Welcome to Sparta
Welcome to the Village of Sparta, Michigan
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.
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
Sparta Village Council Special Meeting Notice
The Sparta Village Council will hold a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. at Sparta Village Hall located at 156 E Division Street, Sparta, MI 49345. The purpose of the special meeting is to discuss Village Council Goals for 2022, the FY 2022 budget, 2022-2028 Capital Improvement Plan, millage rate to be levied for 2018, Utility Rates, and any other business that comes before the Village Council.
This notice is posted in compliance with the requirements of the Open Meeting Act, Act 267 of the Public Acts of Michigan of 1976, as amended. Questions or written comments may be directed to the Village Manager, Shay P. Gallagher at 156 E. Division, Sparta, Michigan, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Notice: Leaf Pickup in the Village
Update as of 11/19/2021: As we are nearing the end of the season, leaves must be raked to the curb no later than Wednesday, November 24th to ensure pickup. Leaves raked to the curb after this date will not be picked up by the leaf vacuum. If you are a village resident, you can drop off leaves behind the Department of Public Works garage located at 276 W Division St. for free. Please be sure to remove any leaves from the bags if you utilize the drop-off option.
Leaf pickup for Fall 2021 is scheduled to start mid-October and will run through the end of November or the first heavy snowfall, whichever is earlier. Residents are asked to rake leaves into piles between the curb and sidewalk or the area next to the street if there is no curb and sidewalk. Please do not rake leaves into the street. If you put your leaves in the street you will be asked to remove them. If you mix pet waste or trash in your leaves they will NOT be picked up. This is a leaf pickup only. Please do not set out brush, roots, stumps, or garden waste, as the leaf vacuum cannot accept those items. Please do not park within 25 ft. of leaf piles.
If you prefer an alternative to the Village picking up your leaves you may bring them to the Village DPW Garage at 276 W. Division and drop them off in the back. If you choose to bring them to the garage please remove them from plastic bags.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Dennis Brinks, DPW Supervisor, at (616) 887-9303.
Download a File:
2021 Sparta Village Leaf Pickup - Printable Flyer
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.
“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.