently until further notice.

Registration now open for summer programs! Summer Fun Guide 2020 Cover

View our summer guide here
Registration for Session 1 Swim Lessons begins April 29 at 9:00 am for residents.
To register online:

  • Log in prior to make sure you know your password and that your account is up to date, including street address and email address.
  • If you don’t already have an account, create your account.
  • If you have not registered for a program since March 2019 you will need to create a new account as we have transferred to a new system.  If you think you have an account, but cannot find yourself on the website, please do not add yourself again.  Call the Recreation Department office at 608/837-3449 and we will assist you.
  • If you do not have a Sun Prairie address, but live in the Sun Prairie School District, the system will not know that and will charge you Non-Resident rates.  If you continue your registration and pay Non-Resident rates, the difference is non-refundable.  Please contact our office prior to your registration so that we may adjust your account to reflect the proper designation.
  • If you accidentally register for the wrong program, do not immediately register for the correct program.  Call us (608/837-3449) and we can make the transfer for you.

Virtual Recreation Programs 

Free virtual recreation programs for all ages, please sign up in advance to be sent the class viewing information. Go to rec.cityofsunprairie.com and search for the program code below under registration information.

Zumba, Tuesdays at 6:00 pm, Code: 1253119.3

Check out our Facebook page every Wednesday for a sports program featuring one of our instructors each week.

Coming Soon, starts April 23! 
Discover Dance, ages 2-4, Thursdays at 10:00 am, Code: 1254343.2

Bedtime Yoga, Thursdays at 7:00 pm, Code: 1254111.3

Sun Prairie Downtown Farmers’ Market

Downtown Farmers’ Market will begin May 2nd with drive thru service only.  Shoppers will be asked to enter the market from the south onto Main Street and follow staff drive thru plan.  For market maps, pre-orders or direct orders from vendors visit sunprairiemarket.com  or follow Sun Prairie Farmers’ Market on Facebook.

Sun Prairie Police Department 

It’s National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

The Sun Prairie Police Department joins the law enforcement profession to celebrate the 2020 National Public Safety Telecommunications Week (April 13 - 17). This time is designated to honor the men and women that have dedicated their lives to public safety communication and make daily personal sacrifices for this professional commitment.

Communication professionals are hidden behind the phones and radios that are used to coordinate our emergency responses on a daily basis. These people are key components in the successes of police, fire, and emergency medical service responses. Both the public and emergency responders rely heavily on the skills, abilities, and commitment level of these professionals in order to carry out the public safety mission.

Emergency call taking and dispatching is a unique skill set that is not easily mastered. It comes with a great deal of stress and requires unconditional dedication. Communication professionals must adapt quickly and wear many hats to be successful. They must accept the emotional rollercoaster that will come with each day they arrive at work. Their ability to stand steady in the face of situations they cannot control is unparalleled.

The Sun Prairie Police Department is fortunate to have a communications staff that demonstrates all of these traits. Our staff is a truly dedicated group of people that are committed to our profession and our department’s vision, mission, and core values. The current situation with COVID-19 highlights how proud we are of our communications staff. While most people are staying home and / or teleworking, our communicators are going to work, putting the community first!

Our communicators remain focused on providing high level service to our staff as partners in our problem solving efforts. A sincere thank you goes out to each of our team members. We move forward confidently with a strong team of communicators that represent the thin gold line that is crucial in our policing efforts.

The department would like to take this time to recognize and honor the outstanding group of professionals that make up our communication center. We are very fortunate to work with each one of them as police professionals and members of our department team.

“The thin gold line represents those who are rarely seen but mostly are heard. The calm voice in the dark night. The golden glue that hold it all together.”

Please take time to recognize our staff throughout the week.

From Left to Right - 

Top Line: Chris Dauck, Ashley Gullisxson, Casssie Fleischman, Joe Hack
Bottom Line: Nick Hagen, Sher VIke, Tom Engen

Chris DauckAshley GullixsonCassie FleischmanJoe HackNick HagenSher VikeTom Engen 

Med-Drop Closed

The MedDrop box located in the lobby of city hall is currently locked and unavailable for drop-offs until further notice. Anyone seeking information on available drop sites should check out the Safe Communities website:


Sargent Dahlen Retirement

Lieutenant Ryan Cox, Sergeant Jason Lefeber, Officer Jennifer Nichols, Chief Mike Steffes, Sergeant Brenda Dahlen, Lieutenant Kevin Konopacki, Assistant Chief Brian Teasdale, Lieutenant Jamie Peterson

After nearly 28 years of serving the City of Sun Prairie, and 30 years in law enforcement, Sergeant Brenda Dahlen retired from the Sun Prairie Police Department and the policing profession on Monday, April 13, 2020.

The current limitations on gatherings presented us with a challenge in surrounding her with her policing family; however, we found a way to honor her career and allow everyone to take part in the event by sharing a Zoom celebration from the city council chambers.

Thank you, Sergeant Dahlen, for your service. You will be missed.

Sargent Dahlen Retirement