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Notice: Leaf Pickup in the Village

Fall LeavesLeaf pickup for Fall 2018 is scheduled to start Monday, October 15 and will run through the end of November.

Residents are asked to rake leaves into piles between the curb and sidewalk or area next to street if there is no curb and sidewalk. Please do not rake leaves into the street.

If you put your leaves in the street you will be asked to remove them. If you mix PET WASTE or TRASH in your leaves they will NOT be picked up.

If you prefer an alternative to the Village picking up your leaves you may bring them to the Village DPW Garage at 276 W. Division and drop them off in the back. If you chose to bring them to the garage please REMOVE from plastic bags.

Please do not park in front of leaf piles.

This is a leaf pickup only. Please do not set out brush, roots, stumps or garden waste, as the leave vac cannot accept those items.

Martindale/Hickory Utility Improvement Project Information

The Village of Sparta will be working to replace aging sanitary sewer and storm sewer utilities and road pavement on Martindale/Hickory between E. Gardner and Prospect

• Sanitary sewer and service laterals will be replaced between E. Gardner and just North of Knob.
• All sewer will be replaced from the street to the right-of-way line and reconnected to your existing service pipe.
• All Martindale and Hickory road pavement will be replaced with new curb and gutter added.
The Contractor is anticipated to begin work around August 27, 2018, working 7 am to 7 pm on weekdays and possibly Saturdays. Work should be completed around the end of October but actual time for construction will be dependent on weather conditions.

Please note there will be some disruptions during construction. If you are located in the project area you can expect short periods where your driveway may be blocked due to construction progress, and your drive approach may be unusable for 3 days after replacement to allow concrete to cure. If a water service line is accidentally hit during construction, emergency water shut down will happen without notice. Water will be turned back on upon completion of repair. Garbage service will be coordinated by the Contractor. Mail service should not be affected by construction. Emergency vehicle access to your home will be maintained at all times.

We have confidence that this project can be completed and the area restored and seeded in a timely manner. We will try to limit the disruption to your neighborhood to as brief a time as possible. Your cooperation and understanding in this public improvement project will be very much appreciated.

The Village and Engineer will be holding a preconstruction meeting to share project information with residents and answer any questions. Please join us on Thursday, August 2, 6:30 pm at the Sparta Village Hall. If you have any further questions or concerns regarding the project, or have specific special needs please contact Kevin Koster at Prein&Newhof (616-588-9019).

Note: If you live on Martindale or Hickory in the project area you will receive a letter with additional information and an invite to the open house to ask questions.

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Rogers Park Swing Set Environmental Update

During installation of the new swing set at Rogers Park the Village found debris under the site and contacted Prein & Newhof to complete an environmental assessment of the site. The sample was collected on June 12, 2018 and the report is attached below. The main concern with any soil contamination is any contamination that exceeds direct contact.

In Summary: Soil Boring 4 (SB4) which was a soil sample 4 -5' below the surface had levels that exceeded acceptable limits for direct contact. The levels in the samples 1/2 ft - 1 ft, 1/2 - 1.5 ft and 1/2 - 2 feet did not exceed recommend limits.

What is the Village doing about it - Since the contaminated soil is 4-5' below the surface the Village will lay landscape fabric underneath the wood chips to serve as a barrier to the ground - also a reminder for when we need to add wood chips to the site. Wood Chips will be installed to the recommended levels for under a swing set. There is no opportunity for direct contact with the soil that is 4-5' below the surface.

Any questions regarding the tables or the testing method would need to be forwarded by the Village to Prein & Newhof who completed the testing.

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.

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

2018 Tree Removal & Trimming Invitation to Bid

The Village of Sparta invites your company to submit a Tree removal and trimming proposal. Bids are due Monday October 29 at 2:00 PM. The bids shall be sealed and submitted to the Village Clerk at 156 E. Division, Sparta, MI 49345. Bids will be opened at 2:00 PM October 29 and is open to the public. All proposals must remain in effect for at least 60 days from submittal.

Please click the link below to see the bid packet.

Municipal Water System PFBS Information

The State of Michigan performed testing on Well #2 at the tap and Well #2 post treatment on Wednesday April 18, 2018 and determined that the Village had a non-detect for PFAS, PFOA, PFBS and related chemicals that were tested for. The Village has scanned this letter and the testing results and provided it below.

Please click this link to be redirected to an informational page about the PFBS that was found in Well #2 in late 2017 in the Sparta municipal water supply. This well has been retested and was shown as a non-detect on retesting by the State of Michigan.

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. 

Fire Department Assessment Report - McGrath Consulting

Sparta Village and Sparta Township hired McGrath consulting to provide an assessment of the Fire Department, its operations, facilities and funding. Please click the link below to download the complete report. 

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.