City Council election in November will have five seeking three seats

Mayor of Riverview, Michigan - Andrew Swift

FROM THE DESK OF THE MAYOR

One of the many responsibilities I have as your Mayor is to communicate to you important events happening in the city.  

One of those events is the city election coming up this November. There will be three council member positions open this term. All three councilmembers have petitioned to run for re-election. We also have two new candidates. With five candidates running, our residents will need to do some homework to see which candidate best reflects what they would like to see happen in our great city.  

Look for more information in future Riverview Register’s about all the candidates and their ideas on how to improve Riverview.

Speaking of improving Riverview, I hope you agree with me that our business climate has improved in the last four years. Former mayor Tim Durand laid some pretty good ground work to get us through some tough lean times. The times are now improving and as stated in my last article we have businesses showing interest in Riverview.  

With that being said, I too have chosen to run for re-election. Working on improving Riverview is a never ending job. A job I’ve thoroughly enjoyed doing and looking forward to continuing for the next four years. Being Mayor is challenging at times but it is always very rewarding.

Another important event our administration is working on is getting The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to visit Riverview in 2020. 

At the request of the American Legion Post 389 and a very generous resident, Riverview is pursuing getting the wall to come here. The wall is a 3/5 scale of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC, it stands six feet tall at the center and is almost 300 feet end to end. My wife and I just returned from a trip to our nation’s capital. Two of the many attractions we visited were Arlington National Cemetery and The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.  

On the Vietnam Veterans Memorial we were able to find the names of the four Riverview soldiers that were killed in action. Those names are Thomas J. Evans, James L. Paul, Dennis J. Breda, and Kenneth E. Treadway. We are eternally grateful for their sacrifice. 

The traveling wall, if we are successful in securing a visit to Riverview, will allow those unable to travel to Washington DC to see the names of our own soldiers who paid the ultimate price.

Some of you may have noticed that our annual street sectioning program has begun. We’ve budgeted around $1.2 million this year. If your street is scheduled for repair, you will be notified by the city or contractor.  

We understand that this is an inconvenience for some residents, but in the end you’ll have a better street to drive on.

Our summer programs are in full swing. The movies and concerts in the park have been very well attended. The recreation programs are very popular with the younger children and the library programs are going well. Please see the ads in this paper for more information.

A big end of summer event is planned for Saturday, Aug. 28 at Young Patriot’s Park.  “Riverview Family Fun Day” runs from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. There will be a bike ride through the city, an ice cream social, several bounce houses and two bands that the kids will just love. I look forward to seeing everyone there.

One final note is that the Kiwanis of Riverview are preparing for its annual Dictionary Program. This program provides dictionaries to all third graders in the Riverview Community School District.  

If you’d like more information on this program or would like to donate please send your name and address to aswift1@comcast.com with “Dictionary Program” as the subject matter.

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