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Village Hiring Part Time Code Enforcement Officer

The Village of Sparta is hiring a part time code enforcement officer. For more information on this position please see the description below and click on the link for more information.

JOB DESCRIPTION DUTIES:
In general, the Code Enforcement Officer must be knowledgeable and keep current on local ordinances, and will be required to enforce those ordinances as adopted. The Code Enforcement Officer may also make recommendations to the Village Manager for amending ordinances if it is in the best interest of the municipality to do so, and be an integral part of establishing policies and procedures for code enforcement. The following are the key components of the job:

  1. Investigate abandoned, dismantled and inoperable motor vehicles.
  2. Handle trash and miscellaneous junk, long grass and weeds, and snow removal violations.
  3. Coordinate with law enforcement and animal control on all related matters/complaints.
  4. Work with the Building Official to address building code matters/violations along with health and safety issues such as hazardous, unsafe, or blighted buildings.
  5. Handle compliance according to procedures outlined in the Code.
  6. In person, and/or by mail, issue warnings of Code violations and Code violation citations.
  7. Attend court proceedings only when deemed necessary.

The above duties are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the Code Enforcement Officer assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by the employee. Other related and/or similar duties may be assigned.

HOURS:
This position will be a part-time position not to exceed 24 hours per week. The hours of work are to be completed between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

PAY:
The position will pay $15.00 per hour.

HOW TO APPLY:
Submit a cover letter, resume and completed employment application to Julius Suchy, Village Manager at Village Hall or via e-mail jsuchy@spartami.org. The Village of Sparta employment application available at www.spartami.org or at Village Hall for pickup.

DEADLINE TO APPLY:
The deadline for all application materials to be submitted is 5:00 p.m. on Friday June 8th.

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

Village Hiring Seasonal DPW Worker

The Village of Sparta is hiring a seasonal Department of Public Works (DPW) worker. For more information on this position please see the description below and click on the link for more information.

SUMMARY OF FUNCTION
Performs a variety of tasks such as, but not limited to, manual labor in functions of water & sewer, parks, street maintenance and repair. Employees in this position may be assigned to any division of the Department of Public Works. Employees in this position are subject to the Federal Drug and Alcohol testing act requirements.

REPORTS TO: DPW Supervisor but may receive direction from other Public Works Employees

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Operation of a variety of power tools, including mowers, blowers, chippers, trimmers, etc.Operation of commercial equipment, including mowers and skid steer
  • Operation of non-CDL commercial equipment
  • Assists with tree pruning and tree removal
  • Lawn and landscape maintenance including cutting and edging grass, planting, watering and care for trees shrubs and flowers
  • Assists with repair and maintenance of pump stations, lift stations, grinder pumps, water meters, hydrants, and curb stop boxes
  • Assists with repair and maintenance of streets and sidewalks including concrete and asphalt removal and replacement, street signs and markings
  • Maintains accurate work records, time sheets and other forms of data

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Valid, unrestricted Michigan driver's license.
  • Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 50 pound loads
  • Ability to work outdoors in extreme temperatures
  • Ability to tolerate exposure to dust, dirt, grease, fuel, chemicals and lubricants
  • Ability to stoop, bend, climb, kneel, squat, jump and work with restricted movement
  • Ability to perform manual labor for extended periods of time
  • Ability to understand and follow both written and oral instructions
  • Knowledge of use of equipment and tools used in Public Works practices

SALARY RANGE
This is a part-time seasonal (June to September) position with an hourly rate of $10.00 per hour.

HOURS
Position will work 24 – 32 hours per week (Monday thru Friday).

NOTE
This job description is intended to indicate the general nature of responsibilities typically assigned to the job. The description is not necessarily exhaustive or intended to limit the supervisor’s right to modify assignments as necessary.

The Village of Sparta is an equal opportunity employer.

TO APPLY:
Please return a completed employment application to Julius Suchy, Village Manager at Sparta Village Hall (156 E. Division St., Sparta MI 49345). Applications are available for pickup at Village Hall or download one at www.spartami.org. There is no closing date for the position, the Village will accept applications until a candidate has been selected for hire. Once a candidate has been hired the Village will not accept applications.


2018 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 2 2018. 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 2018 pick-up schedule is as follows:
 
Brush Pick-Up Schedule:
April 2-6
May 7-11
June 4-8
July  2-6
August 6-10
September 3-7
October 1-5

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 5, 2018. 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 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. 

Municipal Water System PFBS Information

Please click this link to be redirected to an informational page about the PFBS that was found in Well #2 in the Sparta municipal water supply.

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. 

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.