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Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: Sparta names new village manager

My Town: Sparta names new village manager

SPARTA, Mich.--  Sparta has named a new village manager.

Tuesday night, city officials offered a contract to Julius Suchy.  According to the Michigan Municipal League’s website, Suchy most recently served as the Dundee village manager from Sept. 2011 to April 2014.  He also previously worked as city manager in Vassar and zoning administrator in Big Rapids.

Interim Village Manager Sharon J. DeLange said Wednesday afternoon that the village had yet to receive Suchy’s signed contract, but he had already added the job title to his profile page on Facebook.  Suchy is expected to start his new position Monday, June 23.

Suchy replaces Martin Super, who resigned in March to focus on his family’s business in southwest Michigan.

My Town Sparta: Meet the five finalists for village manager June 6

My Town Sparta: Meet the five finalists for village manager June 6

SPARTA, Mich.— The search for Sparta’s next village manager is now down to five finalists, and community members are invited to meet them.

The village received roughly 40 applications for the position, which was vacated by Martin Super on March 28.  Over the past several weeks, council members have whittled down the number of applicants to five finalists.  The list includes Timothy Brown, Michael Stampsler, Robert Layman, Patrick Reagan and Julius Suchy.

A community meet-and-greet for the finalists will take place Friday, June 6 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Sparta Area Schools Administration Building, 465 S. Union Street.  A hiring committee will hold another round of interviews with all of the finalists the next day.

For additional information, contact Sparta Village Hall at (616) 887-8251.

My Town Sparta: Sports park joint service agreement hits roadblock

My Town Sparta: Sports park joint service agreement hits roadblock

SPARTA, Mich.—A village resolution to support a joint service agreement for the Sparta Sports Park will need some work.

During its last meeting, the Sparta Village Council turned down a resolution for a park maintenance agreement with Sparta Township.  Elizabeth Morse with the Sparta Downtown Development Authority says the Sparta Recreation Authority will work on altering the resolution language approval.  The resolution is general, since the park hasn’t been built yet.  Morse says fundraising, design and development is on schedule, but no construction date has been set.

 Morse hopes to have an updated version of the proposed resolution before the village council again sometime this summer.

My Town Sparta: Plans for three new State Street businesses approved

My Town Sparta: Plans for three new State Street businesses approved

SPARTA, Mich.—  Three new businesses in Sparta are getting the green light to break ground.

During their last meeting, village council members approved the site plan for a new Subway restaurant at 313 S. State Street, as well as an orthodontic office and Biggby Coffee down the street at 275 S. State.

Both Subway and Biggby plan to include drive-throughs as part of their new businesses. Village officials have already granted the necessary permits to developers, so construction can start anytime.

My Town Sparta: Search for new village manager down to ten people

My Town Sparta: Search for new village manager down to ten people

SPARTA, Mich.—Sparta is one step closer to swearing in a new village manager.

Interim Village Manager Sharon J. DeLange says the village has narrowed down its search to ten applicants, whose resumes will be reviewed by council members Thursday night.  DeLange says the village received roughly 40 applications for the position, which was vacated by Martin Super on March 28.  Super served the village for three years, before deciding to focus on his family’s business in southwest Michigan.

DeLange says the village expects to schedule interviews beginning June 7.  The finalists will be invited to an open house the day prior, to tour the village and meet council members and other community leaders.

My Town Sparta: Memorial Day Walk May 26

My Town Sparta: Memorial Day Walk May 26

SPARTA, Mich.—Community members are invited to join the Village of Sparta’s Memorial Walk, beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26.

Anyone willing and able is encouraged to fall behind the color guard during the procession, which will kick off at Greenwood Cemetery and end at Lamoreaux Park.  A memorial service will follow immediately after, around 10:30 a.m.

This year’s Memorial Day event is hosted by the American Legion Post 107 in coordination with the Sparta Township Historic Commission.