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Vassar, MI 48768
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Quick History of Vassar !

Here on the Cass River on March 1, 1849, four men led by Townsend North and James M. Edmunds found a suitable place to build a dam and start a town, which was named for Edmunds' Uncle, Matthew Vassar, later the founder of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. The growth of the town for the next 30 years was based on lumbering and its many related industries. Cork pine, the best variety of white pine, grew in abundance along the mighty Cass River and was in high demand. These trees of the forest grew to a height of 150 feet, often with diameters exceeding three feet. The wood was light and strong and easy to work with. Millions of board feet were marketed all over the world, especially in America's prairie states. With the forests depleted, Vassar developed a diversified economy that is still evident today in agriculture, manufacturing, and commercial business. The rich history has helped Vassar earn its popular nickname that is known around the state-the Cork Pine City. In 1999 Vassar celebrated its sesquicentennial. Events were held through the year in celebration.

Current News

Michigan Department of Transportation M-15 Bridge Project

State Date: October 6, 2014
Bridge Construction Completion Date: October 10, 2015

Stage 1 will include removal and replacement of the northbound side of bridge.
Stage 2 will include removal and replacement of the southbound side of bridge.

Cass Avenue (north side of bridge) and Water Street (south side of bridge) will be detoured.
Pedestrian Traffic will be detoured.

City of Vassar

Notice of Provisions of the Weed Ordinance

To: All owners, occupants or possessors of land in the City of Vassar.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with article II of chapter 82 of the Vassar City Code of Ordinances all noxious, poisonous or injurious weeds, or other weeds, grass or brush exceeding a height of six inches upon any property in the City of Vassar shall be cut down, destroyed or removed, as the case may be, to prevent growth in excess of six inches. A violation of these provisions shall constitute a civil infraction, which may be treated as a municipal civil infraction.

 (Code 1983, § 9.55; Ord. No. 45C, § 1(b), 10-28-96; Amd. of 8-4-03)


Contractor shall collect yard waste on a weekly basis from the first full week in April through the end of November every year. Yard Waste must be placed in biodegradable paper bags or placed loose in a 30 gallon can clearly marked yard waste only. Positively no plastic bags will be accepted. Branches and twigs smaller than 2" in diameter must be placed in bundles no larger than 2' by 4' long or 50 pounds per bag or bundle. Positively no tree trunks, stumps, or large amounts of construction/demolition

Water Street Sewer Construction Project - UPDATE

The Vassar City Council approved a change order for this project at their August 5, 2014 meeting that included a substantial completion date of November 14, 2014.

The City of Vassar awarded the Water Street Sewer project to DiPonio Contracting, Shelby Township, MI.


The City of Vassar is always seeking civic-minded individuals, interested in serving the community.  Service to the community is a rewarding experience that will broaden your knowledge of local government and provide an opportunity for personal and professional development.  One way to serve the community is by applying for a position on a Board, Commission, or Committee.  If you are a city resident please contact city hall (989) 823-8517 for more information.

Positions are currently available for the following:

• Vision Vassar Cool Cities Committee – 3 year terms

• Downtown Development Authority – 4 year terms

• Economic Development Corporation – 6 year terms

• Zoning Board of Appeals – 3 year terms

For more information (qualifications, residency information, meeting details) or to apply please contact the city clerk at (989) 823-8517.  As current member’s terms expire, the City advertises in the local newspaper, on the web site, and on the local cable access channel.

DDA Notice of Meeting Date Change

The Downtown Development Authority approved to move the DDA meeting to the third Tuesday of each month at 8am.  The new meeting dates are as follows:  Third Tuesday of the month starting in March 2013.  March 19th, April 16th, May 21st, June 18th, July 16th, August 20th, September 17th, October 15th, November 19th, December 17th

Vassar City Council meetings will be aired Monday through Sunday on cable access channel 191 at 7pm.

Click here for river reading information from the National Weather Service: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=dtx

The Interactive Flood Map on this website has been updated with the Flood Insurance Rate Map effective April 3, 2012 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

City Council Packets are available to purchase at cost (with notice) for anyone who might be interested in obtaining a council packet.

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