Riverview Elections

Andrew Swift
Who am I?
I am a retired Ford Motor Company Systems Analyst and lifelong Riverview resident. I have been married to my wife, Darlene, for 37 years and have two sons – Aaron and Paul. I am currently the President of the Kiwanis Club and Vice President of the Goodfellows.

Why are you running for a seat on the City Council?
Riverview has great people, services, and a great future. I would like to remain a contributing member that guides our community to a safe and secure future. Having spent 8 years on the school board and city council, I’ve been lucky to work with many members of our community. The next few years are critical for our city because revenues have been decreasing for the past several years and we need to scrutinize the expenditure of every tax dollar.

ISSUE 1: Increasing water and sewer rates. These are big issues for our city because we are in the early stages of talks with Wyandotte to evaluate the possibility of either partnering with or becoming a customer of Wyandotte Water. My first choice would to be a partner, but likely this wouldn’t happen because Riverview would not offer them a partnership in our landfill. So, I would look for guarantees on rates, improvement of infrastructure, maintenance, and management. The benefits would have to be lower rates and cost controls.

ISSUE 2: Over several years, we’ve combined, cut, or reassigned positions saving the city thousands of dollars. In some instances the modifications increased performance or had no impact on the service provided. Recently we’ve partnered with neighboring cities to share the cost of assessments and police dispatch. We still have some opportunities in the area of DPW and facility use.

David Ryan
Who Am I?
I was born and raised in Riverview, graduated from Riverview Community High School in 1979, graduated from U-M with a B.S. Aerospace Engineering in 1984. I worked in the defense industry for 9 yr. and the automotive industry for 15 yr. I am back in school at UM-Dearborn pursuing a career in teaching.

Why are you running for office? Why should people vote for you?
To promote: Decorum, to avoid verbal assaults during Council meetings; greater curiosity, to ask more questions; a stronger sense of duty, to exercise oversight responsibility and hold the City accountable when appropriate, and to use the processes provided to Council to perform our duties—and stop being a rubber-stamp committee; greater resident allegiance, to support our neighbors first instead of trying to protect the City from liability; increased transparency, to better inform the residents.

What are two key issues facing the city and what should be done about them? Are there other topics you would like to see addressed?
The viability of our Fire Department, which has suffered an erosion of its budget to where current policy allows our Fire House to sit empty with no stand-by personnel on site. Council has dismissed this policy as harmless. Stand-by funding should be fully restored and a separate and independent Fire Chief should be appointed.

The unfunded liability our City accumulated since 2003, when we apparently decided to not fully fund our long-term obligations. Such under-funding is now one of the primary reasons for bankruptcy in other municipalities and businesses. The City has not addressed this sleeping problem urgently enough.

James Makowski
Who Am I?
I moved to Riverview in 1997. I am a trial attorney, married for 13 years to my wife, Kathy, and have two daughters – Miranda and Adrianna.

Why are you running for office? Why should people vote for you?
Riverview is a great city but I cannot help but feel that the present City Council is harming it. The Council drives away businesses who want to come to or remain in the city. This results in a reduced tax base and, in the case of the Fort-Street Farmer Jack plaza, urban blight.

What are two key issues facing the city and what should be done about them? Are there other topics you would like to see addressed?

There are several key issues facing the city. I would like to see the city actively recruit businesses and combat the blight I see occurring. I would also like to see whether it would be feasible in the long term to reduce utility costs by partnering with Wyandotte for our municipal water supply.

James Trombley
Who am I?
James David Trombley 55, Lifetime Riverview resident; wife Cindy and daughter Kristen. Graduate of Riverview Community High School; United States Navy Seabee veteran. Attended Navy Electrical Trade Schools; Michigan State licensed Electrician; Senior Electrician for Wayne County Airport Authority, Metro Airport; Member of the Riverview Hall of Fame, Union official for AFSCME #953; Riverview Land Preserve Committee; Riverview Highlands Committee; P.A.W.S.; Riverview Fishing Derby; plus many others, and waiting for my first grand child to be born in January.

Why are you running for a seat on the City Council?

Riverview is my hometown. I am proud to have lived here my whole life, except when I was serving my Country in the Navy. My wife and I raised our daughter here. This is home, and I love this community. I feel it is my duty as a council member to keep Riverview moving forward. I am guided by a passion and desire to protect and preserve the quality of services that makes Riverview a GREAT place to live — and in my opinion — the ONLY place to live

One of the key issues we are facing is the ongoing increases in water rates. The City is studying all of our options including entering into a relationship with the City of Wyandotte. I will be guided by what makes the most sense for our residents. I will not support any plan that repeats the problems we have experienced with being a customer of Detroit’s system with no voice in setting rates. For too long we have had to pay for the inefficiencies and waste of the City of Detroit, a deal that was made four decades ago. If we are to proceed with Wyandotte, I insist that our residents be treated like Wyandotte residents, with the same rates, and that we have a voice in future increases.

The second would be to continue to provide the residents of the community with services that they are entitled to. Such as provide police and fire services, maintain parks and roads, ensure that our landfill stays environmentally sound, continue to offer programs to the young and old while continuing to maintain a balanced budget without raising taxes.

Dean Workman
Did not respond by the deadline.