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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 commerical 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

The City of Vassar is requesting sealed bids from parties interested in purchasing 1-5 shot Smith & Wesson .38 cal revolver & 1-Glock 23 .40 cal. handguns

Request for Proposal for 119 North Cass Avenue - Demolition - sealed bids accepted until Monday April 21, 2014 until noon at Vassar City Hall, 287 E Huron Ave, Vassar MI  48768



The City Council passed Resolution 2014-04a which included an increase to utility rates for residential and commercial property owners in the City of Vassar. The following rates have an effective date of April 1, 2014:




Residential: $60.93 per quarter


Commercial (metered): $2.58 per 1,000 gallons


 $1.29 per 1,000 gallons (20,000+)




Residential: $127.23 per quarter


Commercial: (metered): $6.30 per 1,000 gallons


Readiness to Serve Charge (metered): $16.00 per month


(Each residential equivalent will be charged a readiness to to serve charge)


Click here for more information including Sewer & Water Rate Presentation given at the March 3, 2014 City Council Meeting. 


City Hall will accept monthly payments and or prepayments from residents for their water/sewer bill. The new monthly amount will be $67.72.

Water Street Sewer Construction Project


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

-       installing 1410 feet of 15 inch sanitary sewer along Water Street

-       boring 150 feet of 15 inch sanitary sewer underneath the Cass River


Construction is anticipated to start Thursday, November 14, 2013 and be completed sometime around mid-December, weather permitting. The roadway will be closed to thru traffic during construction but will be open to local traffic. Due to winter weather conditions, Water Street will not be paved until Spring 2014. Feel free to contact City Hall at 989-823-8517 with any questions. 



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 or email cbacon@cityofvassar.org 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

• Vassar Planning Commission – 3 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 or cbacon@cityofvassar.org  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 99 at 7pm.

As of April 14, 2014 (7:00a.m.), the river read is at 10.57 feet.

Click here for more information from the National Weather Service:


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.

Please be aware...

The City Assessor will be conducting drive by review of properties through the summer. He will be re-photographing all properties. Any courtesy that you may extend will be appreciated



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