Welcome to Sparta

Welcome to the Village of Sparta, Michigan

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.

2022 Water & Sewer Rate Information

Effective January 1, 2022 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 13,2021 Village Council meeting.

At this time the Village is increasing water or sewer commodity charges (on use) as well as the ready to serve capital charges for both water and sewer. This will result in an increase for both water and sewer customers. Please click the link below to see the informational sheet that was created to explain the changes and why they are happening.

The Village recently completed our SAW Grant which has identify what improvements are needed for the sanitary sewer collection system, wastewater treatment plant and the storm sewer system. This included a complete rate study for which the rates are based on. The findings of the rate study were presented on August 13, 2021 at 6:00 PM at the Utility Rate Workshop. If you are interested in seeing more about the upcoming projects, please check out the 2022-2027 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 - $82.39
Newaygo - $104.01
Lowell - $106.06
Rockford - $113.65
Cedar Springs - $129.61

Click the link below for more information.

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

When In Doubt, Throw It Out

Do Not Flush, No Wipes Down the Drain Please DO NOT flush sanitary wipes, feminine hygiene products, medications, trash, metals, plastic, fats, oils, and grease (FOG), chemicals, and paper products, even if labeled as "flushable," down the drain. Toilet paper, human waste, and water are the ONLY materials that should be flushed down the drain.

Flushing items that are not meant to be flushed can lead to problems in the sewer system, wastewater treatment facility, and the environment. Attempting to flush anything else can lead to expensive and wasteful blockages. Even products marketed as “flushable” can wind up clogging pipes– when in doubt, throw it out.

The Village of Sparta appreciates your cooperation.

Christmas Tree Drop-off Information

Village residents are invited to recycle live Christmas Trees behind the Department of Public Works Garage located at 276 W Division Street (next to the Sparta Police Department). Please place trees in the brush pile area and be sure to remove any plastic.

The Village will not pick up Christmas Trees placed at the curb. If you place your Christmas tree at the curb for pick up, you may be asked to remove it. The Village of Sparta appreciates your cooperation.

Odd/Even Parking in effect November 15 - April 1

Odd-even parking regulations begin November 15 and will be enforced on streets where odd-even parking signs are present. Please be sure you know the rules of the ordinance to avoid a ticket. The Village of Sparta appreciates your cooperation.

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.