Welcome to Sparta

S. Union Street Closure

Starting Friday, September 3, 2021, a portion of S. Union Street will be closed for approximately six (6) weeks for storm sewer upgrades. Access to the Sparta Schools bus garage, Tesa Tape, and other local traffic will be maintained during the duration of the project. Thru traffic will need to seek alternative routes.

Due to the road closure, vehicle and pedestrian traffic will be routed to Silver Creek Avenue to State Street for those wishing to access S. Union from the North. For access to the southern end of S. Union Street, please use S. State Street to Spartan Dr. NW. Please see the image that follows for detour routes.

N. Union Street Closure

N. Union Street Detour Route Village of Sparta
N. Union Street Bridge Replacement


Beginning Tuesday, September 7, 2021, Grand River Construction Company will begin to remove the decking and beams of the N. Union Bridge. Detours for traffic and pedestrians will be posted as no traffic will be allowed near the bridge. Completion date could be the end of October dependent on weather. This project will widen the decking a little more for vehicles, in addition to extending the sidewalks further out.

To accommodate this work along N. Union Street we ask that the following detours please be followed.

  • Vehicles trying to go north on N. Union Street will be detoured West on Division to N. State Street north to Grove Street and back to N. Union Street.
  • Pedestrians will need to use the walk path behind the library, cross the wooden foot bridge, and the gravel drive in Balyeat Park to circumvent the bridge project.
  • Again, no vehicles or persons will be allowed in the construction site for safety. Police, Fire, Ambulance, School Buses, etc have been notified.

Please keep children and pets away from the construction operation. Construction
activities, and the associated equipment that goes with it, is attractive to small children and can be dangerous. Please keep children away from the equipment, removals, steel beams and material, sewage bypass pumping, and wet concrete.

If you have any specific questions regarding this work, please call Mr. Jim Woods, Project Engineer for OHM, at (269) 998-6789, or Mr. Dennis Brinks, Sparta DPW Supervisor at (616) 887-9303.

Updated information will be placed on the Village Web Page.

We apologize for this inconvenience, but hope you are excited about the final improvements.

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.

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.

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

Fire Hydrant Flushing

The Village of Sparta will be conducting the annual Hydrant Flushing and Maintenance Program beginning September 20, 2021 weather permitting. Not knowing if the weather will cooperate, we have a tentative end date of September 30, 2021.

During this time you may notice an occasional decrease in water pressure and possibly some slight cloudiness in the water. Most residents will see no change in their water supply. If you should notice a change in the appearance of your water, simply let the water run until it clears, usually within several minutes.

There is no cause for concern with respect to the safety of your water supply and the Village performs this service twice a year to maintain a safe, reliable, and abundant supply of water for our residents. This program also ensures that the Fire Hydrants in our Village are operating correctly and available for use in an emergency.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dennis Brinks, Department of Public Works Supervisor, at (616) 887-9303.

NEW: BS&A Online Payments for Water/Sewer & Property Tax Bills

The Village of Sparta has recently switched over to BS&A Online to process water/sewer bills and property tax payments. This system is designed to be user-friendly and reduce the amount of staff time it takes to process payments, therefore making Village operations more efficient.

To pay a bill using our new system, please follow the "BS&A Water/Sewer and Tax Payments" on the right side of the website under "How May We Help you?" or follow this link to pay your bill. You will then be redirected to BS&A Online. Once you are on the BS&A Online website, click on "Utility Billing Payments" or "Current Tax Payments" (depending on what bill you are paying) on the left side of the page under "Services." You can then look up your property using the options provided.

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 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.

BS&A Online also allows residents to see what their current bill is without contacting Village Hall, which the old system did now allow for. Payments will be posted in real-time, so as soon as you enter in your payment, it will automatically be deducted from your account.

Please click on the PDF below for detailed instructions on how to use BS&A Online. Thank you for your understanding & patience with Village Staff as we make this transition.

2021 Brush Pick-Up Schedule

Brush Pickup, Village of SpartaFor Village of Sparta Residents:

The Village of Sparta DPW will begin brush pickup starting on April 5, 2021. Brush will be picked up the first full work week of each month. BRUSH MUST BE CURBSIDE BY 7:00 AM MONDAY of the week the brush is scheduled to be picked up. If not out by that Monday and the chipper goes by, please make arrangements to bring your brush behind the DPW Garage.

Brush size will be limited to a maximum diameter of four inches (4”). Only branches, trees, and limbs smaller than four inches (4”) in diameter will be picked up by the Village crews. Any limbs or branches larger than four inches (4”) in diameter will be left curbside. The pick-up schedule is as follows:

Brush Pick-Up Schedule:
April 5-9
May 3-7
June 7-11
July 5-9
August 2-6
September 6-10
October 4-8

Please place brush between sidewalk and curb, NOT in the street, with cut ends lying in the same direction. Monthly brush pick up will end October 8, 2021. Just a reminder – the Village does NOT pick up leaves, garden waste or grass clippings during brush pickup. Village residents can drop leaves, garden waste, grass clippings and brush not larger than 4” in diameter behind the Village of Sparta DPW Building at 276 W. Division Street during regular work hours. Please place material next to the larger existing pile and not in the parking lot. NO commercial dumping. NO stumps. ID’s may be checked before you unload to confirm village residency. Also as a reminder, Christmas Trees can be dropped off behind the DPW building starting the Monday after Christmas.

If you have any questions, please call The Village Office at (616) 887-8251 or the DPW staff at (616) 887-9303. Please click on the link below for a printable schedule: