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Village of Sparta Restricts Access to Village Facilities in Response to COVID-19

Beginning November 16, 2020, Sparta Village Hall, the Department of Public Works, and the Downtown Development Authority and Chamber Office will be closed to the general public until December 11, 2020.

Although the doors will be closed to the general public, staff will be working. Residents are encouraged to contact Village Hall via our phone number at (616) 887-8251 to determine how they can conduct business requests without visiting village facilities. Residents should use our payment drop box on the front door of Village Hall, US Mail, the online payment options, and consider the no-cost automatic payment option via a checking account to make payment(s) to the Village rather than hand-delivering payments or other communications to the Village.

The Sparta Downtown Development Authority and Chamber of Commerce will also be closed to the public during this time. They can be reached by calling (616) 887-2454 or via email at ddadirector@spartami.org.

The Police Department will remain open but we encourage citizens to contact the Department via phone at (616) 887-8716 and arrangements can be made to service your request.

BS&A Online: Look Up Your Own Property Information

BS&A Online, BS&A Logo, Payments, LinkResidents in the Village of Sparta can now access information on utility billing, property taxes, and more through BS&A Online.

About BS&A Online: BS&A Online is a collection of municipal services that provides instant and convenient access to various kinds of important information held at your local government. Some municipalities charge for look-ups. If you are the homeowner or current resident, you can be exempted from this charge.

To access BS&A online, click here or follow the link: https://bsaonline.com/?uid=2091

If you are a resident trying to access your property information for free, please follow these step-by-step instructions provided by BS&A: https://bsaonline.com//documents/bsao_lookingupproperty.pdf

Questions? Call BS&A at (855) 272-7638 and ask for the BS&A Online Team. Questions can also be emailed to bsaonlinesupport@bsasoftware.com.

2020 Water & Sewer Rate Information

Effective January 1, 2020 the Village of Sparta will be making changes to its utility rates. This will be reflected in your February bill (which bills for January usage). These changes were approved by Village Council at the December 9, 2019 Village Council meeting.

At this time the Village is not increasing water or sewer commodity charges (on use) but is adjusting the ready to serve capital charges for both water and sewer. The net change is no increase if you are both a water and sewer customer. Please click the link below to see the informational sheet that was created to explain the changes and why they are happening.

The Village is in the process of completing our SAW Grant which will identify what improvements are needed for the sanitary sewer collection system, wastewater treatment plant and the storm sewer system. This will include a complete rate study that will be completed in early 2020. The rate study will include public presentations and opportunities for public feedback. If you are interested in seeing more about the upcoming projects please check out the 2020-2025 Capital Improvement Plan. The plan can be found under the Services tab “Finance and Transparency” on the Village website at www.spartami.org.

Although we don't compare ourselves to other systems because the Village of Sparta has to run the system we have, not our neighbors, here are rates of some other neighboring communities as of 2019. Here are the rates if you were to purchase 6,000 gallons of water/sewer in the following communities:

Village of Sparta - $75.79
Newaygo - $83.45
Lowell - $83.84
Rockford - $94.67
Cedar Springs - $98.32

Click the link below for more information.

Welcome to the Village of Sparta

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

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. 

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.

Village News & Notes

Odd/Even Parking

Current Ordinance:

“It 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 6:00 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 between November 15 and April 1 or the motor vehicle is parked on the oddly addressed side of the street on odd dates between November 15 and April 1.” - Section 70-5 (d) of Sparta Village Code of Ordinances

What does that Really Mean?

  • 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. to 6:00 p.m. Example: If it is 2:00 a.m. on November 21st your vehicle needs to be parked on the odd side of the road.
  • However, because the rule is in effect from 2:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. you need to make sure you are parked accordingly the night before for the next day. In the example titled "Example of Odd Parking" below (November 21st), you would want to make sure your car is parked on the odd side of the street after 6:00 p.m. on November 20th.

We have included graphics below explaining what this means visually.

Notice: Leaf Pickup in the Village

Fall Leaves, Leaf Raking Leaf pickup for Fall 2020 is scheduled to start mid-October and will run through the end of November or the first heavy snowfall, which ever is earlier.

Residents are asked to rake leaves into piles between the curb and sidewalk or the area next to the street if there is no curb and sidewalk. Please do not rake leaves into the street.

If you put your leaves in the street you will be asked to remove them. If you mix PET WASTE or TRASH in your leaves they will NOT be picked up.

If you prefer an alternative to the Village picking up your leaves you may bring them to the Village DPW Garage at 276 W. Division and drop them off in the back. If you choose to bring them to the garage please REMOVE from plastic bags.

Please do not park within 25 ft. of leaf piles.

This is a leaf pickup only. Please do not set out brush, roots, stumps or garden waste, as the leaf vacuum cannot accept those items.

