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2019 Spring Clean Up Days Information


Sparta Village and Township will be holding a Spring Clean-Up for residents beginning on Thursday, April 18th and continuing through Saturday, April 20th. Hours of operation for each day are as follows:


Thursday April 18, 2019 (1:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Friday April 19, 2019 (1:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Saturday April 20, 2019 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)

The drop off site is located behind the DPW garage at 276 W. Division. Yard waste, rubbish (including a maximum of 4 tires), metal and appliances, batteries, propane tanks and electronics will be accepted. No lead glass TV’s. Household refuse, building materials, hazardous wastes including paints, oils and other liquids WILL NOT be accepted. Residents are expected to unload their own yard waste, rubbish, etc. Village and Township personnel will assist with unloading as much as possible.

ID’S WILL BE CHECKED AT THE GATE

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Greening your Spring Cleaning

As you’re cleaning up your home and yard this spring, take special care to dispose of household hazardous wastes appropriately so that you protect people’s health and the environment. Products such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides can contain hazardous ingredients and require special care when you dispose of them.

What is a household hazardous waste? A product is considered hazardous if it has one or more of the following properties:

  • Toxic – poisonous or lethal when ingested, touched or inhaled;
  • Flammable – ignitable and burns easily;
  • Corrosive – eats through materials & living tissue; or
  • Reactive – can possibly explode or react with other chemicals.
Improper disposal of household hazardous wastes can include pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in some cases putting them out with the regular trash. The dangers of such disposal methods might not be immediately obvious, but improper disposal of these wastes can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health. Certain types of household hazardous waste have the potential to cause physical injury to sanitation workers or to contaminate septic tanks or wastewater treatment systems if poured down drains or toilets. They can also present hazards to children and pets if left around the house. Storm sewers lead directly to surface waters without being treated, so dumping waste in storm drains pollutes nearby creeks, rivers and lakes.

As you’re cleaning up this spring, make sure any household hazardous wastes are safely disposed of according to your community’s guidelines. To find out how and where to dispose of household hazardous waste, visit www.LGROW.org/disposal. Better yet, swap out chemicals when possible for all-natural cleaning supplies. To find products that are safer for people and the environment, check out www.epa.gov/saferchoice. Click the link "2019 Spring Tips" below for more information.

By safely disposing of household hazardous waste, you are doing your part to “Keep your Lakes Great and your River Grand”!

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

2019 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 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:
April 1-5
May 6-10
June 3-7
July 1-5
August 5-9
September 2-6
October 7-11

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 out https://spartami.org/planning-zoning.php 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

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.