|Cynthia M. Hutchison, CMC|
|Cindy Nagy Admin Tech II|
|City of Riverview|
|14100 Civic Park Drive|
|Riverview, MI 48193|
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The Office of the City Clerk, a time honored and vital part of local government, exists throughout the world and is the oldest among public servants who provides the professional link between the citizens, the local governing bodies and agencies of government at other levels and serves as the information center on functions of local government and community.
City Manager: Douglas Drysdale
|Presidents' Day||February 15, 2016|
|Good Friday||March 25, 2016|
|Memorial Day||May 30, 2016|
|Independence Day||July 4, 2016|
|Labor Day||September 5, 2016|
|Thanksgiving Holiday||November 24 & 25, 2016|
|Christmas Holiday||December 23 & 26, 2016|
|New Year's Holiday||Dec. 30, 2015 & Jan. 2, 2017|
2016 COUNCIL MEETINGS
|January 4 and 19 (Tues)*||February 1 and 16 (Tues)*|
|March 7 and 21||April 4 and 18|
|May 2 and 16||June 6 and 20|
|July 5 and 18||August 1 and 15|
|September 6 (Tues)* and 19||October 3 and 17|
|November 7 and 21||December 5 and 19|
City Council Study Session Meetings 7 PM on the 2nd Monday of each month.
*Councilmeetings that fall on a Holiday will take place on the next day (Tuesday)
CITYWIDE GARAGE SALE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016
8AM TO 4 PM
NO PERMITS REQUIRED - SIGNS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY ONLY
FIREWORKS ARE PERMISSABLE ONE DAY BEFORE, THE DAY OF AND ONE DAY AFTER A NATIONAL HOLIDAY BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 9AM AND 11PM ON PRIVATE PROPERTY (WITH OWNERS PERMISSION) ONLY--USE OF CITY PROPERTY OR PARKS IS PROHIBITTED. CLICK ON FIREWORKS ORDINANCE LINKS ABOVE.
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
ATTENTION COLLEGE STUDENTS
BEFORE TAKING OFF TO SCHOOL THIS FALL, IF YOU HAVEN'T REGISTERED TO VOTE FOR THE FIRST TIME, AND YOU WANT TO VOTE IN THE NOVEMBER 8, 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, YOU WILL NEED TO COME INTO THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE TO REGISTER IN PERSON IN ORDER TO RECEIVE AN ABSENTEE BALLOT.
OTHERWISE, FIRST TIME VOTERS WHO REGISTER BY MAIL ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO VOTE IN PERSON AT THEIR HOME PRECINCT
IT ONLY TAKES A FEW MINUTES AND YOU CAN REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT BY EMAILING THE CITY CLERK AT firstname.lastname@example.org or call (734) 281-4240 and request an application to be sent to you at you once you receive your college address. Please leave plenty of time for the application and ballot to be sent and returned in time for it to count!
ARBOR DAY DEDICATION
On Arbor Day 2016, a Highland Maple tree was planted by the City of Riverview’s D.P.W workers at McShane Park as a living Memorial to express the City’s sympathy and condolences for the loss of our dear friend and co-worker Mark Drysdale. A Memorial plaque will be placed at a later date.
CITY CLERK ELECTION NEWS to keep the electors informed
Straight party voting has been reinstated for the November 8, 2016 election. You still have the option to cross over party vote for any candidate. Example: you mark the circle in the Straight Party Vote Section "Green Party". Marking this will include all votes in the contests where the Green Party is listed. If you find that you would still like to vote for an individual candidate of another political party, you may color in the oval for that contest and it will negate the "Green Party" candidate for that particular contest. Please contact the clerk's office if you have questions regarding absentee ballots. Over 200 Absentee Ballots did not count in the Partisan Section of the Primary Election because voters did not read or understand the directions on the secrecy sleeve. You were not able to cross over vote political parties in the primary where you may cross over vote in the November 8, 2016 general election. (734) 281-4239.
Absentee Voter Applications for the General Election were sent out before the Primary Election. If you have not returned your application, received one or lost it, please call to receive another application. Absentee Ballots will be sent out the last week in September.
Remember the last Presidential Election where 79% of our 9,087 (6140) voted. 35% voted an Absentee Ballot and 4,400 showed up at the polls creating long lines due to the 4 page ballot.
