Welcome to Sparta
Welcome to the Village of Sparta
The 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.
BS&A Online: Look Up Your Own Property Information
Residents in the Village of Sparta can now access information on utility billing, property taxes, and more through BS&A Online.
About BS&A Online: BS&A Online is a collection of municipal services that provides instant and convenient access to various kinds of important information held at your local government. Some municipalities charge for look-ups. If you are the homeowner or current resident, you can be exempted from this charge.
To access BS&A online, click here or follow the link: https://bsaonline.com/?uid=2091
If you are a resident trying to access your property information for free, please follow these step-by-step instructions provided by BS&A: https://bsaonline.com//documents/bsao_lookingupproperty.pdf
Questions? Call BS&A at (855) 272-7638 and ask for the BS&A Online Team. Questions can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Download a File:
2020 Water & Sewer Rate Information (PDF)
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.
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
Village News & Notes
Regular Planning Commission Meeting Information
Village of Sparta
Monday, March 1, 2021 @ 7:00 PM
75 N. Union St. (Sparta Civic Center) & Remote Via Zoom
NOTICE REGARDING ELECTRONIC PARTICIPATION
ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WISHING TO LISTEN AND/OR WATCH THE PROCEEDINGS OR PROVIDE PUBLIC COMMENT MAY DO SO BY USING THE FOLLOWING INTERNET CONNECTION OR PHONE NUMBERS, MEETING ID NUMBER AND PASSWORD:
Meeting Passcode: 915417
Webinar ID: 947 1924 5810
Dial in Numbers: 1 (312) 626 6799 or 1 (646) 558 8656
The agenda is linked below:
Download a File:
Planning Commission Agenda - March 1, 2021 (MS Word)
Snow Plowing Ordinance Reminder
Now that winter is upon us, this is a reminder that snowplow services are not permitted to push snow across the street when clearing driveways and sidewalks without cleaning it up before leaving the site. Doing so can cause obstructions for drivers. Snow Removal Contractors are also not allowed to push snow into the road and leave it there or push snow into the road and then drive away raising the blade leaving the snow on the street. All snow must remain on the property of the driveway it was cleared from or if snow is pushed into the road during plowing - be pushed back onto the property before the contractor leaves the site. Section 58-17 of Sparta Village Code of Ordinances prohibits this due to safety concerns.
A copy of Section 58-17 is linked below. Thank you for your cooperation.
Download a File:
Section 58-17 - Sparta Village Code of Ordinances (MS Word)
Free Public Wi-Fi
The Village of Sparta recently installed free public Wi-Fi hotspots in the downtown area. The three location centers include around the bandshell at Roger's Park, Balyeat Field, and Arches Parking Lot.
To access the free public Wi-Fi:
- Find a suitable location at Roger's Park, Balyeat Field, or Arches Parking Lot.
- Connect your smartphone, laptop, tablet, or other Wi-Fi enabled device to "Village of Sparta Public Wi-Fi."
- That's it! Once you're connected, you're welcome to use the Wi-Fi as long as you'd like.
Download a File:
Free Public Wi-Fi: Infographic (PDF)
“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
Please 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.