Welcome to Sparta
Economic Development Strategy Survey
The following survey is being conducted by Giffels Webster, a land planning consulting firm working with the Village of Sparta to better understand market conditions and foster a vibrant economy. Your input is extremely valuable to us. Sparta residents, neighboring residents who have an interest in the future of Sparta, those who are employed, shop, obtain services, or own businesses or property in Sparta are encouraged to complete the survey.
The survey is strictly confidential. You are not asked to provide nor do we have any way of identifying your name, address, or other specific information for the person or resident responding to the questionnaire. Please answer BASED ON YOUR TYPICAL EXPERIENCES PRIOR TO THE COVID-19 (coronavirus) EMERGENCY unless otherwise noted in the question.
The Village, through Giffels Webster, has retained The Chesapeake Group to analyze the survey and provide an economic assessment.
Please take a few minutes to fill out the questionnaire. If you are uncomfortable answering any question, feel free to leave it unanswered and move on to the next one.
Thank you in advance for helping in this effort.
BS&A Online: Look Up Your Own Property Information
Residents in the Village of Sparta can now access information on utility billing, property taxes, and more through BS&A Online.
About BS&A Online: BS&A Online is a collection of municipal services that provides instant and convenient access to various kinds of important information held at your local government. Some municipalities charge for look-ups. If you are the homeowner or current resident, you can be exempted from this charge.
To access BS&A online, click here or follow the link: https://bsaonline.com/?uid=2091
If you are a resident trying to access your property information for free, please follow these step-by-step instructions provided by BS&A: https://bsaonline.com//documents/bsao_lookingupproperty.pdf
Questions? Call BS&A at (855) 272-7638 and ask for the BS&A Online Team. Questions can also be emailed to email@example.com.
2020 Water & Sewer Rate Information
Effective January 1, 2020 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 9, 2019 Village Council meeting.
At this time the Village is not increasing water or sewer commodity charges (on use) but is adjusting the ready to serve capital charges for both water and sewer. The net change is no increase if you are both a water and sewer customer. Please click the link below to see the informational sheet that was created to explain the changes and why they are happening.
The Village is in the process of completing our SAW Grant which will identify what improvements are needed for the sanitary sewer collection system, wastewater treatment plant and the storm sewer system. This will include a complete rate study that will be completed in early 2020. The rate study will include public presentations and opportunities for public feedback. If you are interested in seeing more about the upcoming projects please check out the 2020-2025 Capital Improvement Plan. The plan can be found under the Services tab “Finance and Transparency” on the Village website at www.spartami.org.
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 as of 2019. 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 - $83.45
Lowell - $83.84
Rockford - $94.67
Cedar Springs - $98.32
Click the link below for more information.
Download a File:
2020 Water & Sewer Rate Information (PDF)
Welcome to the Village of Sparta
The 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
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.
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
Village News & Notes
Splash Pad: Closed for Season
The splash pad at Rogers Park will officially close for the season on Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Thank you all for a great season. See you next year!
Curbside Brush Pickup To Go Through October
Monthly brush pick up will end October 9, 2020 in accordance with the brush policy linked below.
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 behind the Village of Sparta DPW Building at 276 W. Division Street during regular work hours. NO commercial dumping. NO stumps. ID’s may be checked before you unload to confirm village residency. Also as a reminder, Christmas Trees can be dropped off behind the DPW building 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.
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Brush Policy - May 4, 2020 Start
Notice: Leaf Pickup in the Village
Leaf pickup for Fall 2020 is scheduled to start mid-October and will run through the end of November or the first heavy snowfall, which ever is earlier.
Residents are asked to rake leaves into piles between the curb and sidewalk or the area next to the 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 choose to bring them to the garage please REMOVE from plastic bags.
Please do not park within 25 ft. of leaf piles.
This is a leaf pickup only. Please do not set out brush, roots, stumps or garden waste, as the leaf vacuum cannot accept those items.
Village Receives $350,000 Community Development Block Grant to Fund New Sidewalk Construction
In March of 2019 the Kent County Community Action Agency (KCCA) announced approval of $350,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for the Village of Sparta. The funding will be used for sidewalk infrastructure improvements throughout the Village. For 2019 the CDBG Entitlement Program, the KCCA conditionally awarded nearly $1 million to five communities for the installation of new sidewalks.
When reviewing the locations for potential sidewalks Village Council had to consider the various census block groups and how CDBG funding would be allocated in the future. One of the block groups around Lamoreaux Park would be removed from the CDBG eligible funding list next year so the Village Council felt it was best to concentrate the majority funding in that area around Lamoreaux Park. This will allow the Village to apply for additional CDBG funds in the future for sidewalk installation in other areas of the Village.
New sidewalk will be installed in the following areas: W. Gardner St. (Anderson St. to West Extent), North side of W. Averill St. (Anderson St. to Pine St.), West side of Pine St. (Kings Blvd. to Amelia St.), North side of W. Averill St. (Pine St. to S. State St.), East side of Park St. (W. Averill St. to W. Gardner St.), South side of W. Gardner St. (Park St. to Pine St.), South side of Amelia St. (Pine St. to White St.), West side of White St. (Amelia St. to South St.), West side of N. Elm St. (Grove St. to Alma St.), East side of N. Elm St. (Alma St. to Carrie St.) and the South side of Carrie St. (N. Union to N. Elm St.). A map has been included as a link below to show the locations of the new sidewalk.
The Village will hold an open house for anyone interested in the project to come and ask questions of the Village Engineer. The open house will take place on Monday February 17, 2020 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM in Sparta Village Hall.
Information on New Ordinances Adopted by Village Council
Please check our Planning and Zoning page to read recently adopted Village Ordinances.
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.