Congratulations to our newest City Council members

Mayor of Riverview, Michigan - Andrew Swift

Andrew Swift

My fellow Riverview residents, fall is finally here in all its colorful glory.  Now would be a great time to take a stroll through the woods at Young Patriot’s Park to see the burst of color of the leaves before they fall to ground.  Then walk around the Reflection Pond enjoying the cool crisp air.

As we do every two years, our residents voted in the Riverview City Council election.  There were three open positions with six candidates running. Many residents showed their support by putting out lawn signs for the candidate/s that they supported.  

The top three vote-getters were Dean Workman, Rita Gunaga, and David Robbins.  Please join me in congratulating them on their success. Also, A big “thank you” goes out to Councilman James Trombley and Councilman Billy Towle for their years of service. 

It’s not a secret that although not on the ballot, the Riverview Landfill expansion was in the forefront of their discussions. All three of these candidates understand the importance of the landfill.

The new Council will be investigating all options available to minimize our reliance on the landfill. There will be a greater degree of success having the next 25 to 30 years, instead of eight to 10 years to do this important work.

One popular option that has been suggested to replace the $3.5 million dollars we receive from the landfill operations is the closing of the golf course and building homes. This option has several issues.  

The first being The Riverview Highlands Golf Course is one of the few municipally owned golf courses that were cash positive in the state of Michigan this past fiscal year. Yes, the golf course was cash positive this past fiscal year because of the commitment of council financing improvements and having the right personnel to make it happen.  It was also recently voted the best golf course Downriver. Closing the golf course would remove one of the more popular reasons people come to Riverview.

The second issue is that if it is true that landfills negatively affects the value of the homes near it, why would you build homes right next to it?  And if we waited till the landfill closed to build the homes, where would hundreds of thousands dollars come from until the new subdivision was built and sold.

Another issue is that Coachwood residents paid a premium for a view of the golf course.  They would lose that marketing advantage if there new view was that of the backs of the new homes.

On a positive note and contrary to popular belief, the city has been working diligently to maximize return from the land preserve. We have two projects in the works related to the land preserve. When they come to fruition, it will mean millions of dollars over the next 10 years or so.  And it doesn’t include taking more trash.  

If we get the expansion, that would mean millions more to offset property and road improvement taxes.

On to other business.

Coming up toward the end of the month is our Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.  

The event starts at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20. This year the festivities include our new Riverview Business Expo, which  takes place in the Community Center. This is a Riverview-only business showcase and it offers a chance for local businesses and community members to interact.

  We have many fun family activities planned.  

There will be kid’s games, toy train rides, carolers, a magician, The Plymouth Fife & Drum Corp, The Riverview Community High School Choir and lots more. Santa Claus will make visit from 4 – 6:45 p.m. to hear what the children want for Christmas.  

After the Tree Light Ceremony at 7 p.m. the very popular band “Shakedown” will be in concert till 10 p.m. And something that I am very proud to announce is the fun filled family evening culminates with a fantastic fireworks display. 

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