Vassar Twp. to seek property deal

Vassar Township hopes to strike a deal with the city of Vassar.

The owner of property on M-15 at the city limit recently discovered the boundary line between the township and the city runs through a house and a rental cabin. He came to a special township board meeting on Dec. 15 to seek a solution.

He offered to keep the cabin in the city and the house in the township if the two governments could agree to a shift in the boundaries to accommodate the change.

Supervisor Bruce Foether said the house is the only property in the township with city water and sewer service.

“I was going to see what the city wanted to do,” he said, “to see if they wanted to annex the whole property.”

The city and township could do as the owner asked or they could reach a Public Act 425 agreement. The 1984 law, also known as the Intergovernmental Conditional Transfer of Property by Contract Act, provides a way for two local units of government to share tax revenues resulting from new or expanding development.

“I want to talk with the city manager (Bruce Chapman),” Foether said, “and see what would be best for both of us.”

The township board also:

• Decided to end its subscription with eCivis for grant software. The cost is $690 a year. “If it hasn’t been used for three years,” Foether said, “then why are we paying for it?”

• Learned it needed to update information at the Tuscola County Courthouse to name Eric Moore of the Braun, Kendrick, Finkbeiner law firm of Saginaw as its attorney.

• Offered to pay for upcoming Michigan Township Association training sessions to any board or commission member interested.

• Didn’t decide what to do about a request for $100 dues for membership in the M-15 Heritage Route. A motion to pay the dues died for lack of support.

• Approved paying $899.99 to CyberLink for a new computer for Foether that will allow him to operate the camera that records each township board meeting. Treasurer John Stack has been using his phone to record the sessions because Foether’s computer wasn’t capable.

• Heard a presentation on its insurance before approving it for another year, with Ted Hartleb as the township’s agent.

• Discussed automated withdrawals to pay for Sage 30 small business accounting software. The cost is $1,608.45, though the board is considering moving up to Sage 50 so it can add election workers to the program.

• Learned the township’s auditor will attend the January meeting to discuss the annual audit.

Mark Haney is a staff writer for The Advertiser and can be reached at

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