Welcome to Sparta

Join us for a Presentation from ReLeaf Michigan Meeting April 23, 2019

An assessment of the community forest in The Village of Sparta was recently conducted, and the results outline significant quantifiable benefits to the community, including improvements in air and water quality, property values, human health, and community well-being.
The results will be shared in a free and open-to-the-public presentation, sponsored by ReLeaf Michigan, on April 23 at Sparta Township Hall Basement. The findings of the assessment will be summarized and homeowners will receive recommendations for improving and maintaining tree coverage in their area.

The Village of Sparta is 33% covered by tree canopy, which provides the village an annual benefit of $707,442 through reductions in air pollution, storm water reduction, and carbon sequestration. The village also benefits from carbon stored in the trees, which contributes nearly $3 million in benefits over the trees’ lifetime. The monetary value of carbon storage is an estimate of the damages associated with incremental increases in carbon emissions in a given year.

The understanding of how trees positively affect a community has grown in recent years. Trees have been shown to increase revenue in business districts, increase property values, improve health due to cleaner air and water, increase community interaction, reduce crime, and calm traffic along streets. As Sparta's trees mature, these benefits will continue to increase.

This free and open-to-the-public presentation, sponsored by ReLeaf Michigan, will provide homeowners important information about the trees in their hometown. The findings of the assessment will be summarized and recommendations for improving and maintaining Sparta’s community forest will be provided.

This presentation is a perfect opportunity to learn how trees improve the quality of life in The Village of Sparta.

WHERE: Sparta Township Hall Basement, 160 E. Division St, Sparta, Michigan 49345
WHEN: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 6:00 p.m.to 7:30 p.m.
SPONSORS: ReLeaf Michigan (www.ReLeafMichigan.org), Village of Sparta, Davey Resource Group, Inc, Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds and the DNR – Urban and Community Forestry Program. This project is funded through a US Forest Service grant.

COST: There is no charge to attend. An RSVP is requested but is not required. RSVP by emailing info@releafmichigan.org or calling 800-642-7353.

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.

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

Village Hiring Accounts Payable/Utility Billing Clerk

The Village of Sparta is accepting applications to hire a new Accounts Payable/Utility Billing Clerk. The position is full time with hours of work being 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, a pay range of $19.00 - $23.00 per hour (depending on qualifications), paid time off (vacation & sick time), a defined contribution retirement plan and health care, dental and vision benefits. For more information on the duties of the position please click the link below for the full job description.

If you are interested in applying for this position please send your cover letter and resume with three references to Julius Suchy, Village Manager at jsuchy@spartami.org or via mail to 156 E. Division St. Sparta, MI 49345.

The deadline to apply is 10:00 a.m. on Friday April 26, 2019. Interviews will be scheduled shortly after and an anticipated start date is late May/Early June depending on availability.

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.