Now more than ever, community service counts

Mayor of Riverview, Michigan - Andrew Swift

Andrew Swift

My fellow Riverview residents, as the Covid-19 Pandemic continues, our number of new cases continues to be extremely low; only five new cases in the week before this article was written.  

Please continue to follow safe practices with social distancing and wearing masks while in public. I’ve been lucky enough to receive my first Covid vaccine. I would encourage you to get yours as soon as you are eligible.

As you all know Mother Nature has decided to give us all the snow she didn’t at the beginning of winter. Please remember to help out a neighbor in need with shoveling. Also, please do not shovel the snow into the street.  

Council reminds you that not only is it illegal to shovel snow into the street, it is unsafe.

And if you could, clear the snow away from the fire hydrant if you have one in front of your house.

For those who missed it, the Department of Public Works has filled the skating ponds located in Memorial and Ray Street Parks.

I do need to correct some information from my last article. “The Wall That Heals” motorcycle escort will be on Tuesday, Aug 10. The public display will be Thursday, Aug. 12 through Sunday, Aug. 15.

The focus of the rest of this article is on community service.  

The Covid-19 Pandemic has forced some downtime for all of us. I’ve used this time to reflect on what we can do to help our community return to some sort of normalcy.  

This can be done by participating in one or more of our civic organizations such as Goodfellows, Kiwanis, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Little League Baseball or little league football.  

Our schools have many parent club and booster club possibilities along with the great work of our school board. Without your participation some of these organizations may cease to exist.  

The perfect example is the Riverview Jaycees. Once a top civic organization in the city, it had to dissolve due to lack of volunteers.

The City of Riverview has several openings available on boards and commissions. Most of these openings do not require much time at all. Most meet once a month and some only once or twice a year. All are important to make your city a viable place to live. 

A few examples of boards and commissions that have openings are the Beautification, Library, Parks and Rec, Economic Development, and Planning.  

Some of the boards that need members are the Board of Review, Board of Zoning Appeals, and the Building Authority.  

If you’d like to get your feet wet in what it takes to run a city, I suggest you pick one of these groups. Please see the City of Riverview’s website for more details on each of these commissions and boards.

If you’d be looking to make a more immediate impact on your city, there are three council seats open this November.  

Mayor and Council work together as a team for the betterment of the community.  

Made up of seven individuals, each council person has their own unique ideas.  Some of the functions of council are to review and approve annual budgets, establish long and short term objectives and priorities, oversee the performance of the city manager, establish tax rates, enter into legal contracts, borrow funds, and pass ordinances and resolutions. 

City Council meetings are only a small part of your commitment. There are two council meetings a month with one regularly scheduled study session. Council members volunteer for one or more committees and or appointments to other governmental organizations.  These appointments are too numerous to mention in this article.  

We’ve all said at some point “If I’d only done this earlier.”  Now is a great time to share your time and talent with the rest of your community.  If you’d like to learn more feel free to reach out to me or any council person.