Pandemic brings out the best in fellow residents

ANDREW SWIFT

My fellow Riverview residents, this is by far the hardest article for me to write.  We all are aware of the precautions and safety procedures we need to take to prevent the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. 

We’ve closed city hall to the public but we are still providing essential services. Our police and fire departments are working to keep our community safe and are in contact with emergency response / healthcare agencies across the county.  

We’ve extended the deadline of your water bill to April 30. Water bill payments can be dropped off in the lobby of the police department or made online (fee waived) at cityofriverview.com.  

Stevens Disposal will continue to pick up trash on your normally scheduled day. Yard waste will continue to be picked up. Special pick-ups have been postponed till further notice. 

Our land preserve continues to operate as an essential service to the downriver area.  The recycling center at the land preserve also continues to operate. Just remember to practice social distancing if there are others present. Our DPW will still respond to water-main breaks or other infrastructure issues as they arise.

By the time you are reading this, the world could again be a totally different place than it is today. Rules, regulations, and guidelines are continuously changing. I, as Mayor, have been doing my best to keep the community informed on all relevant information from the county health department.  Please check the Official City of Riverview Facebook page for information on how the coronavirus has affected Riverview and the Downriver area.

We as a community are adapting the best we can. And, similar to other emergencies, and crises, there are those among us that rise above the impact to themselves and work to help others. Riverview is lucky enough to have a large number of residents and businesses that have hearts bigger than the dozers at the land preserve.

My first example of that is Jeff Owens or the “Breadmeister” as he’s been affectionately named.  Jeff and his family have been providing bread to families for free for the past few weeks. This isn’t just a plain loaf of bread – oh no, it is a special bread recipe baked in his outside brick oven. I was lucky enough to be at his house when he distributed his 500th loaf to a pair of dinosaurs walking by. 

Then there is the “Breadmeister’s” mother Carey Ann the Clown and her Community Capers Bear Hunt. She’s designed a game that entertains the children of the community while staying safe inside their family car.  

They traverse the city looking for Teddy Bears, bear pictures or drawings in house or business windows.  Carey Ann also entertained a countless number of children with her Easter Parade held at the Community Center. It was a great time for the kids and parents while they practice social distancing.

The next three examples of kindness and generosity are from two businesses and our police department,

Anyone with children at risk of going to bed hungry are asked to call Parthenon Coney Island for help. Eddie and Nick are a couple of the most generous people I know and they love being in the city of Riverview. And by looking at their parking lot almost any time of day you can see Riverview residents love them too.  Ok, maybe not them, but the food they serve!

Very early in the “Stay Home Stay Safe” order and knowing finding food might be an issue for some, Ali Saad of Time Out Sports Barber Shop offered up his help. He placed bins outside the front of his business full of canned goods, water, cereal, and ramen noodles. The goods were available to anyone who needed them..

Last, but far from least, is our Riverview Police Department. With the help of Gleaners Food Bank, the Riverview PD passed out food to 100-plus families that came by the Riverview Community Center.  

Each family received an assortment of food and drinks and they didn’t even have to leave their vehicle. Officers, including Chief Rosebohm, and dispatchers from the department loaded the vehicles as they drove up to the community center.

Some items of interest have occurred because of this pandemic. Our parks remained closed. The remainder of the school year has been cancelled. Although the Memorial Day Ceremony has been cancelled, there may be a small remembrance observance.  

The Reflection Pond will still be decorated with the 300 American Flags. A huge disappointment is that The Wall That Heals visit has been postponed till next year. All these actions are in an abundance of caution not knowing what the world will be like tomorrow.

One last comment: When I ran for mayor there was no way I could know what the Lord had in my mind for us and the world. But I am thankful everyday that you trusted me and I do my best every day to do the best for you.  We will get through this because our residents care for one another and we will remain Riverview-strong.

1 thought on “Pandemic brings out the best in fellow residents

  1. So proud of my brother and his unwavering commitment to the residents and the community of Riverview as a whole. Makes me proud to have The City of Riverview as my Hometown. The stories about the sharing and the caring that Riverview residents have for each other proves to me that there are still a lot of Good People even in these times of uncertainty. Keep up the good work Andy it makes me proud to be your brother.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *