Ah, welcome to my favorite time of year

Mayor of Riverview, Michigan - Andrew Swift


Andrew Swift

Welcome to my favorite time of year.  

Soon we will be enjoying some cooler weather and the changing colors of the leaves.  It is also the time that Riverview starts planning our fall events.  

One event that we’re ready for is the Hayride and “Movie-in-the-Park” on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Young Patriot’s Park.

Courtesy of the Kiwanis of Riverview, starting at noon on Sunday, October 13th, the first 20 people who email me at aswift@cityofriverview.com will receive 1 ticket for the hayride.

The first 20 people who email me at aswift@cityofriverview.com will receive one ticket for the Hayride. Put in the subject line “Free Hayride” and include your name and address in the email. Please, one per family. Tickets will be awarded at the event.

In addition to our endless amount of recreation and library programs planned for fall is the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. This year’s event promises to be the best ever

 The event will include the addition of several family oriented activities. These include fire pits, hayrides, and a large tent to house our first Christmas Concert Show with the popular band “Backdraft.”  

We still have members of the middle school band to perform Christmas Carols before the old man himself, Santa, is scheduled to be there.  

If you’d like to have your elementary  age child be one of two children who will “Throw the Switch” to light the Christmas Tree, have them send a letter to Mayor Swift, 14100 Civic Park Drive, Riverview, Mi. 48193.  

In the letter have them write what they love about the city of Riverview in 100 words or less. Please include your child’s name and age. All letters are to be postmarked by Saturday, Nov. 16. The winners will be announced at the ceremony.

This time next month those who haven’t already voted absentee will be going to the polls to elect three council persons and mayor.  

Someone mentioned that Riverview should have term limits. I say we already do, it’s called elections. I believe there are benefits to having a long term councilperson or mayor, but it only works if the electorate stays informed. Being an informed voter is important to ensure that you receive the best representation on council each term.  

Please refer to the council questions in this paper for detailed information on all the council candidates. 

I would also like to use this space to say a great big thank you to the following sponsors of the Kiwanis of Riverview Dictionary Project.  Because of their generous support the Dictionary Project has been fully funded by their donations.  

They are in no particular order, Kathleen and Charles Skupin, Neubecker Power Washing, Nancy and Thomas Holloway, Mayor Andrew Swift, Riverview Towing, Full Moon Bar, Deanna Boone Agency State Farm, Nancy and John Colina, Riverview Animal Hospital, C.E. Raines Company, Pentiuk-Couvreur & Kubiljak PC, and Kim & Elio Zeppa.  

To close this month’s article I would like to take a minute to say how proud I am to serve as your Mayor. There is so much more than meets the eye while performing the duties as mayor.  I proudly represent our city at the Downriver Community Conference, the South East Michigan Council of Governments, the Community Development Block Grant Committee, the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and countless community organizations and events.  

I do all this because of my love of the people who make up our community.  We have so many working to improve our schools and city that deserve our appreciation. 

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