New vendor, lots of rain add up to shaggy city grass – sorry

Mayor of Riverview, Michigan - Andrew Swift

I’d like to start this article with an apology. I am sorry for the condition we have in our city with the grass cutting of city property. I am embarrassed at the lack of cutting throughout the city.

This year we have a couple of issues that arose at the same time. The first is the record number of days of rain we’ve experienced since the beginning of May. And the other is a new vendor to Riverview for the cutting of city property including all subdivision entrances, city hall, fire department, parks, ballfields, easements on several roads many other areas.

It is my opinion that our new vendor does not have the ability to perform his contractual commitment. There is a process in place that we will follow to see if we can get the company to perform. If not, then we will look elsewhere. I ask for your patience while we do what we can to improve the situation.

On a much lighter topic, I hope you and your family were able to attend our Memorial Day Ceremony. It took place on Memorial Day at the Riverview Veterans Memorial. The nearly 300 flags were placed around the reflection pond with the help of several volunteers, including the football team from the high school on the Thursday preceding the event.

On the morning of the event, members of the Seitz Middle School and Riverview Community High School Bands played patriotic songs while the crowd gathered. Scouts from Cub Scout Pack 1659 and Boy Scout Troop 1659 passed out water and American Flags as people arrived.

The ceremony began with the arrival of the motorcycle procession that began at the American Legion Post 389. I normally have the honor of leading the procession, but a health issue prevented me from attending this year. My son Paul, stepped up to lead the ride to Young Patriots Park. With an escort by the Riverview Police Department, assisted by the Michigan State Police, the ride worked its way to the park via the footpath around the pond.  

Once the 40-plus motorcycles from the American Legion Riders, Ford Motorcycle Club, The Enforcers Motorcycle Club and Hogs in Ministry arrived and parked the ceremony was able to begin. 

I’d like to thank Mayor Pro-tem James Trombley for filling in for me and carrying in the City of Riverview Flag. The guest speaker this year was Mr. Michael Ceaser. He gave an inspirational speech which was well received by all those in attendance.

Each year the committee tries to add something new. This year it was the combining the performances of the middle and school bands with the bagpiper who was performed last year. 

From what I’ve heard from many who attended, there wasn’t a dry eye in the park when they concluded their performance of Amazing Great.

This wasn’t an easy task and a great big “Thank You” goes out to Mr. Bill Beson and the band along Mr. Tyge Cawthon the bagpiper for their outstanding performance.

The Riverview Veterans Memorial Committee does an outstanding job of putting all this together. They are always looking for more help and if you may be interested in helping please let me know. We had few new people join us this year and it makes the work that much more fun and a little easier.

With Riverview Summerfest right around the corner, I’d like to invite you come out on Sunday, June 16 at 12:30 p.m. The Kiwanis of Riverview will be hosting “Rosco the Clown” in the Ceaser Pavilion. Rosco has performed all over the state at many different venues. He puts on a very family friendly show that provides plenty of laughs for all those who attend. Balloon animals will be made for all those who attend who are kids or kids at heart.

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