Welcome to Sparta

Economic Development Strategy Survey

The following survey is being conducted by Giffels Webster, a land planning consulting firm working with the Village of Sparta to better understand market conditions and foster a vibrant economy. Your input is extremely valuable to us. Sparta residents, neighboring residents who have an interest in the future of Sparta, those who are employed, shop, obtain services, or own businesses or property in Sparta are encouraged to complete the survey.

The survey is strictly confidential. You are not asked to provide nor do we have any way of identifying your name, address, or other specific information for the person or resident responding to the questionnaire. Please answer BASED ON YOUR TYPICAL EXPERIENCES PRIOR TO THE COVID-19 (coronavirus) EMERGENCY unless otherwise noted in the question.
The Village, through Giffels Webster, has retained The Chesapeake Group to analyze the survey and provide an economic assessment.

Please take a few minutes to fill out the questionnaire. If you are uncomfortable answering any question, feel free to leave it unanswered and move on to the next one.
Thank you in advance for helping in this effort.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Sparta2020

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

July 6, 2020 Planning Commission Meeting Info

VILLAGE OF SPARTA
PLANNING COMMISSION
Regular Meeting
Monday July 6, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
75 N. Union St. (Sparta Civic Center) & Remote Via Zoom

NOTICE REGARDING ELECTRONIC PARTICIPATION

ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WISHING TO LISTEN AND/OR WATCH THE PROCEEDINGS OR PROVIDE PUBLIC COMMENT MAY DO SO BY USING THE FOLLOWING INTERNET CONNECTION OR PHONE NUMBERS, MEETING ID NUMBER AND PASSWORD:

https://zoom.us/j/93762716905
Meeting ID: 937 6271 6905
Password: 278072
Phone Call Options: 1(301) 715-8592 or 1(312) 626-6799

Spring Clean-Up Event Rescheduled for July 30 - August 1, 2020

Spring Clean Up Days have been rescheduled to Summer Clean Up Days and they will take place Thursday July 30 - Saturday August 1st.

Please see the link below for additional information on what can be disposed of at the the event. and what materials are not allowed.

Curbside Brush Pickup to Resume May 4, 2020

Brush pickup will resume beginning May 4, 2020 in accordance with the brush policy linked below.

Any brush that had been placed at the curb in anticipation of the April brush pickup start - this will be picked up in the next few weeks by DPW crews as time allows. Beginning in May we will go back to the monthly schedule as linked below.

Village of Sparta Hires New Finance Director/Treasurer

The Village of Sparta is pleased to announce David G. Carpenter has been named the Village’s Finance Director and Treasurer. Mr. Carpenter will direct and supervise the financial operation and reporting of all municipal funds including budget, audit, cash management, debt management and the collection of taxes in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles.

Mr. Carpenter has served as Finance Director/Treasurer for the City of the Village of Douglas since February 2018. He replaces Sharon DeLange, who will officially retire following her last day on February 20, 2020 after serving as the Village’s Finance Director/Treasurer since 1999. Mr. Carpenter will officially take over as the Finance Director/Treasurer on Monday February 24th.

Mr. Carpenter has more than 30 years of professional experience in accounting and the public sector. Prior to joining the City of the Village of Douglas, he served as an Accountant for Ottawa County from 2012 to 2018, where he performed accounting and administration work for the Ottawa County Insurance Authority and handled accounting functions for various funds of the county. Carpenter has also served as Chippewa County’s finance director from 1993 to 2004 where he oversaw all accounting functions for the county.

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.