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Winter Odd/Even Parking Restriction Information

Village of Sparta Winter Parking RulesIt shall be unlawful for the owner or operator of any motor vehicle to park such motor vehicle upon any of the streets within the Village between the hours 2:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., between the dates of November 15 and April 1 of each year unless between such hours, the motor vehicle is parked on the evenly addressed side of the street on even dates and the odd addressed side of the street on odd dates. 

Additional Clarification:
If the calendar date is odd you need to be parked on the odd addressed side of the road. The restriction is in effect from 2:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.. So if it is 2:00 a.m. on November 20th your vehicle needs to be parked on the even side of the road. If it was November 23rd than you would need to park your vehicle on the odd side of the road.

However, because the rule is in effect from 2:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. you need to make sure you are parked accordingly the night before for the next day. In the example above (November 20th) you would want to make sure your car is parked on even side the evening of November 19th in preparation for the 20th. Although the time is listed at 10:00 p.m. the PD doesn't expect people to come out and move their cars at 10, but when people come hope from work they would ask that they park on the side of the street in preparation for the next day.

At the November 14, 2017 Village Council meeting Village Council approved an amendment to the ordinance amending 10 p.m. to 6 p.m. The new ordinance will go into effect December 3, 2017. Until December 3, 2017 the ordinance listed above with the 2:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. restriction remains. 

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact the Police Department at 616-887-8716.

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Village Creates Code Enforcement Plan

This year the Village is implementing a new Code Enforcement Ordinance Plan so that residents and property owners can understand the process and ensure that all issues are dealt with in similar fashion. This consistency will allow the Village to more appropriately handle code enforcement complaints and violations. The Village will review this document and update as necessary to ensure it is the best plan for the Village of Sparta. 

Click the link below to see the full plan. 

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.

Dispose of Expired or Unwanted Prescription Drugs

Village of Sparta Dispose of Unused MedicineDid 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

Fire Department Assessment Report - McGrath Consulting

Sparta Village and Sparta Township hired McGrath consulting to provide an assessment of the Fire Department, its operations, facilities and funding. Please click the link below to download the complete report. 

Special Council Meeting Notice

PUBLIC NOTICE
VILLAGE OF SPARTA
KENT COUNTY, MICHIGAN

The Sparta Village Council will hold a special council meeting Thursday, November 30, 2017 and Thursday December 5, 2017 (if necessary) at 7:00 p.m. in the lower level of Sparta Township Hall located at 160 E. Division Street, Sparta, MI 49345. The purpose of the special meeting is to discuss Village Council Goals for 2018, the FY 2018 budget, 2018-2023 Capital Improvement Plan, millage rate to be levied for 2018 and any other business that comes before the Village Council.
 
This notice is posted in compliance with the requirements of the Open Meeting Act, Act 267 of the Public Acts of Michigan of 1976, as amended.  Questions or written comments may be directed to the Village Manager, Julius Suchy at 156 E. Division, Sparta, Michigan, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for 2016

The Village of Sparta has completed our 2016 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report. Please click the link below to read the report. 

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.