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Village Hiring Full Time Police Officer

The Village of Sparta Police Department will accept applications for a full time Police Officer through 5 p.m. Monday February 4, 2019.

Applicants must be MCOLES certified or certifiable and may submit their resume, cover letter and Village of Sparta application (found on Village website) to the Sparta Police Department, at 260 W. Division St. Sparta MI 49345.

Selected applicants will participate in an oral board interview. Applicants who advance will be subject to a health physical and drug screening, psychological examination and comprehensive background investigation.

Full benefit package includes, MERS Defined Contribution Retirement Plan with a 10% Village contribution and 5% employee match, health, dental, vision, life insurance, paid holidays, vacation and sick time program. Starting pay is $41,558.40. Top pay is achieved after four (4) years of service. The current contract provides top pay of $61,435.34.

Sparta Is TraditionWelcome to the Village of Sparta, a great place to raise a family and grow a business. The warm and friendly Village of Sparta is located just north of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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.

Winter Odd/Even Parking Restriction Information

Village of Sparta Winter Parking RulesAt the November 14, 2017 Village Council meeting Village Council approved an amendment to the ordinance amending 10 p.m. to 6 p.m. The new ordinance went into effect December 3, 2017.

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 and the odd addressed side of the street on odd dates.

Additional Clarification:
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. - 6:00 p.m.. So if it is 2:00 a.m. on November 20th your vehicle needs to be parked on the even side of the road. If it was November 23rd than you would need to park your vehicle 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 above (November 20th) you would want to make sure your car is parked on even side the evening of November 19th in preparation for the 20th.

If you have any further questions please click the link below for an example of the odd/even parking requirements or please feel free to contact the Police Department at 616-887-8716.

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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. 

Village News & Notes

Special Village Council Meeting Notice - January 22, 2019

PUBLIC NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
VILLAGE OF SPARTA
KENT COUNTY, MICHIGAN

The Sparta Village Council will hold a special council meeting Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the lower level of Sparta Township Hall located at 160 E. Division Street, Sparta, MI 49345. The purpose of the special meeting is to go into closed session as permitted by Section 8(h) of Michigan’s Open Meetings Act to discuss written legal opinion of counsel. Council will also meet in regular session with regard to any other business that properly 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, Julius Suchy at 156 E. Division, Sparta, Michigan, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Public Hearing Notice for Ordinance #19-01, #19-02 & 19-03

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
VILLAGE OF SPARTA
KENT COUNTY, MICHIGAN

TAKE NOTICE that the Sparta Village Council will hold three public hearings on Monday February 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the basement of the Township offices at 160 E. Division, Sparta, Michigan to discuss and consider the following ordinance amendments:

#19-01 – AN ORDINANCE TO ADD AN ARTICLE, WHICH SHALL BE DESIGNATED CHAPTER 22, ARTICLE VIII, INCLUSIVE TO THE VILLAGE OF SPARTA CODE OF ORDINANCES TO PROHIBIT MARIHUANA ESTABLISHMENTS AND FACILITIES IN THE VILLAGE OF SPARTA

#19-02 – AN ORDINANCE TO ADD A DIVISION OF THE VILLAGE OF SPARTA ZONING ORDINANCE, WHICH SHALL BE DESIGNATED AS ARTICLE III, DIVISION 12, PROHIBITING MARIHUANA ESTABLISHMENTS AND FACILITIES WITHIN THE VILLAGE OF SPARTA

#19-03 – AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 58 “STREETS, SIDEWALKS AND OTHER PLACES”, ARTICLE 1 SECTION 58-2 “DAMAGE AND OBSTRUCTION PROHIBITED”, AND 58-17 “PLACEMENT OF LEAVES AND OTHER MATERIALS”OF THE SPARTA VILLAGE CODE OF ORDINANCES

A full copy of the proposed Ordinances #19-01, 19-02 & 19-03 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 these proposed amendments. Written comments will be received by the Village Manager at 156 E. Division, Sparta, Michigan 49345 until 5:00 p.m. on February 11, 2019.

Julius Suchy
Village Manager

Christmas Tree Drop Off Information

Village of Sparta Christmas Tree RecyclingVillage residents are invited to recycle live Christmas Trees through January 31, 2018. Please remove all plastic from trees. Place trees on brush pile area behind the Department of Public Works building at 276 W. Division (next to the Sparta Police Department).

The Village will not pickup Christmas Trees placed at the curb.

Mailbox Damage and Replacement


The Village of Sparta Department of Public Works (DPW) attempts to preserve the integrity of mailboxes and posts during winter snow an ice control operations. However, there are occasions where mailboxes or posts can become damaged during winter maintenance operations including scraping and plowing operations. Residents are encouraged to inspect their mailboxes and posts in the fall of the year, and replace deteriorated or rotten posts and mailboxes prior to the upcoming winter season.

Mailboxes and/or posts that are damaged as a result of physical contact with a Village snow control units will be replaced by the Village at no charge to the resident. Mailboxes and/or posts that are damaged by snow or other debris scraped or plowed into the mailbox or post will not be replaced by the Village. An employee of the Village DPW may inspect the damaged mailbox in an attempt to determine the cause of the damage and the responsibility and course of action.

Any mailbox deemed to have been damaged by direct contact with Village equipment will be replaced with a standard mailbox as determined by the Village employee. Any post determined to have been damaged by direct contact with Village equipment will be replaced with a standard wooden mailbox post available at the local hardware or supply store.

Meet the new Code Enforcement Officer

Julia Sturvist is the new Village of Sparta Code Enforcement Officer. Julia is currently working on her MPA at Grand Valley State University and is working part time as the Code Enforcement Officer. Click the newsletter link below to see the Summer Code Enforcement Newsletter.

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. 

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.