COVID is still a concern as cases rise

Mayor of Riverview, Michigan - Andrew Swift

FROM THE DESK OF THE MAYORAndrew Swift

My fellow Riverview residents, the Covid-19 Pandemic continues to be a concern for our community. Unlike last month when the number of our new cases was low, this month we are seeing an increase.  

Starting April 5, everyone 16 years old and older is eligible to receive the vaccine.  I would recommend that you sign up for your vaccination as soon as you can.

While still on the Covid-19 topic, let’s all give a great big “Thank You” to the Riverview Community School District. From the Superintendent, school board, teachers, maintenance, and bus drivers, all have done a great job in keeping our schools open.  

And let’s not forget the effort put in by all of our city employees to provide the services we’ve all come to know and enjoy.

If you would, please join me in saying an extra prayer tonight for the safety of our first responders. As I’m sure you are aware of by now, some of our police officers were allegedly shot at by a resident while performing a welfare check. Thankfully no one was injured in the incident, but it could have been much worse. These officers performed with great restraint and the utmost professionalism.

Our upcoming city council election will likely be the most contested in recent history.  

As a result of the “Thinking of running for City Council?” article in last month’s paper, we have 12 residents that have pulled petitions.  

If all 12 residents file their petitions by 4 p.m. on April 20, there will be a primary held on Aug. 3, 2021. The top six vote getters will move onto the general election on Tuesday, November 2.  Watch your local papers for information on the candidates and what their vision is for our community.

As always, your city council has a lot going on.  

We are in the midst of preparing for a land preserve expansion, planning for a new gas plant, continued improvements at Riverview Highlands, putting together a satellite recycling center, possible land sale to improve our tax base, and many more projects.

One of the items coming soon is the scheduled improvement of the Riverview Veterans Memorial. Through the generosity of one of our residents the Memorial will be getting a thorough makeover and will require a lot less maintenance.  

Due to Covid-19 the ceremony on Memorial Day will be scaled back considerably.  Visitors are asked to visit the Memorial throughout the day and maintain social distance while paying their respects.

Summerfest, as of today, is a go.  

It will take place on Thursday, June 17 through Saturday, June 19. The bands Atomic Radio, Mega 80’s, Mob Opera, and Ray Street Park are all scheduled to appear. A couple new notable additions are broadcasts from 94.7 WCSX and 101 WRIF.   Summerfest closes out with the fireworks display at 10:00 on Saturday night.

The Riverview Highlands Golf Invitational returns this year on Thursday, June 24. The tournament was a complete success last year and promises to be even bigger this year.  Proceeds from this tournament are used to pay for the improvements to the course and surrounding area. If you’d like more information on how to participate as a golfer or a sponsor, please email Mike Kettler at mkettler@cityofriverview.com.  

Also at The Highlands, a new combination car show and golf outing will take place on Saturday, July 31. Called “Clubs and Chrome Golf & Car Show,” this outing promises to be a local favorite.  Presented by Riverview Highlands, Grundy Insurance, and “Cruisin Classics Agency,” residents can enjoy one or both of the events.  

While most of the classic show cars will be in the north end of the parking lot, there will be several strategically placed on the course. For more information on the car show call Cruisin Classics Agency at 734-231-0230.  To reserve your foursome for the golf outing call Riverview Highlands at 734-281-4255.

Plans are underway for “The Wall That Heals” to come to Riverview.  

It was originally scheduled last year for the week of Memorial Day. “The Wall That Heals” is a scale model of the Vietnam Veterans Wall in Washington D.C. It is scheduled to be here Aug. 12-15. It will be escorted into town by an escort of police and fire vehicles and a couple hundred motorcycles on Tuesday, Aug. 10.  

More details of the visit can be found on the city’s website.

Until next month, be safe and be well.

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