2020 promises to be a busy year in the city

Mayor of Riverview, Michigan - Andrew Swift

FROM THE DESK OF THE MAYOR

Andrew Swift
– RIVERVIEW REGISTER

The year 2020 promises to be a busy and important year for the City of Riverview.  We have so much going on that I need to update you on.

First on the agenda is the up-coming 2020 Census. It is critical that you respond to the census because our federal aid and many other important items are based on our population.  Some of the health related issues the information is used for are, planning for hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and location of health care services. It is also used for planning for future governmental services such as reapportioning seats in the House of Representatives.

This is the first time that you will be able to respond to the census online. Riverview had roughly a 77 percent response rate by mail for the 2010 Census. We’re hoping with the online option that the mail-in percent will fall considerably. This will then lessen the requirement of a home visit by a census worker.

For those concerned about privacy, the Census Bureau is required by law to protect any personal information they collect and keep it strictly confidential. 

The Census Bureau can only use your answers to produce statistics. Your answers cannot be used for law enforcement purposes or to determine your personal eligibility for government benefits.

Starting March 1, 2020 you can begin responding online to the 2020 Census at 2020census.gov. You may want to wait until you receive your notice from the Census in the mail. I believe there will be a code in the notification that you will use when you respond online.

We have lots of positive things happening at our Land Preserve. May I suggest you “Like” our new Facebook page?  It is called the “Riverview Land Preserve” and it will keep you updated on all the new equipment and methods we are doing to improve this regional resource.

It is full of stats and information on the technology we are now implementing. 

This spring you will see many improvements to our golf course, parking lot and clubhouse. We fully expect that the golf leagues that have left because of the condition will return.  

With the improvements already made at the clubhouse and the inside golf practice facility, we are working on providing the best golf experience Downriver.

Plans are progressing nicely on the logistics for the arrival of “The Wall That Heals” on Tuesday, May 26th.  

It will be escorted into Young Patriots Park around 5 p.m. The tentative route has the escort coming into Riverview at Sibley and West Jefferson. It will travel west on Sibley and make a right turn onto Quarry Road. The route continues north on Quarry to northbound Fort Street.  It then traverses Wyandotte and Lincoln Park.  The escort returns to Riverview at Fort Street and Pennsylvania.  It will continue south on Fort and turning west on Sibley to Riverview Veterans Memorial Drive. The final destination is Young Patriots Park at the lighted ball diamond to the west. The escort will consist of hundreds of motorcycles, police, fire and maybe a military vehicle or two.

Finally we are moving full steam ahead on transitioning our fire department to a combination of full and part-time firefighters.  

As I’m sure you are aware this is a costly but necessary move for us. To help address the additional cost, the city council will start discussions on establishing a “special assessment district.”  This district will consist of the entire city.  

Along with establishing this district a special assessment will be assigned to this district. I know what you’re thinking: “another tax increase.”  Fortunately for us that’s not true.  

We have a sewer debt that will be paid off this year and we’d be looking to re-allocate that same mill rate to the special assessment district.  

That way we get a fully staffed fire department made up of paramedics and emergency medical technicians at no additional cost to the taxpayers. 

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