Still wondering about vacant space in our fair city

GERALD PERRY

I’m sure some, like me, are wondering, “What are we going to do with all the Empty property created by Penn Salt, Sharples ( Ato-Chem) (Arkima) or for that matter the semi-empty Fire Stone property and the empty property created by  McLouth closing, south of the bend on Jefferson and North of Sibley Road. 

At one time in the past, there were meetings with the then owner of the McLouth empty property North and South of Sibley. The meetings were attended by Riverview officials, Trenton officials, Wayne County officials, and the owner himself. Proposals were presented to the property owner. 

The talks got heated and when no progress was made, probably because of the price being offered and the price the owner had in mind, and when someone suggested that the group could take the land by condemnation. 

That’s when the owner allegedly walked out of the meeting. 

There were no discussions after that, that I am aware of, until Wayne County took the property for back taxes and sold it to the Maroon Family. I’m sure you know the rest of that story. 

I’m also sure not everyone is going to be happy with the final outcome which will be decided in the near future. 

As for the rest of the empty property along the Riverview waterfront and on Jefferson and Pennsylvania, it’s been there for years for the taking. 

Keep in mind that the riverfront property in Wyandotte (BASF), the Penn Salt property and the Monsanto Plant Property have also been empty for a number of years and probably have a lots of tire kickers, but no takers, Add DTE coal fired plant soon to be vacant to the list, and you have a lot of potential tax dollars, but little hope of any buyers. At least none that I’m aware of. 

Dear Mr. Perry, 

I see there is a sign at the entrance to Fire Department road that states “ Riverview is designated as one of Tree City USA. I’m not sure what that entails but I am sure a lot of people in Riverview are interested in trees. 

Seeing this designation involving trees got me to thinking, Where is the oldest tree located in Riverview and how does one find out? 

My Dad used to say you can tell how old a tree is by the number of rings on a stump. But one would have to cut a tree down to find out its age. The question is, can you tell how old a tree is that is alive and well?

First of all not all trees are alike when it comes to using the below method, since no two tree species have the same growth factor. You need to know the growth factor of the species you are working with. 

Lets just assume that we want to know the age of a white oak tree. The growth factor is 5.1. You wrap a tape measure around the tree at about five feet above the ground. 

This measurement is the tree’s circumference. For example, say your tree circumference is 96 inches. 

Use the circumference of 96 inches and divide by Pi or 3.14 to find the diameter of the tree, which is 30.5 inches.

Determine the age of the tree by multiplying the diameter 30.5 inches by the oaks growth factor of five and your answer is 152, so your white oak tree is about 152 years old. 

Now that wasn’t so hard was it? 

I wonder if we can get the Riverview City (Tree City USA) to get involved in some sort of contest? A contest on finding the oldest tree in Riverview. 

I’ll give you a hint, There are big trees located at the high school. I think those are cottonwood trees. There are a few large trees in Memorial Park and there are also a lot of large oaks in the woods behind the Activities building in Young Patriots Park. 

Of course, there are large trees scattered all over Riverview. 

Come on folks, get out your masks, your measuring tapes and your walking shoes and let’s find the oldest tree in our city. 

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