Sanitary Sewer Lining

The Village of Sparta has contracted the company Insituform to place a CIPP (Cured-In-Place-Pipe) liner in the existing sanitary sewer on multiple streets in the Village.

Locations of the Sewer Lining Include:
Pine Street between Orchard Drive and Holy Family Catholic Church
E Averill Street between S Union Street and Maple Street
S Union Street between Pearl Street and Centennial Ave
Elmwood Street
Grove Street between N Union Street and N Elm Street
Sparta Avenue between Carrie Street and W Mark Street

As part of the Village’s investment in our infrastructure, we will be lining these sections of existing sewer that have required at least two repairs in the last 2 years. This lining technology allows us to rehabilitate the sewer main without digging up the roadway to replace the entire stretch of sewer.
Crews have begun cleaning and televising the line in preparation for the lining and this work is expected to continue on Monday, November 9th, 2020. This work is very contingent on weather conditions and is subject to delays.

Residents on these streets can expect limited on-street parking during the lining process as crews will have numerous trucks and hoses on site. Residents whose lateral connects to the sewer on the streets listed above will also be asked to limit water usage during the lining process to avoid sewer backups. This work is only expected to last one or two days for the entire project but may run later than 7 PM as crews have to place and cure the line and then re-establish all house lateral connections at the main. Lining crew may go door to door with a potential time frame for limited use.

Any questions regarding the project can be directed to Kevin Koster of Prein & Newhof Engineering at 616-588-9019.

Please click on the link below to view a map of the project areas:

COVID-19 Relief Fund: Water and Plumbing Repair

Kent County Community Action, COVID-19 Relief Fund, 616-632-7950A special Water and Sewer Repair Program for households with low income is being offered until December 30, 2020 through Kent County Community Action. Work can be performed for both interior and exterior plumbing or sewer needs for qualifying households.

The Water Repair and Plumbing Assistance Program will assist customers based on a small assessment process to prioritize needs. Agencies are encouraged to prioritize the highest priority low-income, vulnerable, immune compromised individuals to be assisted first.

Do you or someone you know have Plumbing or Water repair needs? Refer them to Kent County Community Action at 616-632-7950 to find out if they are eligible!

Please see documents linked below for more information:

Ordinance #20-01 Adopted

Chickens, Backyard Chickens On Monday, September 14, 2020, the Village Council of the Village of Sparta, Michigan, adopted the following ordinance:

#20-01 - An Ordinance to Amend Chapter 10 "Animals" and Chapter 82 "Zoning" of the Sparta Village Code of Ordinances to Allow for the Keeping of Chickens in the Village.

The new ordinance amendments will take effect on October 23, 2020. Please click below for a copy of this ordinance.

Please note that chickens will only be allowed when the proper permits have been submitted and approved and the enclosure meets the requirements of the ordinance.

Village Receives $350,000 Community Development Block Grant to Fund New Sidewalk Construction

In March of 2019 the Kent County Community Action Agency (KCCA) announced approval of $350,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for the Village of Sparta. The funding will be used for sidewalk infrastructure improvements throughout the Village. For 2019 the CDBG Entitlement Program, the KCCA conditionally awarded nearly $1 million to five communities for the installation of new sidewalks.

When reviewing the locations for potential sidewalks Village Council had to consider the various census block groups and how CDBG funding would be allocated in the future. One of the block groups around Lamoreaux Park would be removed from the CDBG eligible funding list next year so the Village Council felt it was best to concentrate the majority funding in that area around Lamoreaux Park. This will allow the Village to apply for additional CDBG funds in the future for sidewalk installation in other areas of the Village.

New sidewalk will be installed in the following areas: W. Gardner St. (Anderson St. to West Extent), North side of W. Averill St. (Anderson St. to Pine St.), West side of Pine St. (Kings Blvd. to Amelia St.), North side of W. Averill St. (Pine St. to S. State St.), East side of Park St. (W. Averill St. to W. Gardner St.), South side of W. Gardner St. (Park St. to Pine St.), South side of Amelia St. (Pine St. to White St.), West side of White St. (Amelia St. to South St.), West side of N. Elm St. (Grove St. to Alma St.), East side of N. Elm St. (Alma St. to Carrie St.) and the South side of Carrie St. (N. Union to N. Elm St.). A map has been included as a link below to show the locations of the new sidewalk.

The Village will hold an open house for anyone interested in the project to come and ask questions of the Village Engineer. The open house will take place on Monday February 17, 2020 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM in Sparta Village Hall.

Information on New Ordinances Adopted by Village Council

Newly Adopted Village OrdinancesPlease check our Planning and Zoning page to read recently adopted Village Ordinances.

Village Council & Planning Commission Public Hearing & Meeting Info

Please check our Public Notices page for information about upcoming Village Council or Planning Commission public hearings, special meetings or notice of adoptions for ordinance amendments that have been approved by Village Council.