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.



Get Your Utility Bills By Email

Learn About paperless Utility BillingNow you can have your utility bills emailed to you. Sign up for paperless utility billing from the Village of Sparta.

Visit our Water, Sewer and Utilities page to learn more.



2024 Utility Rate Schedule

Please see the attached file for the current 2024 Utility Rates & Fees.



Pay Your Water/Sewer Bill Online

The Village of Sparta has recently switched over to BS&A Online to process water/sewer bills and property tax payments. Click here to pay your bill online.

Residents are encouraged to create a BS&A Online account, although it is not required to make a payment. Setting up an account will allow you to see the payment history, receipts, water usage, and more. We will NOT be able to accept credit card payments for permits or other fees at this time. You will need to pay with a check or cash through our office at 156 E Division Street or via US mail to pay fees. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Payments will be posted in real-time, so as soon as you enter your payment, it will automatically be deducted from your account. Please note there is a fee of 3% when you pay with a credit card with a minimum fee of $2.00.



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

RFP: Site Development of 92 N. State St, Sparta 49345

The Village of Sparta has issued the Request for Proposal found below. We are seeking a developer to purchase and construct housing on a village owned parcel located at 92 N. State Street. The RFP Deadline is 10am August 12, 2024. More details found in the PDF below.



Job Opening – Village of Sparta

Join the Village of Sparta’s Public Works Team!

The Village of Sparta seeks dedicated individuals to join our Department of Public Works as Laborer and Maintenance Personnel. This role involves maintaining and repairing Village infrastructure, including water and sewer lines, streets, parks, and more. Responsibilities also include operating and maintaining water and wastewater treatment facilities.

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Ability to obtain a State of Michigan CDL B-license with Air Brakes within six months
  • Willingness to work overtime and be on call
  • Basic computer skills

Benefits:

  • Competitive salary of $42-55 thousand per year, depending on qualifications
  • Comprehensive benefits package including health, life, dental, and vision insurance
  • Retirement: Village of Sparta MERS DC Plan with 10% Village contribution and 5% employee contribution
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid time off
  • Opportunity to make a positive impact in your community

Apply now and become vital to keeping our village running smoothly and efficiently.

A detailed job description can be found below.

To apply: email resume & cover letter to Jim Lower, Sparta Village Manager no latter than August 5th, 2024



Village of Sparta Storm Sewer Project Announcement

SPARTA, Michigan, July 1, 2024 – The Village of Sparta is pleased to announce the commencement of the Washington and Centennial Storm Sewer Project. This project is a significant step in our ongoing efforts to improve stormwater management and address aging infrastructure within our community.
Project Details:

  • Start Date: July 8, 2024
  • Expected Completion Date: September 5, 2024
  • Contractor: Dans Excavating Services Inc.
  • Project Limits:
    • Washington from Centennial to Gardner
    • Centennial from Washington to Maple
Impact on Traffic and Access:
During the project period, the affected roads will be closed to through traffic to ensure the safety of both workers and residents. Properties abutting the project area will retain access, except during utility work directly in front of their properties. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to enhance our community’s infrastructure.
Background:
This project is part of a broader initiative to eliminate direct stormwater connections to the sanitary sewer system, a problem identified in a comprehensive study conducted by Prein&Newhof in 2018 under the Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater (SAW) Grant Program. By addressing these issues, we aim to reduce inflow and infiltration into the sanitary sewer system, thereby improving the efficiency and stability of our Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Contact Information:
For any questions or concerns regarding the project, please get in touch with the Director of Public Works at:
  • Phone: 616-887-9303 or 616-887-0854
  • Email: bill@spartami.org
We thank you for your cooperation and support as we undertake these essential improvements to our stormwater infrastructure.



Brush Pick-Up 2024

The Village of Sparta’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is pleased to announce the start of its brush pickup service on April 1, 2024. This service is essential for keeping our village clean and safe.
Brush Pickup Details:

  • Start Date: The service begins on April 1, 2024.
  • Monthly Schedule: Brush will be picked up on the first Monday of each month.
  • Set Out Time: Please place brush curbside by 7:00 AM on the designated Monday.
  • Size Limit: Brush size is limited to a maximum diameter of 4 inches. Larger materials will not be collected.
  • Location: Brush should be placed between the sidewalk and curb, not on the street. Align smaller branches with cut ends facing the road. Larger branches should have cut ends facing in the direction of traffic flow.
Monthly Pickup Dates:

  • April 1
  • May 6
  • June 3
  • July 8
  • August 5
  • September 2
  • October 7
Additional Instructions:

  • Do not block sidewalks with brush.
  • Do not mix in leaves, garden waste, or grass clippings.
  • Brush exceeding 4 inches in diameter should be taken to the DPW garage.
End of Service: The last pickup for the year will be on October 7, 2024.
Drop-off Information: Residents can drop off acceptable brush, leaves, garden waste, and grass clippings at the Village of Sparta DPW Building at 276 W. Division Street during regular working hours. Please ensure you do not obstruct the parking lot.
Prohibited Items: No commercial dumping, stumps, or root balls are allowed.
Contact Information: For any questions or additional information, please contact:
  • The Village Office at (616) 887-8251
  • DPW staff at (616) 887-9303