Two new fast food outlets and an expanded athletic club received approval in addition to new storage units and a new electric substation on May 21 by the city council.
Acting on a recommendation from the Sun Prairie Plan Commission, aldermen approved plans for the Prairie Athletic Club to allow a building addition and a reconfiguration and expansion of parking at 1010 N. Bird Street and 655 Athletic Way.
The plan will allow the demolition of the existing Sun Prairie Ice Arena, construction of a newly configured private street known as Athletic Way, expansion of the parking lot and reconfiguring a stormwater detention pond on the property.
Responding to questions from District 2 Alderman Jon Freund, Pete Simon of Prairie Athletic Club said some of the parking stalls in the plan could be removed closest to the southeast end of the parking lot. Simon also said the configuration of the private drive could be improved with double striping and posting a speed limit less than 25 miles per hour.
Police Chief Patrick Anhalt said police can’t enforce speeding on the private drive, per state law. “We’d encourage something lower than 25,” the chief added during the council meeting.
Aldermen, with alders Hutkowski and Weber absent in addition to Mayor John Murray, unanimously approved the plan.
Acting on another commission approval recommendation, aldermen unanimously approved a precise implementation plan to allow the construction of Dane County’s second Sonic drive-in restaurant at 2564 Ironwood Drive.
District 1 Alderman Russ Fassbender repeated a question asked during the May 14 plan commission meeting about the possible installation of traffic signals at Grand Avenue and Ironwood Drive.
City Engineer Daryl Severson said the intersection is being monitored and will continue to be. The most recent city traffic study indicated the intersection did not meet warrants for signals.
He said the city will continue to monitor the intersection as development continues there.
“We do believe traffic signals would be able to fit in there,” Severson said.
Aldermen also approved the construction of a 4,366 square foot McDonald’s restaurant with a drive-through facility on property located at 939 Bunny Trail, which is located immediately north of the Woodman’s grocery store. The restaurant, which will be open 24 hours per day, is the third franchise in Sun Prairie. McDonald's other locations can be found at 505 A St. and 606 E. Main Street.
• Employees mark anniversaries. Council President Mary Polenske presented service awards to the following city employees for their corresponding service anniversary dates:
Five Years — Ryan Cox, Sergeant; Derek Haglund, Police Officer; Timothy Lingle, Police Officer; Cathleen Messenger, Police Officer; Christopher Pederson, Police Officer.
Ten Years — Vera Page, Library Assistant I; Kristine Pittz, Police Department Records and Systems Manager; Brett Weisensel, Paramedic.
Page thanked the city for its support and said the city has been a great place to work. She said she hopes to work for the library much longer.
Polenske hired Weisensel 10 years ago when she was Emergency Medical Service Director and he was an EMT. He eventually took the paramedic test.
“I have to say he’s done a phenomenal job,” Polenske said.
“Thanks for your support and please continue to support us as Sun Prairie paramedics,” Weisensel said.
Twenty Years — Emmy Caloud, Benefits Coordinator.
• Storage units approved. Acting on a plan commission approval recommendation, aldermen approved an amendment of an approved Planned Development District General Development Plan to change the uses and standards for the property from residential to personal storage units and flex space units at 1620 and 1622 N. Bristol Street.
City Planner Beth Krebs reviewed the outcomes of a recent neighborhood meeting that included applicant Paul Nooyen, city staff and neighboring residents.
Nooyen addressed concerns from residents by agreeing to add screening, plant new trees and place stormwater detention under the parking lot.
Nooyen told aldermen the stormwater plan has not been approved yet, but that the same proposal has been working well with two other plans approved recently in other municipalities.
Severson said the design standards are to meet 10-year, post development storms and not make the stormwater drainage situation any worse than it is now.
• New substation OK’d. Three items related to construction of a new Sun Prairie Utilities substation just off Thompson Road received council approval.
Alders OK’d an attachment of 4.918 acres located at 660 S. Thompson Road; a Certified Survey Map to create three lots at 660 S. Thompson Rd.; and approval of a Conditional Use Permit to allow the construction of utility lines within a permanently protected green space (75-foot wetland buffer) at 660 S. Thompson Rd.
The new substation is expected to serve Prairie Lakes as well as the new Woodman’s.
• Budget transfer authorized. Acting on a recommendation from the Finance Committee, aldermen OK’d a budget amendment to allocate $50,000 from the 2013 contingency budget for the purchase of 800 tons of salt and other de-icing supplies.
• Condo plan approved. Alders approved a plan from JAC II Development Company to construct eight townhouse units on the lot located at 1292 North Pine St. in the Liberty Square neighborhood.
JAC II agreed to changes suggested by city planning staff that included brick along the base of the rowhouse townhouse units which will be marketed as condos.
The applicants also talked with neighbors and agreed to improved fencing, upgraded exterior colors, aligned windows and a rain garden on the site to alleviate the neighbors’ concerns.
• Final plat approved. Alders OK’d a Final Plat for the “Fifth Addition to Smith’s Crossing”, which is a re-division of Lots 490-497 of the First Addition to Smith’s Crossing Plat. The plat alters the number of lots in the neighborhood from eight lots to seven.
• Licenses authorized. Alders granted a “Class B” Fermented Malt and Intoxicating Beverage License for Harry’s Supper Club, LLC, 109 E. Main St.,; an application from St. Albert the Great Church for a Temporary “Class B” Retailers License to sell fermented malt and wine beverages in conjunction with AlbertFest, July 12-14, 2013; and an application from the Colonial Club for a Temporary “Class B” Retailers License to sell wine beverages in conjunction with Strawberry Fest, June 22, 2013.
• WRS changes authorized. Acting on a committee of the whole recommendation, alders approved changes to non-union sworn personnel Wisconsin Retirement System contribution and wages in the Sun Prairie Police Department.
With the recent approval of the 2013-14 Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) contract, city police staff recommended making an equivalent change in the WRS contribution for the current non-union employees.
A 5.4 percent wage adjustment in exchange for the 6.65 percent reduction in WRS contributions will result in a budget-neutral action for the city, according to the resolution approved by alders.
• Lawn care contract agreed upon. Aldermen voted to award a three-year lawn care services contract to Manthe Lawn Care of DeForest in the amount of $20,380.
Manthe has performed work for the city in the past. The contract spans three mowing seasons (2013, 2014 and 2015) and will end Oct. 31, 2015 unless extended or modified through written agreement.
• Youth Center lease extended. Acting on a committee of the whole recommendation, the council approved the Youth Center Lease Agreement with Sun Prairie Area School District for the 2013-14 school year.