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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

Public Hearing Notice - Tax Abatement Request for Tesa Plant Sparta LLC

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER
TESA PLANT SPARTA LLC APPLICATION
FOR AN INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Village Council of the Village of Sparta shall hold a public hearing to consider an application for an Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate filed by Tesa Plant Sparta LLC located at 324 S. Union St. Sparta, MI 49345 pursuant to PA 198 of 1974, as amended.

The applicant is requesting a 50% tax abatement for a period of twelve (12) years for new building improvements (real property) valued at $1,172,676. Tesa Plant Sparta LLC is located in the Industrial Development District located at 324 S. Union St.

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the public hearing shall be held on June 8, 2020 at 7:00 p.m., local time, in the Sparta Civic Center located at 75 N. Union Street, at which time the Village Council shall afford Tesa Plant Sparta LLC, the Village Assessor, a representative of each taxing unit which levies ad valorem property taxes in the Village and the residents and taxpayers of the Village an opportunity to be heard regarding the application for an Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate. A copy of the application is available in the Village Office for review between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the address below or via the link below. Written comments will be received by the Village Manager at 156 E. Division, Sparta, Michigan 49345 until 5:00 p.m. on June 8, 2020.

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.

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.

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.