We’ve made it to June, thanks to all who have helped

Mayor of Riverview, Michigan - Andrew Swift

Andrew Swift

My fellow Riverview residents, we’ve finally made it to June.  

It has been a trying two and half months for everyone. Going to work, shopping, running errands and recreational activities are all different than they were in early March. The terms, “social distancing” and the “new normal” weren’t part of our vocabulary until now.  

If we’ve learned anything over the past couple months, it is how deep the hearts of our fellow residents and local businesses can be.

Carey Ann the Clown, Jeff Owens the Breadmeister, Ali Saad of Time Out Barbershop, Eddie and Sam of Parthenon and way too many residents to mention that have helped others get through the tough times this pandemic has brought.  

Riverview is blessed with so many caring small businesses that have suffered financially during the Covid-19 pandemic that it would be beneficial to them if we all frequented them this summer. With the restaurants opening back up with inside dining we can implement those “social distancing” and “new normal” routines.

At the writing of this article our Recreation Department Director and the City Attorney are evaluating the latest executive orders from Governor Whitmer to determine how they apply to the opening of our parks and park equipment.  

What we do know is that our parks are scheduled to open on June 15.  Riverview resident Jim Martina and his company, Southshore Power Wash will be disinfecting and cleaning all the park equipment at no cost to the city before our parks open. 

Thank you very much Mr. Martina.

As you likely know by now, most of the Recreation Department programs have been cancelled for the month of June and part of July.  

Concerts in the Park are still scheduled to take place but the series may be delayed by one week. 

The Riverview Veterans Memorial Library will be opening in stages. Check their Facebook page and website for more information.

The city council recently adopted the budget for the 2020/2021 fiscal year. Excluding enterprise funds; it includes estimated revenues of $16,605,644 and appropriations of $16,704,535. The largest portion of the budget is the general fund with estimated revenues of $11,885,078 and appropriations of $11,878.025.  The small surplus of $7,053 will be added back to the fund balance.

Council also approved the operating millage rates for the 2020/2021 fiscal year. As promised there will be no tax increase for the coming year. The total millage rate is 20.48. To determine what this means to you, check the taxable value of your home. Multiply $20.48 for each $1,000 of taxable value. 

One major note is the shift from the Regional Sewer Debt to the Special Assessment for the Fire Department.  As a reminder, the Special Assessment is only for one year.  To complete the financing of the Fire Department, council will be putting a millage request on the November ballot.  Although the proposal appears on this November’s ballot, the implementation of the millage would not take place until the expiration of the Special Assessment in July of 2021.

We all know several of our roads are in dire need of repair. With that, our annual street sectioning project will start July 1. The amount appropriated for the repairs this year is $528,000.

On a very positive note, the city council has started discussions on implementing a new city app for your Android or iOS device. The app will be able to notify you of snow emergencies, power outages, up-coming events, library and recreation programs, and much more.

The Riverview Land Preserve’s Regional Resource Community Shred Day has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19 from noon to 4 p.m. at 20863 Grange Road in Riverview.

This is a free drive-through event.

Land Preserve tours are available on a limited basis to residents as well as community, civic and academic organizations. To request a tour, call Jeff Kugelman, 734-281-4263, x5928.

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