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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 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 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.

City of Vassar - Parks and Recreation Master Plan 2015 - 2019

Notice of Review

City of Vassar

Draft of the Recreation Plan

The City of Vassar has put forth great effort in the past few months to develop a comprehensive update to its five-year Recreation Plan. The plan evaluates existing recreation opportunities and public opinion on recreation,develops goals for parks and recreation, and outlines an action plan to pursue recreation improvements. The draft is now available for public review and comments.

Copies of the draft plan will be available for review until January 14th at the following locations:

Ÿ  Bullard Sanford Memorial Library, 520 W. Huron Ave,Vassar, MI 48768.

Ÿ  Tuscola County, Parks and Recreation Office, 125 West Lincoln, Suite 500, Caro, MI 48723

Ÿ  Vassar Township Hall, 4505 W. Saginaw Rd., Vassar, MI48768

Ÿ  Tuscola Township Hall, 8561 Van Cleave Rd., Vassar, MI48768

Ÿ  Online at the City’s website:

Ÿ  Online at

If you are interested in submitting comments regarding the draft Recreation Plan, please send written comments to the address listed below before 4:30 pm on Wednesday, January 14, 2015.  A public meeting of the Vassar Parks and Recreation Commission will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at City Hall, located at 287 E. Huron Avenue, Vassar, MI to take input on the draft.

For more information, please contact:

Brad Barrett, City Manager

(989) 823-8517

(Download a shorten version of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan 2015-2019 (Draft) by clicking above)


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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