ASK FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATION OR TO BE PUT ON AN ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATION MAIL LIST TO RECEIVE YOUR BALLOT BY MAIL OR IN PERSON TO VOTE IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME FOR ONE OF THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
IF THERE IS A CHANCE YOU MAY BE OUT OF TOWN THE DAY OF THE NOVEMBER 8, 2016 ELECTION
- YOU ARE AT LEAST 60 YEARS OLD
- YOU ARE WORKING IN A PRECINCT OTHER THAN YOUR OWN
- THE TENETS OF YOUR RELIGION PREVENTS YOU FROM ATTENDING
- YOU ARE PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO ATTEND THE POLL
- YOU ARE CONFINED TO JAIL AWAITING ARRAIGNMENT OR TRIAL
The City of Riverview has 8,998 registered voters:
2,780 in Precinct 1 with 689 on the Permanent Absentee list
2,047 in Precinct 2 with 467 on the Permanent Absentee list
1,838 in Precinct 3 with 485 on the Permanent Absentee list
2,333 in Precinct 4 with 618 on the Permanent Absentee list
There is a Total of 2259 voters on our Permanent Absentee Application List who automatically receive an application for an absentee ballot before every election. It is their choice whether to vote absentee or go to the poll. Once an application is returned to the Clerk's office, a ballot will be sent to your home. We'd like to add you to that list by completing the form with the link below or by calling the Clerk's office at 734-281-4240. We want your vote to count and to make it as convenient as possible for you.
Permanent Absentee Voter List Application
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2016 FROM 7 AM TO 8 PM
ABSENTEE BALLOTS WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER JUNE 20, 2016. Call now if you have not been added to our Absentee Applications Mailing List. Click on this link for an Absentee Ballot Application for those of you who are not on our mailing list to receive one for the August election. This information will be posted when they become available in the Clerk's office.
ELECTION WORKERS NEEDED FOR RIVERVIEW POLLING PLACES (News Herald article)
INSPECTOR APPLICATION (Election Day consists of full day (approximately 16 hrs) and half day (8 hrs) shifts. Please apply at the City Clerk's Office - Students usually have a scheduled day off during an election.
(TO WORK AT ELECTION POLLING PLACE - YOU MUST FILE YOUR APPLICATION AT LEAST TWO MONTHS BEFORE THE ELECTION. ELECTION WORKERS ARE PAID AT AN HOURLY RATE FOR WORK AND TRAINING
- Mail-in voter registration applications are not subject to the new ID requirement.
- If a voter receives an AV ballot in person at the clerk’s office, the voter is required to present a photo ID or sign an affidavit. If the voter signs the affidavit, his/her AV ballot must be prepared as a challenged ballot.
- Requires local jurisdictions and counties to report the number of voters who signed an Affidavit of Voter not in Possession of Picture Identification.
- Acceptable picture identification:
Current driver’s license or personal identification card issued by another state
Current federal or state government-issued photo identification
Current U.S. passport
Current student identification with photo – from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education
Current military identification card with photo
Current tribal identification card with photo
BIKING SEASON UNDERWAY: HOW DRIVERS AND BICYCLISTS CAN STAY SAFE ON THE ROAD
SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, considers tomorrow’s Detroit Bike to Work Day to be the unofficial kickoff of bicycling season in Southeast Michigan. With more than 86 percent of bicyclist fatalities and severe injuries in the SEMCOG region occurring from April to October (based on 10 years of data), SEMCOG encourages all road users to make the road a safe place as bicyclists become a regular part of traffic again.
“Bicycle travel is an essential component of Southeast Michigan’s transportation system,” said Kathleen Lomako, Executive Director of SEMCOG. “To continue strengthening our regional identity as a fun and safe place to bike, improvements to biking infrastructure must be complemented drivers and bicyclists being aware of each other on the road.”
Communities throughout Southeast Michigan are recognizing the importance of bicycle and pedestrian travel, with more than 2,600 miles of nonmotorized facilities already in the region and plans to bring that total to more than 4,100. Funding through the Transportation Alternatives Program provides for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and safety programs and helps communities looking to expand their bicycle travel amenities.
Coordinated efforts such as the Iron Belle Trail, Michigan’s 791-mile bicycle route, merge local trails to create a cohesive bicycle travel network. Connecting local biking infrastructure to the wider nonmotorized network increases the value of each connected segment and strengthens this regional asset.
With the region trending toward greater integration of bicycling into our travel routines, bicycle crash data from the past 10 years show that safety must be a high priority:
The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) recommends the following safety tips for drivers and bicyclists:
SEMCOG is the only organization in Southeast Michigan that brings together all governments to solve regional challenges and enhance the quality of live for the seven-county region’s 4.7 million people. To learn more about what SEMCOG does, click here.
