February 21, 2019

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City Assessor's Office: The City of Sun Prairie will be postponing it's 2019 Revalutation. Read on to learn more about what this means for residents.

Clerk's Office: Our next local election is April 2nd, 2019. It will include two referenda as well as local races including school board. Learn more about requesting an absentee ballot and registering to vote.

Economic Development: March 1st and 2nd marks the third year of Sun Prairie businesses participating in the Vintage Shop Hop event. Vintage Shop Hop is specifically designed for vintage related businesses in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

Fire Department: The Fire Department invites you to join us for Assistant Fire Chief Arnie Kleven's Walk-Out Ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 21st. Learn more about who we've partnered with to give out some sweet treats to residents in the community!

Parks and Recreation Department: Parks and Recreation will be switching registration systems starting with Summer 2019 registrations. Migrate your account today! Read on to learn more about upcoming events including Adult Painter's Palette and Discovery Days!

Police Department: Learn more about an upcoming community event on Suicide Prevention. Get a sneak peek into Read Your Heart Out Day at Westside Elementary.

Public Works: We're sending out some winter weather reminders on clearing sidewalks and driveways, proper cart placement and parking.

Sun Prairie Public Library: The Friends of the Sun Prairie Public Library is hosting a writing contest on "Why I love My Library". Upcoming events include Teen Creativity Club and a visit from author Muriel Simms.

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City Assessor's Office

2019 Revaluation Postponed to 2020

The City of Sun Prairie completes revaluations on a two year cycle updating assessments to market value in odd numbered years. This helps ensure that property assessments represent their full value.

2019 was scheduled to be a revaluation year for Sun Prairie. Due to unforeseen personnel changes and approaching reporting deadlines to the State of Wisconsin, the City of Sun Prairie will be postponing its 2019 revaluation year until 2020.

City staff has requested a temporary appointment of Acting City Assessor to Rachel Woiteshek which was approved at the February 5 Common Council meeting.

Since this will not be a revaluation year, most property owners will not see a change in their assessment for 2019. Any assessment changes that occur will be mainly due to the result of ongoing land development, new construction and/or other permitted changes. Business personal property owners will still receive assessment change notices as they continue to do so every year.

Please call 608-825-1186 with questions and/or concerns.

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Clerk's Office

Requesting an Absentee Ballot

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.

Absentee ballot requests will be processed within 24 hours of receiving the request and acceptable photo ID. You must be registered to vote before an absentee ballot can be sent to you.

Online

Visit My Vote Wisconsin to request an absentee ballot.

In-Person

In-Person absentee voting usually starts approximately 3 weeks before an election; and ends at 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election. The City of Sun Prairie has two in-person absentee voting locations.

  • City of Sun Prairie – 300 E Main Street
  • Sun Prairie Public Library - 1350 Linnerud Drive

Absentee voting hours will vary for each location, but will be posted on the City's website once determined.

If you apply for an absentee ballot in your Municipal Clerk's office, or another designated location for in-person absentee voting, you will vote your ballot immediately, seal your ballot in the proper envelope, and return it to a member of the clerk's staff. No ballots may be taken with you.

By Mail

Absentee ballots requests are available on the Wisconsin Elections Commission website. Complete the form and mail it, along with a copy of your acceptable photo ID. If you have not previously provided a copy of your photo ID, a photo ID must accompany your first application by mail.

Your application must be received by the clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday before the election in order for an absentee ballot to be SENT to you.

Mail application to:

City Clerk's Office
Attention: Elections
300 E Main Street
Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Registering to Vote 

Registering to vote can be completed online, by mail, or in person. If you are already registered to vote and need to update your name and/or address, you will need to re-register.

Online

If you have a valid, unexpired Wisconsin driver license or Wisconsin ID, and your ZIP code on file with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) matches the ZIP code in which you are registering to vote, you may register to vote online.

If your current address is not updated with WisDOT, you can update your address at www.wisconsindot.gov before registering to vote online.

In Person

You can register to vote in person at the Sun Prairie City Clerk's office located on the first floor at the Sun Prairie Municipal Building, 300 E. Main Street. Remember to bring Proof of Residence.

By Mail

To register to vote by mail, download and print the application forms and mail the form along with your Proof of Residence to the City Clerk's Office at 300 E. Main Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590. The deadline to register to vote by mail is 20 days before the election.

