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Village to Accept Bids for Surplus Equipment
The Village of Sparta will accept bids on surplus recreation equipment and surplus truck equipment until Friday October 12, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. The bid packet is attached via the link below. All bids must be submitted on the bid tab form in the bid packet.
Items are available to be inspected and the process for that is included in the bid packet.
Download a File:
Surplus Equipment Bid Packet
Martindale/Hickory Utility Improvement Project Information
The Village of Sparta will be working to replace aging sanitary sewer and storm sewer utilities and road pavement on Martindale/Hickory between E. Gardner and Prospect
• Sanitary sewer and service laterals will be replaced between E. Gardner and just North of Knob.
• All sewer will be replaced from the street to the right-of-way line and reconnected to your existing service pipe.
• All Martindale and Hickory road pavement will be replaced with new curb and gutter added.
The Contractor is anticipated to begin work around August 27, 2018, working 7 am to 7 pm on weekdays and possibly Saturdays. Work should be completed around the end of October but actual time for construction will be dependent on weather conditions.
Please note there will be some disruptions during construction. If you are located in the project area you can expect short periods where your driveway may be blocked due to construction progress, and your drive approach may be unusable for 3 days after replacement to allow concrete to cure. If a water service line is accidentally hit during construction, emergency water shut down will happen without notice. Water will be turned back on upon completion of repair. Garbage service will be coordinated by the Contractor. Mail service should not be affected by construction. Emergency vehicle access to your home will be maintained at all times.
We have confidence that this project can be completed and the area restored and seeded in a timely manner. We will try to limit the disruption to your neighborhood to as brief a time as possible. Your cooperation and understanding in this public improvement project will be very much appreciated.
The Village and Engineer will be holding a preconstruction meeting to share project information with residents and answer any questions. Please join us on Thursday, August 2, 6:30 pm at the Sparta Village Hall. If you have any further questions or concerns regarding the project, or have specific special needs please contact Kevin Koster at Prein&Newhof (616-588-9019).
Note: If you live on Martindale or Hickory in the project area you will receive a letter with additional information and an invite to the open house to ask questions.
Rogers Park Swing Set Environmental Update
During installation of the new swing set at Rogers Park the Village found debris under the site and contacted Prein & Newhof to complete an environmental assessment of the site. The sample was collected on June 12, 2018 and the report is attached below. The main concern with any soil contamination is any contamination that exceeds direct contact.
In Summary: Soil Boring 4 (SB4) which was a soil sample 4 -5' below the surface had levels that exceeded acceptable limits for direct contact. The levels in the samples 1/2 ft - 1 ft, 1/2 - 1.5 ft and 1/2 - 2 feet did not exceed recommend limits.
What is the Village doing about it - Since the contaminated soil is 4-5' below the surface the Village will lay landscape fabric underneath the wood chips to serve as a barrier to the ground - also a reminder for when we need to add wood chips to the site. Wood Chips will be installed to the recommended levels for under a swing set. There is no opportunity for direct contact with the soil that is 4-5' below the surface.
Any questions regarding the tables or the testing method would need to be forwarded by the Village to Prein & Newhof who completed the testing.
Welcome 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
Did 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
- Personal care products
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Aerosol cans
- 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
Municipal Water System PFBS Information
The State of Michigan performed testing on Well #2 at the tap and Well #2 post treatment on Wednesday April 18, 2018 and determined that the Village had a non-detect for PFAS, PFOA, PFBS and related chemicals that were tested for. The Village has scanned this letter and the testing results and provided it below.
Please click this link to be redirected to an informational page about the PFBS that was found in Well #2 in late 2017 in the Sparta municipal water supply. This well has been retested and was shown as a non-detect on retesting by the State of Michigan.
Meet the new Code Enforcement Officer
Julia Sturvist is the new Village of Sparta Code Enforcement Officer. Julia is currently working on her MPA at Grand Valley State University and is working part time as the Code Enforcement Officer. Click the newsletter link below to see the Summer Code Enforcement Newsletter.
Download a File:
Code Enforcement Summer Newsletter
2018 Brush Pick-Up Schedule
For 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:
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.
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.
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McGrath Sparta Fire Department Report
History of Sparta
The 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.
Learn More about the History of Sparta