Sewer System Bears Cost - Please read this message from the Great Lakes Water Authority regarding the Detroit Waste Water Treatment Plant
RECENTLY ENACTED ORDINANCE "INSPECTION UPON TRANSFER"
MARCH 21, 2016, SECOND READING, BY TITLE ONLY, AND ADOPTION OF PROPOSED ORDINANCE 681 - AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE CODE OF ORDINANCES FOR THE CITY OF RIVERVIEW BY THE ADDITION OF ARTICLE XI “INSPECTION UPON TRANSFER” TO CHAPTER 86 “BUILDINGS AND BUILDING REGULATIONS” TO PREVENT BLIGHT BY INSURING A MINIMUM MAINTENANCE OF DWELLINGS (July 1, 2016 enacted)
The City of Riverview provides Senior Cab Services
Please note that the Recreation Department Senior Transportation Program fees charged to residents will be decreased from $4.00 per ride to $2.00 per ride and $15 per ride to $10.00 per ride for Handicap Accessible Van. This fee decrease shall be effective November 1, 2015.
RENTAL PROPERTY INSPECTION
All residential rental properties are required to be registered and inspected for code related compliance. The ordinance is intended to help preserve property values and protects the health, safety and welfare of Riverview residents.
- Newly purchased property intended for residential rental purposes shall be registered within 15 days.
- All rental dwellings and rental units must be inspected and maintained to meet the minimum standards of all local codes and ordinances
- The owner of a rental dwelling or rental unit shall comply with all aspects of the rental ordinance regarding occupied, unoccupied or re-occupied rental property.
- Rental property inspections shall be conducted on a three-year cycle. Upon successful completion of the inspection process, a Certificate of Compliance shall be issued. The certificate is good for a period of three years provided ownership is unchanged.
Any owner of a rental dwelling or rental unit who shall fail to register their rental property or who shall fail to obtain a Certificate of Compliance for each rental dwelling or rental units shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FUNDRAISER DRIVES, BOTTLE/CAN DRIVE CALENDAR 2016/2017
Please go to CALENDAR link above for Schedule of Drives. All school and community organizations must submit a request to the City Clerk Department to have a FUND DRIVE in the city. Please check the calendar link above for scheduled drives and submit your request in writing to the Clerk's Office or by email to email@example.com to be placed on the calendar. Unscheduled drives that conflict with scheduled drives will be notified by the police department. The City of Riverview appreciates your cooperation in this matter.
ACCEPTING CREDIT CARDS TO PAY TAXES AND WATER BILLS, ETC.
Now Accepting Credit Cards as a form of payment for Taxes, Water Bills (only taxes and water bills can be paid online), all others such as Death Certificates, Pet License Fees, Boat Ramp Fees, Freedom of Information Act Fees, and Building Permit Fees may be paid at the Clerk's Office or Finance Counter. There is a 3% CONVENIENCE FEE (with a $2.00 minimum) that will appear as Point and Pay Convenience Fee on your credit card statement. The regular bill total will appear as City of Riverview on your credit card statement. If you choose not to accept the 3% convenience fee your transaction will not be completed and you will have to provide payment via a different means. We have a drop box located in the lobby of the Police Department that is open 24 hours a day. We honor postmarks if you choose to mail your check payment to us. And we have our Finance Counter that is open 9 am-5 pm M-F.
Residents please be proactive by reporting unlicensed trash collectors, handbill distributors, door-to-door solicitors, and peddlers in your neighborhood. Please report them to the City Clerk's Office at 734-281-4241 or Police Department at 734-281-4222.
CURBSIDE TRASH COLLECTOR: Any person within the city limits who regularly collects discarded items from residence rubbish receptacles must be registered in the City Clerk's Office with submittal of the transport vehicle's license number. There is no fee, but you must be registered and carry the license when collecting.
HANDBILL DISTRIBUTION requires a business license fee of $40.00, unless you are a community organization. Community organizations (non-profits) are required to notify the City Clerk with a letter from their organization stating the dates and reason for their distribution and/or collection.
DOOR-TO-DOOR SOLICITORS: Vendors who solicit door-to-door in Riverview must obtain a license or permit to do so. Homeowners are urged to ask for picture identification and/or permit before talking with vendors. In an effort to avoid the many scams (especially with the elderly), never permit a solicitor to enter your home. If you are suspicious of any vendor, please contact the police department at 734-281-4222. There is a $500 fine for soliciting or canvassing without procuring a license from the City Clerk. There are solictors who wear a photo ID from their company which is not an acceptable substitution for a license.
ICE CREAM VENDORS OR DOOR-TO-DOOR BEEF TRUCK VENDORS are required to be licensed to peddle in the city. A background check is required with their application to peddle. There is ONLY ONE ice cream vendor registered in the city who has veteran status with a white Good Humor truck (see below). Please notify the police or city clerk of any other ice cream vendors in your neighborhood. Their license plate number would be helpful.
