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Mayor to step down mid-term

Mayor to step down mid-term

Sun Prairie's mayor said he'll be stepping down at the end of the month.

Mayor John Murray told News 3 Wednesday afternoon that he is resigning from the position and his last day will be April 30. He said it's been a privilege to serve as mayor but he wants to spend more time with his family.

Murray was first elected as mayor in April 2011 and earned a second term last year, according to the city website.

Murray said since he has less than a year left before the next election, the city council will appoint someone to replace him until April 2015.

Before he was mayor, Murray served as an alder and president on the Sun Prairie Common Council.

Planning committee votes to support Ashley Field, awaits board input

The Sun Prairie School Board’s Planning Committee formally reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining Ashley Field as the high school's centralized competition field and outlined necessary steps needed to move forward with creating a formal improvement plan during a regular meeting Monday.

The Sun Prairie Star reported that the actions came after several years of discussion centered on maintenance needs and desired upgrades for the field, which has served as the high school playing field for many decades... Read More

Library will take food to pay off overdue fines

The Sun Prairie Public Library will be taking food to pay off overdue book fines during the month of February.

Customers with overdue fines will get $1 off their fine for every item brought to the library for up to $10, according to a release. The program does not apply to lost or damaged fees.

Items that qualify for the program include canned goods, pasta, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, body soap, mouthwash, toothpaste, dried goods and shampoo.

Organizers said all donations will remain in the community.

Treasurer leaves Milton position to work for Sun Prairie

Members of the Sun Prairie City Council unanimously approved hiring a new administrative services director on Feb. 4.

Connie DeKemper will leave her position with Milton after two years as the city treasurer to oversee several Sun Prairie city departments, according to the Sun Prairie Star and Milton Courier. ... Read More

Ash tree removals backed

The City of Sun Prairie will spend $10,000 to remove 60 diseased park and street ash trees, according to a motion approved by the Sun Prairie City Council’s Public Works Committee on Dec. 3... Read More

Hwy. 19 reopens after being detoured since Oct.

Hwy. 19 reopens after being detoured since Oct.

Highway 19 between Highway 51 and Portage Road has reopened to traffic, according to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation release.

The highway had been closed and detoured since October to replace the Token Creek bridges, officials said.

Shoulder work and landscaping will continue, according to the release.

Officials ask motorists to slow down for crews working in the area.

DPI announces school-funding numbers

DPI announces school-funding numbers

The Department of Public Instruction released school-funding numbers Tuesday, and 183 districts will see an increase in state aid. Another 239 districts, including the Madison Metropolitan School District, will see a decrease in state aid.

Total aid given to districts has increased by a total of $47.9 million from the last school year bringing the total school funding budget to $4.342 billion, according to a release.

Funding for Madison will drop 14.5 percent compared to last year. The district will get $49.9 million from the state, which is about $9 million less than last year.