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Public Hearing Notice - FY 2020 Budget & Capital Improvement Plan

On Monday, December 9, 2019, the Sparta Village Council will hold a public hearing during a regular business meeting at 7:00 PM in the lower level of the Sparta Township Hall located at 160 E. Division St, Sparta, MI 49345 for the purpose of receiving public comment on the proposed 2020 budget, fee schedule including utility rates, 2020-2025 capital improvement plan and the proposed millage rate. Any parties interested in commenting on the budget may do so during this public hearing or submit comments in writing to Village Manager, Julius Suchy at 156 E. Division, Sparta, Michigan, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

A copy of the proposed 2020 budget documents may be inspected at the Sparta Village Hall, 156 E. Division St., Sparta, MI, Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 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.

The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget will be a subject of this hearing. The proposed FY 2020 does not include any change to the current tax millage rate (12 mills) levied by the Village.

Public Hearing Notice - Establish IDD at 225 Applewood Drive

TAKE NOTICE that the Village Council of the Village of Sparta, Kent County, Michigan, will hold a public hearing pursuant to Section 5 (2) of the Plant Rehabilitation and Industrial Development Districts law of 1974, the same being Michigan Public Act 198 of 1974, on December 9, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., local time, in the basement of the Sparta Township offices at 160 E. Division Street.

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Village Council will consider a request from C&T Fabrication LLC., 225 Applewood Drive, Sparta, Michigan, to establish an Industrial Development District at 225 Applewood Drive. (parcel #41-05-22-126-026) a parcel of property described as follows:

LOTS 10, 11 & 12 * APPLETREE INDUSTRIAL PARK PLAT

A copy of the letter requesting the establishment of the Industrial Development District 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. Interested parties are invited to attend and be heard regarding this proposed district. Written comments will be received by the Village Manager at 156 E. Division, Sparta, Michigan 49345 until 5:00 p.m. on December 9, 2019.

Public Hearing Notice - Tax Abatement Request for C&T Fabrication LLC

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 C&T Fabrication LLC located at 225 Applewood Drive 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 $2,600,000. C&T Fabrication LLC is located in the Industrial Development District located at 225 Applewood Drive Sparta, MI 49345.

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the public hearing shall be held on December 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., local time, in the basement of the Sparta Township offices at 160 E. Division Street, at which time the Village Council shall afford C&T Fabrication 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 applications 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. Written comments will be received by the Village Manager at 156 E. Division, Sparta, Michigan 49345 until 5:00 p.m. on December 9, 2019.

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

Odd/Even Parking

Current Ordinance:

“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

Newly Adopted Village OrdinancesPlease check our Planning and Zoning page to read recently adopted Village Ordinances.

2019 Utility Rate Information

Effective January 1, 2019 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 10, 2018 Village Council meeting. Please click the link below to see the informational sheet that was created to explain the changes and why they are happening.

For more information on the Village Budget or the Capital Improvement Plan please visit https://spartami.org/finance-transparency.php

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.
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 - $81.99
Lowell - $83.16
Rockford - $93.84
Cedar Springs - $98.32

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.