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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.

***Notice of City Hall Closure***

Vassar City Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 27, 2014 and Friday, November 28, 2014 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Vassar City Hall will be open from 8:00 am to Noon on Wednesday, December 24, 2014, however closed on Thursday, December 25, 2014 and Friday, December 26, 2014.

Vassar City Hall will be open from 8:00 am to Noon Wednesday, December 31, 2014, however closed on Thursday, January 1, 2015 and Friday, January 2, 2015

Current News

Michigan Department of Transportation M-15 Bridge Project

***The bridge contractor has a winter shutdown scheduled for January 5, 2015 through February 27, 2015. Productivity during the middle of winter is very limited and the contractor felt it would be best to put forth extra effort during fall and early winter to get as much work completed before winter sets in. The limiting factor on when the newly constructed half of the bridge can be opened to traffic is HMA paving. HMA to pave the road leading up to the new portion of the bridge will not be available until asphalt plants open in April 2015. The bridge will still be open to traffic.***

***The bridge project is on schedule and there are no plans by MDOT to close or restrict bridge use. The steel plating was included in the construction plans to use for the purpose of covering potholes because MDOT cannot concrete patch them due to traffic implications. There has been no concerns with the integrity of the bridge.***

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.


Per Republic Services, yard waste collection will end on Friday, November 28, 2014.

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.

Yuletide Celebration 2014 has changes because of M-15 Bridge Construction

Each year for the last several years, Vassar Cool Cities Committee has proudly sponsored the Yuletide Celebration on the First Saturday in December. 

Asa result of the MDOT bridge work and road closures, this year’s event has to be altered for the safety and well-being of our community and participants. In the past, a request to close M-15 between Cass Avenue and Main Street is submitted to MDOT TSC; however the bridge detour makes this road closure request unfeasible.

This year's event will be a simple holiday celebration which includes the Rotary Tree of Light, holiday music, The Spirit Award Presentation cookies, coffee,and hot chocolate, as well as some additional holiday festivities in Veteran's Park.  We invite the community to share in this great event on Saturday, December 7, 2014, starting at 5:00 pm.   

The Vassar Cool Cities would like to thank the community for their patience and understanding regarding the altering of this event and we look forward to an exciting Yuletide Celebration in 2015.


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.

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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.

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