Welcome to Sparta

Welcome to the Village of Sparta

Sparta Is TraditionThe 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.

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. 

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.

Village News & Notes

Airport Manager Opening

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
VILLAGE OF SPARTA AIRPORT – MANAGER

The Paul C. Miller Sparta Municipal Airport seeks applicants for a part-time Airport Manager. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: management of all airport operations in compliance with FAA and MDOT regulations, management of airport refueling and revenue operations; hangar and leases; seasonal grounds keeping including mowing and snow removal; building and ground maintenance; assist with preparation and management of budgets; assist with supervision and training of airport staff. Valid driver’s license and high school diploma or equivalent required. Experience in Aviation Management or Business, or comparable aviation experience preferred. Position requires Airport Manager license through State of Michigan or the ability and desire to earn license following hire. Position is 20-30 hours per week and applicants must be willing to work flexible hours, including some weekends, evenings and holidays. Hourly Wage is dependent on qualifications.

To apply please submit cover letter, resume and 3 professional references to Julius Suchy, Village Manager (jsuchy@spartami.org). Deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. Friday June 21, 2019 at the Village of Sparta Office, 156 E State St, Sparta MI 49345. Please contact Sparta Village Manager Julius Suchy at (616) 887-8251 with any questions. Visit www.spartami.org for more information. Click the link below for the full job description.

The Village of Sparta is an equal opportunity employer

ReLeaf Michigan Sparta Tree Canopy Assessment Report

Please click the link below to see the work completed by ReLeaf Michigan and Davey Resource Group as part of the Sparta Tree Canopy Assessment. This project will lead to the planting of 50-75 new trees in the Sparta community!

https://lowergrandcanopy.weebly.com/

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

Newly Adopted Village OrdinancesPlease 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

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.