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Economic Development

Vintage Shop Hop

Save the date for Vintage Shop Hop on Friday March 1 and Saturday March 2. With over 400 businessVintage Shop Hop Promotional Imagees participating throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, you'll find a variety of vintage shops, boutiques, barn sales, oddity shops, home decor stores and more!

The following City of Sun Prairie businesses are participating:

  • Brass Tacks Resale, 116 S. Thompson Road
  • Faded Roots Boutique, 375 East Main Street
  • Hen & Rooster Vintage, 243 E. Main Street
  • Nest Interior Design, 223 E. Main Street
  • The Wire Basket, 243 E. Main Street

Shopping hours vary by business. An interactive Google Map includes all of the participating shops with detail information that can be accessed on mobile devices while shoppers are traveling the area. The public is invited to create their own self-guided road trip with the interactive map.

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Fire Department

You're Invited!

On June 13Arnie Kleven, 1972 Assistant Chief Arnie Kleven joined our organization. 46 years later our beloved chief has decided to retire as of January 14, 2019. We will be hosting a walk out ceremony February 21st to honor his collective 50 years in the fire service. The Walk-Out Ceremony will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Station 1, 135 Bristol Street, Sun Prairie! We hope to see you there!

Hydrants and Donuts

We're heading out looking for hydrants to shovel. If a Sun Prairie Fire truck happens to see you shoveling out a hydrant, you can have a donut on us!

With a great sponsor like Dunkin' Donuts, we are looking to treat those who are doing their part! Happy shoveling!

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Parks & Recreation Department

New Registration System Information

After careful consideration, the Sun Prairie Parks and Recreation Department has decided to switch systems beginning with Summer 2019 registrations. What does this mean for users? If you have registered online previously using the current system, Activenet, you will need to create an account in the new system, RecPro.

To request your account be migrated by the Parks and Recreation Department, please fill out an online form. After March 4th, users will need to create their own account by visiting the City of Sun Prairie's website to get a link to the new registration website.

If you have previously requested that the Parks and Recreation Department migrate you account for you, access and passwords will be e-mailed out by end of day on March 4.

New features:

  • Mobile friendly registration
  • Ease of access for registration information and course record history
  • Key-tag season passes at the Family Aquatic Center – no more sew on patches!
  • View facility calendars online and request reservations online (coming in 2020)

Coming Soon

Beginning Ballroom Dance

Wednesdays

7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
$45 R/$68 NR**
**Fee is per person

Let's get ready to Rumba (and more)! Impress your friends and relatives with your dancing skills at your next social occasion. In these classes you will learn a variety of slow and fast dances that will make you feel confident on any dance floor!

Session 2 will focus on Beginning Latin Dances (Merengue, Salsa, Rumba and Cha Cha)

Adult Painter's Palette

Tuesday 2/26
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
$25 R/$38 NR

This program is based off of the paint night craze! We will be offering all new youth, adult, paPaint Night Promotion: flowers in a vasertner and family options this winter and spring!

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!

Discovery Days: Wacky Weather

Saturday 3/9
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
$15 R/$23 NR

Discover how weather works. We will be exploring how clouds, rain and snow, thunderstorms and tornadoes form. We will also learn tips for staying safe in severe weather.

Gymnastics

Saturdays 3/2-4/6
10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. (ages 5-6)
11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. (ages 7-9)
$42 R/$62 NR

This 50-minute beginner class is designed to introduce your child to the world of gymnastics. Students will learn basic gymnastics positions and vocabulary. They will build flexibility, core, leg, and arm strength, along with personal confidence through the practice of multiple gymnastics stations. Stations will include floor, vault, bars, and beam. All genders are welcome to attend. No previous gymnastics experience necessary.

Lil' Kickers

Tuesdays 3/5-4/16*
2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
$33 R/$50 NR
*No class 4/2.

This program introduces youth to soccer with games that allow them to run, play as a group and kick a ball. They will gain basic soccer skills while building fundamental skills such as balance and coordination. Classes incorporate activities that are sure to be fun for everyone!

Session 2 adult fitness classes will begin the week of March 11th. We offer Yoga Flow, Drums Alive, Zumba, P90X and many more!

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

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Police Department

Suicide Prevention Community Event

Bethlehem Lutheran Church (300 Broadway Drive) is sponsoring an open forum for students and parents on Wednesday, February 27th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This is a 90-minute interactive training, taught by a certified instructor rained at the QPR Institute with a time for questions and answers during the last hour. QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer: the three steps anyone can learn to save a life. Reserve a spot by emailing Pastor Steve Vera or call 608-837-7446. View the invitation.

