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.

2022 Water & Sewer Rate Information

Effective January 1, 2022 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 13,2021 Village Council meeting.

At this time the Village is increasing water or sewer commodity charges (on use) as well as the ready to serve capital charges for both water and sewer. This will result in an increase for both water and sewer customers. Please click the link below to see the informational sheet that was created to explain the changes and why they are happening.

The Village recently completed our SAW Grant which has identify what improvements are needed for the sanitary sewer collection system, wastewater treatment plant and the storm sewer system. This included a complete rate study for which the rates are based on. The findings of the rate study were presented on August 13, 2021 at 6:00 PM at the Utility Rate Workshop. If you are interested in seeing more about the upcoming projects, please check out the 2022-2027 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 2021/22. Here are the rates if you were to purchase 6,000 gallons of water/sewer in the following communities:

Village of Sparta - $82.39
Newaygo - $104.01
Lowell - $106.06
Rockford - $113.65
Cedar Springs - $129.61

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

Village of Sparta Water Quality Report for 2021

We're pleased to present to you this year's Annual Quality Water Report. This report is designed to inform you about the quality water and services we deliver to you every day. Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We want you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources.

Please follow the link below to review the entire report.

Firework Regulations

Fireworks will be permitted in the Village from June 29 to July 4 until 11:45 p.m. State law requires that consumer-grade fireworks only be ignited from personal property. It is illegal to ignite fireworks on public property (including streets and sidewalks), school property, church property, or another person’s property without their express permission. State law makes it illegal to discharge fireworks when intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.

The Village of Sparta wishes you a safe & happy Independence Day!

Buth Field Dog Park

The Village Council for the Village of Sparta is proud to announce the opening of the first dog park within the Village of Sparta. The Buth Field Dog Park is located at 440 E. Division. The Village of Sparta will add additional amenities to the overtime based on use and feedback from residents.

While Buth Field has historically had a parking area adjacent to the field, visitors of the park are asked to park behind the businesses located at 476 E. Division until further notice.
The following are the rules and regulations adopted by the Village Council for Buth Field Dog Park.

Dog Park Rules and Regulations Introduction

The following guidelines were established by researching best practices in other dog parks around Michigan and have been reviewed, and approved, the Village Council for the Village of Sparta. These guidelines are in addition to other Village, County or State rules and regulations administering pet ownership, health, and safety, as well as maintenance and noise control in Village Parks.

The guidelines are to ensure well-maintained space that will contribute to both the quality of life and economic vitality of the Village. Park users are expected to show a strong commitment to the park, by taking ownership of its care to meet the needs of dog owners and non-dog owners alike. Through this collective effort the dog park will continue to be a valuable service to the community. If you see someone not following the rules, please kindly remind them this is a shared space with shared responsibilities.

Guidelines

  • Users of the park enter at their own and their dog's risk of enjoyment and injury.
  • The individual accompanying the dog to the park will be considered the owner for purposes of these guidelines.
  • Owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs. Keep dogs close-by and under control. If reasonable control is not possible, do not enter the enclosed areas.
  • Dog owners assume any liability for any injury or damage to any person, animal or property caused by their dog(s) or themselves.
  • The Village of Sparta does not assume any liability for any injury or damage to any person, animal or property resulting from use of the dog park and waives no immunities granted by law.
  • Owners must clean up after their dogs. A waste station has been included in the park for your convenience.
  • Before entering, please be sure your dog is calm and balanced. Many dogs would benefit from a long walk before entering the enclosure.
  • Do not enter through the second gate with the leash on your dog.
  • Both gates must be closed and latched after entering or exiting the area.
  • Please carry a leash at all times.
  • Under no circumstance should dogs be left unattended.
  • Dogs must be properly licensed, healthy, and have current vaccinations.
  • All dogs must wear a collar and current registration tags.
  • No puppies under four (4) months old or dogs in heat are allowed in the enclosures.
  • Be considerate to the neighbors. Dogs that continually bark may need to be muzzled or removed. Please be particularly aware of noise around the quiet hours of mornings and evenings.
  • Children under 14-years old may not enter the enclosures without adult supervision.
  • Infants or small children are strongly discouraged from entering the off-leash areas.
  • Do not bring strollers or other wheeled devices into the enclosures.
  • There is a limit of 3 dogs per adult user in each enclosed area at any one time.
  • Use common sense concerning the number of dogs in the enclosed areas at one time. If the park seems crowded, wait until a dog leaves before entering.
  • Dogs displaying aggressive or under-socialized behavior must be controlled or removed.
  • Smoking, eating, dog food or treats, rawhides, and glass containers are prohibited in the enclosures.
  • Digging is not allowed. Please do not allow your dog to tear up the grounds.
  • Off-leash applies only within the enclosed areas.
  • Professional training classes are not allowed in the dog park.
  • Please leave the park better than you found it.

Adult-Use Recreational Marihuana Survey

The Village of Sparta is seeking feedback from residents and businesses alike regarding adult-use recreational marihuana. Adult-use recreational marihuana was approved in 2018 by a state-wide ballot proposal. The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act of 2018 allows for adult-use of recreational marihuana for adults 21 years or age or older.

The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act of 2018 allows licensing for dispensaries, testing facilities, processing facilities, production (growing) facilities, and transport facilities. Local municipalities must take formal action to allow or disallow recreational marihuana facilities. Should a local government take formal action to allow recreational marihuana facilities, those wishing to establish one of the facilities, dispensaries, testing facilities, processing facilities, production (growing) facilities, and transport facilities, must go through the State of Michigan licensing process.

Local governments that allow recreational marihuana facilities must first complete and pass a zoning ordinance regulating recreational marihuana facilities. The zoning ordinance would outline a wide-range of regulations related to recreational marihuana facilities such as where they can be located, distance from residential districts or schools, parking, the number and type of facility that is allowed. All facilities would be subject to a special land use review by the Village of Sparta Planning Commission and the Village Council.

Local governments that allow recreational marihuana facilities receive a share of the 10% tax placed on the sale of adult-use recreational marihuana sales state-wide. This funding is paid annually to local governments that allow adult-use marihuana. The payment amounts vary depending on the amount of revenue collected by the State of Michigan through the 10% tax.

Physical copies of the survey can be picked up from Village Hall, 156 E. Division St.

Additional information regarding adult-use recreational marihuana can be found here.

Village of Sparta Newsletter

The Village of Sparta will now release a quarterly newsletter. While we still communicate with residents via social media, the Village will now update residents on the exciting happening in the Village with a quarterly newsletter. The newsletter will keep residents up-to-date on events, seasonal services, meetings and more.

If you would like to receive the newsletter by email, please sign up for email notifications from the Village of Sparta. The signup form is located here on our website’s Home page.

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.