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Press Release - Emergency Sanitary Sewer Replacement of Clay Street Sanitary Sewer between Prospect Street & Martindale Street.

The Village of Sparta has awarded the Clay Street Sanitary Sewer/Street Replacement project bid to Nagel Construction out of Wayland, MI for an amount of $194,294. This project is an emergency sanitary sewer replacement that is needed due to the collapse of sections of the sanitary sewer on Clay Street between Prospect and Martindale the weekend of March 18, 2017. The Village attempted to repair a section of the pipe but upon further inspection there are multiple sections of the pipe that have collapsed or are in significant danger of collapsing in the future, resulting in the need for a complete replacement. The Village will be installing approximately 550 feet of 8 inch sanitary sewer to replace the failing line that was dated back to 1936. The project will also include new curb and gutter and completely replace the street to meet the design of other Village streets as we replace utilities.

The project is anticipated to take 2-3 weeks with work beginning as soon as the contractor is able to mobilize due to the emergency nature of the project. For the time being the Village is hiring an outside contractor to vacuum the sewer out of the existing main so that no property owners experience any issues with their sanitary sewer services.

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

2017 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 3, 2017. 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 3-7
May 1-5
June 5-9
July  3-7
August 7-11
September 4-8
October 2-6 

Please place brush between sidewalk and curb, NOT in the street, with cut ends lying in the same direction. Monthly brush pick will end October 6, 2017. 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 and brush not larger than 4” in diameter at the Village of Sparta DPW at 276 W. Division Street during regular work hours. NO commercial dumping.  NO stumps larger than 4” in diameter.  ID’s may be checked before you unload to confirm village residency.  Also as a reminder, Christmas Trees can be dropped off at the DPW starting the Monday after Christmas.
 
If you have any questions, please call The Village Office at (616) 887-8251 or the DPW staff at (616) 887-9303.

 

Village looking to fill Vacant Planning Commission Position

The Village of Sparta has an opening on its Planning Commission and is looking for interested residents to submit letters of interest to fill this vacancy. The Planning Commission meets the first Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. The Planning Commission reviews potential development projects, reviews ordinances and provides recommendations to Village Council in accordance with the authority set forth in the Michigan Planning and Zoning Enabling Act and within the guidelines established in the Village Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance. The term is to fill a vacant seat set to expire 12/31/2017.

If you are interested please submit a letter of interest to Village Manager Julius Suchy at jsuchy@spartami.org or drop the letter off at Village Hall (156 E. Division St. Sparta, MI 49345).

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.