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

Beginning Tuesday March 17, 2020, the Sparta Village Hall, the Sparta Department of Public Works, and the Downtown Development Authority & Chamber Office will be closed to the general public indefinitely due to community mitigation strategies from the State of Michigan. Although the doors will be closed to the general public, staff will still be working. Residents are encouraged to contact Village Hall via our phone number 616-887-8251, or visit our website at www.spartami.org 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 to the Village rather than hand delivering payments or other communications to the Village.

Please click the link below to read the full press release regarding the facilities impacted.

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

Spring Clean-Up Event Postponed Indefinitely

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 and the concern for safety for both the department of public works crew, elected officials who volunteer at the event and the public who utilize the event, the Village of Sparta and Sparta Township have made the decision to postpone Spring Clean-Up scheduled for Thursday April 23, 2020 – Saturday April 25, 2020.

Pitsch Company, the contractor who was awarded the Spring Clean-Up bid is open to rescheduling for the summer or fall once the Village and Township are ready to move forward with a new date.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will provide information on a new date as soon as it is available. Any questions can be directed to Village Hall at 616-887-8251.

Curbside Brush Pickup Postponed

In compliance with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-21 and to reduce transmission risk of the COVID-19 virus, the annual curbside brush pickup program that was set to start on Monday April 6, 2020 has been postponed. The Village will continue to monitor the situation and the brush pickup program will be rescheduled when additional information is available to select a date.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will provide information on a new date as soon as it is available. Any questions can be directed to Village Hall at 616-887-8251.

Sparta Area Schools Meal Support March 18 - April 5, 2020

Sparta Area Schools will be offering breakfast and lunch during this period of unprecedented school
closure. We will provide a sack breakfast and lunch for any children 18 years old or younger. Children
do not have to be enrolled at Sparta Area Schools to receive meals. Meals will be provided for all 7
days each week, which will be available on Monday (2 days), Wednesday (2 days), and Friday (3 days) at the locations listed below. If your children are in need of meals during this time please go to www.spartaschools.org and click on the COVID-19 Updates link to complete the Sparta Area Schools Meal Support Survey. The survey asks which location works best for you and how many meals you will need. This information will be used through the duration of the school closure. If you are in need of dietary accommodations or need to change your pick up location, please email Melissa Alley at melissa.alley@spartaschools.org.

If you do not have internet access, please call 616-887-1744 to leave a message. Please indicate your desired location and how many children you will be picking up meals for.
Pickup Locations

  • Sparta High School Main Entrance - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Balyeat Field Parking Lot - 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
  • Sparta Baptist Church Parking Lot - 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Trinity Lutheran Church Parking Lot - 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Algoma Township Sports Park - Parking Lot off of Algoma Ave - 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
  • Riverview Mobile Park Home Playground - 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Parkwood Green Village Community Center - 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
  • Glenwood Mobile Home Park - 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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.

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.

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.