Sparta: What a Neighborhood Should Be.

Sparta Is TraditionWelcome to the Village of Sparta, a great place to raise a family and grow a business. The warm and friendly Village of Sparta is located just north of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Sparta Is Tradition. On this website, you'll find information about our parks, history, finances, and departments of the Village, as well as important links to the community, resources and document downloads.

Whether you are a long-time resident or new to the area, we want to help you, and we are glad you're here.

History of Sparta

Myers SchoolhouseThe first settlers who arrived in the area of Sparta, Michigan in 1844 discovered rich land and abundant streams.

The first railroad reached Sparta in 1872, linking the community with Grand Rapids and ensuring the progress and prosperity of the area.

Most of Sparta’s settlers were farmers. Today, along with its agricultural and industrial base, Sparta has developed services from banking to retail and offers easy access to a major metropolitan area.

Sparta has two museums in operation today reflecting on the history of the establishment of Sparta with the Myers Schoolhouse Museum and the T.S. & M Railroad Depot.

Dispose of expired or unwanted prescription drugs!

Did you know the Village of Sparta provides a Safe Prescription Drug Drop-Off program to the community? Residents can drop off unused or expired prescriptions into a secure box - no questions asked. The drop off location is in the lobby of the Sparta Police Department at 260 W. Division St. Sparta, MI 49345.

What should NOT be placed in drop off container:
- Narcotics and other controlled substances
- Illicit drugs
- Bloody and infectious waste
- Needles or other sharp objects
- IV Bags
- Bandages
- Personal care products
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Aerosol cans
- Thermometers
- Empty medication containers

Police officers will check the boxes daily, collect the contents and prepare for disposal that is eco-friendly and in accordance with Federal and State laws. If you have any additional questions please contact the Sparta Police Department at 616-887-8716. 

Village News & Notes

Public Hearing Notice


PLANNING COMMISSION
VILLAGE OF SPARTA
KENT COUNTY, MICHIGAN
 
The Village of Sparta Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday September 6, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the lower level of the Sparta Township Office, located at 160 E. Division, Sparta, Michigan to consider a rezoning request from the property owner. The request is to rezone the parcel addressed 2380 13 Mile Road NW. (permanent parcel #41-05-22-102-001) from Mixed Use Planned Unit Development (PUD) to LI Light Industrial.
 
Property Description:
S 1/2 E 1/4 NE 1/4 * SEC 21 T9N R12W 20.00 A. * ALSO PART NW 1/4 COM AT INT OF S LINE OF 13 MILE RD /100 FT WIDE/ RELOCATED & W SEC LINE TH S ALONG W SEC LINE TO W 1/4 COR TH E ALONG E&W 1/4 LINE TO WLY LINE OF STL M37 RELOCATED TH NLY & NWLY ALONG SD WLY LINE TO S LINE OF SD 13 MILE RD TH SWLY TO BEG * SEC 22 T9N R12W 71.08 A.
 
A copy of the rezoning application is available for public inspection at the Village Office at 156 E. Division, Sparta, Michigan between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Any interested parties will be heard during the public hearing portion of the meeting. If you would prefer to send written comments, please forward them to the Village Manager prior to the meeting.  
   
Julius Suchy                                                                                                                           
Village Manager
Zoning Administrator
 

Department of Public Works Supervisor Job Opening

The Village of Sparta is accepting resumes for the position of Department of Public Works Supervisor. This is a working supervisor position which will be expected to oversee, coordinate and participate in a full range of construction, maintenance and repair activities associated with municipal infrastructure, including streets, sidewalks, buildings and grounds, recreational sites, water system, sewer system and plant, motor/equipment pool and related functional areas. Salary range is $55,000-$62,000 DOQ. Sparta offers an excellent defined benefit (pension) retirement program and full health insurance coverage. An associate’s degree or equivalent training in engineering, building construction management, or related field or a minimum of 3 years full time experience in public works supervision, municipal facilities management, infrastructure construction and maintenance or a related field is required. Previous supervisory, administrative experience and holding a Water/Sewer/Storm Water license is strongly preferred. Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and five (5) employment related references to Village Manager Julius Suchy, 156 E. Division Avenue, Sparta, MI 49345 or e-mail to jsuchy@spartami.org. Application deadline is 5:00 P.M. Monday September 19, 2016. 

2016 Brush Pick-Up Schedule

Brush Pickup, Village of SpartaFor Village of Sparta Residents
 
The Village of Sparta DPW will begin brush pickup starting on April 4th, 2016. Brush will be picked up the First Full Work Week of each month.

Brush Must Be Curbside By 7:00 a.m. Monday of the week the brush is scheduled to be picked up.

Brush size will be limited to a maximum diameter of four inches (4”).  Only branches, trees, and limbs smaller than four inches (4”) in diameter will be picked up by the Village crews.  Any limbs or branches larger than four inches (4”) in diameter will be left curbside.  The 2016 pick-up schedule is as follows:
 
Brush Pick-Up Schedule:
April 4-8
May 2-6
June 6-10
July  11-15
August 1-5
September 12-16
October 3-7
 
Please place brush between sidewalk and curb, NOT in the street, with cut ends lying in the same direction. Monthly brush pick will end the week of October 3rdth. Just a reminder, the Village does NOT pick up leaves, garden waste or grass clippings during brush pickup.  Village residents can drop leaves, garden waste, grass clippings at the Village of Sparta DPW at 276 W. Division Street during regular work hours.  ID’s may be checked before you unload to confirm village residency.

If questions, please call the Village Office at (616) 887-8251 or the DPW staff at (616) 887-9303. Thank you.

Family Fun During Town & Country Days

Sparta ParadeWeekly throughout the summer, enjoy family-friendly activities in Sparta.

Community Concerts in Rogers Park, fun festivals like Town & Country Days, Harvest on the Ridge, and much more.

Enjoy our trails, Museum tours, watching airplanes at the Sparta Airport, and a history walking tour through the Village of Sparta.

Downtown Sparta Farmer's Market

Sparta Farmer's MarketSupport local growers and eat fresh foods! The Sparta Farmer's Market invites you to sample our hometown goodness and delicious variety.

Bring the family and meet your neighbors, Wednesdays from 3:00p to 7:00p, June 10 to September 30, at 71 N. Union Street behind ChoiceOne Bank.