Read Your Heart Out

Chief Anhalt participated in Westside Elementary School's 5th Annual Read Your Heart Out event on Valentine's Day. He had the pleasure of reading to Mr. Boatman's 3rd grade class.

Chief Anhalt reading to students

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Public Works

Winter Weather Reminders

To make sidewalks safe for all pedestrians, City Ordinance requires that the owner, occupant, or person in charge of any parcel or lot is responsible for the clearing of snow and ice of any adjoining sidewalk. Sidewalks are to be cleared of all snow and/or ice within 24 hours from the time snow ceases to accumulate. For corner lots, this includes curb ramps, the portion of the sidewalk leading to the crosswalk. Residents can report uncleared sidewalks online or by calling 608-825-1184.

During City-wide plowing efforts, our primary goal is to remove snow so that vehicles may safely travel on the roads. As a result, it is possible that driveway aprons, curb ramps, and other gaps along the curb line will become filled with snow from the plow. Please know that snow plow operators do not place snow in driveways on purpose- this is an unfortunate side effect of plowing. Please remember that it is the property owner's responsibility to clear the snow from the bottom of the driveway and curb ramps (if applicable). We are grateful for your cooperation and understanding.

Snowplow operators try very hard to avoid mailboxes when plowing streets. Properly placed mailboxes that are hit by the plow (not snow/ice/debris that comes off the plow blade) need to be reported to Public Works by calling 608-837-3050 or emailing Public Works. Crews will come out and inspect the damaged mailbox and do a temporary fix if possible. If the mailbox cannot be fixed, a temporary mailbox will be delivered so you can continue to receive mail at your location. In the spring, when the ground is thawed, all damaged mailboxes will be repaired or replaced by city crews. Residents have the option of repairing or replacing the mailbox themselves and being reimbursed up to $100 (must have receipts).

Proper cart placement is also critical during winter months. Please do not place carts on the street, sidewalks, bike paths or on top of a snow bank. Carts should be placed at the end of your driveway or on a cleared area of your terrace, not in the street. Keeping the streets 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.

As a reminder, there is no parking on city streets during a snow emergency. Snow emergencies are generally declared when three or more inches of snowfall occurs. Regardless of whether or not there is a snow emergency, parking is prohibited on Snow Routes from midnight to 8 a.m. from December 1 through March 31. Snow routes are the first to be cleared because they are used by emergency vehicles. These routes are clearly marked throughout the city. View a list of all snow routes.

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Sun Prairie Public Library

Friends of the Library Writing ContestSun Prairie Public Library Logo
The Friends of the Sun Prairie Public Library are sponsoring a writing contest on "Why I Love My Library" from Friday, February 8th until Friday, March 15th. We encourage kids, teens and adults to write a personal short story, essay or poem on this topic. A prize will be awarded in each of three age categories. This project is funded by the Dick Wanless Memorial Fund. Please see the guidelines for more information.

Natural Energy for Better Health
Could you navigate your busy life better, if only you had more energy? Health Coach Sara Ilfert has helped many clients improve their energy levels while kicking their coffee and sugar habits. Come and learn her five simple strategies. Wednesday, February 20th 6 p.m.
Library Community Room 

Flicks and Bricks
Build with our awesome LEGO® collection while watching a movie on the big screen! All ages welcome; children under the age of 8 must be actively supervised by an adult at all times. Adults: please research the movie in advance and decide if it is a good fit for your family! Snacks and drinks from home are welcome! February's movie is The House with a Clock in its Walls.

Thursday, February 21st 2:30 p.m. (movie length: 1 hour 45 minutes)
Library Community Room

Teen Creativity Club
This month's theme is Paint Night!--grab a canvas and put your creativity to the test! Registration is required for this one, at the Children's Desk or by phone. Only for teens in 6th-12th grade. 

Thursday, February 21st 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m.
Library Community Room

Author Visit with Muriel Simms Author Muriel Simms will share selections from, and answer questions about her recently released book Settlin': Stories of Madison's Early African American Families. Books will be available for sale and signing following the presentation.

Tuesday, February 26th 6 p.m.
Library Community Room

The Keys to Happiness

Discover the keys to happiness and learn to love yourself all year long! Presented by Wisconsin writer, Robert Beezat, pursuer of peace, justice, and the social good, and author of Knowing and Loving: the Keys to Real Happiness. A question and answers followed by book sale and signing will conclude the event. 

Wednesday, February 27th 6 p.m.
Library Community Room

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