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Want to Learn About the Condition of Village Sanitary Sewer & Storm Water Systems and What Impact it Could Have on Utility Rates?

The Michigan Department of Environmental, Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE) has established a Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater Grant (SAW Grant) program. The Village of Sparta has just wrapped up its SAW program and a presentation by Village Engineer Prein & Newhof will be given to Village Council detailing the report at the Monday February 10, 2020 Council meeting. This meeting will be held at the Sparta Civic Center (75 N. Union St.) at 7 PM. The SAW Grant program is designed to help communities develop an asset management program for stormwater and wastewater collection systems. An asset management program will allow a community to plan for future capital improvement projects, identify critical assets and recognize problem areas before they become emergencies.

During this presentation representatives from Prein & Newhof will discuss areas of concern, talk about improvements needed in the system and discuss the process they went through to review the entirety of both the sanitary and stormwater systems.

The first step in the SAW grant program is to discuss the results of the report which will be done as noted above at the February 10th meeting. The next step is for the Village Council to hear a presentation from a financial firm that has reviewed the Village utility finances and is tasked with coming up with the utility rates necessary to pay for the plan as presented. The Village Council will hold a special council meeting on Monday February 24th at 7 PM at the Sparta Civic Center to hear the presentation from Baker Tilly on the financial implications for Village of Sparta utility rates. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend both of the meetings.

Meeting Dates & Times:
Sanitary & Storm Sewer Condition Presentation: Monday February 10, 2020 at the Sparta Civic Center
Post SAW Utility Rate Review Presentation: Monday February 24, 2020 at the Sparta Civic Center

Any questions contact Julius Suchy Village Manager at 616-887-8251 or jsuchy@spartami.org.

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.

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

Village of Sparta Hires New Finance Director/Treasurer

The Village of Sparta is pleased to announce David G. Carpenter has been named the Village’s Finance Director and Treasurer. Mr. Carpenter will direct and supervise the financial operation and reporting of all municipal funds including budget, audit, cash management, debt management and the collection of taxes in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles.

Mr. Carpenter has served as Finance Director/Treasurer for the City of the Village of Douglas since February 2018. He replaces Sharon DeLange, who will officially retire following her last day on February 20, 2020 after serving as the Village’s Finance Director/Treasurer since 1999. Mr. Carpenter will officially take over as the Finance Director/Treasurer on Monday February 24th.

Mr. Carpenter has more than 30 years of professional experience in accounting and the public sector. Prior to joining the City of the Village of Douglas, he served as an Accountant for Ottawa County from 2012 to 2018, where he performed accounting and administration work for the Ottawa County Insurance Authority and handled accounting functions for various funds of the county. Carpenter has also served as Chippewa County’s finance director from 1993 to 2004 where he oversaw all accounting functions for the county.

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.

Odd/Even Parking

Current 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 between November 15 and April 1 or the motor vehicle is parked on the oddly addressed side of the street on odd dates between November 15 and April 1.” - Section 70-5 (d) of Sparta Village Code of Ordinances

What does that Really Mean?

  • 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. to 6:00 p.m. Example: If it is 2:00 a.m. on November 21st your vehicle needs to be parked 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 titled "Example of Odd Parking" below (November 21st), you would want to make sure your car is parked on the odd side of the street after 6:00 p.m. on November 20th.

We have included graphics below explaining what this means visually.

Information on New Ordinances Adopted by Village Council

Newly Adopted Village OrdinancesPlease 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.