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City of Vassar, 287 E Huron Avenue
Vassar, MI 48768
989 823-8517

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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

COMMUNITY PRIDE DAY SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014 HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL AUGUST 2014.


The City of Vassar is taking applications fora DPW seasonal/temporary worker and DPW temporary/part time worker. The seasonal/temporary worker may work up to 40 hours a week for no more than 4months and the DPW temporary part time worker will work no more than 25 hours a week. These positions will be responsible for, but not limited to cemetery and park upkeep and maintenance. The hourly wage for both positions is $8.00 with no benefits. Interested candidates need to complete and return an employment application before 4:30 pm on Friday, July 18, 2014 to Vassar City Hall, 287 East Huron Avenue, Vassar MI 48768.




THE CITY OF VASSAR

(Code 1983, § 9.54; Ord. No. 45C, § 1(a), 10-28-96; Amd. of 8-4-03)

Sec. 82-35. - Notice to owner or occupant by publication to abate.

It is hereby made the duty of the department of public works of the city to give general notice to every owner or occupant, or any person, agent, firm or corporation having control or management of any land wherein noxious, poisonous or injurious weeds, or any weeds, grass or brush exceeding a height of six inches are growing, standing or present, to cut down, destroy or remove the growths. Such general notice shall be made by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the city at least once in each calendar year, and shall read substantially as follows:


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)




REPUBLIC YARD WASTE COLLECTION

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 AND SEWER RATES

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



Water

Residential: $60.93 per quarter

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

$1.29 per 1,000 gallons (20,000+)



Sewer

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 - UPDATE

The Vassar City Council approved a change order for this project at their July 7, 2014 meeting that included a substantial completion date of August 24, 2014.


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.



Vacancies

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

• 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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