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My Town Sparta: Public hearing over company tax break request May 13

My Town Sparta: Public hearing over company tax break request May 13

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- Community members are encouraged to weigh in on an industrial tax break request by Steel 21, LLC during a public hearing May 13.

The company is requesting an Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption for property improvements on 4609 12 Mile Road.  The land falls within the Industrial Development District.

The forum begins at 7 p.m. at the Algoma Township Hall, 10531 Algoma Ave. NE.   The board will discuss and possibly act on the tax break request following the public hearing.

My Town Sparta: Village Council approves purchasing new police cruiser

My Town Sparta: Village Council approves purchasing new police cruiser

SPARTA, Mich.—The Village of Sparta is getting a new police cruiser.

Interim Village Manager Sharon J. DeLange says the Village Council approved purchasing the new vehicle during its meeting last week.  The new cruiser will cost approximately $23,000.  DeLange says the vehicle will replace one of the village’s three current police vehicles.  The retired vehicle will eventually be put up for sale by the village.

DeLange says the village normally has three police cruisers- two on road patrol and a third vehicle for transportation to and from the court.  DeLange says the new vehicle will need the appropriate decals added, so it will not be on the road immediately.

My Town: Sparta moves toward adding DPW storage facility

My Town: Sparta moves toward adding DPW storage facility

SPARTA, Mich.— The Village of Sparta is taking the first steps to expand storage space for the Department of Public Works.

The Village Council is looking into building a pole barn near the DPW garage at 276 West Division to hold supplies and equipment that had been in Sparta’s ambulance garage.  The village put the old ambulance barn up for sale six months ago.  The village is asking $65,000 for the property located at Washington and East Gardner.

In October, former Village Manager Martin Super said the building could be better used by a company; he said the space is ideal for businesses like a car detail shop or a heating and cooling service.

My Town Sparta: Nash Creek the focus of Clean Up Days April 26

My Town Sparta: Nash Creek the focus of Clean Up Days April 26

SPARTA, Mich.—  Community members are encouraged to help clean up Nash Creek during the annual Sparta Clean Up Days this Saturday, April 26.

Volunteers should bring their lawn tools, garden gloves and comfortable shoes or water boots to Balyeat Field this Saturday to help the Sparta Rotary Club trim back overgrowth and clean up litter.  Participants should meet at the Balyeat Pedestrian Bridge, located at 177 E. Division. The cleanup will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Morse at (616) 887-2454 or ddadirector@spartami.org

My Town Sparta: Downtown Development Authority Office upgrades approved

My Town Sparta: Downtown Development Authority Office upgrades approved

SPARTA, Mich.—Visitors to Sparta’s Downtown Development Authority offices will soon be able to peek inside to see what’s going on.

During its regular meeting last week, the Sparta Village Council approved replacing the DDA’s front tinted windows with clear glass, so window displays for businesses can be displayed. 

Interim Village Manager Sharon J. DeLange says the project will not exceed $10,000.  The DDA director will determine when the project work will start.

My Town Sparta: Village to hire additional DPW employees

My Town Sparta: Village to hire additional DPW employees

SPARTA, Mich.—Sparta is looking to hire seasonal employees for its Department of Public Works.

Interim Village Manager Sharon J. DeLange says the village council last week approved plans to allow the DPW to hire three to four part-time employees to help with seasonal grounds work, including cleaning up the village parks and maintaining the landscaping at the Sparta Airport.

DeLange says the village plans to put job opening information on its website sometime this week.  Those interested can apply for the openings now by visiting the village office, located at 156 East Division.

My Town Sparta: Council backs altering village boundaries

My Town Sparta: Council backs altering village boundaries

SPARTA, Mich.—The Village of Sparta is poised to become slightly larger.

During its regular meeting last week, the village council approved a resolution to incorporate 1.24 acres of township property on Sparta Avenue into the village.  The property is adjacent to Cascade Die Casting Group, Inc.  The company purchased the property to expand its facilities, but it needs the section of land included within the village limits in order for it to be eligible for tax incentives.

Interim Village Manager Sharon J. DeLange says the resolution must be approved by the village attorney before it is sent on to the Kent County Board of Commission for final consideration.