In 1897, the Sun Prairie Village Board approved an ordinance and franchise authorizing Charles B. Hayden to build, erect, maintain and operate an electric plant for the purpose of lighting the village.

Charles Hayden began operating as Sun Prairie Electric and Laundry. They initially provided lighting to Main Street, eventually building out to residences. Sun Prairie Electric and Laundry also operated a telephone exchange and power laundry.

In 1899, the Sun Prairie Village Board awarded a bid to F. Thompson & Sons for the first city well, and a bid to Stegerwald and Lessner for construction of the first city water tower (still standing at the corner of Columbus and Church streets, retired from service in 1991).

The first meeting of the 3- member Board of Water Commissioners was in April, 1903. The original members were the appointed water superintendant B.B. Cobb, J.F. Dott, and J.B. Rood.

In 1910, a petition of 42 citizens led to the purchase of the electric plant from Hayden for $6800.

The water and electric oversight was combined in 1949 with the creation of the 5-member Sun Prairie Water & Light Commission. Original members were Cyril Langer, Tony Klubertanz, Paul Robinson, Max Thorpe and Nubs Weisensel.


1955 Well #3 was placed in service. This is our oldest well in service.
1958 South Substation on Linnerud Drive was put in service.
1972 The Utilities service center for equipment was constructed.
1998 Contracted with the City and School District to build out fiber optic ring, began wireless internet offering.
2000 The current office location at 125 West Main Street was opened.
2010 Celebrated 100 year anniversary, changed company name to Sun Prairie Utilities.
2017 Sold fiber optic network to TDS Telecommunications.

History of Utility Managers

1903-1927 B B Cobb
1927-1931 Walter Johnson
1931-1946 Odell Cameron
1946-1948 F I Conner
1948-1956 B E Long
1956-1985 George Straus
1985-2007 Larry Bocock
2007-Today Rick Wicklund