List of Licensed Solicitors as of 6/1/2015:
- WOW Cable
- Comcast Cable
- AT&T Cable
- Paulina Herrera, Educational Resources
If notice is posted on private property as follows: "NO SOLICITORS INVITED" (letters should be 2" in height), the solicitor must leave the premises immediately. It is also unlawful to solicit between the hours of 9 PM and sunrise of any day.
The City of Riverview residents can obtain property information including property descriptions, SEV, assessed and taxable values, and tax payment history on the City’s website at www.cityofriverview.com, On Quick Links, go to “Online Tax Information”. This will take you to a new website that will allow you to enter the address and look up the information. You may also find the “Online Tax Information” link on the Assessor/Purchasing and Finance/Treasurer Departments' web pages. Please allow 48 hours for updates.
WINTER TAX BILL
WINTER TAX BILLS WILL BE MAILED AROUND DECEMBER 1. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A BILL IN THE FIRST WEEK OF DECEMBER, GO TO THE "PROPERTY TAX INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ON-LINE" LINK ABOVE or call Finance Department at 734-281-4230.
STORAGE OF FIREWOOD: (new ordinance) Firewood
The following guidelines are to help you as a citizen understand the proper way to store firewood on your property.
The term “Firewood” means any and all wood, logs, sticks, twigs, branches, stumps and stakes and includes wood items of every kind and description used for fireplaces or wood burning stoves. Firewood must be stored at least 8 inches from the ground leaving a gape between the ground and the bottom of the storage rack.
- The storage height including the ground clearance may not exceed 4 feet in total height. This would be measured from the ground to the top of the last row of firewood stored on the rack.
- Any firewood being stored must be in the rear yard and no less than 3 feet from the property line.
- All cut and stored firewood must not exceed 24 inches in length.
PET LICENSES FEE
Purchase your 2016/17 Pet Licenses Starting June 1, 2016, Owner Driver's License and Proof of Rabies Vaccination required with costs as follows:
- Until 7/1: Unspayed or unneutered domestic dog or cat: $7.00 - After 7/1: $9.00
- Until 7/1: Each neutered or spayed dog or cat: $5.00 - After 7/1: $7.00
- Each domestic animal not otherwise specified: $7.00
- Seeing eye dogs or government police dogs: No Charge
- Senior Citizen Rate (65+)- Until 7/1: $4.00; After 7/1: $6.00
- Replacement Tag: $3.00
- Pound Fees: 1st day: $25.00; Each additional day: $10.00
- Special Protection Constable Service-euthanasia: $75.00
NON-RESIDENT BOAT RAMP PERMITS - NON RESIDENT PERMITS FOR THE 2016 SEASON ARE SOLD OUT!!!! Permits were on sale at the Clerk's Window on January 4. 45 were sold on this day and the rest just days after. Permits are sold on a first come first serve basis. Any mail in requests are processed at the end of the first day if there are still permits remaining. Please remember that businesses (Charter and Guide Services, etc.) are not allowed to be run out of the City Boat Ramp. If discovered, the vehicles will be towed and the permit immediately revoked. Visitor parking is limited to those who are guests of permit vehicles and is very limited. Unauthorized vehicles will be towed especially during the Walleye Fishing Season. The Boat Ramp will be carefully monitored for violations. CLEANING FISH IS STRICKLY PROHIBITED ON SITE AS THERE ARE NO FACILITIES TO ACCOMODATE CLEANING.
AS ALWAYS, PLEASE KEEP TRASH IN RECEPTABLES AND RESPECT YOUR RIGHT TO USE THIS FACILITY.
Ordinance 665 adopted 08/05/13: BOAT RAMP PERMIT - PROHIBITS USE OF BOAT RAMP FOR BUSINESS PURPOSES.
Ordinance 670 adopted 05/19/14: INCREASED FINES FOR PARKING/LAUNCHING WITHOUT A PERMIT
ROAD TO RECOVERY - Cancer patients need your help to get to treatment. The American Cancer Society needs volunteer drivers to help provide transportation for cancer patients in our community Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To find out how you can help, please call the American Cancer Society at 248.663.3485.
The Wayne County MEALS ON WHEELS Program for the homebound are always in need of drivers to deliver meals in Riverview. Please call 734-281-4200 ext. 3356 between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. if you are interested in volunteering.
PROTECT YOUR PETS AND NEIGHBORHOOD-CLEAN UP:
It is your responsibility to remove and dispose of any excreta deposited by your pet in a sanitary manner whenever you are walking your dog.
Obtain a license for any domestic animal over three months of age from Finance Department. A current certificate of rabies is required for registration.
- Purchase 2016/17 Pet Licenses beginning June 1, 2016.
- Limit your pets to no more than three
- Restrain your pet on a leash no longer than eight feet in length