Two all-American favorites — pizza and beer — were among the items discussed and approved during the Sun Prairie City Council’s May 15 meeting.
The former had to do with a request from Sugar River Pizza. The business sought approval of a Planned Development District Precise Implementation Plan to allow the construction of a 9,000 square foot restaurant at 1390 Cabela Drive.
District 2 Alder Theresa Stevens complimented Sugar River for having a photometric plan for its outdoor lighting — a level of detail she had not yet seen as part of items to be reviewed by the city council.
Renewing comments she made last week, District 3 Alder Maureen Crombie added, ““And I’d just like to say that I go all the way to Verona to have the Sugar River Pizza. So I’m really excited.”
Mayor Paul Esser attempted to spin the approval of all the items before the council as being “exciting.”
Another area for excitement, at least for beer aficionados, was the approval of a “Class B” Fermented Malt and Intoxicating Alcohol License for Right Bauer Brewing, located at 239 E Main St. The item was placed on the council’s consent agenda and not even discussed during the meeting.
EMS Week proclamation presented
Esser presented a proclamation to Sun Prairie EMS Chief Brian Goff in honor of May 20-26 being EMS Week.
According to the proclamation, the American College of Emergency Physicians was instrumental in establishing EMS Week when President Gerald Ford declared Nov. 3 – 10, 1974 as the first National Emergency Medical Services Week.
The emergency medical services system consists of emergency physicians, nurses, medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, educators, and administrators, and others.
The members of EMS teams, whether career or volunteer, engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills, Esser read from the proclamation, and he declared May 20-26 as EMS Week in Sun Prairie.
Goff addressed the viewing audience on KSUN and suggested that city residents thank Sun Prairie EMS paramedics when they see them out in the community during EMS Week. Goff also shook hands with alders and city staff in the council chambers after receiving the proclamation.
Festival licenses OK’d
Alders also approved two event-related beverage licenses as part of their Consent Agenda: a Temporary Class B Retailers License for the Colonial Club, Inc. to serve fermented malt and wine beverages at the Strawberry Fest event being held on June 16, and a Special Event and Temporary Class B Retailers License for the Drew and Connor Fritz Foundation to serve fermented malt and wine beverages at Sun Prairie Fest, being held June 1-3 in Angell Park.
Absentee voting locations named
Acting on the recommendation from City Clerk Elena Hilby, the council approved two absentee voting locations for the August 2018 Partisan Primary and November 2018 General Election: At the Sun Prairie Municipal Building, 300 E. Main St.; and the Sun Prairie Public Library, 1350 Linnerud Drive.
Summit request OK’d
Acting on an approval recommendation from the Sun Prairie Plan Commission, the city council voted unanimously to approve a request from Summit Credit Union to construct a 4,000 square foot financial institution on property located at the northeast intersection of Blue Aster Boulevard and South Grand Avenue near the new Menards store under construction along South Grand Avenue.
Judge changes approved
Acting on a recommendation from the Committee of the Whole made earlier that evening, the city council unanimously approved an ordinance repealing and recreating Chapter 2.32.010 relating to the municipal judge.
The new language says to be eligible for the office of municipal judge, a person must be an attorney licensed to practice law and in good standing in the State of Wisconsin.
The candidate for municipal judge must have been licensed for five years immediately prior to election or appointment. If any eligibility condition is not met or in the event the conditions of Section E are not met, the office shall be deemed vacant.
The item was presented by City Attorney Mark Leonard, but in a memo to alders noted that Municipal Judge Tom Hebl was in favor of the proposal.