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Planning Commission Public Hearing Notice

PUBLIC NOTICE
VILLAGE OF SPARTA
KENT COUNTY, MICHIGAN

TAKE NOTICE that the Sparta Planning Commission will hold two public hearings on Monday February 25, 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 ordinances:

#19-04 – AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND SECTION 70-8 OF THE SPARTA VILLAGE CODE OF ORDINANCES TO REGULATE THE PARKING OF TRAILERS AND SEMI TRAILERS WITHIN THE VILLAGE
#19-05 – AN ORDINANCE TO ADD ARTICLE IX “MOBILE FOOD VENDING UNITS” TO CHAPTER 22 OF THE SPARTA VILLAGE CODE OF ORDINANCES TO REGULATE MOBILE FOOD VENDING UNITS

A full copy of the proposed Ordinances #19-04 & 19-05 is available in Village Hall for review between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m and available on www.spartami.org. 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 25, 2019.

Please click the link below to see the associated ordinance.

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 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

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.