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Notice: Leaf Pickup in the Village
Leaf 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.
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.
Welcome 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
At 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.
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.
Dispose of Expired or Unwanted Prescription Drugs
Did 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
- Personal care products
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Aerosol cans
- 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
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.
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Code Enforcement Summer 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.
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McGrath Sparta Fire Department Report
History of Sparta
The 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.
Learn More about the History of Sparta