FROM THE DESK OF THE MAYOR
– Riverview Register
It is with a heavy heart that I begin this month’s article.
On November 30th I learned of the passing of the city of Trenton’s mayor, Kyle Stack. This is a great loss for Trenton and all downriver communities. Over the years I’ve had several meetings with Kyle on several different issues. She was always very kind and supportive.
Kyle worked on several committees shared by our downriver communities. She knew if all of downriver did well, her city would too. I will miss her, but will still work with whomever it is that will take her place. Please join me in wishing her husband Bill and her family the very best and keep them in your prayers.
The city of Riverview recently held its Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. This year we added several new family style games along with crafts, treats, punch, hay rides, train rides, fire pits, real (fake) snow, Santa, and the very popular local band Backdraft.
The work began months ago by our DPW with decorating Young Patriots Park and several city buildings.These guys did a great job. So when you see them out and about around town, please feel free to tell them what a great job they did.
Our Recreation Department under the direction of Todd Dickman was the backbone of this event. Everything ran rather smoothly and on time. There was only one problem that I was aware of. Just before the Christmas tree was lit, the police had to close down the entrance to the park. So successful was this year’s event that our parking went way beyond capacity. A large number people had to park at local businesses or in the neighborhoods surrounding the park.
We had several community groups helping. Cub Scouts from Pack 1659, members of the Beautification Commission, Riverview Community High School and Seitz Middle School Bands, Riverview Community High School Choir, the American Legion Post 389, and the old man himself Santa Claus Russ Brown.
Crowd size estimates were as high as 3,000. Activities took place in the community center, library, around the park and Reflection Pond, and in the football field size tent. The crowd was pretty well spread out and was made up of young and not-so-young. We’ve already discussed adding a shuttle bus next year, similar to Summerfest. And a surprise or two if we can work it out.
This was truly a community event that I was proud to be part of. We had several special guests in attendance. Mr. Ron Hinrichs, President of the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber of Commerce, school board members Matthew Dominski, Mike Pelkey and board president Tim Bohr took time out of their busy schedules to be there.
Joining me from city council were our new Mayor Pro Tem Sussie Oneil and Councilwoman Lynn Blanchette. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell did make it but had to leave early. The crowd did wish her a happy birthday, though.
Plans are already in the works to make next year bigger and better. If you have some suggestions feel free to attend a Recreation or Beautification Commission meeting in the next year.
And from the Swift family to yours, please have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.