Here is hoping for a better year as 2021 dawns

Mayor of Riverview, Michigan - Andrew Swift

Andrew Swift

My fellow Riverview residents, on behalf of your city council I would like to say, “May this year be a year of renewal, recovery, and a rekindling of all those relationships that have been put on hold for the past 10 months.”  

With the unrest in Washington DC and Covid-19 still amongst us we have to be as vigilant as ever to reach the goal of normalcy.  

On a positive note, the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine has begun. It has already been distributed to some of our first responders, nursing homes and senior living facilities.

The southeastern Michigan community lost a longtime public servant in Mayor Dan Paletko of Dearborn Heights. Mayor Paletko served his community well and was a very active member of the Downriver Community Conference and many civic groups.  

The city of Riverview sends it most sincere condolences to his family and to the residents of Dearborn Heights.

To wrap up a few items from last month the Kiwanis of Riverview and the Riverview Goodfellows had a pretty successful holiday fundraising campaign.  In spite of the pandemic these local civic groups were still able to raise money to make sure the children and families in need in our community were able to have a Thanksgiving and Christmas to be proud of.  This is a definite reflection of the caring people who make up our community.

The city of Riverview begins the year with a new Chief of Police.  His name is Ronald Beggs, a former Dearborn Police Commander.  He has extensive law enforcement and community involvement experience. 

Please join me in welcoming him to our community.  And from what I’ve learned about him, it won’t be long before you see him out in the community.

We’ve got a lot on our plate this coming year. One of the more important items is the city council election in November (and you thought we were done with election rhetoric). There are three council seats open. The deadline for filing if you’re interested is Tuesday, April 20 by 4 p.m.  Nominating petitions are available from the city clerk’s office.  We would suggest calling (734) 281-4240 so the clerk can process your petition request. Anyone considering running and has questions, feel free to email me

Your city council has approved a new “Host Agreement” with the Riverview Land Preserve.  

What does this mean? It means that we are moving forward with the actions needed to prepare for the expansion of the landfill.  

There are many steps required in this process and we are doing our due diligence in preparation for this to happen. We are working with our surrounding communities getting input from their elected officials and residents. You’ve read in this paper all the benefits our land preserve brings to not only our city but to the entire region.

Soon we will be fully staffed with our new full-time fire-fighter paramedics.  That means eight full-time, firefighter-paramedics on staff to provide Advanced Life Support service to our community.  We are still working on filling the open part-time positions of the same certifications.

Similar to our land preserve, our residents benefit from owning our own boat ramp. 

A resident can purchase an annual pass for only $25.00. This pass is good for unlimited uses throughout the year. The purchase price for a Non-Resident permit is $250.00. They are limited to the first 50 purchasers and normally sell out in minutes on the first business day of the year.

The city has recently learned the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Fund, the group that manages “The Wall That Heals”, has placed Riverview on the 2021 schedule. 

The traveling wall will be here the week of Aug. 12-15. This reschedule is from last year’s cancelled event.

For those who aren’t aware yet, the MyRiverview app is available on Google Play or Apple App Store. Please download it and let us know what you think.  Please find instructions on how to download in another article in this Register.

By now you all know that Stevens Disposal’s garbage trucks have a new configuration.  It uses a mechanical arm to pick up your trash can and dump it into a container in front of the truck.  This process requires that the handle of the trash can face your house and the lid opening face the street.  This will make the whole process quicker and safer for the workers.

Finally, please join me in welcoming our newest business, MOVEMENT Physical and Occupational Therapy located at 14700 King Road, Suite B.  

Its owner, Karen Fron grew up in Riverview and is a 1994 graduate of Riverview Community High School. Let’s welcome Karen and her business partner’s home.  

You can visit their website at