Welcome to Sparta
Weekly S. Elm Street Construction Project Update
Want to know the progress on the S. Elm Street project? Visit this link to see the weekly update from Prein & Newhof. The update provides the work that has been completed, what is coming and pictures of the project. Click the link here to find out more - https://www.preinnewhof.com/resources/construction-updates/village-of-sparta-elm-street/
The website is updated every Friday.
Welcome to the Village of Sparta
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.
DDA Informational Meeting: October
VILLAGE OF SPARTA
Sparta Downtown Development Authority
KENT COUNTY, MICHIGAN
The Sparta Downtown Development Authority will hold a public informational meeting on Tuesday, October 8 at 7:45 am in the Sparta Township Meeting Room located at 160 E. Division, Sparta, MI 49345 to communicate with the public of the goals and direction of the authority and will discuss the projects to be undertaken in the coming year. There may be a quorum present, but no items will be voted on at this meeting. This meeting is to adhere to the PA 57 Informational Meetings requirement.
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 and Act PA 57. Questions or written comments may be directed to the DDA Director, Elizabeth Morse, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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
Ordinance #19-06 Adopted
On August 12, 2019, the Village Council of the Village of Sparta, Michigan, adopted the following ordinance:
#19-06 – An Ordinance to Amend Chapter 58 “Streets, Sidewalks, and Other Places” of the Sparta Village Code of Ordinances to Add Sec 58-19 “Violation”
The new ordinance amendments will take effect on September 13, 2019. Please click below for a copy of this ordinance. In summary it lowered the violation for an ordinance violation in this chapter from a misdemeanor to a municipal civil infraction.
Download a File:
Ordinance #19-06 (PDF)
2019 Brush Pick-Up Schedule
For Village of Sparta Residents
The Village of Sparta DPW will begin brush pickup starting on April 1, 2019. Brush will be picked up the First Full Work Week of each month. Brush Must Be Curbside By 7:00 a.m. Monday of the week the brush is scheduled to be picked up.
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 2019 pick-up schedule is as follows:
Brush Pick-Up Schedule:
Please place brush between sidewalk and curb, NOT in the street, with cut ends lying in the same direction. Monthly brush pick will end October 11, 2019. 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 at the Village of Sparta DPW at 276 W. Division Street during regular work hours. NO commercial dumping. NO stumps larger than 4” in diameter. ID’s may be checked before you unload to confirm village residency. Also as a reminder, Christmas Trees can be dropped off at the DPW 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.
Information on New Ordinances Adopted by Village Council
Please 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
Download a File:
2019 Utility Rate Information
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.