Stay safe, but try to shop local during pandemic

Mayor of Riverview, Michigan - Andrew Swift

Andrew Swift

My fellow Riverview residents, our community continues to deal with the Covid-19 Pandemic. The total number of cases in Riverview as of the writing of this article is just under 800 cases.  

Compared to our neighboring communities we’ve done well. 

Sadly, we have 76 families that have lost a loved one. This is higher than most of our surrounding communities.  A majority of these losses were from several of our senior care facilities and took place before the end of summer.  

All of our senior facilities now have enough personal protection equipment and policies in place to protect our senior residents.  

The number of our new cases continues to be low but please continue to be safe and smart while going out in public. Vaccines are slowly becoming available and I would encourage you to sign up to get yours as soon as you qualify.

Like many of us, our businesses have struggled through this Pandemic. We encourage you to shop local when you can. Several of our businesses help support this paper to make sure you can receive this news at no cost to you.  

Next time you are at Parthenon Coney Island, Riverview Mobil, Designs for Vision, Fat Daddy’s, Cousineau Chiropractic, Bell Fountain or Serendipity Cakery, tell them “Thank You” for supporting another Great Riverview business, Go Big Multimedia.

Several residents have been asking about ice skating on the Reflection Pond at Young Patriot’s Park. The ice has to reach 6 inches thick before it is safe to skate. To some that would seem extreme but the weight of the equipment used to clear the ice requires that thickness. 

Most residents aren’t aware that the pond actually has flowing water beneath the surface that can create thin ice in spots. So please follow the posted signs.

I recently had a chance to meet our new Chief of Police, Mr. Ron Beggs. He’s been on the job for a couple of weeks now and had nothing but good things to say about our department and city.  

We talked about many subjects but the one closest to my heart is community service.  The Chief is a strong advocate for community service and the council looks forward to working with him for years to come.  

Welcome Chief Beggs, your new community anxiously awaits meeting you.

For those of us looking forward to spring and getting our yards cleaned up, yard waste pickup is scheduled to start on April 1.  

Start cleaning out your basement and or garage, the Spring City Wide Garage Sale takes place on April 30 through May 2.  

The City plans to move forward with Summerfest and Concerts-in-the Park activities this summer. The Riverview Highlands is also looking to add four new golf outings this year in addition to the Riverview Highlands Invitational. 

Riverview received a small grant from the Department of Natural Resources for $50,000.  We are in the process to determine the best way to spend this money.  A couple possibilities are to purchase portable totes for residents to use to bring their recyclables to the Recycling Center.  Another possibility is to set up a satellite drop off center.

The Riverview Veterans Memorial Day Ceremony Committee has yet to meet to determine if the ceremony will take place this year. My guess is that it will, but with some restrictions. 

The memorial itself and the surrounding area are scheduled to have a much needed facelift this spring. The motivation is to provide an environment to pay respect to those who paid the ultimate price serving our country, while having a maintenance free landscape.

Although some Recreation Programs have started back up in the gymnasium, City Hall continues to be open by appointment only for the safety of our employees.  We ask that you visit the City of Riverview website to find the department number you need to call. You may need to leave your name and phone number as some employees are working from home.  

Taxes and water bills can be placed in the drop box located in the lobby of the Police Department.

Here are a few more reminders:  

The “MyRiverview” App is available for download from the Apple and Google Stores.  This a great way to be notified of any road closures, water main breaks, snow emergency or other emergency situations.  

Also the deadline for filing petitions for one of the three open council seats will be here before you know it. The deadline is Tuesday, April 20 at 4 p.m.  

The last reminder is to “Save the Date” on Thursday, Aug. 12. This is the day the “Wall that Heals” will be escorted into town from Clinton Township.  

I will be leading the motorcycle portion of the escort into Riverview. We don’t have specifics yet, but if you ride or are a member of a motorcycle club watch this article and paper for any updates.

Until next month, be well and be safe.

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